Thursday, July 18, 2019

Alcohol News - 29/2019

The Sydney Morning Herald - 'Second-hand drinking' damage is more common than you may think
I had a boyfriend once whose friends knew him by two names: his given name, when he was sober, and his alter-ego name, when he was drunk.
Paste Magazine (Germany) - Study Suggests Alcohol Causes Skin to Sunburn Faster
Going to the beach is already something of a stressful event for those of us who sunburn easily, or are concerned about the threat of skin cancer, but the results of a new study suggest one of our favorite beach pastimes puts human beings in even more risk. This German study found that the consumption of alcohol may be directly linked to skin sunburning at a faster rate.
10 daily - Dear Men: You Need To Give Up Drinking While Your Partner Is Pregnant
This month celebrity personal trainer Sam Wood told his Instagram followers that he chose to give up alcohol as soon as his wife Snezana became pregnant with their second child.
Edinburgh Live (Scotland) - Edinburgh health bosses slammed after holding back £1.4 million in drug and alcohol funding to plug gap
Health bosses have been labelled “perverse” after holding back £1.4m of drug and alcohol addiction funding in order to help fill a black hole in under-pressure finances.
Charlestown Patriot Bridge - Yes, Drugs Are Bad, But Alcohol Is Still the Worst
We’ve all become aware of the opioid epidemic that has spread throughout the country in recent years and that has been responsible for about 60,000 premature deaths annually in the United States.
Sky News (UK) - Alcohol-related illness and death will rise unless action taken, health chiefs warn
The UK will continue on an "alarming trajectory" of alcohol-related ill health and deaths unless the government prioritises plans to tackle drinking, healthcare organisations have warned.
TVNZ (New Zealand) - 'Pervasive addiction' - Psychiatrists call for rise in NZ's alcohol-buying age, price hikes
Psychiatrists are calling for wide-ranging restrictions on alcohol including raising the purchase age back to 20, price increases and an advertising ban, saying alcohol harm remains the most pervasive addiction problem in New Zealand.
Xinhua (Spain) - Study shows effect of alcohol and drugs on road deaths in Spain
The results of a study published by the Spanish National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Science (INTCF) on Wednesday highlighted the role that alcohol or drugs played in provoking fatal accidents on roads in Spain in 2018.
ABC Local (Australia) - 'A powerful message': Should alcohol products be branded with warnings about the cancer risk?
Most Australians are aware of the cancer risk associated with smoking, unprotected sun exposure and asbestos — but what about drinking alcohol?
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - De Belin lawyer argues cutting alcohol ads better than stand-downs
Reducing the prevalence of alcohol advertising is one of several alternatives to the controversial "no fault" stand-down rule the NRL should have implemented if it was serious about curbing poor player behaviour, Jack de Belin’s lawyers claim.
Medical Daily - Study: Seeing Trees Can Help Reduce Cravings For Food, Alcohol And Cigarettes
To those trying to avoid or reduce consumption of food, nature might help you. A new study suggests that seeing spaces with trees and plants could help reduce cravings for food as well as alcohol and cigarettes.
RMIT University - Toxic cocktail of booze, drugs key cause for medical care at festivals
Four in five Australian music festival attendees that seek medical help are consuming an average of 15 standard drinks when using drugs, finds a new report.
Baltic Times (Finland) - Finland to await impact of Estonia, Latvia before increasing excise duties on alcohol
The Finnish government intends to raise the rates of excise levies on alcohol, expecting to increase excise duty receipts by 50 million euros, however, before the change is implemented, the impact of Estonia and Latvia lowering their rates must be analyzed, public broadcaster ERR reports.
Cancer Health (USA) - Should Alcoholic Drinks Carry Cancer Warnings?
Many Americans don’t consider their drinking habits a major risk factor for cancer. But consumer groups and public health agencies are calling for federal regulators to add warning labels to alcoholic drinks indicating the connection. Alcohol manufacturers are pushing back, CBS News reports.
Lusaka Times (Zambia) - Tobacco, Alcohol Fueling Cancer
A breast cancer expert has warned that increased tobacco and alcohol intake is fueling breast cancer cases among women in the country.
Quartz (Qatar) - Beer is giving 2022 World Cup host Qatar a headache
On Jan. 1, Qatar hiked the price of booze by 100%. This week, the Arab Gulf nation slashed prices by about 30%. Despite the price cut, a case of beer at Qatar’s sole liquor store will still put a dent in the pocket of thirsty consumers at roughly $64, according to Bloomberg—about $2.66 a beverage.

Monday, July 15, 2019

FASD News - 28/2019

Anchorage Daily News - Living with FASD: ‘I’m going to have this for the rest of my life’
Like many other city-dwelling, twentysomething Alaskans, Shawna gets up in the morning and goes to work. She spends time with her family. She posts cute selfies on Instagram. She likes funny memes and reading and makeup.
Buffalo News (USA) - Another Voice: Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders demand more attention
I find myself in a small, nondescript meeting room in my county’s Department of Human Services. Again. The faces are familiar — the judge, the developmental service agency representatives and the disability rights lawyer who has invited me again to testify. The only person new to this room is the caregiver — a grandmother of a 10-year-old boy whom we’ll call “Marcus.”
Noted - The women out to dispel myths about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Every week, Eleanor Bensemann leaves her Kāpiti home to drive north to see her 22-year-old grandson. Daniel no longer lives with her, but she raised him for much of his life. He was eight when he first got into trouble with the law, then he spent his time as a teenager in and out of the courts and living on the streets.
Noted (New Zealand) - What the death of a young-adult FASD sufferer shows about NZ's health system
Heke, who came into the Willcox’s care at the age of one, was their second foster child with FASD. His disability meant he was slower to crawl and walk, and needed help with eating. At times, his behaviour and the level of care he needed were so difficult that the couple asked for extra support from the then Child, Youth and Family agency.
Fetal Alchohol Spectrum Disorder – or FASD – has been a growing concern for families in regional Australia.
Jamaica Observer - PAHO launches online course to address alcohol use in pregnancy
The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), worried that the rates of alcohol disorders among women are higher in the region of the Americas than in any other region of the world, has launched a new initiative to provide health care workers with the technical skills they need to identify and address alcohol consumption in pregnant women and those of reproductive age.
The Guardian (UK) - How secondhand drinking ruins lives: ‘Every family has been touched by this’
Passive smoking is treated as a serious hazard. So why have we been so slow to wake up to the dangers alcohol poses to those who live with – or have a devastating encounter with – a heavy drinker?
Police News - Why a different approach is needed when interacting with people with disabilities
Police officers are sworn to protect and serve the public. Not one of them wants to be in a situation where they use force on an individual who they mistakenly believe is being noncompliant when, in fact, the person has a disability or communication disorder. Yet, it happens all too frequently.
Rehab4Alcoholism - The Dangers of Drinking Alcohol When Pregnant
Are you pregnant but wondering if taking one or two glasses of wine on a weekend can harm the fetus growing in your womb? If yes, then you are not alone.

FASD Hub Australia - GPaskthequestion project stresses the importance of talking to women planning pregnancy about their alcohol use
GPs are often the first health professional a woman goes to when she is either planning a pregnancy or thinks she may be pregnant.
HOPE+RESQ / HOPE 27 - Embraced - Joel on Why Donate
Filmmaker, Joel Sheagren sharing why we need donations to make the documentary, Embraced, Truth About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. FASD is the Western Hemisphere's number one birth defect that few people know about.
HOPE+RESQ / HOPE 27 – Jodee-endorsement
Embraced, Truth About FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder).
Embraced Movement – A Documentary Film Project About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Embrace, Truth About FASD came out of a passion to help my son, Sam, who was diagnosed with ARND — Alcohol Related Neurological Disorders — a specific diagnosis under the FASD umbrella a few years ago.
Rhiannon Tuffield (Australia) - FASD Clinic
In the community of Shepparton, substance abuse has long been a driver behind community health issues, according to GV Health's Clinical Director of Paediatrics, Dr Dan Garrick.

RESEARCH - Policy Action Paper: Toward a Standard Definition of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Canada
Language is a reflection of how people in a society see one another, which can impact perceptions and consequently how people think. In particular, language is a powerful tool in influencing how society and culture constructs disabilities.
BioRxiv - Hippocampal transcriptome analysis following maternal separation implicates altered RNA processing in a mouse model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are common, seen in 1-5% of the population in the United States and Canada. Children diagnosed with FASD are not likely to remain with their biological parents, facing early maternal separation and foster placements throughout childhood.
BMC Public Health - Population-based prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Canada
This study provides the first population-based estimate of the prevalence of FASD in Canada. The estimate is approximately double or possibly even triple previous crude estimates.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health - The Distribution of Available Prevention and Management Interventions for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (2007 to 2017): Implications for Collaborative Actions
The global prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) remains high despite the various preventive and management interventions that have been designed and implemented to tackle the issue in various settings.
South African Medical Journal - Maternal alcohol use and children’s emotional and cognitive outcomes in rural South Africa
While HD rates were low, maternal/caregiver alcohol use negatively impacted on parenting and children’s behavioural/cognitive outcomes. International evidence suggests that integrated approaches engaging parents and families may be more effective for parent-child outcomes than individual psychiatric or medical care for the parent on their own.
International journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - The Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in An American Indian Community
The prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) differs among populations and is largely unknown among minority populations. Prevalence and characterization of FASD is necessary for prevention efforts and allocation of resources for treatment and support.
OSFPREPRINTS - A preliminary investigation of the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on facial morphology in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Alcohol exposure during pregnancy has been associated with altered brain development and facial dysmorphology. While autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is not specifically related to distinct facial phenotypes, recent studies have suggested certain facial characteristics—increased facial masculinity and asymmetry—may be associated with ASD
bioRxiv - Prenatal alcohol exposure programs offspring disease: Impacts on metabolic health and dietary preference in a rat model of acute exposure
These data suggest that a relatively low-level, acute PAE can still program metabolic dysfunction in offspring in a sex-specific manner. These results highlight that alcohol consumption during pregnancy has the potential to affect the long-term health of offspring.
BMJ - Analysis of non-respondent pregnant women who were registered in the Japan Environment and Children’s Study: a longitudinal cohort study
The non-response rate decreased when participants reported health-related behaviour or characteristics. Obtaining the understanding of people around each participant might help increase response rates.
SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) are the most useful drugs to treat depression during pregnancy. Intrauterine exposure to SSRIs may increase the risk of growth restriction, preterm birth and neonatal complications.

Neue Presse (Germany) - Vollrausch im Mutterleib: So gefährlich ist Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft
Ein Glas Wein kann nicht schaden? Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft ist gefährlicher, als die meisten glauben. Auch geringe Mengen können verheerende Folgen haben – fast jedes vierte Pflegekind ist betroffen.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Alcohol News - 28/2019

Medical News Today - Giving up alcohol may significantly boost mental health
The debate as to whether moderate drinking is good, bad, or has no effect on health has been ongoing for years. Now, a new study suggests that people — especially women — who give up alcohol can experience better mental health and reach levels of well-being almost on a par with those of lifelong abstainers.
The Guardian (UK) - The bigger picture on what alcohol costs us
David Smyth (Cancer, obesity and Boris Johnson’s ‘sin tax’ error, Letters, 8 July) says: “It looks to me as if the cost of treating those requiring medical attention because of their drinking will be more than met by the taxes paid by drinkers generally.”
Metro (UK) - Sick of summer drinking? Sainsbury’s is launching an alcohol-free pub
Alcohol and summer in Britain famously go hand-in-hand. At the merest rumour of the sun, many of us to head straight to the nearest pub and pay £5 a pint for the privilege of jostling for space on the pavement outside.
Medical News Today - Beating addiction: Why our brains may struggle to ignore alcohol, food cues
New research offers fascinating insights into how our brains ignore environmental cues of addictive substances or habits, why it's harder to ignore such cues when we're stressed, and how we might be able to beat addiction.
Medical News Today - What to know about alcohol and brain damage
Alcohol begins affecting a person's brain as soon as it enters the bloodstream. In a healthy person, the liver quickly filters alcohol, helping the body get rid of the drug. However, when a person drinks to excess, the liver cannot filter the alcohol fast enough, and this triggers immediate changes in the brain.
INSIDER - It's not just secondhand smoke — secondhand alcohol exposure is really what you should be worried about
Non-smokers often have visceral reactions if someone lights up a cigarette nearby — the dangers of secondhand smoke are well-established, and it's usually clear when you're at risk.
Helsinki Times (Finland) - Finland to raise €75m by increasing alcohol and soft drink taxes in 2020
THE FINNISH GOVERNMENT will introduce the increases in alcohol and soft drink taxes laid out in the government programme in full as early as next year. (Ireland) - Charity used funds for alcohol at party
An organisation providing support for people with disabilities has been criticised by HSE auditors for using funds to buy alcohol for Christmas parties.
Northern Daily - News Alcohol marketing influences youths' decision to drink
Thrill-seeking and impulsive behaviours can be part of the teenage years, and the addition of alcohol can place the already at-risk teen at an even higher risk for social harms, physical injuries, and premature death. (Canada) - Toronto’s top doctor sounds alarm on Ontario’s loosened alcohol regulations
Toronto‘s top doctor is sounding the alarm about the provincial government’s loosened rules around alcohol sales and consumption.
BBC News (Portugal/Wales) - Portugal opposes Welsh minimum alcohol price law
The Portuguese government is concerned its country's wines would be "less competitive" in Wales under plans for a minimum price of alcohol. (Latvia) - Excise tax to be reduced for strong alcohol in Latvia
On Monday, 8 July, Latvia’s Saeima approved in the final reading amendments to the Excise Tax Law by 15%, reducing excise tax rate for strong alcohol.
The Slovak Spectator (Slovakia) - Slovaks consumed the record amount of alcohol last year
The consumption of alcohol in Slovakia rose to the highest level since 2015 last year. It was also higher than the European average, according to the statistics of the World Health Organisation (WHO). (Latvia) - Latvia’s health ministry pushes to limit alcohol ads
In order to reduce the prevalence of alcohol consumption and harm to public health, it is planned to introduce new restrictions on alcohol availability and advertising in the coming years, while improving the treatment and rehabilitation services of alcohol addiction. Alcohol consumption is increasing every year in Latvia, so it is important to limit its availability and to explain to society the negative impact of alcohol on health. (Latvia) - Latvian Physicians support Health Ministry's alcohol advertising ban
Narcologists express support of the Health Ministry's (VM) plan for reducing alcohol consumption, reported LSM's Latvian service on July 5. The Riga Center for Psychiatry and Narcology noted that the ministry's planned restrictions are aimed primarily at adolescents.
ABC Life (Australia) - Support for those wanting to give up drinking alcohol in 2019
It's Dry July — and like Feb fast and other alcohol-free challenges throughout the year — some of you are putting the lid back on the bottle and using this as a chance to cut back on your drinking.
Canberra Times - A very inconvenient truth: alcohol isn't good for us
It's unfortunate but true - alcohol is a carcinogen and there is no safe dose. Alcohol use increases the risk of mouth, throat, liver, bowel and breast cancers, and is estimated to be responsible for one in 20 deaths around the world.
BBC (UK) - Alcohol abuse affects one in five UK inpatients, study suggests
One in five people admitted to a UK hospital drinks alcohol in a harmful way and one in 10 depends on it, a study suggests.
France 24 (African Union) - Tax alcohol, tobacco, to tackle cancer: African Union first ladies
First ladies attending the African Union summit in Niger on Saturday called for a rise in taxes for cancer-causing products such as tobacco and alcohol.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Alcohol News - 27/2019

CNN (USA) - The secondhand harms of drinking impact 1 in 5 adults, study says
About one-fifth of adults in the United States have experienced some form of harm due to someone else's behavior while drinking.
The Guardian - The rise of the sober curious: having it all, without alcohol
Delage was a young, beautiful, Parisian Instagram it-girl with more than 100,000 followers at her peak, continually posting photos of herself at rooftop parties or aboard yachts in late summer, hair tousled, and always, always, with a drink in hand.
CBS News - Alcoholic beverages should carry cancer warnings, health groups say
Consumer and public health agencies are calling on federal regulators to add new warning labels on alcoholic beverages to indicate they may cause cancer.
Science Daily - Brain imaging may help identify teens at risk of increasing alcohol use
Teenagers with large amounts of grey matter in the brain at age 14 are more likely to increase their alcohol use over the next five years, according to a whole brain imaging study.
The Scotsman (UK) - Boris Johnson pledges crackdown on 'sin tax' levies on sugar, alcohol and tobacco
Boris Johnson has pledged to halt hikes on so-called sin taxes, which include levies on tobacco, alcohol and sugar, even as the impact of obesity was laid bare by a new campaign.
TimesLIVE (South Africa) - Zoleka Mandela: Drugs and alcohol taking 'serious toll on SA communities'
As drug and alcohol abuse continue to dominate conversations across Mzansi, Zoleka Mandela has weighed in on the scourge and the toll it is taking on SA communities.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol minimum pricing rules to be fast-tracked by Cabinet
The Government is set to fast-track new laws to clamp down on cheap alcohol sales in off-licences and supermarkets, with the Cabinet expected to approve plans within the next two weeks.
News Now Finland (Estonia/Finland) - Estonia alcohol tax drop impacts prices for Finnish shoppers
Travelers from Finland to Estonia hoping to stock up on their alcohol supplies will notice a drop in the price of booze from Monday.
United States Army (USA) - Alcohol and Water Don't Mix
According to U.S. Coast Guard statistics, alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in recreational boater deaths and a leading contributor in boating accidents.
Teesside Live (UK) - Cheap booze and drink adverts under spotlight in move to tackle alcohol issues
A crack team of experts has been tasked with turning around Stockton’s troubled relationship with alcohol. Almost 40% of the borough’s residents drink at levels which increase risk of harm to their health with death rates due to alcohol significantly higher than the national average.
Simple Flying - Disruptive Passenger Crackdown Prompts Ryanair Hand Luggage Alcohol Rule
Ryanair has banned alcohol in hand luggage on a number of routes. The move on select Spanish routes from the UK is designed to stop disruptive passengers onboard aircraft.
Express (Italy/UK) - Italy tourists urged to AVOID booze during European heatwave
UK travellers have been urged to ditch the booze as temperatures soar in the Mediterranean country during the well-documented - will you be paying heed?
Deutche Welle (Poland) - Poland: Zero Tolerance for Drunk-driving
In Poland drivers with raised blood alcohol levels can expect drastic punishments. That also applies to bicyclists who've had too much to drink.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Alcohol News - 26/2019

Washington Post - Millennials have sparked a sober revolution, and alcohol brands are starting to notice
It’s everywhere you look these days: #SoberCurious, #SoberIsSexy, #SoberLife and #SoberSaturday. There are sober nightclubs, sober early-morning dance parties, Instagram influencers who anchor their online identities with an eschewal of alcohol.
The BMJ - Alcohol complicates multimorbidity in older adults
Lower birth rates and higher life expectancy are transforming global population age profiles, such that the prevalence of long term health conditions in the general population is rising steeply, with more people living with multimorbidity as they age. (Australia) - Alcohol retail giant BWS accused of Dry July charity stunt
Alcohol retailer BWS has been criticised by health groups for sponsoring the sobriety challenge Dry July, accused of hijacking a good cause with an “empty, manipulative stunt”. - It's time we stopped basing tech events around alcohol
The partnership between journalism and alcohol is as old as the pubs on Fleet Street, and the tech press has been a keen participant in the tradition. But it's 2019, and way past time we stopped making alcohol the linchpin of our events.
Happy Mag (Australia) - Australian-first study names alcohol the most harmful drug to society
According to a recent Australian study, alcohol causes the most overall harm to the Australian community.
The Hindu BusinessLine - Just one glass of wine may impair sense of control: Study
Drinking only one pint of beer or a large glass of wine is enough to significantly compromise a person’s sense of agency -- the feeling of being in control of actions, according to a study. (Canada) - Stay safe around drugs and alcohol at summer festivals: Health Canada
With a lot of festivals and events planned for the summer, Health Canada wants you to be safe if you’re using substances like cannabis, other drugs or alcohol. (Latvia) - Saeima committee okays reducing excise tax on strong alcohol until end of February 2020
The Saeima Budget and Finance (Taxation) Committee today approved for the final reading the bill cutting the rate of excise tax on alcohol to 15 percent until February 29, 2020. (New Zealand) - Council adopts Kilbirnie alcohol ban
Wellington City Councillors have adopted a plan to implement an alcohol ban in Kilbirnie following a review and public consultation – effective immediately. (Ireland) - Scots' success paves way for alcohol price controls
Ireland will move quickly to implement a minimum price below which alcoholic drink cannot be sold, the Taoiseach has said.
Medical Xpress - Neuroscience research questions current alcohol limit
New research by neuroscientists from the University of Sussex shows that drinking only one pint of beer or a large glass of wine is enough to significantly compromise a person's sense of agency.
Stars and Stripes (Japan) - Japan outlaws flying drone aircraft while under the influence of alcohol
It will soon be illegal to fly drones while under the influence of alcohol in Japan, something that was already prohibited on U.S. military facilities, according to American and Japanese officials.
Noted - How 'wine mum' culture is harmful to both mothers and children
Attitudes to daily drinking are changing as more evidence emerges that the ideal level of consumption is probably none at all.
ERR News (Estonia) - Ratas: Excise duty debate across Baltic states, Finland would make sense
After Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš called for a pan-Baltic approach to alcohol excise policy, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) said on Thursday that Finland should be included in the discussion as well.
BBC News (UK) - Eurostar backtracks on train booze ban
Eurostar has updated its policy on how much alcohol passengers can carry, following a backlash on social media.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) - Hong Kong to ban under-18s buying alcohol in shops
Hong Kong youngsters will no longer be allowed to buy alcohol from shops when a new law kicks in on the last day of this month.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Alcohol News - 25/2019

Live Science - Alcohol Boosts the Risk of Breast Cancer. Many Women Have No Idea
Drinking alcohol is known to raise women's risk of developing breast cancer, but many women aren't aware of this link, a new study from the United Kingdom suggests.
The Independent (UK) - Alcohol sales in Scotland hit 25 year low after minimum unit pricing introduced
Alcohol sales in Scotland fell to their lowest level since records began in 1994 in the first year that ministers set a minimum price of 50p per alcoholic unit.
Japan Today (Japan) - Shibuya bans drinking alcohol on streets for Halloween, New Year
The assembly of Tokyo's Shibuya Ward approved an ordinance Wednesday banning the consumption of alcohol on some of its streets and parks during Halloween and New Year events to address an increasing number of incidents. (Latvia) - Saeima to slash alcohol tax as booze war with Estonia hots up
The Latvian parliament (Saeima) is set to respond rapidly to recent moves in neighboring Estonia by dramatically reducing the excise tax payable on alcoholic beverages as soon as June 20, reports LSM's Latvian service, citing information from the LETA newswire.
The Local Sweden (Sweden) - Booze to your doorstep? Sweden opens up alcohol home delivery to everyone
After a long trial period, Sweden's state-run Systembolaget chain will be able to deliver alcohol home to customers across the entire country.
Isle of Wight County Press (UK) - Alcohol labelling ‘would be mandatory under Labour government’
Strict labelling on alcohol products would be mandatory under a Labour government, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has said.
Vox (USA) - Prohibition worked better than you think
America’s anti-alcohol experiment cut down on drinking and drinking-related deaths — and it may have reduced crime and violence overall. (Canada) - Alcohol main cause of substance-related deaths in hospital
Heavy drinking landed Dawn Nickel in the emergency department four times — twice for alcohol poisoning and two more times when she took pills with alcohol to try and kill herself.
Mic - How to maintain sobriety at parties when alcohol is everywhere around you
The arrival of summer not only brings higher temperatures, but the onslaught of invites to seasonal outings like graduation parties, wedding receptions, backyard BBQs, and office happy hours.
Gateshead Council (UK) - Alcohol sponsorship of women's football questioned
Gateshead's director of Public Health has questioned the ethics of the Football Association for accepting alcohol sponsorship for the England Women's team.
EurekAlert - Alcohol advertisements influence intentions to intervene in sexual assault situations
College students who viewed alcohol advertisements that included objectified images of women were less likely than others to report intentions to intervene in alcohol-facilitated sexual assault situations in a study published in the Journal of Health Communication.
The New York Times - The New Sobriety
We all know what sobriety used to be: sober, in all meanings of the word.
Bloomberg (UK) - The City of London Finally Tackles Its Drink Problem
Lloyd’s of London and the London Metal Exchange are bastions of sexism and boorishness. It’s great that they’ve banned alcohol, but it’s only a start. (Estonia/Latvia) - Latvia and Estonia prepare for booze battle over alcohol tax
If Estonia has broken the agreement with Latvia regarding excise tax on alcoholic beverages and started a pricing war, Latvia will have no choice but to respond by reducing excise taxes accordingly, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) told reporters after a meeting of the government Cooperation Council June 17.
BBC News (UK) - The 'brutal reality' for alcohol-damaged children
A mother has laid bare the "brutal reality" of bringing up her adoptive son after he was left damaged by exposure to alcohol in the womb. (Canada) - Alcohol-related deaths remain a ‘silent epidemic’ in Canada: expert
Heavy drinking landed Dawn Nickel in the emergency department four times — twice for alcohol poisoning and two more times when she took pills with alcohol to try and kill herself. (UK) - Alcohol’s harm to others
There’s a lot of evidence about the relationship between alcohol consumption and harm experienced by drinkers such as ill health, disability and death.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Alcohol News - 24/2019

Open Access Government - More intense alcohol use by children with lenient parents
Researchers found that children are more likely to start drinking alcohol, drink more frequently and get drunk if their parents have a lenient attitude towards drinking.
BBC News (UK) - Latest health guidance missing from alcohol labels
The alcohol industry has not updated health information labelling three years after health experts issued new guidelines, the BBC has found.
The Local France (France) - Cigarettes and alcohol: How young French people differ from older generations
A new report in France looks at how the younger generation are smoking and drinking compared to their parents and there was some good news that means the national stereotypes about the French may no longer apply.
The Guardian (UK) - I’ve been honest about alcohol. But the drinks industry hasn’t
I’ve drunk more alcohol than is good for me all my life. Deep down, I knew it couldn’t be doing me much good, but I kept my lips to the glass and my head in the sand and ploughed right on. Mea culpa.
CNN - People are sick of drinking. Investors are betting on the 'sober curious'
Getaway in Brooklyn was comfortably full for a Saturday night, when I came in to try my first "shrub" — an acidic beverage made from vinegar, fruit, sugar, club soda and zero alcohol.
The Conversation UK - Drinking alcohol at conception shown to harm rats – new study
Drinking alcohol while pregnant can have a devastating impact on the developing baby, leading to poor cognition and behaviour. Alcohol is also known to increase the risk of miscarriages, stillbirth and other placental complications.
Medical Xpress - High-density of alcohol outlets and advertising affect youth drinking
Alcohol use among Tanzanian youth is rising and the high density of alcohol selling outlets and alcohol advertisements coupled with low enforcement of minimum drinking age laws are likely facilitating this uptick, according to a study by the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences.
POPSUGAR - I Stopped Drinking For 30 Days, and It Felt So Good That I'm Choosing to Change My Habits
To be clear, I enjoy having a drink with friends as much as anyone else. For most 20-somethings, alcohol is the common denominator in just about any event on your social calendar. So when I first decided to give it up for a month, I was more worried about navigating after-work happy hours and dinner plans than I was about how my body would feel during the adjustment. (New Zealand) - Auckland Council could get new powers to ban alcohol in streets around festivals and concerts
Local government may soon be able to enforce temporary alcohol bans on streets around music festivals and concerts without requiring evidence of alcohol-related problems taking place.
Jersey Evening Post - Parents want limits on alcohol advertising – survey
Some 71% of parents want alcohol ads restricted on television, social media and the internet, the Alcohol and Families Alliance said.
The Sun (UK) - One in three men turn to alcohol to ease depression – the 10 warning signs you are at risk
ONE in three men turn to alcohol to ease depression, according to a new report. Figures reveal that nearly two thirds of guys have experienced mental health problems in the last five years.
The Canberra Times (Australia) - Let's get alcohol strategy done: Hunt
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt expects a national plan to reduce the harm caused by alcohol will be released in the coming months amid calls for a campaign to improve public awareness.
Australian scientists conducted a study and confirmed what a lot of harm to the child is presented with alcohol both during pregnancy and immediately before conception. On the work of specialists from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, the newspaper “Evening Moscow”.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - HSE defends using children to catch retailers selling alcohol to minors
The HSE has defended using children in sting operations to catch retailers who are selling alcohol to underage customers.
Phys.Org (New Zealand) - Hidden cost of alcohol to workplaces estimated at $1.65 billion
Employees turning up to work hungover, or not turning up at all, cost New Zealand $1.65 billion per year, a University of Otago study has found.
Kyiv Post (Ukraine) - Economy ministry proposes increasing bottom prices of alcohol
The Economic Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine has proposed bottom wholesale and retail prices of vodka and liquors by 10.7 percent, whiskey, rum and gin – by 7.3 percent, cognac – by 9.1-9.5 percent, and win – by 7.4-10.2 percent.
Bloomberg (Oman) - Oman to Impose 100% Tax on Tobacco, Alcohol Starting Next Week
Oman will introduce 100% tax on tobacco, alcohol and pork meat from June 15, as the sultanate follows other Gulf governments in trying to pare its reliance on oil revenue.
Metro - How to help a friend with depression when they’re drinking booze
Everybody knows alcohol is a depressant (if you didn’t, you do now), but alcohol can also be a really rather enjoyable way to distract yourself from life’s miseries and make you think that karaoke and texting an old hookup are both brilliant ideas.
Public Health England (UK) - New evidence on alcohol-related harm to people other than the drinker
We all know about the harmful effects of alcohol to the drinker. However, evidence is emerging for the harm caused by the drinker to their families, co-workers, the community and society.
NDARC (Australia) - Alcopops tax cuts drinking and harm
A new NDARC study found that the introduction of an alcopop tax has significantly reduced alcohol-related harm among young Australians, writes Carleen Frost.
Pallium India (India) - Rising alcohol consumption threatens health in India and globally
A press release from the Healthy India Alliance (HIA) calls for multi-sectoral action for the increasing alcohol consumption in India. The growth in per capita consumption is a global phenomenon, but the increase in India is way out of proportion to the rest of the world.
NBC News (USA) - U.S. death rates from suicides, alcohol and drug overdoses reach all-time high
Rates of deaths from suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol have reached an all-time high in the United States, but some states have been hit far harder than others, according to a report released Wednesday by the Commonwealth Fund.