Monday, September 15, 2008

Alcohol News - week 37/2008

Sidney Morning Herald (Australia) - New alcopops sneak around tax

THE maker of leading alcopop brands such as Vodka Cruiser and Pulse has found a way around the tax on premixed drinks: using alcohol derived from lower-taxed beer to attract younger drinkers back to the sweet stuff.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/new-alcopops-sneak-around-tax/2008/09/15/1221330747912.html

Gather.com (USA) - Let's Debate Out in the Open: The Amethyst Initiative

In July 2008, 100 college and university presidents and system chancellors decided to sign a petition to say that although the drinking age is 21, irresponsible drinking continues, and is prevalent on college campuses.
http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?articleId=281474977449378&grpId=3659174697241980&nav=Groupspace

Sunday Standard (Botswana) - Khama blames the Private Sector for its silence on alcohol abuse

President Ian Khama has blamed the private sector for being quiet when he emphasizes the challenges posed by alcohol abuse.
http://sundaystandard.info/news/news_item.php?NewsID=3756&GroupID=3

7thSpace Interactive - The relationship between a less gender-stereotypical parenthood and alcohol-related care and death: a registry study of Swedish mothers and fathers

In general men tend to drink more alcohol and experience more alcohol-related sickness, injuries and mortality than women. In this paper, the overall hypothesis was that increased gender similarity in the division of parental duties would lead to convergence in alcohol-related harm.
http://7thspace.com/headlines/292847/the_relationship_between_a_less_gender_stereotypical_parenthood_and_alcohol_related_care_and_death_a_registry_study_of_swedish_mothers_and_fathers.html

Charter 97 (Belarus) - Polling stations to be provided with cheap alcohol

It was discussed at the sitting of the staff of control the consumer market of the city executive committee on September 12.
http://www.charter97.org/en/news/2008/9/15/10142/

Earthtimes (Germany) - Alcohol and drug addictions a risk factor for senior citizens

Elderly people have a higher risk of becoming addicted to alcohol or medicine and this can often go unnoticed by people in their surroundings.
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/231728,alcohol-and-drug-addictions-a-risk-factor-for-senior-citizens.html

Science Daily - Women Who Binge Drink At Greater Risk Of Unsafe Sex And Sexually Transmitted Disease

Binge drinking (5+ alcoholic beverages at one time) is associated with risky sexual behaviors. A new study is one of the few to examine this association by gender in an urban clinic for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080904215613.htm

YLE News (Finland) - Vehviläinen: Lower Blood Alcohol Limit Possible for Youths

Transport Minister Anu Vehviläinen says she is prepared to consider reducing the legal blood alcohol limit for young drivers.
http://www.yle.fi/news/left/id101504.html

AllAfrica.com (Cameroon) - WHO Recommends Increase in Beer Prices

In a move to stem the harmful use of alcohol, the World Health Organisation, WHO, Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo, has recommended an increase in taxes and prices of alcoholic drinks.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200809151288.html

Scotsman (Scotland) - 'Success' of under-21 alcohol ban is mere SNP spin, says professor

LOCAL underage drinking crackdowns have provided no evidence that a national under-21 alcohol ban in shops and off-licences will reduce youth disorder, according to the country's top public health statistician.
http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/politics/39Success39-of-under21-alcohol-ban.4485591.jp

Newsday (USA) - NJ lawmaker wants college alcohol policies

State Senate President Richard Codey has written a letter to every college in New Jersey demanding details of their alcohol policies.
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newjersey/ny-bc-nj--drinkingage0911sep11,0,5969692.story

Independent Online (South Africa) - Half of Cape moms-to-be drink alcohol

Almost half of the pregnant women in the Western Cape drink alcohol, and the incidence of foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in the province stands at 7,5 percent of all babies born.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20080912061333287C347337

Viet Nam News (Vietnam) - Authorities inspect alcohol beverage makers

HCM City’s Department of Health on Wednesday asked the city’s provinces, and district People’s Committees to co-ordinate with local market management offices to inspect alcoholic beverages manufacturing and trading activities in the city.
http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/showarticle.php?num=01DOM130908

Herald.ie (Ireland) - Public drunks now face on-the-spot fines

On-the-spot fines of €100 can now be issued by gardai against people who are drunk in public.
http://www.herald.ie/national-news/public-drunks-now-face-onthespot-fines-1475762.html

Gazeta.KZ (Kazakhstan) - In Kazakhstan alcoholic production may be realized in separate specialized stores

"Kazakhstan Today" In Kazakhstan alcoholic production may be realized in separate specialized stores, said vice minister of finance of Kazakhstan Daulet Ergozhin today in interview.
http://eng.gazeta.kz/art.asp?aid=117704

Times Online (UK) - SNP prepares to backtrack on alcohol proposals

Scottish Ministers are set to rethink controversial plans to ban under-21s from buying alcohol in off-sales and to establish separate supermarket checkouts for people buying drink.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/scotland/article4699692.ece

Turkish Daily News (Turkey) - Number of places that sell alcohol decreases

The number of businesses selling alcohol in Turkey decreased by 12.6 percent over the past three years, a recent report has revealed.
http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=115184

Medscape - More Frequent but Shorter Medical Visits Are Effective in Treating Alcohol Dependence

More medical management visits, patients' positive perceptions of their alliance with their clinician and their satisfaction with treatment, and higher clinician confidence in counseling were associated with improved outcomes with regard to problem drinking, according to a study published in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/580410

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