Sunday, March 25, 2012

Alcohol News - 13/2012


Reuters (UK) - Britain plans minimum alcohol price to curb binge drinking
Britain plans to introduce a minimum price for the sale of alcohol in England and Wales as part of an initiative to clamp down on binge drinking and anti-social behavior, which has become a major problem in many town centres across the country.
The Guardian (UK) - Alcohol abuse contributes to big rise in deaths from liver disease
Heavy drinking is a major cause of a 25% increase in deaths from liver disease in England in under a decade, according to the government's specialist NHS unit on terminal care.
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U.S. News & World Report (USA) - Caring Teachers May Help Keep Kids From Trying Alcohol, Drugs
The connections youth have with their teachers may help prevent kids from experimenting with alcohol and drugs at an early age, a new study suggests.
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The Guardian (UK) - How Lansley and drinks industry lined up against alcohol pricing moves
Just hours after the revelation that alcohol has fuelled a 25% increase in liver deaths in the past decade, Downing Street has finally given health experts what they have long clamoured for – and what health secretary Andrew Lansley has resisted – a minimum price per unit.
RT (Russia) - Strasbourg to review Russia’s alcohol zero-tolerance
Russia's anti-drink-driving law has become subject to review in the European Court of Human Rights. This comes as Strasbourg has received a number of complaints since 2010, when Russia adopted its zero-tolerance stance.
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Sky News (UK) - Police Chief Wants Curb On Alcohol Adverts
One of Britain's most senior police officers has called for a daytime ban on alcohol advertising on TV and in cinemas.
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Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Kiwi kids 'marinating in alcohol'
At-risk young New Zealanders are growing up in lives "marinating in alcohol", a leading paediatrician says. Speaking at the Babies, Children and Alcohol conference at Te Papa this morning, Dr Nick Baker said children who were exposed to alcohol in the womb and while growing up had the odds stacked against them.
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Irish Examiner (Ireland) - More children in care over parents’ alcohol abuse
More and more children are being taken into care due to families’ problems with drugs and alcohol addiction, according to the Frances Fitzgerald, the children’s minister.
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CBC.ca (Canada) - Alcohol major factor in many northern deaths, coroner says
Addictions and mental health issues are almost always factors in the deaths investigated by the Northwest Territories’ chief coroner, she says.
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Kyiv Post (Ukraine) - Kyiv: New Stag Party Capital Of World?
After taking over Prague and Riga, organized stag parties are attracting growing crowds of raucous young men further east to Ukraine with the promise of cheap entertainment, alcohol – and, of course, beautiful women.           
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New Zealand Doctor Online (New Zealand) - Foetal alcohol syndrome one price of booze culture
Foetal alcohol syndrome disorders damage lives forever, speakers reminded the attendees at today's Alcohol Action conference in Wellington.
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Scotsman (Scotland) - Dr Evelyn Gillan: Time to lift our national alcohol burden
For a long time, it appeared that Westminster would not be following Scotland’s lead in introducing minimum unit pricing, favouring instead a ban on below-cost selling.
The Local (France) - TV ads to tackle 'le binge drinking'
A rise in the number of young people getting drunk has prompted the government to commission a series of adverts to tackle the problem.
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