Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Alcohol News - 35/2012


15min.lt (Lithuania) - Lobbying in Lithuania - conservative MP suspected of taking bribe for revoking alcohol ad ban
55 thousand litas (16 thousand euros) in exchange for three bills. Such a deal was allegedly struck by conservative MP Vitas Matuzas. If suspicions are proven correct, it will be a major embarrassment not only for the Conservative Party, but for the entire Parliament that passed the bought bills.
riga.com (Latvia) - Illegal alcohol market proportion in Latvia is nearly 40%
During the first half-year of 2012, excise tax on alcoholic beverage (except beer) was collected in the amount of 39.55 million LVL, which is 2.16 million LVL or 6% more than was collected in the same period of 2011.
Econpapers (Sweden/Finland) - Cross-Border Health and Productivity Effects of Alcohol Policies
This paper studies the cross-border health and productivity effects of alcohol taxes. We estimate the effect of a large cut in the Finnish alcohol tax on mortality, alcohol related illnesses and work absenteeism in Sweden.
Grapevine.is (Iceland) - Alcohol Permitted In Nursing Homes
City council has just passed a measure that would allow the sale of beer and wine in nursing homes.
CBS News (USA) - Survey: "Digital peer pressure" fueling drug, alcohol use in high school students
Back-to-school season is just around the corner, and researchers at Columbia University are warning that teens could face added drug and alcohol risks once classes start up.
World Socialist Web Site (South Africa) - Rising incidence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in South Africa
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) describes a range of permanent birth defects caused by the maternal intake of alcohol. The term Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is applied to children at the severe end of the spectrum. South Africa’s Western Cape and Northern Cape Provinces have the highest FAS prevalence in the world.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - 6% alcohol limit for RTDs dumped
The liquor industry has scored a win over the planned regulation of RTDs in the Government's alcohol reform package.
The Australian (Australia) - Alcohol use putting workers at safety risk
Many Australian construction workers are putting their safety at risk by drinking heavily and using drugs, a national survey shows.
Laboratory Equipment - Research Explains How Alcohol is a Carcinogenic
Almost 30 years after discovery of a link between alcohol consumption and certain forms of cancer, scientists are reporting the first evidence from research on people explaining how the popular beverage may be carcinogenic. The results, which have special implications for hundreds of millions of people of Asian descent, were reported at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.
Firstpost - Just one alcoholic drink a day may up risk of cancer: Study
Binge drinkers are not the only ones who need to worry about the health implications of alcohol, even light drinking increases the cancer risk significantly, a new study has claimed.
Counsel & Heal - Imaging Study Sheds New Light on Alcohol-related Birth Defects
Researchers said maternal alcohol use is the leading known and preventable cause of birth defects and mental disability in the United States and alcohol's effects can cause a range of cognitive, developmental and behavioral problems that typically become evident during childhood, and last a lifetime.
Bangkok Post (Thailand) - Alcohol, tobacco taxes up
The cabinet on Tuesday approved the Finance Ministry's proposal to raise the excise tax on liquor and tobacco, meaning an immediate increase in the retail price of liquor and cigarettes, but not beer or wine.
Daily Mail (UK) - Parents who buy alcohol are 'creating underage drinking problems' for teenage girls
Parents are contributing to teenagers' drinking problems by buying them bottles of cheap booze, a probation watchdog has warned. Liz Calderbank, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, says parents underestimate the risks of buying 'boxes of lager' for their teenage children.
Wall Street Journal (USA) - Liquor Ads Win Airtime
The broadcasters are easing decades-old voluntary bans that limited their national alcohol advertising to beer and wine, which have less alcohol by volume than spirits.
New Zealand Doctor Online (New Zealand) - Regulate alcohol first, then ciggies: experts
Alcohol regulation should have preceded tobacco regulation because the direct harm to others from overuse of alcohol is the greater, addiction specialist Doug Sellman argues.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - New research shows alcohol causes most harm to innocent victims
Stark new research has laid bare alcohol's toll on innocent victims, with liquor playing a major part in large numbers of murders, fires, car crashes, random assaults and violence in the home.

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