Monday, June 29, 2009

Alcohol News - week 26/2009

BBC - Alcohol link to one in 25 deaths

One in 25 deaths across the world are linked to alcohol consumption, Canadian experts have suggested. Europe had the highest proportion of deaths related to alcohol, with 1 in 10 deaths directly attributable. Within Europe, the former Soviet Union countries had the highest proportion at 15%, or around one in seven deaths.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8118475.stm
also
TIME - Stemming the Rise in Global Alcohol-Related Deaths
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1907408,00.html

Associated Press (Russia) - Study blames alcohol for half 1990s Russian deaths

A new study by an international team of public health researchers documents the devastating impact of alcohol abuse on Russia — showing that drinking caused more than half of deaths among Russians aged 15 to 54 in the turbulent era following the Soviet collapse.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hJVsg2ZxlA4B1BfhPscqETG8sLLQD991SJ280

RedOrbit - Prenatal Nutrients And Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Doctors are searching for new ways to protect unborn babies from the dangerous health impacts caused by a drinking mother.
http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1709682/prenatal_nutrients_and_fetal_alcohol_syndrome/

Science Blogs - The Friday Fermentable: "Mixing Drinks With Work and Staying Sober, Too" (NYTimes)

I don't know if Kim Severson of the New York Times knew this when writing her thought-provoking article earlier this week, but it coincided with the annual meetings of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) and the College of Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD).
http://scienceblogs.com/terrasig/2009/06/the_friday_fermentable_mixing.php

Brandweek (USA) - Alcohol Consumption Up in the Home

While the recession has likely driven some people to drink, the odds are they are doing it at home these days, according to a recent study from Mintel.
http://www.brandweek.com/bw/content_display/news-and-features/direct/e3i344418db676344f02e8f218c90e67ebc

The Examiner (USA) - College-educated women admit to drinking while pregnant

The Centers for Disease Control questioned more than 500,000 women. They found that one in eight women reported drinking some amount of alcohol while pregnant.
http://www.examiner.com/x-13554-Atlanta-Childrens-Health-Examiner~y2009m6d28-Older-collegeeducated-women-admit-to-drinking-while-pregnant

New York Times (USA) - Alcohol a Common Factor in Suicide

Alcohol has long been known to play a role in suicides, but there have been little data regarding which victims use it and how often.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/19/health/19suicide.html?ref=health

Sowetan (South Africa) - Alcohol damages lives in Gauteng

ALCOHOL is the drug of choice for people in Gauteng with almost half of the patients at treatment centres in the province being treated for alcohol abuse.
http://www.sowetan.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=1025339

Azerbaijan Business Center (Azerbaijan) - 82% of Baku residents do not drink alcohol

Baku, Fineko/abc.az. International Research Group Business Insight (BI) has conducted a poll to research lifestyle of the population of Azerbaijani capital Baku that covered 660 respondents (women - 65% and men - 35%).
http://abc.az/eng/news/main/36190.html

Monsters and Critics.com (Netherland) - Study says number of elderly Dutch alcoholics on the rise

The number of elderly people with an alcohol problem in the Netherlands is rising, according to a report released on Monday.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/health/news/article_1486481.php/Study_says_number_of_elderly_Dutch_alcoholics_on_the_rise_

eMaxHealth.com (USA) - Prevention Programs Don't Decrease Alcohol Problems in Colleges

Ralph Hingson, Sc.D., M.P.H., and colleagues have published the results of their research which shows that binge drinking, drunk driving, and alcohol-related deaths increased among college students over the first half of the decade.
http://www.emaxhealth.com/1024/63/31739/prevention-programs-dont-decrease-alcohol-problems-colleges.html

guardian.co.uk (Lithuania) - StatoilHydro fights Lithuanian alcohol ban –report

Norwegian oil and gas group StatoilHydro is trying to reverse a ban on the sale of alcohol at petrol stations in Lithuania, claiming it may lead to massive lay-offs, daily Dagens Naeringsliv said on Wednesday.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/feedarticle/8573927

CBS 4 - Alcohol May Be Unsafe At Any Level For Women

Several years ago studies indicated a glass of red wine might have beneficial effects on heart health. But scientists cautioned heavy use of alcohol might raise a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. A new study reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute indicates even moderate use of alcohol can be dangerous.
http://cbs4.com/health/alcohol.wine.cancer.2.1060737.html

Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - Minimum alcohol price 'could halve hospital admissions for drinking'

Prof Gilmore, the president of the Royal College of Physicians, said the move could reduce the numbers admitted for alcohol problems by around 100,000.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/5636607/Minimum-alcohol-price-could-halve-hospital-admissions-for-drinking.html

National Business Review (New Zealand) - NZ Treasury weighs in on ‘shonky’ Berl alcohol report

The Berl report into the social costs of alcohol being used by the Law Commission is work that doesn’t look like it meets the “normal standards you would expect”, according to Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Dr Peter Bushnell.
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/nz-treasury-weighs-shonky-berl-alcohol-report-104204

MedPage Today - Heavy Daily Drinking Boosts Chances of Lethal Brain Hemorrhage

Fatal hemorrhagic strokes were more than three times as common in men who had at least six drinks daily, researchers found.
http://www.medpagetoday.com/CriticalCare/Strokes/14868

MOSNEWS (Estonia/Finland) - Estonian service delivers cheap booze to Finland

Finnish officials are at wit’s end over a loophole in import laws that is allowing an Estonian internet service to deliver alcohol inexpensively to Finland, Estonian Postimees newspaper reports.
http://www.mosnews.com/money/2009/06/25/estbooze/

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