Monday, May 18, 2009

Alcohol News - week 20/2009

The Canadian Press (Canada) - Appeal Court to decide if fetal alcohol spectrum disorder a factor in sentencing

The role that fetal alcohol spectrum disorder should play in deciding violent offender status for a man with a long rap sheet of sexual assaults - including one against a seven-year-old cousin - will be weighed by Ontario's top court Tuesday.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5iuJJPwFF8b3NSKwRbbkV8_gcqSXw

Cosun.com (Korea) - Koreans Spend W14 Trillion on Alcohol, Tobacco

Koreans spend about W14 trillion per year on alcohol and tobacco (US$1=W1,263). According to Bank of Korea statistics released Sunday, consumers spent W14.07 trillion on alcoholic beverages and tobacco last year, up 4.7 percent from W13.45 trillion the year before.
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2009/05/18/2009051800222.html

Helsingin Sanomat (Finland) - Finnish alcohol consumption tops list of Nordic countries

The Finns drink more alcohol per capita than any of the other nationalities in the Nordic region.
http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Finnish+alcohol+consumption+tops+list+of+Nordic+countries+/1135246056643

Bild.de (Germany) - Girl drank herself into coma at her own 13th birthday party

Melina H.* had been celebrating her birthday with friends on Saturday night, but ended up drinking beer and vodka until she passed out.
http://www.bild.de/BILD/news/bild-english/world-news/2009/05/18/alcohol-binge-drinking-in-germany/girl-drank-herself-into-coma-at-her-13th-birthday-party.html

Science Daily - Smoking Interferes With Recovery From Alcohol-related Brain Damage

Alcohol-use disorders (AUDs) can damage the brain, particularly the frontal and parietal cortices, although this damage is at least partially reversible with sustained abstinence from alcohol.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090511164225.htm

BBC News (Scotland) - Funding boost for alcohol misuse

Scottish health boards have received £36m to combat alcohol misuse in 2009/10, a 45% increase on the previous year's funding.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/8047626.stm

Guardian (UK) - Alcohol price controls would save lives, MPs told

Government opposition to a minimum pricing regime for alcohol comes under renewed pressure with calls for a 50p rate a unit aimed at saving 3,400 lives a year.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/may/15/alcohol-price-control-save-lives

New York Times (USA) - Can a Few Drinks a Day Lead to Alcoholism?

This week, Personal Health columnist Jane Brody writes on the Rethinking Drinking program at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, created in part by Dr. Mark Willenbring, director of the agency’s Division of Treatment and Recovery Research.
http://consults.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/13/does-a-few-drinks-a-day-make-you-an-alcoholic/

Business Wire (USA) - Three in Ten Americans Drink Alcohol Weekly

Whether it is a martini at the end of a hard day, a nice glass of chardonnay when gathered with friends or a cold beer on a hot summer day, Americans enjoy a cocktail or two.
http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?&ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090514005080&newsLang=en

Wine Spectator - World Drinks Less Wine Per Capita

People are drinking wine at a slower rate, and the global recession appears to have accelerated the trend.
http://www.winespectator.com/Wine/Features/0,1197,5077,00.html

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