Monday, February 23, 2009

Alcohol News - week 8/2009

BBC News (Scotland) - Alcohol kills twice as many men

The number of men dying from alcohol misuse in Scotland each year is double the rate for women, a new study claims.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/7902306.stm

guardian.co.uk (UK) - Alcohol and young people: what's the attraction?

This statistic comes from a recent glut of research into how much alcohol young people consume, when they do it and where they're getting it from. But do we know enough about why they drink?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/alcoholandyoungpeople/young-people

la estrella (Panama) - The growth of the alcohol industry

The last National Comptroller survey revealed that beer, seco and rum are the favorite tipples of Panamanians even amidst a global economic crisis.
http://www.laestrella.com.pa/mensual/2009/02/23/contenido/66419.asp

Washington Post (US) - Hold the Alcohol? No Problem

Last month, I did something that many of my friends considered insane. It made some question whether they knew me anymore and others ask, "Good God, why?"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/19/AR2009021900895.html

MedIndia - Alcohol and Drug Abuse Could also Mean a Host of Other Problems

Alcohol and drug abuse could also mean a host of other problems, New Zealand researchers have found.
http://www.medindia.net/news/Alcohol-and-Drug-Abuse-Could-also-Mean-a-Host-of-Other-Problems-47800-1.htm

UWEC Spectator - Unique study to look at economics of drinking

After a week of successful pilot testing and working out some minor kinks, a pair of UW-Eau Claire students and economics professor Sanjukta Chaudhuri will begin implementing a survey that will gather data for a first-of-its-kind study.
http://media.www.spectatornews.com/media/storage/paper218/news/2009/02/23/CampusNews/Unique.Study.To.Look.At.Economics.Of.Drinking-3642423.shtml

guardian.co.uk (UK) - Alcohol culture in the UK

There is good news and bad news about under age drinking in Britain. While the number of teenagers drinking has declined in recent years, those who do drink are consuming more alcohol, more often. Among 35 European countries, the UK has the third-highest proportion of 15 year-olds who have been drunk 10 times or more in the past year.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/alcoholandyoungpeople/alcohol-culture

Sunday Star Times (New Zealand) - Addiction chief pinpoints "hidden truths" of alcohol industry

THE ALCOHOL industry should be pressured to be more upfront about the potential damage alcohol can cause, says the director of the National Addiction Centre.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/sundaystartimes/4855508a6442.html

Guardian (Scotland) - Scotland calls for drink-drive limit reduction

The Scottish government is calling on Westminster to reduce the drink-drive limit, or give it the powers to introduce different laws north of the border, in a bid to save lives.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/feb/22/scotland-drink-drive-limit

Canada.com (Canada) - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Effects

Diagnosis of a child with FAS includes the mother's drinking history, a physical examination of the child and observation.
http://bodyandhealth.canada.com/condition_info_details.asp?channel_id=0&relation_id=0&disease_id=307&page_no=2

TVNZ (New Zealand) - Alcohol consumption on the rise

There is concern at the increase in the amount of alcohol being consumed by New Zealanders.
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/alcohol-consumption-rise-2497198

Bloomberg (USA) - Bar Tabs May Climb as U.S. States Consider Raising Booze Taxes

Heineken and Johnnie Walker fans from New York to Oregon could be paying more soon. Lawmakers need to balance state budgets, and alcohol companies say drinkers will have to soak up any new taxes.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=anJg581WVrwE&refer=home

YLE News (Finland) - Accidental Alcohol Poisoning on the Rise Among Children

A doctoral dissertation claims that increasing numbers of underage children end up in hospital for accidental poisoning.
http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2009/02/accidental_alcohol_poisoning_on_the_rise_among_children_531172.html

Hindu - Drunken driving connected to mental problems

Drunken driving is not just an indication of a deeply seated alcohol problem but is also very often connected to psychological disease and chronic criminal background, says a doctoral thesis presented at the Karolinska Institute (KI).
http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/099200902190951.htm

60 Minutes (USA) - The Debate On Lowering The Drinking Age

Last fall, a group of over 100 college presidents - including the heads of Dartmouth, Virginia Tech and Duke - signed a declaration stating that the 21-year-old drinking age is not working, and fireworks went off.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/02/19/60minutes/main4813571.shtml

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