Monday, March 7, 2011

Alcohol News 10/2011

University Post (Denmark) - Asians feel pressure to drink
For Asian students in Denmark, saying no to alcohol is not always easy. Refraining can lead to an ‘interrogation’, says Pakistani student. The Northern European culture of binge drinking can lead to uncomfortable situations for students from parts of the world where alcohol plays a smaller role in social events.
Helsinkin Sanomat (Finland) - Political gulf kills off legislative initiative on restrictions on alcohol advertising
Much as predicted, the Finnish government will not produce a legislative proposal to impose restrictions on image advertising of alcoholic beverages during the current term of office.
Denmark.dk (Denmark) - Sin tax gets strong public support
Higher fees on cigarettes, booze and junk food would lead to rise in smuggling and cross-border shopping. Duties on cigarettes, booze and unhealthy food are too low, say most Danes, according to Epinion/DR poll.
Yahoo! News (USA) - Law Would Lower Drinking Age on Military Bases
During a hearing among lawmakers this week with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Representative Jack Kingston (R) Georgia, brought up the topic of allowing 18-year-old service members to be allowed to drink on military bases.
BBC News (UK) - Supermarkets urged to keep alcohol separate
Alcohol should be kept away from food and soft drinks in supermarkets, according to a campaign group.
EmpowHer - Low to Moderate Alcohol Use Boosts Cancer Risk
Having a glass of wine might be good for your heart, but even low-to-moderate alcohol consumption could be raising your risk for several cancer types and other serious illness.
Montreal Gazette (Israel) - Vitamin A could curb fetal-alcohol effects: Israeli research
It's too early to call it a cure, but plain old vitamin A could curb the devastating effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. New research by an Israeli scientist suggests vitamin A could act almost like an antidote to the effects of alcohol on very early embryos during the critical development of the head and central nervous system. That's when the worst effects of FASD start.
Daily Mail - Binge-drinking is in the genes: Scientists isolate brain chemical that makes us crave alcohol
It has long been believed that alcoholism runs in the family - now scientists have pinpointed why. They have identified a binge-drinking gene, offering new hope in combating the growing social problem, it was revealed today.
UPI.com (Canada) - Neighborhood type affects male alcohol use
Men living in poorer areas tend to drink more alcohol than men living in affluence but women drink about the same in either location, a Canadian study suggests.
The Citizen Daily (Tanzania) - Govt launches drive against alcohol abuse
Tanzania yesterday launched a nationwide campaign to tackle excessive drinking.The government’s initiative against irresponsible drinking has the backing of local brewers and is supported by international organisations with the United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) being its major financier.
Malaysia Star (Malaysia) - Kelantan assembly: Storm brews over gambling and alcohol
State opposition leader Datuk Md Alwi Che Ahmad had a heated argument with State Local Government, Culture, Arts and Tourism committee chairman Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan over alcohol and gambling.
The Guardian (UK) - There is no such thing as a safe level of alcohol consumption
Last week I attended a discussion group chaired by the Observer's health correspondent Denis Campbell where one of the other experts, a public health doctor, asserted that alcohol should be treated differently from tobacco (and by inference other drugs) because there is no safe dose of tobacco whereas alcohol is safe until a person's drinking gets to "unsafe" levels.
thenews.pl (Poland) - Alcohol to vanish from petrol stations?
In an effort to reduce the number of drink-driving incidents on Polish roads, a bill forbidding the sale of alcohol at petrol stations has been proposed by a senatorial group from across the political spectrum.
PhysOrg.com - Parents important for keeping adolescents off alcohol
Parents who are both present and engaged are the very best way of preventing teenagers from consuming large quantities of alcohol. Adolescents who smoke, stay out with their friends and have access to alcohol - from their parents, for example - when they are as young as 13 are at greater risk of becoming binge drinkers in their late teens, reveals a new thesis from Karolinska Institutet.
BusinessWings (UK) - Booze is favourite midweek hobby for UK workers
Research revealed a stressful day at work leaves the typical adult reaching into the fridge for a cold alcoholic beverage just an hour and 25 minutes after arriving home.
PR-USA.net (USA) - Study Finds Mandatory Alcohol Testing for Truck Drivers Has Paid Off
A study conducted by researchers at Columbia University found that mandatory alcohol testing of motor carrier drivers has resulted in a significant decrease in fatal crashes involving truck, bus and other commercial drivers and alcohol use. The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
TODAYonline (Singapore) - Early action against alcohol addiction
Viewing alcoholism as a simmering issue, some community groups are not waiting and are tackling the problem now. They are diagnosing patients with alcohol-related disorders, doubling meetings for alcoholics and calling for more attention to be devoted to fighting alcohol addiction here.

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