Monday, April 13, 2009

Alcohol News - week 15/2009

The Canberra Times (Australia) - No safe level of alcohol for teens

TEENAGERS who drink even small amounts of alcohol have a significantly higher risk of developing alcohol abuse or risky sexual behaviour as a young adult, research has found.

Science Daily - Frogs Reveal Clues About The Effects Of Alcohol During Development

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) cause malformations in babies, including facial defects, short stature, and mental and behavioral abnormalities.

Los Angeles Times (USA) - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study shows that unhealthy behaviors start early

Each year, researchers at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention question thousands of teenagers and young adults about their health-risk behaviors. According to the results of their 2007 survey, bad habits clearly start at a young age.,0,4349649.story

Deutsche Welle (Germany) - Alcohol abuse among German youths more than sobering

Recent cases of teen and even child alcohol binges are indications of increasing abuse by younger Germans, as an alarming new report published by a German health insurance company reveals.,,4171033,00.html

ABC Online (Australia) - Lift booze prices, drinking age: health experts

Health experts are calling on the Federal Government to make alcohol more expensive, or even raise the legal drinking age.

New York Times (USA) - Study Links Alcohol and Bicycle Deaths

Some 21 percent of autopsies for New York City bicyclists who died within three hours of their accidents detected alcohol in the body, according to a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene study that examined fatal bicycling accidents in New York City from 1996 to 2005.

Irish Times (Ireland/EU) - 'Real cost' of alcohol halved since mid-1990s, study finds

COMPLAINING ABOUT the price of drink has been a favourite Irish pastime for years. But a study carried out for the European Commission shows that the “real cost” of alcohol in Ireland has dropped 50 per cent since the mid-1990s as incomes rose and excise duties declined in real terms.

SNP (UK) - Hit the bottle with improved alcohol labelling

SNP MP John Mason has called on the UK Government to support doctors and health professionals by introducing legislation on alcohol labelling.

PR Newswire - Marin Institute Publishes New Guide for Regulating Alcohol Advertising

Marin Institute, the alcohol industry watchdog, today released the country's first guide to restricting out-of-home (OOH) alcohol advertising.

Forbes - Three Drinks a Day Doubles Risk of Tremor

Having more than a couple of drinks a day can double the risk of developing involuntary (essential) tremor, a neurological disorder that affects about 5 million people over the age of 60 in the United States.

The Australian (Australia) - Government under pressure to regulate alcohol advertising

THE Federal Government is under growing pressure to regulate alcohol advertising in sport, after a key industry player pledged to introduce a year-long ban on TV ads before 9pm.,25197,25284075-12377,00.html

The Money Times - New generation bearing the brunt of alcoholism

According to a new study, births in parts of Australia's Kimberley region are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, the largest known cause of mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Alcoholism is so rampant that teens with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) have babies with the same condition.

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