Monday, January 24, 2011

Alcohol News - 4/2011

The Telegraph (Denmark) - Why is Denmark the cancer capital of the world?
One reason why Danish people seem to be particularly susceptible to cancer is that its record of diagnosing the disease is so good, meaning that more cases are picked up by the country's doctors than in most other parts of the world. But there are also lifestyle factors which could be having an influence on the figures reported by the World Cancer Research Fund from the World Health Organisation.
Radio Sweden (Sweden) - Criticism of motorist alcohol devices
Sweden has a programme where people convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol can keep their licences, if they agree to having an ignition interlock device in their car for two years. Motorists have to blow into a tube in the device, which then is supposed to measure their alcohol level.
Helsinki Times (Finland) - Finland's Risikko not to push for curbs on image alcohol ads
Paula Risikko (cons), the health and social services minister, does not intend to pursue a ban on image-based alcohol advertising, the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) reported Friday. (Finland) - Alcohol Now Plagues Youth and Pensioners
The young and the elderly now receive treatment for illnesses caused by alcohol in greater numbers than before. However, alcohol-related ailments still strike middle-aged men most frequently, says a report by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - NSW police warn about alcohol crime
NSW police have issued a stern warning about alcohol-related crime on Australia Day after a string of violent attacks on officers.
USA Today (USA) - Alcohol industry grapples with nutrition labeling
"In the year 2011, it's sort of bizarre that alcohol's the only consumable product sold in the United States that you can't tell what's inside the bottle," says Guy Smith, executive vice president in North America for Diageo, the world's leading distilled spirits, beer and wine company. (Canada) - Debate over combat sports, alcohol sales re-emerge
Now that plans to hold mixed martial arts fights at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre have been scrapped, the issue of allowing alcohol sales at these events has re-emerged.
BusinessWeek (China) - New Clue to How Chinese Remedy Curbs Drinking
Taking kudzu root extract to curb drinking leads to an increase in blood ethanol levels, which might lessen the desire for more alcohol, researchers report.
Opposing Views - New Study: Alcohol Damages Memory
A study in the June issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research uses Internet-based technology to find that heavy alcohol consumption has a negative impact on day-to-day memory. (UK) - Price of pint of beer 'to go up by 30p'
The price of a pint of beer could rise by as much as 30p as spiralling costs come to a head, experts predicted today.
Newsweek (Turkey) - Turkey’s Teetotalers
The founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, was so fond of raki that he died of liver disease. But alcohol is becoming the latest battleground in Turkey’s culture wars. New regulations introduced this month by the conservative, Islamic-leaning AK Party government have caused a storm of protest from the imbibing elite.
The Guardian (UK) - On alcohol pricing, the coalition should learn from Scotland's experience
The news that the coalition intends to set a minimum price for alcohol will come as some surprise north of the border, where, for some, the wee dram has been replaced by a much cheaper can of strong cider – resulting in the fastest rising rate of liver disease in the world.
Vancouver Sun (Canada) - Study says alcohol problems in B.C. linked to rise in private liquor stores
Alcohol-related deaths and alcohol consumption appear to be going up in British Columbia along with the number of private liquor stores, a University of Victoria study released Tuesday says.
MedPage Today - Afib Risk Rises With Alcohol Intake
Although drinking moderate amounts of alcohol is believed to have cardiovascular benefits, it may also increase the risk of atrial fibrillation, a meta-analysis showed.
BusinessWeek (Netherlands) - Genetics Could Play Role in Teen Drinking
Researchers collected DNA from 282 teens in the Netherlands who had consumed alcohol at least once in their lives. The teens were also asked about their reasons for drinking and the degree of alcohol-related problems they had experienced.
Daily Mail - How those Friday night glasses of wine could be quietly killing you
Are you one of the many who try not to drink alcohol during the week, but save it for the weekend? No doubt you think it helps you function better — surely it’s also healthier than drinking daily.
Irish Independent - Cigarettes and alcohol blamed for men dying younger
A new report has unlocked the mystery of why men die so much younger than women - and smoking and drinking habits are two of the biggest culprits.

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