Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Alcohol News - 5/2015

Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol legislation follows behind curve of public opinion rather than leading it
Like free education or the smoking ban, the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill marks a paradigm shift in a key area of public policy.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Alcohol health warnings to tackle bingeing
Alcoholic drinks will carry calorie counts, health warnings, and a minimum price floor under a wide-ranging Government bid to combat abuse.
BBC News (UK) - Armed forces alcohol abuse strategy criticised
Prof Neil Greenberg, lead on military health at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said educating personnel about dangers did not stop them from excessive drinking.
Colorado Springs Gazette (USA) - Alcohol redefined as 'weapon' in sexual assault cases by prosecutors, military officials
The alcohol - rum, vodka, wine and hard cider - listed in the latest allegation of sexual assault between Air Force Academy cadets is being viewed in a new way by the military and civilian prosecutors.
Tech Times - Heavy Drinking at Middle Age Increases Stroke Risk by 34 Percent
Alcohol consumption in middle age can increase the risk of stroke by as much as 34 percent, according to a new study. (Ireland) - Government drafts new laws to set out a minimum price for alcohol
The Government has drafted laws setting out a minimum price for alcohol in a bid to tackle harmful drinking.
The Diplomat (Indonesia) - Indonesia Wages War on Alcohol
Indonesian minimarts will no longer be able to sell alcoholic beverages following a new government regulation that takes full effect in April.
YLE News (Finland) - Health authority looks to enforce alcohol laws, new and old
A little more than a month ago, while boozy New Year’s celebrations were still underway, Finland’s alcohol laws quietly became just a little stricter. For years hundreds of pubs across the country have held pub quizzes or other games where winners would get drink coupons for their skills and abilities, but welfare and health authority Valvira is looking put that - and breaches of other alcohol laws - to an end, once and for all.
WXIA-TV - Alcohol plays role in many air rage incidents
People get on a plane for all kinds of reasons: work, a wedding, a family vacation or funeral. Mix all that with alcohol, cramped quarters and too much baggage and sometimes the skies aren't so friendly.
EurActiv (EU) - MEPs push for alcohol strategy on the EU's health agenda
The members of the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) on Thursday (29 January) voted on a draft motion for a resolution on the EU's alcohol strategy.
Independent Online (South Africa) - Alcohol abuse costs SA billions
South Africans’ heavy boozing habits, especially among women, are costing the local and national government an estimated R17 billion each year. (Scotland) - Third of Scots believe homelessness caused by drugs and alcohol
There is a huge difference between the perception of homeless people and the reality of their situation, a survey has found.
WA today (Australia) - Time to put the brakes on harmful booze consumption
The National Alliance for Action on Alcohol recently bestowed on the federal government the dubious honour of performing worst among all Australian governments in tackling alcohol problems with the "Fizzers" award.

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