Monday, April 1, 2013

Alcohol News 13/2013


Alcolock.se (Sweden) - STOP DRINKING AND DRIVING: THIRTEEN PERCENT LIVE
Of all deaths on the road to responsible alcohol approximately thirteen percent. Strictly speaking: no alcohol, but the drivers.
News in English (Norway) - Demand crashed Vinmonopolet site
Thirsty, holiday-bound Norwegians were so curious about the opening hours at Norway’s state wine and liquor store chain, Vinmonopolet, on Wednesday that their heavy traffic to the monopoly’s website ended up crashing it. Vinmonopolet’s restricted opening hours may be liberalized somewhat next year.
Nordstjernan (Norway/Sweden) - Systembolaget closed due to Norwegian invasion
Swedish Systembolaget (the government owned chain of liquor stores) was closing in the town of Strömstad as a precaution because of the massive “invasion” of Norwegians expected around Easter.
The Baltic Course (Lithuania) - Lithuania health min wants to increase excise duty on cigarettes and alcohol every year
Lithuanian Minister of Health Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis says that he is in favour of continuously increasing excise duties on cigarettes and alcohol, reports LETA/ELTA.
ICEnew (Finland) - Finland clamp down on under-age drinking
Three people who bought alcohol on behalf of Finnish under-age drinkers have each been given tough sentences by the Vantaa district court. The leader of the trio, a 59-year-old man, has been charged with tobacco sales crimes, weapons crimes, alcohol crimes and tax fraud.
Yle.fi (Finland) - Tough sentences in under-age alcohol case
A trio who bought alcohol for under-age drinkers in the capital city region were convicted of tax fraud and alcohol crimes at Vantaa district court.
ScandAsia.com (Finland) - Finnish research: “Coffee might protect alcohol drinkers from liver disease”
The researchers asked nearly 19,000 Finnish men and women aged from 25 to 74 about their coffee and alcohol consumption. They also measured participants’ blood levels of the liver enzyme gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT).
Baltic Course (Estonia) - Estonian beverage producers set a ceiling to alcohol content of cider and long drink
Estonian Beer Association members A. LeCoq, Saku Õlletehas ja Viru Õlu will reduce the alcohol content of cider produced and marketed at a the local market to 4.5% and that of long drink to 5.5% starting July 1, 2013, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - The price that society pays for heavy drinkers' freedom is a crying shame
I was shown a photo recently of me giving a leaving certificate to one of my students. The photo moved me greatly because the boy is now dead. His name was Thomas Kelly and he was killed last year when someone hit him from behind while he strolled in Kings Cross with his girlfriend.
IrishCentral (Ireland) - Irish government set to introduce a minimum price on alcohol to tackle abuse
The government is preparing measures, including setting minimum pricing, to tackle alcohol abuse. A major study of how much alcohol Irish people consume is already underway. The report will determine how often they go to the pub and with whom they drink.
SU The Daily Orange - Nasa: Healthy ideas about body image, alcoholic beverage consumption must be promoted
College women face more scrutiny than their male counterparts when it comes to gaining weight from excessive drinking. Some companies have found a way to cash in on this stigma by creating alcohol marketed specifically toward the insecurities of women.
The Nationa Student (UK) - Alcohol restriction proposed for under 25s
To curb binge drinking in the UK, a Government think-tank has proposed restricting all alcohol consumption by people under 25 to their recommended daily amount of units.
Daily Mail (France) - 'Le binge-drinking' takes hold of France as alcohol-related hospital admissions rise by 30%
France has seen a sharp rise in the number of people being hospitalised for alcohol-related conditions. Around 400,000 people out of a population of 65 million are admitted to French hospitals every year for conditions like comas, hepatitis and liver cirrhosis, a rise of 30 per cent compared with three years ago.
Adelaide Now (Australia) - Foetal alcohol syndrome linked to binge drinking by mums
YOUNG women who binge drink while pregnant are producing a new wave of school children with learning difficulties, experts say.
Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey) - Governor of Aegean province defends anti-alcohol measures overturned by court
The Afyonkarahisar Governor’s Office has defended its decision to restrict alcohol consumption in the western province after a court recently struck down anti-drinking measures, saying its moves were not illegal.
Prague Daily Monitor (Chech Republic) - Gov't toughens fight against alcohol drinking, smoking
The Czech government Wednesday approved a plan of the state's tougher fight against excessive alcohol drinking and smoking, mainly by young people, by enhancing prevention steps at schools and setting up a network of services for those in trouble due to drugs, alcohol and gambling.

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