Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Alcohol News - 12/2014

Irish Independent (Ireland) - Alcohol abuse causing harm to one in four of us
The misery inflicted on others due to someone else's drinking is leaving one in four people coping with the trauma of family rows, drunk driving, assault, vandalism or money difficulties.
Fox News (USA) - Alcohol’s role in traffic deaths vastly underreported, study shows
While much progress has been made in the fight against drunk driving, a new study from U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism indicates that alcohol-related traffic deaths are still vastly underreported on death certificates.
Public Radio International (UK) - Britain is sobering up with alcohol-free 'dry bars'
In the UK, a number of bars that don't serve alcohol have opened up recently. They are called "dry bars" — and they're places where people can hang out, have a bite to eat and drink "mocktails."
USA TODAY - Starbucks serving alcohol at more locations
Like others in the ultra-competitive restaurant world, the coffee giant plans to expand the number of domestic locations that sell alcoholic beverages.
Eleven Myanmar (Myanmar) - Alcohol consumption increasing in Myanmar
The rate of alcohol consumption is rising in Myanmar, with local production of beer, wine and spirits at more than 25 million gallons annually, according to the local reports.
Caymanian Compass (Cayman Islands) - Alcohol is drug of choice for teens
More than half of Cayman Islands students do not use substances at all, according to a report on substance use by the territory’s adolescents, but among those who do, alcohol is the most popular drug of choice.
EurekAlert (Finland) - Drinking alcohol several times a week increases the risk of stroke mortality
Consuming alcohol more frequently than twice a week increases the risk of stroke mortality in men, according to a study carried out at the University of Eastern Finland. The results show that the effects of alcohol are not limited to the amount consumed, but also the frequency of drinking matters.
World Health Organization (Australia) - Protecting unborn babies from alcohol-related harm
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is the umbrella term for impairments of the growth and development of the brain and the central nervous system caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Aboriginal women in Australia have shown how communities can take action to protect their women and babies from alcohol-related harm in pregnancy. - Drug and alcohol abuse could be linked with poor development of "love hormone"
Addictive behavior such as drug and alcohol abuse could be associated with poor development of the so-called "love hormone" system in our bodies during early childhood, according to researchers at the University of Adelaide. (Canada) - Half of young Cape Bretoners struggle with alcohol: report
Some startling figures have come out in a report compiled by health professionals and police about the over-consumption of alcohol in Cape Breton.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Public health isn't a priority for profit-driven alcohol industry
FOR the first time, an Irish Government has decided to treat our harmful relationship with alcohol as a public health problem in an effort to bring about positive change in a society where binge drinking and drunkenness has become normal, accepted behaviour.
The FINANCIAL (EU) - Tackling alcohol related harm requires better actions
Europe is the heaviest drinking region in the world – Europeans drink more than twice as any other region, according to EUbusiness Ltd.
Irish Mirror (Ireland) - One in ten workers forced to pick up the slack left from boozy colleagues
Workers are having to carry the can for colleagues who are drinking too much, shock new research has revealed. The HSE’s “Alcohol’s Harm to Others in Ireland” report shows that one-in-ten employees have experienced negative consequences as a result of a co-worker’s heavy drinking.
The Age (Australia) - Health call for harder stand on pubs, clubs
Victoria should follow NSW's lead by introducing 3am last drinks in pubs and clubs and a statewide ban on the sale of takeaway alcohol after 10pm, health groups say.
Radio New Zealand (New Zealand) - Alcohol policies must change – Palmer
Former Law Commission president Sir Geoffrey Palmer says an increase in the tax on alcohol would be an important step in changing New Zealand's binge drinking culture.

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