Monday, October 13, 2008

Alcohol News - week 41/2008 (Australia) - Police chief Andrew Scipione attacks Sydney's alcohol culture

THE most senior policeman in New South Wales wants pubs and clubs to close early, claiming Sydney's soaring rate of alcohol-fuelled violence is worse than Los Angeles.,23599,24486429-2,00.html

Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol use unclear in road deaths, says expert

THE ROLE of alcohol in fatal crashes here has been significantly underestimated, road safety experts believe.

BBC News (UK) - Bars facing ban on free alcohol

The drinks industry has condemned draft government proposals which could ban bars from giving free alcohol to women. - Little Alcohol Goes Longer Way In Women

Women are more vulnerable than men to the effects of alcohol, both the good and the bad, according to the Harvard Health Letter.

Scotsman (UK) - Drink advice 'stigmatises' mums-to-be say medics

HEALTH advice urging mothers-to-be to give up alcohol during their pregnancy should be scrapped, according to senior Lothian medics. (UK) - Admissions to mental wards for drugs and alcohol up a third

More than 47,000 patients were admitted in 2006, 10,000 more than in 2003, due to the effects of drink or drugs.

PR Newswire (USA) - Trauma Surgeons Find a Significant Number of Moped Crashes Involve Intoxicated Drivers

In a study presented at the 2008 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons, trauma surgeons reported a high association between moped driver injuries and positive alcohol levels greater than 0.05 mg/dL.

Mmegi Online (Botswana) - Alcohol economics and politics: the case for policy activism

An extra-ordinary public debate has been unleashed by the policy activism of the current national political leadership towards dealing with the challenges of alcohol abuse in the country. (UK) - Drink prices must rise to cut alcohol deaths, doctors advise

They believe Government and industry measures to tackle binge drinking are failing, and that more needs to be done to reduce the toll of alcohol-related deaths.

Focus News (Bulgaria) - We still cannot achieve 50% drop in road toll by 2010: traffic police chief

People have to be repeatedly told that alcohol is an enemy to driving so that they can gradually realize the danger, said Traffic Police Chief Commissary Alksi Stratiev, quoted by Focus News Agency.

Xinhua (Greece) – Alcohol abuse by young, women rising in Greece

Doctors have warned of an alarming rise in the number of young people and women that consume excessive amounts of alcohol in Greece, saying that hospitals were having to deal with more patients in these groups suffering from problems linked to drinking alcohol.

WalesOnline (Wales) - Wales’ bid to rein in substance use

Chief Medical Officer for Wales Dr Tony Jewell stresses how big an effort will be needed to tackle the problem poisoning youth.

Evening Telegraph (UK) - ‘Zero drink limit for young drivers working in other countries’

Tayside health chiefs have added their voices to a campaign to impose a zero alcohol limit for newly-qualified drivers.

The Local (Sweden) - Sweden contemplates alcohol locks for drunk drivers

A new form of punishment for drunk drivers under consideration in Sweden would allow some offenders to keep their driver’s licences provided they installed an alcohol lock on their vehicles.

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