Alcohol

On this episode of Cool Science Radio, Lynn and John get the low down on the history of alcohol during a conversation with Adam Rodgers, author of Proof: The Science Of Booze. Joshua Shenk then joined the show to talk about the power of creative pairings. His book is Powers Of Two.

The Utah Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control has come under fire in the media recently as it has scrutinized and impeded permitting for alcoholic beverages for special events. It may be because the agency is left to interpret what the legislature hands down. Lynn Ware Peek has more.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A new federal study shows Utah had the lowest rate of alcohol-related deaths over a five-year period among eleven states that participated in the report.

The report was released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It includes data from 2006-2010.

The finding seem to back the argument made by the Mormon church and many state legislators that Utah's strict liquor laws keep residents safe. 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - State officials say Utah restaurants fared much better last year during covert visits by underage drinkers.

Lt. Troy Marx of the Utah Bureau of Investigation's alcohol enforcement team says restaurants sold to minors of 16% of these visits in 2013. That's down significantly from 29% the year before.

A recent survey of more than 900 Park City School District adolescents suggests that while alcohol consumption is on the decline, marijuana use may be increasing. Lynn Ware Peek has m0re.

A small city in northern Utah has voted to lift its long-standing ban on alcohol sales. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more. 

Drop In Utah Alcohol DUI Deaths In 2012

Oct 16, 2013

  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -  A new state report shows the number of deaths in Utah caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol was cut in half in 2012.

The preliminary report from the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice shows alcohol-related DUI deaths fell from 39-20 last year from the previous year.

Utah Substance Abuse Advisory Council Director Mary Lou Emerson presented the report to lawmakers Wednesday.

Emerson said the drop in alcohol-related deaths is good news but "even one death due to DUI is one too many."