Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Alcohol News - 15/2014

Medical News Today - Teen binge drinking linked to identifying alcohol brands in pop music
Every day in the US, the average adolescent is exposed to 2.5 hours of popular music and eight references to alcohol brands. And now, researchers have found a link between binge drinking in teens and liking, owning or correctly recognizing the brand names of alcohol mentioned in songs.
The Guardian (Australia) - More Australian teenagers are just saying no to alcohol
The number of young people who abstain from drinking alcohol has dramatically increased, new research shows.
The Age (Australia) - Risky drinkers in denial, survey finds
Australians are in denial about their alcohol use with tens of thousands potentially drinking at risky levels and those in the most danger seemingly unaware they have a problem, according to the Global Drug Survey.
CTV News (Canada) - Canadians spent $21.4B on alcohol last year
Canadians are buying less beer, but more wine and spirits, according to Statistics Canada, which reported Thursday that Canadians spent $21.4 billion on alcoholic beverages in the last fiscal year, up 2.2 per cent from a year ago.
Metro (UK) - ‘Not in the spirit of the game’: Beckham’s whisky deal criticised by alcohol charity
David Beckham is sending a ‘confusing message’ to children over booze after signing up to promote a new whisky, a charity claims. The former footballer is ‘risking his squeaky-clean image’ by teaming up with manager Simon Fuller and drinks company Diageo to launch single grain Scotch whisky, Haig Club.
Europe Online Magazine (Hungary) - Hungarian alcohol tax exemptions breach EU law, court finds
Hungarian laws that allow fruit growers and distillery owners to avoid taxes on alcohol brewed for their own consumption are in breach of European Union rules, the bloc‘s top court decided Thursday.
FRANCE 24 (France) - French are drinking less often than European neighbours
The bottle of wine remains an important fixture at French dinner tables and caf├ęs, but new figures reveal it is not as ubiquitous as it once was.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Calls to raise age limit on spirits to 22
The Government is being urged to raise the legal age for drinking spirits to 22 amid concerns youngsters bingeing on hard liquor will face serious health consequences in the future.
The Local.se (Sweden) - UN pins north Sweden's murders on booze
Guns, booze, and domestic violence were among top factors in a new global study of murders. In Sweden, more than one in two killers had been drinking, possibly explaining why northerners stuck out on the murder chart.
EurActiv (EU) - Data shows chronic diseases are ‘unfair’ in the EU
Chronic diseases are in many ways ‘unfair’ in the EU, experts say, but unfairness and discrimination of patients can be dealt with through disease management, prevention and sharing of best practices.
Scotsman (Scotland) - Public policy on alcohol must change
Alcohol has been hitting the headlines again. South of the Border, Stockton will see the first “pound pub” where a pint of beer will be sold for £1.50 and a half pint for £1. The cut-price drinks will be available from 8am.
Telegraph.co.uk (France) - French prison wardens struggle with drunken inmates
French prison wardens have appealed for help in dealing with inmates getting drunk on smuggled whisky and vodka.
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - Alcohol policy under fire
Strong criticism of Central Otago's draft local alcohol policy by a health professional this week prompted the district mayor to claim his council was being ''bullied'' about its stance.

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