Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Alcohol News - 9/2014

Express.co.uk (UK) - Mother's little helper: The social network helping women beat the bottle
BUSY mum Kate Baily used to enjoy a glass of wine. And then another one. Her friends all seemed to be doing the same but Kate knew something was wrong – and then she discovered Soberistas, an online community that changed her life.
Daily Mail (UK) - Drinking yourself into anaesthetised state 'is now socially acceptable': NHS boss says intensive care swamped by alcohol cases
A third of intensive care beds at weekends are taken up by patients critically ill from alcohol, according to the NHS’s head of critical care.
Daily Mail - Binge drinkers who consume weekly intake in one go twice as likely to die prematurely as those who spread out the amount they drink across seven days
Binge drinking could double your risk of death - even if you drink very little the rest of the time, a study has found.
Science Codex - International research project: The more available alcohol is, the more likely that people will drink heavily
The International Alcohol Control (IAC) study is a newly developed international collaborative project designed to collect comparative data on alcohol consumption and policy-relevant behaviors in both high- and middle/low-income countries.
Scientific American - Wine Becomes More Like Whisky as Alcohol Content Gets High
In the past two decades the maximum alcohol content of wine has crept up from about 13 percent to, in some cases, northward of 17 percent, a side effect of the growing popularity of wines with richer fruit flavor.
ABC Local (Australia) - Research shows closing pubs and clubs early reduces alcohol related assaults
New research has found a reduction in assaults in Newcastle, after the introduction of ground breaking alcohol measures, has been maintained.
Irish Times (Ireland) - ‘You never have to explain why you drink; you always have to explain why you don’t’
“If alcohol didn’t exist and it was discovered, I don’t think there’s a government in the world that would allow it,” said Alastair Campbell, the former Labour government spin doctor, on a visit to Dublin yesterday. “I know from my own days as a heavy drinker that there’s nothing worse than being lectured about it – so change must happen at a societal level, that’s what happened with gay rights and racial equality.”
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia shuts doors after Fiona Nash cuts off funding
An organisation that has been advising Australian governments on alcohol and drug policy for almost half a century shut its doors on Friday.
Daily Mail - Trying to stick to a diet? Alcohol - NOT chocolate - is the biggest temptation
The British researchers hope that learning more about dieting downfalls will help slimmers plan for problems and strengthen their willpower.
Sky News (Australia) - Crackdown On Alcohol-Fuelled Violence In Oz
Some of the world's toughest alcohol laws are being introduced in Sydney, Australia, after a spate of deaths of young men caused by drunken violence.
The Independent Florida Alligator (USA) - Alcohol age limit linked to reduced drunken driving
The legal drinking age could have tangible consequences of reducing traffic accidents, suicide and assault. That’s what the findings of a study by two Boston University School of Public Health researchers showed. A review was published Monday by the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Anti-social behaviour sees Irish Rail passengers hit with alcohol ban
Passengers using certain services on Irish Rail will no longer be able to drink alcohol on board - with the Galway to Dublin service highlighted.
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.
YLE Uutiset (Finland) - Government imposes further restrictions on alcohol advertising
On Friday, President Sauli Niinist√∂ is expected to sign off on proposed amendments to Finland’s alcohol advertising legislation presented by the Government on Thursday. The amendments will make Finland’s already stringent alcohol advertising restrictions even tighter.
NordAN - Estonia approved alcohol policy green paper
Government of Estonia approved the principles and measures introduced in the alcohol policy green paper, prepared under the guidance of the Ministry of the Social Affairs.

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