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alcopop

A popular term for any of the alternative beverages that were formulated in response to an increase in the US federal wine tax in the early 1990s. The spirits industry responded by moving away from wine coolers to malt-based alcoholic beverages including "hard" lemonades and fruit coolers and drinks.

alcopop

Substance abuse A cider, juice or other beverage which has been commercially 'spiked' with a low amount of alcohol–eg, ±5%; some authorities believe alcopops may lead to future heavier alcohol use. See Alcohol, Wine cooler.
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He was bred to stay, not to sprint, which means as he gets old he will do well over longer distances," said the trainer, who began dreaming of Melbourne Cup glory when Alcopop gained a debut win in Adelaide on Melbourne Cup day last year.
Flavoured alcoholic beverages (FABs) such as Bacardi Breezers, Reef and Archers Aqua are more sophisticated than the original alcopops such as Hooch.
We've also witnessed particularly strong growth in the sale of wines and the continued popularity of alcopops.
Andy Howe, of Anglo Drinks, said: "No matter what the world thinks or says, under 25s like alcopops - it's a pounds 1bn market.
And in Ireland, alcopop excise duty has been switched to a spirit rate, just as this particular tax was hiked significantly.
A recent study by the University of Zurich found that around hall of alcopop fans would be deterred by the price rise and would look for cheaper, alcoholic alternatives.
Targeting alcopops with a measly 3p tax serves only to up its "cool" ante.
Alcopops arrived on the market in 1995 with the launch of two alcoholic lemonades, Two Dogs and Hooch.
Alcopops taste like soft drinks but are stronger than most beers.
After their thorough chastisement, can alcopops survive into a sober and respectable middle age?
Experts believe that people who started out on alcopops are switching to rose because it is sweeter and less alcoholic than red or white.
Alcopops arrived with a bang, were a runaaway success, and then slid into a miasma of controversy But the buzz they created has proved a fruitful legacy for premium mixed drinks, predating alcopops but now, thanks to their troublesome cousins, becoming one of the most dynamic and rapidly developing sectors in the market.