Monday, May 11, 2009

Alcohol News - week 19/2009

Science Daily - Terrorist Attacks Provoke Surge In Alcohol And Drug Use

Nearly one in 12 people exposed to terrorism report increased use and misuse of alcohol, according to researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the University of Michigan.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090511101700.htm

Daily Mail - Alcohol 'could cause one in four cases of dementia'

Drinking may be to blame for one in four cases of dementia, doctors have warned. And women are particularly at risk because they are more susceptible to alcohol's brainwasting effects, a study found.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1180111/Alcohol-cause-cases-dementia.html

Irish Times (Ireland) - Youth alcohol problem highlighted

Only half of parents with teenage children regularly monitor alcohol levels in their home to ensure it is not being abused, according to survey.
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0511/breaking57.htm

New York Times (USA) - Are Americans ‘Nutty’ About Drinking?

Alcohol abuse is clearly a real health concern for many, but I can’t help thinking that there is also an overreaction that typifies we are often “nutty” about food and drink compared to Europeans. Is a woman who has a glass of wine every night with dinner — and every now and then has two — really a problem drinker?
http://consults.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/07/are-americans-nutty-about-drinking/?hpw

Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - Revealed: Children under-10 treated for drink-related illnesses in hospitals

HUNDREDS of children - including under-10s - are treated for booze-related diseases in Scots hospitals every year.
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2009/05/11/revealed-children-under-10-treated-for-drink-related-illnesses-in-hospitals-86908-21348740/

The Associated Press - Helping doctors ask about drug, alcohol problems

If more doctors started asking, would more drug and alcohol abusers 'fess up so they could get help?
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gJmR2siBTLQOwAqCBtjodMKekjygD97VK4I03

News-Medical.net (Australia) - Australia's top medical experts throw their weight behind alcopops tax increase

Australia's top medical experts have called for the retention of the 'alcopops' tax and have wholeheartedly thrown their support behind the Federal Government's plans to reintroduce the tax.
http://www.news-medical.net/?id=49299

New York Times (USA) - High Functioning, but Still Alcoholics

Sarah Allen Benton is hardly your stereotypical alcoholic. She has a master of science degree from Northeastern University and is a licensed mental health counselor at Emmanuel College in Boston.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/05/health/05brod.html

Reuters - Drinking while down may signal teen suicide risk

Adolescents who drink alcohol while sad or depressed have an increased risk of attempting suicide, whether or not they have previously had suicidal thoughts, a study indicates.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/healthNewsMolt/idUKTRE54744T20090508

BBC News (UK) - Female binge drink rates 'double'

The percentage of women who binge drink has doubled since the 1990s, research has found.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8034533.stm

Science Daily - Alcohol Drinkers Not Only Zone Out -- But Also Are Unaware That They Do

A new study out of the University of Pittsburgh suggests that a moderate dose of alcohol increases a person's mind wandering, while at the same time reducing the likelihood of noticing that one's mind has wandered.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090505174545.htm

Economic Times - Even a small drink can disconnect you from reality

A moderate dose of alcohol not only induces a wandering mind, it also shuts down the likelihood of a person's knowing about it.
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/News-By-Industry/ET-Cetera/Even-a-small-drink-can-disconnect-you-from-reality/articleshow/4490330.cms

Wall Street Journal (UK) - UK Darling Raises Alcohol, Tobacco Duties By 2%

Duty on alcohol and tobacco in the U.K. is set to rise by 2% from Wednesday evening, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling said Wednesday, dashing the hopes of a reprieve for the pub and alcohol sector.
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090422-708294.html

Times Online (UK) - What’s wrong with teetotallers?

The Health Secretary is worried that society treats teetotallers like pariahs. Here four non-drinkers describe how it feels to be considered strange.
http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/diet_and_fitness/article6250736.ece

YLE News (Finland) - Finns Found to Be Susceptible to Cirrhosis of the Liver

Deaths caused by cirrhosis of the liver are increasing in Finland faster than in other countries, according to a British study quoted by the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. According to the study, Finns can contract the disease with a significantly smaller amount of alcohol than other Europeans need to achieve the same result.
http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2009/05/finns_found_to_be_susceptible_to_cirrhosis_of_the_liver_715932.html

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