Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Alcohol News - 46/2018

CNN (USA) - All adults should be screened for unhealthy alcohol use, new guidelines say
All adults, including pregnant women, should be screened for unhealthy alcohol use by their primary care physicians, the United States Preventive Services Task Force advises.
ERR News (Estonia) - Study: Majority of Estonian residents support laxer alcohol policy
More than half of all Estonian residents support as liberal an alcohol policy as possible or one with few restrictions (54% in all), while another third favour more stringent restrictions, according to the alcohol yearbook, titled "Market, consumption and damages of alcohol in Estonia," introduced at a National Institute for Health Development (NIHD) conference on Tuesday.
Medical Xpress - Alcohol ads with pro-drinking comments on Facebook boost desire to drink
Alcohol advertisements on social media sites such as Facebook can increase young adults' desire to drink if the ads contain pro-drinking comments from users. That's according to new research in the current issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
EurekAlert - Colder, darker climates increase alcohol consumption and liver disease
Where you live could influence how much you drink. According to new research from the University of Pittsburgh Division of Gastroenterology, people living in colder regions with less sunlight drink more alcohol than their warm-weather counterparts.
BBC News (Northern Ireland) - Alcohol poisoning in children on the rise
More than 300 children have been admitted to hospital in Northern Ireland for alcohol poisoning in the last six years, the BBC has learned.
The Irish Sun (Ireland) - Government ‘move to introduce Minimum Alcohol Pricing Bill within weeks’ to stop supermarkets slashing booze prices for Christmas
THE Government is looking to bring a new bill into force to restrict Irish supermarkets from slashing booze prices before Christmas, it has emerged.
UPI.com (South Korea) -South Korea to restrict alcohol advertising, including by models
South Korea will ban advertisements by models drinking alcohol and beer gulping sound effects to entice viewers as part of measures to discourage high booze usage and prevent alcohol-related crimes.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Alcohol Awareness Week: How to talk to your children about alcohol
As children get older, one of the important ongoing conversations parents need to have with them is about alcohol.
Business Today (India) - Safety comes first! India lot stricter than other countries on alcohol limit for pilots
On Monday, the aviation sector watchers raised a toast to the regulator DGCA for suspending the flying license of Air India director of operations Arvind Kathpalia after he failed the alcohol test recently before his scheduled flight as pilot.
Birmingham Live (UK) - Record numbers of Birmingham kids excluded from school over drugs and alcohol
Record numbers of children are being excluded from Birmingham schools for using or supplying drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.
Caribbean News Now (Grenada) - Grenada PM planning to cut back on sale of alcohol to teenagers
The government of Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell is planning to cut back on the sale of alcohol to teenagers in Grenada before he leaves political office. The prime minister wants to ban the sale of alcohol to young people, especially young people of school age.
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Business Insider - Sundar Pichai is ending Google's once famous partying culture by limiting drinking at work and threatening 'more onerous actions'
In response to a recent employee walkout protesting how Google has handled sexual-harassment cases, CEO Sundar Pichai released new policies for employees on Thursday.
Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute - Alcohol and Cancer Risk
There is a strong scientific consensus that alcohol drinking can cause several types of cancer (1, 2). In its Report on Carcinogens, the National Toxicology Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services lists consumption of alcoholic beverages as a known human carcinogen.
BDJ - Alcohol and mouth cancer
There is now considered to be no safe limit for alcohol intake. Studies have shown that risk of mouth cancer increases with greater alcohol intake (in particular when associated with the use of tobacco).
Standard Media (Kenya) - Heavy-drinking women top in cancer screening
Women in Kenya who drink heavily are more likely to screen for cervical cancer than light drinkers or abstainers, a Ministry of Health report has said.
Swissinfo (Switzerland) - Binge drinking on the rise among young women
In Switzerland, binge drinking is commonplace among teenagers and young adults aged 34 and under. This is the conclusion of the 2017 Swiss Health Survey published by the Federal Statistical Office.
Daily Mail (UK) - 1 in 3 US veterans suffers depression and 25% binge-drink, survey finds
Depression and binge-drinking is woefully common among veterans, survey data show. The tormenting mental health condition affects one in four unemployed veterans and one in three who do work.
Hindustan Times (India) - Drink driving cases in Delhi up by 27%
As many as 33,000 people were caught driving in an inebriated state on Delhi’s roads this year, around 27% higher than last year, data from Delhi traffic police shows.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

FASD News - 45/2018

HuffPost UK - An Open Letter to Prince Harry and Meghan – And All Parents-To-Be
You are expecting a baby! Oh, the dreams and hopes and joy of it all. Congratulations from one British-American family to another. Each of us wants a bright future for our children, no matter how many ‘u-s’ we have in our words or ‘zeds’ that fall by the wayside.
Radio New Zealand (New Zealand) - Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder workshop response overwhelms organiser
A hui about foetal alcohol spectrum disorder has received so much interest it's had to be moved to a bigger venue - and there's still a waitlist.
The Advocate (Tasmania) - Support from Tasmania for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder warning labels on alcohol packaging
The state’s peak drug and alcohol body says alcohol packaging should be mandatorily labelled to warn pregnant women about the harm of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Globalnews.ca (Canada) - Northern Saskatchewan program raises awareness of alcohol-related harms
New funding has allowed the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute to expand, allowing the Youth Action for Prevention (YAP) program to better engage people in northern areas of the province about the harms of alcohol.
The Globe and Mail (Canada) - Study finds newborns of Ontario women with developmental disabilities are more likely to be taken into protective custody
Newborns of Ontario women with intellectual and developmental disabilities are 30 times more likely to be taken into protective custody than the rest of the population, according to a new study that says these separations can be harmful to both babies and their mothers.
CANFasd (Canada) - TOWARDS A STANDARD CANADIAN DEFINITION OF FASD
At CanFASD, we have been working to create a common definition of FASD for use in a Canadian context.
Revere Health - The Reality of Drinking During Pregnancy
If you have recently become pregnant, you’re probably receiving a lot of advice from family and friends regarding pregnancy dos and don’ts. Some of the advice you hear may be contradictory.

UPCOMING
Alcohol Healthwatch - Our Science, Our Stories: 2nd Australasian FASD Conferenc (AUSTRALIA 21-22 NOV 2018)
We encourage you to attend this important conference, happening at a critical time of FASD action in both Australia and New Zealand.
CTRI - Live Stream: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Strategies for Supporting (Mar 12 - Mar 13, 2019)
This workshop will review five pillars for success when supporting individuals with FASD. These include a focus on Strengths, Healthy Relationships, Promoting FASD Self Awareness, Adaptations Strategies, and Team-Based Support.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
IHDCYH Talks Entretiens de l'IDSEA - What it takes: Supporting loved ones with FASD
Dorothy Reid, Family Advisory Committee, Can FASD Research Network.
FASD Network of Saskatchewan – You received an FASD diagnosis. Now What? Infographic
Receiving an FASD diagnosis can seem overwhelming but here are 5 general tasks that can help start you on your journey with FASD.
EFAN - FASD Strategies, Not Solutions
This Booklet is designed for caregivers and professionals who, in their everyday lives, encounter children and youth affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
The Mom's View - FASD: The Reality of Drinking During Pregnancy #tmvfeature
Today on The Mom's View, we welcome special guest, Judy (https://goo.gl/o5Fx1A), to give us some insight on her life and her advocacy for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Telethon Kids Institute - ALCOHOL AND PREGNANCY
Many people ask what is a safe amount to drink when pregnant? The answer is that the only way to guarantee that a child will not be born with FASD is to completely abstain from alcohol throughout a pregnancy.
Proof Alliance - Exciting News from MOFAS
MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Proof Alliance - We used to smoke on airplanes. Drive without seatbelts. Use lead paint and asbestos. But then we woke up. Looked at the facts. And, as a society, we decided to change things.
My Healthy Globe - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FASD Awareness SE #BEAWARE - FASD #Be Aware
The film was commissioned by the Charity FASD Awareness SE, to draw a greater awareness of the condition and its impact on individuals, families, care-givers and society in general.
FASD Awareness SE #BEAWARE - Reasons Women Drink While Pregnant
This film was commissioned by the Charity FASD Awareness SE. These films are a powerful tool to help FASD Awareness SE promote and educate the public worldwide of the possible effects drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause to a developing foetus.
Saskatchewan Ministry of Education - Planning for Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
This document is intended to assist educators in meeting the needs of students who are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Across Saskatchewan, school personnel have been working to find the best approaches for meeting the needs of all students.
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Special Books by Special Kids - Living with an Invisible Disability (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)
Johnny is diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol syndrome. His biological mother abused drugs and alcohol while he was in the womb. Now, his adoptive sister has committed to be his guardian as they enter adulthood together.

RESEARCH
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Coordinated Tcf7l2 regulation in a mouse model implicates Wnt signaling in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Mouse models of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) have repeatedly identified genes with long-term changes in expression, DNA methylation, noncoding RNA and histone modifications in response to neurodevelopmental alcohol exposure.
BMC Public Health - Exploring service providers’ perspectives on the prevention and management of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in South Africa: a qualitative study
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is among the leading causes of developmental and intellectual disabilities in individuals. Although efforts are being made toward the prevention and management of FASD in South Africa, the prevalence remains high.
PsyArXiv - Systematic literature review on which maternal alcohol behaviors are related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a worldwide problem. Maternal alcohol consumption is an important risk factor for FASD. It remains unknown which alcohol consumption patterns most strongly predict FASD. The objective of this study was to identify these.
BMC Public Health - A systematic review of prevention interventions to reduce prenatal alcohol exposure and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in indigenous communities
Overall, there is little evidence that previous interventions aiming to reduce the risk of prenatal alcohol exposure or FASD in Indigenous populations have been effective.
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology - Speech Impairment in Boys With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Findings indicate that the speech impairment in boys with FASD results from a combination of deficits in multiple subsystems and should be approached as a disorder rather than a developmental delay.
Journal of Addiction Medicine - A Multicountry Updated Assessment of the Economic Impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Costs for Children and Adults
The data on the economic burden of FASD are scarce, and the existing estimates likely underestimate the full economic impact of this disorder on the affected individuals, their caregivers, and society.
Journal of addiction medicine - A Current Evaluation of the Economic Costs for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): A Comment on the Systematic Review by Greenmeyer et al.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is common and associated with economic costs greater than comparable other childhood and adult disorders. We need to turn our attention to prevention and mitigation.
Early Human Development - Dermatoglyphics in children prenatally exposed to alcohol: Fluctuating asymmetry (FA) as a biomarker of alcohol exposure
Heavy prenatal ethanol exposure (demonstrated by high levels of FAEEs) alters the neuroectoderm developmental program during pregnancy: PAE correlates with FAABRC, which behaves as a dermatoglyphic variable sensitive to FASD and deserves to be studied as a surrogate marker of neurodevelopmental damage during foetal development.
Human Kinetics Journals - FAST Club: The Impact of a Physical Activity Intervention on Executive Function in Children With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Physical activity (PA) has been demonstrated to have positive effects on cognitive function, particularly executive function (EF) skills. Animal models suggest PA may be effective in ameliorating some of the neuropsychological effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), but this approach has not been extended to humans.
Alcohol - Neonatal alcohol exposure augments voluntary ethanol intake in the absence of potentiated anxiety-like behavior induced by chronic intermittent ethanol vapor exposure
These data recapitulate clinical observations of enhanced sensitivity for alcohol dependence following developmental alcohol exposure, which may reflect enhanced motivational drive rather than potentiated negative affect.
Pediatric Neuropsychiatry - A Diagnosis of Exclusion: Demystifying Neurodevelopmental Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Neurodevelopmental disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure (ND-PAE) is the DSM-5 diagnostic term to describe the effects of alcohol exposure on the central nervous system and brain during the embryonic and fetal period.
Hypertension Research - Association between alcohol consumption during pregnancy and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy in Japan: the Japan Environment and Children’s Study
This study examined the association between maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy in the Japan Environment and Children’s Study, a nationwide birth cohort study.
Neurotoxicology and Teratology - Prenatal alcohol exposure and offspring alcohol use and misuse at 22 years of age: A prospective longitudinal study
These results indicate that individuals exposed to as little as one drink per day during gestation are at risk of higher levels of drinking and more problems with alcohol by age 22.
2018 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC) - Influence of prenatal alcohol and smoke exposure on neonatal vagal tone in response to head-up tilt
This paper investigates differences in the parasympathetically mediated heart rate response to head-up tilt in two populations of newborns. One group was unexposed to any drug during pregnancy, the other was exposed to both alcohol and smoking in utero.
Birth defects Research - Gestational age and socioeconomic status as mediators for the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on development at 6 months
Results suggest that PAE is associated with higher rates of preterm birth and that alcohol's effect on development in infancy may be both direct and mediated by shortened length of gestation.
Pediatrics in Review - Effect of Maternal Substance Abuse on the Fetus, Neonate, and Child
The abuse of certain drugs or medications during pregnancy can have detrimental effects on the fetus and neonate. Previous research has shown that 5% of pregnant women use 1 or more addictive substances.
Pediatrics - Comment on Drinking or Smoking While Breastfeeding and Later Cognition in Children
Several members of our research team read with interest the recent article by Gibson and Porter,1 entitled “Drinking or Smoking While Breastfeeding and Later Cognition in Children.”

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
SÜDKURIER Online (Germany) - Der Konstanzer Samuel ist 21 Jahre alt und trinkt keinen Alkohol: Weil seine Mutter während der Schwangerschaft trank, ist er seit seiner Geburt trockener Alkoholiker
Wenn die Freunde nach dem Sport anstoßen, greift Samuel zu Spezi oder Apfelschorle. Seine Mutter hat während der Schwangerschaft getrunken, der 21-jährige Konstanzer muss deshalb den Rest seines Lebens mit den Folgen des Fetalen Alkoholsyndroms leben.
Quarks (Germany) - Weibliches Video: Fetales Alkoholsyndrom: Hirnschäden durch Alkohol in Schwangerschaft
Das Trinken von Alkohol während ihrer Schwangerschaft kann dazu führen, dass das Baby einer Frau mit Geburtsfehlern und Entwicklungsstörungen geboren wird. In der Tat ist Alkohol (Bier, Wein oder Schnaps) die Hauptursache vermeidbarer Geburtsfehler und Entwicklungsstörungen in den Vereinigten Staaten.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Alcohol News - 45/2018

Globalnews.ca (Canada) - Alcohol is killing Canadians, so why are we still drinking?
Most of us are aware of the commonly held belief that drinking wine is good for your heart, but few of us understand the serious dangers of drinking alcohol — even when it’s just one glass.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Thailand) - Alcohol recognised as leading cause of harm at global safety conference
Global safety experts meeting in Bangkok on Wednesday agreed to recognise that harmful alcohol use contributes to morbidity, injury and violence in all types of injuries.
TheFix.com - Blackouts and Memory Gaps: How Alcohol and Trauma Affect the Brain
Dissociation is most common in trauma that involves a betrayal of trust. This is a survival mechanism that protects our need for social support.
Medical Xpress - Alcohol industry health campaigns miss the mark by a longshot
Alcohol industry social responsibility schemes strengthen their own commercial interests while failing to reduce harmful alcohol use, according to a new worldwide study led by the University of Connecticut.
Brunel University News (UK) - Alcohol most misjudged drug when it comes to harm
People young and old underestimate the dangers of alcohol more than any other drug, shows a new study from Brunel University London.
The Guardian (Australia/New Zealand) - Alcohol misuse by over-50s on rise in Australia and New Zealand, study finds
Adults over 50 in Australia and New Zealand are increasingly drinking at hazardous levels requiring hospitalisation, research presented at an international alcohol conference on Tuesday has found.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol advertising to be banned near schools from November 2019
Alcohol advertising will be banned within 200 metres of a school, crèche or a local authority playground from November 2019.
Donnybrookmail (Australia) - State government continue to mull over minimum alcohol price
Pressure is mounting again on the WA state government to introduce a minimum floor price for alcohol.
NHK WORLD (Japan) - Japan to set common alcohol standards for pilots
Japan's transport ministry is planning to create common standards for testing aircraft flight crew for alcohol levels. In recent cases, pilots with Japanese airlines were detained or missed flights because of excessive drinking.
IcelandReview (Iceland) - Increasing Support for Selling Alcohol in Stores
More Icelanders support the idea of selling beer and wine in grocery stores than last year, Vísir reports. The ratio of those supporting the sale of alcohol has increased by 5% in one year, from 31.1% to 36.1%.
CBC.ca (Canada) - We're ignoring Canada's alcohol problem, chief public health officer warns
Canada's chief public health officer says she's worried about the rise in heavy drinking among Canadian women.
Wanted in Rome (Italy) - Rome extends alcohol ban
Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has banned the outdoor consumption of alcohol after 21.00 in the following areas: S. Lorenzo, Esquilino, the vicinity of Termini Station, Piazza Bologna, Viale Ippocrate and Piazzale delle Provincie.
The Advocate (Tasmania) - Alcohol a risk to unborn babies demanding education, awareness
Alcohol is a toxin that crosses the placenta and can disrupt development of the baby’s brain and other organs.
The Lancet - The global burden of disease attributable to alcohol and drug use in 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016
Alcohol and drug use can have negative consequences on the health, economy, productivity, and social aspects of communities.
Māori Television (New Zealand) - Māori children more exposed to alcohol marketing
Innovative camera research by the Universities of Otago and Auckland have found that Māori and Pacific children are five times more likely to be exposed to alcohol marketing than Pākehā children.
eCancer - Alcohol consumption and cognitive dissonance in the west
Prof Terry Slevin spoke to ecancer at the UICC World Cancer Congress in Kuala Lumpur about the attitude towards high cancer risk lifestyles, in particular alcohol.
Times of Malta (Malta) - Alcohol policy to be translated into law, action
An advisory body will help translate a new national alcohol policy into law and action - such as reviewing penalties for drink-driving and introducing new responsibilities for alcohol-serving venues.
The Lancet - New data to support much needed policy change
The systematic analysis of the global burden of disease attributable to alcohol and drug use from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) 20161 published in The Lancet Psychiatry, is the most comprehensive and systematic global estimate to date of the adverse health effects of substance use.
Club of Mozambique (Mozambique) - Mozambique regulates alcohol business, consumption – report
The Mozambican government, through the National Inspection of Economic Activities (INAE), has launched a nationwide campaign to regulate the marketing and consumption of alcoholic beverages, particularly in the city of Maputo as part of a strategic bid to promote public health.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Alcohol News - 44/2018

Science Daily - The long-term effects of alcohol demand on retail alcohol markets
As new study has examined the determinants of the number of licensed bars, restaurants, and liquor stores across neighborhoods in 53 California cities from 2000 to 2013.
Inverse - Alcohol Changes Memories on a Much Deeper Level Than We Thought
I’ll never drink again, you say, but that night, you do. New research in Neuron reveals an underlying basis for that endless cycle, showing the link between the brain’s relationship with alcohol and the pleasant memories formed under the influence.
Science Daily (Australia) - Australia's changing relationship with alcohol
New research has revealed that 30 per cent of Australians recently reduced the quantity of their alcohol consumption and a further 29 per cent reduced the frequency of their drinking, while six per cent kicked the habit for good.
BBC Three - I never imagined I'd be an alcoholic by the age of 25
It was in the middle of a bender at Berlin’s world famous nightclub Berghain that Alex*, now 31, realised he was out of control.
Healio - Back pain in teens tied to smoking, drinking alcohol, anxiety, depression
Adolescents with more frequent back pain were also more likely to report anxiety and depression, and more likely to smoke and drink alcohol, according to findings recently published in the Journal of Public Health.
Medical Xpress (New Zealand) - Cutting societal alcohol use may prevent alcohol disorders
Society must take collective responsibility to reduce the harm caused by alcohol use disorders, a University of Otago academic says.
Harvard Health - Alcohol and headaches
Alcohol is embedded in our society, and it is difficult to be in a public space without seeing a reference to alcohol or being offered a drink. Alcohol is broken down in the liver by an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase.
Medical Xpress - Increasing alcohol tax could benefit health and save money for society: NZ study
Increasing the excise tax on alcohol would likely result in fewer people dying or being injured in vehicle crashes – and generate savings for society, according to a just-published New Zealand study.
HealthDay (USA) - Firsthand 9/11 Exposure Fueling Alcohol- and Drug-Related Deaths: Study
People directly exposed to the World Trade Center terrorist attacks appear at increased risk of drug- and alcohol-related death, a new study finds.
Mirror.co.uk (UK) - Budget 2018: Cost of wine goes UP - but cost of beer, cider and spirits is FROZEN
The Budget 2018 has brought good news for drinkers as beer and cider duty is frozen - as is the tax on Spirits.
Washington Times (USA) - NIH ousts three employees over controversial alcohol study
The National Institutes of Health has ousted three employees who were involved in a highly questioned study of moderate alcohol use, and Director Francis S. Collins said he’s determined to prevent other bum studies from moving forward in the future.
Reuters (USA) - Amnesty policies may curb alcohol emergencies at universities
Amnesty policies may encourage college students to call for help with alcohol-related issues before they or their intoxicated peers become seriously ill, a U.S. study suggests.
The Independent - BINGE DRINKING 'IS IN YOUR GENES', NEW STUDY CLAIMS
Scientists may have discovered why some people are prone to binge drinking more than others.
EurekAlert (UK) - New study shows advertizing for alcohol is prevalent in UK television
A new study in the Journal of Public Health indicates that advertising for alcohol is common in British television, and may be a potential driver of alcohol use in young people.
Medscape - Diabetes Linked to Increased Suicide, Alcohol-Related Deaths
People with diabetes show higher rates of death related to suicide, alcohol, and accidents compared with the general population, with the risk particularly high among those treated with insulin, according to new results from a large Finnish study.
Kaiser Family Foundation (Uganda) - Uganda Implements Alcohol, Soft Drinks Tax To Help Fund HIV Treatment
Taxes levied on alcohol and soft drinks in Uganda will be used to fund the country’s HIV treatment programs, in a move designed to make the country less reliant on donors.
Medical Xpress (New Zealand) - One-third of Kiwis may drink hazardously their entire adult lives
Many of us assume that risky drinking is something we 'grow' out of as we age, but new research shows that this might not be the case.
Balance North East (UK) - Call to cut the harm of alcohol and tobacco in Autumn Budget
North East health campaigners are calling on the Government to tackle the crippling toll of alcohol and tobacco and plug much-needed public finances in next week’s Autumn Budget.
Eurocare (Scotland) - ‘Dying for a drink’: New report calls for ‘professional optimism’ to support recovery from alcohol problems
SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems) has published a new report, ‘Dying for a drink’, following research commissioned by the Scottish Government.
BMJ Open - Is the alcohol industry doing well by ‘doing good’? Findings from a content analysis of the alcohol industry’s actions to reduce harmful drinking
Alcohol industry CSR activities are unlikely to reduce harmful alcohol use but they do provide commercial strategic advantage while at the same time appearing to have a public health purpose.
IEG Policy (EU) - Commission still working with alcohol industry on labelling
The European Commission is still working with the alcoholic drinks industry to find a way to label their products with nutritional information and ingredients and end a waiver from these requirements in the 2011 food information to consumers regulation (FIC – 1169/2011).
NL Times (Netherlands) - DUTCH TEENS START DRINKING LATER, BUT NOT LESS: REPORT
Teenagers in the Netherlands start drinking at a later age, though those who do consume alcohol don't drink any less than in previous years, according to a study by newspaper Trouw, the Trimbos Institute, the Jellinek addiction institute, and the Netherlands Institute for Alcohol Policy.
ITV (Scotland) - Professional optimism needed to support alcohol recovery – report
Professional optimism across public services to emphasise the ability of people to recover from drink problems is needed to help cut Scotland’s alcohol death toll, a report has found.
Stuff - Regulating junk food, alcohol, tobacco marketing could assist cancer prevention – experts
Government action is needed to regulate the "extremely dangerous" marketing of junk food, alcohol and tobacco — the "holy trinity of public health".
NordAN (Baltics) - Baltic Assembly on cooperation on alcohol: “with a targeted approach and without delay”
On 25-26 October 2018 in Vilnius, parliamentarians and governmental representatives from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania convened for the 37th Session of the Baltic Assembly to discuss current affairs and cooperation of the Baltic States, also in alcohol policy, among other topics.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

FASD News - 43/2018

The Fascinating Child’s World Foundation (Poland) - Diagnosis and therapy of a child with the FASD spectrum – the inaugural conference
On 11.10.2018 the first and at the same time inaugural conference “Diagnosis and therapy of the child with the FASD spectrum”, was organized in Goleszów, Poland by our Foundation . It took place under the honorary patronage of the Starostwo Powiatu Cieszyński and the commune of Goleszów.
Toronto.com (Canada) - The truth about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is often overlooked and understudied. Caused by prenatal alcohol exposure, it is sometimes referred to as an “invisible disorder.”
vtdigger.org (USA) - Wavell Cowan: Education campaign needed on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is now recognized as the most common, most expensive, most under appreciated and most ignored, yet most preventable mental disorder in the industrialized world.
DiscoverMooseJaw.com (Canada) - FASD Conference Educates and Spreads Awareness
It was a full day of education and awareness as the Moose Jaw South Central FASD Committee and the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute held a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) conference Friday.
New Zealand Doctor Online (New Zealand) - Mandatory alcohol labelling set to help address fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
The Ministry of Health welcomes a decision by the Australian and New Zealand Forum on Food Regulation to make warning labels about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy mandatory on alcohol packaging.
UKNow (UK) - UK Research Links Signaling Pathways to Combating Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are an array of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), the most severe of these conditions, often results in physical abnormalities, behavioral development issues and intellectual disabilities.
Vancouver Is Awesome (Canada) - Born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on a B.C. reserve, this homeless Vancouver man’s strength can inspire
I have learned so many valuable lessons throughout my experiences with this project. But one that continually reoccurs is that every person you meet has a story, a battle they are fighting or have fought that is worth knowing.
News24 (South Africa) - ‘Take FAS seriously’
While provincial government recognises National Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Awareness Day annually in September, the DA in the Northern Cape is calling on both the health and social sector to take FAS more seriously.
Mountain Xpress (USA) - Project CARA helps expectant mothers with substance-use disorders
Leigh walked into the family nurse practitioner’s office and burst into tears. She had no insurance, a toddler to raise and a serious substance use problem. Now she was pregnant with her second child.
Deutche Welle - Fetal alcohol disorders - drinking damage
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) can result from exposure to alcohol in the womb. Characterized by physical and behavioral impairments, even adults with FASD find it hard to control their impulses and need specialist help.
TVNZ (New Zealand) - Fetal alcohol syndrome misunderstood and under-diagnosed, says expert
"Millions and millions of people around the world" live with fetal alcohol syndrome, and an international expert says the disorder is often misunderstood.
Polity (South Africa) - DA: Northern Cape must work hard to shed its title as SA’s Fetal Alcohol Syndrome capital
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape is calling on both the health and social sectors to take Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) more seriously.

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
PreventionInstitute1 - FASD Introduction to trauma
Trauma is pervasive and common. In this webinar, you will learn about symptoms and physiology associated with trauma.
Inclusive Education - FASD AND ITS IMPACT ON LEARNING
At Inclusive Education South Africa, our aim is to equip and facilitate a process whereby our beneficiaries feel more confident to accommodate and support learners meaningfully. One of the ways we aim to do this is by sharing the resources that have been developed by our facilitators. We, therefore, share this resource with you which can be used for guidance on how to accommodate learners who need support for FASD.

UPCOMING
8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (Mar 06 - 09, 2019, Canada)
8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is organized by University of British Columbia (UBC) and will be held from Mar 06 - 09, 2019 at The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Nuorten Lääkärien Yhdistys - FASD: Liian pieni juomaan (November 21, 2018; Finland)
Kehitysvammaliitto järjestää marraskuussa ajankohtaiset koulutuspäivät FASD-kirjon henkilöiden kanssa työskenteleville lääkäreille ja moniammatillisen työryhmän erityistyöntekijöille.
FASD Satellite Day Tuesday 6th November 2018 (New Zealand)
The NZ Paediatric Society has their annual conference in Nelson new Zealand this year ( 6th to 9th of November).
Building Circles of Support: An Educational Series on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (November 28; Canada)
The Manitoba FASD Centre invites you to join Building Circles of Support Information Series. Parents, caregivers, other family members and professionals who support children and youth 18 years old and younger recently seen or diagnosed at the Manitoba FASD Centre.
AAP / MDAAP Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Education and Training Series Announcement
This webinar will focus on defining the terms used to describe the conditions that fall under the umbrella of FASDs, describing the signs that may indicate prenatal alcohol exposure and a possible condition along the continuum of FASDs.

RESEARCH
University of Helsinki - Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on the Epigenome, Gene Expression and Development
Prenatal alcohol exposure affects the developing fetus and causes a wide range of physical and neurological abnormalities.
International Social Work - Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Effective helping responses from social workers
This article considers why a social work response to FASD is needed and explores social work frameworks and models that underpin current FASD-informed practice.
Birth defects research - Comparing diagnostic outcomes of children with fetal alcohol syndrome in South Africa with diagnostic outcomes when using the updated Institute of Medicine diagnostic guidelines
Differences regarding diagnostic outcomes and prevalence of dysmorphic features suggest that strict application of the diagnostic criteria may miss children who present with FAS.
Brain and Behavior - Prenatal alcohol exposure affects brain function during place learning in a virtual environment differently in boys and girls
Girls and boys are known to use different navigation strategies. Boys rely more on an allocentric navigational strategy and girls more on landmarks. Poorer recruitment of the PHG, a region known to mediate allocentric navigation, in more heavily exposed boys may explain the observed dose‐dependent place learning deficit.
Harefuah - FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER (FASD) AND ADOPTIONS FROM THE FORMER SOVIET UNION
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is presently estimated to affect more than 1-2 % of babies in North America. In Israel it is quite rarely diagnosed. Many of the children adopted from the former Soviet Union were born to alcoholic women.
Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society - Executive Functioning Correlates With Communication Ability in Youth With Histories of Heavy Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Caregivers of youth with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure report impaired communication, which can significantly impact quality of life. Using data collected as part of the Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD), we examined whether cognitive variables predict communication ability of youth with histories of heavy prenatal alcohol exposure.
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry - Role of corticosterone in anxiety- and depressive-like behavior and HPA regulation following prenatal alcohol exposure
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is known to cause dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, including hyperresponsivity to stressors.
European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience - Prenatal alcohol use as a risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
The objective of the study was to investigate the association between alcohol use during pregnancy and mental disorders in childhood, controlling for confounding risk factors by a longitudinal study of pregnant women and their offspring.
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - Substance Use in Pregnancy Among Vulnerable Women Seeking Addiction and Parenting Support
Substance use during pregnancy is associated with obstetrical and fetal complications. Though use of some substances is discontinued during pregnancy, use of others persists.
Nigerian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Applied Science Research - Prevalence and Knowledge of Harmful Effects of Alcohol Consumption among Pregnant Women in Edo and Delta States, Nigeria
The study determined the prevalence of alcohol consumption in pregnancy and knowledge of its harmful effects among the women in parts of Edo and Delta states of Nigeria.
Women and Birth - A midwifery case management model for women with complex substance use in pregnancy
The Women's Alcohol and Drug Service (WADS) at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne provides specialist midwifery care for pregnant women with complex drug use or alcohol dependence.
Neurotoxicology and Teratology - Persistent increase in ecto 5′ nucleotidase activity from encephala of adult zebrafish exposed to ethanol during early development
Prenatal alcohol exposure causes alterations to the brain and can lead to numerous cognitive and behavioral outcomes. Long-lasting effects of early ethanol exposure have been registered in glutamatergic and dopaminergic systems.
Frontiers in Psychiatry - Prenatal alcohol exposure and child psychosocial behavior: a sibling fixed-effects analysis
In this study, using a within-family sibling fixed effects design, we sought to examine the association between low prenatal alcohol exposures (PAE) and children’s overall psychosocial behavior in a Japanese cohort.
Alcohol - Prenatal ethanol exposure potentiates isolation-induced ethanol consumption in young adult rats
Prenatal and/or early postnatal ethanol exposure (PEE) is associated with significant behavioral and physiological deficits in offspring, including alterations in stress response systems and a greater likelihood of alcohol use disorders.
Juniper - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Child’s School Education
Learning is a process that occurs continuously in people’s life in wich the acquisition of new behaviors, skills and attitudes has the aim of adapting the human being to the environment.

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Volksstimme (Germany) - Miteinander reden statt verstecken
Stendal l Sie war immer kleiner als ihre gleichaltrigen Mitschüler. Trotz aller Mühe konnte sie sich Dinge schlecht merken.
tekk.tv (Germany) - Trinken während der Schwangerschaft ist nie in Ordnung – Mehr als 400 Bedingungen zusammen auftreten mit fetale Alkohol-Spektrum-Störung
Alkoholkonsum während der Schwangerschaft wurde lange als ein No-No aufgeführt. Neuere Forschung hat jedoch diese Vorstellung, Frage mich, ob Licht trinken während des ersten Trimesters wirklich so schlimm ist, wie wir denken gefragt. Laut der jüngsten Studie zu diesem Thema ist die Antwort ja; zu jedem Zeitpunkt während der Schwangerschaft trinken, hat schwerwiegende Folgen.
SAFERA (France) - Telemag SAF
Regard Urbain (Télémag) vous présente l'organisme SAFERA qui se bat contre le Syndrôme d'alcoolisation Foetale (SAF).

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Alcohol News - 43/2018

WHO Europe - WHO helps EU Member States enhance surveillance of alcohol consumption and harm
WHO has developed a series of measures and instruments to support Member States in their efforts to enhance alcohol surveillance and improve the national processes for estimating alcohol consumption and the burden of alcohol-attributable disease.
Irish Times (Ireland) - One in three of us is a binge drinker but smoking rates have plunged, survey finds
One in three drinkers has binged on alcohol in the past year, while one in five does so at least once a week, according to a new survey.
Science Daily - New target of alcohol in the brain
When alcohol enters the brain, it causes neurons in a specialized region called the ventral tegmental area, or VTA -- also known as the "pleasure center" -- to release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that produces those feel-good sensations, and tells the brain that whatever it just experienced is worth getting more of.
ABC News (Australia) - The real cost of alcohol - is it time for a minimum floor price?
Back in March the state government held a preventive health summit which explored ways to reduce obesity and alcohol related harm.
ABC News (Australia) - Alcohol, pregnancy and parenting
The nine months of pregnancy have the ability to permanently influence our health and susceptibility to certain diseases later in life, and this is a growing and vital area of scientific research, says Diana Lucia.
New Hampshire Public Radio (USA) - Unhealthy Patterns of Alcohol Use Remain A Problem In N.H. For Many, Including Women And Youth
Though the opioid crisis has been the top-of-mind health issue here, alcohol abuse remains a major problem in the state and nationally. We look at the factors specific to New Hampshire, and who is most impacted these days.
Belarus News (Belarus) - Alcohol industry in focus of Belarus' government meeting
Development of the alcoholic beverages industry in Belarus is high on the agenda of the meeting chaired by the head of state Alexander Lukashenko, BelTA has learned.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Booze companies exploiting an advertising loophole
Of all the issues that should be making parents of young children and adolescents' blood boil, it is unrestricted advertising of booze during premier sporting events.
Stabroek News (Guyana) - PAHO/WHO, health ministry to start work on alcohol control policy
In the coming days, the Pan American Health Organisation and World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), with input from the Public Health Ministry and stakeholders, will begin developing a policy for the prevention and control of use of alcohol in Guyana.
Drink Tank (Australia) - The fight to prevent alcohol-related harm
The fight to prevent alcohol-related harm has turned an important international corner with two prestigious medical journals The Lancet and British Medical Journal (Australia’s own Prof. Kypri) acknowledging that there is now no recognised healthy level of the consumption of alcohol.
The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health - Hard measures needed to tackle youth drinking
Alcohol is one of the most commonly used legal, addictive substances in adolescence. Consumption by peers heavily influences initiation of use, and most young people drink alcohol in social situations to enhance existing friendships and make new ones.
BMJ - Alcohol must be recognised as a drug
Alcohol, actually ethanol (C2H5OH), is a psychoactive molecule ingested by 2.4 billion people globally.1 A central nervous system depressant, it exists naturally and can be produced in people’s homes. Any alcohol consumption confers health risks, including for a range of cancers,2 and any possible cardiovascular benefits are smaller than was previously understood.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Alcohol News - 42/2018

Medical Xpress (Ireland) - Ireland passes law putting cancer warnings on alcohol
Alcoholic drinks in Ireland will be labelled with cancer warnings under a groundbreaking law passed Wednesday, which also sets a minimum price in a bid to tackle a "corrosive" drinking culture.
Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - Facial recognition system to approve alcohol and cigarettes sales to be trialled by first British supermarket
Facial recognition software is to be used in UK supermarkets for the first time to verify the age of people buying alcohol and cigarettes, the Telegraph has learned.
The Guardian (Australia) - Alcohol labels warning of risk from drinking while pregnant 'will save lives'
Alcohol producers will be forced to label their products with warnings relating to the risks of drinking during pregnancy in an agreement reached by Australian and New Zealand ministers.
MedPage Today - Alcohol, Suicide-Related Mortality Higher in Diabetics
People with diabetes may be at a higher risk for mortality stemming from psychological issues, a Finnish study reported.
The Local France (France) - Could the cost of alcohol in France be about to shoot up?
The price of alcohol in France could be about to go up after French doctors called on the country's health minister to raise taxes on alcohol to fund an awareness campaign, warning the public about the dangers of over-consumption and addiction.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Alcohol bill will 'change attitudes', say doctors
The Royal College of Physicians says the passage of the Public Health Alcohol Bill will help ease the frontline pressures on the health service.
Macau Daily Times (Macau) - LEGISLATION ON YOUTH ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION BEING CONSIDERED
The Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Alexis Tam, says that he will consider laws and regulations on youth alcohol consumption.
VietnamPlus (Malaisya) - Malaysia raises minimum age for alcohol consumption to 21
Malaysia on October 17 raised the minimum age to purchase alcohol to 21 from 18 and the decision took effect immediately.
Radio New Zealand (Samoa) - Samoa judge calls for alcohol restriction
A Supreme Court judge in Samoa has called on the Liquor Control Board to impose tougher conditions on the sale of alcohol to already intoxicated customers.
CTV News (Canada) - Coroner urges police and SAAQ to treat impaired driving more seriously and swiftly
Three years after the death of a man who drove into a police cruiser, a coroner is urging the province to speed up its evaluation of breathalyzers and ignition locks.
talkRADIO (UK) - MPs call for new alcohol levy to help treat harm caused by heavy drinking
A new "treatment levy" should be imposed on alcohol duties to help deal with the harm caused by heavy drinking, MPs and health groups have said.
The London Free Press (UK) - Advocates unveil local drug and alcohol strategy
The Middlesex-London Community Drug and Alcohol Strategy officially is out, highlighting a slew of recommendations and key priorities, including better collaboration between addiction and mental health agencies and creating a managed alcohol program to help the most severe alcoholics.
Whitman Wire (USA) - 374% Increase in Alcohol Referrals: 2018 Clery Report
Of all the information within the Clery Report, most striking is the number of alcohol referrals, which increased by approximately 374 percent from 2016 to 2017.