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Toronto pub patrons might want to consider stashing their newly unwelcome pennies as a savings vehicle for financing their libations, particularly given the risk of their imminent price hike. That’s if the government pays heed to new research that suggests the more we pay for our booze, the less we endanger our health in its consumption.
The study, conducted jointly by researchers at the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria and the University of Sheffield in the UK, found that increasing the cost of a standard-issue drink (think a can of beer or a glass of wine) from $1.25 to $1.50 has meaningful sway over public safety.
To wit: over the eight-year research period, BC hiked minimum per-litre prices on spirits and beer. The move resulted in 39 fewer premature deaths, 244 fewer hospital admissions and in excess of 1,000 fewer crimes committed a year. A 10% increase in the minimum price of alcoholic beverages produced an almost 32% drop in deaths that were purely a result of alcohol alone, such as alcohol poisoning, alcoholic gastritis and alcoholic cardiomyopathy....more
In terms of physical backdrops to unusual public goings-on, they don’t get much more ripe and ready than yer local watering hole. Still in doubt? Pour yourself an eyeful of some recent pub-based shenanigans that caught the attention of the worldwide media.
• According to Britain’s Daily Record, Scottish police responded to a complaint of sexism against a Glasgow pub that was organizing an “Ugliest Woman” competition this past November 4. But when two female officers showed up at the Islay Inn to investigate, publican George Hogg offered up a reasonably palatable explanation. The contest, as it turns out, was for “ugly men dressed up as women.” Ohhhh-kay. The reporting officers were “amused,” Hogg reported.
• The world’s largest-ever pub crawl took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. The annual St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl here attracted more than 15,000 tipplers in 2012, vaulting it to top spot in this rarified world. Curiously, Guinness recognizes a June 7, 2009, pub crawl through the wetspots of Maryborough, Queensland, as the world’s official biggest. Some 4,718 thirsty participants made their way among 10 pubs in this picturesque coastal town on this date, raising $15,000 for charity en route.
At the Metro Convention Centre the weekend of November 15-18, some 40,000 guests will sample more than 1,500 fine wines, beers and spirits in a series of 23 wine tasting classes at the 18th edition of the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo.
Any way you do the math, it adds up to a seriously rocking international cocktail party.
This year’s program offers vinophiles unprecedented access to the world’s greatest wines and most educated presenters, including a cadre of product consultants, media personalities and truly expert wine authorities. Some highlights of the celebrated beginner-to-connoisseur-friendly Tutored Tastings Program:
• 2012 hosts include: Anne Martin, one of Canada’s handful of female sommeliers; Jerry Comfort, a food and wine pairing expert from Napa’s Beringer Vineyards; and Food Network hotshot and Thirsty Traveler host Kevin Brauch....more