A Chinese alcohol manufacturer has been arrested for ‘improving’ his drinks with Viagra in order to trigger a rise in his profits.
The "entrepenure" known only as Mr Huang, the liquor maker was unable to continue the illegal practice after his customers noticed the unusual side-effect of drinking the spirits. The drinks were marketed by Nine Springs Ecological Agriculture Development Company in Hubei province, as ‘nutritional healthy liquor’ and sold at prices of up to 60 yuan (£5.85) per bottle.
The company was said to have purchased 1kg of Sildenafil – marketed as Viagra and Revatio – on the internet in January and added it to his alcoholic beverages without mentioning it on the label, Huang said his motivation was to ‘increase alcohol sales and make money fast’, according to CNA.
Huang admitted he knew that it was against the law and may have to take a long, hard look at his business methods in future. It is unknown whether sales of Huang’s alcohol rose during the period that the Sildenafil was added.
Tony Hogg, Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner, has pledged to “explore every avenue that will help resolve this alcohol related crisis” including charging drunks for their time in custody.
Alcohol is thought to have been involved in more than 10,000 violent attacks last year while the overall annual cost to society in Devon and Cornwall is estimated at massive £366 million.
Mr Hogg wants to see the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol and has written to all political party leaders asking them to make the same manifesto commitment ahead of next year’s General Election.
He has now confirmed he is looking at proposals which would see drunk yobs charged for their time in custody – in addition to criminal punishments such as fines. “The drinker who cannot control their behaviour when they are drunk should be made to bear the consequences of their actions. I would like to explore whether we can charge drinkers for their time spent in the cells. Police officers have to ensure that they remain safe overnight, often we have to call in medical assistance. It is the taxpayer that pays for all of this. Police officers that are looking after drunks in the cells are not patrolling the streets. Doctors and nurses that do the same are being diverted away from more deserving patients. My office and I will continue to explore ways to make the problem drinker bear more responsibility for the harm and cost they create that they create."
A 12-hour stay in custody costs Police about £245.
The Association of Chief Police Officers floated the idea of establishing “drunk tanks”, which are common in some European countries and the United States, late last year. It believes a commercially-run operation – for which people would effectively have to pay for their care – would free up officers and act as an added deterrent.
Devon and Cornwall Police Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton said: “I think it is a really good idea and we welcome the chance to work with the commission to see how we can implement it.”
Latest official guidance from health quango "Britons should avoid drinking alcohol on consecutive days". Public Health England said further this action was required because of the rising toll of health problems linked to drinking which are estimated to cost the country £21billion
Public Health England says the ‘one day on, one day off’ rule is needed because daily drinking is a key contributor to increased health risks. The proposed guidance has been branded ‘nannying’ by critics who say that the new guidelines would simply worry those who drink moderate amounts – and would do little to tackle those who binge-drink or have an alcohol problem.
Experts questioned if there was any evidence that it would actually decrease health risks. GP Dr Martin Scurr said: ‘Giving up alcohol on alternate days is not something most doctors would recognise as a helpful strategy to curb excessive drinking.’ Drinking regularly in moderation was ‘better and safer for health than abstinence’, he said, claiming the ‘middle-aged, middle-class drinker’ should not be ‘made to feel guilty over having a restorative glass of wine every day’.
Tory MP Gerald Howarth called it ‘completely unrealistic’, adding: ‘People have the common sense to know how to look after themselves.’
The official document a marketing strategy drawn up by PHE. It suggests initially starting the campaign for ‘drink free days’ on a regional basis. If successful, much stronger guidance could then be made official across the country. The recommendation also adds that Regular drinking ‘over the lower-risk guideline’ – meaning anything more than one large glass of wine for a woman or one to two pints of lager for a man – can ‘become a problem’. Women are told not to drink more than three units a day, while men are allowed four. A large glass of wine is typically three units, while a pint of lager is just over two.Source: DailyMail
John Clarkson and his wife Corinne in Lancashire, have created the world’s first deep-fried alcohol, They launched the colourful £3 products at a local event and the treats sold out within hours.
Widely reported at the minute is this speculation about the fact that drinking might soon become a crime for pregnant women in the UK. This is following an unprecedented court hearing to decide on the right of a child whose mother drank "grossly excessive quantities of alcohol" during pregnancy to receive compensation.
The local authority in the north-west of England, which cannot be named for legal reasons, is seeking to show that the mother of a six-year-old girl who was born with foetal alcohol syndrome committed a crime (under the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861 by drinking during her pregnancy). if the court agrees with the council, "it would set a precedent that could be used in criminal prosecutions of mothers whose babies are born with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder". The British Pregnancy Advisory Service and legal charity Birthrights have applied to address the court on the case. They believe the ruling could undermine women's freedom to make decisions for themselves while pregnant. The organisations are also afraid that it might deter women who need support from seeking help during pregnancy and put health professionals under pressure to report women suspected of drinking to the police.
An earlier tribunal hearing of the same test case ruled that the child was the victim of a crime. Judge Howard Levenson found that there had been "administration of a poison or other destructive or noxious thing, so as thereby to inflict grievous bodily harm". However, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority appealed against this decision and was backed by the upper tribunal of the administrative appeals chamber. It ruled that a crime could not have been committed because the girl was unborn at the time and therefore "not a person". The court of appeal will hear the case later this year.
Foetal alcohol syndrome is a complex condition which includes retarded growth, facial abnormalities and intellectual impairment. Children who display certain psychological aspects of the syndrome – including learning difficulties and an inability to connect emotionally with their peers – but do not have the physical manifestations, are said to suffer from foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.Other factors, including nutritional status, genetic makeup of mother and foetus, age and general health, are believed to play a role in the syndrome. The number of cases of foetal alcohol syndrome has tripled since records were first kept 16 years ago. with 252 diagnoses of the syndrome in England in 2012-13. Experts say that the figures suggest an improved ability to diagnose the condition and a failure to deal with alcohol abuse.
The Department of Health advises that alcohol is to be avoided in pregnancy, while the independent National Institute for Health and Care Excellence advises women to avoid alcohol in the first three months of pregnancy because of the risk of a miscarriage.
Food that man eats turns in to alcohol. He gets hammered on eating bread
What if your body produced its own alcohol, that would be great wouldnt it? Dont be silly some of you are thinking how rediculous an idea is that! Well believe it or not that's what happens when you're a victim of "auto-brewery syndrome" also known as "gut fermentation syndrome"
gut fermentation syndrome in which an excess of yeast trapped in the small intestine creates alcohol that is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Sadly, the syndrome isn't a 24/7 party, as it causes its suffers to be constantly hungover.
Matthew Hogg who is 34 has had the syndrome for almost 20 years. Every time he eats sugar or carbohydrates, his body converts them into ethanol (pure alcohol), and he ends up either tipsy or hungover (as an example a slice of pizza to him is like doing several shots). Imagine if you ate a hamburger which makes you drunk and then the next day you are nursing a hangover. It makes it extremely hard to hold down a relationship, job or even drive a car.
Matthew was always tired and disoriented as a teenager before he was diagnosed. Once a straight A student and Athlete, he found himself exhausted after few jogs and lost focus during exams. $80,000 is all it took for Hog to be diagnosed with the auto-brewery disorder by a Mexican doctor. He now follows a strict diet to manage his condition.
His chronic fatigue affects him in many ways and it becomes hard to sometimes hold a full time job. He runs the Environmental Illness Resource website that’s about disorders like his for income. He lives with his girlfriend Mandy who is a teacher.
“Stubborn disbelief” from those around him is one of the difficult things Hogg has to deal with. "I'm constantly reading messages from visitors to my website who suffer from the condition, saying their doctor, boss, co-workers, and even friends, family and partners, just don't understand, People think we're just making this condition up."
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The vapshot machine boasts that it can transform any alcohol into a vapour, which the user then inhales with a straw. 'It hits you instantly and kick starts your buzz!' the creators of the Vapshot mini machine boast.
The Vapshot machine works by injecting a fine mist of spirits into the serving container under pressure. When served, the patron twists open the cap whereby it will 'pop' similar to uncorking a bottle of champagne and then a portion of the spirits will instantly vaporize, which can be consumed through a straw. The remaining drink still in liquid form can be enjoyed as if it was served in a traditional manner. There is flexibility in that users can create a vapor only shot, a shot of liquor with a vapor shot, or even a full mix drink with a vapor shot
Health experts have warned the machine , and 'inhaled' alcohols in general, are far riskier than just drinking traditional drinks. This is because taking on alcohol in this manner bypasses the digestive system as the alcohol is ingested directly to the bloodstream through the lungs, this could potentially cause dangerous levels of intoxication - especially if abused
'It is ill advised for experimentation among those under 21,' said Dr. Thomas Greenfield, Center Director at the National Alcohol Research Center in Emeryville, California. There could be inexperienced people at parties under peer pressure who may find themselves using this method of alcohol consumption. It might not be possible to self-regulate their consumption and teenagers just like adults can be drunk drivers too.'
The makers of the new gadget proclaim: 'What if there was a brand new way to enjoy your favorite alcoholic beverages that’ll get the party started faster and won’t slow you down? Something new, trendy and sciency…yeah, we just made up that word.' The company also seem to be revelling in the bad press that the inhaled alcohol machine has attracted. 'You’ve probably heard about it all over the news and now you can enjoy vaporized alcohol anytime at home or at one of your awesome parties. They do however address the safety concerns on its site, saying 'Because Vapshot is served in a regulated per serving size, it is possible to quantify the levels of intoxication and levels of acceptable ethyl alcohol in the lungs, which are both significantly lower than consumption of a traditional liquid shot or mixed drink.' They do also state that the effects can be felt more quickly because the method of delivery through the lungs is more efficient than the usual way of consuming alcohol where when you take a drink, it has to go into your mouth, down your throat, into your stomach, then intestines and finally into your bloodstream to your lungs and brain meaning that it takes a long time and a whole lot more alcohol to have the same effect.
Vapshot is the only laboratory tested product for vaporizing alcohol. Using information published by OSHA, one of the most respected agencies for safety, Vapshot is well within the acceptable levels for inhaling alcohol.
The British government has agreed with pubs and bars across the country to stock and promote house wines below 12.5 percent alcohol. The aim is to curb binge drinking and alcohol abuse in the U, the effects of which are estimated to cost British taxpayers £21 billion a year
This week, industry representatives agreed on a range of measures to assist with this cause including asking bar owners and retailers to:
- Take super-sized cans off their shelves
- Take high alcohol cans off their shelves
- Stock lower-alcohol wines as their house wine
- Display and promote alcohol in shops and supermarkets “responsibly.”
If Scotland becomes independent then new and professional drivers could face tougher drink-drive rules than other motorists on the roads.
New drink-drive laws that are set to be introduced later this year will see the current limit of 80mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood slashed to 50mg, the equivalent of one pint of normal-strength beer or a small glass of wine. Combined with this if there is a Yes vote, Scotland may follow the example of other European countries and reduce the limit more for young and newly qualified motorists or taxi and HGV drivers. They may follow the example of Ireland who 3 years ago introduced a limit of 20mg per 100ml of blood for learner drivers and cab drivers. Such a low limit means that even one drink would put them over the limit. RAC’s Simon Williams said: “We question whether a more stringent limit for professional drivers is needed because the law should either deem it safe to drive with up to 50mg of alcohol in the blood or not, regardless of whether you are a professional or private driver, or experienced or inexperienced.” Many other agencies such as The Road Haulage Association said: “More stringent drink-driving regulations is something we support.”
Last night, the Scottish Government said: “Independence will allow all decisions on drink-driving policy to be taken in Scotland. This could include setting a lower blood/alcohol limit for young or newly qualified drivers or for those driving in a professional capacity – for example, taxi and HGV drivers.”
Aproximately one in eight deaths on Scotlands roads involves drink driving. Even though currently one drink would not put you over the limit it would make you three times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident.
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