Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Alcohol News - 17/2014

TIME - This is What Happens When You Drive on Pot and Alcohol
Researchers took a look at yearly surveys of over 72,000 U.S. high school seniors from 1976 to 2011, and assessed their simultaneous use of pot and alcohol. They found that teens who reported using both at the same time were 50 to 90% more likely to admit to unsafe driving than teens who did not smoke pot or drink.
CBS Local - Study: Raising Price Of Alcohol May Lower Violence
According to a new study, increasing the price of alcohol may help decrease the number of violent crimes.
The Guardian (UK) - Cost of alcohol credited for drop in serious violence in England and Wales
A decline in binge drinking and the rising price of alcohol is behind a dramatic 12% fall in the number of people injured in serious violence across England and Wales last year, a pioneering academic research study claims.
Newsworks.org - Why alcohol marketing targeting women has public health researchers concerned
The liquor cabinet in David Jernigan's office is fully stocked—mostly with flavored, fruity, carbonated and pink-labeled--adult beverages. Maybe it's a surprise to find this stash in the office of a public health professor, but his liquor bottles are all part of Jernigan's work. He tracks alcohol advertising.
Headlines & Global News - Teen Alcohol Use Linked To Long-Term Effects On Decision Making
Teen drinking alters brain chemistry leading to impairment in decision making in adulthood, a new study finds.
RT (Russia) - Online booze ban: Lawmakers target internet alcohol sales
A ruling party MP has drafted a bill banning online sales of alcohol in order to improve state control in this sphere and protect customers from buying uncertified and potentially dangerous drinks.
The Establishment Post (Indonesia) - A New Regulation on the Sale of Alcohol in Indonesia
Indonesia’s Ministry of Commerce issued a new regulation mid-April as an attempt to control and oversee procurement and distribution, as well as sale of alcohol in Indonesia. Under the new regulation, sale of alcoholic beverages in the retail market can only be done through retailers in duty free shops, or places specified by the regent, mayor, or governor to specific areas.
Al-Monitor (Israel) - Violence, alcohol take toll on Israeli youth
After the commotion died down and most of the young people had fled the place, a large puddle of blood was left behind. Right beside it lay a teenager, barely 18, fluttering between life and death. Stricken by panic, his friends kneeled beside him in a state of total loss.
The Guardian (UK) - Alcohol industry's complaints about TV advert's cancer link thrown out
Alcohol industry complaints that a television advertisement linking drinking with an increased risk of cancer was misleading have been thrown out.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Alcohol-pricing policy delay slammed
Justice Minister Judith Collins' decision to wait and see on a policy that could significantly reduce alcohol harm has been called election-year cowardice.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Alcohol blamed for thousands of new cancer cases annually in Ontario
Alcohol consumption is linked to an estimated 1,000 to 3,000 new cases of cancer in Ontario a year, the province’s cancer agency says.
Ottawa Citizen - ‘No safe limit for alcohol,’ says cancer prevention group
An Ontario cancer group is calling on the LCBO to stop its plans for a grocery store expansion project after releasing a report Tuesday calling alcohol a serious cause of cancer in the province.
BBC News (UK) - Alcohol 'more damaging than heroin' says Prof David Nutt
The government's former drugs adviser, Prof David Nutt, believes alcohol is damaging society more than heroin.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

FASD News - 16/2014

ARTICLES and NEWS
Globalnews.ca (Canada) - Alberta hopes mandatory signs in bars, restaurants, stores will reduce FASD
Alberta hopes forcing bars, restaurants and liquor stores to put up signs will help prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
PsychCentral.com - Less ADHD Than Meets The Eye Among Kids With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
New research from McGill University suggests that there may be excessive concern that a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) also may have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
SABC (South Africa) - Artists join forces to fight fetal alcohol syndrome
Several South African musicians will join forces in Cape Town early next month to raise funds for children with fetal alcohol syndrome.
Direct Essays - Affects of Drugs and Alcohol to Pregnant Women
Pregnant women that smoke cigarettes on a daily basis can greatly harm their fetus. The Tobacco smoke in cigarettes greatly reduces fetal growth through the presence of nicotine, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, cadmium and various other aromatic hydrocarbons, but the two most dangerous chemicals that are found in cigarettes are nicotine and carbon monoxide.
Alaska Senate (USA) - Legislature Stands United Against FASD
The Alaska State Legislature unanimously passed a pair of resolutions this week to help eradicate fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) from Alaska.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
KUTV - Jeff Stenquist: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Pregnancy and alcohol just don't mix. Expectant moms who drink put their babies at risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
CSN - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention Video Available Online
Children diagnosed with an FASD may have one or more of the following: birth defects, intellectual or learning disabilities, behavior problems, and trouble learning life skills. In recognition of April as Alcohol Awareness Month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a 2-minute video to increase awareness that women should abstain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy to prevent FASD.
Department of Health, Victoria – eHandbook: Chemically dependent mother infant care
Chemical dependence in the mother may cause neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in newborn. These effects have been observed in babies when their mothers are dependent on opioids, stimulants, some sedatives and alcohol. This syndrome has been evident in neonates even if the mother stopped drug use within four weeks of birth.
Neurological development in people with FASD
College of New Caledonia - FASD Informed Practice for Community Based Programs (CNC)

UPCOMING EVENT
Webinar - Adolescents with FASD: Academic and School Functioning
This webinar will focus on educational strategies that can be used in the classroom and at home to promote optimal academic success for teens affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol. The webinar will be useful to professionals across multiple disciplines who work with this high-risk population and for parents struggling to obtain appropriate educational services and support for their child.
Free Webinar: Updated resources on women and alcohol: Applying research to practice – May 8, 2014

RESEARCH
Science Daily - Paying closer attention to attention
There may be an overreporting of attention problems in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), simply because parents and teachers are using a misplaced basis for comparison. They are testing and comparing children with FASD with children of the same physical or chronological age, rather than with children of the same mental age, which is often quite a lot younger.
Alcoholism - Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Testosterone and Pubertal Development
This study is the first to show a relation between prenatal alcohol exposure and increased testosterone during adolescence and evidence of decreased testosterone responsiveness in tissues related to pubertal development in humans. Further studies examining androgen receptor expression and other hormonal and cellular factors affecting pubertal development may reveal important mechanisms underlying these teratogenic effects of alcohol exposure.
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - A comparison of the prevalence of prenatal alcohol exposure obtained via maternal self-reports versus meconium testing: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis
If maternal self-reports are the sole information source upon which health care professionals rely, a number of infants who were prenatally exposed to alcohol are not being recognized as such. However, further research is needed in order to validate existing biomarkers, as well as discover new biomarkers, for the detection of PAE.
International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience - Investigation into the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on postnatal spine development and expression of synaptophysin and PSD95 in rat hippocampus
Ethanol is known as a potent teratogen responsible for the fetal alcohol syndrome characterized by cognitive deficits especially pronounced in juveniles but ameliorating in adults.
Developmental Science - Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol and 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (Ecstasy) Alters Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis and Causes Enduring Memory Deficits
Recreational drug use among pregnant women is a source of concern due to potential harmful effects of drug exposure on prenatal and infant development.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Neue Westfälische (Germany) - Viele Besucher, verhaltener Umsatz
Rödinghausen-Schwenningdorf. Genug Platz ist vorhanden - draußen wie drinnen. Beim ersten Familienflohmarkt auf dem Gelände der alten Flachsfabrik mussten sich die Stände alles andere als dicht an dicht drängen. Viel Raum also, um in Ruhe zu stöbern, zu feilschen, zu kaufen und zu verkaufen.
Radio Gdańsk (Poland) - Pijesz czasem lampkę wina w ciąży? Możesz uszkodzić mózg swego dziecka
Wady serca, nerek i kostno-stawowe, niedosłuch i zaburzenia okulistyczne oraz niepełnosprawność intelektualna, opóźnienia w rozwoju i chwiejność emocjonalna - na takie niebezpieczeństwa narażają swoje dzieci kobiety pijące alkohol w ciąży. Dotyczy to także matek, które piją wino czy piwo okazjonalnie.
SALUTE E BENESSERE (Italy) - Gravidanza: 6 Cibi Da Evitare
Siete in attesa del vostro bambino e vi state chiedendo se c’è qualcosa che non si deve mangiare durante questi nove mesi? Ecco per voi un elenco chiaro degli alimenti da evitare, per voi e per la crescita sana di vostro figlio.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Alcohol News - 16/2014

The Baltic Course (Estonia) - Alcohol consumption of Estonians decreased in 2013
Estonian Market Research Institute (EMRI) alcohol market study indicates that the alcohol consumption of Estonian inhabitants decreased slightly in 2013, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
CNNMoney (USA) - Regulator reverses approval of powdered alcohol
A federal agency that had originally approved a new powdered alcohol product reversed its position Monday.
CTV News - Highlighting alcohol-cancer link, group advises limiting intake
A new report is offering a strong reminder that alcohol is a known cancer-causer, and advising those who drink to take in no more than one to two drinks a day.
The Guardian - A bottle of wine a day is harmless? The evidence suggests otherwise
Both the Daily Mail and the Independent reported over the weekend that a bottle of wine a day might not be bad for you. The articles quote a retired Finnish professor, Kari Poikolainen.
Huffington Post - Boomers Face A Higher Risk Of Alcohol Abuse
The particular risks of alcoholism for those over 50 go beyond family, work and financial pressures, as well as beyond self-medicating for aches and pains, Colleran says. There’s often a much deeper issue that triggers the trap of addiction: A sense of lost meaning or purpose in life.
ABC Online (Australia) - Lack of support for alcohol-dependent pregnant women
There's fresh evidence this morning about the effects of women drinking alcohol while pregnant. While overall fewer Australian women are drinking while they're pregnant, the proportion of pregnant women drinking at high levels hasn't changed.
Caymanian Compass (Cayman) - Drug council: Alcohol a dangerous and powerful drug
The National Drug Council is reminding alcohol consumers about the dangerous effects of drinking as part of Alcohol Awareness Month.
Lancashire Telegraph (UK) - Burnley MP backs minimum alcohol price
BURNLEY MP Gordon Birtwistle has called for a ban on cheap booze after shock figures revealed that the effects of alcohol cost every person in Burnley £384 a year.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

UBSAFE Alcohol Awareness Animation

This animation was produced to stress the importance of alcohol awareness to students. Commissioned by the University of Birmingham security department, as part of their UBSAFE campaign, this film is completely composed of original hand-drawn artwork.

YMCA: Thinking Differently

As part of the Thinking Differently Glenrothes Alcohol project, young people from the YMCA created a short film to challenge others to think differently about alcohol.

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 cafés, 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.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

FASD News - 14/2014

NEWS and ARTICLES
EUFASD - Drinking during pregnancy—who is responsible?
We the undersigned organizations are deeply concerned about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and we work to make women aware that they should not drink during pregnancy. Many of us are parents of children with FASD or professionals working daily with children with FASD. We are not in favor of punishing women who drink during pregnancy.
Massage Today - Highlighting the Use of Massage for Children Affected by FASD
Growth and developmental issues are key to the diagnosis of FAS, and in research studies of pediatric and infant massage therapy, it has been demonstrated to assist in both. For infants born prematurely, the use of massage has demonstrated a measurable increase in weight for the infants who received the therapeutic intervention.
Phys.Org - Screening to ensure justice for fetal alcohol disorder kids
Some of the boys and girls aged from 10 to 17 who end up at the State's only juvenile detention centre at Banksia Hill may have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) - and researchers have been awarded a grant to find out.
Anchorage Daily News - Expert: Health care bills for children with FASD are 9 times higher than other kids
No one knows exactly how many Alaskans have fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. The disability is tough and time-consuming to diagnose, and symptoms may take years to surface.
Doctor Tipster - Alcohol Brings More Dangers for Pregnant Women
One of the most widely used and abused substances is alcohol. Alcohol is similar to drugs; it can cause addiction and becomes a social problem, especially among teens. Many teens, especially in Western countries are often dubbed as problem drinkers because they often get drunk, get into alcohol related accidents, and often get into trouble with the law and with family members and friends. All these are due to the bad effects of alcohol.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Criminal Code must recognize FASD: Yukon MP
Yukon MP Ryan Leef is calling for amendments to the Criminal Code to help people living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Irish Mirror (Ireland) - Charity warns women of the dangers of drinking while pregnant
There is no “safe” amount of alcohol for women to drink during pregnancy, a charity has warned.
Donegal Democrat (Ireland) - New ‘toolkit’ for health professionals launched at Letterkenny General Hospital
A new project aimed at increasing awareness of the health benefits to pregnant mums and unborn children of ceasing alcohol consumption entirely during pregnancy has been taking place in the ante-natal clinic of Consultant Obstetrician Dr Nandini Ravikumar at Letterkenny General Hospital.
Public Health Agency of Canada - Perinatal Health Indicators 2013
This report, produced by the Agency's Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System (CPSS), presents surveillance information on key indicators of maternal, fetal and infant health in Canada (a total of 16 indicators) based on the most recent available data (vital statistics data up to 2009 and 2010, hospitalization data up to 2010/11, Canada Community Health Survey up to 2010, and the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and youth up to 2008).
MNN - Middle-class women are ignoring the rules about drinking during pregnancy, study finds
Few things attract such disparaging glares as a pregnant woman sidling up to the bar and ordering a martini. While studies may come to different conclusions on the topic, boozing and pregnancy are generally frowned upon in our society.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
CIFASD – Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The purpose of this consortium is to inform and develop effective interventions and treatment approaches for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), through multidisciplinary research involving basic, behavioral and clinical investigators and projects. We hope to develop an infrastructure to foster collaboration and coordinate basic, clinical and translational research on FASD.
Lyn Laboriel, MD, Director of FASD Clinic at VIP
Dr. Lyn Laboriel explains the global pandemic of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and some of the methods the Violence Intervention Program is using to address it.
IHE - International Charter on Prevention of FASD available in Multiple Languages
The International Charter on Prevention of Fetal Acohol Spectrum Disorder, originally published in the Lancet Global Health, is in the process of being translated into mulitple languages.
MARULU FASD STRATEGY - MAKING FASD HISTORY!
UHKFdn - Seeing & Reaching with James Reynolds on research into diagnosing FASD
James N. Reynolds, PhD, shares information about his research into new ways of diagnosing brain injury in children who are undergoing diagnosis for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder at an April 8, 2014 public lecture organized by the Research Institute at Hotel Dieu Hospital.

UPCOMING
NeuroDevNet - Two Days in the Life of FASD: An interactive and Participative Experience with FASD
Two days in the life of FASD: an interactive and participative experience with Fetal Alcohol syndrom, is a two-day workshop for teachers and parents will be held in Thunder Bay, Ontario on May 27 and 28th, 2014.
RCPCH (Scotland) - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. A free event for Educational Professionals
16th June 2014, Royal College of Physicians.
The 6th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
This advanced level conference continues to bring together experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration.

RESEARCH
IJADR - Exploratory study of the effectiveness of a professional development program on the academic achievement and classroom behavior of students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in British Columbia, Canada
The results provide preliminary support for the effectiveness of the professional development program for elementary school teachers teaching students with FASD. Further research is needed with a larger sample size to reduce type II error.
Alcoholism - Prevalence and Predictors of Maternal Alcohol Consumption in 2 Regions of Ukraine
These findings support the need for education/intervention in women of childbearing age in Ukraine and can help inform targeted interventions for women at risk of an alcohol-exposed pregnancy. The initiation of a standard screening protocol in pregnancy is a step in the right direction.
JPTCP - The Differential Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
This review aims to provide the pediatrician with information concerning the differential diagnosis of FASD and to discuss genetic testing that might be relevant to the assessment.
BMC Pediatrics - Commentary on the Australian fetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnostic guidelines
The publication of Australian fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) diagnostic guidelines marks an important step forward in Australia's efforts to prevent FASD. But do we need yet another set of FASD guidelines? At the 5th International FASD Conference, the ever growing number of FASD diagnostic guidelines was identified as a core area of concern by leaders in FASD worldwide.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Alcohol News - 14/2014

Deutche Welle (germany) - 'Every eleventh car accident death' due to alcohol
"Don't even think about that glass of beer." German parliamentarian Stephan Kühn tells DW why Germany's alcohol threshold for driving should drop to zero - and that he's got science and the German public behind him.
Herald Scotland (Scotland) - Experts tell whisky industry: your minimum alcohol price fight is killing people
The introduction of a 50p minimum price per unit of alcohol had been due to be introduced a year ago today. However, the measure has yet to come into force as a result of a legal challenge led by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).
Telegraph.co.uk - Hidden levels of sugar in alcohol revealed
Study by The Telegraph finds a single pint of cider contains almost as much sugar as the World Health Organisation recommends should be an average person’s daily limit
Medical News Today - Scientists test the brain region that makes us averse to alcohol
Neuroscientists at the University of Utah investigate the region of the brain that regulates how sensitive we are to the negative effects of alcohol.
Journal Times - Alcohol Awareness Month: Alcohol is the deadliest drug for teens
April is National Alcohol Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.” Gov. Scott Walker has proclaimed April as Teenagers Drinking Alcohol Awareness Month for the state of Wisconsin.
Global Times (Mozambique) - New regulations on alcoholic sale take effect in Mozambique
New regulations to strengthen controls over the sale of alcoholic drinks in Mozambique took effect since Saturday, aiming to protect the health of citizens and reduce accidents and crimes related to alcohol in the south African country.
Midland Daily News (USA) - MDCH: Excessive alcohol use is a leading cause of preventable death
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report which included the results of a multi-state study on alcohol-attributed deaths and years of potential life lost. According to the study, Michigan reported 3,102 deaths and 85,387 years of potential life lost annually from 2006 to 2010 due to excessive drinking.
The West Australian (Australia) - NT Chief Justice Trevor Riley calls for more alcohol controls to curb Tennant Creek violence
A Northern Territory Supreme Court judge has called for something urgent to be done to curb alcohol consumption in Tennant Creek following a brutal stabbing.
The Conversation - Why I’m fighting alcohol industry obstruction of minimum pricing
Exactly a year after minimum alcohol pricing was supposed to have been introduced in Scotland, this week a group of public health professionals including myself registered a protest against the fact that it is still not in place.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Rate of chronic alcohol use jumps over last five years
Rates of chronic alcohol use have jumped over the last five years, official figures show. This has come at a time when the number of people seeking treatment who are unemployed has also risen sharply.
thejournal.ie (Ireland) - “Conflicting advice” leading to thousands of Irish women drinking alcohol while pregnant
A NEW CAMPAIGN is warning women of the damage that drinking alcohol while pregnant can cause to unborn children.
Deutsche Welle (Germany) - Zero tolerance proposed as new drink-drive limit
According to a recent survey, most Germans would favor a total ban on drinking alcohol for drivers. Experts have long proposed lower alcohol limits, but so far, the politicians have not followed the recommendations.
Caerphilly Observer (Wales) - Welsh Government proposes public ban on e-cigarettes and minimum pricing of alcohol
Proposals to introduce a public ban on e-cigarettes and minimum alcohol pricing in Wales have been outlined by the Welsh Government.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Alcohol News - 13/2014

Deutche Welle (germany) - 'Every eleventh car accident death' due to alcohol
"Don't even think about that glass of beer." German parliamentarian Stephan Kühn tells DW why Germany's alcohol threshold for driving should drop to zero - and that he's got science and the German public behind him.
Herald Scotland (Scotland) - Experts tell whisky industry: your minimum alcohol price fight is killing people
The introduction of a 50p minimum price per unit of alcohol had been due to be introduced a year ago today. However, the measure has yet to come into force as a result of a legal challenge led by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).
Irish Independent (Ireland) - No alcohol the 'only safe option for mothers-to-be'
WOMEN should avoid alcohol entirely during pregnancy as there is no "safe level", according to the latest advice backed by the three main maternity hospitals.
Reuters - Mobile app may help people recovering from alcohol abuse: study
A mobile app aimed at keeping people recovering from alcohol abuse sober appears to cut down on the number of days they drink, according to a new study.
RTE.ie (Ireland) - Rise in alcohol-related liver disease
The number of liver disease deaths caused by alcohol has doubled in the past 20 years, according to doctors.
http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0331/605797-rise-in-alcohol-related-liver-disease/
Telegraph.co.uk - Hidden levels of sugar in alcohol revealed
Study by The Telegraph finds a single pint of cider contains almost as much sugar as the World Health Organisation recommends should be an average person’s daily limit
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10731418/Hidden-levels-of-sugar-in-alcohol-revealed.html
CTV News (Canada) - Nova Scotia government to amend alcohol ignition interlock program
Nova Scotians in the alcohol ignition interlock program will be able to apply for a temporary leave from it because of financial pressures or medical issues under regulation amendments.
http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/nova-scotia-government-to-amend-alcohol-ignition-interlock-program-1.1754170#ixzz2xcrqC9yo
The Guardian (Australia) - Hospital admissions 'doubled' after NT scrapped drinkers ban, doctor says
Dr John Boffa claims figures show the repeal of the banned drinkers’ register caused alcohol-related hospital admissions to spike, and says the measure should be reinstated.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/31/hospital-admissions-doubled-after-nt-scrapped-drinkers-ban-doctor-says
The guardian (UK) - Chief medical officer criticises alcohol offers in supermarkets, shops and bars
England's chief medical officer has criticised "irresponsible" supermarkets, shops and bars for enticing customers to buy "ever greater quantities of alcohol", and signalled a continuing fight with ministers over the need for minimum unit pricing.

Irish Independent (Ireland) - Number of liver disease deaths caused by alcohol up 100% in 20 years
Well-intentioned adults are increasingly introducing their children to beer and wine before they hit 18, thinking it will foster a Continental-style respect for alcohol.
http://www.independent.ie/videos/irish-news/number-of-liver-disease-deaths-caused-by-alcohol-up-100-in-20-years-30144600.html
Consumer Affairs (USA) - Researchers say alcohol is an under-reported cause of death
The U.S. has made dramatic strides in recent years in reducing highway deaths caused by drunk drivers. Tougher enforcement and numerous awareness campaigns, including strong emphasis on designated drivers, are getting a lot of the credit.
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/researchers-say-alcohol-is-an-under-reported-cause-of-death-032814.html
AllAfrica - Zambia: 'Step Up Fight Against Alcohol Abuse Among Juveniles'
THE Ndola City Council (NCC) has called for community partnership in the fight against alcohol abuse among the under-age. Last week an 18-year-old girl identified as Sylvia Chanda of Ndola's Chifubu Township died at Ndola Central Hospital from suspected excessive intake of alcohol.
http://allafrica.com/stories/201403310012.html
http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/mothers-babies/no-alcohol-the-only-safe-option-for-motherstobe-30143187.htmlhttp://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/26/us-mobile-app-idUSBREA2P22Q20140326