The facts about one of the most tragic, prevalent and yet preventable disorder that affects babies while still in the mother's womb; fetal alcohol syndrome. Watch it, comment, and spread the word, it might just save a life.
ABC News (USA) - MillerCoors Spent $520K Lobbying Gov't in 1Q
MillerCoors LLC spent $520,000 in the first quarter to lobby the government on advertising, alcohol and drug abuse and other matters, according to a recent disclosure report. http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=10476284
Daily Monitor (Uganda) - When African brewers ferment death
Since last month, contaminated alcohol has killed 89 Ugandans in Kabale and Kamwenge districts and left over 100 hospitalised. A fortnight ago, a lethal brew killed nine Kenyans in the Shauri Moyo section of Nairobi. http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/Insight/-/688338/905924/-/7u0ahd/-/
PhysOrg.com - Study finds high rates of at-risk drinking among elderly adults
A new study by researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has found that more than a third of drinkers 60 years old and older consume amounts of alcohol that are excessive or that are potentially harmful in combination with certain diseases they may have or medications they may be taking. http://www.physorg.com/news191478762.html
Wall Street Journal (EU) - Who Are Europe’s Biggest Binge Drinkers?
Who are the biggest binge drinkers in Europe? This is one competition that the British assume they would win. Not so, according to a new survey. The continent’s top binge drinkers are the Irish, Romanians, Germans and Austrians, says Eurobarometer, the European Union’s official public polling agency. http://blogs.wsj.com/brussels/2010/04/21/who-are-europes-biggest-binge-drinkers/
The Hindu - Alcohol consumption makes allergies worse
You may want to lay off alcohol for a while. Studies have found that alcohol can cause or worsen the common symptoms of asthma and hay fever, like sneezing, itching, headaches and coughing. http://beta.thehindu.com/sci-tech/article407268.ece
Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy - An exploratory study of the relationship between parental attitudes and behaviour and young people's consumption of alcohol
Parental monitoring and family closeness were positively correlated with one another and were both associated with significantly lower levels of drinking behaviours. Family violence and conflict, more liberal parental attitudes towards substance use and towards alcohol and petty crime, and family history of substance misuse were positively correlated with one another and with higher levels of drinking behaviours. http://www.substanceabusepolicy.com/content/pdf/1747-597x-5-6.pdf
Medical News Today (Australia) - Volumetric Alcohol Tax In Australia Is Cost-effective And Improves Health Gains A volumetric alcohol tax in Australia, which applies the same rate of tax per litre of alcohol across all beverages, would provide greater health benefits and cost savings to the health sector than the existing taxation system, according to research published in the Medical Journal of Australia. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/185867.php
Reuters - Fetal alcohol disorders common in Eastern Europe adoptees Many children adopted from Eastern European countries may have been exposed to damaging levels of alcohol in the womb, a new study suggests. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63C39X20100413
That seems to be a universal development and its probably related to alcopops which according to different research is especially attractive to girls. CAMY-s study back in 2004 found that girls saw a staggering 95 percent more magazine advertising for low-alcohol refreshers than legal-age women on a per capita basis in 2002. Exposure of underage youth to alcohol advertising in magazines declined between 2001 and 2002 in every category except low-alcohol refreshers, for which exposure to girls grew by a staggering 216 percent. Look for more from HERE
USA Today - Alcohol intake of friends, family impact your drinking habits
People who socialize with heavy drinkers are more likely to imbibe a bit too much themselves.
And the same holds true for teetotalers: Those who have non-drinking friends and relatives are more likely not to consume alcohol themselves, a new study found. http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-04-08-social-drinking_N.htm
Washington University in St. Louis News - Adolescent drinking adds to risk of breast disease, breast cancer
Girls and young women who drink alcohol increase their risk of benign (noncancerous) breast disease, says a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard University. Benign breast disease increases the risk for developing breast cancer. http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/20570.aspx
USA Today (USA) - Pediatricians group: Discourage teen drinking
Pediatricians need to work hard to discourage children and teens from drinking alcohol because it damages their developing brains, increases their risk of addiction and can cause accidents that lead to early death, a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics says. http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-04-12-teendrinking12_ST_N.htm
Minnesota Public Radio (USA) - A young man with a gun gives us all reason to learn about fetal alcohol syndrome
One might not think of a 14-year-old middle schooler as a child. But I am the adoptive mom of a young man, now 24 years old, who was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) at birth. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/12/soderstrom/
Reuters (USA) - Manila blocks US request for WTO alcohol tax probe
The Philippines blocked on Thursday a U.S. request for a World Trade Organisation panel to investigate its alcohol taxes that Washington says discriminate against Jack Daniel's, Jim Beam and other American brands. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE63614T20100408
Deutsche Welle (Germany) - Germans drink too much, new study says
Most people consider Germany the land of bratwurst and beer, but continued high consumption of alcohol has many worried. Extreme addiction to medication is also troubling, especially among seniors, a new study says. http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,5444002,00.html
Chronicle of Higher Education (France) - France's Solution to 'le Binge Drinking'
American college students rallied last week to advocate marijuana as a safer alternative to alcohol on their campuses. In France, a new government report proposes a different solution to the problem of binge drinking among students: campus wine tastings in university canteens. http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Frances-Solution-to-le-Binge/22338/
TopNews Singapore (Australia) - Restrictions Imposed on Junk Food and Alcohol Advertising The health authorities called for restrictions on fast food as well as alcohol advertising in order to make the people more aware of the obesity epidemic. More than 60% of adults and 25% of children are obese in Australia, thus making it the one of the most overweight nations in the world. http://topnews.com.sg/content/21224-restrictions-imposed-junk-food-and-alcohol-advertising fnbnews.com (India) - Alcohol industry growing amidst plenty of problems With nothing much in the recently announced annual Budget 2010-11, the Indian alcohol industry remains slow paced with various problems. Today, the industry seeks urgent aid from the government and nodal authorities to fix up the ongoing problems. http://www.fnbnews.com/article/detnews.asp?articleid=27310§ionid=11
MyStateline.com (USA) - 'Stick 'em Up' Against Selling Alcohol to Minors Local residents are 'stickin 'em up' against selling alcohol to minors. To kick off April as alcohol awareness month, thousands of liquor stores across the state are participating in Sticker Shock Day. http://mystateline.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=150215
BBC News (UK) - Hospitals urged to offer advice to 'alcohol injured' Hospital staff are being urged to offer advice on reducing drinking levels to people with alcohol-related injuries when they receive follow-up treatment. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8599878.stm
Pricing policies can alter drinking behavior, thus reducing the health consequences and healthcare costs associated with overindulging, according to an analysis published online ahead of print in The Lancet.