Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Alcohol News - 8/2014

The Independent (UK) - Drinking alcohol while pregnant could become a crime after landmark test case
A landmark test case due to be heard by the Court of Appeal could criminalise excessive drinking during pregnancy. It will be argued that a six-year-old girl is the victim of a crime because she suffered brain damage when she was exposed to alcohol in the womb - a risk that her mother was aware of, Sky News has reported.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - 'Aggressive' advertising linked to rise in alcohol availability
Rising economic confidence and "aggressive" marketing techniques are the driving factors behind an 8.9 million litre rise in alcohol availability last year, says one concerned health organisation.
Pro Bono Australia (Australia) - Protect Children From Alcohol Advertising: National Report
The Not for Profit sector has urged the Federal Government to act quickly to protect children from unrestrained alcohol advertising on television, following the release of a national report into alcohol marketing and advertising.
Helsinki Times (Finland) - Alcohol and drug related costs creep up to 2bn
Alcohol and drug use place a substantial burden on Finland's public coffers, with the related costs creeping up to approximately two billion euros in 2011 – equalling the funds allocated annually for Finnish universities and the operations of the Defence Forces.
Medical Daily - Legal Drinking Age Of 21 Saves Lives Every Day: Alcohol Related Injuries, Drunk Driving Significantly Less Common
A new review finds that the current legal drinking age of 21 saves lives — but critics say the benefits may come at the expense of a sensible alcohol culture.
Brisbane Times (Australia) - Newman promises 'best plan in Australia' to tackle alcohol violence
Queensland will have its plan to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence in place by the end of March. Premier Campbell Newman said by the time his government had finished, the state would have the “best plan in Australia” to deal with the issue.
The Independent (Scotland) - Alcohol-related deaths in Scotland fall by a third in a decade, bucking trends in England and Wales
Scotland has reduced drink-related deaths by more than a third in the past decade, new figures have revealed, bucking UK trends which have seen alcohol deaths rise in England and Wales.
Channel News Asia (Singapure) - Alcohol distributors, entertainment outlets may be hit hard by excise duties hike
Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam announced on Friday that liquor duties will increase by 25 per cent to keep pace with inflation. Entertainment outlets Channel NewsAsia spoke with said they are already facing cost pressures.
Autocar (UK) - It's time to lower the drink-drive limit to match the rest of Europe
The UK’s drink-driving limit was originally set in 1967, when there were a lot less cars on the road and our attitudes towards road safety in general were a touch more liberal than they are nowadays, to put it mildly.
The Guardian (UK) - Alcohol-related deaths among the elderly reach highest ever level
A charity has called for action to tackle the "growing and serious" problem of excessive drinking in older age after official figures revealed the number of alcohol-related deaths among people aged 75 and over has increased to their highest level since records began in 1991.
Voxy (New Zealand) - 'Time to get serious' on alcohol-related injuries
Alcohol-related injury is a burden on the Hawke’s Bay community and its health services which must be addressed, director of population health Dr Caroline McElnay says.

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