Booze News in Brief: The Upsides and Downsides of the Beer You Love

Booze News

In news that’s utterly appropriate for the day after St. Patrick’s Day, the treatment of hangovers is a billion-dollar industry. “The sales of products taken for hangovers — like Alka-Seltzer Morning Relief — or ones specifically marketed for the purpose — like Blowfish for Hangovers — is estimated to reach $785 million in 2018, versus $695 million last year, according to Euromonitor. The combination herbal and dietary supplement market — including hangover treatments like PartySmart and Drinkin’ Mate — is projected to hit $1.9 billion in 2018, up from $1.6 billion last year.” Personally, I believe in suffering through the consequnces, but then I was raised Catholic. (MarketWatch)

On the other end of the spectrum, beer does actually have some health benefits. It may help build strong bones, lower the risk of heart disease, and lower the chance of kidney stones. That’s when consumed in moderation, of course. What’s moderation you say? Twelve ounces of beer? No problem. Wait… per day? Whoops. (Boston Globe)

You love your beer, don’t you? Of course you do. At least, that’s what a “brand perception tracker” (a what now?) has spent valuable time measuring. Sam Adams comes out on top, followed by Budweiser, Bud Light, Dos Equis, Heineken, Corona, Guinness, Yuengling, Stella Artois, and Miller Lite. Note two things: 1) With the exception of Guinness, all of these beers are virtually indistinguishable. 2) Blatz is not on the list, which means I was not included in the survey. (Business Insider)