Alcohol

Coca-Cola will introduce the first alcoholic drink in the company's 125-year history, tapping into a growing trend in Japan for mildly intoxicating drink mixes.

But if you were thinking rum and Coke, you would be wrong.

Instead, the new brand will compete in a category known as Chu-Hi, a canned drink, the main ingredient of which is a vodka-like distillation of rice, barley and potatoes known as shōchū. Chu-Hi also typically includes sparkling water and flavoring.

Most Americans drink safely and in moderation. But a steady annual increase in trips made to emergency rooms as a result of drinking alcohol added up to 61 percent more visits in 2014 compared with 2006, according to a study published this month in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Visits to hospital emergency rooms for alcohol-related issues rose rapidly over a nine-year period, though it's unclear why.

In this new year, beer brewers are enjoying a temporary excise tax break that was signed into federal law as 2017 was winding down.

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Residents of Mayfield will have to look elsewhere if they want to have a drink in a bar or tavern. The Mayfield City Council has passed an ordinance to prohibit such establishments from operating in the city.

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The Mayfield City Council is divided over a proposed ordinance to prohibit bars from operating in the city.

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The manager of what was until this week the only bar in Mayfield said his decision to close was due to the mayor and city council not allowing it to compete with surrounding cities. 

When it comes to drinking alcohol during pregnancy, some women wonder: Is it OK to have one drink?

"I do get that question often," says David Garry, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Stony Brook University Hospital. And, he says his answer is clear.

More Americans are drinking alcohol, and a growing number of them are drinking to a point that's dangerous or harmful, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry this week.

The study, sponsored by a federal agency for alcohol research, examined how drinking patterns changed between 2002 and 2013, based on in-person surveys of tens of thousands of U.S. adults.

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A local alcohol beverage company is suing the City of Murray over an alcohol sales tax that they claim is “excessive.”

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A judge has dismissed a criminal charge against a Republican state representative in Kentucky. 

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