Monday, November 25, 2013

Alcohol News - 47/2013

Anchorage Daily News (USA) - Alaska's alcohol taxes among highest in nation
Alaska's reputation as a low-tax state doesn't extend to alcohol taxes. A study released last month by a consumer-oriented finance website shows Alaska's alcohol taxes are the third highest in the nation, after Washington and Alabama, The News-Miner ( reported in Sunday's newspaper. (Ireland) - GardaĆ­ seized alcohol in public places 354 times last year
THERE WERE 354 seizures of alcohol in public places last year, a drop on the previous year when more than 480 of these incidents were recorded.
TopNews United States (UK) - Alcohol is Major Cause of Accidents in North Yorkshire and UK
People are being called up on by Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust as a part of Alcohol Awareness Week 2013 to drink sensibly so as to keep themselves and others safe from any kind of harm.
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Punch-drunk culture must stop celebrating alcohol abuse
The time will have to come when Australia confronts and acts on the damage done by alcohol, just as it did with tobacco. For the moment, too many people see the abuse of alcohol as someone else’s problem. Tougher government action on prevention is not seen as a priority, especially if that means higher prices, restricted access and a rethink of the central role booze plays in our cultural life.
The Guardian (Australia) - Alcohol protection orders in Northern Territory 'will criminalise alcoholism'
Alcohol protection orders being rushed through the Northern Territory parliament will disadvantage Indigenous people and criminalise alcoholism, an Aboriginal legal aid agency says. (UK) - Teenage boozers get their alcohol from their own PARENTS in binge-drinking Britain
One in five secondary school kids get drunk thanks to mum and dad - Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham are singled out as Britain capitals of underage drunkenness.
CCTV (Australia) - Patterns of alcohol consumption in Australia unhealthy: report
The Australian National Council on Drugs report (ANCD) confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that levels and patterns of alcohol consumption in Australia are frequently risky or unhealthy and alcohol consumption among young people is "a significant concern."
BBC News (UK) - Under-age drinking crackdown called for
The government should introduce tougher punishments for parents, siblings and friends who buy alcohol for children, left-wing think tank Demos has urged.
Science Daily (USA) - Recessionary Woes Lead to Adverse Alcohol Outcomes for Men and Middle-Aged Americans
Although the U.S. recession officially ended in June 2009, many Americans still struggle to make ends meet. A recent study has examined the relationship between different types of economic loss experienced during the recession -- job loss, reduced work hours/pay, difficulty paying for housing, housing loss, and loss of retirement savings -- and alcohol consumption and problems, finding that men and middle-aged Americans are at higher risk for multiple, adverse alcohol outcomes.
The Independent (UK) - Prosecutions for under-age alcohol sales fall to quarter of 2008 level
The number of adults prosecuted for supplying alcohol to underage drinkers has fallen to just 142 in the last year, according to figures released today. (Canada) - Social costs of alcohol high in N.S., internal report says
An internal report prepared by the Nova Scotia government reveals that revenue from selling booze is easily eclipsed by how much is spent on alcohol-related health, hospital and police costs.
Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey) - Turkish Airlines to test for alcohol, drug use in personnel
Turkish Airlines (THY) has said it has begun to conduct alcohol and drugs tests on its personnel who are in critical positions in line with a procedure that went into effect last year.
Scotsman (Scotland) - Alcohol ban at football matches must stay – experts
ALCOHOL must not be legalised at Scottish football grounds, despite growing pressure from clubs wanting to cash in on extra revenue, public health experts have warned.
Science Daily - Frontal-Lobe Damage from Alcohol May Occur Before General Mental Status Challenges
Frontal lobe deficiency, characterized by executive dysfunction such as deficits in attention and working memory, has been linked with an inability to abstain from alcohol.
The Guardian (UK) - Alcohol unit pricing will save many lives
We urge the government to bring back plans for minimum unit pricing and follow the example of Ireland, which has announced its intention to press ahead with this measure.
Daily Mail (USA) - Red, blue and high all over: Mapping America's drug and alcohol habits along political party lines... and DC is among the worst offenders
In 2008, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - put out a map showing how many people 12 years or older said they have used illicit drugs in the past year.
Quartz (Spain) - Health-conscious Spaniards are guzzling non-alcoholic beer—while clinging to cigarettes
Spain dominates in many areas: men’s soccer, youth unemployment, and as a new study from Euromonitor International points out, consumption of low alcohol and non-alcoholic beer.
BBC News (UK) - Blackpool Council considers ban on adverts for alcohol
Blackpool Council is considering banning all alcohol advertising outside pubs, shops and off-licences.
The Guardian (Australia) - Australian children single out alcohol as country's main cause of violence
Almost half of Australian children recently questioned in an international survey say alcohol is a main cause of violence in Australia, the third highest proportion of all responding countries, it was revealed on Wednesday.
World Health Organization (Slovenia) - New publication on alcohol policies in Slovenia
The Slovenian National Institute of Public Health has launched the new publication: 'Alcohol in Slovenia – trends in the way of drinking, health consequences of harmful drinking, the opinion of stakeholders and suggested measures for effective alcohol policy'.

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