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Ad says Vodka has health benefits

Samara, Russia -- Russian regulators in the Samara region said they are taking action against an advertising firm for promoting vodka as a drink with health benefits.

The Federal Anti-monopoly Service for Samara said an online advertisement by the Direct Line firm also lacked mandatory warnings about health risks associated with alcohol abuse, RIA Novosti reported Monday.

"(Vodka) improves digestion, and helps get rid of colds and headache," the advertisement said.

It also said the liquor "alleviates fatigue and bad moods," the FAS said.
The agency did not specify the action being taken against Direct Line.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

City Hall signs: Don't drink from toilets

Chandler, Ariz. -- Officials in an Arizona city said features of their new City Hall include motion-detector light shutoffs and signs warning people not to drink from toilets.

Chandler officials said the new building, which aims to be environmentally friendly, includes warning signs not to drink from toilets and urinals because the water is recycled from the facility's cooling system, The Arizona Republic reported Thursday.

City spokesman Craig Younger said the signs were posted in accordance with regulations because city officials decided not to color the recycled water.

Prisoner in trouble for beer break

Kissimmee, Fla. -- A Florida prisoner who took time off from his work release to drink beer with friends is being charged with escape.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said Jimmy Davis, 29, will "definitely be pulled in from the work camp" in addition to facing an escape charge after he left his job at Stelly's Lawn Care in Kissimmee Saturday and did not return to the work release center by dark and called guards after 11 p.m. to say he was returning to the dormitory, the Orlando Sentinel reported Friday.

Davis, who is serving a five-year sentence for armed robbery, told guards he had been out drinking beers with friends.

World's oldest 'drinkable' beer salvaged

Helsinki, Finland -- Divers have discovered what is being called the world's oldest beer in a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea east of Stockholm, researchers say.

While salvaging what is believed to be the world's oldest champagne, several bottles of beer were also discovered, Finland's Helsingen Sonomat reported.

The bottles, preserved on the seabed at about 160 feet deep, were brought to the surface from a 200-year-old shipwreck near Foglo in the archipelago south of the Finnish island of Aland.

Until now, the title for the oldest drinkable beer ever to have been found was some Ratcliff Ale brewed in 1869, discovered in the vaults of the Worthington White Shield Brewery in Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England, in 2006, the Sonomat said.

Girl, 3, drinks and smokes after coma

Huizhou, China -- A Chinese couple said their 3-year-old daughter's personality changed dramatically after a traffic accident and she now smokes cigarettes and drinks beer.

Gao Wen of Huizhou told the Yangcheng Evening Post, one of the largest Chinese-language newspapers, that toddler Ya Wen had a dramatic personality change after being hit by a speeding van left her comatose for five days, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.

Wen and her husband said their daughter began displaying adult behavior, including taking up a smoking habit.

"The first time I found her smoking was in the toilet," Gao Wen said. "Before that I often saw cigarette butts in the toilet but thought they were my husband's, until I saw my daughter smoking there."

Nestle mislabeled its products, FDA finds

Vevey, Switzerland, December 26 -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has chastised Nestle for labeling its juice boxes for kids as ‘medical foods’ in advertisements earlier this month.