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Mexicans dying from adulterated alcohol as beer runs dry

May 18, 2020 - 11:15 AM

The first of at least 121 deaths in recent weeks occurs at the end of April in the western state of Jalisco

After a long day of lockdown, how 'essential' is an alcoholic drink?

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:00 PM

During the coronavirus pandemic, some countries have banned alcohol while some say liquor shops are 'essential' and that a glass of wine may help 'cope with the stress'

3 nabbed for selling overpriced alcohol in Bacolod City

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:37 PM

The aesthetics store sells ethyl alcohol at P90 per 250 ml bottle, way beyond the price cap set by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

Photo from Red Torch Communications

FALSE: Alcoholic drinks 'reduce coronavirus risk'

Mar 13, 2020 - 9:13 PM

Neither the World Health Organization nor Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City recommend alcohol consumption to reduce the risk of COVID-19

Duterte signs new taxes on alcohol, e-cigarettes into law

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:07 PM

(UPDATED) Beer will be roughly P35 more expensive once the new tax rates kick in

[OPINION] My alcohol-free year

Jan 01, 2020 - 9:00 AM

For those who are thinking of doing a dry year, here are some assurances that it can be done

Duterte certifies as urgent bill increasing cigarette, alcohol taxes

Nov 12, 2019 - 3:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says increasing taxes on cigarettes and alcohol would 'generate additional revenue' for universal health care

BALIKTARAN. Senator Pia Cayetano holds two packs of alcopop “Gaz” presenting the said product to the members of the senate. September 25, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Winemakers whining over proposed tax hike

Aug 29, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Wine companies say they only have a market share of 1%, and no matter how high taxes are raised, it would only be a 'drop in the bucket' for the government

Alcohol really is no excuse for bad behavior: Research reveals you're still the same person after a drink

Aug 24, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Researchers attempt to paint a clearer picture of how drinking alcohol, empathy, and moral behavior are related

House OKs bill increasing taxes on alcohol, e-cigarettes starting 2020

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The new sin tax bill is the first measure to have successfully hurdled the House in the 18th Congress

LOOK: Senators take a sip of alcopops during alcohol tax hearing

Aug 20, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Alcopops have an alcohol content of 7%, yet they're packaged like a juice drink for children. A senator says the packaging needs to change.

Pia Cayetano wants 'alcopops' out from stores, repackaged

Aug 16, 2019 - 3:03 PM

The Department of Finance wants to raise the total excise tax of a particular alcopops brand from P1.30 per pack to P8. But Senator Pia Cayetano first wants a repackaging of the alcoholic drink.

PULL OUT. Senator Pia Cayetano wants 'Alcopops' to be pulled out from store shelves. Photo from Cayetano's office

House substitutes bill on alcohol tax hike to also include e-cigarette tax

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Just before it is approved on 2nd reading, the bill increasing taxes on alcoholic drinks is substituted with a new version that expands its coverage

Rising alcohol drinking in China, India boosts global booze binge – study

May 09, 2019 - 10:55 AM

A study by The Lancet reports that the world consumed 10% more alcohol per adult in 2017 than in 1990, due in large part to heavier and more widespread drinking in China and India

India toxic alcohol deaths jump to 156

Feb 24, 2019 - 11:30 PM

At least 200 others are still receiving treatment in hospitals across the Indian state of Assam after drinking tainted liquor

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Indian people arrange the bodies of victims who died after allegedly drinking toxic bootleg liquor in Assam's Golaghat district on February 22, 2019. - Twenty-five members of a tribe of Indian tea pickers, including 15 women, died painful deaths within hours of drinking poisoned alcohol, police said on February 22. The deaths in the northeastern state of Assam came less than two weeks after about 100 people died after drinking tainted licquor in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand states. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Toxic alcohol kills 93 in India, hundreds hospitalized

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Indian officials say people started falling sick after consuming a batch of illegally produced liquor

TOXIC. An Indian woman mourns over the dead body of her mother who died after drinking toxic bootleg liquor, at Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital in Golaghat district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam on February 23, 2019. Photo by David Talukdar/AFP

At least 99 dead after consuming toxic alcohol in India

Feb 11, 2019 - 4:50 PM

News of the deaths in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand has trickled in over the past 3 days, with police suspecting the moonshine had been cut with methanol

DOF urges lawmakers to speed up alcohol excise tax hike

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:55 PM

While both tobacco and alcohol saw excise tax hikes back in 2012, the Department of Finance says alcohol lags behind in revenue contribution

Senator Sonny Angara, chair of the Committee on Ways & means, together with Senator Manny Pacquiao, listen to resource persons during the public hearing on the proposed measure increasing the excise tax rates on alcohol products. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/PRIB  Senator Sonny Angara, chair of the Committee on Ways & means, together with Senator Manny Pacquiao, listen to resource persons during the public hearing on the proposed measure increasing the excise tax rates on alcohol products. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/PRIB

Duterte agrees to certify bill on higher cigarette, alcohol tax as urgent

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:21 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte backs a proposal to jack up tobacco tax to P60 per pack from P30 per pack, embodied in the bill filed by Senator Manny Pacquiao

SIN TAX. Lawmakers wants to increase the taxes imposed on tobacco and alcoholic drinks.

House OKs bills increasing taxes on tobacco, alcohol starting 2019

Dec 03, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The additional revenues from the proposed tax increases are expected to help fund universal health care

SIN TAX. Lawmakers wants to increase the taxes imposed on tobacco and alcoholic drinks.

House seeks alcohol tax increase to fund universal health care

Nov 26, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The proposed tax hike gets the approval of the House of Representatives on 2nd reading

ONE MORE SHOT? Lawmakers want to increase the excise taxes on alcoholic products. Photo from Shutterstock

House panel approves bill increasing alcohol taxes

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The bill seeks to curb consumption of alcohol while raising funds for the universal health care program

'DEADLY'. Alcohol kills 3 million people worldwide each year, a study finds. File photo by bogdanhoda/Shutterstock

Know your beer: A social butterfly’s guide to premium brews

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:34 PM

What to drink and when to drink it

[Two Pronged] My mother, the (former) alcoholic

Oct 14, 2018 - 3:35 PM

'I am now 33 years old. I am still unmarried. It is her fault. I have many girlfriends and then I leave them.'

Ben Affleck gets honest about alcohol addiction

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:12 AM

'Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle,' Ben Affleck says in an Instagram post

BEN AFFLECK. The actor speaks about his latest battle with alcohol addiction. Photo from Shutterstock

Alcohol responsible for 1 in 20 deaths worldwide – WHO

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:22 AM

The study also finds that men are particularly at risk, accounting for more than 3 quarters of alcohol-related deaths

'DEADLY'. Alcohol kills 3 million people worldwide each year, a study finds. File photo by bogdanhoda/Shutterstock

Emperador launches 3 new The Bar variants for the new ‘GINeration’

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Think gin is a tito drink? You have to try these.

Asian Games ban: No boozing in athletes' village

Aug 28, 2018 - 1:08 PM

Organizers remind athletes that drinking and smoking are not allowed in the athletes' village

ASIAD VILLAGE. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (second from left) walks next to Jakarta's Governor Anis Baswedan (left) during their visit to the athletes' village before the Asian Games kickoff. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Zero tolerance: No safe level of alcohol, study says

Aug 24, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Despite recent research showing that light-to-moderate drinking reduces heart disease, a new study says alcohol use is more likely than not to do harm

Teetotallers, like big drinkers, more prone to dementia – study

Aug 02, 2018 - 1:33 PM

The research also finds that – among moderate drinkers – wine consumption correlated with a lower risk of dementia than beer or spirits, such as whiskey, gin or vodka

LIQUOR. A file photo of a liquor store in Glasgow. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

A hangover pill? Tests on drunk mice show promise

May 19, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The ability to efficiently break down alcohol quickly should help patients wake up earlier and prevent alcohol poisoning. It should also protect their liver from alcohol–associated stress and damage.

Keep the buzz. Lose the hangover. By bogdanhoda/

Does alcohol cause PMS?

Apr 24, 2018 - 1:53 PM

Drinking may be the cause, rather than the consequence, of some premenstrual syndrome cases, according to researchers

Alcohol guidelines in many countries may not be safe – study

Apr 13, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Research says regularly drinking more than 100 grammes of alcohol per week – about 5 or 6 medium glasses of wine or pints of beer – is linked to a shorter life expectancy for men and women

Mouse study shows how alcohol may cause cancer

Jan 04, 2018 - 10:42 PM

It has long been suspected that alcohol consumption contributes to seven types of cancer – of the mouth, throat, larynx or voice box, oesophagus or food pipe, breast, liver and bowel

LIQUOR. A file photo of a liquor store in Glasgow. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

Bohol town ordinance penalizes trouble-making drunkards

Dec 30, 2017 - 10:04 AM

Trinidad town's new ordinance aims to promote public health and to 'discipline people who are habitual drunkards and who cause detrimental act to public morale and safety'

ANTI-DRUNK LAW. Local officials of Trinidad in Bohol want less incidents caused by drunkenness in their town. Photo from

#PugadBaboy: Making It Fun

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:00 AM

FACT CHECK: Barangay Loyola Heights bans alcohol sale – report

Oct 21, 2017 - 3:51 PM

Is selling alcohol now prohibited in Barangay Loyola Heights, Quezon City?

After Vegas massacre, U.S. gun lobby backs calls for new curbs

Oct 06, 2017 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,' the National Rifle Association says

San Miguel may battle with Asahi, Kirin over Vietnam brewer Sabeco

Apr 04, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The Philippines most diversified conglomerate will participate in the public bidding for the sale of an 89 59 stake in Sabeco which will be conducted by the Vietnamese government

TAPS THE KEG. San Miguel is not the only brewer that has set it sights on Sabeco. Nikkei Asian Review reports that Asahi and Kirin are also interested. Rappler file photo

India's highways run dry after court liquor ban

Apr 01, 2017 - 9:47 PM

Liquor shops are now banned from operating within a range of 500 meters from India s highways where 17 traffic accident deaths occur every hour

LIQUOR BAN. LIQUOR BAN. India's ban on liquor shops along highways takes effect April 1. Photo from Wikipedia.

Drug against alcoholism works, researchers claim

Mar 18, 2017 - 7:39 AM

According to the UN s World Health Organization 3 3 million deaths around the globe every year are the result of harmful alcohol use – almost 6 of all deaths

Ben Affleck confirms rehab for alcoholic addiction

Mar 15, 2017 - 11:13 AM

‘I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step ’ Ben says

HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 10: Actor Ben Affleck attends the premiere of Warner Bros Pictures' "The Accountant" at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images/AFP

Addiction is a crisis, not a character flaw – US surgeon general

Nov 17, 2016 - 4:50 PM

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy: We must help everyone see that addiction is not a character flaw – it is a chronic illness that we must approach with the same skill and compassion with which we approach heart disease diabetes and cancer

Iraq booze ban sparks political backlash

Oct 24, 2016 - 1:00 AM

A provision banning the sale import and production of alcohol is sneaked into a measure approved by the Iraqi parliament

An Iraqi man buys liquor from a closed shop, that is selling illegaly through a window, in the capital Baghdad on October 23, 2016. Iraq's parliament on October 22, voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, in a surprise move likely to anger some minorities but also to please influential religious parties. / AFP PHOTO / SABAH ARAR

Woman screams in pain during caning in Indonesia's Aceh

Oct 17, 2016 - 8:28 PM

6 couples were found guilty of breaking Islamic laws that ban intimacy such as touching hugging and kissing between unmarried people

SHARIA LAW. Religious officers bring an Acehnese youth onstage before a public caning event as punishment for dating outside of marriage, which is against sharia law, outside a mosque in Banda Aceh on August 1, 2016. File photo by AFP/CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN

Afghanistan burns 5 tons of drugs, alcohol in single blaze

Oct 16, 2016 - 11:45 PM

The country s national drug use rate stands at 11 one of the highest in the world according to the United Nations

Exercise may offset health risks of drinking – study

Sep 08, 2016 - 11:45 PM

While there are no firm conclusions researchers say the results provide an additional argument for the role of physical activity in promoting health

Beer pong: China's Ma drinks to table tennis glory

Aug 01, 2016 - 12:36 PM

The world’s top ping pong player Ma Long is working on his nerves under pressure by drinking a new secret substance: booze

CHEERS. China's Ma Long, seen here at the ITTF World Tour Japan Open table tennis tournament in June 2016, is drinking booze to help calm his nerves for competitions. KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP

CloseUp concert tragedy: Paalala sa tamang paggamit ng gamot

Jun 13, 2016 - 6:25 PM

Panawagan ng maraming grupo ngayon na gawing legal ang mga ipinagbabawal na gamot upang higit na mapangasiwaan ang paggamit nito

CONCERT DRUGS. The National Bureau of Investigation shows journalists samples of illegal drugs normally confiscated at rave parties. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

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