Monday, January 7, 2013

Alcohol News - 1/2013



Alcohol Action Ireland (Sweden) - Sweden calls for an end to alcohol advertising on national television
Sweden has asked the UK to stop alcohol advertising in broadcasts to Sweden on the basis of the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive.
Radio Sweden (Sweden) - Big increase in sales of alcohol-free drinks
Sweden’s state-owned retail alcohol monopoly, Systembolaget, says its biggest sales increase last year was in alcohol-free drinks. It’s part of the chain’s mission to encourage less or moderate drinking, and sales of alcohol-free beverages went up by 35 percent during 2012.
Iceland Review (Iceland) - Price Increases on Tobacco and Strong Alcohol
The price of tobacco and strong alcohol increased on January 1 for the sixth year in a row. The levy of tobacco increased by 12.5 percent in 2008, 15 percent in 2009, 10 percent in 2010, 7 percent in 2011 and 5 percent in 2012.
Evening Standard (UK) - Alcohol link to road deaths of middle-aged Londoners
Nearly half of all middle-aged pedestrians killed in London road accidents were impaired by alcohol, a study has revealed.
Lithuanian Tribune (Lithuania) - Lithuanian JustMin proposes penalties for bying illegal alcohol, tobacco
Lithuania’s Justice Ministry has proposed penalties for buyers of illegal alcoholic beverages and tobacco products in hopes of stepping up efforts against smuggling.
Healio - High alcohol consumption increased risk for hepatocellular carcinoma among cirrhotic patients with HBV
Cirrhotic patients infected with hepatitis B virus who consumed large quantities of alcohol were at increased risk for hepatocellular carcinoma compared with patients with either hepatitis B virus or alcoholism in a recent study.
Times of India (India) - 'Govt, civil society must fight to curb alcohol-related problems'
With alcoholism being a major problem affecting the state, a view has emerged that the government needs to consider alternative means of revenue and move away from viewing liquor as a source of revenue through excise.
News Observer (USA) - Clark Rounds: Alcohol also kills
The shooting in Newport was a tragic event, and the suffering of the families is heartbreaking. However, another cause of death is even more tragic because these deaths occur in greater numbers every day and affect many more people. They come from the misuse of alcohol.
LiveScience.com (Russia) - Russia in a Froth? Beer Now Labeled as Alcohol
In a desperate effort to control runaway alcoholism, the government of Russia has officially declared beer is an alcoholic beverage.
AllAfrica.com (Kenya) - Kenya: Pre-Poll Alcohol Ban Bill Sails Through House
Parliament yesterday debated a Bill that will outlaw the sale and consumption of liquor two days before the March 4 election date.
Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - Alcohol guidelines 'too high' say doctors
Government alcohol guidelines that were “plucked out of the air” wrongly suggest that we can drink almost daily with no ill-effects, say doctors.
Times of Malta (Malta) - Alcohol is a drug
The recent feature by the Sense Group (December 24) treads on dangerous territory. To say that alcohol is not a drug is misleading and I would ask Sedqa Agency to either confirm this declaration or else contest it.
Telegraph.co.uk - Abstaining from alcohol in January 'not enough' liver experts say
Many people abstain from alcohol in January to counter the excesses of Christmas and New Year but liver experts have warned this is not enough to undo the long-term damage caused.
10News (USA) - Idaho prisoners blame crimes on booze, sue alcohol makers
A group of Idaho inmates is suing makers of alcoholic beverages. Anheuser-Busch, Miller Brewing, and the makers of Jim Beam are facing a billion dollar lawsuit because the inmates say it was the alcohol that led them to do their crimes.
PublicServiceEurope.com (UK) - Liver disease now one of the biggest killers
With society more readily condoning antisocial behaviour, intoxication is on the rise and so is liver disease – now killing one in five people.

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