Monday, January 26, 2009

Alcohol News - week 4/2009 (New Zealand) - Alcohol abuse seen as a big NZ problem

New Zealanders are blind to an epidemic of alcoholism and abuse, experts say.

Reuters - One in 5 men at risk of drinking problem

At least one in five men in developed countries are at risk of abusing or becoming dependent on alcohol during their lifetimes, U.S. researchers said on Sunday. (UK) - Children under 15 should not drink, Government scientists to warn

The advice, from Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer, will be contained in the first set of guidelines Whitehall has produced to raise awareness of the risks of drink for young people.

Prague Daily Monitor (Czech Republic) - Poll: 14% of Czechs cannot do without alcohol

Some 14 percent of Czechs, men more often than women, cannot imagine their life without a glass of alcohol, according to a poll conducted by the Median agency and released to CTK Friday.

Botswana Press Agency (Botswana) - Ministry focuses on youth alcohol abuse

Director of Public Health, Ms Shenaaz El-Halabi has expressed concern at the rate which students continue to abuse alcohol. (UK) - Pub association blasts alcohol label as 'symbolic gesture'

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has called for "effective communications" about the consequences of binge drinking rather than "symbolic gestures that do nothing" after doctors called for mandatory unit labelling on alcoholic drinks. (Italy) - No more dolce vita? Rome bans alcohol to go

This brings visions of a Carabiniere blowing the whistle on Anita Ekberg as she wades in the Trevi fountain in Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita!”

DailyNewsOnline (United Republic of Tanzania) - Tanzania on course to formulate policy on alcohol

While Tanzania is in the final stage of formulating the policy that will help the country fight alcohol abuse, challenges lie ahead on whether the policy and even legislation on the problem can work. Our reporter PIUS RUGONZIBWA tells more in this final report.

Food Product Design (UK) - Report: Consumers Cutting Back on Alcohol Consumption

A new Datamonitor report reveals the majority of consumers enjoy alcohol in a responsible and relaxing fashion, and alcohol misuse is a contributing factor to the obesity epidemic.

The Press Association - Drinking link to teenage pregnancy

A small rise in unplanned teenage pregnancies in 2007 could be linked to an increase in binge drinking, ministers have said.

Times Online (UK) - Big rise in number of under-18s seeking treatment for alcohol and drug abuse

Nearly 24,000 children were treated for drug and alcohol abuse last year, a rise of more than 40 per cent in two years. However, experts suggested that part of the increase was because access to services was improving.

WalesOnline (Wales) - Lung cancer rates among men on the rise again in Wales

CANCERS linked to lifestyles such as smoking and alcohol are on the increase across Wales, according to the latest figures released by health officials.

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