Monday, January 11, 2010

Alcohol News - 2/2010

Science Daily - Molecule Repairs Alcohol Metabolism Enzyme
An experimental compound repaired a defective alcohol metabolism enzyme that affects an estimated 1 billion people worldwide, according to research supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Chicago Tribune (USA) - Lawmakers to consider changes to alcohol laws
The General Assembly plans to consider changes to Indiana's alcohol laws this session, including proposals that would allow microbreweries to sell takeout beer on Sundays and permit alcohol sales during voting hours on Election Day.,0,7172375.story

Bernama (Russia) - Hidden Advertising Of Alcohol, Tobacco In Cinema Should Be Banned
The hidden advertising of alcohol and tobacco products in cinema should be banned, the chief of the Russian consumer rights watchdog (Rospotrebnadzor) Gennady Onishchenko proposed, Russian news agency, Itar-Tass, reported.

Chicago Flame Online (USA) - Alcohol nutrition labels: To drink or not to drink once you see what's in it
That's why for decades the Treasury Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Trade and Tax Bureau (TTB), which regulates alcohol labeling, has been pressured by consumer groups who want more information about the spirits we consume to be labeled on the product.

BusinessWeek (Greece) - Greece raises tobacco, alcohol taxes
Greece's center-left government said Friday it is increasing taxes on tobacco and alcohol, looking for euro1 billion ($1.43 billion) in badly needed revenues as the country grapples with a debt crisis.

Bloomberg (UK) - Alcohol Needs Minimum Price, Warning Labels, U.K. Lawmakers Say
The U.K. government should introduce minimum prices on alcoholic drinks as well as mandatory health warnings on labels and higher taxes to curb drunkenness, a panel of lawmakers said. (EU) - European body rejects government report on alcohol sponsorship
The European Sponsorship Association (ESA), the trade body representing the sponsorship industry in Europe, has said the UK government’s Health Committee Report on Alcohol misrepresents the complete picture of the alcohol sponsorship landscape and “fails to acknowledge self-regulation activity by rights-holders”.

Republica (Nepal) - Panel advocates alcohol act
In a discussion program organized by Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN) and Nepal Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAPA), participants from different government and social sectors expressed their concerns for an alcohol act in the country.

Bangkok Post (Thailand) - Critics fear excise review will reduce alcohol price
Opposition is mounting to a government plan to review excise taxes on alcohol. Critics claim the planned changes will benefit liquor producers and encourage consumers to drink more.

The Press Association (UK) - Call for drunk patients to be fined
A right-of-centre think tank has called for drunk NHS patients to be fined and prescriptions for common pain killers to be scrapped.

Times of India - Online intervention can reduce alcohol abuse
The researchers found that problem drinkers provided access to the online screener, reduced their alcohol consumption by 30pct. (France) - Dangers of alcohol highlighted to skiers
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is reaching out to travel insurance customers in order to highlight the dangers of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol at ski resorts.

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