DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL BLASTS BILL DOUBLING LIQUOR TAX UNFAIRLY TARGETS STRUGGLING HOSPITALITY/TOURISM INDUSTRY

ANNAPOLIS, March 19, 2002 – In testimony today before the Maryland House Ways and Means Committee, the Distilled Spirits Council strongly opposed a bill to double the state’s liquor tax to pay for illicit drug users or alcohol abusers, calling the legislation “unsound social and economic policy that will have a severe impact on the […]

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DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL TESTIFIES DOUBLING LIQUOR TAX — CALLS STATE’S REVENUE ESTIMATE “AN UNFORTUNATE MISCALCULATION USING POOR ECONOMICS”

HARTFORD, March 18, 2002 – In testimony today before the Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding, the Distilled Spirits Council strongly opposed a bill to double the state’s excise tax on distilled spirits and sharply criticized the state’s revenue projections for the proposal. The legislation, SB 611, calls for a 100 percent tax increase […]

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GOVERNOR PATTON SIGNS PROCLAMATION CELEBRATING — COUNCIL BRINGS RARE GEORGE WASHINGTON DISTILLERY LETTER TO CAPITOL EVENT —

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Gov. Paul E. Patton proclaimed the second week of March as “Kentucky Bourbon Heritage Week” today at the state capitol in a ceremony featuring the display of a rare George Washington distillery letter from 1799. The letter, owned by the Distilled Spirits Council, discusses Washington’s successful distillery operation at Mount Vernon […]

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GOVERNOR PATTON SIGNS PROCLAMATION CELEBRATING “KENTUCKY BOURBON HERITAGE WEEK”

— Council Brings Rare George Washington Distillery Letter to Capitol Event —Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Gov. Paul E. Patton proclaimed the second week of March as “Kentucky Bourbon Heritage Week” today at the state capitol in a ceremony featuring the display of a rare George Washington distillery letter from 1799. The letter, owned by the […]

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DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL WELCOMES INDIA’S TARIFF CUTS — COUNCIL CALLS FOR FURTHER TARIFF REDUCTION —

WASHINGTON, DC — The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States today commended the Indian government for its Feb. 28th announcement that it will reduce its exorbitant tariffs on imported distilled spirits. The Council called the action “a modest step in the right direction.” The Indian action, included as part of its budget for fiscal […]

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NEW OREGON LAW PERMITS SUNDAY SALES OF DISTILLED SPIRITS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As states look for innovative ways to raise revenues, Oregon modernized its liquor laws today by permitting Sunday sales of distilled spirits, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. Oregon becomes the 23rd state to permit Sunday sales, but the first major change in decades. “This is an appropriate […]

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CALIFANO ADMITS CASA UNDERAGE DRINKING STUDY IS BOGUS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The New York Times, in a page one article today entitled “Disturbing Finding on Young Drinkers Proves to be Wrong,” reports that former Carter Administration HEW Secretary Joseph Califano and his group the Center for Alcohol and Substance Abuse (CASA) now admit that they distorted data to make unsupportable claims that underage […]

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CASA STUDY IS BLATANTLY FLAWED ON UNDERAGE DRINKING

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council today challenged a National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) report on teenage drinking, calling CASA’s analysis of government data “flat out wrong.” “Under CASA’s flawed interpretation, each American teenager and young adult who illegally drinks alcohol would have to consume 120 drinks per month, a massive […]

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STATEMENT BY THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION ON CASA REPORT ON UNDERAGE DRINKING

An analysis by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) finds that in 1998 underage drinkers account for approximately 11.4 percent of all the alcohol consumed in the U.S. Regardless of any discrepancies between our analysis of the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse data and that of the National Center on Addiction […]

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DISTILLED SPIRITS INDUSTRY PROVIDES GRANT TO U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY TO LAUNCH NEW ALCOHOL ABUSE PROGRAMS

ANNAPOLIS, Jan. 30, 2002 – The U.S. Naval Academy last week unveiled two new innovative approaches to combat alcohol abuse among midshipmen supported by a $20,000 grant from the Distilled Spirits Council and retailer David Trone of Corridor Fine Wines and Spirits in Laurel, Maryland. “The Naval Academy and the Distilled Spirits Council share the […]

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