Monday, October 15, 2012

Alcohol News - 42/2012

The Baltic Times (Estonia) - Ansip: current alcohol and tobacco excise taxes are optimal
Estonian Prime Minster Andrus Ansip expressed an opinion at the Riigikogu on Wednesday that although Estonia has one of the highest alcohol excise taxes in Europe, the tax rates of our excise goods are, all in all, optimal, Postimees Online reports.
ERR News (Estonia) - Duty-Free Allowances on Border Could Become Weekly Limits
Officials plan to tighten up the rules on duty-free allowances for cigarettes and alcohol on Estonia's border with Russia.
YLE uutiset (Finland) - If you look under 30, get your ID out
Members of the Finnish Grocery Trade Association have agreed that anyone who looks less than 30 years of age will have to produce a valid picture ID to buy tobacco or alcohol products as of the start of next year.
Skemman (Iceland) - The effect of the economic climate on alcohol and drug rehabilitation
The effect of economic conditions on the use and abuse of alcohol and other addictive substances has received some attention. However, this literature is in its infancy and limited focus has been on detailed mechanisms or reasons for changes in consumption, be it initiation of use, cessation or level changes of consumption. In this thesis we examine how the economic climate affects the degree of addiction at the time of admission to rehabilitation.
Chicago Tribune (USA) - Online alcohol sales fueling underage drinking
What do you know about online alcohol sales? I must admit that I knew little about this industry and was amazed with some of the statistics I recently discovered while reading an article in the September 2012 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. If you're the parent of a 'tween or teen, here's another topic for discussion and for monitoring.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Tougher rules for alcohol advertisements
Advertisers selling alcohol or promoting the environmental benefits of their products will soon have less wriggle-room in ambiguous advertisements.
The Australian (Australia) - Bans on alcohol spawn generation of lucky children
THOUSANDS of indigenous children in remote Queensland communities, provided they are aged 10 years or younger, have never witnessed hundreds of their community members engaged in wild, drunken brawls, seen women being bashed or heard their screams in the night. Nor have they learned next morning that somebody was violently murdered the previous evening.
GlobalPost (UK) - One fifth of British parents think alcohol improves their parenting skills
Nineteen percent of Britain’s mothers and fathers believe that alcohol improves their parenting skills, a new report has found. Perhaps beer goggles make your kids look cuter.
The Australian (Australia) - Industry revolts as federal health agency proposes ban on discount booze
CHEAP wine will be banned under a federal health agency's plan to make drinkers pay at least $8-$10 for a bottle of booze.
Fox News (Haiti) - Haiti prime minister announces sin tax on alcohol cigarettes to pay for education
Haiti's government wants to raise $100 million for a special education fund by putting additional taxes on alcohol, cigarettes and gambling, the Caribbean nation's prime minister said Monday.
Medical Xpress - Veterans are at higher risk of alcohol abuse relapse due to smoking
In a new study published in Frontiers, Dr Timothy Durazzo and colleagues from the San Francisco VA Medical Center and University of California, San Francisco, expand upon their decade of research showing that smoking while kicking the alcohol habit impairs memory, learning and other cognitive skills—ultimately making it more difficult to weather the long storm of sobriety.
Newstrack India - Moderate alcohol intake 'ups irregular heart beat in heart disease patients'
Even "moderate" drinkers have a higher risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) than low-alcohol consumers, researchers say. An analysis of the association of alcohol consumption with the development of AF among subjects with coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or other manifestations of cardiovascular disease (CVD) was based on subjects in two large antihypertensive drug treatment trials.
BBC News - Baby boomer alcohol harm 'more likely than in young'
More NHS money is spent treating alcohol-related illness in baby boomers than young people, a study says. - Alcohol problems may be influenced by neighborhood
Disadvantaged groups living in poor neighborhoods are much more likely to suffer alcohol problems than their wealthier counterparts, research shows.
Berwick Today (UK) - Social cost of alcohol adds to minimum unit price debate
NEW figures have revealed the full extent that alcohol misuse is having on the Northumberland economy - costing the workplace alone £44.69m in days lost. (UK) - Middle-aged drinkers 'unwittingly risking their health'
Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance, said “chronic” overconsumption of alcohol not only led to liver disease, but also increased rates of cancer, heart disease and stroke.

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