Books from WHO and PAHO on Alcohol and Harm

Unhappy Hours: Alcohol and Partner Aggression in the Americas, by (Editors) Kahryn Graham; Sharon Bernards; Myriam Munne; Sharon Wilsnack, June, 2009, The Pan American Health Organization, "brings to light evidence of alcohol's impact on partner aggression from 10 countries in the Americas (Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay, and the United States)"

Alcohol and Injuries, Emergency Department Studies in an International Perspective, May, 2010,
The World Health Organization "synthesizes the results of studies from a number of hospital emergency departments conducted in different cultural settings, including the World Health Organization s Collaborative Study on Alcohol and Injuries."

Posted by Dave Trippel on March 20, 2010 at 12:05 AM in Alcohol (general), Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, United States, Uruguay | Permalink

Coffee cheaper in Buenos Aires than in Moscow

Coffee is most expensive in Europe: US$10.19 per cup in Moscow, $6.77 in Paris, and $6.62 in Athens. It is cheaper in the southern hemisphere: $2.36 in Johannesburg and $2.03 in Buenos Aires. For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on July 27, 2008 at 05:17 PM in Argentina, Coffee, France, Greece, Russia, South Africa | Permalink

Starbucks enters Argentina

Starbucks will open its first Argentine coffee shop in the country's capital Buenos Aires. For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on May 30, 2008 at 10:34 PM in Argentina, Coffee, Drinking Spaces | Permalink

Smoking paco (a form of crack cocaine) in Argentina and Brazil

A smokable form of crack cocaine called paco is a new problem for Argentina and Brazil. For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on February 22, 2008 at 05:42 PM in Argentina, Brazil, Cocaine | Permalink

India hopes to fight Argentina for the American iced tea market

For success in the American market, India's tea exporters must compete in the category of bottled, canned, and packeted (iced) teas, 20% of the USA consumption, and growing even more rapidly than bottled water. Surprisingly Argentina provides nearly half of American tea, while China and Indonesia also sell more tea to the USA than does India. [It is not clear when the statement about Argentina applies only to tea sold in containers or to all imported tea in America.] The problem for India is that its tea becomes cloudy when chilled and smokes when refrigerated. For more, see here. By the way, apparently the only tea plantation is the USA is in South Carolina.

Posted by David Fahey on January 26, 2008 at 09:29 PM in Argentina, China, India, Indonesia, Tea, United States | Permalink

Starbucks scales back US growth slightly

Starbucks reported that the number of its American customers declined by 1% in the fourth quarter of 2006 and that it has reduced by a hundred the number of its planned new stores in the USA. This still means 2500 new stores in the USA in 2008 and 900 new ones elsewhere, including its first in Argentina and Portugal. For more, see here. Some analysts blamed price increases. Similar drinks could be found for a dollar less at McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts, for instance. For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on November 16, 2007 at 04:53 PM in Argentina, Coffee, Drinking Spaces, Portugal, United States | Permalink

Argentine farmers won't kick tobacco habit

Aregentina has joined the list of nations cracking down on smoking and its tobacco.  The country's farmers have long been encouraged to replace at least some of their tobacco crops with alternatives ranging from pigs to pine trees.

But in regions like the verdant province of Misiones, tobacco is still the most profitable crop for small farmers, and growing tobacco lets them join a union that gives them health insurance and the power to negotiate better prices with tobacco companies.

Reuters reports.

Posted by Cynthia on November 3, 2006 at 08:12 AM in Argentina, Licensing and Legislation, Tobacco | Permalink

Coca as Symbol and Labor Enhancer in the Andes (article)

Vicki Cassman, Larry Cartmell, Eliana Belmonte, “Coca as Symbol and Labor Enhancer in the Andes: A Historical Overview.” Drugs, labor, and colonial expansion. Ed. William Jankowiak and Daniel Bradburd. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2003, pp. 149 - 158.

Posted by Jon on May 5, 2006 at 03:11 PM in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Coca Leaf, Cocaine, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela | Permalink

Latin America's "wrong left" and drug trafficking

Jorge G. Castañeda, in the May/June 2006 issue of Foreign Affairs, counsels Washington and the international community on what they should do about "Latin America's left turn." Castañeda characterizes his "wrong left" with many "moral" problems, including the tolerance of drug trafficking.

The international community should also clarify what it expects from the "wrong left," given that it exists and that attempts to displace it would be not only morally unacceptable but also pragmatically ineffective. The first point to emphasize is that Latin American governments of any persuasion must abide by their countries' commitments regarding human rights and democracy. The region has built up an incipient scaffolding on these matters over recent years, and any backsliding, for whatever reason or purpose, should be met by a rebuke from the international community. The second point to stress is that all governments must continue to comply with the multilateral effort to build a new international legal order, one that addresses, among other things, the environment, indigenous people's rights, international criminal jurisdiction (despite Washington's continued rejection of the International Criminal Court and its pressure on several Latin American governments to do the same), nuclear nonproliferation, World Trade Organization rules and norms, regional agreements, and the fight against corruption, drug trafficking, and terrorism, consensually defined. Europe and the United States have enormous leverage in many of these countries. They should use it.

Full text here.

Posted by Jon on May 2, 2006 at 12:44 PM in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cannabis, Chile, Coca Leaf, Cocaine, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Drugs (general), Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Uruguay, Venezuela | Permalink

Argentina, vinedos, bodegas & vinos

Vidal Buzzi, Fernando, Cesreo Fuentes Rodriguez, and Augusto Foix. Argentina, vinedos, bodegas & vinos. Buenos Aires: Editorial Llamoso, 2000. [In Spanish.]

These citations originally appeared in recent “Current Literature” sections of The Social History of Alcohol Review. Jon Miller and David Fahey compiled and edited them. They were also available on the Alcohol and Drugs History Society’s old website,

Posted by Jon on May 20, 2005 at 11:37 AM in Argentina, Wine | Permalink