Monday, May 21, 2012

Alcohol News - 21/2012


ERR News (Estonia) - Estonians Drank More Booze in 2011
Alcohol consumption increased in Estonia by 11 percent in 2011, compared to the year before, due to rising income and decreasing unemployment, according to a study by TNS Emor.
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New York Daily News (Scotland) - Scotland sets minimum alcohol price?
The Scottish government set out a minimum price for alcohol Monday, saying too many Scots were "drinking themselves to death" and it was time to tackle the country's relationship with booze.
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NBC New York (USA) - LIRR Alcohol Ban on Overnight Trains Goes into Effect This Weekend
Starting this weekend, the Long Island Rail Road is banning alcohol on overnight weekend trains out of Penn Station. The pilot program is an effort to curb disorderly passengers and attacks on train crew members.
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The Moscow Times (Russia) - Russian Olympians Will Stay Dry in London
Members of Russia's official Olympic delegation to London will find their summer a bit drier than usual. Alcoholic drinks will be banned at any event organized by the Russian delegation in which  athletes or delegation officials participate, Kommersant reported, citing information from the minutes of a meeting led by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, the official in charge of the team's trip to London.
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Voice of America (USA) - Music Industry Addresses Drug, Alcohol Problems
The drug-related deaths of popular entertainers like Whitney Houston have focused attention on drug and alcohol abuse, both inside and outside the entertainment industry.   Celebrities may be at special risk, but some in the industry say they are addressing the problem.
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Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Alcohol-related visits to ED up sharply
The number of patients visiting the Southland Hospital's emergency department for alcohol-related injuries has almost doubled in the past three years.
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EurekAlert - On-premise alcohol outlets have stronger links to crime than off-premise alcohol outlets
Prior research has shown that neighborhoods with higher densities of alcohol outlets are more likely to have higher rates of violent crimes. This study examined the effects of different types of alcohol outlets – on-premise such as bars and restaurants, and off-premise such as liquor and convenience stories – on four different categories of crime in urban neighborhoods. Results show a stronger relationship between density of outlets and crime for on- than off-premise outlets.
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Daily Mail (UK) - One in eight deaths before retirement is caused by alcohol, study finds
One in eight deaths of UK adults under the age of 64 is caused by alcohol, an international conference on tackling problem drinking has heard.
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BusinessWeek (Turkey) - Turkish Province Starts Fining Public Alcohol Use, Milliyet Says
A central Turkish province started fining people for public consumption and sale of alcohol, saying drinking in open spaces and vehicles is causing unwanted situations, Milliyet reported.
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Irish Times (Ireland) - Minister to end alcohol sponsorship of sports
ALCOHOL SPONSORSHIP of sports events is to be ended, Minister of State for Health Róisín Shortall has pledged. “I am committed to phasing that out over a reasonable period of time,” she said in the Dáil. There is “no room for ambivalence in our approach”.
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EurekAlert - Examining adaptive abilities in children with prenatal alcohol exposure and/or ADHD
Prenatal exposure to alcohol often results in disruption to the brain's cognitive and behavioral domains, which include executive function (EF) and adaptive functioning. A study of these domains in children with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), non-exposed children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and children without PAE or ADHD has found that, despite similarities in the relation between EF and adaptive abilities among children with ADHD or PAE, the patterns of abilities in these children were different.
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Independent Online (South Africa) - ‘Put graphic images on alcohol’
The planned use of graphic images on cigarette packs to show the effects of tobacco should be extended to alcohol products as it is more cancerous than tobacco, says the SA Dental Association (Sada).
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Science Codex - Resiliency during early teen years can protect against later alcohol/drug use
Resiliency is a measure of a person's ability to flexibly adapt their behaviors to fit the surroundings in which they find themselves. Low resiliency during childhood has been linked to later alcohol/drug problems during the teenage years. A new study has examined brain function and connectivity to assess linkages between resiliency and working memory, finding that higher resiliency may be protective against later alcohol/drug use.
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The Australian (Australia) - Minister moves to end remote alcohol bans
QUEENSLAND Indigenous Affairs Minister Glen Elmes has declared prohibition does not work, in the strongest indication yet that he will scrap the total alcohol bans in eight of the state's 19 Aboriginal communities.
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stv.tv (Scotland) - Tories seek European legal challenge to Alcohol Minimum Pricing Bill
The Tories are urging legal action against minimum alcohol pricing, despite supporting the Scottish Government plan.
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OnMedica (EU) - Ban alcohol adverts across Europe, urges alliance of experts
Alcohol advertising should be banned in Europe in a bid to drive down excess boozing and associated ill health across the continent, concludes an alliance of experts in a new policy brief.
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The Press Association - Warning over alcohol-related deaths
One in eight deaths of UK adults under the age of 64 is caused by alcohol, an international conference on tackling problem drinking has heard.
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Science Network Western Australia (Australia) - TV alcohol advertising reaching quarter of child audience
UNIVERSITY of WA research has exposed the alarmingly high levels of alcohol television advertising screened during potential child viewing times, at odds with efforts to reduce alcohol-related harm in Australia.
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Insideireland.ie (Ireland) - Alcohol affecting mental health of youngsters
A new study on youth mental health has revealed that drinking alcohol is majorly affecting young people’s mental health. The study also found that suicide thoughts, self-harm and suicide attempts are higher for those who do not open up about their problems.
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