Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Alcohol News - 29/2015

The (Sweden) - Fresh push for longer alcohol store hours
A board member for Sweden's state-run alcohol monopoly Systembolaget has caused a stir by calling for stores to be open on Sundays, but the company's management team has insisted that his suggestions are not likely to be implemented.
Radio New Zealand (New Zealand) - New push for ban on alcohol ads, sponsorship
A group of alcohol and public health researchers is pushing for the phase out of alcohol advertising and sponsorship over five years.
SocialTimes - How Social Networks Impact Alcohol Purchases (Infographic)
How much influence do friends and social networks have on decisions to purchase beer, wine and spirits? Gallons, according to marketing platform Crowdtap.
3News NZ (New Zealand) - Calls to ban all alcohol advertising in NZ
An independent committee is recommending all alcohol advertising be phased out over five years. Various experts launched the panel in response to a ministerial forum that was set up last year, as they felt the Government initiative didn't go far enough.
Duluth News Tribune - Drinking alcohol may raise women’s blood pressure, researchers find
Just two drinks a day could raise a woman’s blood pressure enough to put her at risk for hypertension, Australian researchers say.
YLE News (Finland) - Health watchdog warns of hidden calories in alcohol
Did you know that a glass of mid-strength beer has as many calories as six cubes of sugar? Replace the beer with punch at a wedding party or a non-alcoholic soft drink and you are upping the sugar ante even more. Sweet wines top the list. Turns out the only sugar-free and healthy summer drink is water.
3AW (Australia) - New TAC boss supports push to ban driving under influence of alcohol
The new boss of the Transport Accident Commission has revealed he supports a push to completely ban driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Inquisitr - Dr. Carl Bell Says Fetal Alcohol Syndrome ‘Biggest Public Health Problem For African-Americans Since Slavery’
Dr. Carl Bell, a retired professor of psychiatry and public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, currently a staff psychiatrist at Jackson Park Hospital, calls Fetal Alcohol Syndrome the “biggest public health problem for African-Americans since slavery.” Dr. Bell has treated patients for over 40 years.
Politico (EU) - Health chief blasts alcohol lobbyists
Health chief speaks passionately about alcohol deaths, but some say concrete action would be more helpful. (Canada) - Group wants 'alcohol does not equal consent' label on beer, wine and liquor bottles
When a major U.S. brewer marketed one of its brands as "the perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary for the night," some saw it as proof of just how far there is to go when it comes to education around alcohol and consent.
ABC Online (Australia) - Royal Commission into Family Violence: Alcohol, drug incidents on the rise, inquiry hears
Police are responding to an increasing number of incidents where perpetrators of family violence are affected by drugs and alcohol, a Victorian royal commission has been told.
Clapway - Random Drug and Alcohol Tests for European Pilots
According to new recommendation delivered to EU officials, all European pilots that are working for airlines should be psychologically screened, and the details of their medical visits shared in a proposed European database. In addition, a new rule introducing random drug and alcohol testing of pilots is being implemented.

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