Monday, August 15, 2011

Alcohol News - 33/2011

IceNews (Iceland) - Icelandic bars want cheaper beer and wine
The Association of Icelandic Pub Owners has called on the government to provide bars and restaurants with wine and beer at lower-than-retail prices in order to provide their customers with better prices.
YLE News (Finland) - Scanners could reveal contraband on interstate rail services
The Finnish Customs and Finnish State Railways (VR) are planning closer inspection of express train services between Finland and Russia. A scanning of an entire train was tested for the first time in Helsinki on Tuesday.
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biceps.org (Estonia) - Optimal alcohol taxation: simulation results for Estonia
The aim of this paper is to empirically estimate the optimal level of alcohol taxes for Estonia on externality as well as fiscal grounds. For this purpose, a static general-equilibrium model with a representative agent was used.
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The Independent - Long work hours linked to alcohol abuse: study
Long working hours can more than triple the risk of alcohol abuse and addiction, New Zealand research has found.
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Essex County Standard (UK) - Trust steps up battle against binge drinking
A HEALTH trust is sending staff into hospital to battle binge drinking. An alcohol liaison nurse and a health worker are to be stationed at Colchester General Hospital to deal with people admitted with alcohol-related illnesses.
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UPI.com (USA) - Retail liability may reduce alcohol deaths
U.S. researchers say deaths, homicides and injuries drop when retail alcohol establishments are liable for injuries from their intoxicated customers or minors.
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Wall Street Journal (USA) - Schumer: Feds move to speed wine bottle labelling
Sen. Charles Schumer says the federal government is taking an important step to simplify the process of approving labels for New York wines.
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Private Healthcare UK (UK) - Alcohol abuse 'puts children at risk'
An expert has stressed the importance of tackling alcoholism as swiftly as possible, pointing out that years of abuse can take a heavy toll on entire families as well as individual addicts.
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Ghana News Agency (Ghana) - Psychiatrist says alcohol should be declared health hazard
Dr Eugene Dordoye, a psychiatrist with the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has suggested that alcohol should be declared a public health hazard.
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Focus News (Bulgaria) - Bulgaria to follow the example of Turkey in reducing alcohol tourism industry
Alcohol tourism affects the image of Bulgaria as a tourist destination and therefore it should be taken serious measures. That is what Assoc. Prof. Stoyan Marinov, board member of the Varna Chamber of Tourism said for  Radio FOCUS Varna.
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Keremeos Review (Canada) - Regional district committee discuss prohibition of alcohol at firehalls
The regional district board’s Protective Services Committee meeting discussed alcohol storage and consumption at regional fire halls at last Thursday’s committee meeting in Penticton.
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Prague Daily Monitor (Czech Republic) - HN: Czechs drink less alcohol than EU statistics show
Czechs drink much less alcohol than the EU statistics show, the daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) writes yesterday, referring to data from Czech producers of alcoholic beverages.
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NACS Online (UK) - Britain to Lower Taxes on Low-Alcohol Beer
The British government will be lowering the excise tax for low-alcohol beer (2.8 percent or less alcohol) by 50-percent beginning in October, a move that is prompting brewers to begin modifying their recipes, CBC News reports.
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Voice of America (Zimbabwe) - Zimbabwean Ministers Disown Proposed Tougher Alcohol Sales Policy
Ministers from all three governing parties said there are many issues needing more urgent attention than regulating alcohol without clear research showing its consumption is a serious national problem.
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MedPage Today - Booze a Bad Mix With Poor Impulse Control
In a long-running, prospective cohort study among people seeking help for alcohol-related problems, those with poor impulse control had an increased risk of dying, according to Daniel Blonigen, PhD, and colleagues at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif.
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The Nation Newspaper (Nigeria) - More youths into drugs, more women into alcohol, says Dr. Erinfolami
Dr. Rasheed Adebayo Erinfolami is a consultant psychiatrist at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and lecturer at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos.  He told Olukayode Thomas that more Nigerians are coming to the hospital for treatment for drugs-related sickness.
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Voxy (New Zealand) - Wrong time to take eye off the ball on alcohol – Labour
Plans by the Government to bury the country's alcohol watchdog within a new "health promotional agency" are at odds with all the advice coming from the coalface, Labour's Health Spokespeople Grant Robertson and Iain Lees-Galloway say.
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Jewish Tribune (USA) - Universities team up for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder research
The University of Manitoba has teamed up with Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Manitoba government to support a new research collaboration to address fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
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Herald Sun (Australia) - Average age of female drunks needing help is 36
BINGE drinking women are more than twice as unlikely as men to have curbed their boozing in the past year. It is not just girls drinking themselves into hospital, with the average age of drunks needing help 36.
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Business Insider (Ireland) - Ireland's Drinking Culture Isn't Romantic, It's Deadly
WE LOVE TO talk about Ireland’s alcohol culture – it allows us to speculate about how we drink and why we drink, without ever actually doing anything about it.
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DutchNews.nl (Netherlands) - Dutch teens drink, but don't fight
Dutch teenagers are heavy drinkers in European terms but less likely to get into drink-related fights, according to new research published in Criminology magazine.
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