Monday, April 12, 2010

Alcohol News - 15/2010

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

ABC Online (Australia) - Alcohol bans in remote communities supported
The Shire of Derby West Kimberley has signalled its support for alcohol bans in two remote communities in the Fitzroy Valley.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/04/12/2869910.htm

Boston Globe - Drinking spreads in social networks
Social networks can be powerful, influencing such important health behaviors as gaining weight or quitting smoking, Harvard researchers have reported in a series of studies.
http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2010/04/12/how_social_networks_influence_drinkers/

AHN (UK) - Report: Expensive Health Campaigns Fail To Curb Britons’ Excessive Eating, Drinking
A report by independent British health charity the King’s Fund assesses the performance of the government’s National Health Service to guide voters about to cast their ballot on May 6 for the next government.
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7018372398?Report:%20Expensive%20Health%20Campaigns%20Fail%20To%20Curb%20Britons%E2%80%99%20Excessive%20Eating,%20Drinking

WalesOnline (Wales) - Call for ban on alcohol promotions as price influences drinking
CUT-price alcohol promotions and glossy adverts are encouraging students to drink more, research has found.
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/health-news/2010/04/12/call-for-ban-on-alcohol-promotions-as-price-influences-drinking-91466-26224411/

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/

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Drink-driving alcohol reading will not be lowered in NSW
The NSW government has no plans to lower the drink-driving blood alcohol limit from 0.05 to 0.02, the transport minister says.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/drinkdriving-alcohol-reading-will-not-be-lowered-in-nsw-20100411-s0p1.html

mad.co.uk (UK) - Report calls for stronger Gov’t action on obesity, alcohol abuse
The next Government should consider “strong” state intervention on pricing and the availability of alcohol and “unhealthy” foods when developing its future strategy to tackle misuse and obesity, according to a health charity.
http://www.mad.co.uk/Main/News/Articlex/7165e15978c74f108733e8bcde01f2ac/Report-calls-for-stronger-Gov’t-action-on-obesity,-alcohol-abuse.html

Daily News & Analysis - Sleepless children prone to drugs, alcohol in adulthood
Children who don't sleep well at night are more likely to develop drug and alcohol problems as adults, a study says.
http://www.dnaindia.com/lifestyle/report_sleepless-children-prone-to-drugs-alcohol-in-adulthood_1369161

HealthJockey.com - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and epilepsy might be connected
Children suffering from the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) may be prone to developing epilepsy and seizures, suggests study conducted at Queens University.
http://www.healthjockey.com/2010/04/12/fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder-and-epilepsy-might-be-connected/

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

National Business Review (New Zealand) - Advocacy group joins call for lower blood alcohol level
The Alcohol Healthwatch group has joined those calling for a lowering of the blood alcohol limit.
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/advocacy-group-joins-call-lower-blood-alcohol-level-121234

Economist (Europe) - Rolling away the barrel
ACROSS Europe, economies are stagnating and unemployment is climbing. Reason enough, you might think, to hit the bottle. Europeans put away over nine litres of alcohol a year per person, twice the global average.
http://www.economist.com/world/europe/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15868581

Helsingin Sanomat (Finland) - Up north, the cross-border trade in butter has turned into booze rallies
”For only 14 euros I got a large bag of beer”, says Raimo Vittaniemi from Oulu, carrying his purchases in front of Systembolaget, the Swedish equivalent of the Finnish state liquor monopoly Alko.
http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Up++north+the+cross-border+trade+in+butter+has+turned+into+booze+rallies+/1135256036456

Inverness Courier (Scotland) - Health director shocked at high level of alcohol problems
A NEW health chief for the region is giving her backing to controversial measures proposed by the Scottish Government to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol.
http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/12074/Health_director_shocked_at_high_level_of_alcohol_problems.html

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/

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