Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Alcohol News - 10/2015

WebMD - FDA Warns of Seizure, Alcohol Risks With Chantix
The FDA has changed the labeling on the quit-smoking drug Chantix to reflect concerns that it may lower your tolerance to alcohol and is linked to a rare risk of seizures.
The liquor board may grant or deny a license if alcohol is sold within 500m from a school or place of worship.
National Institutes of Health - NIH-funded scientists identify brain site for stress role in binge alcohol drinking
New research supported by the National Institutes of Health shows how elements of the brain’s stress and reward pathways can interact to suppress binge alcohol drinking. The finding, now online in the journal Nature Neuroscience, suggests potential strategies for treating and preventing alcohol use problems. - Insomnia symptoms affect suicide risk among people who drink alcohol
Insomnia symptoms affect the risk of suicide among people who drink alcohol, according to a groundbreaking study led by the director of Mississippi State University's Sleep, Suicide and Aging Laboratory.
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - NSW state election: Government pulls out of alcohol forum
The NSW government pulled out of a state election forum on alcohol policy, raising concerns about its continued commitment to the battle against alcohol-fuelled violence.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Former tobacco lobby group hired by Diageo anti-alcohol campaign
The group opposed to the drinks industry-funded anti-alcohol campaign has raised concerns that a public relations group previously involved with the tobacco industry is now the secretariat for the campaign.
EurActiv (EU) - Lords press Commission to act on alcohol
While the EU must act to combat alcohol-related harm, any new initiative by the European Commission should focus on measures within its powers, such as taxation and labelling, the UK's House of Lords has said in a report published Friday (6 March).
The New Indian Express (India) - Alcohol Taking Heavy Toll on Lower, Middle Income Groups
Rising alcoholism is taking a heavy toll on the population, particularly among the middle socio-economic class and lower income groups in the State. (Nigeria) - Alcohol Intake Enhances Cancer Risks
Dr Okezie Emenike, an Abuja based Medical practitioner, has warned that excessive intake of alcohol could lead to cancer related diseases and several health disorders.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Varadkar says stance on alcohol sponsorship ban is consistent
Former minister for tourism and sport Leo Varadkar argued there was “no evidence” that a ban on sports sponsorship by drinks companies would help tackle excessive drinking among young people, new records show. (UK) - Drink-drive limit should be cut by almost half, fire brigade says
The drink-drive limit should be cut by almost half to save hundreds of lives and millions of pounds of public money, fire brigades say.

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