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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Alcohol News - 32/2022

Alcohol and Drug Foundation (Australia) - Impact on children and young people
Young people are already exposed to alcohol advertising daily – on billboards, on public transport and on tv (especially during sporting events).
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Carlsbad Current Argus (Mexico) - Look at crime through lens of alcohol use in New Mexico
In Gallup recently, a drunk driver plowed through a parade that was, until that moment, a joyful event – the 100th anniversary of the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial.
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Discover Magazine - This is Your Brain Off Alcohol
Known as the “sober curious,” a growing number of people are selectively quitting alcohol. New converts boast increased energy, better sleep and an improvement in reasoning and memory.
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The Irish Times (Ireland) - How to stay safe in water: Don’t drink alcohol before swimming and the ‘simple questions’ to ask
Swimmers have been urged to be cautious in the water as Ireland experiences a heatwave over the coming days.
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New Scientist - Exceeding weekly alcohol recommendations linked to short chromosomes
Regions of repetitive DNA sequence called telomeres cap our chromosomes, with shorter telomeres being linked to Alzheimer's disease, cancer and heart disease
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RNZ (New Zealand) - Swarbrick frustrated by Deputy PM not backing alcohol harm minimisation bill
Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick says she is frustrated that her bill to ban alcohol sponsorship in sports is not receiving the backing of the government, despite the presence of overwhelming evidence.
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Gallup (USA) - Most in U.S. Say Alcohol Adversely Affects Drinkers, Society
Broad majorities of Americans believe the use of alcohol adversely affects both society in general and drinkers specifically. Three in four U.S. adults say alcohol use has a negative effect on society, and nearly as many (71%) think it affects drinkers themselves negatively, though more describe the effect as "somewhat negative" than as "very negative."
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Port Lincoln Times (Australia) - Healthy alcohol 'spin' misleads consumers
Health-conscious Aussies may want to reconsider their next "low sugar" alcoholic drink as experts warn "healthy" booze marketing campaigns can often be misleading.
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The Area News (Australia) - When it comes to drinking alcohol, moderation is a myth
In life we're told that we can enjoy everything ... as long as it's in moderation. But in our modern world, what does moderation actually mean? Is my idea of moderation, different to your idea of moderation and when it comes to alcohol, is moderation actually just a myth?
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Psychiatry Advisor - Even Moderate Alcohol Consumption Tied to Cognitive Decline
Drinking even a moderate amount of alcohol — 7 alcoholic beverages a week — may cause cognitive decline according to a study in PLoS Medicine.
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Hippocratic Post (UK) - Pandemic alcohol consumption impact
Shifts in alcohol consumption during the pandemic could lead to thousands of extra deaths in England: two new studies from the University of Sheffield and Institute of Alcohol Studies/HealthLumen show the impact of pandemic-related changes in alcohol consumption on health outcomes.
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Sunday, August 7, 2022

FASD News - 31/2022

The Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland (Scotland) - FASD ACROSS THE LIFESPAN: BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS
This is the fourth blog in the series presenting key elements from Prof Plant’s forthcoming report. While the last blog looked at the physical problems experienced by people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, this blog explores some of the behavioural problems.
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Scoop (New Zealand) - International Fasd Awareness Day: September 9, 2022
This is an international awareness campaign giving voice and support to those affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Every year on the 9th day of the 9th month, to symbolise the nine months of pregnancy, millions of people around the world hold events to promote public awareness of FASD and support those who are affected by it.
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WITF - What is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and is it under diganosed?
Pregnant women are warned not to drink alcohol or smoke because it may harm their babies. Unfortunately, there are too many that don’t heed the warnings or drink when they don’t know they’re pregnant.
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Healthline - Alcohol Consumption is Increasing During Pregnancy: Why Experts Are Alarmed
“Look, here’s the deal. If you drink alcohol while you’re pregnant, you may be ruining your baby’s chances of ever having a normal life. All forms of alcohol are dangerous, even beer and wine. Play it smart. Alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix.”
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In Your Area (UK) - Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder discussed in Parliament thanks to Ayr charity
An Ayr charity were welcomed to Scottish Parliament to highlight the work they do in supporting those affected by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
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Musings From An Autistic Carer - FACS v FASD -A personal story of parent carer blaming
I have been quite candid in describing my personal experiences of being falsely accused of FII (fabricated or induced illnesses) and institutionalised parent carer blaming, but there were more issues at stake than merely having 2 children with probable autistic spectrum disorders.
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Kids Brain Health Network (Canada) - Building a Village of Support: Alex’s Story
For Tracy and Eric, adoption always felt like the right choice. They adopted their first two children—daughter Mackenzie and son Alex—in 2010, and their family expanded in 2011 when they adopted their youngest son, Jackson.
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Nutrition Research Institute - The influence of maternal weight and alcohol exposure on infant physical characteristics and neurodevelopmental outcomes
A new study from NRI scientists, Julie Hasken, PhD, MPH, and Philip May, PhD, published on ScienceDirect in May 2022 examines the influence of maternal weight and alcohol exposure in infant physical characteristics and neurodevelopment outcomes.
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VIDEOS and PODCASTS
The Honestly Adoption Company - FASD Expert Spotlight (Part 1): FASDs And The Online World
We know that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders have a profound effect on a person’s ability to reason, think logically, and control impulses. But in today’s society there are extra dangers.
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The Honestly Adoption Company - FASD Expert Spotlight (Part 2): FASD Hope And Advocacy
We are excited to share an interview we did just a few years ago with Natalie Vecchione, on her podcast, FASD Hope. We primarily talked about the release of our latest book, Securely Attached, but wanted to share this interview and point our listeners toward this valuable resource.
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FASD Special Interest Group - Diagnosing FASD Part 1 of 2
In the August 3, 2022 meeting of the AUCD FASD SIG, Christie Petrenko of University of Rochester and Elizabeth Cleveland of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences discuss how their FASD diagnostic clinics started and how they function.
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The Adoption & Foster Care Journey - Episode 335 - Run FASD with Adult Adoptee Rebecca Tillou
On this episode host Sandra Flach talks with Rebecca Tillou.  Rebecca is an adult adoptee with FASD, she’s also a wife, mother, author, advocate, and runner - AND the visionary of Run FASD.
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FASD Hope - 142 - Amazing Advocacy - A Conversation with Yvonne Williams
Episode 142 is titled "Amazing Advocacy" and highlights Yvonne Williams and her incredible advocacy contributions to the FASD Community. Yvonne started her FASD journey when she adopted her daughter in 2007.
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Fasd Success Show - #117 Rhonda & Shawn: How to love someone with FASD who’s hurt someone
This unique episode has some critical information about how systemic barriers and failures can result in adverse outcomes for individuals with FASD. We will leave the detail for the episode, but we want to give you a general idea about the content.
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SACCounty Healthy Beginnings - 5 Things You Need to Know If You’re Raising a Child Who’s Been Affected by Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Watch the video to learn about the 5 things every parent needs to know if you’re raising a child who’s been affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol.
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Catch Collaborative Psychotherapy - Episode 10 | What We Know About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) causes harm, pain and shame in mothers and children. Society is critical and judgmental towards those suffering from the condition, even though 1 in 100 babies in Canada are born with it.
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National FASD - Raja and Neil’s FASD Book Club – Session 2, Standardising the Approach to Assessment and Diagnosis
In session 2 of Raja and Neil’s FASD book club, Prof Raja Mukherjee and Dr Neil Aiton give an overview of changes in FASD diagnosis over the past 50 years. They talk about new diagnostic changes in the UK and point out some areas where progress is still needed.
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Learning with FASD - How to create a supportive learning environment for primary aged children with FASD
Students affected by FASD may learn and behave differently to neurotypical children due to the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure. The challenges that students with FASD may experience in the school environment can be due to the neurodevelopmental impairments caused by their brain injury.
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RESEARCH
Current Research in Toxicology - The influence of maternal weight and alcohol exposure on infant physical characteristics and neurodevelopmental outcomes
Higher postpartum maternal weight may be a protective factor but does not eliminate the adverse effects of alcohol on infant growth and dysmorphology.
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Bone - Altered bone and body composition in children and adolescents with confirmed prenatal alcohol exposure
These findings highlight the importance of early FASD diagnosis and appropriate post-diagnostic medical follow-up to enable timely, effective interventions to optimize bone and body composition during paediatric growth.
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Sensors - A Pilot Study Examining the Effects of Music Training on Attention in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
Prior studies indicate differences in brain volume and neurophysiological responses of musicians relative to non-musicians. These differences are observed in the sensory, motor, parietal, and frontal cortex.
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Journal of Medical Ethics - Using meconium to establish prenatal alcohol exposure in the UK: ethical, legal and social considerations
While recognising the adverse effects of heavy alcohol consumption during pregnancy, we emphasise the case for robust ethical, legal and social considerations and the central need for trust between HCP and patients in maternity care. We conclude the permissibility of meconium screening has not been proven, and it is not justified.
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University of Delaware - Effects of Developmental Alcohol Exposure on Associative Memory and the Medial Prefrontal Cortex-Reuniens-Hippocampus Circuit in a Rodent Model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
This study is important in examining what mechanistic alterations are related to AE and how they are involved in deficits associated with FASD.
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Korean Journal of Obstetrics - Prenatal maternal alcohol exposure: Diagnosis and prevention of fetal alcohol syndrome
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a developmental and congenital disorder characterized by neurocognitive impairment, structural defects, and growth restriction due to prenatal alcohol exposure.
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Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience - Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on neurobehavioural development and volume of rostral cingulate cortex subregions
Prenatal alcohol exposure is associated with lower volumes in the right pregenual ACC. This finding may underlie some of the emotional and behavioural problems experienced by individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure.
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South African Medical Journal - The tragedy of smoking, alcohol, and multiple substance use during pregnancy
Substance use during pregnancy affects infant outcomes at birth and 1 year of age. The addictive properties of substance use make cessation difficult, so prevention strategies should be implemented long before pregnancy. Higher maternal education, associated with better infant outcomes at birth and 1 year and acting as a countermeasure to substance use, is of paramount importance.
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JAMA Network - Trends in Binge Drinking and Heavy Alcohol Consumption Among Pregnant Women in the US, 2011 to 2020
In this cross-sectional study, we found that binge drinking and heavy alcohol consumption were higher among nonpregnant women than pregnant women, but the AAPC for both behaviors was significantly greater among pregnant women than nonpregnant women.
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Cardiovascular Toxicology - Maternal Ethanol Exposure-Induced Cardiac Fibrosis is Associated with Changes in TGF-β and SIRT1/FOXO3a Signaling in Male Rat Offspring: A Three-Month Follow-up Study
Overall, our data reveal that prenatal alcohol usage increase in fibrotic regions in the pup hearts possibly by regulating TGF-β, FOXO3a and SIRT1 protein levels. These are potential therapeutic molecular targets that can be modulated to protect heart against maternal ethanol exposure.
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The Journal of Sexual Medicine - College Women, Sex, and Drinking: Examining the Impact of Pre-sex Alcohol Consumption in Consensual Sexual Encounters
Sex under the influence of alcohol is common among college women and is associated with more distress and fewer positive consequences than sober sexual encounters.
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Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research - Association between sociodemographic, obstetric, and lifestyle factors among Hungarian pregnant women—A cross-sectional study
The lifestyle of pregnant women can have a great impact on the developing fetus, either in a positive or negative way. In order to evaluate maternal lifestyle, overall health behavior should be considered.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
SWR Fernseher (Germany) - Adoptivmama Katrin Lepke zieht Kinder mit FASD groß
Katrin Lepke ist Adoptiv-und Pflegemutter von Shannon, Jim und Samuel. Alle drei Kinder haben das Fetale Alkoholsyndrom (FASD), eine vorgeburtliche Alkoholschädigung. Daraus entsteht ein Buch und eine Selbsthilfegruppe, auch um auf FASD aufmerksam zu machen.
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Gazeta Olsztyńska (Poland) - Mamo! Nie pij proszę!
Problem ciężarnych kobiet pijących alkohol jest wciąż stosunkowo mało znany ogółowi społeczeństwa. Nasza spostrzegawczość zazwyczaj ogranicza się do zauważenia wpływu alkoholu na kobiety jako takie.
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PAHO (France) - Fiche d’information sur le trouble du spectre de l'alcoolisation fœtale
Les concepts de base sur la santé et l'alcool sont présentés dans cette série de fiches d'information. Cette note définit et présente des données sur le trouble du spectre de l'alcoolisation fœtale, ses conséquences et l'importance de le reconnaître.
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WDR (Germany) - Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft: Die FASD-Twins klären auf
FASD ist die Abkürzung für eine Fetale Alkoholspektrum-Störung. Unter dem Begriff werden alle Formen von Schäden an Kindern zusammengefasst, welche durch Alkoholkonsum in der Schwangerschaft verursacht wurden.
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Erzieherkanal - Wissen, Theorien & Infos (Germany) - Fetales Alkoholsyndrom (FAS) und fetale Alkoholspektrumstörung (FASD) bei Kindern | ERZIEHERKANAL
Die fetale Alkoholspektrumstörung (FASD) und das fetale Alkoholsyndrom (FAS) liegt vor, wenn die Mutter in der Schwangerschaft Alkohol getrunken hat und es aufgrund dessen zu Schädigungen und Behinderungen beim Kind kam.
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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Alcohol News - 31/2022

National Records of Scotland (Scotland) - Slight increase in Alcohol-specific Deaths
1,245 people died from conditions caused by alcohol in Scotland in 2021, according to latest figures published by National Records of Scotland.
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The Guardian (UK) - Britain has a drinking problem – and the alcohol industry can’t afford to let us kick it
We’ve all heard the refrain: “Britain has a drinking problem.” It’s an issue that long predates the Covid-19 pandemic, but evidence for this claim seems more stark than ever.
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Brattelboro Reformer - White: Alcohol use in older adults: The hidden risks
Problematic alcohol use in older adults is something of a hidden issue. We often think of substance use problems as an issue that starts in adolescence or young adulthood, but this doesn’t apply to everyone. In fact, alcohol use in those over 60 has been increasing for the past two decades, and even more so among women.
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KUNM (Mexico) - Let's Talk about the impact of alcohol on New Mexico
Let's Talk New Mexico, 8/04 8a: We hear a lot about drugs like opioids, fentanyl and meth in New Mexico. But another substance is involved in more deaths than all of those drugs combined: alcohol.
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Sidney Morning Herald (Australia) - Alcohol harm to bystanders ‘costs Australia $20 billion a year’
More than two-thirds of Australian adults have been adversely affected by someone else’s alcohol consumption, costing the country an estimated $20 billion a year in emergency healthcare, caring and lost productivity.
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Times Now - Reasons why and how should talk to your teenager about drugs and alcohol
Teenagers will always remain rebels, experimental, and impressionable no matter what era. It is, however, very important to be their friend and guide rather than a tyrant for parents trying to banish them without any explanation. Teenagers trying out drugs and alcohol is not uncommon but they need to be told in a caring, supportive, and nurturing manner about the flipside of these vices.
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Alcohol Health Alliance - Alcohol packaging could have an important role in delivering health messaging
Alcohol packaging can be used to communicate the harms associated with consumption. Daniel Jones, a research assistant at the University of Stirling, assessed a sample of young adults’ exposure to, and engagement with, current messaging on packs, support for displaying product and health-related information, and reactions to novel warnings. In this blog, he reflects on the findings.
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GQ - Here's Exactly How Bad Drinking Alcohol Is for Your Skin
Drinking can take a serious toll on your skin. Hopefully pointing this doesn’t make make me a buzzkill, because we assume most adults know firsthand how alcohol impacts them. There’s the obvious correlation between a big night out and the next-morning raccoon eyes.
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The Hindu (India) - Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan hints at revisiting State’s alcohol policy
Tamil Nadu Minister for Finance and Human Resources Palanivel Thiaga Rajan on Wednesday said the State was looking at revisiting its alcohol policy, and it is in active discussion.
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Stuff (New Zealand) - 'Just tinkering around the edges', alcohol policy should go further – expert
A new policy is proposing to change the time alcohol can be purchased from stores in Tauranga. The move is welcomed by an alcohol harm reduction advocate, but they warn it doesn’t go far enough.
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NordAN (Sweden) - Seven out of ten Swedes are worried about the lack of a blood alcohol limit for electric bikes
It is not illegal to ride an electric scooter with a blood alcohol level, the rules are the same as for regular bikes. At the same time, electric scooters are becoming increasingly common in injury statistics, with 72% of Swedes now saying they are concerned that there is no blood alcohol limit for electric scooters in particular.
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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Alcohol News - 30/2022

University of Oxford - Genetic study provides evidence that alcohol accelerates biological aging
The short-term effects of excessive drinking are well known, but to date it has been less certain whether alcohol also accelerates the aging process.
https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2022-07-26-genetic-study-provides-evidence-alcohol-accelerates-biological-aging

BBC (UK) - Alcohol deaths from pandemic drinking are predicted to rise
Heavy home drinking during the pandemic may have set habits that will lead to rises in alcohol-related deaths and illness in England, forecasters warn.
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-62291767

Futurity - FAMILY ALCOHOL HISTORY MAY PUT YOU AT RISK OF JUNK FOOD ADDICTION
People with a parent with a history of alcohol problems are at greater risk for showing signs of addiction to highly processed foods, according to a new study.
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ABC News (Australia) - Northern Territory government facing calls to pause new post-intervention alcohol laws
A Northern Territory politician is set to move a motion in parliament calling for the lifting of intervention-era alcohol restrictions to be paused, with the NT government facing immense pressure over the issue.
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Infectious Disease Advisor - Effect of Heavy Alcohol Use on Self-Reported Health Status in Men vs Women With HIV
Heavy alcohol use in women with HIV infection was associated with lower self-reported health status scores, according to results of a longitudinal cohort study published in the American Journal of Medicine Open.
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NZ Herald (New Zealand) - Call for alcohol ban in Christchurch suburb after anti-social behaviour
An alcohol ban in Woolston Village is being investigated after concerns about an increase in anti-social behaviour.
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USA Today - Someone not drinking alcohol? It's none of your business.
Hundreds of reasons can explain why someone chooses not to drink alcohol – but they don’t owe you an explanation.
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Outside Magazine - Alcohol Can Tank HRV, Resting Heart Rate, and Sleep
More and more people are measuring their heart-rate variability using fitness trackers—and seeing those HRV numbers plummet after a few drinks the night before
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Carenity - ALCOHOL AND HOT WEATHER: WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
Summer is the perfect season for picnics and barbecues. However, when the temperatures rise, you need to be careful and avoid alcohol as it does not mix well with the heat. What are the dangers of alcohol consumption in hot weather?
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NordAN - Should we pay more attention to political youth organisations?
Are the more liberal views of the future generations one of the main drivers why current and long-standing policies are under threat? That was also expressed by Aleksi Sandroos, the chairman of the Finnish Centre Youth, commenting on the decriminalisation of various drugs: “This has become a generational issue. But the future is ours. Either these changes come now or in 20 years’ time, but they will come.”
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Sunday, July 24, 2022

FASD News - 29/2022

SPECIAL: The University of Edinburgh - Training – new courses available!
Course 1:
Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) will start in September 2022. It will provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to FASD and is suitable for postgraduates with a professional or lay interest in the field. It is also open to health and social care professionals wishing to undertake continuing professional development. Delivered online, primarily through recorded content, interactive online tasks and discussion boards, Introduction to FASD comprises about two hours 'contact' time per week which can be structured around other commitments and will provide an optional foundation to our advanced course in the Assessment and Diagnosis of FASD.
Course 2: The Assessment and Diagnosis of FASD will be available in January 2023 and will explore the core diagnostic criteria of FASD and how assessments undertaken inform this diagnosis, with the emphasis very much on the practical application of the skills taught. Those completing the course will, in conjunction with their existing professional training, be able to formally assess for and diagnose FASD in line with their role in clinical teams.  As such, participation is limited to those students who possess, or are in the process of attaining, a professional qualification that qualifies them to participate in the diagnosis of FASD. Relevant qualifications may include Psychology, Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, Education, Public Health, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Social Work.
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ARTICLES and NEWS

The Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland (Scotland) - Women, Alcohol, Pregnancy and FASD
In this first blog of six, Professor Moira Plant shares highlights from her report to be published this summer.
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National Geographic - The overlooked toll of drinking alcohol while pregnant
Estimates suggest up to 5 percent of people in the U.S. have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Here's how scientists and activists are working toward better diagnoses and treatments.
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NZ Herald (New Zealand) - Hawke's Bay doctor warns of 'epidemic' in fetal-alcohol härm
Experts think the alcohol industry needs to be targeted as the root cause of a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) "epidemic" among children.
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National Organisation for FASD - It’s time to sweep away the old myths!
FASD is a frequently undiagnosed and misdiagnosed condition. In order to dispel some of the myths and misunderstandings around FASD, we have a dedicated Mythbuster page on our website.
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CanFASD (Canada) - CanFASD 2021/2022 Annual Report Published
The past year has been full of exciting progress in the FASD community. The CanFASD Network, with help from our partners, published over 25 articles, 13 technical reports, 5 book chapters and participated in over 50 presentations and interviews.
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American Psychological Association - A hidden epidemic of fetal alcohol syndrome
New legislation could help bring awareness and resources to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
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National Organisation for FASD (UK) - Mandy Craig & Katie Hewitt on ‘The Time is Now’
In September 2021, Sheffield Children’s Safeguarding Partnership hosted the National Dialogue on International FASD Day Conference, chaired by Sheffield’s Director of Public Health and with over 700 people attending to hear professionals, politicians, and experts-by-experience share their knowledge and passion for improving the lives and opportunities of people with FASD.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
The Matilda Centre - Learning with FASD
Learning with FASD is an online portal housing evidence-based resources to assist primary school teaching and support staff to understand and support children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
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The Better Behavior Show with Dr. Nicole Beurkens - Supporting Children with Prenatal Drug and Alcohol Exposure – Brain First
In this episode, Eileen and I discuss parenting through behavior and developmental challenges, with a spotlight on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
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Parent Dashboard - ParentDashboard Presents Event: How to Homeschool with FASD with Natalie Vecchione of FASD Hope
We discuss raising complex kids, Homeschooling, the transition to adulthood and how trades, arts and entrepreneurship are done with complex needs - and how it can all empower your personal journey as a parent.
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Run FASD - What is Run FASD?
Run FASD embodies Strength, Tenacity, Empowerment, Hope, and Vision. A virtual 5k event that can happen at your own pace wherever you are. From September 9th-25th, 2022, Run FASD to bring awareness to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
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CanFASD - September 9th is International FASD Day
First celebrated in 1999, FASD day is devoted to raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to improve prevention of FASD and diagnosis and support for individuals with FASD.
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CanFASD - New on CanFASD’s Youtube Channel – A Five-Part International Seminar Series on FASD Prevention
Canada FASD Research Network sponsored a five-part seminar series that brought together 14 researchers from across the globe to share what is known about preventing alcohol use in pregnancy and supporting women’s health.
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Fasd Success Show - #115 Tara Soucie-Noble: A Wife in the FASD Life
If you’ve attended any of my presentations, taken my CKS Coaching Course or followed me for a while you will know one of my sayings is “I’m not a doctor, a lawyer or a social worker,” but my guest today is a social worker and she just happens to be my wife and business partner – Tara Soucie -Noble.
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FASD Hope - 140 - FASD and Speech Therapy - A Conversation with Christian Hancock
In Episode 140, FASD Hope welcomes Christian Hancock, M.S., CCC-SLP , who is the Creator of Communication with Connection, Owner of Heart and Soul Speech and a Board Member of the North Texas FASD Network.
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10 GM - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and the criminal justice system
Greater Manchester FASD Network lunchtime learning session for parents and professionals to learn about an aspect of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
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Emory MSACD - Complications of FASD in Adults
For more content like "Complications of FASD in Adults" visit our website at msacd.emory.edu
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RESEARCH
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience - Decreased resting-state alpha peak frequency in children and adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders or prenatal alcohol exposure
Reduced APF in individuals with an FASD/PAE may represent a long-term deficit and demonstrates the detrimental impact prenatal alcohol exposure can have on neurophysiological processes.
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Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work - We are not doing enough for children with neuro-disabilities
I recently made a submission to the Abuse in Care: Royal Commission of Inquiry on behalf of a young whānau-member survivor who is autistic and lives with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and mental health issues.
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Neuroscience Informatics - A transcriptome meta-analysis of ethanol embryonic exposure: Implications in neurodevelopment and neuroinflammatory genees
This study aimed to evaluate the impact of ethanol in the differential gene expression (DGE) of embryonic cells and fetal tissues by performing a transcriptome meta-analysis in microarrays datasets publicly available.
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Women's Health - Racial/ethnic variations in alcohol and cigarette use by pregnancy status among 20- to 44-year-old women, NHANES 2001–2018
Women who may become pregnant need interventions and improved policy to prevent alcohol use and smoking. Culturally appropriate alcohol and smoking cessation interventions before pregnancy and improved contraception access are needed.
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Midwifery - WRISK voices: A mixed-methods study of women's experiences of pregnancy-related public health advice and risk messages in the UK
Our research shows the importance of risk communication that respects women's autonomy and trusts them to make decisions about their own pregnancy. We identified a need for a layered approach to risk communication.
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Drug and Alcohol Review - Written information and health professionals are the information sources about alcohol use in pregnancy most often used by pregnant women
Antenatal providers should routinely provide information on alcohol use in pregnancy, including for women least likely to access available information.
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SSRN - Impact of Two Different Rodent Diets on Rat Dam Voluntary Ethanol Consumption, Serum Ethanol Concentrations and Pregnancy Outcome Measures
Recent studies report varying levels of voluntary ethanol consumption by rodents maintained on different commercially available diets.
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Journal of Biomedical Optics - Photonics probing of pup brain tissue and molecular-specific nuclear nanostructure alterations due to fetal alcoholism via light scattering/localization approaches
In particular, we characterize the spatial pup brain structures from the molecular to tissue levels and address the plausible reasons for such as mass density fluctuations in fetal alcoholism.
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Discover Social Science and Health - Prevalence and associated factors of alcohol intake in the first trimester of pregnancy in Dabat district, northwest Ethiopia
The prevalence of alcohol consumption in the first trimester of pregnancy was high in the study area. Pregnant women’s’ sociodemogrphic characteristics and history of stillbirth are associated with alcohol consumption.
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BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - Planning is not equivalent to preparing, how Dutch women perceive their pregnancy planning in relation to preconceptional lifestyle behaviour change - a cross-sectional study
Despite consciously planning their pregnancy, most women did not adhere to preconceptional lifestyle behaviour recommendations. Women’s health beliefs and overestimation of their health status seem to interfere with actively planning and preparing for pregnancy.
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Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology - Impact of maternal substance use on offspring's cardiovascular health
Substance use (SU) during pregnancy is on the rise, posing significant risks to the developing fetus. The adverse impact of maternal alcohol and nicotine use during the perinatal period on offspring health has been well established, including their associations with adverse cardiovascular health in offspring.
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PLoS one - Binge alcohol drinking before pregnancy is closely associated with the development of macrosomia: Korean pregnancy registry cohort
Together, binge drinking before pregnancy might be an independent risk factor for developing macrosomia. Intensified intervention for drinking alcohol in women who are planning a pregnancy is important and may help prevent macrosomia.
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The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior - Fathers are accused by family court when pregnant partners use substances
A new study has found that, in some states, fathers lose their parental rights, and legal orphans are created, when fathers are accused of allowing their pregnant partners to use alcohol or drugs.
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Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Suicidality: What Does the Literature Tell Us?
This review provides a foundational understanding of suicidality in FASD with important implications for research, policy, and practice. Rates of suicidality across the lifespan are high, underscoring the need for evidence-based approaches to screening, prevention, and treatment.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Erfurt (Germany) - Interaktive Ausstellung zum Thema Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft in Erfurt eröffnet
Um junge Erfurter Heranwachsende, Eltern und Fachkräfte für die Problematik Fetale Alkoholspektrum-Störung (FASD) zu sensibilisieren, macht vom 12. bis 14. Juli 2022 die Wanderausstellung „Wenn schwanger, dann Zero!“ in der Landeshauptstadt Halt.
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Stiri Diaspora (Romania) - Care sunt consecințele consumului de alcool în timpul sarcinii - studiu științific
Studiile au estimat că tulburările din spectrul alcoolului fetal, sau FASD, afectează între 1 și 5 la sută din populație, deși experții suspectează că prevalența este chiar mai mare.
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Padua Archive - EFFETTI DELL’ALCOL: la relazione tra l’uso di alcol in gravidanza e lo Spettro dei Disordini Feto-Alcolici (FASD)
L'elaborato finale studia la relazione tra l'uso di alcol delle donne in gravidanza e la manifestazione dello Spettro dei Disordini Feto-Alcolici (FASD), un'insieme di disturbi che portano a complicazioni fisiche e neuro-comportamentali.
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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Alcohol News - 29/2022

Global News - ‘Young people should not drink’: World study challenges alcohol guidelines
A study, the first of its kind in the world, has found that people under the age of 40 risk their health if they drink more than a few sips of beer or wine per day, and recommends that young people not drink alcohol at all.
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University of Stirling - Study reveals impact of alcohol packaging on young people
New research from the University of Stirling has highlighted the significant impact that alcohol packaging has on capturing the attention of, and creating appeal amongst, young people.
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GOV.uk (UK) - New Problem-Solving Courts to combat drug and alcohol-fuelled crime
Ground-breaking new courts will direct drug and alcohol abusers to tackle their addiction head-on or face tough consequences.
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News-Medical - Childhood loneliness associated with stress and alcohol-related problems in early adulthood
New research has shown that experiencing loneliness as a pre-adolescent child predicts problem drinking years later, in early adulthood.
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National Geographic - The overlooked toll of drinking alcohol while pregnant
Estimates suggest up to 5 percent of people in the U.S. have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Here's how scientists and activists are working toward better diagnoses and treatments.
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1News (New Zealand) - Study reveals strong link between alcohol and suicide
A new study reveals a strong link between acute alcohol use and suicide, prompting calls for liquor law reforms and suicide prevention strategies targeting alcohol-related harm.
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Wales Online (Wales) - Brits urged to avoid alcohol as scorching temperatures reach record levels
While many Britons will see the scorching weather as a perfect opportunity to bask in the sunshine with a cold beer or glass of wine, experts are warning against it
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NIAAA (USA) - Deaths involving alcohol increased during the COVID-19 pandemic
Recently researchers at NIAAA used the national death certificate database to assess changes in alcohol-related deaths during the first year of the pandemic. The results, published in JAMA, show that after increasing around 2.2% per year over the previous two decades, deaths involving alcohol jumped 25.5% between 2019 to 2020, totaling 99,107 deaths.
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Alcohol Health Alliance - Can alcohol consumption increase your risk of dementia?
Alcohol consumption can impact our health in different ways; including how our brain functions in both the short and long term. In this blog, Dr Tony Rao, Visiting Clinical Research Fellow, at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, examines the latest evidence of the link between alcohol consumption and dementia.
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IAS Blog - Should we have lower drinking guidelines for younger people?
A new study, published in The Lancet, as part of the Global Burden of Disease project, suggests that health risks associated with alcohol consumption are highest for younger age groups. The authors recommend as a result that we should introduce differential low-risk drinking guidelines, with lower guidelines for younger age groups. This is a strong claim, but does the evidence in the new study back it up?
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Queensland Health - 10 weird things you might not know alcoholic drinks are doing to your body
We all know that drinking alcohol to excess isn’t really part of a healthy lifestyle. Drinking more than the recommended guidelines can put you at risk of developing serious diseases, affect your brain health and make you prone to alcohol-related accidents.
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Thursday, July 14, 2022

Alcohol News - 28/2022

Alcohol Health Alliance (Scotland) - Is minimum unit pricing working in Scotland?
Minimum unit pricing was introduced in Scotland in 2018. A thorough evaluation, led by Public Health Scotland, is underway to look at both the intended and unintended consequences of MUP.  It will publish its final report in 2022. In this blog, Dr Peter Rice, President of the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, examines the evidence so far.
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UNDARK (USA) - Trend in Alcohol-Related Deaths Is Higher in Women
For women, the trend in heavy drinking, as well as related health effects, extends back at least two decades.
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Carnegie Mellon University - Drinking Alone Foreshadows Future Alcohol Problems
A new study has found that drinking alone as an adolescent and young adult can increase the risk of alcohol use disorder later in life, especially for women
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New Westminster Record (Canada) - New West council and MLA support warning labels on alcohol containers
Toys have them, cigarettes have them, so why don’t alcohol containers have warning labels? New Westminster wants that changed
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Morocco World News (Qatar) - Qatar: Stadiums Likely to be Alcohol-Free in World Cup 2022
With the World Cup 2022 in Qatar approaching, stadiums are set to be alcohol-free, meaning football supporters will be required to take only non-alcoholic drinks to their seats.
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Modern Ghana (Ghana) - Alcohol still advertised between the restricted hours of 6.00am-10.00pm — says GhanAPA, calls for stiffer legislation
A Civil Society Organization (CSO), the Alcohol Policy Alliance Ghana (GhanAPA ) is calling on government to take a second look at the current ways in which alcohol products are advertised by traditional and online media organizations.
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Thaiger (Thailand) - Today is National No Alcohol Day in Thailand
“No Alcohol, No Disease, No Covid-19:” is the official motto for this year’s National No Alcohol Day in Thailand, hand-written by Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
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Philippine Star (Philippines) - Lawmakers seek to increase legal drinking age to 21, ban PWDs from buying alcohol
Seeing booze as a bane to health and the community, Reps. Eric Yap (Benguet) and Paolo Duterte (Davao City) are seeking to increase the legal drinking age to 21 from 18 and ban persons with disabilities from buying alcohol.
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The Brussels Times (Belgium) - Road police will not scale back alcohol and drug checks after all
After it was previously reported that the federal road police would be cutting back on alcohol and speed checks as a result of budget cuts, it has now been confirmed that this decision was reverted.
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CapeTalk (South Africa) - Alcohol advertising should only happen at point of sale: Lobbyists
Lester Kiewit speaks to Terri-Liza Fortein from the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance about changing the legal drinking age.
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Metro UK (Scotland) - Scots with children at home ‘drank more alcohol during lockdown’
People in Scotland who had children at home during lockdown drank more alcohol and ate more junk food, a study shows.
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1News (New Zealand) - Alcohol stores allowing Afterpay, Govt urged to take action
Community groups are calling on the Government to take urgent action after revelations some alcohol stores are allowing customers to use buy now pay later services.
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The Latch - Alcohol’s Effect On Your Mental Health Goes Beyond ‘Hangxiety’
While we all know excessive drinking is in no way good for us, many of us are hazy on the specifics. What’s actually happening to our bodies while we’re drinking, and how do they react after?
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Style Rave - Mental Mondays: How Alcohol May Be Affecting Your Relationship And How To Fix It
Sometimes the pally in a bottle called Ethanol may have proved to be a friend in need during difficult times and the perfect fun time go-to, but could it be the reason you’re picking unnecessary fights with your partner?
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GPFans - Verstappen calls for F1 alcohol limit, condemns fan abuse
Max Verstappen has insisted a "normal human being" would not have acted the way some fans have done at the Austrian Grand Prix after the F1 championship leader learned of "shocking" reports of racist, misogynistic and homophobic abuse.
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Stuff (New Zealand) - 'Disheartening but not surprising': 25% of suicides linked to alcohol
One in four New Zealanders who die by suicide do so with excess blood alcohol – with the figures even worse for Māori and Pasifika, new analysis of coronial data has found.
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The Conversation (South Africa) - Tavern tragedy reinforces need to give priority to tackling underage drinking in South Africa
On 26 June 2022, 21 young people died at the Enyobeni tavern in East London, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. The incident refocused public attention on the safety of young people in the country.
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