Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Alcohol News - 38/2018

The BMJ (USA) - US agency changes alcohol advice after doctor complains
A Boston University epidemiologist and physician who complained to the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) about public advice on drinking and breast cancer risk has told The BMJ that he was pleasantly surprised to see the relevant web page change almost immediately to reflect his concerns.
CNN - Middle-age drinkers more concerned about reputation than health risks, study says
Middle-age drinkers are more concerned about their embarrassing or childish behavior resulting from drinking alcohol than about the health risks associated with it, a new study has found. (Ireland) - Calls for regulation to prevent alcohol abuse harming children
The government's child protection advisor says alcohol abuse is one of the biggest challenges facing Irish society.
The Guardian (UK) - PHE urged to rethink campaign linked to alcohol industry
More than 40 experts have written to the government’s public health agency to oppose its tie-up with a charity funded by the alcohol industry for the Drink Free Days campaign.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Call for laws regulating home delivery of alcohol
Laws regulating home delivery must be introduced in the forthcoming Public Health Alcohol Bill, the special rapporteur for child protection, Dr Geoffrey Shannon, has warned.
The Week UK (UK) - Middle-classes consume more drugs and alcohol than the poor
The middle-classes in Britain take more illegal drugs and drink more alcohol than the poor, according to a report published this week.
The Times (Ireland) - Blocking alcohol bill risks lives, campaigners tell Tds
An anti-alcohol charity has accused 13 TDs of putting drinks companies’ profits before people’s lives by trying to water down a bill to curb drinking. (UK) - Hospital A&E cases blamed on alcohol abuse soar 17%
The number of A&E cases due to alcohol abuse has soared 17% in 10 years. It comes as addiction services are at “breaking point”, with fewer adults getting treatment than at any time since 2008/9.
RT (Russia) - Centrist lawmaker seeks total prohibition in Russia to bring alcohol producers to heel
A Russian MP, known for his staunch pro-Christian views, has proposed a nationwide ban on alcohol sales and the launch of radical reforms of the industry in order to reduce the consumption of alcohol.
euronews (Europe) - Alcohol, smoking, and rising obesity 'causes for concern in Europe'
Europeans are living longer than five years ago but smoking, alcohol, obesity and poor vaccination rates are holding the region back, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO).
BBC News (UK) - Knives and alcohol sold to children in London
Shops in London are selling knives, alcohol and tobacco to children as young as 13. Over 2,500 test purchases carried out by London Trading Standards (LTS) revealed the age-restricted items being sold to under-18s.
State Government of Victoria (Australia) - New laws to prevent alcohol related harm for minors
From today, there will be tighter restrictions on how alcohol can be supplied to minors.
National Cancer Institute - Alcohol and Cancer Risk
Alcohol is the common term for ethanol or ethyl alcohol, a chemical substance found in alcoholic beverages such as beer, hard cider, malt liquor, wines, and distilled spirits (liquor). (Lithuania) - Life after big alcohol policy changes in Lithuania
The good news is that Lithuania has lost the dubious first place as a country consuming most alcohol per capita to Moldova. This particular achievement had not received much attention, even though number one rank earlier has inspired accusations of deliberate tarnishing the country reputation with false statistics.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Alcohol News - 37/2018

The Guardian (UK) - Alcohol dependency at record high but fewer being treated, data shows
Fewer problem drinkers are receiving treatment even though record numbers need help, figures from the House of Commons library show.
The Guardian (UK) - Public Health England urged to end tie-up with alcohol industry
More than 40 public health experts have written to the government’s public health agency to oppose its tie-up with a charity funded by the alcohol industry over its Drink Free Days campaign.
The BMJ (UK) - Ian Gilmore quits as government alcohol adviser in opposition to industry deal
A senior adviser to the UK government on alcohol policy has quit after voicing concern at Public Health England’s relations with the industry.
euronews (EU) - Alcohol, smoking, and rising obesity 'causes for concern in Europe'
Europeans are living longer than five years ago but smoking, alcohol, obesity and poor vaccination rates are holding the region back, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO). (USA) - Do moms need too much wine? Women's drinking habits spark concern
September is National Recovery Month. Women are at greater risk for some of the negative effects of alcohol, but their drinking is catching up to men.
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - Cases to be put over public alcohol ban
Queenstown police's submission on a proposed public alcohol ban includes 59 eye-opening photos of people the worse-for-wear, litter and general public drunkenness.
The BMJ (UK) - David Oliver: Government’s approach to alcohol harm is incoherent
For a decade or more we’ve been hearing big government rhetoric on prevention of ill health, promotion of wellbeing, and “parity of esteem” for mental health. Speaking at last week’s NHS Expo Conference, Public Health England’s chief executive, Duncan Selbie, said that NHS England’s 2014 Five Year Forward View had “told a fantastic story,” yet its ambitions for prevention hadn’t been implemented. (Ireland) - Alcohol 'should have no place in Junior Cert celebrations'
Parents of celebrating Junior Cert pupils have been urged to talk to them about the dangers of alcohol.
American Council on Science and Health - Taxation Is The Cost-Effective Means To Reduce Alcohol Consumption - Are We Surprised?
Non-communicable diseases are often associated with our behavior; tobacco remains the poster child and efforts at reduction in its use has provided lessons on how to affect similar change for other health concerns.
UC San Diego Health - Sobering Study about Drinking for Two
A baby is born into the world taking that first breath. But soon after, it is discovered the baby is small and not eating well. On his second day of life, he develops seizures and is transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). While trying to determine the cause of his seizures, his mother admits to heavily drinking alcohol while she was pregnant.
EURACTIV (EU) - Commission: There are legal issues with industry’s proposal on alcohol labelling
The industry’s proposal on alcohol labelling has some legal issues and does not satisfy the need to fully inform EU consumers, a European Commission spokesperson told, raising fresh doubt as to how and when labelling will eventually be regulated. (Spain) - Spain tourist CRACKDOWN: Campaign grows to BAN unlimited alcohol in Majorca and Ibiza
UNLIMITED alcohol could be banned in Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza as Spanish authorities try to crack down on crime, mugging and anti-social behaviour.
The Conversation AU (Australia) - Prisoners need drug and alcohol treatments but AA programs aren’t the answer
Prisons and drug use are closely linked. Two-thirds of Australian prisoners report using illicit drugs in the 12 months before they entered prison, compared with 12% of the general population in the previous 12 months. Around half of prisoners are likely to meet the criteria for substance dependence.
BMC Blogs Network (UK) - Alcohol as part of ‘care practices’ in White British women’s everyday personal relationships
With heavy drinking on the rise in England and elsewhere, it is important to understand the context for alcohol consumption in order to design appropriate interventions.
The Connexion (France) - Minister wants larger ‘no alcohol when pregnant’ logo
Health minister Agnès Buzyn has called for a larger “no alcohol when pregnant” warning logo on alcohol bottles in France, sparking criticism from producers who say it gives a bad impression of their products.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Cancer warnings on labels: the latest battle in alcohol regulation
In the war that is the controversial public health legislation on alcohol, the next big battle is cancer warnings on drinks labels. The skirmishes have already started, and the director of the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), Patricia Callan, has identified what for her is a central issue.
With so many consequences to drinking and driving it’s alarming to learn that many South Africans still choose to get behind the wheel after having one drink too many.
Irish Mirror (Ireland) - Number of Irish woman drinking alcohol while pregnant is 'alarmingly high'
The number of Irish pregnant women who drink alcohol during their pregnancy is alarmingly high, a top doctor warned on Friday.
ABC News (Australia) - Thousands of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder miss out on NDIS funding due to lack of diagnosis
Thousands of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are missing out on National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding because there are so few specialists who can diagnose and assess the impact of the disorder.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

FASD News - 36/2018

Special Issue on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in IJERPH
„The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health—IJERPH (ISSN 1660-4601, IF 2.145) is currently running a Special Issue entitled "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)". Assoc. Prof. Svetlana Popova (from University of Toronto) and Dr. Larry Burd (from North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center) are serving as the Guest Editors for this issue. Based on your expertise in this field, we think that you could make an excellent contribution.“
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Voxy (New Zealand) - New Study highlights importance of FASD Awareness Day
Alcohol Healthwatch says more New Zealand women need to know that any amount of alcohol is a risk to the healthy outcome of their baby. A study just released from the University of Auckland shows that even low alcohol exposure can negatively affect normal child development, often before the pregnancy is detected.
Whitehorse Star (Canada) - Public engagement on FASD results released
The Yukon government has released a What We Heard document that summarizes the key findings of its public engagement on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy raised in foetal alcohol spectrum disorder awareness day
The Whanganui District Health Board is advising pregnant women to go alcohol free for the whole of pregnancy to best prevent foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Sky News (UK) - Thousands affected by 'hidden epidemic' of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder
At least two percent of people in the UK could be suffering from the long-term effects of their mother drinking alcohol while pregnant.
Lexology (USA) - G+T calls on government to end discrimination against people affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)
Gilbert + Tobin has worked with people affected by FASD, their carers and NGO’s in this area for a number of years, with many of these organisations throwing their support behind the need for law and policy reform.
Regina Leader-Post (Canada) - Regina groups working to reduce stigma, highlight complexity of FASD
"When he was born he was hard to handle most of the time. He was always crying and now that he's older, he's homeless. He doesn't have a job. He dropped out of school." (Ireland) - Ireland takes aim at prenatal alcohol exposure
Doctors in Ireland were once known to recommend a pint of Guinness as a source of iron for pregnant or nursing women. While that advice has been discredited, drinking remains so ingrained in Irish culture that many women still feel that swapping a beer or cocktail for something nonalcoholic at a social gathering isn’t an option. (New Zealand) - Red shoes and conversing about FASD
This tiny bundle, not even a week old, screaming a frantic, high-pitched wail of pain and panic. And there was nothing any of us could do.
Health24 (South Africa) - SA experts call for more foetal alcohol syndrome awareness
South Africa, which has the world’s highest prevalence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), is joining other countries to create awareness of the disorder on 9 September – International FASD day. (Ireland) - 'Pregnant women don't know they're harming their babies by drinking' - the truth about Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are the greatest cause of developmental delay in children - and Dublin foster mother Michelle Savage has seen the heartbreak first-hand, she tells our reporter.
All4Women (South Africa) - SA has the world’s highest rate of foetal alcohol syndrome disorder
Over 11% of children born in South Africa have some level of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders (FASD), which is 14% higher than the average incidence worldwide. (Switzerland) - Only one in three pregnant women in Switzerland stops drinking
Only a third of pregnant and breastfeeding women are following the Federal Office of Public Health’s guidelines on giving up alcohol completely, a report has found.
Medkit (France) - First study on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Public Health France released Tuesday, the hospitalization data for the period 2006-2013. “Fetal alcohol syndrome is the leading cause of mental disability non-genetic and social maladjustment of the child in France, because the alcohol crosses the placenta and is toxic to the baby,” notes François Bourdillon, the director of the public body.
ABC (Australia) - Obstacles remain to diagnosis and early intervention for FASD
Advocacy groups say people living with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder need support through the NDIS, but the condition remains largely undiagnosed.
Western Cape (South Africa) - WC Health Minister launches Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Drive
Sunday, 9 September marks Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Day; a day where we create awareness amongst expectant mothers to avoid the use of alcohol while pregnant.
FARE (Australia) - FASD Awareness Day: Alcohol & pregnancy information must be rigorous and regulated
This International FASD Awareness Day, leading public health body, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), is calling for further government efforts in the prevention and treatment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

ADLS - FASD and the Criminal Justice System (live stream, 11 OCTOBER)
People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) don’t make good decisions due to alcohol exposed brain damage before birth, which makes them vulnerable to ending up in the criminal justice system.

Northwest Strategies – Did you know?
Did you know? There is no safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant. But why should this matter if you are not pregnant or not trying to be? Because nearly half of all pregnancies are unplanned. And many women don’t know they’re pregnant right away.
CASATunr - FASD Awareness Month
By Mountain Plains FASD Practice and implementation Center and American Association of Medical Assistants.
TBNewsWatch - Around Town: Annual powwow brings awareness to FASD
AlcoholFreePregnancy - Helen Simposn on FASD for FASD Awareness Month
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NOFAS-UK FASD Support & Awareness - We Love Superheroes with FASD
Parents and carers share what they love about their young superheroes as part of the NOFAS-UK and E. Herts and Area Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Support Network pilot project, Brain Base: FASD Wellbeing Summer Fun Days, recorded 30 August 2018.
NOFAS-UK FASD Support & Awareness - Advice for Other Young Adults with FASD
Rachel Jackson, a teen with a Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, shares some advice for wellbeing with others who have FASD. This was part of the NOFAS-UK and E. Herts and Area FASD Support Network pilot project, Brain Base: FASD Wellbeing Summer Fun Days, recorded 30 August 2018.
NOFAS-UK FASD Support & Awareness - My Brain, Me and FASD
A booklet from NOFAS-UK specially designed to promote wellbeing for children and young adults with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). To order a copy or to download a PDF, please see You will find other resources there as well for school and home.
Castanet News - FASD won't stop him
Carson Holtz talks about FASD.
NOFAS-UK FASD Support & Awareness - 2018 Brain Base: FASD Wellbeing Summer Fun Days - Day Two
Scenes from Day Two (28 August 2018) of the NOFAS-UK and the E. Herts and Area FASD Support Network's pilot project, Brain Base: FASD Wellbeing Summer Fun Days.
Matthew Levins - FASD Day Video
This is a video interview with Shelbey, who lives with FASD. This was produced for FASD Day in Grande Prairie, AB in 2018, by Northwest Peace FASD Network, in partnership with ASLS Grande Praire.
AlcoholFreePregnancy - Dr. Tony Dunn on the ob-gyn's role in preventing FASD
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FASD One - CanFASD Issue Papers
Issue papers on „FASD Prevalence in Special Populations“ and „The Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder“.

Addiction Biology - Social deficits following embryonic ethanol exposure arise in post‐larval zebrafish
Prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading cause of birth defects, collectively termed fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). In the United States and Canada, 1 in 100 children will be born with FASD.
Trends & Issues in Crime & Criminal - Diversionary pathways for Aboriginal youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
This article reports on a study undertaken in three Indigenous communities in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) intended to develop diversionary strategies for young people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Europe PMC - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Review of Diagnostic Test Accuracy, Clinical and Cost-Effectiveness of Diagnosis and Treatment, and Guidelines
The purpose of this report is to examine the diagnostic test accuracy, clinical utility, and cost-effectiveness of diagnosis and/or assessment of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), the clinical and costeffectiveness of treatment of FASD, and the evidence-based guidelines associated with diagnosis, assessment, or treatment of FASD in individuals of any age.
Neuropsychopharmacology - CB1R regulates CDK5 signaling and epigenetically controls Rac1 expression contributing to neurobehavioral abnormalities in mice postnatally exposed to ethanol
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) represent a wide array of defects that arise from ethanol exposure during development. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms are limited.
Neurotoxicology - Effects of prenatal ethanol exposure on acoustic characteristics of ultrasonic vocalizations in rat pups
Rat pups produce ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs) on isolation from their dam. Ultrasonic vocalization is a sensitive tool for evaluating social behavior between pups and their dam.
Addiction - Prevalence and safety of acamprosate use in pregnant alcohol dependent women in New South Wales, Australia
The prevalence of acamprosate use in pregnancy in New South Wales, Australia is low. Acamprosate exposure in utero is not clearly associated with poor maternal or neonatal health outcomes.
Neurotoxicology - Early exposure to ethanol is able to affect the memory of adult zebrafish: Possible role of adenosine
The adjustment of adenosine levels through ecto-5′-nucleotidase inhibition appears to be effective at restoring normal adenosine levels and the acquisition of memory in animals exposed to ethanol during the pharyngula stage.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence - Environmental enrichment reverses increased addiction risk caused by prenatal ethanol exposure
Prenatal ethanol exposure (PE) leads to multiple cognitive and behavioral deficits including increased drug addiction risk. Previous studies have shown that rearing environment plays a significant role in addiction propensity.
Disability and the Global South - ‘My granddaughter doesn’t know she has disabilities and we are not going to tell her’: Navigating Intersections of Indigenousness, Disability and ender in Labrador
Drawing from qualitative research and over five years of relationship-building with women in Labrador, Canada, this article explores the intersections of Indigenousness, disability and gender.

Santé publique France (France) - Journée mondiale du SAF : premières estimations nationales des troubles causés par la consommation d’alcool et une campagne nationale
Boire de l’alcool pendant la grossesse est toxique pour le fœtus et peut entraîner diverses complications (retard de croissance, atteintes du système nerveux central, malformations…), dont le syndrome d’alcoolisation fœtale est la forme la plus grave. (Germany) - Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft macht Kinder aggressiv und vergesslich
„Schwanger. Natürlich ohne Alkohol“ steht auf dem Plakat mit dem kugelrunden Babybauch, den die Mutter zärtlich umfasst. „Mein Kind will keinen Alkohol“ lautet der Titel einer anderen Aufklärungskampagne.
Westdeutsche Zeitung (Germany) - Alkohol ist Gift für ungeborene Babys
«Schwanger. Natürlich ohne Alkohol» steht auf dem Plakat mit dem kugelrunden Babybauch, den die Mutter zärtlich umfasst. «Mein Kind will keinen Alkohol» lautet der Titel einer anderen Aufklärungskampagne.
Dziennik Bałtycki (Poland) - 9 września przypada Światowy Dzień Świadomości FASD. Czy wiesz, że picie alkoholu w ciąży szkodzi nienarodzonemu dziecku?
Światowy Dzień Świadomości FASD ma na celu uświadomienie przyszłym rodzicom skutków picia alkoholu w czasie ciąży, jak również zwrócenie uwagi społeczeństwa na występowanie problemu w skali światowej. Data 9 września ma odzwierciedlać 9 miesięcy zdrowej ciąży.
Osservatorio Malattie Rare (Italy) - Sindrome feto-alcolica: può accadere che sia scambiata per un disturbo psichiatrico
Il 9 settembre è la Giornata Mondiale di sensibilizzazione sulla patologia e i disturbi correlati. In Italia, nasce l’Associazione A.I.D.E.F.A.D. - APS, per aiutare i pazienti ad ottenere una corretta diagnosi
L'Unione Sarda (Italy) - Assunzione di alcol in gravidanza: una giornata per parlare di tutti i rischi
Ogni anno, il 9 settembre, si celebra la Giornata mondiale di Sensibilizzazione sui disturbi e le disabilità alla nascita causate dall'assunzione di alcol in gravidanza o nel primo puerperio, e quindi evitabili.
Slobodna Dalmacija (Croatia) - Trudne ste i opustile bi se uz samo gutljaj crvenog vina? Cijeli sutrašnji dan posvećen je razlozima zašto to nikako ne smijete činiti
Ako majka tijekom trudnoće redovito pije alkohol, snosi rizik da će trajno i nepovratno oštetiti fetus, s time da se poremećaji mogu prepoznati odmah nakon rođenja, nedugo nakon njega ili tijekom adolescencije i u odrasloj dobi. U svijetu se stoga svake godine 9. 9. u 9 sati i 9 minuta obilježava Dan fetalnog alkoholnog sindroma (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day – FASD).
Promuje Łódzkie (Poland) - Zapal czerwoną lampkę - kampania STOP FASD
W Polsce w 2017 roku urodziło się 403 tysiące dzieci. Według szacunków nawet czworo z nich na każde 1000 urodzeń może być dotkniętych płodowym zespołem alkoholowym (FAS). Reaguj! Zapal czerwoną lampkę.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Alcohol News - 36/2018

Voice of America (USA) - Alcohol Banned at 66 US College Fraternities
Alcohol will be banned at many fraternities on the campuses of U.S. colleges and universities, according to the national association that sets policy for those organizations. (Ireland) - Group wants Social Responsibility levy imposed on off-licences to combat alcohol consumption
Alcohol Action Ireland is calling on the Government to increase the annual charge on off-licences. It is one of a number of measures it is seeking in its Pre-budget submission.
The Guardian (Australia) - Australians drinking less alcohol now than any time in past 50 years
Australians are drinking less alcohol now than at any time in the past 50 years, and beer is still rated as the nation’s favourite drink, just ahead of a glass of wine.
Independent Online (Australia) - Group funded by alcohol industry suggests pregnant women can drink
It wasn't the headline that raised eyebrows; it's the tiny text below it. "It's safest not to drink while pregnant," the headline reads, echoing the consensus among public health organisations around the world.
HeraldScotland (Scotland) - Scottish Gin Society warned about linking alcohol with sex as adverts get banned
TEN Scottish Gin Society adverts have been banned by the regulator for linking alcohol with sexual success and for encouraging excessive drinking.
European Public Health Alliance (EU) - Why Europe urgently needs to buy into the alcohol ‘best buys’
There is a casual relationship between the harmful use of alcohol and heart diseases, cancers, liver diseases, mental health disorders and other noncommunicable conditions. Approximately 5.9% of all deaths worldwide were attributable to alcohol in 2012, more than half caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
RACGP (Australia) - Advertisers put ‘health halo’ on alcohol products to attract consumers, researchers say
Australian alcohol companies promote their products as ‘pure’, ‘fresh’, ‘natural’ and ‘sugar-free’ to encourage more health-conscious people to purchase them, according to new research.
The Standard (Kenya) - Global alcohol report staggers past ‘silent’ drunks in Kenya
The recent landmark study declaring any amount of alcohol bad for health missed out on Kenya’s most notorious drinkers.
The Irish Sun (Ireland) - Ireland’s dangerous relationship with alcohol shows no sign of slowing with 54,000 treated for problematic use from 2010 to 2016
Alcohol is the still main problem drug in the country according to a study by the Health Research Board with over 7,000 cases recorded in 2016.
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The Press, York (UK) - Nearly a third of York adults 'drink too much alcohol'
ALMOST a third of adults in York drink more units of alcohol each week than the recommended level, according to Public Health England.
Health-e News (South Africa) - Calls for more foetal alcohol syndrome awareness
South Africa, which has the world’s highest prevalence of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), is joining other countries to create awareness of the disorder on 9 September – International FASD day. (New Zealand) - Alcohol-related harm the dark side of Wellington no one wants to talk about – councillor
Bottle shop opening hours, alcohol advertising and the number of bars operating in Wellington will come under scrutiny as the city council begins a crackdown on booze to combat alcohol-related harm.
Radio Poland (Poland) - Strong alcohol consumption up in Poland: report
The consumption of beverages with a high alcohol content such as vodka, liqueur and spirits went up significantly last year, new research shows.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Alcohol News - 35/2018

New York Times - How Much Alcohol Is Safe to Drink? None, Say These Researchers
Just one alcoholic drink a day slightly increases an individual’s risk for health problems, according to a large new study. No level of alcohol consumption conferred any health benefits, the authors also concluded — a finding that runs contrary to much previous research and public health guidelines in many countries.
Heart - Drinking alcohol in front of your kids can lead to 'problems' in their future
A new study has revealed that children who are exposed to alcohol at a younger age will tend to start drinking earlier in their own lives.
Business Insider - Hangovers can affect your brain's performance for longer than you think, according to a new study
You might be regretting your Saturday night of binge drinking when you show up for work on Monday morning.
E/The Environmental Magazine - The Environmental Impact of Alcohol
Wine, beer, and spirits are staples of American social life. In fact, alcohol is one of the largest industries in the United States. As a culture, we’re well aware of the impact that alcohol can have on the human body, especially when abused.
The Guardian (UK) - Alcohol firms would lose £13bn if drinkers in England stuck to limits
Revenue from alcohol sales in England would plummet by £13bn if customers complied with the recommended drinking guidelines, according to a study that condemns the industry’s role in regulation.
Specialty Pharmacy Times - High Alcohol Intake in Adolescence May Affect Aggressiveness of Prostate Cancer Later in Life
Heavy alcohol consumption at an early age may be linked to a 3-fold increased risk of being diagnosed with high-grade prostate cancer, according to a new study published in Cancer Prevention Research.
ABC News (USA) - Deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide now outpace diabetes, study shows
Deaths from self injury, a category that includes drug and alcohol use and committing suicide, has surpassed diabetes as the seventh-leading cause in the U.S., a study has shown.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Irish women ranked in top 10 for alcohol consumption, study finds
The “myth of the drunk Irish man” is probably inaccurate, according to the author of a major international study on alcohol consumption which finds Irish men’s habits comparable to other Europeans.
The Hindu (India) - ‘Younger people getting addicted to alcohol’
Recognising that addiction to alcohol and drugs seems to be affecting a younger age group — as young as 25 years — the government has recommended that educational institutions work with the police to tackle the problem.
Pretoria East Rekord (South Africa) - Alcohol the biggest date rape drug
Rape and sexual assaults are far more likely to take place when alcohol abuse is involved. This is the word from police spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

FASD News - 34/2018 (Canada) - Treating inmates diagnosed with FASD
Experts describe it as the so-called invisible disorder because in many cases you wouldn’t know someone had it.
RACGP (Australia) - Talking about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
It is recommended that anyone who chooses to drink alcohol has no more than two standard drinks a day, and no level of alcohol is considered safe during pregnancy, as it can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Radio New Zealand (New Zealand) - Insight: Foetal Alcohol - Damaging Baby Brains
Conservatively, it's thought 600 children are born in New Zealand every year with some form of brain damage caused by their mother drinking alcohol, often before they even knew they were pregnant. But many experts think the real number of babies affected every year may number in the thousands.
KUTV 2News - Baby Your Baby: Risks of alcohol during pregnancy
September 9th (9/9) is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day to remind women to avoid alcohol during the 9 months of pregnancy. FASDs are caused by alcohol use during pregnancy and are 100% preventable. Estimates are that FASD affects up to 5 in 100 newborns.
TVNZ (New Zealand) - Alcohol packaging needs warning for pregnant women, experts say
Experts working with sufferers of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder want explicit warnings on packaging stating the dangers of drinking while pregnant.
Independent Online (South Africa) - Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is 100% avoidable, minister tells female farmworkers
Western Cape Minister of Social Development Albert Fritz hosted over 100 women farmworkers from different farms around the Cederberg area on the West Coast on Friday, for a special women’s outreach and luncheon.
Compass Mark - Raising Awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
This year, approximately 1 in 10 children born in Pennsylvania is at risk of being born with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). With almost 11 percent of pregnant women reporting that they are still consuming alcohol, it’s more important than ever to protect the next generation from FASD.
Huffington Post - Shifting Sands And Special Needs Parenting
Our son has a Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). His brain wiring was affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Like many with his condition, he finds it really hard to control his impulses when he’s under stress, when he processes new information and when his senses are overloaded with unusual sights, smells, textures.
The Scotsman (Scotland) - Plea for funds to research drinking levels in early pregnancy
He said: “It could help babies being affected by alcohol. The reason we should find out what women were drinking before they knew they were pregnant is the

RNZ - INSIGHT: Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Sunny has three adopted children, her eldest was has been diagnosed with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder. While her daughter has a supportive school, Sunny sees other families desperate and struggling to get the help they need.
Norman Kunz - Myers - FASD 1280
Northwest Strategies - What is FASD
Creating a Family - Books On Fetal Alcohol Syndrome For Adoptive Parents
Damaged Angels: An Adoptive Mother’s Struggle to Understand the Tragic Toll of Alcohol in Pregnancy by Bonnie Buxton – Part heartfelt memoir, part practical guide, Damaged Angels recounts Bonnie Buxton’s struggles to raise her adopted daughter Colette, whom she didn’t realize was afflicted with fetal alcohol disorder.

Journal of Public Health - Failures in reproductive health policy: overcoming the consequences and causes of inaction
It is assumed that long-established research findings and internationally accepted evidence should, and will, be translated into policy and practice. Knowledge about what prevents harm and promotes health has, in fact, guided and resulted in numerous beneficial public health actions.
Drug and alcohol review - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Australia: What is the current state of affairs?
A new Commonwealth FASD Strategy (2018–2028) is being developed and the Australian Government has announced significant funding for the expansion of FASD prevention, diagnostic and intervention services around Australia. Therefore, it is timely to consider what the current state of affairs regarding FASD in Australia is and describe areas for future research and service delivery.
BC Ministry of Children and Family Development - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder In Context
FASD’s historical, sociocultural and political contexts are often overlooked. However, available research suggests that consideration of these factors may play an important role in developing increasingly valid and reliable FASD-related policy and practice standards.
University of Miami - Alcohol-Induced Developmental Defects in Octavolateral Organs of Zebrafish: A Sensitive Period and Mechanisms
Fetal alcohol exposure is known to cause an array of deficits (fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, FASD) that may manifest as lifelong physical, cognitive, and behavioral anomalies of human development.
Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience - Long-lasting effects of prenatal ethanol exposure on fear learning and development of the amygdala
To test whether PrEE alters development of brain circuitry associated with fear conditioning and fear memory recall, we histologically examined subdivisions of the amygdala in PrEE and control mice and found long-term effects of PrEE on fear memory circuitry.
Behavioural Brain Research - Social behavioral phenotyping of the zebrafish casper mutant following embryonic alcohol exposure
We report that exposure to 1% alcohol from either 6 to 24, or 24 to 26 h postfertilization reduces the social behavior of adult casper zebrafish. Our findings set the stage for the use of this important zebrafish resource in studies of FASD.
Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention - Supporting children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Potential applications of a Snoezelen multisensory room
How are mental health practitioners using Snoezelen rooms with children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) within a community mental health setting?
Alcoholism - Knockdown of Mns1 increases susceptibility to craniofacial defects following gastrulation‐stage alcohol exposure in mice
These data demonstrate that a partial or complete knockdown of Mns1 interacts with PAE to increases susceptibility to ocular defects and correlating craniofacial and brain anomalies, likely though interaction of alcohol with motile cilia function.
Implementation Science - A practice change intervention to improve antenatal care addressing alcohol consumption by women during pregnancy: research protocol for a randomised stepped-wedge cluster trial
This will be the first randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness, cost and cost-effectiveness of implementation strategies in improving antenatal care that addresses alcohol consumption by pregnant women.
Issues in mental health nursing - Adolescent Substance Use and Effects on the Birth Experience
Implications for nursing practice suggest collaboration between maternal child health and mental health nurses in prenatal, hospital, and follow-up healthcare settings to provide essential assessment of risk factors and resources and referrals across the perinatal period.
Hormones and behavior - Prenatal alcohol exposure disrupts male adolescent social behavior and oxytocin receptor binding in rodents
Social behavior deficits resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) emerge early in life and become more pronounced across development.
Contemporary Drug Problems - Drug Use During Pregnancy Policies in the United States From 1970 to 2016
This study breaks new ground. More studies are needed that explore the effects of these policies on alcohol and other drug use by pregnant women and on birth outcomes.
Forensic Toxicology - Detection of in utero ethanol exposure via ethyl glucuronide and ethyl sulfate analysis in umbilical cord and placenta
We developed and validated a sensitive and specific method for the determination of EtG and EtS in umbilical cord and placenta. To date, this is the first method to investigate both direct metabolites of ethanol in umbilical cord and placenta samples for prenatal ethanol exposure.
UNAD - Meconium: Biomarker Vehicle of Expusure to Psychoactive Substances in Pregnant Women
Children exposed to drugs in a prenatal way are a medical and social problem. A useful way to study this problem is by analyzing biological matrices, such as the meconium, which stores psychoactive substances or their metabolites.
Women and Birth - Alcohol consumption during pregnancy and risk of small-for-gestational-age newborn
A very moderate alcohol intake during pregnancy may have a negative association with the risk of having a small for gestational age newborn.
Laser Optics - In utero Optical Coherence Tomography to Evaluate Vasculature Changes in the Murine Embryonic Brain Due to Prenatal Alcohol and Nicotine exposure
This study uses speckle variance optical coherence tomography to evaluate vasculature changes in the murine embryonic brain caused due to prenatal exposure to alcohol and nicotine.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice - Detection of in-utero ethanol exposure via EtG and EtS analysis in umbilical cord and placenta
To date, this is the first method to investigate both minor metabolites of ethanol in term umbilical cord and placenta samples for prenatal ethanol exposure.

Kehitysvammaliitto (Finland) - KANSAINVÄLINEN FASD-PÄIVÄ 9.9.
Kansainvälistä FASD-päivää vietetään joka vuosi 9.9. muistuttamaan yhdeksän kuukauden raittiudesta raskausaikana. Alkoholi on kaikkein merkittävin sikiön kehitystä uhkaava tekijä, johon odottava äiti voi itse vaikuttaa. Kaikista päihteistä juuri alkoholi aiheuttaa eniten sikiövaurioita.
Lifeline | Das Gesundheitsportal (Germany) - Fetales Alkoholsyndrom (FAS): Lebenslange Folgen fürs Baby
In Deutschland ist das Fetale Alkoholsyndrom die häufigste Form einer angeborenen Behinderung – noch vor dem Down-Syndrom. Die irreparable Schädigung kann beim Neugeborenen auftreten, wenn die werdende Mutter in der Schwangerschaft Alkohol konsumiert. Selbst wenige Trinkexzesse reichen dafür aus.
NewSicilia (Italy) - Bandire fumo ed alcol durante l’allattamento
I danni sul feto dovuti all’assunzione di alcol in gravidanza sono noti da tempo. Ora emerge che i bambini allattati al seno da madri che bevono alcol hanno capacità cognitive ridotte.
Inklukoalicia (Slovakia) - 4. interaktívny seminár pre učiteľov o inklúzii
Slovenská komora učiteľov s podporou neziskovej organizácie EDULAB, Vás pozýva na 4. interaktívny seminár pre učiteľov /materských, základných, stredných a špeciálnych škôl a školských zariadení/, ktorý sa uskutoční dňa 6. septembra 2018 o 18:00 v priestoroch EDULAB, Rigeleho 1 v Bratislave.
Hyvä Terveys (Finland) - ”Kysyisin äidiltä, miksi hän joi”
Äidin raskaudenaikainen alkoholinkäyttö uhkaa yhä tuhansien lapsien elämää Suomessa. Mikko on yksi FASD-nuori.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Alcohol News - 34/2018

Science Daily (UK) - Areas with more alcohol vendors have higher hospital admission rates, study in England finds
Places in England with the most pubs, bars and nightclubs had a 13 per cent higher hospital admission rate for acute conditions caused by alcohol, a new study finds. - Study: ‘Compulsivity circuit’ in brain may drive alcohol-seeking behavior in heavy drinkers
Heavy alcohol drinkers attempt to acquire alcohol despite the threat of a negative consequence more so than light drinkers, a study in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging has found, and this behavior is associated with unique activation of brain circuitry in heavy drinkers. - Ryanair requests airports should stop selling alcohol before 10am
RYANAIR has renewed their call for airports to ban alcoholic drinks being served before 10am, as flight disruptions from inebriated passengers continue to cause delays to airlines.
The Guardian (UK) - What British sport can learn from America about taming its drinking culture
Danny Cipriani and Ben Stokes are the latest athletes shamed by alcohol – in the US they would have to confront their behaviour.
Daily Mail (Spain) - Unlimited alcohol WILL be banned in all-inclusive resorts in Majorca and Ibiza in war against 'uncivic tourism'
Free-flowing alcohol in all-inclusive hotels in Majorca and Ibiza appears to be finally doomed after a long-awaited raft of proposals by the Balearic Government prepares to see the light of day.
YLE News (Finland) - Looser alcohol laws increase police workload, personnel costs
Police have seen a rise in disturbances reported between 5.00 and 6.00am since new alcohol laws took effect at the beginning of March.
Inverse - Mixing Red Bull and Vodka Makes the Bad Effects of Alcohol Worse
Dangerous as they can be, it’s no surprise vodka-Red Bulls have stuck around since the ‘80s. After all, an increased risk of injury and heart palpitations are hardly top of mind when you’re having the best night ever on a relentless stream of party fuel.
The British Psychological Society - New findings explain why, if you’re sensitive to alcohol, you’re probably sensitive to sleep deprivation too
The last time you and your class-mates or co-workers pulled an all-nighter before a deadline, you may have noticed: there are always those lucky individuals who seem to do just fine after a lack of sleep, while others feel drowsy and confused – almost like they had too much to drink.
World Health Organization - Research demonstrates higher alcohol taxes help reduce alcohol consumption
“Tax increases may not sound the most attractive of policy options, but are the single most cost-effective way of diminishing demand and reining back consumption,” says Dr Daniel Chisholm, Programme Manager in the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course at WHO/Europe and co-author of a new study on alcohol control policies.
Newshub (New Zealand) - New Zealand needs to double tax on alcohol – economist
A visiting economist and policy expert says New Zealand needs to double the excise tax on alcohol to help curb problem drinking.
EurekAlert - Drug and alcohol use by pregnant women: the evolution of state policies
Policymakers and public health experts have long recognized the harm that can come to fetuses if women use drugs during pregnancy. As U.S. states legalize marijuana and as governmental attention focuses on the "opioid crisis," state policies pertaining to drug use during pregnancy are increasingly important.
CNN - What too much alcohol can do to your health
Worldwide, each person 15 years and older consumes 13.5 grams of pure alcohol per day, according to the World Health Organization. Considering that nearly half of the world doesn't drink at all, that leaves the other half drinking up their share.
IAS - Drunk, disruptive air passenger numbers on the rise
Three out of five British adults who travel by air (60%) have encountered drunk passengers whilst on a flight, according to a report published today. (USA) - Alcohol Misuse 'A Costly Problem' For US Military
Alcohol misuse has been described as "a costly problem" from the US Department of Defense, with a new report showing around 30% of American service personnel are binge drinkers.
Transport Security World - Raise prosecutions to lower alcohol-related violence on planes, pleads Civil Aviation Authority
The head of the UK civil aviation regulator has called for urgent action to be taken by authorities to stop alcohol-fuelled violence and intimidating behaviour on planes, a worsening trend that ‘jeopardises the safety of flights and passengers’.
Knowridge Science Report - Why alcohol can increase your cancer risk
In a new study, researchers find that alcohol can damage DNA in stem cells. This could help explain why drinking increases risk of cancer.
Drink Tank (Australia) - Spoiler alert – alcohol causes cancer
Alcohol industry executives don’t want you to know that alcohol causes cancer. That’s because if people buy less alcohol, they make less profit.