Monday, December 8, 2008

Alcohol News - week 49/2008

Wall Street Journal (EU) - Europe's Changing Drinking Habits: More Beer, Less Wine, Few Regrets

Europeans are supposed to sip wine in sidewalk caf├ęs, not guzzle beer like American college students. But Europe's relationship with alcohol is changing. Countries like France and Italy, where good wine is considered a birthright, are seeing a surge in beer drinking among young people.

YLE News (Finland) - Alcohol Main Cause of Death in Finland

The number of people who die from alcohol-related diseases or alcohol poisoning continues to rise. Alcohol remains the most common cause of death for men and women in Finland. (France) - French doctor claims to have found 'chemical cure' for alcoholism

French cardiologist Dr Olivier Ameisen tested out baclofen on himself and was amazed by the effect it had on reducing his drinking.

Ceylon Daily News (Sri Lanka) - Heavy fines on Alcohol, Tobacco Act violators

79.8 million has been collected as fines from Alcohol and Tobacco Act violators this year, a Health Ministry release said.

Am J Clin Nutr - Alcohol and coronary artery calcium prevalence, incidence, and progression: results from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis

Alcohol use has been consistently found to have a J-shaped association with coronary heart disease, with moderate drinkers exhibiting a decreased risk compared with both heavy drinkers and nondrinkers. However, results of studies of the association between alcohol use and subclinical coronary artery disease are conflicting.

Southland Times (New Zealand) - Police issue pre-Christmas alcohol warning

As the pre-Christmas party season gets into gear, police are reminding people to watch alcohol consumption and ensure they have a ride home.

MedIndia - Drug and Alcohol Abuse Increase ICU Admission Risk: Study

Researchers at LDS Hospital and Brigham Young University suggest that substance dependence increases medical costs by way of the intensive care unit.

ScienceAlert (Australia) - Youths ignore alcohol guidelines

National Health and Medical Research guidelines around alcohol consumption are at risk of being ignored by young people because they don’t take their drinking cultures into account, a Deakin University researcher has warned.

Times and Transcript - Alcohol plays role in aggression

A new study of aggression in partner relationships shines a light on the role of alcohol consumption.

Australian Food (Australia) - Alcohol advertising scrutinised at meeting of health ministers

Tougher restrictions on alcohol advertising have been tabled at a meeting of the nation’s health ministers, with NSW Health Minister John Della Bosca presenting the idea in Brisbane on Friday.

Sydney Morning Herald - iBreath to tackle drink driving

The latest weapon in the war against drink driving is a breathalyser linked to an iPod or iPhone. (New Zealand) - The hidden alcoholics

The number of middle-aged women diagnosed as alcohol-dependent rose from 8 per cent to 16 per cent between 1996 and 2005, according to research by the University of Western Sydney, and yet they remain a secret factor in the nation's problem with alcohol.

Cardiosource - Alcohol Consumption and Risk of Incident Atrial Fibrillation in Women

This study suggests that women who consume alcohol in more than moderate amounts have an increased risk for atrial fibrillation. Compared to prior studies of men, women may experience an increased risk for atrial fibrillation at lower amounts of alcohol.

PR Leap - More and More Women Binge Drinkers Are Using Hypnosis To Stop Alcohol Binges, Finds JustBeWell.Com

Hynotherapists at the international firm JustBeWell are experiencing a signficant increase in the number of women using hypnosis to stop binge drinking.

The Press Association (UK) - Marston's slams alcohol tax hike

Pubs group Marston's reported a 13% slide in profits and slammed this year's alcohol tax hikes as an "unwelcome" threat to the UK pub industry.

Newsroom Finland (Finland) - Finnish Parliament passes alcohol duty rise

Finland's Parliament on Monday passed an alcohol duty rise unanimously with a number of lawmakers urging the government to propose further increases.

CNN (Russia) - Alcoholism in Russia amoung Highest in the World

In Russia, rates of alcohol consumption and homicide are among the highest in the world, and already-high levels increased dramatically after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Rates of both, however, vary greatly among Russia's 89 regions.

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