Monday, November 17, 2008

Alcohol News - week 46/2008

New Zealand Herald - Sport-alcohol link nothing new: Alac

A study that found sports teams with alcohol sponsorships drank more heavily is nothing new, says Alcohol Advisory Council (Alac) chief executive Gerard Vaughan.

Belfast Telegraph (UK) - Why the alcohol limit for drivers must be cut as soon as possible

When I was 17, a friend of mine was killed by a drink driver. Hugh was also 17 — a young man with huge potential who could have been an engineer.

KTUU - Study says deaths go down as alcohol taxes go up

A new study says higher taxes on alcohol is one way to stop so many people from being killed by diseases linked to alcohol abuse. - Multiple Factors Influence Teen Alcohol Misuse

Researchers have discovered characteristics present in the four social environments in which young people live — families, peers, schools, and neighborhoods — contribute both positively and negatively to whether teens misuse alcohol.

MarketWatch (USA) - Failing Economy, Alcohol Combine to Create Dangerous Holiday Season

With the deadliest holiday weekend of the year just around the corner and millions of Americans facing economic hardships, criminal courts across the country are gearing up for what could be record rates of alcohol abuse and crime this holiday season.

EurekAlert - Bottoms up: Individualists more likely to be problem drinkers

What makes residents of certain states or countries more likely to consume more alcohol? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, high levels of individualism lead to more problem drinking.

Focus News (Romania) - Adevarul: Romanians allot more funds for alcohol than for education

Last year Romanians gave 6.5% of their budget for alcohol beverages, while they have allotted only 0.8% for education, an article in the Romanian daily Adevarul reads.

Courier Mail (Australia) - Alcohol may go the way of tobacco

Cigarette smoking was once so accepted in this country its use was almost universal. Sixty years ago, 72 per cent of all Australian men smoked; today, fewer than 25 per cent choose to light up.,23739,24661728-13360,00.html (UK) - Happy hours and cheap alcohol should be banned, say MPs

Happy hour drink promotions should be banned and supermarkets prevented from selling cheap alcohol at a loss to curb the binge-drinking violence blighting Britain, MPs have said.

BBC News (UK) - Plans for cheap drink clampdown

A ban on cut-price alcohol could be introduced next year under plans to curb alcohol abuse among young people.

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - PM's scare tactics to win battle of bottle

THE Rudd Government's $20 million anti-binge drinking advertising campaign will hit television screens on November 23, nine months after it was announced as the centrepiece of a national strategy to tackle the alcohol "epidemic".

Marie (UK) - Women becoming bigger drinkers

A study by Cardiff University has discovered that women in their 30s and 40s are becoming the most irresponsible drinkers.

Washington Post (Germany) - German Supply Lines Flow With Beer in Afghanistan

Last year, the German armed forces shipped more than 260,000 gallons of home-brewed suds to its troops serving in northern Afghanistan, as well as more than 18,000 gallons of wine.

Times of India (India) - Ramadoss plans national policy to curb sale of alcohol

After banning smoking in public places, health minister Anbumani Ramadoss is planning a campaign against alcohol by bringing in a national policy to regulate its sale in the country.

Reuters UK - Smoking, drinking linked to throat, stomach cancer

Drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes appear to increase the risk of certain common throat and stomach cancers, Dutch researchers reported on Monday.

Medical News Today - Calling For A Convention To Control Alcohol

According to an editorial published on, there is an urgent need for international regulation of alcohol akin to the 2005 framework convention on tobacco control.

The Local (Sweden) - What do you think about Sweden's alcohol policy?

Every week a panel of readers will be giving their views on the burning issues of the hour. This week: Sweden's tough stance on alcohol.

RIA Novosti (Russia) - Russia to form federal alcohol regulator - first deputy PM

The Russian government plans to establish a federal alcohol regulator and set minimum wholesale and retail prices for products, a first deputy prime minister said on Wednesday.

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