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Friday, June 14, 2024

Alcohol News - 24/2024


WHO Europe - Just four industries cause 2.7 million deaths in the European Region every year
A pioneering report from the WHO Regional Office for Europe spells out clearly how specific powerful industries are driving ill-health and premature mortality across Europe and central Asia, including through interfering in and influencing prevention and control efforts for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers and diabetes, and their risk factors including tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy diets and obesity.
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The Conversation (Canada) - Ontario’s expansion of alcohol to convenience stores is a covert union avoidance strategy
The Ontario government has announced it’s expediting its plan to get beer into thousands of convenience stores.
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The Local Denmark (Denmark) - Are Danes cutting back on cigarettes and alcohol?
Danish stores sold a significantly lower quantity of alcohol and cigarettes over the counter last year, new data from Statistics Denmark show.
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BBC (UK) - States may raise prices to tackle 'drinking culture'
The States of Guernsey could raise alcohol prices to tackle the Bailiwick's drinking culture, according to a new report.
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Think Global Health - Confronting Big Alcohol's Sponsorship of Pride Parades
In the face of current global political backlashes and the rise of political parties threatening advances on LGBTQ+ rights, it is clear that this Pride month transcends mere festivities.
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The Independent (Germany) - German authorities halve strength of alcohol at England’s ‘high risk’ opening Euro 2024 game with Serbia
England fans will only be allowed to buy low-alcohol beer at their opening Euro 2024 match with Serbia on Sunday after the fixture was identified as “high risk” by German authorities.
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The Drum - Google, Meta, TikTok & others agree to improve age assurance for alcohol advertising
On Monday, a swath of leading tech companies – Google, Meta, Pinterest, Snap, TikTok and X – announced that they have partnered with major alcohol brands to establish stronger standards around online alcohol advertising.
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Radio Prague International (Czechia) - Domestic violence and alcohol: Experts call for stricter measures to curb excessive drinking
Some seven percent of children and adolescents in Czechia witnessed or directly experienced repeated domestic violence last year. This behaviour is often linked to excessive alcohol consumption.
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Balance (UK) - 8/10 adults believe it is important to have health campaigns on alcohol
8/10 adults (82%) in the North East believe it is important to have health campaigns on alcohol. And 62% of people who drink alcohol are now taking steps to manage consumption.
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YLE (Finland) - Health expert questions alcohol law change as stronger beers, wines appear on store shelves
Grocery stores and supermarkets across Finland began selling drinks with an alcohol content of up to eight percent from 9am on Monday morning, as the government's reform of the nation's alcohol laws came into effect.
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NordAN (Sweden) - New report shows historic shift in young people's alcohol habits in Sweden
Compared to previous generations, today's young people believe to a much greater extent that they can have just as much fun without alcohol, and the threshold for abstaining from alcohol is lower.
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AGAPPE - How Alcohol Increases Cancer Threat Across All Ages
Alcohol is often celebrated as a cultural staple at social gatherings and special occasions. Yet, beneath its convivial surface lies a severe health risk that most underestimate: its potent link to cancer. Classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by WHO, alcohol poses a significant threat to individuals across all age groups, from young adults to older people. There is an alarming connection between alcohol consumption and an increased risk of developing cancer.
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ERR News (Estonia) - New alcohol limit introduced for cyclists, light vehicle drivers
Newly adopted legislative amendments in Estonia will update various rules for drivers of light vehicles and motor vehicles as well as cyclists. Among the changes, aimed at improving safety, are a ban on cars stopping on sidewalks and the introduction of a dedicated maximum permitted blood alcohol content for cyclists and drivers of other light vehicles.
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NordAN (Denmark) - New study: One in six Danes skip company parties due to alcohol culture
Alcohol plays too significant a role at parties and other social events in workplaces. So much so that many either avoid attending or leave early, according to a new survey conducted by Voxmeter for Blue Cross Denmark.
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Alcohol Awareness (France) - No alcohol on the way to school!
In response to the overwhelming presence of alcohol advertisements in the Paris metro, particularly near schools, several French health and family organizations have taken a stand. France Assos Santé, the Ligue contre le cancer, the Union nationale des associations familiales (Unaf), the Fédération nationale des amis de la santé (FNAS), and the association Entraid’addict have filed a lawsuit against the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP).
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Sunday, June 9, 2024

FASD News - 23/2024

UNM Health Sciences Center - UNM’s New Mexico Alcohol Research Center Receives $7.3 million in Grant Funding to Study Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The New Mexico Alcohol Research Center (NMARC) at The University of New Mexico Health Sciences has received a five-year, $7.3 million extension of its National Institutes of Health program grant, supporting the center’s ongoing study of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
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ITVX (UK) - Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: 'Why ignorance about my condition stops me from getting a job'
A young woman from Wolverhampton who has applied for around 100 jobs with no success is calling for more support for disabled people who want to work.
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Aussiedlerbote  - Heavy drinking endangers spouses, offspring, and work associates
Alcohol consumption poses risks not only for the individuals drinking it, but also for those around them, including children, partners, and co-workers, according to addiction experts.
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FASD-CAN (New Zealand) - FASD-CAN Report: life with – or without DSS
Caregivers, parents and whānau of tamariki and young people with FASD are 'doing it tough' without access to Disability Support Services according to our survey – and those who do have it live in fear of losing it.
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CanFASD (Canada) - Decolonization: what is CanFASD doing?
This month’s roundtable meeting saw our team gather to unpack the topic of decolonization. The meeting included our Board of Directors, Staff, Research Leads, Family Advisory Committee and Adults with FASD Expert Collaboration Team.
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La Trobe University - Study shows how excessive drinking affects others
A new study published in Addiction journal shows around a fifth of adult Australians reported harm from the excessive drinking of people they know, and investigates its impacts on family, friends, and colleagues.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
CISUR - Legal aspects of duty to warn, the example of FASD
All manufacturers and suppliers have a general common law duty of care to inform consumers of the risks inherent in using their products. Alcohol manufacturers and suppliers (which includes government liquor authorities) have not yet been held accountable for failing to inform Canadian consumers of the risks of alcohol consumption.
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Boost Learning and Improvement Community - LUNCH & LEARN - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Raising awareness
Brought to you by Boost in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Service, this Lunch & Learn session on 22 May 2024 saw Dr Helen Howlett (Senior Commissioner for Children, Young People and Maternity, North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board) deliver a presentation on 'Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Raising awareness'.
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FASDSUCCESS - Does Choline Help? -Fetal Alcohol Syndrome(fasd)
In this episode, Dr. Wozniak and Dr. Gimbel provide updates on their groundbreaking follow-up study on the effects of choline in children with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE).
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FASD United (formerly NOFAS) - International FASD and Justice System Study - External Opportunity
Dr. David Junior Gilbert (who attended the 9th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD April 2024) and colleagues from the University of Salford Manchester are conducting research on FASD and justice using an international study.
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FASD Awareness - Maggie May - International Voice of FASD - FASD Webinar #26
In this webinar we will be discussing the impact of the FASD Conference in Seattle this year. Maggie will also be discussing many of the discussion points that have been arising during her travels as well as talking about some of the important strategies that she has been implementing while travelling abroad.
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FASDSUCCESS - Level Up Your FASD Advocacy with Alicia Munn
Alicia Munn is a dedicated FASD advocate and caregiver with over 15 years of experience in supporting children and families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
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FASD United - FASD United Policy Forum - May 2024
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Patricia Kasper, Your FASD Coach - Unveiling Animation's Role in Education for FASD with Dr. Jessica Rutherford
Join us on a fascinating journey with Dr. Jessica Rutherford, an expert in FASD and education, as we delve into the innovative world of the animation curriculum.
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Patricia Kasper, Your FASD Coach - Kickstarting Season Two of Living with FASD, with author Jodee Kulp
Welcome to the inaugural episode of Season 2 of Living with FASD! Host Patti Kasper is joined by one of her best friends, Jodee Kulp, to discuss exciting new projects and initiatives aimed at raising awareness and providing support for those living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
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Creating a Family - What is it Really Like to Raise a Child with FASD
Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility, adoption, & foster care education and support nonprofit, interviews Suzanne Emery, a Program Director with FASCETS, a nonprofit focused on helping parents raise children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. She is also the mom of a son with FASD.
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Creating a Family - Panel of Moms Raising Kids with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure/FASD
Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews three parents who are raising kids with FAS or FASD.
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RESEARCH
Nature - Prenatal exposure to alcohol and its impact on reward processing and substance use in adulthood
Therefore, we conclude that even moderate exposure to alcohol prenatally has long-lasting effects on brain function during reward processing and risk of cannabis use in young adulthood.
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SSRN - “People Talk About Fasd Diagnosis But Barely Any Young People are Asked About It”:  Diagnosis Perspectives and Disability Identity in Adolescents with Fasd
The views expressed by adolescents with FASD about the impact of the FASD diagnosis, and the disability identity process, were similar to other groups of young people with different neurodevelopmental and physical conditions.
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Research in Developmental Disabilities - Positive behavior support (PBS) with children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Characterizing caregivers’ use of PBS using follow-up clinical trial data
This study is the first to characterize caregivers’ use of PBS strategies for children with FASD using mixed methods. Problem behaviors such as rule breaking were more difficult to target.
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Children and Youth Services Review - ‘Trying differently’ towards improving school experiences: Systematically reviewing research on school experiences for students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and their teachers
Key findings are discussed, and important recommendations are made for researchers, policymakers, and educators to address the longstanding gaps in research and practice regarding the complex care and support needs of those with FASD from an anti-oppressive, destigmatized, and holistic framework.
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Anatomy & Cell Biology - Alcohol intake during pregnancy reduces offspring bone epiphyseal growth plate chondrocyte proliferation through transforming growth factor β-1 inhibition in the Sprague Dawley rat humerus
Intrauterine alcohol exposure delays bone maturation and intensifies osteoporosis and fracture risk. As most studies emphasize the neurological aspects of intrauterine alcohol exposure, there is a lack of research on the implications pertaining to osseous tissue.
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International Journal of Molecular Sciences - Fetal Brain-Derived Exosomal miRNAs from Maternal Blood: Potential Diagnostic Biomarkers for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)
Because several microRNAs (miRNAs) are implicated in other neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders, the effects of EtOH exposure on the expression of these miRNAs and their target genes and pathways were assessed.
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Drug and Alcohol Review - Evaluation of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Hub Australia website
Users found the FASD Hub accessible, authoritative and useful and suggested improvements.
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Behavioral Sciences - Effects of Developmental Timing on Cognitive and Behavioral Profiles in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Considerations for Education
This study aims to generate a profile of executive and behavioral functioning in children and adolescents diagnosed with FASD.
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Reproductive Toxicology - Contribution of ferritin and zinc to adverse infant outcomes among pregnancies with prenatal alcohol exposure in South Africa
Nutritional status during pregnancy can impact fetal development, yet less is known about how alcohol may interact with nutritional status to influence infant outcomes.
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Duke University - Sociodemographic and Psychological Profiles of Pregnant Women Who Consume Alcohol in Moshi, Tanzania: A Latent Class Analysis
Understanding variations in alcohol use among unique subgroups of pregnant women is essential for the development of targeted interventions to alleviate the burden of alcohol use during pregnancy.
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UNC University Libraries - ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE USE AMONG AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKA NATIVE BIRTHING PEOPLE: A MIXED METHODS STUDY OF PUNITIVE VERSUS TREATMENT STATE POLICIES AND COMMUNITY LEVEL RISK FACTORS.
The main research objective of this dissertation was to better understand the policy, predisposing and enabling factors related to prenatal alcohol and substance use among the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) birthing population in the United States.
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Alcohol Clinical and Experimental Research - Prenatal ethanol and cannabis exposure have sex- and region-specific effects on somatostatin and neuropeptide Y interneurons in the rat hippocampus
These results illustrate how alcohol and cannabis exposure in utero may affect hippocampal function by altering inhibitory processes in a sex-specific manner.
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Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica - Screening of substance use in pregnancy: A Danish cross-sectional study
Substance use among pregnant women consisted mainly of nicotine. Dipstick screening involved risks of false negatives and false positives.
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Nutrient - Prenatal Exposures, Diagnostic Outcomes, and Life Experiences of Children and Youths with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Children and youths diagnosed with FASD may experience a range of adverse health and social outcomes. This cross-sectional study investigated the characteristics and outcomes of children and youths diagnosed with FASD between 2015 and 2018 at the Sunny Hill Centre in British Columbia, Canada and examined the relationships between prenatal substance exposures, FASD diagnostic categories, and adverse health and social outcomes.
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Friday, June 7, 2024

Alcohol News - 23/2024

BBC (Finland/Sweden) - Finland and Sweden move to relax strict alcohol laws
Sweden and Finland have moved to relax strict laws that govern the sale of alcohol, while preserving wider state monopolies.
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Helsinki Times (Finland) - Finnish Parliament votes to bring stronger alcoholic beverages to supermarkets
THE FINNISH PARLIAMENT on Wednesday voted 102 in favour and 80 against a government bill to raise the maximum alcohol content limit for beverages sold in supermarkets from 5.5 to 8.0 per cent.
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NordAN (Sweden) - Systembolaget's future threatened after today's farm sales announcement
Today (June 5, 2024), the government announced plans to move forward with so-called farm sales and will send the proposal to the Council on Legislation. The proposal, which allows entities other than Systembolaget to sell alcohol directly to customers, threatens the exemption from EU law that Systembolaget currently enjoys. This exemption is based on Systembolaget's status as a monopoly with exclusive rights.
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Euronews.com - Scientists find drinking alcohol on a long-haul flight could be bad for sleeping passengers’ hearts
A new study found that alcohol consumption and inflight cabin pressure could influence the heart health of sleeping passengers.
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The Conversation - Your favorite drink can cause breast cancer – but most women in the US aren’t aware of alcohol’s health risks
Did you know that casual drinks with friends or having a “wine mom” moment to unwind could actually be nudging up your risk for breast cancer? It sounds like a buzzkill. But it’s a truth that many might not know: Alcohol actually causes breast cancer.
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The Conversation - Young people may see more than 20 alcohol ads per hour on social media, research finds
It’s a Friday night and you’re scrolling through Facebook, mindlessly thumbing past photos from friends, when a liquor advertisement catches your eye.
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Loughborough University (UK) - Minimum pricing for alcohol helped curb demand during COVID lockdown
Minimum pricing can be very effective in reducing demand for cheap high-strength alcohol amid concerns about affordability fuelling problematic drinking - according to a study on the impact of the measure during the COVID lockdown.
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The Independent - Calls for airlines to stop selling alcohol on flights
Airlines should consider restricting or stopping the access to alcohol on flights to protect the health of passengers, academics have said.
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RNZ (New Zealand) - Police Commissioner floats tighter alcohol regulation as 'trade off' to reduce estimated $7.8b harm from booze
Internal police documents say alcohol creates 20 times the harm of meth but police deploy less than one percent of their staff on reducing its harm.
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Public Health Institute (USA) - New Study: Alcohol and Drug Use Cause Significant Harms that Go Beyond the Individual
A new study estimates that over their lifetime, more than a third of U.S. adults or 113 million people are harmed from someone else’s drinking while 46 million experience harms from someone’s else’s drug use.
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WHO (Greenland) - Tackling a long-running challenge: Greenland is developing recommendations for a national alcohol policy
The Government of Greenland, known as Naalakkersuisut, in collaboration with the Centre for Public Health in Greenland and WHO/Europe, have launched a project to develop recommendations for a new national alcohol policy, addressing a long-running public health challenge.
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RACGP (Australia) - Renewed push for alcohol warning labels
Healthcare experts are again calling for increased awareness of the link between alcohol consumption and cancer through clearer warning labels, public health campaigns and education in primary care settings.
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IAS Blog - Beyond Personal Harm: The Costs of Alcohol to Society
Alcohol use is linked to a range of harms that affect not only the drinker but also impact wider society. This impact is extensive and places a significant financial strain on the UK.
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Medical News Today - Alcohol-based mouthwash may disrupt oral microbiome, leading to gum disease and certain cancers
Alcohol-based mouthwash might increase the risk of developing health problems such as gum disease and some cancers, including colorectal cancer.
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NordAN (Estonia) - Coalition of Estonian organisations advocate for total ban on alcohol advertising
The Estonian Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition (ETAK), a member organisations of NordAN, has formally proposed a complete ban on alcohol advertising to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.
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AlcoholCampaign (Estonia) – Campaign in Estonia: ALCOHOL CAUSES CANCER
Alcohol is a scientifically proven carcinogen. The Estonian National Institute for Health Development (TAI) and the Health Insurance Fund is launching an awareness campaign called “Alcohol Causes Cancer” to increase public awareness of the cancer risk associated with alcohol and to encourage healthier behaviours.
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Friday, May 31, 2024

Alcohol News - 22/2024

ERR (Estonia) - Alcohol consumption rising in Estonia
Alcohol consumption is an ongoing problem in Estonia, the Ministry of Social Affairs believes. Researchers say an increase in excise duty and new sales limits would reduce drinking.
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LRT (Lithuania) - Alcohol, tobacco consumption down in Lithuania
One Lithuanian resident aged 15 and over consumed 11 litres of pure (100 percent) alcohol last year, 0.2 litres less than in 2022, according to data published by the country’s State Data Agency.
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Yle (Finland) - Parliament's Grand Committee gives green light to alcohol law changes
The Finnish Parliament’s Grand Committee approved the government’s proposed amendment of the Alcohol Act by a margin of 14-11 on Wednesday. One Christian Democrat lawmaker, Sari Tanus, voted against her government's bill.
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Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Australia) - Government must defy alcohol lobby to help end family violence, say advocates and MPs
Advocates and MPs say the government must stand up to the alcohol lobby if it's serious about stopping violence against women and children.
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BBC (France) - French Open brings in alcohol ban to stop unruly fans
The French Open has stopped fans drinking alcohol in the stands in a bid to end unruly behaviour, says tournament director Amelie Mauresmo.
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Medical Xpress (Australia) - Researchers urge immediate alcohol regulation to curb violence against women, kids
Community organizations and researchers working in violence prevention and alcohol harm reduction are meeting this week to discuss the role of alcohol in violence against women and children and the policy and program responses needed to address this.
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PsyPost - Even mild insomnia symptoms can predict future alcohol use in adults
A recent study published in the journal Alcohol, Clinical and Experimental Research has found a connection between sleep disturbances and alcohol consumption in adults.
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KTVZ (USA) - Cancer diagnoses could reach record high in 2024. Here's how alcohol increases risk.
Every day this year, almost 5,500 Americans, on average, will get the news that they have some form of cancer. That’s as the risk of dying from cancer has declined over the last three decades, a trend the American Cancer Society attributes to lower rates of cigarette smoking, early detection, and advancements in cancer treatment.
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CAMH (Canada) - Statement from CAMH
CAMH is disappointed that the provincial government has chosen convenience over the health and wellbeing of Ontarians. There are already more than 6,000 alcohol-attributable deaths a year in Ontario, and the changes announced today will significantly increase this number.
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IAS Blog - Young Adults Reduced Drinking During and After Pandemic
Heavy-drinking young adults in the United States significantly reduced their alcohol intake during the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes persisted even as the pandemic began to wane.
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NordAN (Finland) - In Finland, 89,000 minors have or have had a biological parent with a severe substance abuse problem
In Finland, 89,000 minors have at least one biological parent who has experienced a severe substance abuse problem at some point before the child reaches adulthood.
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NordAN (EU) - The role of the EU Parliament elections in shaping alcohol and public health policies
As the 2024 EU Parliament elections approach, various organizations emphasize the importance of strong public health policies, including those related to alcohol consumption.
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Friday, May 24, 2024

Alcohol News - 21/2024

IAS Blog (UK) - £27.4 billion cost of alcohol harm in England every year
Alcohol harm costs England £27.4 billion a year, new research by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) has found. In the first nationwide analysis of its kind in over 20 years, the latest figures show that there has been over a 40% increase in the cost of harm from alcohol since last calculated in 2003. Tax revenue from alcohol only raises around £12.5 billion each year, meaning it is dwarfed by the financial cost of harm.
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NPR (USA) - A bill in New York looks to update 'antiquated' alcohol laws
The New York legislature is considering undoing a prohibition-era law that allows local governments to opt-out of alcohol sales. Some communities say the state is interfering with local control.
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Le News (Switzerland) - 4% of drivers in Switzerland drive under the influence of alcohol
According to a report published this week, 4% of drivers in Switzerland drive after drinking alcohol. However, only 0.4% have a level of alcohol at or above the legal limit.
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Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Australia) - Wealthy drink more alcohol than poorer Australians
Australia has often been characterised as a big drinking nation, but a new study has found we're drinking nearly 30 per cent less alcohol than just seven years ago.
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The Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol to be served in outdoor areas for another six months
The Cabinet has agreed to extend a temporary law to allow alcohol to be sold and consumed in outdoor seating areas of pubs and restaurants for the next six months.
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Daily Maverick (South Africa) - Is tackling alcohol harm a priority for parties and individuals contesting the 2024 elections?
The terms ‘alcohol’, ‘drug’ and/or ‘substance’ feature in many reactive political pledges to provide more treatment and rehabilitation options or to have more effective enforcement against those breaking the law.
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The Washington Post (USA) - Marijuana surpasses alcohol in daily use for Americans, study finds
More people in the United States say they are using marijuana daily or near daily, compared with people who say they are drinking alcohol that often, according to a new study.
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NordAN (Finland) - Alcohol is a greater killer in Finland than previously thought: 37,000 life years lost annually due to alcohol-related causes
Alcohol is a significant health risk and one of the leading causes of premature deaths. Every year in Finland, more than 37,000 life years are lost prematurely due to the effects of alcohol, including indirect deaths.
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NordAN (Iceland) - Operation of ÁTVR is founded on clear public health and societal reasons
The operation of ÁTVR is based on evident public health and societal reasons, which include limiting access to alcohol and combating alcohol misuse and its harmful effects, IOGT Iceland reports.
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Alaska Native News (USA) - Law Requiring Warning that Alcohol Causes Breast and Colon Cancers Passes the Alaska State Legislature
The Alaska State Legislature passed Representative Andrew Gray’s “Alcoholic Beverages and Cancer Act” today, a first of its kind bill to require all alcohol retailers in the state to post cancer warning signs at the point-of-sale stating: “Alcohol use can cause cancer, including breast and colon cancers.”
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Sunday, May 19, 2024

FASD News - 20/2024

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA) - Real Stories: Living with FASDs
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are disabilities that last a lifetime. People with FASDs can have behavioral, intellectual, and neurological problems. FASDs can occur when a developing baby is exposed to alcohol during pregnancy.
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NZ Doctor (New Zealand) - Whakakotahitanga Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder guidelines launched
Māori Public Health Organisation, Hāpai Te Hauora, released the Whakakotahitanga Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Guidelines, alongside the Government who announced its renewed priorities for FASD this morning at Papakura Marae.
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Lanarkleedstoday.ca (Canada) - Community Spotlight: Red Shoes Run for Rural FASD
The first of what the Rural FASD hopes is many Red Shoes Run Family Day is Saturday.
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Mirage News (Australia) - FARE Cheers Govt's Continued Support for Every Moment Matters Campaign
FARE welcomes the Australian Government's continued investment in the Every Moment Matters campaign to support alcohol-free pregnancies and safe breastfeeding practices across Australia.
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Yahoo Lifestyle Canada (Canada) - Plans to record mothers’ drinking habits on baby health records scrapped
Proposals to include a pregnant woman’s drinking habits on her child’s medical record have been ditched, campaigners said.
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CanFASD (Canada) - New Issue Paper: The Prevalence of Alcohol Use During Pregnancy in Canada
Researchers have identified alcohol use during pregnancy as a significant public health concern. It is associated with adverse fetal development and increases the likelihood of several complications during pregnancy. These include miscarriage, stillbirth, low birth weight, and preterm birth. It may also result in FASD.
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CanFASD (Canada) - “It feels like home to get together with like-minded people”: Canada FASD Conference
Reflecting on the Canada FASD Conference 2023, one of our biggest successes was the inclusion of people with lived experience. This was shown through the unique program that had someone with lived experience speaking in every single session on the program. Additionally, it was demonstrated through our Conference Travel Award program.
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UK Government and Parliament/Petitions (UK) - Fund improved care and support for individuals with FASD
We believe it is time that the Government takes action on this critical issue affecting so many lives across our country. We urge it to act swiftly in implementing these changes so that individuals affected by FASD can receive the care they need.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare - AVITH in Context: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Exploring a challenging area of practice, when Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a contributing factor in a young person’s use of violence in the home, Professor Gibbs shared some of her recent academic research on this topic, as well as her experience being the adoptive mother for two young people with FASD and additional neurodivergent dis/abilities.
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CISUR - FASD Prevention and Public Health Policy
This webinar explored a highly stigmatized topic in the alcohol field; the prevention of alcohol use in pregnancy, and how action on alcohol, child welfare and related public health policy matters in FASD prevention.
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FASD United (formerly NOFAS) - FASD United Policy Forum - April, 2024
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CanFASD - Building Stability: Innovative Housing Strategies for Individuals with FASD
In this webinar recording, viewers will learn about the ongoing ChOoSE research initiative where the goal is to co-create innovative housing solutions for those with FASD.
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Health Nexus Santé - FASD Family/Caregiver Support Group Application Support Webinar 2024-25
Webinar to guide applicants through the application process for the FASD Support Group funding.
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FASDSUCCESS - Demi Shares How Music Calms Symptoms Of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome(FASD)
In this interview clip, Demi Forsyth shares how music helped her soothe the symptoms associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
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FASDSUCCESS - Uncovering Fetal Alcohol Syndrome(FASD) Brain Growth: What You Need To Know
In this episode, we uncover all of that and more with Dr. Catherine Lebel.
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FASDSUCCESS - Audrey McFarlane Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Pioneer & CANFASD Director
Discover the latest on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) in this episode, where Audrey jumps into evolving FASD discussions, shifting focus beyond prevention to holistic care.
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Health Nexus Santé - Financial Planning Across the Lifespan for Your Loved One with FASD
This virtual training addresses the key financial essentials for those impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
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FASD Hub Australia - 2024 Heather Jones Community Award: Jessica Birch
The Heather Jones Award for Contribution to Awareness and Understanding of FASD, was created to honour the ‘unsung heroes’ of FASD, and is named after the late Heather Jones, who was a tireless advocate for improving awareness and understanding of FASD.
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The Edge Treatment Center - What is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome? A Look at FAS
One of the saddest and most complex results of alcohol use is fetal alcohol syndrome or FAS. A developmental disability caused by alcohol exposure during pregnancy, there’s currently no cure for FAS.
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Manitoba FASD Coalition - Manitoba FASD Coalition Info Series Workshop April 26, 2024 - Lori Stetina
Lori Stetina shares her story about raising her child Ryan, who has FASD. She will shares the ups, the downs, the laughter and the tears while raising Ryan from childhood to adulthood and how she continues to provide unwavering support to him today.
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Patricia Kasper, Your FASD Coach - Relationship Challenges and FASD, with Dr. Kathryn Page
Dr. Kathryn Page has had a circuitous career, winding through starting and directing a diagnostic clinic at the county hospital, working as a school psychologist, several years as a psychotherapist, and currently training the mental health clinicians of a large county in California on the subject of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
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Health New Zealand – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Diagnostic Guidelines for Aotearoa New Zealand
This guideline detail recommendations and principles required for the diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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RESEARCH
Nature - Reduction of APOE accounts for neurobehavioral deficits in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
A hallmark of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is neurobehavioral deficits that still do not have effective treatment. Here, we present that reduction of Apolipoprotein E (APOE) is critically involved in neurobehavioral deficits in FASD.
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European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry - Qualitative study of the lived experience of methylphenidate prescribed for children with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
This study aims to explore the lived experience of children with FASD taking MPH and their caregivers to adapt prescribing modalities by considering different ways to administer the drugs.
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Applied Neuropsychology: Child - An examination of executive functioning in adolescents with FASD in a self-regulation intervention
These findings highlight the potential of the SR intervention to positively impact EF in adolescents with FASD. This study contributes to the growing literature that demonstrates the potential of individuals with FASD to benefit from direct intervention.
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Biomolecules - Risk and Resilience Variants in the Retinoic Acid Metabolic and Developmental  Pathways Associated with Risk of FASD Outcomes
In this study, using a candidate gene approach, we performed a genetic variant analysis of retinoic acid (RA) metabolic and developmental signaling pathway genes on whole exome sequencing data of 23 FASD-diagnosed individuals.
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Journal of Forensic Psychology Research and Practice - Innovating Services for Justice-Involved Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: The In Reach Project
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term describing the range of neurocognitive, physical, behavioral, and learning difficulties resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure. Individuals with FASD are at an increased risk, relative to those without FASD, for justice system involvement.
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Journal of Affective Disorders - Prevalence of co-occurring diagnoses in people exposed to alcohol prenatally: Findings from a meta-analysis
Co-occurring diagnoses are extremely prevalent in people with PAE, with older individuals, females, and those diagnosed with FASD being most at risk for having a co-occurring disorder.
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Series of endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism - Growth hormone therapy in a child with fetal alcohol syndrome: personal experience with literature review
GH therapy in children with FAS may lead to an improvement in growth rate and an increase in final height, although, this condition is not included in the specific recommendations for use of GH.
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Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research - Influence of childhood trauma and traumatic stress on a woman's risk of having a child with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
No direct influence of maternal childhood trauma on FASD diagnosis could be demonstrated. However, maternal trauma may indirectly contribute to the risk of having a child diagnosed with FASD.
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Frontiers in Neural Circuits - Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the olfactory system development
These findings suggest that the timing, duration, and extent of fetal alcohol exposure can yield diverse effects on olfactory system development.
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Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research - Lower resting state functional connectivity partially mediates adverse effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on arithmetic performance in children
This study demonstrates PAE-related functional connectivity impairments in functional networks involved in number processing.
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medRxiv - Trends in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) research: a systematic scoping review and bibliometric analysis
We conducted a systematic scoping review and bibliometric analysis to describe trends in the volume and characteristics of original research on FASD published between 2000–2023 (Review 1).
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Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research - Current and ideal living arrangements and supports for Canadian adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Part II—Perspectives from caregivers
This study explores caregivers' perspectives regarding living support needed by adults with FASD, which can inform support programs and housing services.
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Children - The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders—An Overview of Experimental Models, Therapeutic Strategies, and Future Research Directions
Since the establishment of a clear link between maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy and certain birth defects, the research into the treatment of FASD has become increasingly sophisticated.
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Social Work Education - Advancing social work curriculum to challenge FASD-related stigma and promote strengths-based family engagement
The need for professionals to become educated in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) has emerged as a critical topic in child and family settings.
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bioRxiv - Altered markers of brain metabolism and excitability are associated with executive functioning in young children exposed to alcohol in utero
Here, we present the first study of PAE-related brain metabolite differences in early childhood (ages 3-8 years) and their associations with cognitive performance, including executive functioning (EF) and pre-reading skills.
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Alcohol - The histamine H3 receptor inverse agonist SAR-152954 reverses deficits in long-term potentiation associated with moderate prenatal alcohol exposure
Previous work from our group demonstrated deficits in long-term potentiation (LTP) of excitatory synapses on dentate gyrus granule cells in adult offspring of rat dams that consumed moderate levels of alcohol during pregnancy.
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Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências - Neonatal outcomes associated with tobacco, alcohol, and crack use during pregnancy in three Neonatal Intensive Care Units
Our results underscore the substantial impact of maternal substance use on NICU-admitted infants, emphasizing the necessity for targeted interventions that address both neonatal health and maternal well-being, thereby underscoring the crucial role of comprehensive care in NICU settings.
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Social Work in Public Health - Reporting on Health Care and Social Service Provider Approaches to Promoting Alcohol Abstinence During Pregnancy
The purpose of this study was to explore the current practices of HCPs and SSPs when discussing alcohol use during pregnancy, and to understand their rationale for their specific recommendations.
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BMC Public Health - Maternal smoking, consumption of alcohol, and caffeinated beverages during pregnancy and the risk of childhood brain tumors: a meta-analysis of observational studies
Maternal passive smoking, consumption of caffeinated beverages during pregnancy should be considered as risk factors for CBTs, especially glioma.
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Frontiers in Pediatrics - Unveiling the Hidden Risk: Paternal Smoking and Alcohol Exposure Prior to Conception as Independent Factors for Allergic Rhinitis in Children
Paternal smoking and alcohol consumption prior to conception contribute to an increased risk of allergic rhinitis in children, with the risk being dependent on the dosage and duration of exposure.
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Disabilities - FASD: The Living Experience of People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder—Results of an Anonymous Survey
By surveying those with FASD, this work expanded upon prior survey work which illustrated a multitude of early-onset physiological issues occurring at rates much higher than is typical of the general population.
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Sosiaalilääketieteellinen Aikakauslehti (Finland) - Päihteille raskausaikana altistuneet nuoret alttiita haasteille aikuistumisen kynnyksellä
Päihteet, mukaan lukien alkoholi ja laittomat huumeet, eivät ole tavallinen kulutushyödyke [1]. Päihteidenkäyttö, erityisesti liikakäyttö ja päihde[1]riippuvuus aiheuttavat merkittäviä terveydellisiä ja sosiaalisia haittoja niin päihdettä käyttävälle henkilölle kuin myös läheisille ja perheille.
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Sosiaalilääketieteellinen Aikakauslehti (Finland) - Sikiöaikana päihteille altistuneet lapset aikuisuuden kynnyksellä – Yhteenveto ADEF Helsinki -tutkimusprojektin tuloksista
A comprehensive picture of developmental outcomes and associated environmental risks among youth with prenatal substance exposure (PSE) is scarce in Finland and other countries as well. This longitudinal register-based cohort study compared youth with PSE (n=615) and matched unexposed controls (n=1787) regarding mental health, completed secondary education, financial social support, and injuries and poisoning.
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Friday, May 17, 2024

Alcohol News - 20/2024

ERR (Baltics) - Estonia's neighbors to change their alcohol policies
Countries neighboring Estonia are working on legislation regulating the sale and consumption of alcohol. Lithuania and Finland are set to lift some alcohol sale restrictions, while Latvia has rejected a proposal to raise the legal drinking age.
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Euronews.com (Spain) - No more ‘sun, sex and sangria’ tourism in Ibiza and Mallorca under new alcohol laws
Holidaymakers also face fines of up to €1,500 for drinking in the streets. Fed up with rowdy, drunk tourists, the local government of Spain’s Balearic Islands has brought in strict new alcohol bans.
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Voice of America - Less or No Alcohol Is Better for Health
Alcohol is often consumed in social gatherings from happy hours after work to birthday parties on the weekend. Drinking some alcohol is normal and believed to be good for heart health.
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The Conversation - Binge drinking is a growing public health crisis − a neurobiologist explains how research on alcohol use disorder has shifted
With the new Amy Winehouse biopic “Back to Black” in U.S. theaters as of May 17, 2024, the late singer’s relationship with alcohol and drugs is under scrutiny again.
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Health Policy Watch (Ghana) - Ghana Faces Court Challenge Over Ban on Celebrities Advertising Alcohol
Predatory commercial exploitation that encourages harmful activities has been identified by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the two main crises threatening the health and future of children in every country.
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Medscape - Alcohol to Blame: Weight Regain After Bariatric Surgery
A 50-year-old woman with a history of class 3 obesity, gastroesophageal reflux disease, prediabetes, metabolic dysfunction–associated steatotic liver disease, asthma, and depression returns to our weight management clinic with weight regain 4 years after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.
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The Brussels Times (Brussels) - Ban on sale of alcohol at night in Northern Quarter to combat insecurity
The sale of alcohol will be banned in the Northern Quarter between 22:00 and 06:00 until at least the start of October. The police order was issued by the Schaerbeek municipality to combat insecurity, mainly linked to drug trafficking in the area.
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Global News (Canada) - Health groups ask Ontario to develop alcohol strategy ahead of looser prohibition
Multiple health organizations are asking Ontario to develop a comprehensive strategy to prepare for the province’s upcoming loosening of alcohol rules.
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The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Too often, alcohol and family violence go together. Now, we need to separate them
When your safety is threatened and you’re forced into silence, there’s nobody to speak up for you or your children. But this week, it feels like we are finally being heard.
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Yle (Finland) - Parliamentary committee opposes changes to Finland's alcohol law
The government's plans to reform Finland's alcohol law may have hit a stumbling block. Parliament's Social Affairs and Health Committee has recommended that MPs reject the draft bill if it comes before the full legislature for a vote.
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Medical Xpress (Australia) - Study shows how excessive drinking affects others
A new study published in Addiction shows that around a fifth of adult Australians, from across regional and metropolitan Australia, reported harm from the excessive drinking of people they know.
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NordAN (Finland) - Survey: Nearly half of minors obtain their alcohol through social media
According to a recent survey by Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention EHYT ry, approximately 69% of minors feel that obtaining alcohol for their own use is easy. 40% of minors reported obtaining their alcohol through social media channels. The survey asked about young people's own alcohol use and their attitudes towards alcohol consumption. The online panel survey was answered by 1,008 Finns aged 15-29 in January 2024.
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NordAN (Norway) - Positive alcohol trends among youth and peer pressure: Greater acceptance of staying sober at parties
Blue Cross Norway (Blå Kors) has conducted a survey on peer pressure related to alcohol consumption among young people aged 16 to 19. One of the findings from the survey indicates a greater acceptance of saying no to alcohol at parties, compared to previous surveys. "But there is still a great need to talk more about alcohol and peer pressure," says Maria, a high school graduate in Sandefjord.
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Alcohol and cancer (Denmark) - New report highlights low awareness of alcohol-related cancer risks: Danish Cancer Society expert explains
In a recent interview with AlcoholAndCancer.eu, Anne Sofie Plum Christensen, Special Consultant at the Danish Cancer Society, shared insights from their latest report on alcohol and cancer.
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Alcohol Campaign - LET’S TALK ABOUT ALCOHOL USE DURING PREGNANCY
It is easy to find conflicting information about alcohol use and pregnancy. You may hear different opinions from friends, family, the internet, books, and medical professionals. So, take a few minutes to learn the facts about the risks of alcohol use during pregnancy.
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