Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Alcohol News - 50/2014

Live Science - Energy Drinks Plus Alcohol May Encourage Drunk Driving
People who mix energy drinks with alcohol may be more likely to drive drunk than those who consume only alcohol, according to a new study.
U.S. News & World Report - Alcohol Before Bedtime Won't Help Your Sleep, Study Finds
As many as one in five Americans turns to alcohol sometimes to help them fall asleep, but that can lead to sleep problems later in the night, a new study finds.
Prague Post (Czech Republic) - Czechs to fight alcohol, gambling as illegal drugs
The Czech Republic will start fighting alcohol and gambling as illegal drugs under the changes in the national strategy in the anti-drug policy approved by the government today, national anti-drug coordinator Jindřich Vobořil has told journalists.
Buffalo News - Smoking complicates treatment of alcohol abuse, study shows
Cigarettes and alcohol seem to go together, so much so that alcoholism is far more common in smokers than in nonsmokers.
BBC News (Canada) - Canadian navy sailors face near-total alcohol ban
Canada's navy has imposed a near-total ban on its sailors from drinking while at sea. Previously, sailors were permitted to drink while off duty; now they will only be allowed to on special occasions at the captain's discretion. (New Zealand) - New alcohol limits mean testing times
New lower drink-drive limits will be harder on rural communities where there are no taxis and buses to get home from hotels or clubs. But like previous law changes over car seat restraints, speed, alcohol and smoking, rural communities need to come to terms with lower alcohol limits and change their habits accordingly, say police and Rural Women.
TheHealthSite - Alcohol abuse linked to deadly lung conditions
Alcohol abuse can expose one to life threatening lung conditions, an American scientist said here Monday, suggesting Indian teenagers should refrain from excesses.
The Guardian (UK) - Dying for a drink: alcohol-related deaths and illness cost us dearly
Alcohol is a factor in 8-10% of GP consultations in the UK every day. There are more than 10m alcohol-related visits to the NHS a year. Admissions for alcohol misuse are likely to hit 1.5m a year unless the government steps in to tackle the problem.
Channel News Asia - 1 in 10 fatal accidents worldwide linked to alcohol: Study
Middle East, the Asia Pacific and Africa trend below global average, according to World Health Organisation data analysed by Allianz.
New York Times (USA) - Why Colleges Haven't Stopped Binge Drinking
Despite decades of research, hundreds of campus task forces and millions invested in bold experiments, college drinking in the United States remains as much of a problem as ever.
The Guardian (UK/Australia) - Australian and UK alcohol industry lobbyists are hijacking policy – study
Industry lobbyists are hijacking government alcohol policy reform discussions and hampering efforts in Australia and the UK to curb drinking rates, health experts say.
Medical Xpress - Study finds the mere presence of alcohol is enough to make women appear more sexually available
With office Christmas party season in full swing a new Deakin University study provides a timely reminder of the role alcohol plays in unwanted sexual advances.
Medical Daily - Domestic Violence Rates Fall With Tighter Laws On Alcohol Control In Bars, Liquor Stores
Consequences for excessive alcohol use, including drunk driving, injuries, and long-term health issues, tend to get all of the headlines, while the relationship between alcohol abuse and domestic violence seems to fall by the wayside.
Malta Independent Online (Malta) - Anti-drink driving campaign launched: Alcohol and driving a deadly mix, authorities warn
The authorities have teamed up to convey one message: “If you are going to drive, don’t drink”, since it is a deadly mix if one decides to do the contrary.
Science Codex - Call to change concept of harm reduction in alcohol policy
A new policy paper by a University of York academic calls for limits on the influence of the drinks industry in shaping alcohol policy because it has a 'fundamental conflict of interest'.

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