Sunday, September 28, 2014

FASD News - 38/2014

CBC.ca (Canada) - Ontario FASD diagnostic services can't meet the demand
Medical experts say a lack of diagnostic services in Ontario is preventing people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder from reaching their full potential.
CBCNews (Canada) - Nunavut FASD posters provoke strong reaction
The Nunavut government’s dramatic new campaign to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is provoking a strong reaction from residents.
ABC Online (Australia) - Indefinite jail terms for FASD sufferers inappropriate, WA Chief Justice Wayne Martin says
WA Chief Justice Wayne Martin has said it is not appropriate for people with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) to be indefinitely locked up under laws for the mentally impaired charged with crimes.
Kansas.com (USA) - Foley family copes with fetal alcohol disorder
Crystal Chmielewski is playing with the family dog two hours before her orientation at Bridges. "I'm pretty excited," the 19-year-old says about her first day at the Sauk Rapids High School program that will help her prepare for a career.
Alaska Highway News - Resources for FASD available
Unlike many diseases and disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is entirely preventable, and various local resources are available to help families and childrenaffected. 
Northern Journal (Canada) - Volunteers stitch together picture of FASD
As of last week, a new quilt hangs in the Northwest Territories Legislature, depicting personal stories about the impact of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) on communities across the territory.
SABC (South Africa) - N Cape govt to tackle Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
The Northern Cape government wants liquor stores and taverns to stop selling alcohol to pregnant women.
Frontiers - Fetal alcohol and the right to be born healthy…
Finding the cause and applying the insights towards prevention and treatment forms the ultimate goal of most disease research. This strategy has been successfully used to make diseases like Scurvy and Smallpox, a history.

UPCOMING
Third European Conference on FASD
Building on the success of the first European conference on FASD (Kerkrade, Netherlands, 2010) and the second European conference on FASD (Barcelona, Spain, 2012), we are pleased to announce the third European conference on FASD, to be held in Rome.
7th Annual Fall FASD Conference – November 22, 2014
The conference has been organized by the FASD Collaboration Roundtable’s participating agencies’
representatives to provide an opportunity for learning and networking around FASD through a variety of forums, including lecture, information tables and group discussions.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Mothers to Baby - 2014 FASD Awareness Month
Did you know it's estimated that 1 in 100 kids are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure? Many women need help to stop drinking during pregnancy. Get expert help on www.MotherToBaby.org
YourAlberta - Strengthening Parent-Child Attachment Relationship in Children and Parents
Dr. Sonya Vellet summarizes 50 years of research in the areas of attachment, child mental health, brain development and FASD.

RESEARCH
European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Prenatal exposure to binge pattern of alcohol consumption: mental health and learning outcomes at age 11
The objective of the study is to investigate whether episodic binge pattern of alcohol consumption during pregnancy is independently associated with child mental health and academic outcomes.
Developmental Psychobiology - Exposure to ethanol on prenatal days 19-20 increases ethanol intake and palatability in the infant rat: involvement of kappa and mu opioid receptors
Prenatal exposure to ethanol on gestation Days 19–20, but not 17–18, increases ethanol acceptance in infant rats. This effect seems to be a conditioned response acquired prenatally, mediated by the opioid system, which could be stimulated by ethanol's pharmacological properties (mu-opioid receptors) or by a component of the amniotic fluid from gestation-day 20 (kappa-inducing factor).
PLoS One - Prenatal alcohol exposure increases postnatal acceptability of nicotine odor and taste in adolescent rats
Human studies indicate that alcohol exposure during gestation not only increases the chance for later alcohol abuse, but also nicotine dependence. The flavor attributes of both alcohol and nicotine can be important determinants of their initial acceptance and they both share the component chemosensory qualities of an aversive odor, bitter taste and oral irritation.
Alcohol - Chronic prenatal ethanol exposure alters expression of central and peripheral insulin signaling molecules in adult guinea pig offspring
Maternal ethanol consumption during pregnancy can produce a range of teratogenic outcomes in offspring. The mechanism of ethanol teratogenicity is multi-faceted, but may involve alterations in insulin and insulin-like growth factor (IGF) signaling pathways.
Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society - The clinical utility and specificity of parent report of executive function among children with prenatal alcohol exposure
Prenatal alcohol exposure and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) result in behavioral issues related to poor executive function (EF). This overlap may hinder clinical identification of alcohol-exposed children.
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - Study protocol: Asking QUestions about Alcohol in pregnancy (AQUA): a longitudinal cohort study of fetal effects of low to moderate alcohol exposure
Despite extensive research, a direct correlation between low to moderate prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders has been elusive. Conflicting results are attributed to a lack of accurate and detailed data on PAE and incomplete information on contributing factors.
PLoS One - Inhibition of histone H3K9 acetylation by anacardic acid can correct the over-expression of Gata4 in the hearts of fetal mice exposed to alcohol during pregnancy
Cardiovascular malformations can be caused by abnormalities in Gata4 expression during fetal development. In a previous study, we demonstrated that ethanol exposure could lead to histone hyperacetylation and Gata4 over-expression in fetal mouse hearts.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
BimbiSaniBelli (Italy) - Alcol in gravidanza: conseguenze sul cervello del neonato
Nonostante gli esperti lo sostengano da anni, non tutte le donne pensano che bere alcol in gravidanza sia davvero nocivo. Alcune sono convinte che piccole quantità non facciano male né a loro né al bambino. In realtà, non è così, anche se è vero che i rischi maggiori si hanno con un consumo elevato di bevande alcoliche.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Alcohol News - 38/2014

The Guardian (UK) - Ombudsman reins in insurer claims of alcohol abuse
How much booze is too much? The UK’s financial ombudsman has revealed that some insurers are unfairly accusing their customers of alcohol abuse, or labelling them alcoholics, even though medical evidence showed they only had one or two drinks.
Science World Report - People Drink More Alcohol on Gym Days, Research
In the latest study, researchers at Northwestern Education used smartphone technology as well as daily diary approach to evaluate the self-reporting physical activity and use of alcohol among 150 participants aged between 18 and 89 years. The researchers found that people drink more on gym days, particularly Thursdays through Sundays.
The Australian - Ban alcohol planes to avoid ugly travel incidents, Drug Arm Australasia urges
AUSTRALIAN airlines will continue to serve alcohol to passengers despite a series of drunken incidents resulting in planes being diverted.
Māori Television (Australia) - Auckland City Council set to change current alcohol laws
The Auckland City Council had its final Local Alcohol Policy hearing today which will change the current alcohol laws in the Auckland region.
Washington Post (USA) - Teen drug and alcohol use continues to fall, new federal data show
Drug and alcohol use among America's teens continues to trend downward, according to new numbers released today by the Department of Health and Human Services. From 2002 to 2013, the average American teenager's odds of regular (at least monthly) tobacco use nearly halved. Recreational use of prescription painkillers saw a similar decline.
Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - Health experts reveal the long-term effects of heavy drinking
THE average person spends 315 days of their life suffering from a hangover, according to a survey. Macmillan Cancer Support carried out the study to launch their Go Sober For October fundraising campaign, which involves getting people to sponsor you not to drink during the month. But what’s actually going on when we’re hungover?
ChronicleLive (UK) - North East alcohol abuse levels highlighted by liver disease admission figures
The North East has one of the highest rates of emergency hospital admissions for alcohol-related liver disease in England, new figures show.
Euobserver (EU) - EU wakes up to its chronic disease problem
The European Union is beginning to take the problem of chronic diseases seriously - the recent EU summit on Chronic Diseases is an indication.
Johns Hopkins News-Letter - “Drink Responsibly” campaigns found to be ineffective
Vague, indeterminate and ubiquitous, the “Drink Responsibly” message featured in alcohol advertisements fails to explicate the details of safe drinking, instead promoting consumer loyalty to brands associated with such slogans.
thejournal.ie - Another look at how alcohol can be more dangerous than heroin
AN AUTHORITATIVE 2010 study led by former UK drug czar David Nutt found alcohol to be the most dangerous drug in the US.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Alcohol News - 37/2014

CBS news (USA) - New stats on drug, alcohol and tobacco use by teens
Illegal drug use among teens in the United States is on the decline, according to a new federal report. Encouragingly, the new study also found that alcohol use, binge drinking and the use of tobacco products among young people between the ages of 12 and 17 also dropped between 2002 and 2013.
BBC News (Northern Ireland) - Alcohol abuse in Northern Ireland 'costs £900m a year'
The cost of alcohol abuse to taxpayers could be reduced if investment was made in early intervention services, two addiction charities have claimed.
Myanmar Times (Myanmar) - Government, parliament abstain from proposed alcohol plan
The plan urges improved education on the health effects of harmful drinking, a strictly enforced ban on the sale of alcohol to minors and restrictions on the advertising or promotion of alcohol, including a ban on the sponsorship of sporting or youth events.
Business Insider - Another Look At Why Alcohol May Be More Dangerous Than Heroin
An authoritative 2010 study led by former UK drug czar David Nutt found alcohol to be the most dangerous drug in the country. The research rated 20 drugs based on 16 criteria: nine related to the harms that a drug produces in the individual and seven to the harms to others.
The Guardian - Giving birth and boozing? The risks of drinking during pregnancy
Deciding whether to drink alcohol during pregnancy is a confusing business. Anecdotally, viewpoints on the matter range from testimonies of “I drank through the whole of my pregnancy and my child turned out fine” to reports of bartenders refusing to serve alcohol to pregnant women.
Daily Mail (India) - Judge postpones plan to ban alcohol in Kerala amid fears tourists will stop visiting the popular Indian state
Plans to make Kerala a 'dry' state have been blocked at the eleventh hour amid fears from tourism chiefs that overseas visitors will stop visiting the popular Indian state.
Daily Mail - Children given alcohol to drink by their parents to teach them to drink responsibly are MORE likely to be heavy drinkers
Parents who allow their young teenagers to drink alcohol in the hope it will teach them responsible drinking habits later on in life may be doing the opposite.
CBC.ca (canada) - Alcohol-related disabilities 'invisible' in Canada, advocates say
FASDay, a global awareness day for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), is held on the ninth day of the ninth month for a reason. That's to drive home the point that during the nine months of pregnancy no amount of alcohol is considered medically safe.
Daily Aztec - Alcohol-free ‘Dry Periods’ aren’t working
Here at San Diego State, there has been a five-week Dry Period at the beginning of the school year for the last seven years. Dry Period is supposed to be a school-wide time for students and the surrounding areas to be alcohol-free. The night before the freshmen move in Dry Period begins and it continues through the first month of classes.
EurActiv (Scotland) - Government, industry want minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland
Though the Scottish government initiative to put a minimum unit pricing (MUP) on alcohol has been referred to the European Court of Justice, some members of Scotland's alcohol industry are backing the initiative to tackle alcohol harm in the country.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

FASD News - 36/2014

Derry Journal - ‘Too Young to Drink’ campaign launch
The Drink Think Project, based in Derry, launched their part of the European ‘Too Young To drink’ campaign at Guildhall Square on Tuesday.
National Institutes of Health (USA) - NIH statement on International FASD Awareness Day
International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day, recognized every year on Sept. 9th, is an important reminder that prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in the United States.
TIME - This Is Your Child’s Brain on Alcohol
Social scientists have calculated that detrimental effects of alcohol cost the U.S. some $223.5 billion a year. We’re talking health issues such as liver disease, impaired driving, lost work due to hangovers, and emergency room visits. Alcohol costs substantially more to Americans than the harmful effects of illicit drug use ($151.4 billion) or tobacco ($167.8 billion).
CBC.ca (Canada) - Alcohol-related disabilities 'invisible' in Canada, advocates say
FASDay, a global awareness day for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), is held on the ninth day of the ninth month for a reason. That's to drive home the point that during the nine months of pregnancy no amount of alcohol is considered medically safe.
Medical Daily - International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day Aims To Help Save Babies From Birth Defects: Don't Drink While You're Pregnant
In the advent of International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day on Sept. 9, the National Institutes of Health emphasizes the importance of abstaining from alcohol consumption while pregnant.
Gant Daily - Binge drinking during pregnancy ups kids risk mental problems, poor school exam results
Binge drinking during pregnancy can increase the risk of hyperactivity and inattention in children aged 11 and can have a negative effect on their school examination results, according to a study by British and Australian researchers.
Albuquerque Journal (USA) - UNM opens new center to study FASD
The University of New Mexico has launched the nation’s only research center targeting fetal alcohol syndrome disorder, with support from an $8.1 million federal grant, the center’s director said.
Park Rapids Enterprise - Expecting moms need to remember 0-4-9
Every week in Minnesota, more than 100 babies are born with a greater risk of developing brain damage. All because their mothers decided to drink alcohol during their pregnancies.
News-Medical.net - Study urges women not to drink during full nine months of pregnancy
"When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol so does her baby," said Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD, chief of the Division of Dysmorphology and Teratology in the Department of Pediatrics at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. "So why take the risk?"
New Zealand Doctor Online (New Zealand) - Experts to thrash out action plan for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Experts on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are gathering in Auckland this Friday (5 September) to discuss an action plan for research, policy, prevention and care for those affected by the condition.
The Guardian - Prenatal alcohol consumption linked to mental health problems
Children of mothers who drink as little as four units of alcohol in a day even once while pregnant are at greater risk of developing mental health problems and doing less well at school, new research claims.
SundayNews.co.nz (New Zealand) - Cut drinks before you conceive
New Zealand's binge-drinking culture is putting unborn babies at risk, a Taranaki health promoter says. Jill Nicholls, of the Taranaki District Health Board, said pregnant women and those planning to become pregnant should avoid all alcohol.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
TOO YOUNG TO DRINK - Video spot
Launched on September 9th 2014, on the occasion of the International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day, #TooYoungToDrink is a new communication campaign to raise awareness of the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy conceived by #Fabrica for the European FASD Alliance.
TOO YOUNG TO DRINK – Backstage video
FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) is a range of problems caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol which can include birth defects, learning disorders, behavioral problems, and mental illness.
Expert calls for greater support, education to combat FASD
Australian Centre for Child Protection UniSA - Stewart McDougall, 'Interventions for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders'
This study examined the existing literature on interviews for children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrom (FASD). Importantly to the child protection context, FASD is likely to be over-represented and can have important implications for family support.
FASD, "Breaking the Silence"
The FASD Trust - International FASD Day, 9th September 2014, Event with MPs in the Houses of Parliament - FASD is often called the Invisible Disability, unknown and not talked about. This video is called "Breaking the Silence; Let's Talk About FASD."

UPCOMING
Third European Conference on FASD - 20 to 22 October 2014
Building on the success of the first European conference on FASD (Kerkrade, Netherlands, 2010) and the second European conference on FASD (Barcelona, Spain, 2012), we are pleased to announce the third European conference on FASD, to be held in Rome.
First Baltic Conference on FASD - 26th September 2014
Conference aims to raise awareness of health policy makers, medical doctors, public health professionals, social and educational workers about prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), provision of support and special education for children who have FASD.
Decoding FASD: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Conference - 14th October 2014
Decoding FASD: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Conference for health professional (GPs, health visitors, nurses), social workers, foster carers, teachers, parents and guardians.
Education Forum Roadshow - FASD: Implications for Education
Follow the link below to find out more about the Education Roadshow, the Education Professionals Forum and how we are building on the momentum in 2014 created by the success of its launch in 2013.

RESEARCH
Developmental Psychobiology - Exposure to ethanol on prenatal days 19-20 increases ethanol intake and palatability in the infant rat: involvement of kappa and mu opioid receptors
Prenatal exposure to ethanol on gestation Days 19-20, but not 17-18, increases ethanol acceptance in infant rats. This effect seems to be a conditioned response acquired prenatally, mediated by the opioid system, which could be stimulated by ethanol's pharmacological properties (mu-opioid receptors) or by a component of the amniotic fluid from gestation-day 20 (kappa-inducing factor).
BMC Pediatrics - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: development of consensus referral criteria for specialist diagnostic assessment in Australia
Referral criteria recommended for use in Australia are similar to those recommended in North America. There is a need to develop resources to raise awareness of these criteria among health professionals and evaluate their feasibility, acceptability and capacity to improve the identification of FASD in Australia.
Developmental Neuroscience - Physiological correlates of neurobehavioral disinhibition that relate to drug use and risky sexual behavior in adolescents with prenatal substance exposure
Physiological correlates of behavioral and emotional problems, substance use onset and initiation of risky sexual behavior have not been studied in adolescents with prenatal drug exposure.
Alcohol - Chronic prenatal ethanol exposure alters expression of central and peripheral insulin signaling molecules in adult guinea pig offspring
Maternal ethanol consumption during pregnancy can produce a range of teratogenic outcomes in offspring. The mechanism of ethanol teratogenicity is multi-faceted, but may involve alterations in insulin and insulin-like growth factor (IGF) signaling pathways.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Overweight and obesity among children and adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Rates of overweight/obesity are increased in children with partial FAS. In adolescents, rates are increased for any FASD diagnosis (particularly in females). Results are suggestive of possible metabolic/endocrine disruption in FASD—a hypothesis for which there is evidence from animal models.
Neurotoxicology and Teratology - Molecular and morphological changes in zebrafish following transient ethanol exposure during defined developmental stages
Alcohol is a teratogen that has diverse effects on brain and craniofacial development, leading to a constellation of developmental disorders referred to as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Adicciones - New informative and prevention programs in Europe to reduce the risks associated to alcohol consumption during pregnancy and the appearance of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
In the last 40 years a vast mass of clinical, epidemiological and experimental evidence has demonstrated that alcohol is a teratogenic agent and that its consumption during gestation can cause foetal death, malformations and cognitive and behavioral dysfunctions in the exposed fetus.
Developmental Psychobiology - Significant long-term, but not short-term, hippocampal-dependent memory impairment in adult rats exposed to alcohol in early postnatal life
In rodents, ethanol exposure in early postnatal life is known to induce structural and functional impairments throughout the brain, including the hippocampus. Herein, rat pups were administered one of three ethanol doses over postnatal days (PD) 4-9, a period of brain development comparable to the third trimester of human pregnancy.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Onet.pl (Poland) - Dziś przypada Światowy Dzień FAS
Dziś przypada Światowy Dzień FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) - syndrom alkoholowego zespołu płodowego, który jest skutkiem działania alkoholu na płód w okresie prenatalnym. Jest chorobą nieuleczalną, przed którą chroni jedynie abstynencja matki w czasie ciąży.
GravidanzaOnLine.it (Italy) - Feti in bottiglia per la campagna shock contro l'alcol in gravidanza
Il 9 settembre, in occasione della Giornata internazionale della sindrome feto-alcolica e disturbi correlati, la European FASD Alliance ha lanciato Too young to drink (troppo piccolo per bere), una campagna di comunicazione che ha lo scopo di aumentare la consapevolezza del rischio dei FASD (fetal alcohol spectrum disorders), una serie di possibili disordini causati dall’esposizione del feto all’alcol: malformazioni alla nascita, disturbi dell’apprendimento, del comportamento e disturbi mentali.
Kehitysvammaliitto (Finland) - FASD-päivä 9.9. muistuttaa raskaudenaikaisen alkoholinkäytön vaaroista
Tiistaina 9.9. vietetään kansainvälistä FASD-päivää. Lyhenne FASD tarkoittaa sikiöaikaisen alkoholialtistuksen aiheuttamien vaikutusten kirjoa.
Frauenzimmer (Germany) - Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft: So schädlich ist der Konsum für die Kinder
In Deutschland kommen jährlich etwa 8.000 Kinder mit fetalem Alkoholsyndrom zur Welt – einer Krankheit, die durch den Alkoholkonsum der Mutter verursacht wird. Das Baby im Bauch trinkt immer mit, kann den Alkohol nicht abbauen. Trotzdem gehen viele Frauen zu leichtsinnig mit Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft um.
Gezondheid.be (Belgium) - Internationale Foetaal Alcohol Syndroom Dag
Het foetaal alcohol syndroom (FAS) is een combinatie van aangeboren afwijkingen bij een baby die veroorzaakt zijn door alcoholgebruik van de moeder tijdens de zwangerschap. Afwijkingen variëren van mentale achterstand en gedragsafwijkingen tot manifeste misvormingen in het aangezicht.
RTV Slovenija (Slovenia) - Svarila pred uživanjem alkohola med nosečnostjo
Deveti september je posvečen mednarodnemu dnevu ozaveščanja o fetalnem alkoholnem sindromu (FASD), ki ga v Sloveniji prvič zaznamujemo, in sicer s kampanjo ozaveščanja o tveganjih zaradi pitja alkohola med nosečnostjo.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Alcohol News - 35/2014

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Alcohol lockout zone gets mixed report in parliamentary inquiry
Aggressive behaviour has increased outside Sydney bars but the number of alcohol-related injuries at St Vincent's has declined since the city's 1.30am lockout was introduced, according to submissions made to a parliamentary inquiry.
BBC News (Northern Ireland) - 'Drink Think' alcohol warning for pregnant mothers
A health pressure group in Londonderry has warned of the dangers of drinking during pregnancy.
Medical Daily - Should Parents Let Their Kids Sip Alcohol? Scientists Advise Caution About Supervising The First Drink
Early sips of alcohol and parental supervision of drinking can protect children from alcohol abuse later, according to a common line of reasoning. As evidence, many parents point to Europe, where legal drinking ages are lower or unenforced, and table wine flows at every meal.
Filipino Reporter - Alcohol increases risk to a variety of cancers
THE abuse of alcohol is the leading risk factor for disability and premature death in the world. Besides tobacco an other harmful agents, alcohol is the most common cause of many illnesses in our midst, cancer included.
BioNews - Gene linked to alcohol dependence
Mice lacking a gene called NF1 are less prone to excessive drinking in an animal model, scientists have found. When the researchers looked at the same gene in humans, they found that variations in NF1 are linked with increased risk and severity of alcoholism.
Herald Scotland (Scotland) - Minimum alcohol cost drive is set for Brussels
Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems is taking its battle for the policy to be implemented in Scotland all the way to Brussels next week. The partnership of the Scottish Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties and the Royal College of Nursing has hit out at what it sees as "the continued opposition by global alcohol producers to the implementation of Scotland's alcohol minimum unit pricing (MUP) policy".
ITV News (UK) - Calls for a region-wide strategy on alcohol abuse
A new report claims the problem is costing every person in Greater Manchester £436 each year - that's a total of £1.2 billion for the Manchester region.
The Rakyat Post (Malaisia) - Should MAS ban alcohol?
MAS trumpeting alcohol-free flights could essentially mean it will be ahead of the general public perception curve and become a successful rebranding campaign. Many airlines around the world have already stopped serving alcohol during flights to save costs and prevent drunken passengers disrupting flights.
The Dominion Post (New Zealand) - Draft policy cuts alcohol sale hours
Supermarkets and liquor stores would have to stop selling alcohol an hour earlier under a local alcohol policy proposed in Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa.
Myanmar Times (Myanmar) - Push on for higher alcohol taxes
Health chiefs are planning to rein in alcohol use through a five-point plan to improve the nation’s health – and maybe cut crime. Minister for Health U Than Aung launched the plan at a seminar on the development of policies and strategies for reducing the harmful use of alcohol on August 28.
New Channel Daily - No Amount of Alcohol Safe, says World Health Organization
The long-held belief that moderate alcohol consumption benefits one’s health has been contradicted by many studies in the past, creating mixed opinions on the belief. However, earlier this year, the World Health Organization released a report that vehemently suggested a link between cancer and alcohol, which ultimately labeled any amount of alcohol unsafe.
World Health Organization (Slovakia) - Stricter alcohol control policies underway in Slovakia
Consumption of alcohol in Slovakia continues to be high, and increasing evidence shows that young people and even children are becoming regular and heavy consumers.
New Zealand Doctor Online (New Zealand) - New independent alcohol marketing committee questions government’s motives
An Independent Expert Committee on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (IECAAS) has been formed out of concern amongst alcohol and public health researchers about the government’s Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (MFAAS).