Monday, January 4, 2010

Alcohol News - 1/2010

Washington Post (Iraq) - Crackdown on alcohol seen as part of conservative moment in Iraq
In recent months, the pendulum has veered toward conservative mores. Government officials, including many competing in the upcoming parliamentary election, have sought to impose stricter limits on alcohol consumption and coeducational schools.

Healthcare Republic (UK) - Keep TV product placement ban on alcohol and junk food, urges BMA
Junk food and alcoholic drinks should be excluded from new rules allowing product placement on TV, the BMA has said.

BBC (Russia) - Trying to break Russia's vodka dependence
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is hoping for some New Year's resolution among his countrymen, as he takes on one of Russia's most deeply-entrenched and prickliest problems - alcoholism.

Daily Post (Wales) - North Wales’ new chief constable to tackle drugs and booze
Mark Polin, who took up his new job as the region’s top cop in September, is backing restorative justice for minor crimes – a strategy that makes offenders meet and apologise to their victims.

Scotsman (Scotland) - Pubs to re-run 'sale' despite binge warning
A JANUARY sales offer of bargain price beer, wine and spirits slashed to 99p is being launched today by pub chain JD Wetherspoon, despite accusations that it will fuel Scotland's binge drinking crisis.

BBC News (UK) - Rising alcohol addiction costs 'could cripple the NHS'
The cost of treating the growing number of people drinking heavily threatens to cripple NHS hospitals, warn experts.

Globe and Mail - Misleading beverage labels put fetuses at risk
Pregnant women drinking non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beverages may be putting their babies at risk because some brands contain more alcohol than is advertised on the label, according to a study released today by the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Morning Advertiser (UK) - MPs set to recommend minimum pricing
A Health Committee Select Report is set to recommend introducing a minimum price of 50p a unit on alcoholic drinks.

WalesOnline (Wales) - Wales and alcohol: Shocking results of our nationwide survey
An exclusive online poll conducted by Wales on Sunday makes worrying reading, with its findings leading to urgent warnings of the damage that Welsh drinkers are doing to their health.

Gov Monitor (UK) - Is Alcohol England’s Most Dangerous Drug
The Government’s approach to tackling the problems of drugs, legal and illegal, was brought into severe question when the Home Secretary sacked its Chief Scientific Advisor on Drug Policy, Professor David Nutt, from his position as Chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).

NPR (Uganda) - Ugandan Home Brews Result In More Than Hangovers
The World Health Organization named the people of Uganda the world's No. 1 consumers of alcoholic beverages in 2004.

Daily Mail (UK) - Government health warnings for alcohol snubbed by drinks firms
Drinks firms have snubbed a Government call to put health messages and warnings for pregnant women on their bottles.

Times Online (France) - French clubbers win the right to party all night long
France may be famous for its joie de vivre, but night-clubbers say that it has become the dullest country in Europe, with French dance-floors shutting long before those of neighbouring countries.

Spiegel Online (Germany) - Unions Want Controls On Airport Perfume And Alcohol Sales
In the wake of the Christmas Day terror attempt on a Northwest Airlines flight, two major German employee unions are calling for closer scrutiny of products sold in airport duty free shops. Highly flammable perfumes and high-percentage spirits could be used to make explosive devices, they argue.,1518,669674,00.html

TIME (India) - Tapping into India's Growing Alcohol Market
The Indian market for alcohol — mostly spirits and beer, as well as wine — totaled $14 billion last year, and was one of the fastest-growing alcohol markets in the world.,8599,1949796,00.html?xid=rss-topstories

Helsingin Sanomat (Finland) - Alcohol is a major health hazard
In 2008, Finns aged over 15 consumed an average of 12.5 litres of 100 per cent pure alcohol. In other words, each of them drank three bottles of medium-strength beer on average every day.

Reuters - Smoking, drinking up risks of gut, throat cancers
A new study confirms that smoking raises a person's risks of the major forms of esophageal and stomach cancers, while drinking has more narrow effects.

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