Monday, January 30, 2012

Alcohol News - 5/2012


Irish Times (Ireland) - Minimum alcohol price across island planned to tackle abuse
HEALTH AUTHORITIES on both sides of the Border are planning to introduce a minimum price for alcohol on the island in an effort to combat alcohol abuse.
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Wall Street Journal (USA) - Stricter Thinking on Alcohol During Pregnancy
In the sixth to 12th week of pregnancy, a fetus's bones, brain and central nervous system are forming. Buds blossom into arms and legs, and internal organs start to function. A face with eyelids, lips and other features appears.
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Huffington Post (USA) - Illinois Alcohol Abuse: Midwest 'Binge Drinking Belt,' By The Numbers
Data released Monday shows that some of the highest rates of binge drinking in the nation can be found in the Midwest -- specifically in Illinois.
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BBC News (UK) - Alcohol deaths increase slightly
Alcohol related deaths in the UK have increased slightly between 2009 and 2010, according to official figures. The number of deaths linked to drinking has gone from 8,664 to 8,790 - a rise of 126.
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BBC News (Ireland) - New plans for all-Ireland minimum alcohol price
Health authorities have decided upon a cross-border strategy on a minimum price for alcohol. The proposals were outlined at the first formal North/South conference on alcohol misuse, held in Armagh on Thursday.
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Scotsman (Scotland) - Scots alcohol-related deaths double during last 30 years
THE number of alcohol-related deaths in Scotland has more than doubled in the past three decades, latest figures show.
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PRWeb - Is Alcohol a Bigger Threat to Male Sexual Health than Smoking?
Men who drink what is considered to be above the normal amount of alcohol on a weekly basis are at higher risk of developing erection problems than those who smoke and do not drink as regularly, reports QuitFullStop.
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Irish Times (Ireland) - Ban on selling alcohol in shops urged
A BAN on the sale of alcohol in supermarkets and garages should be considered by Government, a new report on alcohol and drugs has said.
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The Canberra Times (Australia) - Alcohol incidents 'double' on Aust Day
Heavy drinking is the Australian way for many, and Australia Day is the day more young people are involved in harmful alcohol-related incidents, such as assaults and car accidents, than on any other public holiday, research has found.
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Medscape (USA) - Prevalence of HIV Risk Behaviors Between Binge Drinkers and Non-binge Drinkers Aged 18- to 64-Years in US, 2008
Using data from the 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System on 281,303 adults aged 18–64 years in the United States, we examined the relationship between HIV risk behaviors and binge drinking of alcoholic beverages and the frequency of binge drinking among a subgroup of 41,073 respondents who were acknowledged binge drinkers (bingers), based on reported drinking behavior in the year preceding survey.
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Mayo Advertiser (Ireland) - Oireachtas alcohol report will tackle drink problem – O’Mahony
Fine Gael Mayo TD, John O’Mahony, has said that the report on alcohol and drug misuse published by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children, “provides a blueprint on how we can tackle our national drink problem”.
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Irish Times (UK) - UK and Republic top European binge-drinking list
SOME 80 per cent of drinking takes place around a meal table in Italy, Spain and France, while in Britain and Ireland 80 per cent of drinking happens away from the meal table, the first North-South conference on alcohol heard yesterday.
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The Guardian (Poland) - Polish stereotypes: hard-drinking Catholic zealots? Nie!
These stereotypes of Poles are true but only partly. Poles drink average amounts of alcohol, they are Catholic but not really bothered by what the church says, and they dislike Jews just slightly more than the average European.
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RAPSI (Russia) - Lawsuit against watchdog to register Russian Alcohol brand to be heard Jan. 31
A commercial court will start reconsidering on January 31 the Russian Alcohol (Russky Alkogol) distributor's lawsuit disputing the patent watchdog's refusal to register the Russian Alcohol trademark, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) on Monday.
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dailyRx (Netherlands) - Binge Drinking Linked to Explicit Thoughts
Widely accepted patterns of alcohol consumption suggest that both explicit and implicit behaviors influence the way people drink. A recent research study debunked that frame of thought. A study done by scientific investigators in the Netherlands implies that our social thoughts, such as excitement to see friends or anticipation to meet someone new, encourage excess alcohol consumption.
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Irish Times (France/Ireland) - French law on breath test kits to affect Irish tourists
THOUSANDS OF Irish tourists who will take their car with them to France this summer will face fines unless they are carrying a breathalyser with them in their vehicle.
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Monday, January 23, 2012

Alcoho News - 4/2012


MyHealthNewsDaily (Denmark) - 1-2 Drinks a Week Can Raise Miscarriage Risk
Drinking even a small amount of alcohol could increase the risk of miscarriage during the first four months of pregnancy, a new study from Denmark suggests.
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The Local.se (Sweden) - Average Swede likes sweets, booze, and TV
The average Swede is 40+, munches on a weekly bag of sweets, washed down with a glass or three of alcohol, while relaxing in front of the TV, according to the 2012 Statistical Yearbook of Sweden from Statistics Sweden (Statistiska Centralbyrån -SCB).
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TIME - Alcohol in Pregnancy: It’s Never Safe, Especially Not in the First Trimester
A new study finds that the developmental hazards of maternal drinking may be greatest at the end of the first trimester.
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The Age (Australia) - Alcohol incidents skyrocket on Australia Day
HEAVY drinking is the Australian way for many, and more young people are involved in harmful alcohol-related incidents, such as assaults and car accidents, on Australia Day than on any other public holiday, research has found.
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BBC News (Brazil) - Beer 'must be sold' at Brazil World Cup, says Fifa
Beer must be sold at all venues hosting matches in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, football's world governing body, Fifa, has insisted.
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The Columbian (USA)  - Binge drinking can lead to variety of serious consequences
More than 18 percent of Washington residents, and nearly 16 percent of people nationally, binge drink, according to new estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC defines binge drinking as a man drinking five or more alcoholic drinks within a short period of time or a woman drinking four or more alcoholic drinks within a short period of time.
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Irish Examiner (UK) - Almost one in 10 adults in North 'has drink problem'
Nearly one in 10 people surveyed about drinking in the North was found to have a problem with alcohol. The research compiled on behalf of the British Department of Health was based on interviews with more than 2,000 people and revealed trends in alcohol use.
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LiveScience.com - Parental Alcoholism Linked to Brain Changes in Kids
Adolescent brains respond to risky situations differently if the teen's parents are alcoholics, new research finds.
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msnbc.com - 'Sumerian beer' alcohol-free? A controversy is brewing
The fermented cereal beverage enjoyed by Sumerians, so-called Sumerian beer, may have been alcohol-free, suggests a recent review of ancient Sumerian practices.
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Globes (Israel) - New law bans alcohol advertising
The Knesset plenum is due to pass a private member's bill by MK Danny Danon (Likud) which bans alcohol advertising on billboards and buses in its second and third readings today. The bill also restricts alcohol advertisements to media that only targets adults.
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RIA Novosti (Russia) - Beer may return to Russian stadiums: Putin
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has promised to consider lifting the current ban on sale and advertisement of beer at football stadiums in Russia, which will host the World Cup championship in 2018.
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The Canberra Times (Australia) - Raise alcohol price to 'reduce harm'
A minimum price for alcohol is needed to prevent the industry from selling liquor “below price'', according to a report prepared for the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.
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Edinburgh Evening News (Scotland) - Stores accused over alcohol sales
MSPs have accused supermarkets of "undermining the spirit" of alcohol discounting laws by slashing their prices and encouraging online purchasing.
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Irish Times (Ireland) - Supervised teenage alcohol use at home is not a good idea
HOW DO you effectively teach your children about alcohol? Minister of State with responsibility for Primary Care Róisín Shortall has said she felt parents should not be giving their children alcohol at home in an attempt to teach “responsible drinking”, and are sometimes permitting binge drinking at home to try to prevent it going on in unsupervised circumstances elsewhere.
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Olive Press (Spain) - Spain rejects breathalysers for cars
SPAIN has rejected breathalysers for cars on the basis that “the only safe way to drive is with zero alcohol in your system”.
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

FASD News - 3/2012


Medical News Today - No Safe Level Of Alcohol During Pregnancy
The authors of a study published online on Tuesday that was designed to overcome the difficulties of obtaining accurate and reliable data in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome research, say their findings reinforce the warning that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
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Edmonton Journal (Canada) - Justice system struggles to deal with fetal alcohol disorder
Since the Alberta government launched its 10-year plan on FASD five years ago — a strategy with heavy emphasis on screening and education — more offenders are coming to court already diagnosed with FASD, and the justice system is struggling to find the most effective ways to deal with them.
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Daily Mail - Mothers warned drinking during seventh to 12th week of pregnancy puts unborn babies at highest risk of foetal alcohol syndrome
Drinking regularly during pregnancy is known to increase the odds of having children with foetal alcohol syndrome. However, scientists have now found that the risk to a woman's baby is highest if they consume alcohol in the seventh to 12th week.
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AngolaPress (Angola) - Sociologist warns about alcohol consumption during pregnancy
The sociologist Maria Fernanda Nguenda, on Tuesday here criticised pregnant women that  consume alcoholic drinks, putting at risk their own health and their babies, ANGOP has learnt.
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MyHealthNewsDaily (Denmark) - 1-2 Drinks a Week Can Raise Miscarriage Risk
Drinking even a small amount of alcohol could increase the risk of miscarriage during the first four months of pregnancy, a new study from Denmark suggests.
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MedicalXpress (USA) - SDSU researchers develop an assessment tool to identify birth defects
Researchers with the National Children’s Study at South Dakota State University, in collaboration with Dr. H. Eugene Hoyme, chief academic officer at Sanford Health and president and senior scientist for Sanford Research/University of South Dakota, are working to develop a standardized assessment tool that would be used to identify birth defects in infants.
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MATERIALS and BLOGS
Empowering Front-Line Staff and Families Through a Collection of Lived Experiences
NAT member Anne Guarasci and colleagues at the College of New Caledonia have developed a resource for front-line workers who work with women who have FASD or FASD behaviours and characteristics.
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POPFASD - 2 New eLearning Videos featuring Kim Barthel
There are two new eLearning videos available on the POPFASD website.  In the first video, Kim Barthel speaks about the "Brain and FASD" and in the second video, she discusses the "Theory of Attachment". The videos are excerpts from the 2009 POPFASD District Partner Meeting in Richmond, B.C.
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Daysofwanderandgrace - O’Malley on ADHD in FASD
Chapter 4 of Kieran O’Malley’s ADHD and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is the most comprehensive research-based discussion I’ve found about the unique challenges ADHD poses in FASD. It was published in 2007, so there is more recent research than O’Malley reviews here.
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Urban Servant - FASD: Not Diagnosed and Identified to The Legal System......
Yesterday at the Legal Aspects of FASD seminar Hon. Anthony P. Wartnick quoted these two sources... There is a fundamental principle of juvenile and adult criminal law which is this. "The treatment of criminal offenders as rational, autonomous and choosing agents is a fundamental organizing principle of our criminal law."
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RESEARCH
Alcoholism - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Patterns and Alcohol-Related Birth Defects and Growth Deficiencies: A Prospective Study
The physical features of fetal alcohol syndrome include smooth philtrum, thin vermillion border, short palpebral fissures, microcephaly, and growth deficiencies on weight and height. However, little is known about the specific quantities of alcohol exposure, pattern of drinking, timing of exposure, and magnitude of risk for each of these features.
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Alcohol and Alcoholism - Placental Hypoxia and Foetal Development Versus Alcohol Exposure in Pregnancy
To examine the causes of variability in the effect of maternal drinking on the foetus, with particular reference to the pattern, frequency and duration of the period of drinking, differences in maternal, foetal and placental metabolism of ethanol/acetaldehyde, and genetic factors.
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International Journal of Epidemiology - Moderate alcohol intake during pregnancy and risk of fetal death
Even low amounts of alcohol consumption during early pregnancy increased the risk of spontaneous abortion substantially. The results indicate that the fetus is particularly susceptible to alcohol exposure early in pregnancy.
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The American Journal of Occupational Therapy - Neurocognitive Habilitation Therapy for Children With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: An Adaptation of the Alert Program
The authors carried out a neurocognitive habilitation group therapy with the goal of  increasing self-regulation in kids with FASD. The therapy consisted of a 12 week program using techniques adapted from the Alert Program, in which children learn to identify their state of regulation by recognizing when they are over-aroused (their engine is running “too high”), under-aroused (their engine is running “too low”), or at an optimal state of alertness (their engine is running “just right”).
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
AGI - Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (Italy) - Alcol: dopo 7 settimane di gravidanza a rischio feto
Bere regolarmente durante la gravidanza aumenta le probabilita' di avere figli con sindrome feto-alcolica. Tuttavia, un gruppo di scienziati statunitensi ha ora dimostrato che il rischio per il bambino aumenta se la mamma consuma alcool dalla settima alla dodicesima settimana.
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Healthylives (Netherlands) - Ook een beetje alcohol slecht tijdens de zwangerschap
Dat het drinken van alcohol tijdens de zwangerschap ernstige gevolgen kan hebben voor je ongeboren baby is bekend. Toch denken sommige zwangere vrouwen dat het drinken van af en toe een glaasje alcohol geen kwaad kan.
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Alcohol News - 3/2012


Reuters - Red wine-heart research slammed with fraud charges
A University of Connecticut researcher who studied the link between aging and a substance found in red wine has committed more than 100 acts of data fabrication and falsification, the university said Wednesday, throwing much of his work into doubt.
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Helsingin Sanomat (Finland) - Just under half would approve of lower blood-alcohol threshold for DUIs
According to a recent questionnaire study carried out by insurers If, some 43% of Finns would lower the blood-alcohol threshold for drink driving from the present limit of 0.05% (0.5 ppm; 50mg/100ml blood).
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New York Times (USA) - America’s Drinking Binge
Excessive drinking isn’t just for college kids anymore. New research shows that four times a month, one in six Americans goes on a drinking binge, knocking back an average of eight alcoholic beverages within a few hours.
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NEWS.com.au (Australia) - Alcohol binge sessions contribute to growing grog gut
A BOOZY night out could add as much to women's waistlines as a fast food binge, with the booming popularity of kilojoule-laden cocktails, spirits and cider causing "spare tyres".
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San Francisco Chronicle - Endorphin study may help refine alcohol treatment
It's no big secret that alcohol makes most people feel pretty good, but scientists at UCSF and UC Berkeley have for the first time found evidence that liquor triggers the release of pleasure-inducing endorphins in the brain - and that heavy drinkers are especially influenced by those endorphins.
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Huffington Post (USA) - Mayor Bloomberg Plans To Limit Alcohol Sales And Advertising In New Health Initiative
First it was smoking in public places. Then it was sodas, salts and trans-fats. And now, the Bloomberg administration, perhaps taking a cue from local community boards, is going after booze.
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NewsMax.com - Liquor Ads on Social Media Attract Children
The alcohol industry’s voluntary limits on traditional advertising are largely being ignored online, according to a report Monday in the Baltimore Sun that outlines a study on the use of social media to sell alcoholic beverages — and its effect on kids.
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Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - Scottish supermarkets should be banned from selling alcohol, says top doctor
SCOTLAND should consider removing alcohol sales from supermarkets in an effort to reduce drink-related health problems, a leading doctor told politicians today.
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The Oshkosh Northwestern (USA) - Traffic fatalities decline in 2011, alcohol continues to be a factors in ones that happen
The number of traffic fatalities in Winnebago County dropped in 2011, but alcohol continues to be a factor in many of the crashes.
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Kenilworth Today (UK) - Alcohol promotion is ‘irresponsible’
A PETROL station has been slammed by safety campaigners for running a promotion offering money off at the pump when drivers buy alcohol.
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Emailwire - New Report Definitively Declares Alcoholic Beverages as Carcinogens Says Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center
The Department of Health and Human Services issued a report at the close of 2011 which states that the heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages can be a cancer risk for humans.
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The Atlantic - The Truth About Breast Cancer and Drinking Red Wine—or Any Alcohol
This week many middle-aged women experienced joy, and maybe even raised a glass, upon reading that red wine might stave off breast cancer. The study, published in the Journal of Women's Health, turns out to be quite small. It's a limited analysis of hormone levels in the blood of 36 premenopausal women who drank red and white wine for one month. Still, the story garnered headlines and enthusiastic posts, as if women wanted this news to be true.
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National Post (Canada) - Vancouver group pitches free booze to reduce rubbing alcohol, Listerine consumption
Rob Morgan says when you wake up after getting drunk on hand sanitizer it feels like your kidney is bulging out of your body.
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Jakarta Post (Indonesia) - Regions defend alcohol bylaws despite govt calls for revision
A number of regional administrations are insisting on keeping bylaws that ban the distribution of liquor despite the government’s recommendation that they be repealed because they contradict higher laws and regulations.
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Shetland Times Online (UK) - Cheap alcohol ‘destroying’ lives, says drug and alcohol service manager
Figures from the Community Alcohol and Drugs Services Shetland (CADSS) show a higher number of problem drinkers turned to the service in 2010/11 than illegal drug users.
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Alcohol News - 2/2012


BBC News (UK) - Two drink-free days a week needed, MPs' report says
People should have at least two days a week completely clear of alcohol, a group of MPs says. It is one of the recommendations in a report by the Commons science and technology committee, which is calling for a review of all government guidelines on alcohol in the UK.
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Wall Street Journal (Qatar) - Qatar, Unveiling Tensions, Suspends Sale of Alcohol
Qatar, the wealthy Persian Gulf state that will host the 2022 World Cup and shot to prominence last year as a bankroller of the Arab Spring, is experiencing a small counterrevolution at home.
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MarketWatch (USA) - Coalition to Ban Alcohol Ads on Public Property in Los Angeles Hits the Streets to Text Digital Proof of Pervasive Alcohol Advertising
Armed with smart phones, members of the Coalition to Ban Alcohol Ads on Public Property in Los Angeles and hundreds of community supporters launched a grassroots City-wide campaign today to document the over-proliferation of alcohol ads on public property.
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BBC News (UK) - Foetal alcohol mothers 'should be held responsible'
It is estimated that 6,000 babies are born every year in the UK with foetal alcohol syndrome because their mothers drank alcohol when pregnant. The condition is a form of structural brain damage.
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Washington Post - The economics of curbing alcohol consumption
Late last year, the Centers for Disease Control ran the numbers on how much binge drinking costs the United States. They came up with a pretty big number: Excessive alcohol consumption costs $223.5 billion each year, mostly due to lost workplace productivity and increased health care costs.
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AFP (Serbia) - Serbia bans alcohol in parliament
The Serbian parliament has banned alcohol after media reports of excessive drinking, a top official said Friday.
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The Australian (Australia) - Territory police 'need to go further' in alcohol crackdown
NORTHERN Territory police have not gone far enough in cracking down on alcohol-related crime in Alice Springs. So says opposition indigenous affairs spokesman Adam Giles, despite the death of an Aborigine in custody after he was picked up for drinking on Wednesday.
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Medscape - Drinking Frequency Is Quick Test for Youth Alcohol Problems
A 3-question survey probing alcohol consumption identifies youth with alcohol-related problems, according to a study published online January 4, 2012, in Pediatrics.
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Harpers Wine & Spirit Trade Review (UK) - 90% of adults fail alcohol unit test, says Wilson Drinks Report
Almost 90% of British adults that took part in a survey, had no idea how strong their drinks were, according to research from the Wilson Report.
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Food Consumer - Consumption of alcoholic beverages is known to be a human carcinogen - official report
Consumption of alcoholic beverages is known to be a human carcinogen based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity from studies in humans.
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GP online (UK) - Minimum alcohol pricing could be introduced to England via by-laws
Minimum alcohol pricing could be introduced on a regional basis in England using by-laws drawn up in response to the lack of national progress on the issue.
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The Economist (South Africa) - The government wants to make the country less drunk
LOWERING the permissible alcohol level for drivers is common enough. Banning booze on the roads altogether is plainly far more drastic. But road deaths in Brazil, for instance, have dropped by almost a third in the three years since the government told drivers to eschew even a drop.
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Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Govt to clamp down on 'distance sale' of alcohol to minors
The Department of Justice is expected to use new surveillance methods to target the sale of alcohol to minors by third parties.
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The Copenhagen Post (Denmark) - Majority support raising drinking age
A vast majority of Danes support raising the legal purchase age of alcohol from the current 16 to 18, according to a newly released poll.
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

FASD News


Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - One in 50 babies has a birth defect: research
More than one in 50 babies has a birth defect – almost double the previous estimate, according to the most comprehensive report of its kind.
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Science Network Western Australia (Australia) - Fitzroy children centre of Foetal Alcohol Disorder study
ABORIGINAL organisations in Fitzroy Valley have called for research into social, health and wellbeing issues associated with alcohol abuse.
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PsychCentral.com (USA) - Health Screens Limit Substance Abuse in Pregnancy
Pregnant women who smoke cigarettes, use alcohol or take drugs increase the risk of medical complications for the baby and mother. That’s well-established science. Now, a program developed by the Kaiser Permanente Health System for women at risk of substance abuse during pregnancy could save nearly $2 billion annually in health care costs if implemented nationwide.
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AllAfrica.com (Tanzania) - No Wine If You Want to Conceive
If you are a habitual drinker and you are planning to get pregnant, put that glass down.It is advisable to forgo your favourite tipple for at least three months before the planned pregnancy, and remain alcohol-free for the ensuing nine months to delivery. Here is why.
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TbNewsWatch.com (Canada) – NAN tells province to get serious about FASD
Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose is calling on the province to develop an integrated provincial strategy for prevention and support services for Fetal Alcohol  Spectrum Disorder.
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RESEARCH
MedIndia - Gestational Alcohol Exposure may be Revealed by Analysis of Fetal Meconium
A new study has examined fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEEs) and ethylglucuronide (EtG) in meconium samples from public hospitals in seven Italian cities to test for prenatal exposure to alcohol.
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Alcoholism - Callosal Thickness Reductions Relate to Facial Dysmorphology in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Consistent with previous reports, findings suggest an adverse effect of prenatal alcohol exposure on callosal growth and further indicate that fiber pathways connecting frontal and parieto-occipital regions in each hemisphere may be particularly affected. Significant associations between callosal and facial dysmorphology provide evidence for a concurrent insult to midline facial and brain structural development in FASD.
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Plos One - Large-Scale Analysis of Acute Ethanol Exposure in Zebrafish Development: A Critical Time Window and Resilience
In humans, ethanol exposure during pregnancy causes a spectrum of developmental defects (fetal alcohol syndrome or FAS). Individuals vary in phenotypic expression. Zebrafish embryos develop FAS-like features after ethanol exposure.
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Obstetrics and Gynecology - Early Start: A Cost–Beneficial Perinatal Substance Abuse Program
To conduct a cost–benefit analysis of Early Start, an integrated prenatal intervention program for stopping substance use in pregnancy.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
taz.de (Germany) - Achtung, Baby trinkt mit
Manchmal passt ein kompliziertes Problem in einen Satz: "Meine muter Trinkte", steht in krakeliger Schrift auf einem Plakat im Büro von Professor Hans-Ludwig Spohr. Der Kinderarzt leitet des FASD-Zentrum der Charité.
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Lietuvos rytas (Lithuania) - Nuo fizinio ir dvasinio negalavimo kenčia ne vien alkoholikių vaikai
Vokietijos gydytojas Hansas Ludwigas Spohras - specialistas neįgaliųjų vaikų, kurių motinos, būdamos nėščios, vartojo alkoholį. Duodamas interviu šalies žurnalui „Der Spiegel“ profesorius perspėjo, kad nėščiosioms pavojinga vartoti alkoholį.
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Iltalehti (Finland) - "En vihaa biologista äitiäni"
Annakaisa Tiirinki syntyi alkoholin vaurioittamana. FAS-taustastaan huolimatta hän on selättänyt oppimisvaikeudet ja elää itsenäisen nuoren naisen elämää.
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La Stampa (Italy) - Il meconio fetale può smascherare l’abuso di alcol
L’alcolismo è problema molto grave. Ed è anche peggio se riguarda una donna in stato di gravidanza. I rischi per il feto sono altissimi e anche dopo la nascita è necessario tenere sotto controllo sia mamma che bambino.
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Monday, January 2, 2012

Alcohol News - 1/2012


The Local (Norway) - Norwegians sceptical as alcohol ads draw near
With the government indicating it won’t veto a controversial EU directive, a majority of Norwegians believe alcohol ads on television will lead to more widespread alcohol abuse.
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YLE News (Finland) - Prices rising for alcohol, soft drinks and sweets
Higher taxes will mean higher prices for alcohol, sweets, ice cream and soft drinks as of the start of the year. The Taxpayers’ Association of Finland calculates that, for example the price of a bottle of 38% Koskenkorva vodka will go up by 80 cents and the price of a 9 euro bottle of wine by 20 cents.
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The Baltic Course (Lithuania) - Grybauskaite signs amendments to the law on alcohol control
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite signed the amendments to the Law on Alcohol Control which will introduce restrictions for selling alcohol, alcohol containers and its consumption during sports events and in public catering establishments, writes LETA/ELTA.
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The Local.se (Sweden) - Rowdy start to the new year in Sweden
Police were kept busy during the last evening of 2011 with celebrations all over Sweden getting out of hand and resulting in brawling and firework accidents.
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Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - David Cameron plans minimum alcohol price in England
Drinkers will pay a minimum price for alcohol under plans instigated by David Cameron to tackle a growing health crisis, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
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USA TODAY (USA) - New Year's Eve: night of walking drunks, busy ER doctors
Take one New Year's Eve. Combine with a Saturday. Now add alcohol – and you have a health and safety nightmare. At least that's how some emergency room doctors feel about the fast-approaching celebration – which is always an occasion for widespread immoderate drinking and could be worse than usual this year.
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Minivan News (Maldives) - PPM supports nation-wide alcohol ban “if the government has the courage”
Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MP and Spokesperson Ahmed Mahlouf has said that “if the government has the courage to ban alcohol and pork across the country, PPM will support it.”
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BBC News (UK) - Former alcoholic 'scared' by rise in young drinkers
A recovering alcoholic from Norfolk says he is "scared" by the rise in the number of young people with drink problems at his support group.
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NEWS.com.au (Australia) - Call for minimum alcohol price as alcopop tax fails to stop Australia's young binge drinkers
YOUNG binge drinkers have simply switched to cheaper booze to beat the Federal Government's controversial "alcopop" tax. New research shows 15 to 29-year-olds have dodged the 70 per cent tax on popular pre-mixed drinks by changing their drink of choice.
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Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - AMA seeks clamp on marketing of alcohol
ALCOHOL companies are exploiting loopholes in advertising regulations by launching mass campaigns at sporting events and music festivals encouraging people to drink recklessly, the peak body representing doctors has said.
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Herald Scotland (Scotland) - Premier's alcohol move is welcome
THE Scottish Government's plans to set a minimum price for alcohol have been given a significant boost from David Cameron's sudden enthusiasm for introducing similar legislation in England.
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Belfast Newsletter (Northern Ireland) - Alcohol is blamed for rise in violent clashes
EMERGENCY services across Northern Ireland have reported another busy festive season, with an alarming rise in the number of street fights and people injured.
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The Australian (Papua New Guinea) - Papua New Guinea alcohol bans extended
PAPUA New Guinean governments have stepped up their war on alcohol for the new year and deeper into 2012, when mid-year elections are expected to trigger violence. In the country's most populous region, the Highlands, liquor bans have been in force for a decade in Enga and Southern Highlands provinces.
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Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - Thousands more teenage girls hospitalised by binge-drinking than boys
Thousands more teenage girls than boys are ending up in hospital because of binge-drinking, Government ministers have revealed, as they work on new plans to tackle cheap alcohol.
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RIA Novosti (Russia) - Alcohol consumption in Russia down 17% to 15 liters in 2 yrs
Russia has seen a fall in alcohol sales over the past two years from 18 liters to 15 liters per capita a year, First Deputy Prime Minister V. Zubkov said on Wednesday.
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Ahram Online (Egypt) - Egypt reverses duty-free alcohol restrictions
In the wake of soaring prices on the black market and mounting criticism from the Egypt Free Shops Company and the tourism ministry, the decision to restrict alcohol and cigarette purchases is withdrawn.
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Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Elderly drinkers on the rise
Elderly people drinking to excess is an increasing problem in New Zealand, despite most people perceiving heavy drinking as a youth issue.
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AdAge.com (Russia) - Beer-Ad Ban Hits Russia as Nation Boosts Sobriety
Although Russia's identity will always be linked to vodka, it is also the world's fourth-largest beer market, thanks to an influx of global brewers and a culture in which beer is often drunk on the street like soda.
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TopNews Arab Emirates (Australia) - Australia Gearing Up To Deal with Alcohol and Drug Abuse
On the New Year eve, we all pledges to improve our life by not indulging into bad habits and by giving up our unhealthy lifestyle. Similarly, the Australian Medical Association President Steve Hambleton has asked the Federal Government to come up with a better policy which would put greater emphasis over the health of the kids.
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TechEye - Microsoft cracks down on heavy drinking
Software giant, Vole, is so worried that its image has been tarnished by the heavy drinking antics of its sales people that it has ordered its staff back off the wagon.
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Politics.co.uk (UK) - New year's resolution? Cameron launches war on alcohol
Drinkers looking to cut down on their intake in the new year will receive some help from the government, after reports emerged of a 'big bang' plan to tackle alcohol consumption in England and Wales.
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Malta Independent Online (Malta) - Drink-driving remains a concern
Many people continue to underestimate the danger of drink-driving even though it claims numerous lives, Aġenzija Sedqa believes.
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24 (Kyrgystan) - In Kyrgyzstan number of adolescents who take alcohol drinks increases
In Kyrgyzstan, 181 teenagers have been examined for 10 months of 2011. 151 of them were drunk. This was stated in the press-centre for the Kyrgyz Ministry of Public Health.
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The Local (Germany) - More seniors addicted to drugs and alcohol
Hundreds of thousands of German senior citizens are dependent on drugs or alcohol and authorities worry the number is only increasing.
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