Thursday, September 10, 2015

Alcohol News - 36/2015

UQ News (Australia) - Australia can no longer bottle up alcohol issues
Social activism around substance abuse should not overlook Australia’s most lethal drug – alcohol. That’s the view of University of Queensland researchers Associate Professor Jason Connor and Professor Wayne Hall, from the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research.
Independent Online (South Africa) - Partnerships key to beating Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
AROUND the globe, bells rang at 9.09am as the world commemorated World Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Day yesterday.
Times LIVE (South Africa) - South Africa fails to tackle its high foetal alcohol syndrome rate
Although South Africa has the highest foetal alcohol syndrome rate in the world, government’s efforts to address the problem have been inadequate. And the alcohol industry has evaded responsibility for tackling the root causes of the disease.
Jerusalem Post Israel News (Israel) - Health Ministry freezes up on health implications to Treasury’s major alcohol tax cuts
Ministry doesn't allow any interviews with public health officials, and doesn't carry out on its promise that a senior public health official would give a background briefing on the matter.
Montreal Gazette (Canada) - Moving toward privatization of alcohol sales would be a mistake for Quebec
The popular bias that public is less effective than private dies hard. The questionable quality of the arguments in support of the recent recommendations of former Liberal minister Lucienne Robillard provides another illustration of that prejudice.
University Herald - Working Long Hours May Lead To Alcohol Abuse
Researchers found that working more than 48 hours per week are more likely to engage in risky alcohol consumption than those who work standard week. They also have an increased risk of liver diseases, cancer, stroke, coronary heart disease and mental disorders.
Medical Xpress (Australia) - Are consumers getting the message from alcohol warning labels?
Australia's current alcohol warning labels are failing to effectively convey health messages to the public, according to a new study from Deakin University.
The Guardian (Scotland) - Nicola Sturgeon vows to fight for minimum alcohol price in Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon has said she will “vigorously” defend her plans to fix a minimum price for alcohol in Scotland despite a European court being told that the policy could be discriminatory and breach EU free trade rules.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Varadkar to press ahead with minimum alcohol pricing plan
The Government is to press ahead with plans for minimum unit pricing of alcohol despite an adverse ruling on the issue by the European Court of Justice.
Bioscience Technology - Scientists Find Neuron Responsible for Alcoholism Craving
A particular neuron in the brain reaches out for the next drink – potentially functioning as a seat of alcoholism and other addictions, according to research by Texas A&M scientists. (Switzerland) - Alarm raised over drinking alcohol in pregnancy
Around one in a hundred babies in Europe is born with disabilities caused by mothers consuming alcohol during pregnancy, Addiction Switzerland has warned. It is calling for awareness in Switzerland to be raised on the issue.
The Gateway Online (Canada) - Feature: Student Alcoholism
Before publishing fiction and poetry in literary magazines, fourth-year English major Jacob Martin was addicted to alcohol and prescription medication.
The Independent (UK) - Stop British students boozing – for their sake and all of ours
Britain is hooked on booze and – like other addicts – refuses to acknowledge the problem or seek help. Joyful celebrations, times of loss and pain are drinking occasions, as if true feelings stirred up by birthdays, weddings or funerals would be intolerable and must be numbed down.

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