Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Alcohol News - 51/2015

BBC News (EU) - Minimum alcohol pricing plan 'may breach EU law'
A European court has said the Scottish government's case for a minimum unit price for alcohol is contrary to EU law if other tax options exist.
Washington Post (USA) - Americans are drinking themselves to death at record rates
Alcohol is killing Americans at a rate not seen in at least 35 years, according to new federal data. Last year, more than 30,700 Americans died from alcohol-induced causes, including alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis, which is primarily caused by alcohol use.
Medscape (UK) - Most Weekend ED Attendances in UK Hospital Alcohol-Related
Analysis of the prevalence and temporal pattern of alcohol-related visits at the emergency department (ED) of a large, inner-city hospital in northeast England confirms this burden is considerable and costly, suggesting such visits present an opportunity to intervene, according to study results published online December 21 in the Emergency Medicine Journal.
Wall Street Journal - The Effects of Chronic Heavy Drinking on Brain Function Are Underdiagnosed
Here’s a sobering thought for the holidays: Chronic heavy drinking can cause insidious damage to the brain, even in people who never seem intoxicated or obviously addicted.
Reuters - Underage kids get alcohol ads directly to smartphones
Kids as young as 13 may be inundated with daily ads from the alcohol industry on social media, and while Twitter has an age-gate which blocks direct-to-phone updates for underage users, Instagram does not, according to a new study.
Imperial College London - Why alcohol makes your brain feel good…and very bad
“Not only are we increasingly realising that alcohol effectively shuts the whole brain down – and can even trigger inflammation within the brain - but we’re also seeing how long these effects last. This knowledge is crucial to understanding alcohol dependency, and giving people effective treatments.”
National Post (Canada) - New research supports graphic health warnings on alcohol bottles — including photos of diseased livers
New research is adding fuel to the movement for graphic, cigarette-style health warnings on alcohol bottles — and at least one Canadian jurisdiction is reportedly poised to turn the contentious idea into reality.
EJ Insight (Hong Kong) - Medical association calls for health warnings on alcohol
The Hong Kong Medical Association wants new labels on old wine bottles. Health warnings should be legally required on the packaging of alcoholic products, the HKMA said.
The Independent (UK) - Men in England drink twice as much alcohol as women, NHS study reveals
A new NHS study has found that age, gender and wealth are key factors to understand how much alcohol we drink.

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