Monday, October 12, 2009

Alcohol News - week 41/2009

Xinhua (China) - Drunken drivers' passengers face fines

People who willingly catch a ride with a drunken driver could face fines under a new proposal.

The Associated Press (Iraq) - Authorities in Iraq's holy Shiite city ban alcohol

Local Iraqi authorities have outlawed alcohol in the province of Najaf, home to the holiest Shiite city, saying it contradicts the principles of Islam. (EU/UK) - Europe Faults Alcohol Marketers for Binge Drinking; U.K. Proposes $286M Ad Ban

In Britain it's called "binge drinking," in Germany it's known as "coma" drinking, and in France you "se prendre une cuite" -- but whatever you call it, excessive alcohol consumption is putting marketing in the crosshairs.

Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - Senior Scots cop calls for minimum alcohol price to cut domestic violence

A TOP Scots cop yesterday stepped up calls for a legal minimum price for alcohol. Strathclyde Chief Constable Stephen House said he was "very keen" to drive up the cost of booze to curb domestic violence.

Irish Times (Ireland) - Drink role in fatal crashes highlighted

Alcohol may have been a factor in more than 1,000 fatal crashes on Irish roads between 1999 and 2008, a meeting on road safety was told today.

Ynetnews (Israel) - Ministers pass bill to jail adults who buy alcohol for minors

Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs passes MK Yohanan Plesner's motion calling for three-month prison sentence for adults who purchase alcoholic beverages for minors.,7340,L-3788502,00.html (Canada) - First Nations' liquor-related deaths five times higher than others in B. C

Alcohol-related deaths among First Nations in B.C. are a staggering five times higher than for other British Columbians, says a prominent First Nations doctor, who argues aboriginal leaders need to start working on an alcohol strategy to save lives.

Globe and Mail (Canada) - Panel seeks measures to combat fetal alcohol disorder

Canada needs to implement a sweeping set of measures, ranging from providing education pamphlets in boxes of condoms to alternatives to prison for brain-damaged inmates, says a report from a blue-ribbon panel on the epidemic of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

BBC (Sweden) - 'I will have one, or maybe two pints'

BBC Scotland's health correspondent Eleanor Bradford travelled to Sweden to discover how the Swedish government tackled binge drinking and look at the impact of its policies.

Visit Bulgaria (Australia) - Reducing Alcohol and Cigarettes Can Save Billions

According to a new study, thousands of Australian lives can be saved, simply by cutting back on alcohol and cigarettes, including saving the economy over $2-billion in healthcare costs. (New Zealand) - One drink a day enough to increase breast cancer

A glass of wine a day is all it takes to increase your risk of developing breast cancer, so when Rowena Mortimer was diagnosed she decided her lifestyle had to change.

Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - Prof's plea on alcohol law

Alcohol industry representatives "dissociate themselves from the mayhem" and keep the community in the dark about the realities of the drug, the head of the Christchurch School of Medicine's national addiction centre says.

Science Daily - The High Cost Of Treating Alcohol-impaired Drivers

The costs of drinking and driving are all too apparent, with alcohol involved in 41 percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities in 2006.

Expatica Netherlands (Netherlands) - Over 16,000 stopped in Rotterdam alcohol checks

Police in Rotterdam conducted alcohol testing on 16,485 motorists in the country’s most large scale alcohol checks, reports Dutch news agency ANP.

GlobalPost (Spain) - Binge drinking among Spanish teens on the rise

Friday night in a Madrid square. Dozens of adolescents hanging out. Two-liter soda bottles strewn at their feet, along with colorful gin and rum bottles. Teens mix their own drinks for hours, to the indifference of passersby.

YLE News (Finland) - No Further Hikes to Alcohol Tax in Store

The government is not planning any new increases to the tax on alcohol, despite a report on YLE over the weekend that another hike in alcohol taxes is being planned for January 2010.

CNN (USA) - Death row female inmate denied high court review

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a female death row inmate who said fetal alcohol syndrome should have been considered by the state court that reviewed her sentence.

WalesOnline (Wales) - MP welcomes new booze law

LAW-ABIDING citizens can “reclaim the streets” thanks to new alcohol-banning powers for the police, said MP Jenny Willott.

Forexyard (Bulgaria) - Brandy anger forces Bulgaria to scrap tax increase

Bulgaria's new government abandoned plans to raise alcohol taxes due to public anger that this would threaten a centuries-old tradition of making wine and rakia brandy at home.

Independent (UK) - Tories turn party-poopers to end era of cheap alcohol

Steep increases in the cost of super-strength lager and alcopops were promised by the Tories in a drive to combat binge drinking.

Billings Gazette - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder sufferers need help making choices

"The general public doesn't understand that these are people with alcohol-related birth defects, and it's permanent," Howanach said. "Their brain just doesn't function like the average brain."

BBC (UK) - Capital bans alcohol from streets

Drinking on the streets of Cardiff has been banned under new laws designed to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Kansas City Star (Russia) - Brewers foaming over tax increase aimed at curbing Russian alcoholism

Vodka may be the drink of choice for most Russians, but the Moscow government is focusing on beer in its attempt to clamp down on rampant alcoholism.

YLE News (Finland) - Most Finns Want Tougher Drinking and Driving Laws

According to a survey commissioned by the newspapers Etelä-Suomen Sanomat, Karjalainen, Keskisuomalainen and Savon Sanomat, 63 percent of Finns say the legal blood alcohol limit should be lowered to 0.2 mg/ml, down from 0.5.

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