Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Alcohol News - 17/2018

Healio - Alcohol linked to potentially harmful changes in oral microbiome
Alcohol consumption correlated with significant changes to the oral microbiome that have been previously linked to alcohol-related diseases like periodontal disease, GI cancers, head and neck cancers and heart disease, according to new research published in the journal Microbiome.
Telegraph.co.uk - Alcohol may cause one in five cases of PMT
PMT may be caused by alcohol in more than one fifth of cases, research suggests. And women who drink at least a glass of wine a day have almost twice the risk of suffering symptoms compared with light drinkers, the findings show.
Vox - It’s time to rethink how much booze may be too much
That’s been the message — from researchers, governments, and beverage companies — for decades. And as a result, many of us don’t think twice about tossing back a couple of glasses or wine or a few beers after work.
The Moscow Times (Russia) - Moscow to Restrict Alcohol Sales Before and During World Cup Games
Moscow's City Hall will restrict the sale of alcohol the day before and the day of World Cup games this summer. Twelve games will be played in Moscow in June and July, including Russia's opener against Saudi Arabia and the tournament final. Russia’s deputy prime minister has said that the host nation would allow beer sales at stadiums and fan zones during the FIFA World Cup.
New Food (USA) - American consumers drifting away from alcoholic drinks as Generation Z rises
Alcohol sales in the USA fell by 80 million litres last year as abstinence and moderation began to trend, according to data accrued by a drink market analyst.
Michigan Medicine - When Raised Among Drug and Alcohol Abuse, What Makes Some Teens ‘Resilient’?
Kids with a family history of substance use are likely to mimic those behaviors. A Michigan Medicine researcher studied their brain activity to see why certain youths do not.
Helsinki Times (Finland) - Finns are spending less on alcohol, more on services in Estonia
Finns are spending less and less on alcohol and more and more on services in Estonia.
The Guardian (UK) - Time, please: is drinking becoming as socially unacceptable as smoking?
Drinking is ingrained in our social life – much as cigarettes were until public health campaigns led to a huge cultural shift. With many young people eschewing alcohol, the beginning of the end of booze Britain is in sight.
Evening Times (Scotland) - MSPs set to back 50p minimum unit price for alcohol
The policy of a minimum unit price for alcohol was approved in 2012 but delayed by legal challenges which lasted until November 2017. Now MSPs have to vote on the level at which the price is set.
Pharmacy Times - Alcohol Awareness Month: The Buzz On Alcohol and Calories
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and we have simplified science on everything related—effects on the body, nutrition, and how an individual can still be on a quest with sound nutrition, making sense of how alcohol and calories mix.
The Times (Ireland) - EU objections to delay alcohol bill until July
The government’s proposed alcohol bill is to be delayed for another three months after Italy and Portugal raised objections to new amendments.
BBC News - 'Higher crime' in areas where alcohol is most available, says study
Crime rates were highest in areas where there are a large number of pubs, clubs and shops selling alcohol, according to a new report.
The Canberra Times (Australia) - Pregnant women drinking alcohol put babies at greater risk than those abusing drugs
"Concerning" data shows one baby is born addicted to drugs, tobacco or alcohol every fortnight in Canberra, according to statistics from ACT Health.
Health Promotion Agency (New Zealand) - Trends in affordability of alcohol in New Zealand: Report
Increasing the price of cheap alcohol, such as through excise taxes or minimum pricing schemes, is an important tool in a package of measures that governments can use to reduce alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm.
Readers Digest - The Age You Sip Your First Drink Could Determine Your Risk for Breast Cancer
Depending on how old you were when you knocked back your first drink—and how you drink now—could dramatically impact your risk of developing breast cancer.
Fresh Lifestyle - The Skinny on Alcohol & Cancer: Choosing Healthier Alternatives
Alcohol intake is a controversial topic and conflicting research makes it hard to know whether it is safe to consume regularly. While there are some benefits to drinking certain alcohol, such as red wine and its connection to heart disease prevention, recent studies suggest that limiting or avoiding alcohol intake is the best option.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

FASD News - 16/2018

CBC.ca (Canada) - Cases of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder up to 3 times higher in the GTA than predicted, CAMH report says
A study released Tuesday shows fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) may affect two to three times more children in the GTA than originally believed.
Lethbridge Herald - Education key to reduce number of FASD babies
Sending them to jail is no way to respond to people living with developmental challenges. Instead, a Lethbridge audience heard Thursday, a range of other alternatives is helping those with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) contribute to their community.
ABC Online (Australia) - Living with FASD
When Anne Russell had her children more than thirty years ago, drinking moderate amounts of alcohol during pregnancy was considered acceptable.
Juneau Empire - Our daughter lived with FASD for 45 years. This is her legacy.
Each of our children and grandchildren are a special gift. We love them for who they are, and taught them about faith and life. Each of them transforms us beyond our understanding.
Juneau Empire (USA) - Services, funding dwindle for those living with FASD
Larry and Laura Rorem adopted Tanya when she was 8 months old in 1973, not knowing that Tanya’s mother had consumed alcohol during pregnancy. In the first few weeks they had Tanya, the Rorems knew something was a little off, but couldn’t put their finger on it.
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - FASD action plan falls short: expert
Better diagnosis and treatment of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) could prevent miscarriages of justice like the Teina Pora case, a University of Otago researcher says.
Scoop.co.nz (New Zealand) - Time for spotlight on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Given about 5 per cent of New Zealanders suffer Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder with resulting productivity losses ranging from an estimated $49 to $200 million, a University of Otago lecturer is calling for more attention on the disorder.
The Lawyer's Daily - Fetal alcohol syndrome and blame
On Feb. 28, 2018, Justice Rajeev Anand, a youth court justice with the Saskatchewan provincial court, sentenced a young person to an adult sentence of life imprisonment after her plea to the second degree murder of a 6-week-old, Nikosis Jace Cantre.
The Advocate - Raising healthy babies take a whole community to support mothers and newborns
The same day data came out on maternal and baby health across the state, the brewing industry called for all brewers to put warnings on alcohol products ‘as a matter of urgency’.
Great Falls Tribune - How will I survive asks Great Falls's Lissie, who has fetal alcohol syndrome
Clark, who goes by “Lissie,” describes it as a struggle between the world of “Here and Now” and the world of “Up Here,” she says, pointing to her head.
Neuroscience News - Childhood Aggression Linked to Deficits in Executive Function
According to a new study, children with executive function deficits were more likely to show physical and reactive aggression later in life. Researchers suggest helping children to improve executive function could help to reduce aggression levels.
Medkit (France) - Some 8,000 children are born with a brain injured by alcohol every year in France
A staggering then that neurodevelopmental disorders associated with exposure in utero to alcohol are preventable. “If effective prevention was established several years ago, we would talk about more of this scourge,” said professor Gilles Crépin, a professor of medicine and member of the national Academy of medicine, during the symposium on “Alcohol and pregnancy: a social risk avoidable?” that was held on 12 April in Paris.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
FASDFOREVER - Making Sense of FASD Episode 1 Kyle Burt
In the very first Episode Jeff Noble interviews Kyle Burt. Kyle is an adult with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Jeff and Kyle talk about what it takes to be successful as an adult on the spectrum.
Colorado Child Welfare Training System - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The Agenda with Steve Paikin - Tracking Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
A new study of the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in 7 - 9 year olds in the Greater Toronto Area found that the old assumption that the disorder affected about 1% of the population significantly underestimated the problem of FASD.
MOFAS - Legislative Priorities
At MOFAS, we are deeply committed to the prevention of prenatal alcohol exposure. There are very few public health problems where there are such clear and compelling solutions available.

RESEARCH
Journal of Investigative Medicine - 135 Brain-derived neurotrophic factor polymorphism modifies the effects of developmental ethanol exposure
Here, we suggest a novel interaction between developmental EtOH exposure and BDNFmet/met. Specifically, BDNFmet/met increased the effects of EtOH on hippocampal morphology and hippocampal-dependent behaviours. These findings suggest that screening for this polymorphism may have some value in predicting FASD severity.
Zh Nevrol Psikhiatr - Experimental approaches to the investigation of behavioral disorders associated with prenatal alcohol exposure
The review is focused on the effects of exposure to alcohol during the prenatal period in animal models. The authors outline that prenatally alcohol-induced changes in motor and executive functions, learning and memory, stress reactivity and affective state are remarkably parallel between animals and humans.
CAMH - World Health Organization International Study on the Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol
Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Population-based prevalence data on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) among the general population of Canada are unavailable. To fill this gap, the objective of this study was to determine the population-based prevalence of FASD among elementary school students in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in Ontario, Canada.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Special issue on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder in the human population. Alcoholic beverages contain mostly one type of alcohol, ethanol. So, the story of FASD is the story of the effects of ethanol on the developing embryo.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - A global research collaboration on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Prenatal exposure to alcohol resulting in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the most common and potentially preventable cause of brain and other developmental impairments in the Western world.
Developmental Neurorehabilitation - Physiological self-regulation and mindfulness in children with a diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Children with FASD could engage in a mindfulness task, and both groups showed an increase in RSA. Further research is needed to establish whether prolonged mindfulness practice could be beneficial.
Maastricht University - State of the art and setting priorities for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder(s) prevention and management
The aim of this study is to assess the current state of the art and setting priorities for FASD prevention and management.
Maastricht University - Identifying psycho-social determinants and environmental conditions related to alcohol consumption during pregnancy
In order to systematically plan health promoting programs, it is necessary to identify specific psycho-social determinants and environmental conditions related to maternal drinking.
The University of Queensland - Effects of developmental vitamin D deficiency and prenatal exposure to ethanol on brain development and behaviour in mice
There is a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and exposure to low levels of alcohol in pregnant women (Bodnar et al 2007, Daly et al 2012). However, there are a paucity of studies that have addressed the impact of both of these exposures on the offspring’s vulnerability to neuropsychological disorders later in life.
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry - Prenatal ethanol induces an anxiety phenotype and alters expression of dynorphin & nociceptin/orphanin FQ genes
Animal models have suggested that prenatal ethanol exposure (PEE) alters the κ opioid receptor system.
NeuroToxicology - Low arsenic concentrations impair memory in rat offpring exposed during pregnancy and lactation: Role of α7 nicotinic receptor, glutamate and oxidative stress
Inorganic arsenic (iAs) is an important natural pollutant. Millions of individuals worldwide drink water with high levels of iAs.
IOS Press - The association between alcohol outlet accessibility and adverse birth outcomes: A retrospective cohort study
Alcohol outlet accessibility is positively associated with alcohol consumption, although this relationship has not been thoroughly examined in pregnant women.
Women and Birth - Reasons for substance use continuation and discontinuation during pregnancy: A qualitative study
Recommendations are proposed for easier access to and more comprehensive services. Healthcare professionals and service providers should offer non-judgmental care by building high-quality relationships with pregnant women with substance use issues, to increase these women’s self-efficacy and empower them to discontinue substance use.
Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science - Nonprotein-coding RNAs in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Early developmental exposure to ethanol, a known teratogen, can result in a range of neurodevelopmental disorders, collectively referred to as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs).

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Gäubote - Die Herrenberger Zeitung (Germany) - Selbsthilfegruppe FASD im Klosterhof
Herrenberg - Die Selbsthilfegruppe FASD - also Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder oder Fetalen Alkoholspektrum-Störung - trifft sich am heutigen Mittwoch, 18. April, um 20 Uhr im Klosterhof in Herrenberg.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Alcohol News - 16/2018

Ask about alcohol (Ireland) - The untold story: Harms experienced in the Irish population due to others’ drinking
This report by Hope, Barry and Byrne is concerned with harms resulting from drinking alcohol. For many years, the focus in discussing harms from drinking was on harms suffered by the drinker.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Majority of people know a problem drinker, report says
Ireland’s drinking habit has become almost €1bn-a-year headache, with vast sums of money lost on caring for problem drinkers, cleaning up after their mistakes, covering for them at work, and taking over their child-rearing responsibilities.
GlobeNewswire (Canada) - 83% of People with Alcohol Problems Are Never Encouraged to Seek Treatment
With April being Alcohol Awareness Month, studies show 83% of Canadians who drink excessively received no advice or encouragement from family and friends to cut down their drinking. Women with drinking problems were much less likely than men to receive advice with only 11.7% of them encouraged to seek help.
The Times (Scotland) - MSPs back 50p minimum unit price in alcohol vote
Holyrood’s health committee has unanimously backed a 50p minimum unit price for alcohol. The rate must be approved by the Scottish parliament before coming into effect next month.
The Independent - Injectable microchip able to track levels of alcohol and drugs in body ...
US scientists have invented an injectable microchip which is able to monitor the levels of alcohol and drugs in your body.
The Moscow Times (Russia) - Deaths From Alcohol Fall by 25% in Russia in 2017
Deaths from alcohol poisoning have declined by a quarter last year following steps to mitigate the aftermath of counterfeit alcohol consumption, Russia’s consumer safety watchdog has said.
CNN - Even one drink a day could be shortening your life expectancy
Drinking one alcoholic drink on a daily basis could shorten your life expectancy, a new study suggests. The research found that drinking more than 100 grams of alcohol per week -- equal to roughly seven standard drinks in the United States or five to six glasses of wine in the UK -- increases your risk of death from all causes and in turn lowers your life expectancy.
The New Times - How alcohol affects the nervous system
The nervous system is the structure that receives all kinds of sensations and executes the functioning of limbs and various body parts.
News-Medical.net - Pancreatitis risk in minorities linked to alcohol, gallstones and high triglycerides
Pancreatitis in ethnic minorities is linked to very high levels of triglycerides and the risk is further increased by alcohol abuse and gallstones, according to a study published in the journal Endocrine Practice.
Independent.ie (Ireland) - Alcohol 'still most usual date rape drug'
Alcohol "continues to be the greatest, most prevalent date rape drug", according to the Medical Director of the national network of Sexual Assault Treatment Units (SATU).
NDTV - Alcohol Consumption May Increase Chances Of Dementia, Says Study
According to a recent study published in the journal Lancet Public Health, it was found that alcohol consumption could increase the chances of dementia to a considerable extent.
USA TODAY - U.S. should lower alcohol recommendation because booze shortens our lives, study says
It's official, everyone: We're drinking too much booze, and it's cutting us short of precious life.
And that's not just a warning to heavy boozers.
Lexology (Vietnam) - Vietnam Considers Law on Preventing and Combatting Harmful Effects of Alcohol and Beer
On April 13, 2018, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Vietnam and the World Health Organization held a conference to introduce the main contents of the Draft Law on Preventing and Combatting Harmful Effects of Alcohol and Beer (the “Draft Law”).
Irish Times (Ireland) - Labelling alcohol products: It’s time to put the facts where they belong – on the bottle
Unlike most other consumable products sold in Ireland, alcohol producers are currently not obliged to list contents, ingredients or nutritional values.
The Hill (USA) - The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism clinical trial should be halted
At a congressional budget hearing the National Institute of Health (NIH) director Dr. Francis Collins was questioned about an NIH clinical trial on the benefits of drinking that is being funded primarily by alcohol companies, which are contributing $68 million to this $100 million project.
NEWS.com.au (Australia) - Shocking new data exposes the mundane habit that is killing Queenslanders
SHOCKING new data from the Cancer Council Queensland (CCQ) has revealed a direct link between alcohol consumption and cancer diagnoses in Queensland residents, with hundreds of people dying each year from alcohol-related cancer.
Irish Times (Ireland) - EU issued warning to Government over alcohol Bill
The European Commission privately warned the Government two years ago that legislation to set minimum alcohol prices and lay down mandatory labelling in Ireland may conflict with European Union law.
The Local (Germany) - German guidelines for alcohol intake are too high, study argues
Having one glass of wine a day has long been considered harmless. But a new study has found that even moderate consumption of alcohol is detrimental for one's health, and countries such as Germany need to review their guidelines.
Queensland Mental Health Commission (Australia) - Report challenges stigmatisation of people with problematic alcohol and drug use
Stigma and discrimination can cause far-reaching, long-term harm to people living with problematic alcohol and other drug use, making it difficult for them to seek help and recover.
Mother Jones - Did Drinking Give Me Breast Cancer?
The science on the link is clear, but the alcohol industry has worked hard to downplay it.
Mother Jones - “I Will Never Drink Again”
Mary Roth was diagnosed with breast cancer at 52. She always wondered why she developed the disease but her three sisters did not. “I drank and drink more alcohol than my sisters ever did,” Roth wrote to Mother Jones. “I suspected that was what caused my breast cancer. It makes sense. Now I am convinced.”
Today´s Dietician - Alcohol Consumption and Cancer Risk — The Other Side of a Health Halo
Many people give alcohol a "health halo" because of its association with lower heart disease risk—although even this association pertains to amounts of alcohol only within the limits of moderation. But the side of alcohol that's often overlooked is its role in raising cancer risk. In fact, surveys suggest that 60% to 70% of Americans are unaware of the alcohol-cancer link.
The Lancet - Thresholds for safer alcohol use might need lowering
Guidelines for levels of alcohol use that pose a low risk to drinkers' health are provided by many countries, usually based on meta-analyses of epidemiological studies.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Alcohol News -15/2018

CNBC (USA) - The ‘Mad Men’ days are over as ad group WPP bans drinking alcohol in the office
The rattle of the drinks trolley will no longer be heard at companies belonging to ad agency group WPP as it has banned drinking in the office.
AOL UK (UK) - Airline passengers could be forced to keep alcohol in sealed bags
All alcohol bought at airport shops could be placed in sealed bags in a crackdown on disruption by drunken passengers.
The Guardian - Tax sugar, alcohol and tobacco to help the poor, say experts
So called “sin taxes” on sugary drinks, alcohol and tobacco not only work, but will help rather than unduly penalise the poor, according to a major new international analysis.
The Lancet - The Lancet Taskforce on NCDs and economics
The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 3.4 commits countries to reducing by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Science Daily - Nicotine-imbibing teenage rats show an increased risk for drinking alcohol as adults
Rats who were dosed with nicotine during their adolescence grew up to drink alcohol more often than those who weren't exposed to nicotine or were only exposed to it during adulthood.
Independent.ie (Ireland) - Testing mothers for alcohol consumption during pregnancy could reduce risk to babies
A proposal calling for alcohol testing during pregnancy was passed at the Irish Medical Organisation’s annual conference last weekend.
Gizmodo (USA) - The NIH's Cozy Relationship With Big Alcohol Is Bad for Science
The National Institutes of Health is facing more allegations that it’s in Big Alcohol’s corner.
The Hub-LA (USA) - Experts say Millennials have a troubled relationship with alcohol
Millennials, typically defined as those born between 1980 and 1996, may be at a greater risk for developing alcohol use disorder or alcoholism. According to a report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, nearly a third – 31% – of alcoholics in America are young adults.  
CTV News (Canada) - Fetal alcohol disorder more prevalent than previously thought: study
A new study suggests fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is more common than previously thought – and may even be more common than autism.
UNSW (Australia) - Alcopops tax cuts drinking and harm
A new NDARC study found that the introduction of an alcopop tax has significantly reduced alcohol-related harm among young Australians, writes Carleen Frost.
Stuff (New Zealand) - City councillors do U-turn, decide against new Christchurch alcohol policy for now
City councillors have U-turned on creating a Christchurch alcohol policy by deciding not to pursue a new version of the controversial plan for the time being.
Iceland Review (Iceland) - Iceland Considers Allowing Alcohol and Tobacco Ads
The Ministry of Education and Culture is considering lifting the ban on advertising alcohol and tobacco products, RÚV reports. A majority of the committee on independent media proposed the change, publishing a report on the matter this past January.
UNDP - ‘Jane Walker’: Appropriating women’s rights to sell more booze
To celebrate Women’s History Month in March, alcohol giant Diageo has given the world Jane Walker: a female version of its Johnnie Walker whisky brand. “In recognition of women who lead the way,” the company says on its website, “We are unveiling Jane Walker, the first-ever female iteration of the brand’s iconic Striding Man logo.”
Times Argus - Health Talk: Alcohol and the brain awareness
Children do not always acknowledge alcohol as a harmful substance because their parents and other role models commonly use it as part of their lifestyle. Underage drinking typically leads to engaging in high-risk behaviors and increases the likelihood of over consuming alcohol as an adult.
Prevention - 10 Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Every Drinker Needs to Know
So you had a little too much to drink—again. As long as you’re not driving, is it really that big of a deal? The answer is a big, fat yes.
StopColonCancerNow - Alcohol Increases Risk of Colon Polyps, Colon Cancer
The truth is, for those of us who drink alcohol, consumption can add up quickly. We might just be drinking more than we realize – completely unaware that we are increasing our risk of cancer. The World Health Organization says as many as 25 percent of cancers worldwide may be attributable to alcohol consumption.
News Medical - Positive lifestyle changes could reduce risk of developing cancer
There are many factors that determine your likelihood of developing cancer, including age, genetic predisposition and lifestyle.
NIAAA - NIAAA Scientists Provide More Evidence that Binge Drinking May Indicate Vulnerability to Alcohol Use Disorder
An NIAAA study shows that people who drink socially and have certain risk factors for alcohol use disorder (AUD) self-administer more alcohol and at a faster rate during a single laboratory session of alcohol consumption than people at low risk for developing AUD.

Monday, April 9, 2018

FASD News - 14/2018

CBC.ca (Canada) - Without screening or supports, offenders with FASD face revolving door of justice
Russ Hilsher's criminal record goes back more than a decade, to an assault charge in 2003. The 40-year-old has been in and out of jail for breaching conditions, other assaults and theft since.
The Chronicle of Social Change - Hidden Heartache: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome’s Impact on Adoptive Families
When Barb Clark and her husband Michael adopted their oldest daughter Akila at 5 months old they never envisioned the difficult road ahead. What the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Clarks couldn’t see when they rocked, fed and loved their infant daughter was the brain damage that she already had because of prenatal exposure to alcohol.
The Times (Ireland) - IMO calls for alcohol testing in pregnancy to reduce foetal alcohol syndrome in Ireland
Expectant Irish mothers should be screened for alcohol consumption during pregnancy, doctors believe. It follows revelations that Ireland is in the top three countries worldwide for incidence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), including foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
The Sun (UK) - I’m so angry that my mum’s drinking during pregnancy left me disabled as a child… but now I’m modelling for New Look
Dominique Maasdam is furious that her mother drank while she was pregnant with her, meaning she was born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and learning difficulties - but she's not letting it hold her back.
KSOO.com - HIGHLIGHTING IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING PREBORN FROM ALCOHOL
Much like autism diagnoses, there is a spectrum of diseases associated with fetuses that are exposed to alcohol by their mothers.

UPCOMING
EUFASD - European Conference on FASD 2018 (September 24-26, 2018; Berlin Germany)
Registration is now open.
Alberta Government - Trauma-Informed FASD Prevention and Care (April 18, 2018)
In this webinar, our presenters will discuss the issues of trauma-informed FASD prevention and care. They will provide a definition of trauma and the impact it has on health, relationships, substance abuse, FASD prevention and presentation of services.
Alberta Government - Mentoring Caregivers: The Lived Experience (April 17, 2018)
This presentation explores the benefits of an FASD caregiver mentorship program and the importance of acceptance, compassion and understanding from someone who shares the same experience of parenting individuals with FASD.
Telethon Kids Institute - 2nd Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Conference (FASD2018) from November 21st – 22nd 2018
FASD2018 is hosted by the FASD Research Australia Centre of Research Excellence and will encompass the very latest perspectives relating to prevention, diagnosis and management of FASD.
Adoption UK - FASD conference - Seeking a brighter future for our children (11 May 2018, Edinburg, Scotland)
Adoption UK in Scotland are delighted to be hosting and welcoming members, professionals and all those interested in understanding more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) from all over the UK.
Nuu-chah-nulth Child and Youth Services - The External Brain: Meeting the needs of children with FASD (June 1, 2018; Port Alberni, Canada)
The Nuuchahnulth Child and Youth Services program will be hosting Dr Diane Russell (clinical neuropsychologist with a Ph.D from the University of Windsor) to provide a workshop on Parenting strategies for supporting children with FASD.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
aucdnetwork - Preventing, Identifying, Treating FASD Webinar Series Building Community Support
VKN NIMHANS - Psychological Interventions in Alcohol & Pregnancy by Ms.Ratnesh Chopra
Capacity building in the area of Mental health and Substance use.
FASD Communities - FASD Awareness Interview with Gigi Davidson President FASD Communities
Serenity Links Coaching - How to make REAL self-care happen, even when it’s hard!
Learn what real self-care is, what it is not, and how to make it happen (including specific strategies and ideas) even if your life is crazy hard and your kids are driving you bonkers.
Serenity Links Coaching - What do I do about my child’s angry outbursts that come out of nowhere?
Learn powerful strategies for handling intense situations and behaviors that seem to come out of the blue and happen without warning.
NITV - New health guide to tackle FASD, family violence and child abuse
The latest guide for health professionals working with Indigenous patients will help tackle a raft of new concerns raised by the health community.

RESEARCH
American Psychological Association - Testing Two Models of Stigma for Birth Mothers of a Child With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
The current study tested the utility of 2 models in understanding the stigma of being a birth mother of a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Proceedings of the West Virginia Academy of Science - The Analysis of DNA Damage and Cell Loss due to Alcohol and Opiate Drug Exposure on Undifferentiated Stem Cells.
In Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), alcohol promotes mental and physical alterations accredited to vicissitudes in the proliferation, differentiation, migration, and cell death in cells within the developing neural crest.
George Washington University - Identifying cellular level epigenetic markers for the prediction of cognitive and learning deficits in a fetal alcohol spectrum disorders model
The identification of potential biomarkers associated with cognitive and learning disabilities in our FASD mouse model may be useful in the development of future investigations that target markers specific to human patients with FASD.
African Journal of Disability - The postural stability of children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders during one-leg stance: A feasibility study
The recruitment of children with and without FASD in a rural, small town and the administration of measurement instruments in a real-life, school-based setting was feasible.
Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention - Self-regulation in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A concept analysis
The results of our analysis suggest that, in relation to FASD, attentiveness, thoughtful & deliberate actions, calm & collected behaviors, inhibition, and emotional regulation are the defining attributes of self-regulation; resulting in an operational definition that is unique to this population.
Griffith Law Review - Healing colonial binaries: a ‘needs-based’ approach to Aboriginal persons found unfit to stand trial on the basis of FASD
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), and inadequate legal responses to FASD associated impairments, are a critical factor in the complex web of issues responsible for the over-representation of Aboriginal persons in the criminal legal system.
JAMA Pediatr. - Global Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Italy
We read with interest the article by Lange et al,1 who aimed to estimate fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) among children and young patients in the general population by country, by World Health Organization region, and globally.
JAMA Pediatr. - Global Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Italy—Reply
We thank Pichini et al for their comments on our article.1 Pichini et al expressed concern that Italy was reported to be among the 5 countries with the highest prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) globally (45.0 per 1000 or 4.5%; 95% CI, 35.1-56.1 per 1000 or 3.5%-5.6%).
Alcohol - The contributions of Dr. Kathleen K. Sulik to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders research and prevention
Dr. Kathleen Sulik (Kathy) has spent 35 years studying fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Beginning with her landmark 1981 Science paper describing the early gestational window when alcohol can cause the craniofacial malformations characteristic of FAS, Kathy has contributed a vast amount of research furthering our knowledge of FASD.
Women and Birth - Benefits of caseload midwifery to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A discussion paper
Exposure to alcohol prenatally can result in a child being diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Affected infants experience lifelong impairments that can involve, physical, cognitive, behavioural and emotional difficulties that impact on their functional capacity.
Toxicological Sciences - Role of TGFβ Signaling in Maternal Ethanol-induced Fetal Articular Cartilage Dysplasia and Adult Onset of Osteoarthritis in Male Rats
Ethanol caused articular cartilage dysplasia that was programmed in adulthood via a low-functional TGFβ signaling pathway, and the tolerance of this articular cartilage to external stimuli was significantly decreased.
GRANTOME - Parent Emotion Socialization and Child Emotion Regulation in FASD
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) represent a major public health problem that affects 2 to 5 percent of the U.S. Population.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Stuttgarter Zeitung (Germany) - Ärzte warnen vor Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft
Ein Kind unter 350 Neugeborenen leidet unter Schädigungen, die auf einen Alkoholkonsum der Mutter während der Schwangerschaft zurückzuführen sind. Das Landratsamt Esslingen berät Betroffene.
Rynek Zdrowia (Poland) - W Łodzi otwarto Regionalny Punkt Diagnozy i Terapii zespołu alkoholowego u płodu
Regionalny Punkt Diagnozy i Terapii FASD - spektrum alkoholowych zaburzeń płodu - został oficjalnie otwarty w poniedziałek (19 marca) w Łodzi. Placówka, która będzie przyjmować dzieci z całego regionu łódzkiego, ma już pod opieką ok. 50 dzieci.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Alcohol News - 14/2018

Dutch News (Netherlands) - Fruit, veg and no alcohol is linked to fewer wrinkles in women: Dutch research
Women who eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables are likely to have fewer facial wrinkles than those who don’t, according to researchers at the Erasmus teaching hospital in Rotterdam.
BBC News (UK) - The unspoken alcohol problem among UK Punjabis
For many British Punjabis, alcohol abuse is an open secret. Alcohol consumption is glamorised across different aspects of Punjabi culture and shame stops many seeking the help that they need.
STAT (USA) - New alcohol-advertising research stopped with NIH branch director’s arrival
The branch of the National Institutes of Health that studies alcohol abuse has not funded any new research by outside scientists specifically on the effects of alcohol advertising since its current director took over in 2014, according to a STAT analysis of grants.
The Scientist (USA) - NIH Turned Down Investigators Who Provoked Ire From Alcohol Industry
An email exchange and an unusual meeting suggest a connection between an institute’s pursuit of industry support and the rejection of a grant application.
North Island Gazette (Canada) - Alcohol consumption on the rise on Vancouver Island
Recent data from the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) shows that alcohol consumption is continuing to rise on Vancouver Island.
The Canberra Times (Australia) - Australia's drug and alcohol problem revealed in new AIHW report but ACT healthiest
Alcohol and illicit drugs are to blame for one in every 20 deaths in Australia, according to new analysis by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
AIHW (Australia) - Impact of alcohol and illicit drug use on the burden of disease and injury in Australia: Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011
This report quantifies the health impact that alcohol and illicit drug use place on Australia, including as risk factors for other diseases and injuries. It estimates that alcohol and illicit drugs were collectively responsible for 6.7% of Australia’s disease burden in 2011.
The Scotsman (Scotland) - Paramedics deal with 50 alcohol cases a day
Ambulance crews were forced to attend more than 15,000 emergencies last year where alcohol was to blame.
YLE News (Finland) - THL: Alcohol retail sales down, bar sales up
Alcohol sales at Finnish restaurants and bars last year were just over one percentage point higher than in 2016, while retail sales slightly decreased during that period, according to preliminary figures from THL, Finland's National Institute for Health and Welfare released on Tuesday.
Premium Times (Zambia) - Zambia to make law regulating alcohol consumption
The Zambian government said on Wednesday that it will soon introduce a bill in parliament aimed at controlling alcohol consumption in the country.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Concern appeals can derail council efforts to reduce alcohol harm
Concerns have been raised that councils who put a lot of work into developing plans to address harmful drinking in their local patches could see their decisions overturned.
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (Ghana) - Alcoholic drinks ‘should carry cigarette-style health warnings’
Alcoholic drinks should carry cigarette-style health warnings to tackle a lack of awareness about the link between booze and cancer, it’s been claimed.
News-Medical.net - Alcohol-related liver cancer may have poor prognosis than other types
A new study indicates that patients with alcohol-related liver cancer often do not live as long as patients with liver cancer that is not associated with alcohol consumption, mainly due to diagnoses at later stages.
Oncology Nurse Advisor - Influence of Alcohol Consumption on Survival Outcomes of Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Survival outcomes are worsened among patients with alcohol-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) compared with patients with non-alcohol-related HCC, primarily due to worse liver function and tumor characteristics at diagnosis, according to a study published in Cancer.
American Association for Cancer Research - Awareness of the Link between Alcohol Consumption and Cancer across the World: A Review
Our results show that awareness appears to be low and varies internationally; it is relatively higher in the United Kingdom, Morocco, and Australia. Methodologic differences in assessment obfuscate cross-country and cross-sample comparisons.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Alcohol News - 13/2018

EurekAlert - Liver cancer caused by alcohol consumption may have worse prognosis than other forms
A new study indicates that patients with alcohol-related liver cancer often do not live as long as patients with liver cancer that is not associated with alcohol consumption, mainly due to diagnoses at later stages.
Vox (USA) - The alcohol industry gave the government money to prove moderate drinking is safe
Over the weekend, the New York Times published a bombshell report on alarming ties between the alcohol industry and the National Institutes of Health. Specifically, five alcohol companies helped fund — and potentially shaped the design of — a 7,800-person randomized controlled trial overseen by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a center at the NIH.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Call to better screen problem drinking
A new survey of patients linked to 40 different GP clinics found that just 1.5% were identified as having problem alcohol use in the previous two years, prompting calls for better screening levels.
AKIpress (Kyrgyzstan) - President of Kyrgyzstan signs into law amendments banning alcohol ads on Internet
President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov passed the amendments to the law of Kyrgyzstan on advertisements.
Daily Mail (Australia) - Anti-booze group claims half of Australia 'drinks to get drunk' - and calls for laws to cut the number of BOTTLE SHOPS
An alcohol think tank is calling for a cull on the number of bottle shops and bans on advertising and sponsorship at sport events throughout Australia.
Afloat (Ireland) - Prohibitions on the Consumption of Alcohol and/or Drugs When Operating Recreational Craft
The Irish Maritime Administration at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has issued a Marine Notice to remind the public of the law in relation to being under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs when operating or while on board a recreational craft or any vessel in Irish waters, or on board vessels or objects being towed by recreational craft.
Psych Congress Network - Age-Alcoholism Interactions May Harm the Brain’s Frontal Cortex
Older alcohol-dependent individuals may be at increased risk for gray matter loss and functional compromise, even if excessive drinking starts late in life, researchers say.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Fran Lowe: Reducing alcohol harm should be a priority
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act (2012) gave councils the right to set alcohol policies for density of outlets and hours of opening for the sale of alcohol via Local Alcohol Policies. Alcohol Action, the DHB, the Police, and others made submissions on the Hastings/Napier Local Alcohol Policy in early 2014.
Politico (EU) - Charts: Thinking about alcohol labels
Almost 60 percent of people across Europe surveyed by the European Alcohol Policy Alliance say health-related information provided in alcohol labels is not sufficient. A similar percentage want guidelines for alcohol consumption to be more accessible.
The Lancet - Action on minimum unit pricing of alcohol: a broader need
Alcohol industry interests have learned to think globally, even as they act locally. In terms of measures like MUP, which have the potential to reduce the health and social harm from drinking, public health interests need to do likewise.
Palmetto Family (USA) - South Carolina’s alcohol problems aren’t going away
As alcohol access has skyrocketed in South Carolina over the past two decades, problems associated with alcohol use haven’t gone away according to a new report published by Palmetto Family Council.
EUCAM - HEINEKEN’S PROMOTIONAL GIRLS SELL BEER WITH THEIR BODIES
To stimulate beer sales, Heineken uses promotional girls in 10 African countries. This is evident from a new book by Olivier van Beemen. He spent more than five years researching the activities of Heineken in Africa. His book ‘Beer for Africa; the Best Kept Secret of Heineken’ released today under the publishing house Prometheus.
The ASCO Post - Raising Awareness of the Link Between Alcohol and Cancer
Prevention in Oncology is guest edited by Jennifer Ligibel, MD, Chair of ASCO’s Energy Balance Working Group and a member of ASCO’s Cancer Survivorship and Cancer Prevention Committees. Dr. Ligibel is Director of the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Healio - Early intervention reduces likelihood of alcohol misuse, abuse in Latino teens
A family-focused, substance abuse prevention intervention conducted in middle school reduced the likelihood of alcohol use disorders among Mexican American teenagers 5 years later, research published in JAMA Psychiatry showed.
frontiers - Light Alcohol Consumption Does Not Protect Cognitive Function
Studies show that light to moderate alcohol consumption is related to better health and higher cognitive performance. However, it has been suggested that this association is caused by a systematic bias in the control group as many people abstain from drinking or quit because of health issues.
Newsday - Binge drinkers put all of us at risk
If you’re like most people, your mind leaps to images of high school and college students hitting wild parties and keggers until all hours.