Monday, April 16, 2012

Alcohol News - 16/2012

MD News (Sweden) - Many Women Still Report Drinking During Pregnancy
Using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), Erika Comasco, Ph.D., from Uppsala University in Sweden, and colleagues collected data on alcohol consumption before and during pregnancy among 2,264 women from a Swedish antenatal clinic.
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Views and News from Norway (Norway) - Celebrities urged to stop drinking
State health authorities have enlisted the aid of well-known Norwegians to reduce alcohol consumption, by urging them to abstain from any wine, beer or liquor over a two-week period. Among those signing up are skiing star Vibeke Skofterud and the new head of the state police system, Øystein Mæland.
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BBC News (UK) - London Metropolitan University's alcohol-free zone plan
A London university is considering banning the sale of alcohol on parts of its campus. Professor Malcolm Gillies, the vice chancellor of London Metropolitan University, said "cultural sensitivity" was the reason behind the proposal.
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ABC Online (Australia) - Research finds alcohol policy an 'abject failure'
A survey of Darwin's homeless population, the so-called 'long grassers', has found about half drink almost every day and the median weekly quantity for men is nearly 91 drinks.
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The Daily meal - Researchers Discover Carcinogens in Alcoholic Beverages
Passionate wine drinkers are aware of the many substances found in their wines. Things like acids, tannins, and resveratrol float around in every glass. A new study has found that carcinogens can be found in those wines as well.
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Montreal Gazette (Canada) - Quebec’s zero-alcohol law for young drivers comes into effect
Starting Sunday, the “zero alcohol” rule for Quebec drivers age 21 and under comes into force, meaning that young motorists face an immediate three-month suspension of their licence if they’re found to have consumed even a drop of alcohol before getting behind the wheel.
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Marketing Week (EU) - EU-wide alcohol marketing rules planned
AB InBev, Bacardi, Brown-Forman, Carlsberg, Diageo, Heineken, Pernod Ricard and SAB Miller will work with the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) and national trade associations to establish and implement common standards on social media marketing and age appropriate advertising and scheduling in each of the 27 member states.
Read more (UK) - Middle-class children most likely to try alcohol by 12
More than one in three of those born in professional households had downed a full glass before reaching their teenage years, the statistics show.
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Sky News Australia (Australia) - Alcohol 'should carry clear warnings'
Alcohol bottles should carry clear labels warning women of the detrimental effect drinking can have on unborn babies, a parliamentary hearing has been told.
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New York Times (USA) - Indian Beer Bill Stalls; Industry Money Flows
Legislation in Nebraska that would curtail alcohol purchases to residents of a dry Indian reservation has stalled in a key committee whose members have received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the alcohol industry, according to state records.
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Adweek (USA) - FTC Broadens Study of Alcohol Advertising
For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission is requiring the major alcoholic beverage advertisers to detail their use of digital marketing and data collection practices.
Read more - Excessive Alcohol Consumption Linked to Oral Cancer
Believe it or not, your dentist can actually tell if you have problems with alcohol consumption. The regular dental checkups are recommended twice per year, and these will help maintaining proper oral health. Moreover, regular visits can help with oral cancer early detection and prevention.
Read more (EU/UK) - EU law may spike Cameron's alcohol price strategy
High-ranking Treasury officials have admitted that there are questions over the legality of David Cameron's plans for a minimum alcohol unit pricing policy, according to drinks industry sources.
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EurekAlert - Online tool estimates youth exposure to alcohol ads on radio
A new online tool from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health determines the extent of exposure to radio alcohol advertisements among young people ages 12 to 20 in 75 different media markets. This free and user-friendly tool is the first service to provide parents, health departments and other key audiences with access to customizable information on youth exposure to radio alcohol advertising.
Read more (Scotland) - Alcohol or drugs caused 835 house fires in Scotland
Alcohol or drugs contributed to 835 house fires in Scotland last year, according to statistics. Fire services across the country are urging people to be aware of the increased risks when drinking. Eleven people died and 248 were injured in such incidents last year.
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Easier (UK) - Alcohol and drug interventionists implement new 'McCann Model'
Sober Services Ltd, a private company that specialise in interventions and bespoke addiction recovery services, has announced a new intervention model, known as the 'McCann Model', that is aiding the recovery of addicts and alcoholics and dispelling the myth that addicts must reach a 'rock bottom' before the healing process can begin.
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7thSpace Interactive (WHO) - WHO Western Pacific regional meeting on reducing alcohol-related harm completed
Representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO) and countries in the Western Pacific met in Hong Kong from April 10 to 13 to discuss the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through reduction of alcohol-related harm.
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Russia Profile (Russia) - The Kremlin Moves to Ban Drinking While Traveling
Russia's love for booze took another hit this week, as the government moved to ban the sale of strong alcoholic beverages on passenger trains.
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