Monday, November 10, 2008

Alcohol News - week 45/2008

Reuters (UK) - UK MPs want ban on cheap supermarket alcohol

Supermarkets should be banned from selling alcohol below cost price and time called on pub "happy hours" to halt a torrent of booze-fueled violence, a parliamentary committee said on Monday.

Times Online (UK) - Hundreds of children under 10 hospitalised with alcohol problems

A child under ten is admitted to hospital to be treated for alcohol-related problems once every three days in England, according to Government figures revealed today.

Irish Medical News (Ireland) - Alcohol burden on emergency departments

Alcohol is the starting point with almost all drug misuse and it is placing a huge burden on emergency departments (EDs), according to Dr Chris Luke, an emergency medicine consultant based in Cork University Hospital (CUH), who specialises in “nightlife” drugs.

The Local (Sweden) - Swedish nurses oppose breast feeding alcohol guidelines

Swedish midwives and nurses continue to advise new mothers to abstain from alcohol when breast feeding, despite new guidelines saying that consuming alcohol in small quantities has no adverse effects.

Kyiv Post (Russia) - Russia minister raises alarm over rampant alcoholism

Russia should revive the Soviet-era practise of compulsory treatment for alcoholics, the interior minister said on Friday.

MarketWatch (USA) - Nickel a Drink to Save State Budgets

Public health advocates are calling on policymakers around the nation to follow the lead of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to help fund ailing state budgets through higher alcohol taxes. - Genes, brain area linked to teens susceptibility to alcohol dependence

Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have found in a study of teens that genetic factors can influence size variations a brain area, which can in turn be partly responsible for increased susceptibility to alcohol dependence.

Voice of America - Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children Long-Term Risks of Teen Alcohol Use

Children's mental health was the subject of two recent studies. One involved treatment of anxiety disorders, the other examined long-term effects of alcohol use in teenagers.

Wausau Daily Herald - Experts say talking to kids is the key to preventing future drug abuse

There is no bad time to talk with children about the dangers of substance abuse, experts say.

Times Online (UK) - Why women drink too much

Women in Britain are drinking too much - fact. But where does the party stop and the danger start? and at what point should we call time, ladies, please?

Talking Retai - "Universal alcohol framework" called for

An universal framework for promoting alcohol should be put in place around the world so misuse is more stringently regulated, according to a new study.

Daily Telegraph (Australia) - Cops want zero blood alcohol for all drivers

POLICE and experts yesterday called for a zero tolerance policy on drink-driving in the wake of the death of four-year-old Tahlia Gilmour.,22049,24618061-5001021,00.html

BBC News - Map of the week: Booze, cost and consumption

As the government is urged to introduce a minimum price for alcohol to curb excessive drinking, I wondered how clear the relationship is between cost and consumption.

Science Daily - Alcohol Advice Needs To Play Greater Role In Sex Education For Teenagers, Experts Urge

Alcohol and attitudes are two of the key factors that health professionals need to be aware of when they are dealing with sexually active teenagers, experts are urging.

Mmegi Online - Sales Of Beer Go Flat In Emerging Economies

Beer sales in emerging economies are cooling, sapping a key source of profit growth.

Offlicence News (EU) - Europe relaxes rules on lower alcohol wines

The European Union has relaxed its stance on winemakers who take alcohol out of wine during production, in a move which could result in more wines of around 10% alcohol hitting the shelves.

AFP (Spain) - Spaniards consuming less alcohol, tobacco and narcotics: study

Consumption of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs was noticeably lower in Spain, a main entry point in Europe for cannabis and cocaine, during 2007-08, according to a government study released Tuesday.

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