Russians hit the bar as beer ban lifted for Confed Cup – FOXSports.com

MOSCOW (AP) Russia’s soccer team couldn’t hit the target against Portugal, but at least its fans could hit the bar.

Russia has lifted its ban on beer sales at stadiums for the Confederations Cup tournament as part of its deal with FIFA, which has Budweiser as a key sponsor.

Ahead of Russia’s 1-0 loss to Portugal on Wednesday, fans crowded stalls surrounding the stadium which offered two brews from 200 rubles ($3.30), plus a no-alcohol option.

Lifting the ban ”is the right thing to do,” said Sergei Sazonov, who sipped a beer while wearing a Russian flag and a bushy sheepskin hat typical of Russia’s Caucasus regions.

Banning beer from stadiums doesn’t mean there are no drunk fans, he reasoned. ”Anyone who wants to get wasted can do that earlier in the day.”

Russia started restricting alcohol at sports events after drunken fans at an outdoor screening of a 2002 World Cup loss to Japan went on the rampage in central Moscow. A ban at all sports stadiums followed in 2005 and still applies for non-FIFA events.

Russian governments have tried for decades to reduce the country’s alcohol consumption, which ranks among the highest in the world and has been linked to many early deaths.

Alcohol isn’t a major factor in football violence, though. These days, many Russian hooligans see their fights not as beer-sodden brawls, but as a combat sport requiring sobriety and training.

Unlike Russia, 2014 World Cup host Brazil fought hard to keep a beer ban many politicians saw as a key anti-hooligan measure. FIFA eventually got its way, but alienated many Brazilians with its hard-line stance.

As strong winds and rain started to lash the crowds outside the Spartak stadium, most fans rushed inside, but a few hardy drinkers stayed on.

Olga Akenina huddled with a

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Paramedics treating more young women for alcohol intoxication than men – The Conversation AU

More young people are needing emergency assistance for alcohol intoxication than in previous years, new data from Western Australia show.

The state-wide ambulance figures show ambulance call-out rates are on the rise in the state, with young women requiring more urgent medical assistance for alcohol intoxication than young men.

The figures were released this week by St John Ambulance WA and the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol. There were 247 ambulance requests for young women aged 13 to 18 in 2016, compared to 212 alcohol intoxication call-outs for men of the same age.

This is the first time the data has been broken down into male and female categories.

The number of alcohol-related ambulance requests in 2016 was higher than in previous years. There were 5063 calls for urgent medical assistance in WA last year, an average of 14 ambulances per day. This is an 11% increase from 2014, when 4552 call-outs were recorded.

Research Fellow at Curtin University and Executive Officer at the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth, Julia Stafford, said these figures were just “the tip of the iceberg”.

“These were only the call-outs where alcohol intoxication was recorded as the primary issue,” she said.

The data does not include alcohol-related incidents recorded under a different problem code, such as road crashes, injuries and assaults.

Not just a bit of fun

Last month’s Australian Institute of Health and Welfare National Drug Strategy Household Survey showed a significant decline in risky drinking among people under 30 years old. It also found fewer 12 to 17-year-olds were drinking alcohol and the proportion abstaining from alcohol significantly increased.

But while the rates may be falling, young people are evidently still drinking at dangerous levels.

Professor Tanya Chikritzhs from the National Drug Research Institute said heavy drinking as

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Changes to Reno's adult business ordinance could ban alcohol in … – KRNV My News 4

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RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — 

“We are little Vegas,” one performer said. “We’re the Biggest Little City! And now you’re just going to take away our party?”

Reno is known for its 24-hour drinking scene, but if city officials have it their way, alcohol won’t be allowed in many of the strip clubs around town.

Nearly a year ago, city staff first proposed changes to the adult business ordinance in an effort to revitalize Downtown. On Thursday night, they revisited the discussion, holding a community workshop at City Hall to go over the proposed amendments.

Reno City Planning Manager Claudia Hanson said, “we are looking at removing the alcohol sales in the non-conforming locations.”

Officials said seven out of Reno’s eight adult businesses are in the city’s redevelopment district. They want those businesses to move into industrial areas and out of the city center.

Hanson said, “these are areas where we hope to see new investment, new construction, a mix of uses, retail, residential; And encourage tourism to flourish in the downtown.”

If those seven businesses choose to stay put, they could be forced to give up their liquor licenses.

One performer named Rosemary spoke at the meeting. She said, “if there’s no alcohol in the club, then everyone else, they’re going to look for girls elsewhere.”

There was no shortage of comments from people working in the adult business industry. Dozens of adult business workers took turns expressing their worries about the proposed ordinance. Many of them believe the proposed changes could be detrimental to their businesses. They say without alcohol, they’ll lose a lot of money.

Mark Thierman is the attorney for the owners of the Wild Orchid. He said, “What else do they have to sell? They can’t sell alcohol– just topless women and anybody

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Making beer and saving a piece of old Portland: Scout Beer is doing both – KATU

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by Stuart Tomlinson, KATU News

Joe St. Martin hopes to have the new bar sometime in August. (Stuart Tomlinson/KATU)

PORTLAND, Ore. — 

A Portland brewer and a property owner are saving a small slice of old Portland at one of the busiest intersections in the city.

Instead of yet another apartment building at Southeast 50th and Division, Joe St. Martin of Scout Beer is opening a bar with five food carts.

“This is a huge corner where things are being taken down and new buildings going up,” St. Martin said. “This was a really cool opportunity for us to be part of saving something that used to be a business and now is a business again, and like you said, we do beer, so we wanted to make it into a beer project.”

New buildings mix with old on the corner where the former Spirit of Life insurance business stood for decades.

St. Martin saw its potential right away.

When the owner retired, he decided to sell the building, but keep the house for renters.

That’s when Joe St. Martin stepped in.

“I kind of have a weird habit of when I see something old and its commercial — even if it has nothing to do with my actual business — that would make a cool whatever,” he said.

The “cool whatever” will become Scout Beer’s second location with food cart owners that won’t face the prospect of having to move as empty lots go up for sale.

“You can sort of feel like the carts are going away in general in Portland because the land is going up,” he said. “So

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3 Va. teens arrested on drug and alcohol charges on the way to beach week – WJLA

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3 Va. teens arrested on drug and alcohol charges on the way to beach week. (Bladen County Sheriff’s Office)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) – On Saturday, North Carolina State Highway Patrol officers stopped three teens they say were driving a car full of drugs and alcohol for speeding on their way to beach week in South Carolina.

Officers stopped the car for driving 76 mph in a 55 mph zone on NC 87, and smelled marijuana when close to the vehicle, prompting a search.

Police found 3.3 ounces of marijuana, 2.6 grams of cocaine, 18 liters of liquor, 50 liters of beer, drug paraphernalia and $3,600 in cash.

The three teens graduated high school on Friday night in Manassas, Virginia and were heading to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a week as a part of a group of 10 graduating seniors.

The suspects told police they had planned the trip for a year and pooled their money for the drugs and alcohol.

Michael Berrios, 18; Lorenzo Cota, 18; and Cristhianna Ortez Flores, 18, were arrested on these charges:

Underage possession of a malt beverage Underage possession of fortified wine and liquor Illegal transport of alcoholic beverages Bringing alcoholic beverages into the state in excess of 4 gallons Transporting non-tax-paid alcoholic beverages Possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and cocaine Felony possession of marijuana and cocaine Simple possession of Schedule II and Schedule IV narcotics Possession of drug paraphernalia

Berrios was also charged with speeding and Cota was charged with maintaining a vehicle to transport narcotics.

Bond was set at $28,300 for Berrios, $43,000 for Cota and $27,000 for Ortez Flores.

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