Monday, December 13, 2010

Alcohol News - 50/2010

BNN News (Lithuania) - Lithuania lowers excise tax on alcohol
The Lithuanian Parliament has supported the reduction of excise tax on alcohol by 27.5%. The new tariff will enter into force on January 1, next year.
Read more - Alcohol and Drugs in Norway 2010
This publication presents a selection of statistics related to alcohol and other substances. The National Institute for Drug and Alcohol Research (SIRUS) obtain the data from public statistics and our own studies. This is twenty-second edition of Alcohol and Drugs in Norway.
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UmeƄ University (Sweden) - Social marketing design and evaluation of responsible drinking: A case study of the Swedish organization IQ-initiativet AB
The field of marketing does not only consist of traditional marketing and the focus on promoting products and services to increase sales. In recent years a new branch within the marketing field has been established with the focus of promoting behaviours that will benefit the individual and the society as a whole; social marketing. Our purpose with this paper is not only to introduce the reader to social marketing but to describe and explain how social marketing campaigns are created and how the campaigns can be evaluated.
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URA-Inform (Ukraine/Estonia) - Ukraine bypassed Estonia on mortality rates from alcoholism
Ukraine has the second highest death rate from alcohol abuse (including alcoholic psychosis) in the whole WHO European Region and gives primacy only in Estonia.
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For the first time in the European Parliament, the MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) interest group hosted a meeting to evaluate the cancer hazards of alcoholic beverages, and the potential impact of this knowledge on alcohol-related policy in order to address concerns over a lack of public awareness about the carcinogenicity of alcohol.
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BusinessWeek (USA) - 40 Million in U.S. Driving Drunk or Drugged
Despite massive efforts to curb drunk driving, some 30 million Americans are driving drunk and another 10 million are driving drugged each year, federal officials report.
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The Daily Princetonian (USA) - Lower legal age would not curb binge drinking, study says
A new research study challenges the idea that lowering the legal drinking age from 21 to 18 will help lower binge drinking on college campuses.
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WalesOnline (Wales) - Hospital alcohol admissions highest for a decade
THE number of people admitted to hospital with an alcohol-related health problem in Wales has reached a 10-year high.
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ABC News (Australia) - Dry areas just send grog trouble elsewhere: study
Controls on price, trading hours and the number of alcohol outlets are among the most effective strategies for reducing alcohol harm in Indigenous communities, a report from the National Drug Research Institute says.
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Daily Nation (Kenya) - Alcohol law all set to limit drinking hours
Kenyans should not expect their local pubs to operate round the clock this festive season as the regulations of the alcohol law may be published in a week.
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Sify (China) - Alcohol ups risk of coronary artery disease in Chinese men
A Chinese study has suggested that moderate-to-heavy alcohol consumption increases angiographically significant coronary artery disease.
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EASL (Europe) - Liver experts’ consensus: European citizens are drinking themselves to death
New research and measures to tackle societal alcohol consumption are to be announced at liver disease conference Athens, Greece, Saturday 11th December 2010: Europe is failing to deal with the life-threatening effects of excessive and regular alcohol consumption on its citizens’ health.
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Vancouver Sun (Canada) - Quebec drops plan to lower blood-alcohol level for drivers
The Quebec government caved in to popular resistance and political opposition Monday by dropping a measure to lower its legal blood-alcohol level for drivers.
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DI-VE (Malta) - Maltese alcohol consumption lowest in EU, report maintains
Malta has the lowest rate of alcohol consumption in the EU, and the lowest proportion of 15-year-old who have been drunk, a European report claims.
Read more (EU) - WHO: Europe has heart lifestyle issues
About 4 million people die annually in Europe from cardiovascular disease attributed to lifestyle rather than underlying medical conditions, a researcher says. Dr. Lars Moller of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe says public awareness and education campaigns have not succeeded in reducing cardiovascular disease.
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OECD (EU) - Health at a Glance: Europe 2010
This special edition of Health at a Glance focuses on health issues across the 27 European Union member states, three European Free Trade Association countries (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) and Turkey. It gives readers a better understanding of the factors that affect the health of populations and the performance of health systems in these countries.
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HGV UK (EU) - European police issue drink drive warning
Police officers across Europe will be running their one-week campaign to mount a crackdown on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs. The European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) is again warning drivers of the dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol, or drugs, or a combination of the two.
Read more (Spain) - Spaniards Use Less Cocaine, but Get More Drunk
A study indicates that alcohol and tobacco consumption in Spain are lower than 3 years ago. It also shows that drug usage went down for the first time.
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Washington Post (USA) - Experts debate merit of making drinking age 21
What role does the 21-year-old drinking age play in the phenomenon of young adults bingeing on alcohol? This has become a fiercely debated topic in the past few years.
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