Monday, February 8, 2010

Alcohol News - 6/2010

Scotsman (Scotland) - ID blitz proposed in fight against underage drinking
PUBS, clubs and off-licences could be ordered to check the ID of anyone who looks under 25 as part of new Labour plans for a crackdown on underage drinking.

Boston Globe (USA) - As pot-smoking, pill-popping baby boomers age, new health problems may arise
Roughly 8 percent of Americans ages 50 to 59 had used an illicit drug in the past year, according to a recent survey by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Morning Advertiser (Scotland) - 'Quick and decisive action needed on cheap booze'
North-east health bosses have urged the Government to “act quickly and decisively” on cheap alcohol by introducing a minimum price per unit of 50p.

Irish Medical News (Ireland) - Support for global ban on duty-free alcohol
Dr Mick Loftus, a founder of Dóthain, an organisation that raises awareness of alcohol misuse in Ireland, has supported the recent call by drugs specialist Dr Patrick Troy for a World Health Organisation (WHO) global ban on duty-fee alcohol sales.

Los Angeles Times (USA) - Blood pressure: alcohol, smoking and caffeine
Is having a bad habit ever a good thing? It kind of can be if your aim is to lower your blood pressure, since one way to do that is to reduce your alcohol consumption significantly.,0,1883489.story (UK) - Alcohol related-injuries not limited to drunkeness - a tale of booze containers
What a shock to find that one of the leading causes of injury and disfigurement in the UK (“87,000 alcohol-related glass attacks each year,” according to UK Home secretary Alan Johnson) are the result of pub brawls! (USA) - In West Virginia 1 in 5 Infants are Exposed to Alcohol and Drugs
According to a new study a fifth of all infants born in the state of West Virginia are born having been exposed by their mothers to drugs and alcohol all throughout the pregnancy.

Chicago Tribune (USA) - Purdue professor says alcohol ads are confusing
A Purdue University professor says people should pay attention to the messages behind those ubiquitous beer commercials during the Super Bowl.,0,247441.story

Healthcare Republic (UK) - Minimum alcohol pricing 'may gain support' after election
Minimum unit pricing for alcohol may gain political support after the election, an MP involved in the health select committee report on alcohol has argued.

Malaysia Star (Malaysia) - Hindu Sangam declares war on alcoholism
THE Malaysian Hindu Sangam has declared war on the alcoholism that is afflicting the younger generation, reported Tamil Nesan.

The Durango Herald - Healthy habits could prevent 40% of cancers, report says
About 40 percent of cancers could be prevented if people stopped smoking and overeating, limited their alcohol, exercised regularly and got vaccines targeting cancer-causing infections, experts say. - Genes may protect against alcohol issues
U.S. researchers say a pattern of genetic markers seems to protect against alcohol problems.

YLE News (Finland) - Finland Mulls Slashing Alcohol Limits for Drivers
This spring Justice Minister Tuija Brax and various government agencies are considering curbing drunken driving limits in a move to make roads safer. (Sweden) - Sweden tightens pilot drinking regs
The Swedish government says it is imposing tighter restrictions on pre-flight alcohol consumption among airline pilots and flight crews.

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