Monday, February 14, 2011

Alcohol News - 7/2011

Views and News from Norway (Norway) - Alcohol sales brewing on the farm
Norway’s farmer-friendly Center Party (Senterpartiet, Sp) has decided to try to get its other government partners to allow sales of alcoholic beverages, including spirits, straight off the farms that produce them.
MedIndia (Finland) - Link Between Sweet Taste and Alcohol
Alcoholics who have liking for sweetness are more likely to get away with alcohol consumption with the aid of a common drug , revealed in a study. David Sinclair and colleagues at the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki, Finland, asked 78 study subjects with alcohol dependence who had taken the drug recently to rate their preference for sugar solutions.
Bird&Bird (Sweden) - Will the Swedish alcohol monopoly soon face local competition?
It finally looks like the deeply rooted Swedish liquor monopoly, Systembolaget, will face some competition after almost 60 years of state sanctioned monopoly. According to a Government Report, producers of alcoholic beverages may obtain the right to sell alcohol directly to the consumer from their own premises - an arrangement simply labeled “yard sales” in translation, or “gårdsförsäljning” in Swedish.
Stockholm News (Sweden) - More alcohol smuggling from Germany
The private import of alcohol from Denmark and Germany is increasing and this is also the case for the illegal resale of alcohol according to the Swedish border customs.
The Baltic Course (Lithuania) - Lithuania's abbots slam monk Svyturys-Utenos beer ad
Catholic monks in Lithuania are up in arms over a beer advert depicting their brethren raising glasses, saying it tarnishes their image and could encourage a boozy lifestyle.
Medical News Today - WHO Study: Alcohol Is International Number One Killer, AIDS Second
Today the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that alcohol is to blame for just about 4% of, or 2.5 million deaths worldwide annually. Alcohol attributable injuries are of a growing concern to the public health community, with alcohol-related injuries such as road traffic accidents, burns, poisonings, falls and drownings making up more than a third of the disease burden attributable to alcohol consumption.
The State (USA) - House bans sale of canned drinks that mix alcohol and caffeine
S.C. House lawmakers Wednesday approved banning Four Loko and other canned drinks that combine alcohol and caffeine.
Barents Observer (Russia) - Every fifth Russian man dies of alcohol
The Russians drink an average of 15,76 liters of pure alcohol every year, which makes them the fourth most drinking country in the world, a new report from the World Health Organization reads.
NECN (USA) - RAND group to study SD's 24/7 program
Attorney General Marty Jackley said the RAND Corporation will study the effectiveness of the state's 24/7 Sobriety Program.
EurekAlert - Moderate-to-heavy alcohol intake may increase risk of atrial fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm). Its name comes from the fibrillating (i.e., quivering) of the heart muscles of the atria, instead of a coordinated contraction. The result is an irregular heartbeat, which may occur in episodes lasting from minutes to weeks, or it could occur all the time for years. Atrial fibrillation alone is not in itself generally life-threatening, but it may result in palpitations, fainting, chest pain, or congestive heart failure.
Examiner.com - Gulf Operation toxins could increase Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Gulf Coast pregnant women abstaining from alcohol to prevent Fetal Alcohol Syndrome might find their unborn babies are at risk of the disability due to Corexit that has been sprayed along with crude according to public health experts this week.
BBC News (UK) - Drunk A&E patients 'should pay' for hospital treatment
Drunk people should pay for the treatment they receive at accident and emergency units, a patients' group has said.
TVNZ (New Zealand) - Fresh call for alcohol sponsorship ban
The days of alcohol sponsorship of sport could well be numbered, a conference has been told.
TheMedGuru (Australia) - More kids in Australia becoming alcohol addicts
Alcohol addiction among Australian kids is getting out of control, necessitating treatment for kids as young as 10 years.
WalesOnline (Wales) - Alcohol watchdog calls for ban on drinks sport sponsorship
A REPORT has today called for the end of sports sponsorship by alcohol companies to stop young people becoming tomorrow’s problem drinkers.
Times LIVE (South Africa) - Zuma calls for action against substance abuse
President Jacob Zuma has called for "concerted action" to deal with the abuse of alcohol and drugs in Mitchells Plain. Zuma said in a speech at the Sultan Bahu Treatment Centre in Mitchells Plain on Tuesday that he was concerned that the abuse of alcohol and drugs was becoming a fashionable part of the lives of "some" children.
TopNews United States (Italy) - Alcohol And Drug Intake Triggers Unsatisfied Sex Among Italian Youth
As per the findings of a new survey, conducted by Sigo, a Roman organization for gynaecology and obstetrics, no less than 29% of young males and 35% of their fellow females are leading an unsatisfied sexual life.
7thSpace Interactive - Developing a method to derive alcohol-attributable fractions for HIV/AIDS mortality based on alcohol's impact on adherence to antiretroviral medication
Alcohol consumption is causally linked to nonadherence to antiretroviral treatment that in turn causes an increase in HIV/AIDS mortality. This article presents a method to calculate the percentage of HIV/AIDS deaths attributable to alcohol consumption and the associated uncertainty.
ABC Online (Australia) - Alcohol bans linked to lower STD rate
A new study in Western Australia has established for the first time a clear link between alcohol restrictions and a decrease in the level of sexually transmitted disease.
Herald Scotland (Scotland) - One in 12 young Scotsmen in trouble linked to alcohol
SHOCKING new figures show the number of young Scots reprimanded by police for drinking has reached a record high.
Addiction - ALCOHOL MARKETING RESEARCH AGENDA—LET US LOOK AT HOW THE INDUSTRY MAINTAINS ITS HEGEMONY
The paper by Meier and colleagues makes an important contribution to the alcohol policy research field [1]. There is a clear elucidation of some key research questions, the answers to which will allow for more informed discussion of alcohol marketing policy. It also contributes an excellent overview of the research evidence on mechanisms by which advertising has its effects and critique of some earlier alcohol marketing research.

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