Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Alcohol News - 46/2017

The Independent (Scotland) - Scotland to become first country with minimum price for alcohol sales
Scotland is set to become the first country in the world with a minimum price for alcohol sales after the UK’s highest court rejected an appeal from Scotch whisky manufacturers.
Cancer Research UK - Cancer Research UK develops alcohol tracker for Amazon Alexa
Cancer Research UK has created an Amazon Alexa Skill to allow users to track their alcohol consumption and help raise awareness of the link between alcohol and cancer. The My Alcohol Tracker* Skill has been launched to mark alcohol awareness week from Monday 13th November.
ERR News (Estonia) - Finance minister weighs calling off next planned alcohol excise duty hike
Minister of Finance Toomas Tõniste (IRL) has said that he has been keeping an eye on alcohol excise duty receipts and is considering proposing to call off the next planned alcohol excise duty hike, which is scheduled to take place next February.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol Bill enactment could be delayed until next year
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has conceded that the controversial legislation to reduce national alcohol intake may not now be enacted until next year.
The Guardian (UK) - The killer on Britain’s streets – super-strength alcohol
Lee, Martin and Zac are discussing the geography of super-strength alcohol, in a hostel for the homeless in Vauxhall, south London.
Technology Networks - Frequent Alcohol Drinking Kills New Brain Cells in Adults
Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston recently discovered that alcohol killed the stem cells residing in adult mouse brains. Because the brain stems cells create new nerve cells and are important to maintaining normal cognitive function, this study possibly opens a door to combating chronic alcoholism.
myGC.com.au - Drinking alcohol when trying to fall pregnant could increase child’s risk of obesity
Planning to have a baby? New research has put forward another reason for mums-to-be to avoid alcohol – to minimise the chance of your baby becoming obese later in life.
News-Medical.net - Smoking and alcohol consumption in OECD countries – country breakdown
Both smoking and alcohol consumption have been linked to several deadly diseases include coronary heart disease, ischemic heart disease, strokes, diabetes, several cancers, liver diseases etc. Smoking is directly associated with lung diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
NDTV - Alcohol Consumption May Trigger Insomnia in Adolescents
Excessive drinking has long been linked to triggering a host of ailments. A team of American experts suggest that alcohol consumption during teenage may trigger sleeplessness and insomnia.
Daily Star - Little known danger of binge drinking exposed – you won’t believe the shocking side effect
Most people are familiar with the after-effects of a heavy night of drinking, but bingeing on alcohol can do much more damage than just a hangover.
HuffPost UK (UK) - Alcohol Awareness Week: How To Help A Loved One You Think Is Drinking Too Much
For many of us, drinking alcohol is part and parcel of socialising with friends or relaxing after work, meaning we often forget it’s a potentially debilitating drug.
The Courier (UK) - Impact of alcohol on families is too high says NHS Tayside
Tayside health chiefs are working to make vital changes to the region’s hugely damaging drinking culture.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol marketing expert puts onus on Government to avert crisis
An expert on international alcohol marketing has said correct government policy intervention can prevent a public health crisis.
The42 (Ireland) - It's time for sport to call time on alcohol sponsorship
That’s not just a statement of the bleeding obvious. It’s also the view of the good folk at CopyClear, a body the Irish advertising and drinks industries set up back in 2003 to self-regulate the marketing and promotion of alcohol.
Bendigo Advertiser (Australia) - Alcohol Policy Coalition raises 'alcohol harm zone' to curb harm, including alcohol-related family violence
IT might be Victoria’s third largest regional city, but the rate of alcohol-related family violence in Bendigo outstrips those of both Ballarat and Geelong.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

FASD News - 45/2017

CBC.ca (Canada) - 'Very little is actually being done': Corrections Canada funded just 7 FASD assessments last year
A young Indigenous man sat in a Winnipeg courtroom at the end of August, staring intently at his red running shoes, occasionally fidgeting with his shirt.
The Northern Daily Leader (Australia) - Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Carer calls for extra support
A Tamworth grandmother and full-time carer is urging the Department of Education and the community to take more action in preventing, treating, and supporting children born with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, including the implementation of exclusive class rooms.
BuzzFeed News (Australia) - This Is How Aboriginal Women Have Been Tackling The Effects Of Drinking During Pregnancy
Two decades ago a group of Aboriginal women from Rockhampton in Central Queensland realised the harm that drinking during pregnancy was having on the next generation.
ABC Online (Australia) - How three women tackled foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in their community
Three Aboriginal women from central Queensland fought for years to have foetal alcohol spectrum disorder recognised in their community.
HuffPost UK (UK) - New Ofsted Report Slamming SEND Provision Is No Surprise To Parents Of Those With FASD
A new Ofsted report on how children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are being treated in our schools validates every parent of a child with a Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) who has struggled, cajoled, begged, and demanded to get their children proper support in school.
HuffPost UK (UK) - My Advice To Parents Thinking About Adopting A Child With Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Adopting a child with a Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is life changing, no doubt about it. But so is adopting any child.
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Toledo Blade (USA) - Sounding the alarm on prenatal alcohol exposure
When Kathy Mitchell was starting her family in the early 1970s, conversations about prenatal health went differently than they do today. In the era of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, she recalled, no doctor or well-meaning family member ever thought to warn the young mother against the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant.
The Siasat Daily (India) - Mothers-to-be, take note! Alcohol during pregnancy may put babies at risk of anxiety
Numerous studies have shown that drinking alcohol during pregnancy negatively impacts the baby in ways that can also be massively damaging.

UPCOMING
EUFASD - European Conference on FASD 2018. The call for papers is now open
The call for abstracts is now open. The deadline is Friday, March 16, 2018, at midnight, Berlin time.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
drinktank - Louise Gray shares insights from her GAPC2017 presentation
At GAPC2017, Louise Gray, Executive Officer and Chairperson of the National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFASD), shares with us the success and frustrations to improving information, understanding and awareness on FASD in Australia.
mofasorg - MOFAS Pre-proposal Meeting for Chemical Health and Recovery Grants
On behalf of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) is seeking applicants to provide comprehensive, gender-specific services to pregnant and parenting women known to use or abuse alcohol or other drugs in order to increase the number of toxic-free babies born.
Paras Bliss - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum order Disorders : How Alcohol Affects Fetus
Video on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum order Disorders by Dr. Nupur Shah, Consultant - Fetal Medicine, Paras Bliss.
AlcoholFreePregnancy - NOFAS Webinar: FASD Advocacy: Setting the Stage for 2018
Webinar hosted by Cameron Koob, NOFAS Public Policy Coordinator. Participants in this webinar will learn: The most efficient way to get information to contact their elected representatives and their staff. How to utilize the 2018 midterm campaign media environment to their advantage. How to execute action alerts and mobilize a constituency.
Attitude - Question Time: Living with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

RESEARCH
Human Reproduction Open - rs10732516 polymorphism at the IGF2/H19 locus associates with a genotype-specific trend in placental DNA methylation and head circumference of prenatally alcohol-exposed newborns
Does prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) affect regulation of the insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2)/H19 locus in placenta and the growth-restricted phenotype of newborns?
Social Pathology and Prevention - Experience With an Identification of Evidence About Mother's Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy Within a Framework of 4-Digit Code Diagnostics of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD)
In the system of social work policy, social legal protection and caregiving policy there is no comprehensive system in Slovakia which would record a biological mother's use of alcohol during pregnancy.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Postnatal nutritional treatment of neurocognitive deficits in Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Ethanol is the most important teratogen agent in humans. Prenatal alcohol exposure can lead to a wide range of adverse effects, which are broadly termed as Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Studies in Media and Communication - Reframing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Studying Culture to Identify Communication Challenges and Opportunities
Implicit cultural understandings challenge those working to increase public awareness and support for programs to prevent and address fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Preimplantation alcohol exposure and developmental programming of FASD: An epigenetic perspective
Alcohol exposure during in utero development can permanently change the developmental programming of physiological responses, thereby increasing the risk of childhood neurological illnesses and later adverse health outcomes associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Xenopus embryos to study Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a model for environmental teratogenesis
Vertebrate model systems are central to characterize the outcomes of ethanol exposure and the etiology of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), taking advantage of their genetic and morphological closeness and similarity to humans.
Journal of Nursing Education and Practice - Promoting awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder among health professionals and the public through nursing faculty champions
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) affects all communities and is an underestimated problem worldwide and in China. FASD is the most common preventable cause of intellectual disabilities and behavior problems.
European Journal of Public Health - Evaluation of an FASD Prevention Campaign Using Pregnancy Test Dispensers in Alaska and the Yukon: Ryan Ray
Alcohol use during pregnancy is a leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) can lead to lifelong neurodevelopmental defects and disabilities.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Review: Detrimental effects of alcohol exposure around conception: putative mechanisms
In western countries, alcohol consumption is widespread in women of reproductive age, and in binge quantities. These countries also continue to have high incidences of unplanned pregnancies, with women often reported to cease drinking after discovering their pregnancy.
YOUR - The Effect of Understanding Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on School Disciplinary Practices
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a neuropsychological disorder caused by prenatal alcohol exposure and has serious consequences for the child, both in terms of physical and social deficiencies.
Alcohol - Enhanced sensitivity to socially facilitating and anxiolytic effects of ethanol in adolescent Sprague Dawley rats following acute prenatal ethanol exposure
Emerging evidence suggests that deficits in social functioning and social anxiety are associated with adolescent alcohol use. Our previous research has shown that acute exposure to a high dose of ethanol on gestational day (G) 12 produces social alterations in adolescent Sprague-Dawley rats.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Skeletal muscle and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Skeletal muscle is critical for mobility and many metabolic functions integral to survival and long-term health.
The University of New Mexico - Rodents prenatally exposed to alcohol display sex-dependent differences in spatial extinction learning
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is associated with structural and physiological changes that impact the central nervous system and can result in persistent negative consequences in a broad spectrum of cognitive and behavioral domains including deficits in motor behavior, social behavior, and behavioral flexibility.
Child Abuse & Neglect - Prenatal substance exposure diagnosed at birth and infant involvement with child protective services
Infants have the highest rates of maltreatment reporting and entries to foster care. Prenatal substance exposure is thought to contribute to early involvement with child protective services (CPS), yet there have been limited data with which to examine this relationship or variations by substance type.
Reproductive Health - Prevalence of prenatal exposure to substances of abuse: questionnaire versus biomarkers
Alcohol and drugs of abuse consumption in young adults, including women of childbearing age, has experienced significant increase over the past two decades.
Alcoholism - Meta-Analyses of Externalizing Disorders: Genetics or Prenatal Alcohol Exposure?
Externalizing disorders are heritable precursors to alcohol dependence, common in children of alcoholics (COA), and in children with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE).

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Ärzte Zeitung (Germany) - Wie lässt sich Patienten besser helfen?
Eine neue Publikation erörtert Möglichkeiten, Menschen mit Fetalen Alkohol Spektrumstörungen (FASD) im Rahmen der Sozialen Arbeit noch besser zu helfen.
Kinderaerzte-im-Netz (Germany) - Alkohol im Mutterleib erhöht Suchtgefahr für Kind im späteren Leben
Eine der vielen negativen Konsequenzen, wenn ein Ungeborenes im Mutterleib Alkohol ausgesetzt ist, ist ein erhöhtes Suchtrisiko im späteren Leben des Kindes. Neurowissenschaftler in der Universität am Buffalo Research Institute haben nun die Gründe dafür erforscht.
Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland) - By dzieci nie rodziły się z FAS. Kampania edukacyjna
Koncert charytatywny "Historia jazzu na żywo" rozpocznie zbiórkę na realizację kampanii edukacyjnej o zagrożeniach wynikających z picia alkoholu w ciąży.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Alcohol News - 45/2017

New York Times (USA) - Cancer Doctors Cite Risks of Drinking Alcohol
The American Society of Clinical Oncology, which represents many of the nation’s top cancer doctors, is calling attention to the ties between alcohol and cancer. In a statement published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the group cites evidence that even light drinking can slightly raise a woman’s risk of breast cancer and increase a common type of esophageal cancer.
The Guardian (UK) - Baby boomers warned over drinking as alcohol-linked deaths in over-50s soar
The number of alcohol-specific deaths in people aged 50 and over has risen 45% since 2001, prompting fresh warnings about excessive drinking among baby boomers.
Sky News (UK) - Thousands of teenagers' lives blighted by alcoholic parents
Hundreds of thousands of teenagers are having their lives blighted by drinking problems suffered by their parents, a charity has warned.
Medical Daily - Teens Who Smoke Pot, Drink Alcohol Have Less Potential As Adults: Study
Teenagers who abuse alcohol and marijuana are probably not going to do much with their lives, according to new research.
Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland) - Death rate of Northern Ireland women from too much alcohol nearly doubles in three years
The rate of women here drinking themselves to death almost doubled in three years, new figures reveal.
The Conversation AU - It’s not just mums who need to avoid alcohol when trying for a baby
Abstaining from alcohol during preconception and pregnancy is usually considered to be the woman’s responsibility. The main concern surrounding alcohol exposure during pregnancy often relates to well-established evidence of newborns developing a range of behavioural, physical and cognitive disabilities later in life.
New York Times (USA) - A Ban on Bus and Subway Alcohol Ads in New York
The decision by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to eliminate alcohol ads in its transit system will protect youths from an important risk factor in underage drinking.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Minimum alcohol pricing ‘could prevent 3 deaths a week’
Minimum unit pricing on alcohol could prevent nearly three deaths a week, bring about a reduction in crime, and reduce hospital admissions by over 4,000 per year, a health body has claimed.
Medical Xpress - Higher estrogen levels linked to increased alcohol sensitivity in brain's 'reward center'
The reward center of the brain is much more attuned to the pleasurable effects of alcohol when estrogen levels are elevated, an effect that may underlie the development of addiction in women, according to a study on mice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Hindu (India) - Alcohol abuse causes 10% of disease burden in youth
Increasing trend of alcohol use in young people is now contributing to more than 10% of overall burden of disease and injury among those in the age group of 15-29.
Independent Online (South Africa) - Could you be an almost alcoholic?
You don’t have to be an alcoholic to have a drinking problem, writes Marchelle Abrahams.
Daily Mail - Alcohol IS a gateway drug: Booze triples a person’s likelihood of taking cocaine - even if they have never come into contact with it
Alcohol is a gateway drug and can influence someone's likelihood of becoming addicted to cocaine, a study claims.
Independent.ie (Ireland) - Alcohol Bill is watered down
Small shops will be able to display a "substantial amount of alcohol" to customers after a Government climbdown. The watering down of the Public Health Alcohol Bill will mean the proposed "booze curtain", hiding alcohol from view, will no longer be mandatory in smaller shops.
ERR News (Estonia) - Estonia's alcohol consumption per adult continues to drop in 2016
Annual consumption of alcohol in Estonia declined to 9.9 liters of absolute alcohol per adult resident in 2016, it appears from an annual review persented at a conference of the National Institute for Health Development (NIHD) on Wednesday.
High North News (Greenland) - Intense Alcohol Debate on Greenland
A proposed new Act on stronger regulation of the alcohol sale on Greenland has caused an entrenched debate. The Parliament will decide on Thursday whether or not to adopt new legislation.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Alcohol News - 44/2017

The Baltic Course (Estonia) - Estonia's alcohol consumption drops below 10 liters per adult in 2016
Annual consumption of alcohol in Estonia declined to 9.9 liters of absolute alcohol per adult resident in 2016, it appears from an annual review presented at a conference of the National Institute for Health Development on November 1st.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Court challenge seeks greater restrictions on supermarket alcohol areas
Dannevirke New World's liquor licence was granted with a defined floor plan for alcohol display, but an Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority declined to make rules about where shelves had to be placed, and which way they should face.
WIRED - A MASSIVE HEALTH STUDY ON BOOZE, BROUGHT TO YOU BY BIG ALCOHOL
A LITTLE BIT of booze, the conventional wisdom goes, can be good for you. But the evidence for that claim—beyond anecdotal accounts that a nip of whiskey can nip a cold in the bud—is surprisingly thin.
Pulse (UK) - Revealed: one in seven GPs turns to alcohol and drugs to cope
Almost half of GPs say their ability to care for patients has been affected by the stress of general practice, a Pulse survey of more than 800 GPs has revealed.
ERR News (Estonia/EU) - Estonian minister wants common EU alcohol policy
The EU should have a common alcohol policy that could help prevent damage caused by excessive consumption and member states' differing alcohol policies, said Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski (SDE).
The Slovak Spectator (Slovakia) - Slovaks still drink a lot of alcohol
The World Health Organisation (WHO) ranks Slovakia among countries with a high alcohol consumption, along with Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Slovenia.
New York Times (USA) - M.T.A. Will Ban Alcohol Advertising on Buses and Subways
The board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday banned advertising of alcoholic beverages on New York City buses, subway cars and stations, contending that the social benefits of deterring underage drinking outweighed the loss of revenue.
Express.co.uk (UK) - It is time to BAN alcohol on aeroplanes, says MARTIN TOWNSEND
IT TOOK the King’s Cross fire 30 years ago – and the death of 31 people – to finally force a ban on smoking on the London Underground.
Futurity: Research News - Today’s teens aren’t as into drugs, alcohol, or theft
Today’s teens are far less likely to abuse alcohol, nicotine, and illicit drugs, and are also less likely to engage in delinquent behaviors, such as fighting and stealing, according to a study of more than 200,000 teens.
New York Daily News (USA) - Only 30% of Americans know drinking alcohol can cause cancer, new survey shows
Almost 80% of American adults polled for a cancer risk factor survey correctly identified tobacco use as a potential cause of the illness, but only 30% know that drinking alcohol can lead to cancer, too.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Alcohol has claimed the lives of 2,000 since debate over Alcohol Bill began, charity claim
Alcohol has claimed the lives of 2,000 people since the government first began deliberating over the controversial Alcohol Bill two years ago, a leading charity has warned.
Medical Xpress - Reducing the availability of alcohol would help combat excessive drinking
Reducing the availability of alcohol by increasing unit pricing is one of the measures that is being recommended in a new British Psychological Society report 'Changing behaviour: Responsible alcohol consumption'.
News-Medical.net - Early onset of drinking increases risk for alcohol-related neurocognitive vulnerabilities
Although drinking by U.S. adolescents has decreased during the last decade, more than 20 percent of U.S. high-school students continue to drink alcohol before the age of 14 years.
Washington Post - There are medications that can treat alcoholism, but doctors rarely use them
Excessive alcohol use is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States. Some 88,000 Americans died of alcohol-related causes every year between 2006 and 2010, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CNN - Being a heavy-drinking 'bad mom' is more worrisome than funny
"A Bad Moms Christmas," the new comedy starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, is the story of three mothers' rebellion against the often-invisible labor imposed on women during the holiday season.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Alcohol News - 43/2017

The Guardian (UK) - UK-wide minimum alcohol price would save lives and ease pressure on NHS
We unequivocally endorse the Welsh government’s adoption of a minimum unit price for alcohol (Wales reveals plan for minimum alcohol price, 23 October).
EurekAlert - There is no safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, new study shows
Any amount of alcohol exposure during pregnancy can cause extreme lasting effects on a child, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Lobby groups accused of trying to derail alcohol legislation
Business lobby groups and alcohol industry “surrogates” are attempting to derail legislation that will reform how alcohol is sold and promoted in Ireland, an alliance of health groups has said.
Futurity: Research News - Dad’s alcohol abuse may up risk of teen dating violence
Teens who grew up with a parent with an alcohol use disorder may have a higher risk of being involved in abusive dating relationships.
Financial Times (UK) - UK retirees using ‘pension freedoms’ for alcohol and gambling
Some British retirees are using their “pension freedoms” to fund alcohol and gambling binges before falling back on the government for help, MPs have been told.
Times LIVE - Alcohol question is all up in the air
Can an airline prohibit you from drinking alcohol on board, other than that sold by them? I asked that question of Nic Vlok, acting CEO of Mango Airlines, after spotting a "you may only drink alcohol purchased on board" line on their in-flight magazine's menu.
New Vision (Uganda) - Govt asked to enforce ban on sale of alcohol in sachets
In January this year, the trade ministry issued a statement notifying alcohol manufacturers that the Government had given them up to September 30, to stop the sale of alcohol packed in sachets.
WebMD - Avoiding Alcohol Helps the Heart Beat Better
The longer you refrain from drinking, the lower your risk of a common heart rhythm disorder.
YLE News (Finland) - Yle poll: MPs split on coming alcohol bill
An Yle-commissioned poll finds that Finnish MPs are split fifty-fifty on whether or not a new alcohol law should be passed in November. The change would raise the maximum allowed alcohol content of beverages sold in shops, allow barkeepers to sell drinks to go and extend the opening hours of Alko.
Daily Mail (UK) - Over two million Brits exceed their weekly alcohol allowance on a SINGLE holiday flight
According to data from a travel insurance specialist, over two million have exceeded their weekly alcohol allowance on a single flight, ordering 15 units or more during the journey. But many do so because they're terrified of flying.
The Guardian - Should I avoid drinking in front of my children?
A new report suggests that young people are aware of their parents’ drinking – and it may well have an impact on their relationship with alcohol. So should you keep booze out of the family home?
TheHDRoom - How Hollywood is Glorifying Excessive Consumption of Alcohol
Films are supposedly a mirror of life. We watch and enjoy films because we are able to empathize with the characters and learn something about ourselves; supposedly. Looking at entire genres – action and comedy – we can notice a deviation from life toward the exaggerated, the over-the-top.
Radio New Zealand (Samoa) - Number of alcohol-related crimes in Samoa reduced
A senior judge in Samoa says alcohol-related offending has reduced since the opening of Samoa's Alcohol and Drug Court (ADC) in February last year.
Business Day (Uruguay) - After victory against Big Tobacco, Uruguay’s Vazquez takes aim at alcohol
Uruguay’s President Tabare Vazquez is taking his crusade against cigarettes to alcohol, while doubling down on tobacco regulation, after a court threw out a dispute with Philip Morris.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Alcohol News - 42/2017

The Cougar - Psychology research finds link between social media, alcohol
University of Houston psychologist Mai-Ly Steers is taking a more in depth study on student’s drinking levels with a $251,010 grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Grant funding for the project is expected to continue for five years.
The Independent (UK) - Children described alcohol as ‘sugar for adults’
Three in 10 parents admit to being drunk in front of their children, a new study has found. Half have been tipsy around them, according to the Institute of Alcohol Studies, whose research revealed that moderate drinking around children leaves them feeling anxious, embarrassed and disrupts their bedtime.
Forbes - Divorce Found To Increase Risk For Alcohol Use Disorders, And Remarriage To Lower It
It should come as no surprise that divorce is linked to alcohol (ab)use. Research consistently shows that, compared to married people, divorced people drink more and in more harmful ways (e.g. binge drinking), are more likely to have a lifetime or recent alcohol use disorder (AUD) diagnosis, engage in more alcohol-related risky behaviors, and have higher alcohol-related mortality.
Healthline - Most Consumers Unaware of Dangers in Mixing Alcohol and Common Drugs
Alcohol interacts with as many as 150 medications and can cause them to not work effectively, NCPIE warns. The warning label “Do not use with alcohol” on medicines isn’t a suggestion, but many people don’t take it seriously or ignore it altogether.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Industry and health advocate views on alcohol bill ‘not on par’
The interests of business and public health advocates should not be given equal weight in discussions around the final form of landmark legislation on alcohol, according to a charity working in the area.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Auckland alcohol law change: Why would anyone need to buy liquor at 7am?
Auckland bottle shops will still be allowed to sell alcohol at 7am under a change in trading regulations – but who's actually buying booze at that hour?
ChronicleLive (UK) - The North East area where alcohol treatment is 54% higher than England rate
Patients treated for alcohol problems in North Tyneside are 50% more likely to be readmitted as an emergency within a month than the expected rate in England.
The Independent - Do you know a drunkorexic?
Young women are skipping meals and dramatically reducing their calorie intake from food in order to save calories for alcohol.
Daily Star (UK/Russia) - England fans face World Cup booze BAN as Russia fights hooligans
Russian authorities are desperate to avoid scenes similar to those at Marseille in 2016 where England fans clashed with rival supporters.
The Merkle - New Technology Analyzes Fingerprints to Determine Alcohol and Substance Use
New research shows how fingerprints can be used to determine one’s sex, alcohol consumption, food ingestion, and drug use. This is a revolutionary development, especially considering it works with prints that are decades old.
Galway Advertiser (Ireland) - Alcohol bill will save lives and reduce harm, says regional health forum member
For over 650 days the Public Health (Alcohol ) Bill - a progressive piece of legislation designed to significantly and positively alter Ireland’s harmful relationship with alcohol – has languished in the Oireachtas and faced inordinate delay.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

FASD News - 41/2017

ABC Online (Australia) - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder prevention project underway in regional cities
A multi-million-dollar project aiming to raise awareness and curb cases of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) will be rolled out in two regional Australian locations.
Futurity: Research News - Immune cells may not be at root of fetal alcohol syndrome
Scientists are challenging the theory that cells in the brain’s immune system are the culprit behind the neurological damage that occurs in babies exposed to alcohol while in the womb.
Psychiatry Advisor - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Update & Expert Q&A
Prenatal alcohol exposure is the most common preventable cause of developmental disabilities and birth defects.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - One in two Kiwi pregnancies risk fetal alcohol disorders
Up to one in two pregnant women may be exposing their unborn child to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), a University of Otago researcher says.
Newcastle Herald (UK) - Education is best way to help bottle babies
LAST month a Newcastle couple opened up about the challenges of parenting their foster son, who had been diagnosed with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
TheSpec.com (Canada) - Calgary brothers with FAS who raped teen need structure, supervised environment: lawyers
Lawyers for two brothers with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder who repeatedly raped a teenage girl say their clients should spend years in prison.
Michigan Radio (USA) - Mother discovers child suffers disability from prenatal alcohol exposure and wants to warn others
There is an agony that descends upon a family when a child is diagnosed with a neurological and behavioral disability. Imagine adding to that by realizing this child’s disability is 100% incurable, and 100% preventable.
Medical News Bulletin - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Significant Global Problem
A study of the global prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) estimates that it affects as many as 8 out of 10,000 children, highlighting the need to improve public education about the potential harm of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
Newcastle Herald (UK) - FASD's impact unrecognised
The welcome news that the Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) led by Tony Brown has been successful in securing funding to Make FASD History provides much-needed opportunity for public education about the devastating effects of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in our community.
WHMI - Vaupel Introduces Resolution Regarding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
A local lawmaker has introduced a resolution to bring awareness to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in the state of Michigan.
UPI.com - Genetic variation linked to damage from prenatal alcohol exposure found
Researchers at the University of Helsinki have identified a genetic factor associated with damage caused by the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy.
MedIndia - Alcohol can Cause Neurological Damage Without Involving Brain's Immune System
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are seen in children who are exposed to alcohol while in the womb. Lately, the theory that the cells in the brain's immune system cause neurological damage is being questioned by scientists, reveals a new study.
Adoption.com - Raising a Child With FASD: A Journey To Diagnosis and Understanding
Our daughter was recently diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Prior to adopting, I didn’t know a lot about it. Turns out that many medical professionals don’t know much, either.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services - Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Footage from a September 2017 event in the Pennsylvania State Capitol.
FASD Communities - Platteville At-A-Glance
Come take a look around the beautiful community of Platteville, Wisconsin where we have the first ever supportive home for individuals with FASD - Aloha Communities Platteville.
NIHOD - Tom Donaldson (NOFAS) discusses the NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator
Tom Donaldson, President and CEO of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), discusses the value of the NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator. For more, visit https://alcoholtreatment.niaaa.nih.gov.
NOFAS - NOFAS Facts of the Day for FASD Month, Sept. 2017
In recognition of September as FASD Awareness Month, NOFAS posted an FASD-related fact on social media each day in September,. Facts covered various facets of FASD, including pediatrics, prevention, addiction, adults with FASD, education, and public health.

RESEARCH
American Family Physician - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) result from intrauterine exposure to alcohol and are the most common nonheritable causes of intellectual disability. The percentage of women who drink or binge drink during pregnancy has increased since 2012.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Maternal Iron Nutriture as a Critical Modulator of FASD Risk in Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy places the fetus at risk for permanent physical, cognitive, and behavioral impairments, collectively termed fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Alcoholism - Commentary on Montag et al. (2017): The Importance of CBPR in FASD Prevention with American Indian Communities
Prenatal alcohol consumption is a public health concern due to potential lifelong physical and cognitive effects in offspring, often presenting in the form of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) or other fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
University of Cape Town - Intraparietal Sulcus Morphology in Children Prenatally Exposed To Alcohol
The intraparietal sulcus (IPS) is a prominent feature in the parietal lobe that separates the inferior- and superior parietal lobules and extends posteriorly from the postcentral sulcus (PCS) to end in the occipital lobe.
Brain Research - Developmental ethanol exposure alters the morphology of mouse prefrontal neurons in a layer-specific manner
Chronic developmental exposure to ethanol can lead to a wide variety of teratogenic effects, which in humans are known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Behavioural Brain Research - Mitigation of postnatal ethanol-induced neuroinflammation ameliorates trace fear memory deficits in juvenile rats
Impairments in behavior and cognition are common in individuals diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). In this study, FASD model rats were intragastrically intubated with ethanol (5 g/kg/day; 5E), sham-intubated (SI), or maintained as naïve controls (NC) over postnatal days (PD) 4–9.
Behavioural Brain Research - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Zebrafish in the analysis of the milder and more prevalent form of the disease
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) represent a large unmet medical need. Exposure of the developing human embryo to alcohol can lead to life-long suffering.
Northcentral University - A Systematic Review of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Federal Case Law: Implications for Psychologists and Competency to Stand Trial Evaluators
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Competition between ethanol clearance and retinoic acid biosynthesis in the induction of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Several models have been proposed to explain the neurodevelopmental syndrome induced by alcohol exposure of human embryos, known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). One of the proposed models suggests a competition for the enzymes required for retinoic acid biosynthesis.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Understanding and Managing Sleep Disruption in Children with FASD
Accumulating evidence has revealed high rates of sleep disruption among children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health - Australian guide to the diagnosis of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A summary
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder caused by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). In some individuals, characteristic facial features result from the teratogenic effect of first trimester PAE.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - The Manitoba Youth Justice Program: Empowering and Supporting FASD Affected Youth in Conflict with the Law
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) describes a constellation of physical, cognitive, neurologic and behavioral impairments resulting from prenatal exposure to alcohol.
Mspace - The Manitoba mothers and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder study: a retrospective population-based cohort study using linked administrative data
Identifying maternal risk factors associated with giving birth to children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is integral to the development of effective prevention strategies, however, there are no Canadian data in this area.
Laurentian University - "If we have the knowledge, then that is power to help our expectant moms": Northern Ontario health care students' knowledge and attitudes addressing alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
The current document is a paper-based dissertation investigating health care professionals’ knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy regarding fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Reproductive Sciences - The Effect of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Fetal Growth and Cardiovascular Parameters in a Baboon Model of Pregnancy
Prenatal alcohol exposure often results in an array of fetal developmental abnormalities termed fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).
Neurotoxicology and Teratology - Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure in a prospective sample of young adults: Mental health, substance use, and difficulties with the legal system
Few studies have focused on the transition to adulthood in adults with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). In this study, we examine the occurrence of problem behavior at this transition, including mental health problems, substance use, and difficulties with the legal system.
The Journal of Special Populations - FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER AND SEXUALLY INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIORS: A CALL ON SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT CLINICIANS TO BECOME INFORMED
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure is a permanent condition that can include a range of adaptive, cognitive, social, and physical impairments.
Brain Sciences - Impact of Prenatal and Subsequent Adult Alcohol Exposure on Pro-Inflammatory Cytokine Expression in Brain Regions Necessary for Simple Recognition Memory
Microglia, the immune cells of the brain, are important and necessary for appropriate neural development; however, activation of microglia, concomitant with increased levels of secreted immune molecules during brain development, can leave the brain susceptible to certain long-term changes in immune function associated with neurological and developmental disorders.

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Mindener Tageblatt (Germany) - Das Ungeborene trinkt mit - Erstes Treffen von FASD-Betroffenen
Die Folgen von Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft sind gravierend: Bei den betroffenen Kindern kann eine sogenannte fetale Alkohol-Spektrum-Störung (FASD) auftreten, darunter fallen körperliche und besonders auch geistige Beeinträchtigung.
Aktuality.sk (Slovakia) - Alkohol v tehotenstve môže ublížiť vášmu dieťaťu (rozhovor)
Alkohol v tehotenstve niektoré ženy taja, hovoriť o príčine poškodenia dieťaťa je pre niektoré matky stále tabu, varuje odborníčka Petra Šteinecker.