Thursday, August 15, 2019

Alcohol News - 33/2019

New York Post (USA) - United Airlines tightens alcohol rules after flight crew’s arrests
United Airlines has strengthened its alcohol policy for pilots — a week after two of them were arrested for allegedly being under the influence before a flight from Scotland to Newark.
Metro (UK) - Uni bar closed because students are turning their back on alcohol
A university is shutting its union bar because students are ‘turning their back on alcohol for daytime cafes’ instead.
Medical Xpress - Scientists untangle links between our genes and intake of alcohol and of salt
Scientists have shed light on the complicated relationship between the makeup of our DNA and how much alcohol we drink.
Medical Xpress - Marijuana may boost risky effects of drinking alcohol
As the legalization of medical marijuana and marijuana use are both on the rise in the United States, people are not necessarily using alcohol less and may be unaware of the risks of combining alcohol and marijuana, according to researchers.
Gallup (USA) - Religion and Drinking Alcohol in the U.S.
Americans who attend religious services weekly are less likely than others to drink alcohol, reflecting the centuries-old connection in American history between religion and the perceived immorality of drinking.
ERR News (Latvia) - Prices of alcoholic beverages in Latvian stores not dropping yet
Although the Latvian excise duty on strong alcoholic beverages has been cut by 15 percent, retailers haven't yet lowered prices, as they are still selling the products purchased at the previous tax rate, Henriks Danusevics, president of the Latvian Traders Association, told BNS.
RNZ (New Zealand) - Drinking damage: Call for national plan to stop alcohol harm
Public health experts say it's high time that politicians realised the dangers posed by alcohol and did much more to curb its use. (New Zealand) - Major report into reducing alcohol harm ignored for almost a decade
Successive governments have been accused of turning a blind eye to a drug that sees thousands of Kiwis end up in jail cells, hospitals and early graves.
The Local Sweden (Sweden) - Sweden's first automatic alcohol checks introduced in Gothenburg
Sweden's first permanent system for automatic alcohol checks has been introduced in Gothenburg port.
Medical Xpress - Older people with alcohol dependence problems desperately need better support
Tom held a responsible position at a charity. Friends described him as a kind and caring man. But following the death of his father, he turned to alcohol and lost his job and a close relationship. (Ireland) - Cork GP urges young people to cut back on 'frightening' level of alcohol consumption
A Cork GP said he is seeing more young people presenting in his surgery due to the impact of binge drinking.
The Thaiger (Thailand) - Thai anti-alcohol campaigners demand stricter controls on underage drinking
Anti-alcohol campaigners and youth networks, are calling on Metropolitan Police to check on shops in Bang Sue district’s Soi Wongsawang 11 that are allegedly selling alcohol to youth under the age of 20 in a location adjacent to an educational institution.
The Copenhagen Post (Denmark) - Alcohol consumption on the rise among young Danish teenagers
A TV2 poll suggests that one out of five people in Denmark think it is okay for young people to indulge in alcohol before they are 16 years old. Meanwhile, a survey carried out by the Danish Institute of Public Health reveals that a trend that had seen alcohol consumption among young people decline has started to reverse.
Brisbane Times (Australia) - Doctors call for Queensland government to back minimum alcohol price
A leading medical body is pushing back against the Queensland government's refusal to raise the cost of alcoholic drinks to a minimum standard price in the state.
Eleven Myanmar (Myanmar) - Rising number of mental health patients linked to alcohol consumption
The number of mental health patients receiving treatment at hospitals has increased, and most of cases are related to alcohol consumption, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports’ latest development during three years.
Medical Xpress - Parents' drug, alcohol and tobacco use negatively impacts all areas of child well-being
We all know that the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs harms our own health. But many people are not aware that their use of these substances can sometimes also affect the health and well-being of others—including their own children. - People recovering from alcohol use disorder struggle to recognize angry facial expressions
People in early-stage recovery from alcohol use disorder can struggle to recognize facial expressions of emotion ─particularly anger ─according to a study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
The Conversation (Australia) - Lessons from Queensland on alcohol, violence and the night-time economy
Under the “Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence” policy, which among other things introduced statewide restrictions on trading hours, Queensland has recorded reductions in assaults, ambulance attendances and hospital admissions.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

FASD News - 32/2019

Cabin Radio (Canada) - Judge halts return of sex offender with FASD to Tuktoyaktuk
A Yellowknife judge refused to send a man convicted of multiple sex assaults back to Tuktoyaktuk on supervised probation, halting a sentencing hearing on Thursday. (Canada) - Support crucial as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder rates climb
Twice as common as Autism Spectrum Disorder and 28 times more common than Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is becoming one of the leading known causes of developmental disability in Canada.
Florence Health (USA) - Almost Half of Nurses Providing Prenatal Care Are Misinformed About Alcohol Use During Pregnancy: Study
Organizations like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) openly discourage moms-to-be from drinking any amount of alcohol during pregnancy because the research indicates doing so can restrict fetal growth and lead to facial anomalies and neurobehavioral problems.
Wakefield Express (UK) - Drinking levels among pregnant women to be analysed
Steps to discourage women from drinking during their pregnancies will be considered by public health officials in Wakefield.
Marin Independent Journal - No, it’s not OK to have even one drink while pregnant
Guidance to not drink while pregnant is not sexist. I’m all for smashing the patriarchy at each and every opportunity. And it’s true that medicine has been hopelessly patriarchal since, well, medicine started. But providing people with accurate information so they can make informed choices about their bodies is the antithesis of the patriarchy. It is power.
Medical Xpress - Low-level alcohol use increases miscarriage risk
Women who consume alcohol during pregnancy—even in small amounts—have a 19 percent greater risk of miscarriage than women who don't use alcohol, according to a new study by Vanderbilt researchers.
World Health Organization (Ukraine) - Nationwide campaign aims to educate women in Ukraine on the harm of alcohol consumption during pregnancy
The "Virgin" Pregnancy communications campaign aims to reduce alcohol consumption during pregnancy. It is implemented within the framework of Noncommunicable Diseases: Prevention and Health Promotion in Ukraine, a joint project of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and WHO, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Version Weekly - Addiction and Arrested Prenatal Growth
The government today ensures that a cigarette pack or a bottle of alcohol comes with a warning, but there is no specific warning about the harm it can cause an unborn baby when taken by a pregnant mother.
FARE (Australia) - Pressure’s on to tackle invisible epidemic affecting generations of Australians
A group of leading medical and public health bodies is backing calls for a parliamentary inquiry into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), after it was revealed Australia has one of the highest rates of alcohol use during pregnancy in the world.
Center for Health Journalism - Prenatal alcohol exposure is devastating a generation
An increasing number of American children are growing up with devastating, untreated developmental disabilities caused by prenatal alcohol exposure, triggering a mental health crisis that state and federal policymakers have largely ignored for decades.
The BIO Connection - No Safe Amount of Alcohol During Pregnancy, Suggest Researchers
An international group of researchers has taken one of the first major steps in finding the biological changes in the brain that drive fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). New work using chaos theory to analyze brain signals, discussed this month in the journal Chaos, from AIP Publishing, shows the long-term effects.

Sorlandet Sykehys - Welcome to the european conferance on FASD 2020! (14.09.2020-16.09.2020; Arendal, Norway)
The first Competence Center for children with prenatal alcohol/drug exposure in Scandinavia is proud to host the EUFASD 2020 in Arendal, Norway.
CTRI - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Strategies for Supporting (Dec 02 - Dec 03, 2019: Halifax, Canada)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is one of the most prevalent brain-based disabilities. As a result, there is a growing need for caregivers to acquire increased knowledge and practical skills to support children, adults, and families living with FASD.
Action Together - FASD Peer Support Small Grant Fund (Closing Date: 12 noon Friday 20 September 2019; UK)
We want to work with voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups and organisations in the local authority areas of Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside to provide peer support opportunities for parents, carers and families of children with suspected or diagnosed Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
FASD-CAN 2019 ANNUAL WORKSHOP (7th September 2019; New Zealand)
Community Living Dryden-Sioux Lookout And Partners - Walking in Our Shoes - Living with FASD (9 -10 Sep 2019; Canada)
Jeff is the Founder and CEO of an organization that provides hope and education to people caring for someone living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). He is a dynamic speaker and motivator with a message of hope.
Drug-Free Hawaii - 2nd Hawaii Conference on FASD (September 18, 2019; Hawaii)
The Hawaii Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Action Group invites you to the 2nd Hawaii Conference on FASD: Improving Outcomes Across Systems of Care.
Although there have been thousands of published articles in FASD in general, there has been limited research specifically on adolescents and adults with FASD or on individuals across the lifespan.
APSAD - APSAD Conference, Hobart, Tasmania 10—13 November 2019 (Tasmania)
Submit your abstract and have the opportunity to showcase your work and be part of an acclaimed program. We are calling for submissions for the following presentation types: Poster; Oral; Service Delivery/Practice-Based; Workshop; Symposium; and Food for Thought. Details for each type of presentation can be found on the conference website.
Right Turn - Successfully Parenting a Child with Fetal Alcohol Exposure: Understanding FASD and Incorporating Parenting Strategies that Work (August 27, 2019; Omaha USA)
Current statistics show that at least one in every one hundred children in North America have some form of a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an umbrella term used to describe a range of disabilities.
International FASD Day Forum -Making FASD History in Newcastle (9 September 2019; Newcastle, Australia)
The International FASD Day Forum - Making FASD History in Newcastle will give an interesting and exciting opportunity to discover what has been developing over the past 18 months to Make FASD History in the Newcastle Community!
Graf Recke Stiftung - Eine oftmals unentdeckte/nicht beschriebene Diagnose im Kontext der Kinder- und Jugendhilfe (September 10, 2019; Germany)
Dass Alkoholkonsum in der Schwangerschaft schädlich ist, ist bekannt. Dass Behinderungen, die daraus entstehen können, unter dem Terminus Fetale Alkoholspektrum-Störung (FASD) gefasst werden und Kinder nicht aus ihnen »herausgefördert« werden können, ist noch deutlich zu wenig bekannt.
Kymsote - ”Alkoholin vaurioittamat” - FASD -koulutus (9.9.2019; Kotka, Finland)
Koulutuksessa käsitellään alkoholin aiheuttamia vaurioita ja niiden ilmenemistä yksilön kehityksen eri näkökulmista.

The FASD Elephant - What is FASD?
FASD is the acronym for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. FASD is not a medical diagnosis, but an umbrella term that describes a range of conditions that can occur in individuals whose mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy.
Thiago Arzua - Boozy Baby Brains - What is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?
There is evidence that the Ancient Greeks knew that drinking alcohol during pregnancy caused problems to the fetus and the baby.
FHN Video - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome FAQ 09
September 9th is International FASD Awareness Day. FASD Day was first celebrated in 1999. It is a day devoted to raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to improve prevention of FASD and diagnosis and support for individuals with FASD.

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Impaired bidirectional synaptic plasticity in juvenile offspring following prenatal ethanol exposure
These data are the first to describe, in a single study, the impact of PNEE on the dynamic range of bidirectional synaptic plasticity in the juvenile DG in both males and in females.
Can Med Assoc - Alarming Ontario drinking statistics obligates reappraisal of the impact of alcohol on newborns
The report by Myran et al (2019)1 in CMAJ represents among the most comprehensive account of alcohol abuse in Ontario. It relies on emergency department visits caused by the alcohol use.
Campbell Systematic Reviews - PROTOCOL: Interventions for improving executive functions in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Systematic review and meta‐analysis
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is associated with profound and lifelong disability. The umbrella term fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) describes a spectrum of impairments resulting from the deleterious effects of PAE (Chudley et al., 2005).
Research in developmental Disabilities - A fetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnostic service and beyond: Outcomes for families
Given the global need for standardised FASD diagnostic procedures and accurate reporting of prevalence rates, the current study provides a contribution to the emerging diagnostic FASD literature, and insight into families’ experiences who have children diagnosed with FASD.
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry - Maternal ethanol consumption before paternal fertilization: Stimulation of hypocretin neurogenesis and ethanol intake in zebrafish offspring
There are numerous clinical and pre-clinical studies showing that exposure of the embryo to ethanol markedly affects neuronal development and stimulates alcohol drinking and related behaviors.
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - The ‘Dangerous Cocktail’: an epidemiological survey on the attitude of a population of pregnant women towards some pregnancy risk factors
Many investigations have shown the important role played by risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol and infectious agents (especially Rubella) in the development of congenital anomalies (Cas).
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Association between maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy and risk of preterm delivery: the Japan Environment and Children's Study
Alcohol consumption during the second and third trimesters, but not during the first trimester, was associated with increased risk of preterm delivery. Heavy alcohol consumption (≥300 g ethanol/week) during the second and third trimesters was associated with a four‐fold higher risk compared with non‐drinkers.
Acta neurobiologiae Experimentalis - Prenatal ethanol intoxication and maternal intubation stress alter cell survival and apoptosis in the postnatal development of rat hippocampus.
It is well known that the fetal ethanol exposure and prenatal stress may have adverse effects on brain development. Interestingly, some morphological and functional recovery from their teratogenic effects that take place during brain maturation.
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - Improving birth outcomes for women who are substance using or have mental illness: a Canadian cohort study comparing antenatal midwifery and physician models of care for women of low socioeconomic position
Among low SEP women in British Columbia, Canada, antenatal midwifery compared to obstetrician care was associated with reduced odds of PTB. Odds were lower among women with substance use, and mental illness and substance use, than among women without these risk factors.

Osservatorio Malattie Rare (Italy) - 23 Settembre 2019, Roma. “Alcol, sostanze psicoattive e gravidanza: un’alleanza tra cultura, tutela e diritti”
Lunedì 23 settembre 2019, dalle ore 9 alle 13, presso la Sala dell’Istituto Santa Maria in Aquiro (Piazza Capranica 72, Roma) si terrà il convegno “Alcol, sostanze psicoattive e gravidanza:un’alleanza tra cultura, tutela e diritti”.
Herzogtum direkt (Germany) - Fachtag zum Thema ‚Über-Leben mit FASD‘ – Anmeldefrist verlängert
Fetale Alkoholspektrumsstörungen (FASD) zählen zu den häufigsten angeborenen Behinderungen. In Deutschland ist mit 285.000 Betroffenen zwischen null und 18 Jahren zu rechnen.
Urząd Miasta Żory (Poland) - Ciąża bez alkoholu!
Nie ma bezpiecznej dawki alkoholu w ciąży, a każda jego ilość wiąże się z ryzykiem uszkodzenia płodu – to główny przekaz kampanii społecznej pod hasłem „Ciąża bez alkoholu”. Jej celem jest zmniejszenie liczby kobiet pijących alkohol w czasie ciąży i zachęcanie ich do zachowania całkowitej abstynencji.
DELFI (Lithuania) - Motina išklojo, ką reiškia auginti alkoholio dar įsčiose suluošintą vaiką: tenka slėpti mėlynes ir įbrėžimus
Judith Knox teigia, kad jos dvylikametis sūnus turi visą rinkinį elgesio sutrikimų, o juos visus lėmė vaisiaus alkoholinio sindromo spektro liga (VASS) (angl. FASD – DELFI). (Germany) - Suchtberatung: Alkohol bleibt unterschätztes Risiko
Fast in Fünftel der Männer in Brandenburg trinkt zu viel Alkohol, schätzen Suchtberater. Das trifft nicht nur sie selbst, sondern auch ihre Familien. Doch auch Frauen unterschätzen Risiken.
DNP-Der Neurologe & Psychiater - Suizidalität bei Jugendlichen mit FASD
Erstmals wurde die Prävalenz von Suizidgedanken und suizidalen Handlung unter nicht intelligenzgeminderten Jugendlichen mit FASD erhoben.
NDR (Germany) - So gefährlich ist Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft
Das Fetale Alkoholsyndrom (FAS) ist die häufigste angeborene Behinderung in der westlichen Welt. Es wird beim Ungeborenen im Mutterleib angelegt, wenn Schwangere Alkohol trinken.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Alcohol News - 32/2019

WPVI-TV - Study: Alcohol and nicotine before bed are 'sleep thieves'
After tracking the sleep habits of nearly 800 African American volunteers, a team at Florida Atlantic University concluded that a drink within 4 hours of bedtime cuts the time asleep by 1 percent and nicotine cut it by 1.74 percent more.
The Guardian (Australia) - 'Alcohol industry fingerprints all over' Australia's plan to tackle overdrinking
Alcohol industry lobbying has undermined Australia’s key plan to tackle alcohol-related harm, a new report suggests.
Refinery29 - Drink Ruined My Life: 3 Young Women On Alcoholism
How many times have you woken up, head pounding, and promised yourself: Never again? Most of us are familiar with the killer hangovers, mystery bruises and nauseous feelings of remorse that come with overdoing it on the booze. (Latvia) - LTA: alcohol prices in Latvia have yet to decline and there is a reason for this
Although the excise tax on alcohol was reduced by 15% on 1 August, prices have yet to drop. This is because it is necessary to sell alcoholic drinks that were procured with the previous excise tax, explains Latvian Traders Association (LTA).
Baltic Times (Latvia) - Maxima encourages moderation as alcohol prices fall
During the summer holiday and festival season, Maxima reminds its customers to consume alcohol responsibly during their leisure time, regardless of the reduction in alcohol prices due to changes to excise duty on strong alcoholic beverages.
The Conversation UK - Type 2 diabetes: small reduction in alcohol, big reduction in heart disease risk
People with type 2 diabetes are at a higher risk of getting cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack and stroke.
ERR News (Estonia/Finland) - Minister: Excise duty reduction has increased alcohol sales to north
Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) said on Thursday that as a result of lowering excise duty rates on alcohol, sales on Estonia's northern border have increased, indicating that Finnish tourists are once again buying more alcohol to take back with them from Estonia.
Active Quote (UK) - Alcohol ‘epidemic’ not being tackled due to cuts, say experts
A ‘national epidemic’ of alcohol problems is not being tackled due to massive cuts to rehabilitation services, researchers have warned.
ScotPHO (Scotland) - Alcohol: availability, affordability and consumption
Levels of alcohol consumption can be estimated based on sales data or survey self-reports. It is well known that self-report surveys underestimate how much people drink (Goddard, 2004; Catto & Gibbs, 2008).
Cancer Council (Australia) - Reasons to stay dry beyond July
With last week marking the end of Dry July, the temptation is to pick up a drink and celebrate, but it’s important not to fall back into old habits. Limiting your alcohol intake or, better still, avoiding it altogether reduces your risk of cancer.
Deutche Welle - World in Progress: Big Alcohol taps Africa
Big international alcohol companies are now targeting the African continent. With sales stagnating in Europe and the US, Africa's growing middle class, and young people in particular, are being tapped as the market of the future.
The Guardian (Germany) - Drunk riding fuels call for Oktoberfest curbs on e-scooters
Politicians in Munich are calling for the use of e-scooters to be restricted during Oktoberfest in response to number of people being caught using the newly-legal vehicles while drunk.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Alcohol News - 31/2019

BBC News - The 'dual stigma' of alcohol-related brain damage
Alcohol-related brain damage, a condition similar to dementia, is poorly understood and often missed by health professionals, a study by charity Alcohol Change UK says.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Here is how much alcohol you have to buy each week to put your health at risk
Alcohol is so cheap now that it only costs men and women less than €10 to reach their weekly low-risk guideline limit.
BBC News (UK) - England failing to tackle alcohol 'epidemic', say researchers
Massive cuts to alcohol rehab services mean a "national epidemic" of alcohol-related problems is not being tackled, King's College London researchers say.
BBC News (Scotland) - Alcohol minimum pricing 'implemented effectively'
The new policy of minimum unit pricing for alcohol (MUP) has been implemented effectively, a report has found.
HuffPost - Why Some People Have A Higher Alcohol Tolerance Than Others
You’ve probably heard remarks like, “She could drink me under the table” or “He is a total lightweight.” Those comments, which come with (dubious) connotations of strength and weakness, are rooted in the concept of alcohol tolerance.
CapeTalk (South Africa) - Expert calls for better strategies to curb learners' alcohol abuse
A 2011 study has revealed that 66% of learners across the Westen Cape province are abusing alcohol.
Alcohol packages sold onboard cruise liners have been criticised following last weekend’s mass brawl onboard a P&O ship.
ABC News - What alcohol does to your body in the short and long term
Most Australian adults will have at least an occasional drink and about half of us are regular drinkers.
Science Daily - Impaired brain activity in rats with family history of alcohol abuse
Neural activity that reflects the intention to drink alcohol is observed in the prefrontal cortex and is blunted in rats with a family history of excessive drinking, according to new research. This insight could lead to novel treatments for alcohol use disorders.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - 1,100 kids treated for alcohol and drug-related illnesses in hospitals last year
New figures show that 1,100 children were treated for alcohol and drug-related illnesses in our hospitals last year.
CNBC - Facebook bans sales of alcohol and tobacco between users
All sales of alcohol and tobacco will no longer be allowed between users on Facebook and Instagram.
Hungary Today (Hungary) - Toxicologist: Number of Alcohol Addicts in Hungary Reaches 800,000
The number of people suffering from alcohol addiction in Hungary is around 800,000, and some 30,000 die annually of alcohol-related illnesses, toxicologist Gábor Zacher told public news channel M1 on Monday. (UK) - Millennials ‘pressured’ into drinking, research claims
Millennials have declared their peers are pressuring them to drink alcohol when socialising and are five times more likely to undergo such strains than older generations.
ABC News (Australia) - Leaked draft of the National Alcohol Strategy shows why Australia can't stop drinking
Australia's plan for tackling alcohol abuse and harm has been compromised because of meddling from the alcohol industry, health experts have warned.
Becker's Hospital Review (USA) - 37.7% of midwives and nurse-midwives think drinking alcohol is sometimes safe during pregnancy, study finds
Many midwives and nurse-midwives underestimate the danger of alcohol consumption for pregnant mothers, according to a study published June 11 in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. (New Zealand) - Older adults, not young people, behind forecast increase in alcohol consumption – academics
Picture harmful drinking and a teenager with a RTD might come to mind, not a retiree with a glass of wine.
Daily Mail (UK) - Bottles of alcohol will finally carrying information on healthy drinking guidelines more than three years after new rule was introduced
Alcohol firms will finally put strict new drinking guidelines on bottle and can labels three-and-a-half years after they were drawn up.
ScienceAlert - 'Second-Hand Drinking' Is The Public Health Problem You've Probably Never Heard Of
It's easy to imagine how second-hand smoke can impact an innocent bystander - most of us have probably inhaled the smoke from someone else's tobacco without wanting to. But it's not the only habit that can affect others; 'second-hand drinking' is a thing, too.
Science Daily (USA) - One in 10 older American adults currently binge drinks
More than a tenth of U.S. adults age 65 and older currently binge drink, putting them at risk for a range of health problems, according to a study by researchers at NYU School of Medicine and the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) at NYU College of Global Public Health.
Stylist Magazine - “This is how it really feels to be the daughter of an alcoholic”
There are estimated to be 589,101 dependent drinkers in England. Here, author Jessica Andrews shares her story of growing up with an alcoholic father, and explains why it’s so important that we open up the conversation around alcoholism.
News ERR (Latvia) - Latvia to lower excise duty rate on strong liquor Thursday
A 15 percent lower excise duty rate on strong liquor is to enter into effect in Latvia on Thursday. The reduced excise duty rate will apply through Feb. 29, 2020.
FairWarning - Alcohol Causes Cancer. Should There Be a Warning Label on Bottles and Cans?
There is a broad scientific consensus that alcohol is a carcinogen, and that even moderate drinking increases one’s chances of getting cancer. But surveys show that most Americans remain unaware of that fact.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

FASD News - 30/2019

Medical Xpress - New studies suggest prenatal marijuana may be capable of causing FASD-like impairment
Whether alone or combined with alcohol, new studies included in Birth Defects Research suggest marijuana exposure may be capable of triggering morphological and behavioral impairments similar to those seen with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). (Canada) - 'You're not alone': New program helps foster kids with FASD prepare for life on their own
Korry Garvey stands beside him guiding Jordan through a new workout routine. They've paired up as part of a new pilot project that helps support young people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) who are aging out of the child welfare system.
Canada NewsWire (Canada) - Government of Canada supports projects to address and prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Canada
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a significant lifelong developmental disability affecting many Canadians. Individuals with FASD experience some degree of challenges in their daily lives, and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, emotional regulation and social skills to reach their full potential.
Yahoo Lifestyle (Australia) - Waitress sparks debate after refusing alcohol to a pregnant woman
A waitress has sparked a fierce debate online after admitting she secretly served a woman she thought was pregnant non-alcoholic cocktails. (New Zealand) - Second-hand drinking is damaging, particularly for nearest and dearest
I had a boyfriend once whose friends knew him by two names: his given name, when he was sober, and his alter-ego name, when he was drunk.
The first ‘Fighting for a Future’ Symposium held in 2004 identified six areas that needed action for change and needed further research and support for individuals with FASD.
ABC News - Fetal Alcohol Disorders Often Misdiagnosed as ADHD
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are often initially diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, since the two problems can manifest in similar ways, a new study shows.
Thrifty Mommas Tips - Courage and Parenting a Child with FASD
Sometimes I day dream about where I could go if I just left. Maybe for the day, maybe longer. Sometimes I contemplate never returning. Yesterday was one of those days. I love my kids, my family, my husband. But some days the scale tips.

POPFASD - FASD Through a Variety of Lenses - Episode 02 – Myles
Myles Himmelreich is a well-known Canadian motivational speaker on FASD. As a person with FASD, Myles shares his knowledge, experiences, passion and hope both nationally and internationally.
Dana Keim - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Education System
ACE-Aware Scotland - Keynote ACES to Assets 2019 – Dr Gabor Maté – Understanding addiction as a result of trauma
Scotland is in the midst of a growing grassroots movement aimed at increasing public awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We now have glaring scientific evidence that childhood adversity can create harmful levels of stress, especially if a child is left to manage their responses to that adversity without emotionally reliable relationships.
Cleveland Clinic - Report: 1 in 9 U.S. Women Drink Alcohol while Pregnant
Alcohol exposure during pregnancy can be harmful to a developing baby’s brain. Yet, a recent report shows as many as 1 in 9 U.S. women reported drinking alcohol while pregnant.
LookUp Indiana - Pregnancy and Alcohol Use
Carolyn Warner-Greer, MD FACOG FASAM, explains the risks of alcohol use during pregnancy.
FASD ONE - FASD new brochure 2019

Birth Defects Research - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention
This special issue of the Journal is dedicated to the topic of prenatal alcohol exposure and its consequences, mechanisms, and strategies for prevention and treatment. Alcohol is likely the most common teratogenic exposure occurring in pregnancy worldwide.
Birth Defects Research - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder prevention program: SBIRT's role in averting fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Empowering obstetricians to assess and improve their own practices of screening brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) in treating alcohol use disorders (AUDs) and preventing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the goal of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) FASD Prevention Program.
Am Acad Pediatrics - Glutathione supplementation decreases mortality and congenital heart disease in an avian model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Decades of public education regarding dire consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) have not reduced alcohol consumption during pregnancy. PAE can result in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
University of Lethbridge - FASD informed practice in mental health care
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the leading cause of intellectual disability in Canada, affecting thousands of Canadians each year. It occurs due to prenatal alcohol exposure and results in a variety of cognitive, regulatory, and physical challenges.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Increased maternal care rescues altered reinstatement responding following moderate prenatal alcohol exposure
Together these results demonstrate that even moderate PAE is sufficient to alter control over reward seeking as measured by reinstatement.
DUGIDocs - Introduction on the green page as a tool for quantification of prenatal alcohol exposure in the region of La Garrotxa
The campaigns of the World Health Organization and the Spanish Health Ministry encourage the creation of tools to improve health during pregnancy and the pre-conception period, such as the Green Page.
International journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - 3D-Analysis of Mouth, Nose and Eye Parameters in Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a developmental disorder with severe negative lifetime consequences for the affected person. Numerous diagnostic methods for facial assessment in FAS exist, but most of them are based on subjective evaluations.
Collectively, the work described and presented in this dissertation demonstrates that PAE primes peripheral and spinal neuroimmune responses which lead to allodynia following minor CCI.
ResearchGate - New Approaches to Brief Intervention on Substance Use during Pregnancy
In Canada, the context for providing brief intervention on substance use during pregnancy is shifting with new opportunities for enhancing discussion of alcohol and other substances, due to the introduction of novel nicotine delivery products (e.g., vaping), the legalization of cannabis, and the crisis in the use of prescription pain medication.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Persistent changes in stress‐regulatory genes in pregnant woman or a child with prenatal alcohol exposure
These data suggest that PAE significantly elevates DNA methylation of POMC and PER2 and increases levels of stress hormones.
The Journal for Nurse Practitioners - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Implications for Primary Care Nurse Practitioners
FASDs are completely preventable when women do not consume alcohol during the prenatal period, and nurse practitioners who provide patient-centered primary care to women are ideally positioned to help in the prevention FASDs.
European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry - Binge drinking during pregnancy and psychosis-like experiences in the child at age 11
The aim of this study was to examine whether the risk of PLEs was likewise elevated in children prenatally exposed to binge drinking.
Scientific reports - Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy and Risk of Placental Abnormality: The Japan Environment and Children’s Study
This study searched for associations between alcohol consumption and the placental abnormalities of placenta previa, placental abruption, and placenta accreta using the fixed dataset of a large national birth cohort study commencing in 2011 that included 80,020 mothers with a singleton pregnancy.

Westfälische Nachrichten (Germany) - Experten tauschen sich im Kreishaus zwei Tage über FASD aus
„Ein Schluck kann nicht schaden.“ Frauen, die diesem Irrglauben verfallen und in ihrer Schwangerschaft auch nur geringe Mengen Alkohol konsumieren, gefährden die Gesundheit ihres Kindes schon im Mutterleib erheblich. (Poland) - Fascynująca sesja dla mam – zapraszamy!
Gdańszczanki spodziewające się dziecka oraz matki ze swoimi pociechami serdecznie zapraszamy do udziału w niepowtarzalnej, bezpłatnej sesji fotograficznej, która odbędzie się 8 września w godzinach od 10.00 do 14.00, przy molo w Brzeźnie. Już rozpoczęło się przyjmowanie zgłoszeń, do udziału w tym przedsięwzięciu.
Quarks (Germany) - Weibliches Video: Fetales Alkoholsyndrom: Hirnschäden durch Alkohol in Schwangerschaft
Das Trinken von Alkohol während ihrer Schwangerschaft kann dazu führen, dass das Baby einer Frau mit Geburtsfehlern und Entwicklungsstörungen geboren wird. In der Tat ist Alkohol (Bier, Wein oder Schnaps) die Hauptursache vermeidbarer Geburtsfehler und Entwicklungsstörungen in den Vereinigten Staaten.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Alcohol News - 30/2019

CNN - First on CNN: Facebook and Instagram to restrict content related to alcohol, tobacco and e-cigarettes
Facebook will unveil a new policy on Wednesday to restrict sales and limit content related to alcohol and tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, a company spokeswoman tells CNN.
Science Daily (UK) - Half of young drinkers are unaware of health messages on alcohol packaging
Just half of 11-19 year old drinkers recall seeing health messages or warnings on alcohol packaging -- despite being an important target market for this information, according to new research.
Yahoo Lifestyle (Australia) - Waitress sparks debate after refusing alcohol to a pregnant woman
A waitress has sparked a fierce debate online after admitting she secretly served a woman she thought was pregnant non-alcoholic cocktails. (Australia) - Powerful medical group wants to introduce minimum prices for alcohol
A powerful medical association has called for a minimum price for alcohol to be introduced to discourage people from binge-drinking cheap booze.
euronews (Estonia/Latvia) - Money before man? Baltic booze war threatens Latvia & Estonia with health hangover
An alcohol tax war has broken out between Baltic neighbours Latvia and Estonia, who are among the EU’s biggest consumers of alcohol.
Medical Xpress (Canada) - More ED visits because of alcohol, 175% increase in 25- to 29-year-olds seeking care
New research shows dramatically rising visits to emergency departments (ED) related to alcohol, especially for women, with a 175% increase in alcohol-related visits from young people aged 25 to 29.
Financial Times - Why work events are becoming a sober experience
Julia Phillips, a corporate events organiser, has noticed a change in clients’ requests for their pre-dinner activities: alcohol-free drinks.
British Politics and Policy at LSE (UK) - Alcohol taxes can improve health outcomes and stimulate the UK economy
Contrary to government thinking, higher taxes on alcohol would not be bad for the economy as a whole: they would bring economic benefits, as well as be an effective public health measure, writes Aveek Bhattacharya. This potential ‘double dividend’ is the reason why the next Chancellor will do well to look again at alcohol duty.
Independent Online (South Africa) - Concern as parents admit they drink alcohol with children
While the law clearly prohibits any alcohol consumption for children under the age of 18, some parents have admitted to allowing their children to drink - especially when they are in their presence.
Stars and Stripes (USA) - Navy SEAL platoon ordered out of Iraq for drinking alcohol while deployed, report says
A commander overseeing U.S. special operations troops battling the Islamic State in Iraq has ordered a SEAL platoon to return to San Diego early after a “perceived deterioration of good order and discipline,” the military said late Wednesday.
CMAJ (Canada) - Addressing rising alcohol-related harms in Canada
New data confirm that alcohol-related harms are on the rise in Canada. Linked research shows that, between 2003 and 2016, the rate of alcohol-related emergency department visits in Ontario increased 4.4 times more than the increase of visits overall.
The Conversation AU (Australia) - All-night public transport hasn’t reduced alcohol-related harm in Melbourne
The Victorian government introduced 24-hour public transport on Friday and Saturday nights in Melbourne from January 1 2016. Services mostly run every hour from 1am to 5am on all metropolitan lines with some additional tram and bus services.
Nursing Times (UK) - Nurse leaders call for more government action on alcohol 'harm'
Nursing and other healthcare leaders have jointly called on the government to prioritise producing a new alcohol strategy to tackle the “escalating risk” they warn it has on public health.
The Times (UK) - Ban alcohol sales at family events, say health boards
Health officials have called for alcohol to be banned from sale at family events over concerns that children are being exposed to harmful drinking. (Denmark) - Danish report: age limit for alcohol sales must be raised to 18 years
The Council on Health and Disease Prevention in Denmark published a new report on youth drinking to summarise knowledge about the reasons why youth consume as much alcohol as they do, and to describe how a high and problematic alcohol consumption may be prevented among children and adolescents.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Alcohol News - 29/2019

The Sydney Morning Herald - 'Second-hand drinking' damage is more common than you may think
I had a boyfriend once whose friends knew him by two names: his given name, when he was sober, and his alter-ego name, when he was drunk.
Paste Magazine (Germany) - Study Suggests Alcohol Causes Skin to Sunburn Faster
Going to the beach is already something of a stressful event for those of us who sunburn easily, or are concerned about the threat of skin cancer, but the results of a new study suggest one of our favorite beach pastimes puts human beings in even more risk. This German study found that the consumption of alcohol may be directly linked to skin sunburning at a faster rate.
10 daily - Dear Men: You Need To Give Up Drinking While Your Partner Is Pregnant
This month celebrity personal trainer Sam Wood told his Instagram followers that he chose to give up alcohol as soon as his wife Snezana became pregnant with their second child.
Edinburgh Live (Scotland) - Edinburgh health bosses slammed after holding back £1.4 million in drug and alcohol funding to plug gap
Health bosses have been labelled “perverse” after holding back £1.4m of drug and alcohol addiction funding in order to help fill a black hole in under-pressure finances.
Charlestown Patriot Bridge - Yes, Drugs Are Bad, But Alcohol Is Still the Worst
We’ve all become aware of the opioid epidemic that has spread throughout the country in recent years and that has been responsible for about 60,000 premature deaths annually in the United States.
Sky News (UK) - Alcohol-related illness and death will rise unless action taken, health chiefs warn
The UK will continue on an "alarming trajectory" of alcohol-related ill health and deaths unless the government prioritises plans to tackle drinking, healthcare organisations have warned.
TVNZ (New Zealand) - 'Pervasive addiction' - Psychiatrists call for rise in NZ's alcohol-buying age, price hikes
Psychiatrists are calling for wide-ranging restrictions on alcohol including raising the purchase age back to 20, price increases and an advertising ban, saying alcohol harm remains the most pervasive addiction problem in New Zealand.
Xinhua (Spain) - Study shows effect of alcohol and drugs on road deaths in Spain
The results of a study published by the Spanish National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Science (INTCF) on Wednesday highlighted the role that alcohol or drugs played in provoking fatal accidents on roads in Spain in 2018.
ABC Local (Australia) - 'A powerful message': Should alcohol products be branded with warnings about the cancer risk?
Most Australians are aware of the cancer risk associated with smoking, unprotected sun exposure and asbestos — but what about drinking alcohol?
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - De Belin lawyer argues cutting alcohol ads better than stand-downs
Reducing the prevalence of alcohol advertising is one of several alternatives to the controversial "no fault" stand-down rule the NRL should have implemented if it was serious about curbing poor player behaviour, Jack de Belin’s lawyers claim.
Medical Daily - Study: Seeing Trees Can Help Reduce Cravings For Food, Alcohol And Cigarettes
To those trying to avoid or reduce consumption of food, nature might help you. A new study suggests that seeing spaces with trees and plants could help reduce cravings for food as well as alcohol and cigarettes.
RMIT University - Toxic cocktail of booze, drugs key cause for medical care at festivals
Four in five Australian music festival attendees that seek medical help are consuming an average of 15 standard drinks when using drugs, finds a new report.
Baltic Times (Finland) - Finland to await impact of Estonia, Latvia before increasing excise duties on alcohol
The Finnish government intends to raise the rates of excise levies on alcohol, expecting to increase excise duty receipts by 50 million euros, however, before the change is implemented, the impact of Estonia and Latvia lowering their rates must be analyzed, public broadcaster ERR reports.
Cancer Health (USA) - Should Alcoholic Drinks Carry Cancer Warnings?
Many Americans don’t consider their drinking habits a major risk factor for cancer. But consumer groups and public health agencies are calling for federal regulators to add warning labels to alcoholic drinks indicating the connection. Alcohol manufacturers are pushing back, CBS News reports.
Lusaka Times (Zambia) - Tobacco, Alcohol Fueling Cancer
A breast cancer expert has warned that increased tobacco and alcohol intake is fueling breast cancer cases among women in the country.
Quartz (Qatar) - Beer is giving 2022 World Cup host Qatar a headache
On Jan. 1, Qatar hiked the price of booze by 100%. This week, the Arab Gulf nation slashed prices by about 30%. Despite the price cut, a case of beer at Qatar’s sole liquor store will still put a dent in the pocket of thirsty consumers at roughly $64, according to Bloomberg—about $2.66 a beverage.