Monday, July 30, 2012

Alcohol News - 31/2012

The Baltic Course (Lithuania) - Suggestion in Lithuania: drunk drivers who cause car accidents always hold responsible
In order to reduce the number of drunk or otherwise intoxicated drivers in Lithuanian roads Lithuanian Member of Parliament Evaldas Jurkevicius proposes to strengthen the provisions of the law, when intoxicated people take part in a car accident.
The Baltic Course (Estonia) - Estonian courts sent 1,190 drunk drivers to prison in H1
Estonian courts sent 1,190 drunk drivers to prison in the first half of the year 2012, LETA/Eesti Päevaeht writes. While in the first half of last year, the police caught 3,029 drunk drivers, the number in the first half of this year was 3,336.
The Foreigner (Norway) - Norwegian alcohol consumption up and down
Norway’s inhabitants are drinking more wine but beer sales have decreased because of the bad summer weather. Statistics Norway (SSB) reported that in 2011 the turnover for wine was 77 million litres, 4 million litres more than in 2010, an increase of 5.6 percent.
Medical Daily (Sweden) - New Drug Compound to Treat Alcohol Dependence Takes the Pleasure Out of Drinking
Soon, a new drug might take the pleasure out of drinking in people who are excessively dependent on alcohol. Researchers have found a compound that could reduce alcohol dependence by balancing levels of a chemical messenger that makes people feel happy after drinking.
RedOrbit - Alcohol And Energy Drink Mixes Linked With Casual, Risky Sex
A new study from the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) has found a link between the consumption of caffeinated energy drinks mixed with alcohol and casual — often risky — sex among college-age adults.
Columbia Daily Tribune (USA) - More towns ban alcohol on beach
One South Carolina beach recently imposed a temporary ban on booze on its shores, and a nationally known beach expert says there are more shore towns that ban alcohol than permit it. He said the laws generally are passed to prevent rowdy gatherings and everything that goes with them, not to prevent folks from walking the sand with wine in a plastic cup.
Science Daily - Alcohol Could Intensify Effects of Some Drugs in the Body
Scientists are reporting another reason -- besides possible liver damage, stomach bleeding and other side effects -- to avoid drinking alcohol while taking certain medicines.
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Herald Sun (Australia) - Alcohol 'epidemic' devastates lives, says judge in Ebony Dunsworth case
A COUNTY Court judge who today jailed a driver who killed a teenage girl said alcohol abuse was at epidemic proportions in Victoria and was causing devastation on the roads.
PsychCentral.com - Behavioral, Cognitive Challenges Define Fetal Alcohol Exposure
New research suggests the only sign of fetal alcohol exposure may be signs of abnormal intellectual or behavioral development.
Medical Xpress (UK) - True cost of alcohol related ambulance call-outs revealed
The study, by Newcastle University experts, working with the North East Ambulance service (NEAS) and the North East Alcohol Office (BALANCE) looked purely at the cost to the ambulance service and not at the total cost to the NHS.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Don’t drink alcohol and swim water safety chiefs warn
THE dangers of mixing alcohol with swimming or sailing has been highlighted by water safety chiefs. An average 140 people drown in Ireland every year, with alcohol consumption a contributory factor in several cases.
Himalayan Times (Nepal) - Draft alcohol control policy ready
Nepal Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAPA) is submitting a draft Alcohol Control Policy, which mainly covers the sale and consumption of alcohol, to the Ministry of Health and Population within 15 days.
Scoop.co.nz (New Zealand) - Govt needs to pass Alcohol Reform Bill
Auckland Council has taken further steps to deliver better local alcohol policies and is calling for the government to get on with passing the Alcohol Reform Bill so the community can have a greater say over efforts to address alcohol abuse.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Time to tackle Irish drink culture
The issue of the profoundly negative social impact of alcohol use and abuse in Ireland has engaged much discussion recently. The negative impact on health and premature death has been less discussed, but deserves more attention.
Prague Post (Chech Republic) - Czech teens top list of underage drinkers
Ask why they are drinking alcohol, and you get a range of answers. "It's fun and an opportunity to make friends," says František, 16, as he downs a bottle of lager with a group of classmates on Prague's Petřín Hill.
Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey) - University alcohol ban ignites reactions
Social media users have reacted to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s comments saying that a school campus is no place to go and “get drunk.”
Irish Times (Ireland) - The drinks industry will not do the right thing
THE NEW measures to reduce alcohol related harm proposed by Minister Róisín Shortall deserve support from all sectors of society. She wants to restrict drink advertising, phase out the sponsorship of sporting and cultural events by 2016, introduce minimum pricing, and impose a responsibility levy which will be used to change Ireland’s unhealthy drinking culture. International evidence shows that these measures are among the most cost-effective interventions to reduce harmful alcohol consumption.
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - Split drinking age proposal debated
A group of panelists invited to speak at the Otago University Debating Society's "great alcohol debate" last night presented a range of views on whether the age at which people can buy alcohol from off-licences should be raised.

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