Monday, January 28, 2013

Alcohol News - 4/2013


The Baltic Course (Estonia) - The Economist places Estonia on top position in its alcohol sale top list
The pocket boom "Pocket World in Figures 2013", issued by the Economist, indicates that more alcohol is sold in Estonia per capita than in any other state in the world, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
Postimees (Estonia) - Estonian minister against equal excise rates for strong, light alcohol
Social Affairs Minister Taavi Roivas has said he is not in favor of a proposal of Estonian producers of strong alcohol to equalize the excise duty rates for strong alcoholic beverages and low-alcohol beverages.
YLE uutiset (Finland) - Campaign wants to stop adults buying alcohol for kids
A new campaign by the Finnish Parents' League calls attention to the practice of parents purchasing alcohol for teens. The street campaign plastered across Finnish cities asks parents whether they're pushing alcohol on their children.
Mpelembe (Sweden) - Leading Swedish doctor claims some alcoholics can be taught to drink moderately
Doctor Sven Andreasson, who has carried out research into the subject of alcoholism in his role as adjunct professor of social medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, has claimed that abstinence is not the only way to treat those with drink problems. Instead, cognitive behavioural therapy techniques could be used to teach problem drinkers to drink moderately.
Nursing Times - Calls for international consensus on alcohol consumption
Psychologists from the University of Sussex have called for unified alcohol consumption guidelines after discovering different countries have significantly different approaches.
About - News & Issues - TV Alcohol Ads Influence Underage Drinking
Most parents are concerned about the influence that media has on their kids, from encouraging them to smoke and drink alcohol, to doing drugs or becoming violent. That's why many try to supervise and limit what they watch on TV, which movies they see, and what video games they play.
Press TV (UK) - Female death toll from alcohol abuse soars faster than male’s
More career women are dying of alcohol-related deaths in Britain than men and the number of deaths has been fast growing during the past decade, fresh figures show.
NEWS.com.au (Australia) - Alcohol campaign 'tinkering'
A STATE government campaign to promote drinking wisely is "tinkering around the edges", the Police Association said.
USA Today - Health roundup: Alcohol and sleep don't mix, study says
Drinking alcohol may help you fall asleep faster, but is likely to disrupt your sleep later in the night and leave you less rested, a new review of 27 studies confirms. Alcohol also can contribute to sleep apnea, a disruption in breathing during sleep.
PsychCentral.com - Intervention for High-Risk Teens Can Reduce Alcohol Abuse
Mental health interventions directed toward high-risk teenagers significantly reduces their drinking behavior and that of their schoolmates.
Science Daily - Alcohol Use from Adolescence to Adulthood Follows Different, Complex Pathways
Adolescence is often a time of novelty seeking and risk taking, including the initiation of drinking. While heavy drinking that begins in adolescence can lead to problematic alcohol use later in life, other risk factors are also involved in trajectories of alcohol use that may develop.
7thSpace Interactive - Alcohol-related dementia: an update of the evidence
The characteristics of dementia relating to excessive alcohol use have received increased research interest in recent times. In this paper, the neuropathology, nosology, epidemiology, clinical features, and neuropsychology of alcohol-related dementia (ARD) and alcohol-induced persisting amnestic syndrome (Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, or WKS) are reviewed.
CNN - Mental health manual changes may turn binge drinkers into mild alcoholics
Are you an alcoholic -- or just a problem drinker? It may not matter, according to the latest version of the DSM, psychiatry's diagnostic manual.
ABC News (Ireland) - Irish County Votes to Let Some Drive Drunker
The County Kerry Council in southwest Ireland passed a measure on Monday that allows rural drivers to legally drive while under the influence of alcohol.
Brafton - Auto brands and alcohol companies are cranking out social media content
Social media – it’s not going anywhere – and neither are the experts who develop initiatives and strategies for sites like Facebook and Twitter. According to The Dachis Group’s Social Business Index, a report that ranks the world’s top-performing social companies, Chrysler, Carlsberg and Diageo proved themselves to be businesses with sound social strategies. Topping the list were National Amusements Inc. (Viacom) and The Walt Disney Company.
Examiner.com - New review spotlights the damage from binge drinking alcohol
Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) covers a range of diseases such as fatty liver, hepatitis and cirrhosis. All are commonly linked to alcohol abuse or the disease of alcoholism.
Irish Health (Ireland) - Suicide - alcohol abuse must be tackled
The high suicide level among young Irish men could be reduced if more was done to tackle the issue of alcohol abuse, Alcohol Action Ireland has said.
Science Daily - The Ability to 'Hold One's Liquor' Indicates Risk of Developing Alcohol Problems
Prior studies have shown that a low subjective response (SR) to alcohol is a risk factor for alcohol use disorders (AUDs). Research on moderate drinkers has shown that acquired tolerance is different from initial response, and is also significantly associated with drinking problems.
Indian Express - Women drink more alcohol after marriage
Women consume more alcohol after they get married while men actually cut down after marriage, a survey has found.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Finance minister says no to selling alcohol in corner stores
The provincial government says it has no plans to either privatize the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation or to allow the sale of alcohol in corner stores, rejecting an idea put forward by Progressive-Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie.
WA today (Australia) - Local bottle shops linked to mental health
While being within walking distance of your local corner bottle shop may be convenient, a Perth university has found a link between the number of neighbourhood liquor outlets and harmful drinking behaviour, in first-of-its-kind research.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Alcohol News - 3/2013


15min.lt (Lithuania) - Lithuanian parliament votes to lift beer sale restrictions
Lithuania's Seimas voted in favor of canceling beer sale restrictions for fear of sanctions from the European Commission.
Russian Radio (Estonia) - As per the statistics- maximum per capita alcohol in the world is sold in Estonia
The most per capita alcohol in the world is sold in Estonia. This is shown in the statistics published in the British magazine ‘The Economist’.
THL (Finland) - THL shares Finnish alcohol policy expertise worldwide
The National Institute for Health and Welfare is now also a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on alcohol policy implementation and evaluation.
habermonitor (Denmark) - Limiting alcohol ads on the agenda in Denmark
Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt,"we do not want to become dependent on alcohol advertising restrictions bring our children at a young age.
The Baltic Course - Nordic-Baltic alcohol policy network urges airline companies and hotels to abandon free alcohol
Nordic Alcohol and Drug Policy Network (NordAN), with over 80 member organisations from Nordic and Baltic countries, calls airline companies to rethink their policies on alcohol and end giving out free alcohol on board as alcohol is no ordinary commodity and may cause serious problems in this extraordinary situation.
NAD (Sweden) - Information if you want it – the new Swedish public health policy
In June 2012, the Swedish right-wing government presented their new public health policy to the Parliament in a written communication.
The Independent (USA) - The economic impact of alcohol
In the last decade, local option elections have taken place in nearly every corner of the state with communities voting, more often than not, to allow or expand alcohol sales rather than to limit or prohibit them entirely.
The Australian (Australia) - Health curbs on alcohol mooted
HEALTH activists are seeking public funds to lay the groundwork for bans on alcohol advertising, minimum pricing of alcoholic drinks, restrictions on certain foods and to push the case that alcohol causes cancer.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Changing Kiwi booze culture: Time to address the elephant in the pub
New Zealand has far too many problem alcohol users. This has been accepted as fact by most interested parties. The costs can be measured in different ways and to get a true picture of alcohol related harm, such costs should be described and measured accurately.
This is Money (UK) - Cameron looks to Scotland for legal case to underpin minimum alcohol price
Lawyers for the Government are to make David Cameron’s case for minimum pricing on alcohol in the Scottish courts this week.
China Post (Russia) - Russians warily turn to AA in battle with alcohol
One-time Russian prisoner Andrei tried to quit drinking 22 times, going for cures that lasted from one to six months. But each time, he went back to the bottle.
Medscape - Physicians Frequently Miss Alcohol Problems
Clinical intuition alone misses most patients with alcohol problems compared with a standard screening instrument, according to a study published in the January/February issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - Royal Navy alcohol policy must change, says shot submarine officer's widow
Gill Molyneux, whose husband Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux was shot dead by a drunk naval rating on a submarine, says Royal Navy alcohol policy must change.
Times of India - Liver failure: Liver damage and alcohol
And how much alcohol does one have to consume to have a liver problem? To answer our questions on liver failure and to bust myths on liver damage due to alcohol, we spoke to Dr. Rakesh Tandon, Head of Gastroenterology at Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute (PSRI Hospital).
Swindon Advertiser - Europe-wide savings cut Lidl's booze costs
LIDL has responded to a survey by the Adver showing some supermarket alcohol is cheaper than at the cash and carry. The survey also found rock-bottom alcohol prices at the main stores in the town.
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - 'Appalling' alcohol abuse prompts pub closure
The ''appalling'' aggravated alcohol abuse at Heffs Hotel is behind a Liquor Licensing Authority order for the South Dunedin premises to be temporarily closed for part of this week.
The Local.de (Germany/Netherlands) - Dutch invade German borderlands for beer
The flood of Germans coming back from Holland with secret stashes of cannabis has been replaced by Dutch people going in the other direction, their cars loaded with beer, the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reported.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

FASD News - 2/2013


 NEWS and ARTICLES
Alexandria Echo Press - Here's how women can help prevent birth defects
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is joining the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) and the Minnesota March of Dimes to inform women about ways to prevent birth defects in Minnesota throughout January, which is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.
Daily Mail (UK) - My foster son's mother drank in pregnancy. It left him so mentally damaged he was too dangerous to live with
Looking at the little boy in front of me, I felt like howling in frustration. A big vacant grin on his face, he was hopping from one foot to the other and singing at the top of his voice, while inanely cracking his knuckles.
AllAfrica.com (South Africa) - Africa: Trouble Brewing - Africa and Alcohol Problems
With over-consumption of alcohol on the rise, governments are struggling to find suitable legislation amidst profit-hungry global corporations and illegally-produced liquor.
Today's THV (USA) - ACH: Birth defects common, costly, critical for Arkansas
A baby is born every 14 minutes in Arkansas. Every five hours a baby is born with a birth defect, and every four days a baby in the state dies from a birth defect.
Communitycare.co.uk (UK) - Why my social work experience led me to specialise on foetal alcohol spectrum disorders
After 27 years as a practising social worker Liam Curran became a certified trainer on foetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Here, he tells Community Care about the highs and lows of his new job.
Wisconsin State Journal (USA) - Dr. Dana Johnson: Some birth defects can be prevented, even before pregnancy
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. One out of every 33 babies in the United States is born with a birth defect. While some birth defects cannot be prevented, there are ways to reduce the risk of many others.
USA TODAY (USA) - CDC: Binge drinking is serious problem for girls, women
Binge drinking among women and girls is a health problem that is serious but under-recognized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in a report today.
The New York Times - Why No One Really Knows If Moderate Drinking Is Safe for Pregnant Women
Is moderate drinking (less than one drink a day) safe during pregnancy?
TheSouthAfrican (South Africa) - ‘No evidence’ for Sky claim that SA women drink to harm babies
According to Africa Check, there is little in the way of hard evidence to back up the claim in a Sky News report that mothers in one of South Africa’s poorest areas are drinking heavily to deliberately damage their unborn babies – just so that they can claim the disability benefit

MATERIALS
College of Caledonia - FASD Programs, Services & Training
The Lakes District community has taken a proactive role in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) since 1991. As a result, CNC Lakes District Campus has actively supported the development of a number of programs designed by front line workers to provide supports and services to individuals affected by prenatal alcohol exposure and women at risk of alcohol and drug use during pregnancy.
The University of Sydney - Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work
The Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work is a practical tool written for Aboriginal drug and alcohol workers, mental health workers and others working in this field.

COMING EVENTS
SPECIAL: www.fasdedmonton2013.ca - Alcohol and Pregnancy –prevention and legal issues of FASD
During the last four years, the Institute of Health Economics, a non for profit organization in Edmonton, Canada, www.ihe.ca has made significant efforts in support of the development of policy issues related to FASD.
Carolyn Blackburn SEND Consultancy (UK) - Improving outcomes for children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and other complex learning disabilities (18 April 2013, Coventry)
This will be an intensive Learning Day for educators of children and young adults who have FASD, often accompanied by other learning disabilities. Carolyn Blackburn and Raja Mukherjee are two of the UK’s leading experts in FASD.
Interprofessional Continuing Education - The 5th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
This conference brings together experts from many disciplines to share international research, to discuss the implications of this research, and to promote scientific/community collaboration.
NeuroDevNet (France) - 3rd International SAF France Symposium
The 3rd International SAF France Symposium will be held Thursday 30th and Friday 31st of May 2013 at the Cité Internationale Universitaire of Paris.
fasdNL (Canada) - FASD Throughout the Lifespan: from prevention to lifelong support
The fasdNL Network is inviting you to an FASD conference entitled FASD Throughout the Lifespan and the 14th Annual FACE Research Roundtable.

RESEARCH
Annals of Neurology - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Affects Vasculature Development in the Neonatal Brain
In humans, antenatal alcohol exposure elicits various developmental disorders, in particular in the brain. Numerous studies focus on the deleterious effects of alcohol on neural cells. Although recent studies suggest that alcohol can affect angiogenesis in adults, the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on brain microvasculature remains poorly understood.
The Journal of Neuroscience - Moderate Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Reduces Plasticity and Alters NMDA Receptor Subunit Composition in the Dentate Gyrus
Although it is well documented that heavy consumption of alcohol during pregnancy impairs brain development, it remains controversial whether moderate consumption causes significant damage. Using a limited access, voluntary consumption paradigm, we recently demonstrated that moderate prenatal alcohol exposure (MPAE) is associated with dentate gyrus-dependent learning and memory deficits that are manifested in adulthood.
Alcohol - Identification of cell-specific patterns of reference gene stability in quantitative reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction studies of embryonic, placental and neural stem models of prenatal ethanol exposure
Identification of the transcriptional networks disrupted by prenatal ethanol exposure remains a core requirement to better understanding the molecular mechanisms of alcohol-induced teratogenesis.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Berliner Zeitung (Germany) - Jeder Schluck ist eine Gefahr
Das Projekt "Blau im Bauch" richtet sich gegen den Konsum von Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft, der dazu führen kann, dass das Kind mit dem Fetalen Alkoholsyndrom (FASD) geboren wird.
Avisen Agder (Norway) - Sørlandet sykehus HF ønsker å bli godkjent som senter for utredning av russkadde barn
Sørlandet sykehus HF har søkt om å bli godkjent som regionalt henvisningskompetansesenter for utredning av barn med skader etter mors alkoholbruk. HABU ved Barnesenteret har søkt Helse Sør-Øst om 3,1 millioner kroner til å opprette et slikt senter.
SpitsNieuws (Netherlands) - Baby gehandicapt zuipen voor bijstand
Zwangere vrouwen in Zuid-Afrika gaan over tot drastische maatregelen om aan geld te komen. De laatste trend die in het land heerst is dat vrouwen expres veel alcohol drinken, zodat hun baby gehandicapt ter wereld komt.
NEWSru.co.il (Russia) - Жительницы ЮАР пьют во время беременности – чтобы родить инвалидов
По данным Всемирной организации здравоохранения (ВОЗ) в последние годы в этом регионе резко возросло количестве новорожденных, у которых диагностировано расстройство фетального алкогольного спектра ( FASD) – наиболее часто встречающийся врожденный порок у местных младенцев.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Alcohol News - 2/2013


YLE uutiset (Finland) - Alcohol lobbyists want law changed
January is traditionally a drier month after the Christmas indulgence. Big breweries and retailers, however, want more freedom to tempt abstinent customers into a tipple.
The Foreigner (Norway) - Norway Rightists say ‘no time, gentlemen, please’
The Progress Party (FrP) emphasises the next parliamentary period is ripe for a more consumer-friendly alcohol policy.
Tispol (Sweden) - Arne Winerdal discusses drink-driving and safety in Sweden
We have been fighting for a sober traffic in Sweden all these years and we have been rather successful. MHF pushed the Members of Parliament to vote for a law already in 1989 for a maximum allowance of alcohol in traffic to be set at 0.2g/l. I have been the CEO of MHF since spring 2012.
China Daily (China) - Hainan bans alcohol at official receptions
Hainan province has banned alcohol ban at official receptions, the People's Daily reported on Jan 15. Over the past few years, authorities in Hainan province have issued rules regulating the consumption of alcohol among civil servants.
PsychCentral.com - It Takes A Village to Curb Teenage Alcohol Use
Living in a caring community may help curb teenage alcohol use, according to new research. For the study, researchers at Penn State evaluated how seven categories of risk and protective factors can predict teen alcohol use.
MorningAdvertiser.co.uk (Scotland) - Legal challenge against minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland kicks off this week
A legal challenge to the Scottish Government’s plan for minimum pricing on alcohol kicks off this week in Edinburgh, with the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) claiming it would break UK and European Union law.
Radio New Zealand (New Zealand) - Police boss believes alcohol behind most crime
Police Commissioner Peter Marshall says solving the country's alcohol problems would get rid of most criminal offending, and education and legislation are needed to achieve this.
Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - Alcohol companies 'encourage drinking on Facebook'
Alcohol companies are using Facebook to encourage drinking, undermining a government drive they signed up for, experts warn.
Daily Nation (Kenya) - Bar owners to sue if MPs pass alcohol law
Bar owners have threatened to go to court if the proposed alcoholic drinks control law is implemented. The traders have opposed proposals by Naivasha MP John Mututho to ban sale of alcoholic beverages two days to the General Election.
Daily Mail (UK) - Is alcohol ageing YOU? Deep wrinkles, red skin and chubby cheeks... new app shows the long-term effects alcohol has on looks - and it's not a pretty sight
Whether it's meeting up with friends for cocktails after work, enjoying a drink with an evening meal or having a glass of wine at home to unwind after a busy day, modern women are consuming more alcohol than ever.
Daily News & Analysis - Revealed: Effects of alcohol on sex life
Experts have analysed what a cocktail or glass of wine, which can help us relax and even feel a little 'sexier', actually does to our sex life.
TopNews New Zealand (Australia) - Indonesian Foreign Affairs Dept Warns Australians about Alcohol
A Perth teenager lost its life after having alcohol-based drink in Indonesia. Controversy took place as people demanded security when they travel to other countries across the globe.
BBC News (Wales) - Nurses in Wales to give patients advice after drink injuries
Nurses are being put on the front line of fighting the growing tide of binge drinking and alcohol related injuries and illnesses in Wales.
TheSouthAfrican (South Africa) - ‘No evidence’ for Sky claim that SA women drink to harm babies
According to Africa Check, there is little in the way of hard evidence to back up the claim in a Sky News report that mothers in one of South Africa’s poorest areas are drinking heavily to deliberately damage their unborn babies – just so that they can claim the disability benefit
FRANCE 24 (USA) - Binge drinking serious problem for US women: study
Binge drinking is an under-recognized problem for US women, nearly 14 million of whom engage in it about three times a month, downing about six drinks each time, says a study released Tuesday.

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.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

FASD News - 1/2013


NEWS and ARTICLES
Sky News (South Africa) - South Africa: Women Drinking To Harm Babies
Mothers in one of South Africa's poorest areas are drinking heavily to deliberately damage their unborn babies - just so they can claim disability benefit.
Globe and Mail - Unplanned parenthood: how drinking while pregnant changes lives forever
Crystal Piquette is 31 and ripped, her biceps and flat tummy a testament to the rigours of her factory job. Her life seems ordinary – she has a boyfriend and five cats, does handicrafts and dreams of buying a home – but it’s a quantum leap for someone who ran away from home at 17 to live on the street.
Globe and Mail (Canada) - Educating Austin: supporting kids with fetal alcohol syndrome
School can be a problem for children like Austin Layte. He was in Grade 3 last year, but spent most of May and June, not in class but in the principal’s office – visits that mystified a boy who always seem to have a storm brewing inside.
Scientific American - How Much Alcohol Is Safe for Expectant Mothers?
On the night of my 32nd birthday, my husband and I enjoyed a delicious dinner while on vacation in Orvieto, Italy. To complement my pasta, I enjoyed a single glass of red wine, my first since learning I was pregnant four months earlier. Even now my indulgence inspires periodic pangs of guilt: Did I stunt my son’s potential by sipping that Sangiovese?
Wadena Pioneer Journal (USA) - Public Health Matters: January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month
Wadena County Public Health wants to let you know that January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Together, with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN), we work to make information available on how to prevent birth defects and also give support to families who are dealing with a child born with a birth defect.
Glasgow Evening Times (Wales) - 88% of pregnant women who tried to quit smoking started again within 4 weeks
Figures show the message is still not getting through to women about the dangers of prenatal smoking. A total of 1270 women were referred to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Smokefree Pregnancy Service from From April 1 to September 30 this year.
U.S. News & World Report (USA) - Thousands of U.S. Babies Born With Cleft Lip, Palate Each Year
It's not clear exactly what causes oral clefts, according to the March of Dimes. Some factors that have been associated with an increased risk for cleft lip and palate include changes in some genes, a deficiency of folic acid before pregnancy, taking certain medications while pregnant, drinking alcohol during pregnancy and having certain infections during pregnancy.
The Delta Discovery - The Difference Between FAS and FAE
Originally, FAS was an acronym for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and FAE for Fetal Alcohol Effect. In the early years of research on the effects of alcohol on the developing fetus, the terms FAS and FAE were used to distinguish between a syndrome that could be detected by observation and less noticeable effects from the alcohol upon the developing nervous system.
USA TODAY - Parents plead for easier route to help mentally ill kids
Starting at age 7, Teddy Shuman would transform at a moment's notice from a sweet-natured boy who struggled with developmental disabilities to a child driven by uncontrollable rages.
Health-e (South Africa) - Headway in the fight against FAS
A far-flung Northern Cape town has been making world headlines over the last few years. Unfortunately for the wrong reasons - a 2002-study revealed that more than one in 10 (12.2%) children in the De Aar community had foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), giving the town the highest reported rate in the world.
The Observer - Drinking While Pregnant: Her Baby, Your Problem?
It’s your first day as a waiter or waitress. You walk up to one of your customers, a woman with an oddly familiar glow to her skin. She looks up, smiling, and orders a glass of pinot noir. Seems normal, right? Until you look down and notice something odd: the woman is pregnant. What do you do?
Pix11 (USA) - Outrage as hospitals test pregnant moms for drugs near low-income neighborhoods
Expecting moms in New York are being drug tested in hospitals near low income neighborhoods. But pregnancy advocates are calling the practice racist and discriminatory.

UPCOMING
FASD Throughout the Lifespan: from prevention to lifelong support
The FASD Association of Newfoundland & Labrador is inviting you to the FACE Research Roundtable and our conference FASD Throughout the Lifespan.
FASD Learning series 2012-2013
Sessions are available via live webcast.
College of New Caledonia - FASD Advanced Diploma Online / FASD Online Courses
This post-diploma program is designed for professionals who are working with individuals or families affected by FASD. Classes are provided in a supportive, fully online environment. Join our team of nationally recognized experts in this field and gain university credits that can be used toward social, justice, education and health professions.
MOFAS - Video Project Night for Young Adults Affected by an FASD
We invite young adults affected by an FASD to join us in creating short videos that feature you, talking about your experiences. You can talk about what services have been beneficial for you, what is most frustrating or what would have been more helpful in making you feel supported and successful. The videos will be short, easy and fun to make.

MATERIALS
Community Living - Supporting Success for Adults with FASD
CLBC’s new Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Resource Supporting Success for Adults with FASD is designed to be used by CLBC staff, service providers, community members, family members and others who work with adults with FASD.

RESEARCH
Annals of Neurology - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Affects Vasculature Development in the Neonatal Brain
In mice, prenatal alcohol exposure induced a reduction of cortical vascular density, loss of the radial orientation of microvessels, and altered expression of VEGF receptors. Time-lapse experiments performed on brain slices revealed that ethanol inhibited glutamate-induced calcium mobilization in endothelial cells, affected plasticity, and promoted death of microvessels.
Alcoholism - Investigating the Influence of Prenatal Androgen Exposure and Sibling Effects on Alcohol Use and Alcohol Use Disorder in Females from Opposite-Sex Twin Pairs
There are robust sex differences for alcohol phenotypes, with men reporting more drinking and alcohol use disorder (AUD) symptoms than women. However, the sources of these effects are not completely understood. Sex hormones, a substantial biological sex difference, exert neurobehavioral influences and are candidates for influencing sex differences in alcohol phenotypes. This study investigated the effects of prenatal androgens based on the hypothesis of prenatal hormone transfer, which posits that hormones from one twin influence the development of a cotwin.