Monday, September 3, 2012

Alcohol News - 36/2012

Science a Gogo - Alcohol rewires brain for PTSD
Heavy drinking appears to impair the brain's ability to recover from trauma and may put people at greater risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), say scientists from the University of North Carolina and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
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BBC News (Scotland) - NHS report says Scots are drinking less alcohol
People in Scotland are drinking less alcohol, according to an NHS report analysing retail sales.
Medical News Today - Alcohol-Related Liver Diseases Detected With Blood Test
A color-coded "traffic light" blood test can diagnose liver cirrhosis and fibrosis in heavy alcohol drinkers much more easily and accurately than present diagnostic approaches, researchers from the University of Southampton and Southampton General Hospital, England, reported in the British Journal of General Practice. - Alcohol Use and Conduct Disorder in Adolescence Predicts Antisocial Behavior
Adult antisocial behavior (ASB) has been studied extensively in recent years. Determining the factors that contribute to and predict the onset of ASB is essential in order to identify those most at risk. In existing research, links between ASB and adolescent and childhood conduct disorder (CD) have been found.
Technorati - A Single Sip of Alcohol Could put Children at Risk of Alcoholism
Parents often think that letting their children have a sip of alcohol at home is a safe way to promote responsible drinking but this could put their child at future risk.
Counsel & Heal - Alcohol Permanently Damages Blood Stem Cells
A new study by researchers from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology claims that stem cells in the body's 'blood cell factory' -the bone marrow - are extremely sensitive to the main byproduct of alcohol, which causes a permanent damage to their DNA.
Toronto Star (Canada) - Turning around Ontario lives hurt by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is the most common of developmental disabilities, affecting an estimated one in 100 Canadians or 130,000 Ontarians. But this province lags far behind the rest of the country in addressing this complex yet preventable disability, and is unnecessarily relegating far too many people to the margins of society.
BBC News (UK) - MPs demand action on lost alcohol taxation
The UK's tax authorities should prosecute more people for alcohol smuggling, a committee of MPs says. The Public Accounts Committee says there were no more than six successful prosecutions each year, in the four years to 2009-10.
Donegal Democrat (Ireland) - ‘The more drink is available, 
the more people will drink’ - Dr Gerry Lane, consultant
Dr Gerry Lane, a consultant in emergency medicine at Letterkenny General Hospital, is widely known and respected for his unflinching honesty in a national road safety campaign on television. This week, he was equally hard-hitting about the effects of excess drink on people of all ages in Donegal.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Alcohol reformers keep pushing
MPs and lobby groups say once-in-a-generation alcohol reforms must be salvaged after one of the core measures was defeated in Parliament.
Voxy (New Zealand) - National MP admits Govt looking after alcohol industry
Nikki Kaye, National MP for Auckland Central, speaking on national television this morning (TV1 Breakfast) admitted that the government has the well-being of the alcohol industry very much in mind as it manages the current alcohol reform process.
British Journal of Psychiatry (UK) - The price of a drink: the potential of alcohol minimum unit pricing as a public health measure in the UK
The UK has seen a dramatic increase in alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm over the past 30 years.

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