Monday, November 9, 2009

Alcohol News - week 45/2009

guardian.co.uk - Warning of extra heart dangers from mixing cocaine and alcohol

A third chemical – cocaethylene – builds up in the liver over a number of years among those who mix the two drugs. And this is now having major health consequences.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/nov/08/cocaine-alcohol-mixture-health-risks

New York Times (Russia) - Russians Comment on Ways to Curb the Use of Alcohol

How hard will it be for the Russian government to reduce the country’s alcohol consumption? The New York Times asked readers of its Russian-language blog on livejournal.com for their thoughts.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/03/world/europe/03russia.html

WalesOnline (Wales) - Alcohol watchdog warning over free CeltFest drinks

THE Welsh Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs has condemned the decision to give thousands of party-goers two free pints each as “irresponsible”.
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2009/11/07/alcohol-watchdog-warning-over-free-celtfest-drinks-91466-25111397/

Boston Globe (USA) - Alcohol ads on the T reaching school children, BU study warns

Alcohol advertising inside MBTA subway cars reaches thousands of Boston Public School students every school day, a new study from Boston University reports, exposing young people to the kind of messages that research links to increased underage drinking.
http://www.boston.com/news/health/blog/2009/11/alcohol_adverti.html

Atlanta Journal Constitution - Binge Drinking Puts the Brain, and Life Itself, at Risk

Nearly half of students at four-year colleges do it regularly (and, it's not sex). Rather, it's binge drinking -- downing five or more alcoholic drinks at a sitting.
http://www.ajc.com/health/content/shared-auto/healthnews/alca/629300.html

Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - Alcohol minimum pricing plan 'all but dead', claim Scottish Tories

SNP ministers’ attempt to introduce a minimum price for alcohol is “all but dead” following a Holyrood debate on the measure, the Tories have claimed.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/scotland/6509524/Alcohol-minimum-pricing-plan-all-but-dead-claim-Scottish-Tories.html

Himalayan Times (Nepal) - 37 pc Nepalis hooked on tobacco; 29 pc on alcohol: Survey

A survey of 15-64 years old concluded in 15 districts across the country over a period of three months has unveiled a frightening data on the use of tobacco in Nepal. The survey has concluded that 37 percent of the total population in the country are tobacco users.
http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=37+pc+Nepalis+hooked+on+tobacco%3B+29+pc+on+alcohol%3A+Survey+&NewsID=45743

Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - Alcohol gravest threat to society, claims sacked scientist

The minimum drinking age should be increased to 21 and the price of alcohol tripled in order to tackle what will soon be the "biggest killer" in modern society, claimed the sacked head of the government's drug advisory body.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/6502063/Alcohol-gravest-threat-to-society-claims-sacked-scientist.html

ABC Online (Australia) - Call to reduce blood alcohol levels for drivers

There are calls to cut the blood alcohol level for drivers to zero in order to reduce the number of fatalities on Australian roads.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/05/2734495.htm?section=justin

The Herald (Scotland) - Drinking by Scots parents revealed by young

Twice as many calls are made to ChildLine by young people concerned about their parents’ harmful drinking in Scotland than the rest of the UK.
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/health/drinking-by-scots-parents-revealed-by-young-1.931322

guardian.co.uk (UK) - UK product placement consultation launched

The government has launched a consultation looking at how product placement could work on UK television, with a view to restricting the promotion of alcohol, junk food and gambling.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/nov/09/product-placement-consultation-launched

Decanter.com (UK) - UK alcohol consumption falling faster than ever

Alcohol consumption in the UK is falling faster than at any time in the past 60 years, prompting calls for more targeted efforts at reducing alcohol-related harm.
http://www.decanter.com/news/290861.html?aff=rss

Alcohol Focus Scotland - Minimum pricing for alcohol - joint letter to press

The debate on minimum pricing for alcohol has become increasingly polarised. Some believe that the rising burden of harm due to alcohol demands effective government intervention and others believe that concern for Scotland's health is not sufficient grounds for curbing market freedoms that have enabled unprecedented growth in the production, trade and promotion of alcohol.
http://www.alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk/news/details/?id=54

Courier Mail (Australia) - Kevin Rudd plans to curb alcohol-fuelled violence

PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd will spearhead a fresh battle against binge drinking amid a growing outbreak of alcohol-fuelled violence.
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,20797,26311689-3102,00.html?from=public_rss

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