Monday, October 7, 2013

Alcohol News - 40/2013

Finland Times (Helsinki) - Cabinet Committee backs moderate increase of tax on alcohol
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy extended Thursday its support for the proposal by the Minister of Finance that the alcohol tax hike planned for 2014 be introduced at half the rate specified in the spending limits decision, according to a press release. - Alcohol slows healing of bones
Doctors have long observed that booze benders can impair the healing process following a bone fracture. And new research is providing insights into how alcohol slows healing.
New York Post - Female alcohol abuse is a ‘global epidemic’
Alcohol abuse is rising in much of the developed world — and in many countries, female drinkers are driving that growth. (UK) - Goodbye to boozy Britain! We're losing our thirst for alcohol
Figures of booze consumption have plummeted to the lowest recorded this century. A typical British drinker chugs down an average of eight litres over the span of an entire year.
TVNZ (New Zealand) - Booze tunes a 'glorification of alcohol'
A new study showing an increase in music lyrics about alcohol has caused concern about how pop songs are influencing young people and binge-drinking culture.
TopNews New Zealand - Female Drinkers Promote Alcohol Abuse among Developed Countries
According to reports, many female drinkers are driving the growth of alcohol abuse in much of the developed countries.
West - Welfare Society Territory (France) - Rising alcohol and tobacco use among French teens
France’s anti-smoking and drinking policies to combat consumption among the young have failed. Sixteen and 17 year olds are actually now smoking and drinking more than in 2009, when the ban on selling alcohol and tobacco to the under-18s came into effect. (UK) - One in five UK top ten songs have alcohol-related lyrics, study finds
One in five top ten songs in the UK have alcohol-related lyrics, a study has revealed, fueling concerns that music is promoting an unsafe image for young people.
The Chronicle of Social Change (USA) - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in America – A Silent Crisis
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications. (Poland) - Poland plans tax increase on tobacco and alcohol
The Polish cabinet is considering draft legislation on Wednesday that includes the raising of excise taxes on tobacco products and alcohol.
Times of India (India) - Mumbai 24x7: Excise commissioner bats for ban on alcohol permits
Just days after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation ( BMC) gave its assent to a proposal to allow some restaurants and shops to remain open all night comes more good news for Mumbai's flailing nightlife.
Ahlul Bayt News Agency – (Russia) - Moscow bans alcohol sales during Eid al-Adha holiday
Moscow government prohibited the sale of alcohol near Soboraya and Istoricheskaya mosques during the celebration of Eid al-Adha holiday, RIA Novosti news agency reports with reference to the representative of the Prefecture of the Central Administrative District (CAO) of the capital of Russia.
medwireNews - Alcohol use disorders prevalent in bipolar disorder patients
Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) have a high rate of comorbidity with bipolar disorder in both men and women, according to findings from a recent systematic meta-analysis of both epidemiologic and clinical studies.
Malta Independent Online (EU) - ALCOHOL STRATEGIES IN THE EU
The World Health Organization reported in 2012 that Europe currently holds the highest per-capita alcohol consumption in the world. Furthermore, it is reported that the average adult in the EU consumes nearly 3 drinks a day - more than twice the world average.
The potential introduction of drunk tanks, a holding cell for individuals who are intoxicated in public and unable to take care of themselves, has caused a bit of a stir in the UK of late. The Maltese government is aware of the UK proposal and told this newspaper that it will “assess all recommendations that reduce the consequences of over drinking”.
Manawatu Standard (New Zealand) - Young top statistics for drunk driving
Drink-driving convictions are tumbling in Palmerston North, but drivers under 25 are still getting caught in greater numbers than anyone else.
Herald Sun (Australia) - Australian of the Year Ita Buttrose calls for drinking age to be raised to 21
AUSTRALIAN of the Year Ita Buttrose wants the nation to trial a drinking age of 21, calling for a shift in attitudes to alcohol that should include voluntarily restricting it to meal times.
Irish Health (Ireland) - 'Govt must act on alcohol crisis'
Alcohol Action Ireland has called on the Government to to finally tackle our harmful relationship with alcohol. It wants to Government to implement the recommendations to reduce alcohol-related harm it is currently considering without further delay.

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