Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Alcohol News - 12/2015

Daily Mail - Just three drinks a day could lead to liver cancer: Risk increases by 4% for every 10g of alcohol consumed
Just three drinks a day can be enough to cause liver cancer, according to an extensive review of global research. The increase in risk per 10g of alcohol consumed – around one alcoholic drink – is about 4 per cent, says the World Cancer Research Fund.
Economic Times - Link between genetic variation, alcohol dependence found
Researchers have identified genetic variations that explain why some drinkers develop a dependence on alcohol while others do not.
Washington Post (China) - China drinks a surprising amount of alcohol
Many countries have scaled back on their alcohol intake over the past few decades, as evidenced by the chart above. The graph, which comes from a new study published in The Lancet, shows how much people in France, Italy, Germany, and the United States have eased up on booze since the 1970s. It also depicts the ascent of drinking in Asia, where developing countries are quickly developing a taste for spirits, wine, and other adult beverages.
Michigan Radio (USA) - Alcohol sensors in all cars could save thousands of lives
What if every new car came equipped with a device that would not let a drunk or impaired driver start it? That's the question researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute asked in a new study.
MedicalXpress (UK) - Interim report on UK alcohol industry's 'billion units pledge' is flawed, say researchers
The Department of Health's interim evaluation of an alcohol industry pledge to remove one billion alcohol units from the market is flawed, argue researchers in The BMJ this week.
Medscape - Links Between Alcohol Consumption and Breast Cancer
Alcohol consumption by adult women is consistently associated with risk of breast cancer. Several questions regarding alcohol and breast cancer need to be addressed.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - 30% drop in alcohol-related admissions to Dublin hospital
One of the country’s busiest hospitals has seen a 30% drop in the number of alcohol-related admissions to its intensive care unit.
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Alcohol to be promoted more to children under proposed TV code loophole
Children are being exposed to alcohol advertisements through a loophole that allows television stations to air them during sports broadcasts, with up to one in five viewers of major sporting events aged under 18.
New Zealand Doctor Online (New Zealand) - Collecting data on drunken presentations to ED first step to reducing alcohol-related harm
South Island hospital emergency departments will look at their recording processes for presentations by drunken youths as part of a project aiming to reduce the harm caused by alcohol.
The Conversation UK - Call time on soft approach to Big Alcohol
Ten years ago the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) came into force. It was not the first international health treaty negotiated by the WHO, but in many ways it was the most remarkable.
MBL (Iceland) - Mount­ing op­po­si­tion to new al­co­hol rules
The Ice­landic As­so­ci­a­tion of Doc­tors is strongly op­posed to the par­lia­men­tary bill call­ing for the au­tho­ri­sa­tion of al­co­hol in re­tail out­lets. Ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­a­tion, all rel­e­vant re­search shows that eas­ier ac­cess to al­co­hol leads to greater al­co­hol con­sump­tion and re­lated prob­lems.

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