Tag Archives: alcohol

Teen Drinking at an All-Time Low

19 Feb

According to the Monitoring the Future study,  teen drinking has reached a historic low since the study began in 1975. The annual study, which is conducted by the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is considered the standard for  substance abuse research among teens.  The world’s leading spirits, beer, and wine company, Diageo, commented on the study saying that this is, “great news and evidence of  what can be achieved when the alcohol industry, parents, teachers, law enforcement, and government policy makers work together for a common cause.”

Some of the key highlights from the study include: In 2013, teen drinking declined by 2.3% and this trend is expected to continue. In addition, lifetime, annual, and monthly consumption among grades 8, 10, and 12 is at an all-time low.  More than 70% of all 8th graders have never consumed alcohol, which is up remarkably from 30% in 1991. Students also reported greater disapproval of peers who binge drink. Furthermore, past 30 day consumption among 12th graders declined at a statistically significant rate from 2012-2013.

To learn more about the study, read this article from PR Newswire.


Seasonal Craft Beers Gain Popularity

13 Jan

In recent years, craft brewers have been on the rise. With companies like Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada gaining widespread popularity, many small craft breweries have sprouted up across the nation. Not surprisingly, seasonal craft beer accounts for the majority of all craft beer sales. According to the LA Times, some craft breweries are even considering ending production of their classic beer lines in order to accommodate for ever-changing seasonal production.

Craft breweries have found success in the seasonal variety because they can experiment more with interesting flavors and varieties. From vanilla and coconut and IPA to Stout, craft brewers have seen it all.  Moreover, the limited quantity available makes seasonal craft beers in greater demand. According to an article by Beverage Industry, seasonal craft beer sales totaled more than $294 million in 2013. Seasonal craft breweries are up more than 24.3 percent in the last year and they are expected to continue growing.

To find out more, read the Beverage Industry article on seasonal craft beer.