Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Alcohol News - 38/2016

ESPAD - New ESPAD results: teenage drinking and smoking down, but concerns posed by new drugs and new addictive behaviours
Smoking and drinking among 15–16-year-old school students are showing signs of decline, but there are concerns over challenges posed by new drugs and new addictive behaviours.
Science Daily - Sleep habits, adolescent drug and alcohol use linked, shows research
A possible link between adolescent sleep habits and early substance abuse has been identified by researchers. The study found that both sleep duration and sleep quality during late childhood predict alcohol and cannabis use later in adolescence.
Scotsman (Scotland) - Wealthy Scots drinkers consuming hazardous levels of alcohol
The wealthiest Scots are drinking the most dangerous levels of alcohol, with 35 per cent of the richest households consuming hazardous amounts of drink compared to 18 per cent of the poorest households.
Plymouth Herald (UK) - Drink-drive alcohol limit should be lowered - say 77% of people in poll
Three quarters of people think that the amount of alcohol drivers are allowed to drink should be reduced, an official new poll has found.
Live Science - Alcohol's Toll on the Heart: Bigger, Not Better
Drinking alcohol, even in moderate amounts, may increase the size of the heart's left atrium, a new study finds. - Uganda: Alcohol Bill Gets Nod From Health Ministry, Civil Society
Government has welcomed the proposed Alcohol Drinks Control Bill 2016, saying it will help reduce excessive alcohol consumption in the country.
Radio New Zealand (New Zealand) - Call to curb alcohol marketing, cost, availability
An alcohol watchdog hopes a survey that shows more than one in four teens aged between 15 and 17 often drink a risky amount of alcohol serves as a sharp wake-up call.
Huffington Post UK (UK) - The Growing Number Of Older People Being Treated For Alcohol Dependence Is All Over Us Like A Rash
Each year that goes by, it is always a pleasant surprise to find something new to back up what has become irrefutable evidence. In this case, it is that older people of the ‘Baby Boomer’ Generation continue with hedonistic lifestyles into their later years well beyond that seen with any previous generation.
Health24 - Bipolar kids more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol
A study showed that among young teens with bipolar disorder there was a much higher level of substance use than in the control group.
BBC News (Wales) - Doctors criticise alcohol minimum pricing block
Doctors have criticised a block on moves to stop alcohol being sold "cheaper than water" in Wales after MPs refused to devolve pricing powers.
Politicsweb (South Africa) - Our plan to reduce harm done by alcohol
The provincial government’s Alcohol-Related Harms Reduction Policy green paper has today been gazetted, and is now available for public comment.
BusinessTech (South Africa) - Drinking booze in Cape Town could get a lot harder – and more expensive
The Western Cape government (WCG) is proposing hard-line policies on alcohol use in the province – including higher prices, tighter trading hours, and a zero-tolerance approach to drinking among new drivers.
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - Cut liquor outlets, uni says
The University of Otago has compared its efforts to battle New Zealand's drinking culture to ''bailing out the Titanic with a thimble'' as it sets its sights on liquor outlets in the student quarter.
Smithsonian - People Feel More Tipsy if Their Friends Are Already Drunk
Throughout human history, alcohol has had an important place in many of the world’s cultures—oftentimes as a social lubricant. Now, a group of scientists have found that social settings might color a person’s individual experience when they’re out for a drink or two at the bar.
LocalGov - Binge drinking ‘social glue’ for students and young workers
Peer pressure and a ‘fear of missing out’ is driving binge drinking among students and young workers, study finds.
Norden - How does other peoples’ drinking affect you?
Young people, women, single persons and people living in urban areas are more likely to experience harm from others’ drinking in the Nordic countries. These are some of the findings made by the research network H20 Nordic that was established by the Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues in 2013. In the new publication “The ripple effect of alcohol – Consequences beyond the drinker” we outline the key findings of the research network and provide perspectives on how drinking affects us as individuals and as a society.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Alcohol News - 37/2016

Dutch News (Netherlands) - Teenage drinking continues despite crackdown, new survey shows
Publicity campaigns and increasing the legal drinking age from 16 to 18 has had no impact on teenage drinking rates, according to new research addiction institute Trimbos.
MedicalXpress - More difficult to achieve controlled drinking than to give up alcohol entirely
People who are seeking treatment for alcohol dependence and whose goal is to quit drinking entirely are more likely to achieve this goal if they are treated by a care provider who advocates total abstinence. (Switzerland) - More accurate alcohol breath testing introduced
A new and improved breathalyzer will do away with the need for blood tests in most drink-driving tests on Swiss roads. From October 1, the level of alcohol in practically all drivers can be determined by breath tests alone, according to the Federal Roads Office.
Science Daily - Strong alcohol policies can help prevent suicide
Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States in 2013. There is clear evidence that intoxication and chronic, heavy drinking are often associated with suicide. While alcohol policies are known to be effective in reducing excessive drinking, this review undertakes a critical look at the literature on the relationship between alcohol policies and suicide. (New Zealand) - Government ignores alcohol's contribution to family violence
The National-led government once again is ignoring the need for alcohol reform to combat family violence in New Zealand.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Women and alcohol: A shot of reality needed
In the last days of August the Rutland Centre, one of our foremost residential alcohol treatment centres, published its annual report. One of the headline features was the rise in women presenting for treatment for alcohol dependence.
Talon Marks - Alcohol drinkers vulnerable to dangerous bystander effect
Whether it is one cup of vodka on the rocks or three Jack and Cokes, it is well known that college students drink. They either drink themselves into oblivion on a Friday night, or have the occasional glass of wine at a restaurant.
Medical News Today - 'We can completely reverse alcohol dependence'
Scientists have discovered a way to entirely remove the urge to drink alcohol compulsively in an animal model. The researchers hope that, with enough funding, a solution to this age-old problem might be on the horizon.
The Advertiser (Australia) - SA Alcohol and Other Drug Strategy Progress Report finds sharp fall in students’ alcohol consumption and drug use
THE number of South Australian school students who admit drinking alcohol in the previous week has plummeted by almost a third, and illicit drug use among children has also declined significantly, a State Government snapshot has found. (Canada) - Universities face increasing pressure to address campus sexual assault
University of British Columbia students got an extra jolt along with their caffeine fixes when they returned to campus last week.
Varsity (Canada) - Alcohol: a public health crisis
It’s Friday night and you’re sitting out on the patio with friends at a Toronto pub. The string of overhead lights swings gently in the warm evening breeze. You shift forward in your seat as the server sets down a frosty glass on the cardboard coaster resting on the table. Reaching forward, you grab the glass and bring it to your lips, savouring the cool taste of your drink.
ABC News - Interactive Video and Resources for Alcohol Addiction, Recovery and Support
Watch this interactive conversation between ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas and Dr. Deidra Roach with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
africanews (Uganda) - Ugandan MPs push for law to restrict alcohol sale to between 5pm and 1am
Some Members of Parliament and Civil Society Organisations are pushing for an alcohol law that will restrict the sale of alcohol to between 5pm and 1am.
TheHealthSite - TV ads influence the amount of alcohol children consume
Children are more likely to consume alcohol as they watch more advertisements of a particular brand, a study has revealed.
VnExpress International (Vietnam) - Nearly half of Vietnamese men drink alcohol at 'hazardous level'
With 77 percent of men and 11 percent of women admitting to drinking alcohol within 30 days prior to being surveyed, Vietnam is increasingly concerned about related health problems as well as traffic safety.
Starr 103.5 FM (Ghana) - Drinking during pregnancy and fetal alcohol syndrome in Ghana
Doreen, 17 years, sits quietly, tiny beads of sweat quivering near her hairline. It’s hot in the doctor’s office - she has come to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra to speak with Dr. Ebenezer Badoe, a Pediatric Neurologist at the hospital’s Child Health Department.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

FASD News - 36/2016

The Sentinel - What's the Buzz?: Back to school with fetal alcohol syndrome disorders
In 1999, due to a lack of public awareness and available resources, frustrated family members and parents organized a movement to bring awareness to FASD. The ninth minute of the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month of 1999 was chosen as the first official FASD Awareness Day to remind the world that alcohol should not be consumed during the nine months of pregnancy.
University of Rochester Newsroom - Q&A: Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Christie Petrenko, a research psychologist at the University of Rochester’s Mt. Hope Family Center and an assistant professor at the Medical Center, has been involved in research and clinical interventions with children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and their families for over 10 years.
The Globe and Mail - UBC-led study makes key fetal alcohol spectrum disorder discovery
Canadian researchers are one step closer to uncovering a biomarker associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder after identifying distinct patterns associated with the DNA of children who were exposed to alcohol in the womb.
ReliaWire (UK) - Pregnant Women May Be Drinking More Than We Thought
Quantities of alcohol consumed by pregnant women around the time of conception may be significantly higher than previously estimated, according to a new study from the University of Dundee. (USA) - Alaska schools leading the way for FASD awareness in the classroom
Sept. 9 is day set aside around the world to remind women about a problem that is 100 percent preventable and affects thousands of children a year – Fatal Alaska Syndrome Disorder, or FASD.
Regina Leader-Post (Canada) - Canada FASD Research Network sparks discussion to address significant issues
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a complex diagnosis, and society isn’t always built to meet the needs of those who suffer from it. The Canada FASD Research Network kicked off the Learning Together research setting event on Monday at the University of Regina.
Herald Sun (Australia) - Unprotected drunken sex brings risk of brain-damaged babies, doctors warn
BOOZING party girls should be using contraception to avoid the risk of having brain-damaged babies, doctors have warned.
Independent Online (South Africa) - SA’s FAS statistics among highest in the world
With South Africa’s incidence of the syndrome being among the highest in the world, an interministerial task team, chaired by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, has been set up to reduce alcohol-related harm from the disorder.
ChronicleLive (UK) - 'If you're pregnant, it's so important to give up drink' - adoptive mother's plea to mums-to-be
Newcastle mum Libby knows the challenges of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder - and is warning mums-to-be of the consequences of drinking in pregnancy.
Community Care (UK) - ‘Don’t rule out foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in young children – it might be expressed later’
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a lifelong, largely invisible disability. It’s caused by prenatal alcohol exposure and is a well-known preventable cause of intellectual and behavioural disorders. - The emerging problem of fetal alcohol
Alcohol related harm is 100% unnecessary and avoidable harm. As such there is no justification for neglecting all possible measures to avoid it. Failing to do so, for both individuals and governments, would be unethical and simply wrong.

WHO Europe - Prevention of harm caused by alcohol exposure in pregnancy. Rapid review and case studies from Member States (2016)
The lifelong disabilities caused by exposure to alcohol in pregnancy (known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders), along with other negative effects of exposure to alcohol on the pregnancy, are an important public health concern.
AAP Gateway - FYI: Vaccine storage, FASD toolkit, and more
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) have lifelong implications, including physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning disabilities. Familiarize yourself with the signs of FASD on Sept. 9, FASD Day.
Global - Lethbridge takes new approach to raising awareness to FASD
South Alberta FASD Network is dropping off coasters and posters to bars, to encourage women and potential partners to learn about the risks of drinking during pregnancy.
FASDFOREVER - FASD Day 2016 Pregnant Pause
Illuminate Colorado - #PassItOn FASD Awareness Month
Port Elizabeth (South Africa) - World Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day
Kobus Botha, DA MPL in the Bhisho Legislature speaks on World Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day.
BLAU IM BAUCH? a short prevention film with english subtitles
FAS Portalen (in Swedish)
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Journal of Advanced Nursing - Peri-conceptual and mid-pregnancy drinking: A cross-sectional assessment in two Scottish health board areas using a 7-day Retrospective Diary
Significant peri-conceptual consumption levels suggest a substantial proportion of alcohol-exposed pregnancies before pregnancy recognition. Not taking a detailed alcohol history, including patterns of consumption, will result in under-detection of alcohol-exposed pregnancies.
Midwifery - Sympathy, shame, and few solutions: News media portrayals of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Practitioners should be aware that conflicting messages about alcohol consumption during pregnancy might lead to shame and confusion, and should encourage openness with mothers to challenge stigma. Guidelines for media reporting should discourage stigmatising frames, and media articles should also consider the role that government, non-government organisations, and the alcohol industry could play for improving FASD shame.
Oxford Handbooks Online - Burden and Social Cost of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Damage to the central nervous system is a unifying concept for nearly all of the diagnoses that fall under the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) umbrella.
Developmental Neurobiology - Impact of exercise and a complex environment on hippocampal dendritic morphology, Bdnf gene expression, and DNA methylation in male rat pups neonatally exposed to alcohol
Alcohol exposure in utero can result in Fetal Alcohol Spectrums Disorders (FASD). Measures of hippocampal neuroplasticity, including long-term potentiation, synaptic and dendritic organization, and adult neurogenesis, are consistently disrupted in rodent models of FASD.
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology - The Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Episodic Memory Functioning: A Systematic Review
In general, studies show that PAE results in impaired verbal and visual-spatial episodic memory performance in affected individuals and these impairments are unlikely to be secondary to a global impairment.
Pediatrics - Objective Measures of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: A Systematic Review
Current evidence is insufficient to support the use of objective measures of prenatal alcohol exposure in practice. Biomarkers in meconium and placenta tissue may be the most promising candidates for further large-scale population-based research.
Alcoholism - Moderate Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Alters Functional Connectivity in the Adult Rat Brain
Past studies of moderate prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) have focused on specific brain regions, neurotransmitter systems, and behaviors. However, the effects of PAE on brain function and behavior are complex and not limited to discrete brain regions.
BMJ - Alcohol consumption and fecundability: prospective Danish cohort study
Consumption of less than 14 servings of alcohol per week seemed to have no discernible effect on fertility. No appreciable difference in fecundability was observed by level of consumption of beer and wine.

Dependientes (Spain) - Beber sin haber nacido
María (nombre ficticio para preservar su identidad) es madre soltera de una niña adolescente que fue adoptada de Ucrania cuando no llegaba a los tres años. Cuenta que su pequeña no fue diagnosticada de Síndrome Alcohólico Fetal (SAF) hasta pasada la primaria. (Poland) - Chroń dziecko przed FAS. Nie pij alkoholu w ciąży!
Picie alkoholu w ciąży może prowadzić do poważnych powikłań u dziecka. Jednym z nich jest płodowy zespół alkoholowy, czyli FAS. 9 września obchodzimy Światowy Dzień FAS, który ma na celu uświadomienie przyszłym matkom skutków picia alkoholu w ciąży.
Keskisuomalainen (Finland) - Aiotko käydä perjantaina Alkossa? Tämän takia ovet aukeavat 9 minuuttia myöhässä
Alkon myymälät aukeavat tulevana perjantaina 9.9. vasta kello 9.09. Syynä on osallistuminen kansainväliseen FASD-päivään.
Postimees (Estonia) - Raseda alkoholitarbimine mõjutab loodet alati
Tänasel alkoholi põhjustatud sünnikahjustuste (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – FASD) teadlikustamise päeval juhib Eesti karskusliit tähelepanu, et ema tarbitud alkohol kahjustab alati ka loodet.
Augsburger Allgemeine (Germany) - Wie Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft ein Kind ein Leben lang zeichnet
Alkohol während der Schwangerschaft kann ein Kind ein Leben lang schädigen. Die Krankheit, unter der die Kinder leiden, nennt sich "FASD". Hier eine Übersicht.
Svenska YLE (Sweden/Finland) - Mammorna drack under graviditeten - nu kämpar Helmis och Mikko i vardagen
De som tagit skada av att deras mammor druckit alkohol under graviditeten får alldeles för lite hjälp och stöd. De kan ha det svårt med vardagliga saker som att hantera pengar och boende, säger två som drabbats, Helmis och Mikko. Årligen föds det mellan 600 och 3 000 barn med olika sorters alkoholrelaterade fosterskador.
Vyš (Slovakia) - Alkohol v tehotenstve: Málokto vie, aké šokujúce zmeny môže spôsobiť u detí!
Poznáte riziká pitia alkoholu počas tehotenstva? Medzinárodný deň povedomia o fetálnom alkoholovom syndróme (FAS), ktorý pripadá na dnes, upozorňuje na dôsledky konzumácie alkoholických drinkov, keď je žena v radostnom očakávaní. Aj pivo môže ublížiť!
DR (Denmark) - Derfor skal du ikke drikke under graviditeten: Fosteret får samme promille som moderen
Alkohol og graviditet er to ting, der ikke hænger sammen. Det bliver der sat fokus på i dag, fordi det er international Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)-dag.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Alcohol News - 36/2016

WebMD - Alcohol Plus Heart Rhythm Disorder Ups Stroke Risk
Excessive alcohol consumption and age may increase risk of stroke in people with a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a new study finds.
First Post - YouTube videos glamorise alcohol, encourage binge drink in teens: study
YouTube music videos that involve alcohol often glamorise drinking, objectify women and use sexual imagery or lyrics - encouraging teens to binge drink and abuse alcohol, a new UK study has found.
Medical Daily - Underage Drinking Influenced By Exposure To Brand-Specific Alcohol Ads, Study Finds
A study found that children who are more exposed to brand-specific alcohol commercials on television tend to consume more of those brands. The research also adds evidence to the link between alcohol commercials and underage drinking.
Huffington Post Canada - Scientists Make Key Discovery In Fetal Alcohol Disorders
Canadian researchers are one step closer to uncovering a biomarker associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder after identifying distinct patterns associated with the DNA of children who were exposed to alcohol in the womb.
WBAA - Researchers Suggests Mere Taste Of Alcohol Can Fuel Addiction
A recent study finds the taste of alcohol is closely linked to addiction markers in the brain. - Drinking a large glass of wine each night damages fertility, study shows
Women who drink a large glass of wine each night are harming their chances of having a baby, a new study suggests.
Science Daily - Women at higher risk for alcoholic liver disease than men
Heavy drinking frequently causes liver inflammation and injury, and fatty acids (FAs) involved in pro- and anti-inflammatory responses could play a critical role in these processes. This study evaluated heavy drinking and changes in levels of omega-6 and omega-3 FAs in alcohol dependent (AD) patients who showed no clinical signs of liver injury.
Baltic Times (Lithuania) - Lithuanian stores begin demanding ID from all alcohol buyers
To buy alcoholic beverages at Lithuania's largest retail chain stores, all buyers will have to provide identification documents specifying their age as of Friday.
Today, European policymakers will discuss the importance, relevance and implementation of policy and action to reduce alcohol related harm across Europe.
WHO Europe - WHO Europe launches new action plan for noncommunicable diseases, appeals for urgent joint policy action to achieve global goals and targets
The WHO European Region has made progress in key areas of noncommunicable disease (NCD) control: death rates from cardiovascular disease (CVD) continue to decline, the clear downward trend in smoking continues, and alcohol intake is steadily decreasing.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Why so many women drink to oblivion
At first glance, she is the sort of daughter every parent would dream of. An accomplished musician, with a degree in contemporary arts, Emily Carter-Lucas is naturally bright.
Science Daily - Drinking to belong: Students and low self-esteem
It’s that time of year again, when students old and new are heading to university. Certain behaviors might be expected in the coming months, drinking in particular. Drinking is widespread among student populations, whether for social enrichment or the need to conform.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Alcohol News - 35/2016

The Independent - The truth about pilots and alcohol: the risks and the rules
Plenty of professionals in stressful jobs enjoy a drink. Some will occasionally binge, and small proportion may become alcohol dependent.
Science Daily - People with alcohol dependency lack important enzyme
A research group has identified an enzyme whose production is turned off in nerve cells of the frontal lobe when alcohol dependence develops. The deficiency in this enzyme leads to continued use of alcohol despite adverse consequences.
Science Daily - Researchers identify neural factors that predict adolescent alcohol use
Researchers have identified 34 neural factors that predict adolescent alcohol consumption. The list, based upon complex algorithms analyzing data from neuropsychological testing and neuroimaging studies, was significantly more accurate -- approximately 74 percent -- than demographic information alone.
Forbes - Why Music Companies Are Cashing In On Alcohol
In a quest to disrupt the alcohol industry, a new brand of premium wine called Electric Sky is making the rounds at music festivals across the nation, including AFROPUNK, Governors Ball and Life is Beautiful.
Medscape - Hospitalizations for Alcohol Linked to Increased Stroke in Low-Risk Atrial Fibrillation
Hospitalization for alcohol-related conditions is associated with a significant increase in the risk for stroke among patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF), even those deemed low risk for stroke, a new study suggests.
POLITICO Magazine (USA) - How Big Alcohol Is About to Get Rich Off California Weed
Moore than 20 years later, Hezekiah Allen remembers the Blackhawk helicopters hovering over his childhood home, the armed soldiers barricading the road to the family’s northern California pot farm, the neighbor who hang-glided to escape from the Feds.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Increase in women seeking help for alcohol addiction
In 2015, 93% of all women at the centre presented with an alcohol problem. In 2006, this figure was 74%.
Scotsman (Scotland) - Alcohol price plan ‘will harm biggest drinkers’
Plans to put a minimum price on alcohol could lead to an initial spike in hospital admissions among the heaviest drinkers, researchers claim.
BBC News (South Africa) - How drinking alcohol during pregnancy can harm your child
Experts say that if a woman drinks alcohol at any time during pregnancy, she risks damaging her baby. South Africa is said to have the highest rate of a condition known as foetal alcohol syndrome. Louisa Bhengu is a doctor who specialises in the disease, and explains to Akwasi Sarpong how best to avoid it. (New Zealand) - Professors push for tougher control of alcohol
Professors Doug Sellman and Jennie Connor spoke in Richmond on Wednesday night about the "101 things the alcohol industry won't tell you about", particularly its link to chronic health issues such as cancer.
Business Insider Nordic (Norway) - Union threatens to block Norway's only source of alcohol with strike
The Norwegian union Handel og Kontor is taking Norway's national supply of alcohol hostage in ongoing negotiations concerning pension plans.
Malawi24 (Malawi) - Alcohol could be banned in Malawi: Govt urged to control beer consumption
With the way consumption of beer is becoming the order of the day for many Malawians, concerned organizations could be pushing government to ban alcohol, if their recent calls for government to adopt the Malawi National Alcohol Policy come incessantly and are anything to go by.
The Japan Times - Alcohol abstinence reduces recurrence of esophagus cancer: study
Alcohol abstinence halves the risk of esophagus cancer from recurring, Japanese researchers have found.
The Times (UK) - ‘No drink is safe’: health chiefs refuse to budge on stricter alcohol limits
Britons will still be warned that there is no such thing as safe drinking as the government shrugged off criticism of controversial alcohol guidance.
Psychiatry Advisor - Childhood ADHD and Adulthood Alcohol Problems: The Role of Emotional Impulsivity
According to CDC, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most prevalent developmental disorders, and approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD in 2011. - Tanzania: Grappling With Effects of Alcohol At Night Clubs
Violent behaviour in and around pubs, night clubs and Bars in Dar es Salaam presents a significant public health, criminal justice and urban management problem and in many of these incidents, alcohol has been consumed, according to a survey.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

FASD News - 34/2016

NOFAS - Support NOFAS - National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in sharing this message
Please join NOFAS to raise awareness of FASD! Sign up on Thunderclap through your Twitter or Facebook account to have this message posted on September 9th: "Today is FASD Awareness Day! No alcohol is safe during pregnancy." Sign up here:
The Scoop (New Zealand) - Families relieved Government Plan to address FASD
FASD-CAN, a charitable organisation set up to unite and support families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is pleased the Government has launched a cross-ministry Action Plan, to address the neglected and pressing problems families living with FASD experience daily. (New Zealand) - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: the economic cost revealed
Alcohol Healthwatch says a new report revealing the hidden costs of FASD shows more needs doing to reduce alcohol consumption.
Medscape - Women With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Are an Invisible Obstetric Population
Intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) are neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by varying degrees of limitation in cognitive and adaptive abilities, such as social skills and communication.[1] Although specific examples of IDDs include fetal alcohol syndrome, Down syndrome, and fragile X syndrome, most IDDs are mild disabilities of unknown etiology.
Two groundbreaking discoveries by NeuroDevNet-supported researchers could contribute to the development of a less expensive and faster screening tool to identify young children, and even infants, with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Nursing Standard - 1 in 100 babies: why we created a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder pathway
Many women are unaware that even low level alcohol consumption during pregnancy is associated with developmental disability in children. Alcohol specialist nurse Kerry Lyons reveals how she helped create an innovative pathway to identify drinking in pregnancy and inform women of the risks
The National Judicial College - Understanding the Impairments of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Victims
As a forensic psychological evaluator, the bread and butter of your practice traditionally revolves around evaluations of competency and risk assessments.
Government of Yukon (Canada) - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society of Yukon to benefit from Innovation Fund award
The Yukon government has awarded $121,000 to the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society of Yukon (FASSY) under the Mental Wellness Innovation Fund. The award was one of 12 grants totalling $620,000 made under the fund.

TEDx Talks - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder impacts you, but you don’t know it
As a foster mother to children with FASD, Nora Boesem has seen the effects of alcohol first hand. However, FASD often goes undiagnosed and is creating a burden on us all.
KUTV - Baby your Baby: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness
September 9th at 9:09 am is the International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day designed to remind women to avoid alcohol during the 9 months of pregnancy. FASDs are caused by alcohol use during pregnancy and are 100% preventable.
SoulCove Center for the Arts, Inc. - Believe In Love (Africa) - How one town uses music to fight Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and HIV/AIDS
Located in a region with one of the highest rates of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in the world, the Richmond Community Center provides educational resources and opportunities to empower youth to become better and stronger citizens. Partnering with SoulCove Center for the Arts has strengthened the center's’ ability to use music and the arts to teach the valuable life skills necessary to change the course of a struggling community.
Qerac Healthcare Communications – Baby Steps Ep 1 The Spirit Orb
This is part one of a series of videos about FASD (Feoetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). Each episode tells the story of a young girl called Tameka who finds herself pregnant after a night of heavy partying.

NeuroDevNet - FASD study creates a blueprint for understanding the role of epigenetics in neurodevelopmental disorders
NeuroDevNet researchers have made the first steps towards identifying an epigenetic signature for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), drawing from the largest-ever study of children and youth exposed to alcohol before birth.
University of Oxford - Ultrasound segmentation tools and their application to assess fetal nutritional health
Poor fetal nutrition has been linked to the development of a set of conditions in later life, such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and hypertension, while restricted growth can result in hypogylcemia, hypocalcemia, hypothermia, polycythemia, hyperbilirubinemia and cerebral palsy. High alcohol consumption during pregnancy can result in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a condition that can cause growth retardation, lowered intelligence and craniofacial defects.
Neuroscience Letters - Ethanol Exposure during Development Reduces GABAergic/Glycinergic Neuron Numbers and Lobule Volumes in the Mouse Cerebellar Vermis
Cerebellar alterations are a hallmark of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and are thought to be responsible for deficits in fine motor control, motor learning, balance, and higher cognitive functions.
Developmental Psychobiology - Neonatal experiences with ethanol intoxication modify respiratory and thermoregulatory plasticity and affect subsequent ethanol intake in rats
Different studies have focused on the deleterious consequences of binge-like or chronic exposure to ethanol during the brain growth spurt period (third human gestational trimester) that in the rat corresponds to postnatal days (PDs) 3–10.
American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing - Preconception Health Behaviors of Low-Income Women
Preconception behaviors have a significant impact on birth outcomes, particularly among low-income minority groups, and women with unplanned pregnancies. This study examined women's perceived health status and behaviors such as drinking, smoking, exercise, and use of multivitamins and folic acid.
The New Zealand Medical Journal - Productivity losses associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in New Zealand
One example of such harm is that caused by the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. Prenatal alcohol exposure is an established cause of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
The University of Western Ontario - A Long-Term Neuroepigenomic Profile of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) represent the largest preventable cause of cognitive deficits in the western world. The mechanism(s) of how prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) results in FASD remain unknown.
Psychoneuroendocrinology - Short- and long-term effects of stress during adolescence on emotionality and HPA function of animals exposed to alcohol prenatally
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is associated with extremely high rates of psychopathologies, which may be mediated by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) dysregulation observed in exposed individuals.
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Paediatric Respiratory Reviews - “In utero alcohol effects on foetal, neonatal and childhood lung disease”
Foetal alcohol exposure adversely effects the lung. In contrast to the adult “alcoholic lung” phenotype, an inability to identify the newborn exposed to alcohol in utero has limited our understanding of its effect on adverse pulmonary outcomes.
University of British Columbia - Mindfulness-integrated, resilience, trauma-informed and social pedagogy (MIRTS) : a holistic treatment curriculum for professionals working with young people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and substance use issues
Over the past ten years, the service needs of young people with FASD have been the subject of considerable interest. This interest has been triggered, in large part, by a growing recognition of the fact that addiction and mental health service do not adequately serve young people with FASD.

Puls Medycyny (Poland) - Będą nowe wytyczne dotyczące diagnostyki FASD
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) wraz z zespołem ekspertów zaproponowało nowe wytyczne, które mają pomóc w diagnozowaniu poalkoholowego spektrum zaburzeń rozwojowych (FASD).
ERR Uudised (Estonia) - Lauri Beekmann: soovin näha alkoholist tingitud sünnikahjustuste arvu kasvu
Lapsed, kelle emad on raseduse ajal alkoholi tarbinud, võivad kannatada nii enda kui ka spetsialistide teadmata tõsiste terviseprobleemide käes ning olla oma käitumishäirete tõttu samal ajal ühiskonnas äärmiselt vääritimõistetud.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Alcohol News - 34/2016

Wall Street Journal - With Moderate Drinking Under Fire, Alcohol Companies Go on Offensive
Public-health officials who long said light drinking was good for the heart are now warning of cancer risks, causing ripples through the alcohol industry.
SFGate (USA) - Stanford limits undergrads’ consumption of hard alcohol on campus
In a move to put an end to a burgeoning culture of boozing, Stanford University announced Monday that it is banning consumption of hard alcohol by undergraduates at campus parties.
iTechPost - 5 Benefits of Alcohol Refuted by World Health Agencies
Health officials around the world are standing by each other in questioning the validity of the so-called benefits when you drink aclohol. In the last decade, the aclohol industry claims they have invested time and effort to research the benefits of drinking alcohol only to be refuted by Health and Human Services from the U.S. and the U.K. Today.
Voice of America (USA) - US College Students Missing Meals to Drink More Alcohol
Popular culture often shows alcohol as a big part of the college experience in the United States. Television programs and movies about American college life have images of wild parties with young people either drinking alcohol or holding a drink.
Medical Daily - How Does Alcohol Affect Your Sleep?
A couple of drinks after a long hard day of work is just what the doctor ordered, right? Wrong. Alcohol may help you nod off quicker but can cause a lot of problems.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Ana Apatu: Alcohol-cancer link worrying
While our water crisis swirls around our community I attend a presentation on alcohol and its harmful effects by Professor Doug Sellman and Professor Jennie Connor.
STV News (Scotland) - Alcohol linked to half of all 999 call-outs, figures reveal
Alcohol has been linked to half of all 999 call-outs, with one in three emergency workers telling a staff survey they have been attacked while trying to do their job.
The Guardian (UK) - Half of UK parents allow children to drink alcohol at home, says survey
Half of parents with children under the age of 14 allow them to drink alcohol at home, research by Churchill home insurance has found.
CCTV-America (Indonesia) - Indonesia considers ban on alcoholic beverages in the country
Last year, Indonesia successfully banned the sales of alcoholic beverages in mini marts. But a new bill being considered in the parliament could ban alcohol in the entire country, affecting Indonesia’s billion dollar tourism and hospitality industries. - Tanzania: Rescuing the Country's Youth From the Grip of Alcohol
Risky behaviors can occur when youth drink alcohol. The behavior can have both short-term and long-term impacts, which is why it is important to change the community's attitude towards alcohol, and stop youth and underage drinking from becoming the norm.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Drink driving ‘creeping up’ as alcohol involved in third of fatal collisions
The Road Safety Authority chief executive, Moyagh Murdock, has said there is evidence that drink driving is “creeping up” again as latest figures show alcohol was involved in a third of fatal collisions.
Bangkok Post (Japan) - Alcohol to be exempt from liquor tax for tourists in Japan
The Japan Tourism Agency plans to exempt domestically produced alcoholic drinks such as sake from the liquor tax for foreign tourists as part of efforts to boost regional economies, agency officials said on Saturday.
Financial Times (Spain) - Spain calls time on alcohol-fuelled stag parties
That, in essence, is the message being sent by the coastal town in southern Spain as it battles to rein in the alcohol-fuelled excesses of pre-wedding stag trips, bachelor parties and hen weekends. - Alcohol after exercise ‘disrupts your body’s efforts to recover’
Drinking a few beers after exercise may be highly satisfying but, according to a new study, it also appears to disrupt the body’s recovery process.
Daily Mail (UK) - Drinking-limit health warnings are watered down
New health guidelines will clarify that adults are safe to drink alcohol - as long as it's in moderation.