Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Alcohol News - 17/2015

EP News (EU) - Alcoholic drinks should state calorie content, say MEPs
Plans for labelling the calorie content of alcoholic beverages should be tabled by the European Commission at the latest in 2016, said MEPs on Wednesday. The resolution calls for a new EU Alcohol Strategy focusing on alcohol consumption by minors and EU-wide labelling to discourage drink driving and drinking while pregnant.
Science Daily - Your adolescent brain on alcohol: Changes last into adulthood
Repeated alcohol exposure during adolescence results in long-lasting changes in the region of the brain that controls learning and memory, according to a research team that used a rodent model as a surrogate for humans.
Telegraph.co.uk - Do you know how much alcohol you are drinking?
Using units is a simpler way of representing a drink's alcohol content, which is usually expressed by the standard measure ABV, which stands for alcohol by volume.
The Canberra Times (Australia) - ACT moving too slow on alcohol law reform: report authors
The ACT government should move more quickly to reform alcohol laws to improve public safety and reduce health problems from drinking, say the authors of a new report on Australian attitudes.
YLE News (Finland) - It's a crime to supply alcohol to a minor - even your own child
Ahead of the traditionally boozy May Day holiday, substance abuse counsellors are urging adults not to supply alcoholic beverages to those under 18. They say that a surprisingly large proportion obtain them from their parents.
WalesOnline (Wales) - Charity demands regulation of alcohol ads as it accuses industry of 'paying lip service' to moderate drinking message
A Welsh charity has called for tailored health warnings to be included on drinks advertisements. Alcohol Concern Cymru (ACC) today publishes research showing more than half of adverts and advertorials in supermarket magazines do not contain a specific ‘drink responsibly’ message.
aidsmap (France) - Alcohol misuse the strongest predictor of severe liver damage and death in French people with hepatitis C
People with hepatitis C have a much greater risk of liver-related hospitalisation or death if they have an alcohol use disorder or another serious comorbidity such as HIV infection, chronic kidney disease or cancer, according to an analysis of everyone hospitalised in France between 2008 and 2012.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Alcohol is the number one 'date rape' drug in Ireland – experts
While there are cases of sexual predators using drugs such as Rohypnol to incapacitate vulnerable women, secretly giving 'double shots' of alcohol is far more common.
Health.com - The Weird Reason Why Drinking Alcohol Can Make You Feel Anxious the Next Day
You know the bodily symptoms of a hangover: fatigue, headache, and nausea. But anxiety and other mood problems (like irritability or feeling down) are also pretty common effects of drinking. For some people, these can be intense: If you have panic disorder, for example, heavy imbibing 
can trigger a panic attack, complete with shortness of breath and chest pain.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Coalition criticised for lack of alcohol action
Successive governments have paid "lip service" to tackling the damage caused by alcohol, according to one of the country’s leading authorities on alcohol policy.
EU News (EU) - Alcohol: the risks of excessive consumption
Alcohol poses a major risk to public health: the direct and indirect social cost of alcohol abuse in Europe in 2010 alone is estimated at €155.8 billion. Although alcohol is high in calories and can contribute to obesity, most people have no idea how many calories there are in their drinks.
Medical News Today - Study finds high risk of death from alcohol, drug abuse among former prisoners
Around a third of all deaths among men and half of all deaths among women who have been released from prison are due to drug and alcohol abuse. This is according to a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry.
Science World Report - HIV Infected Men Need Less Alcohol To Feel A 'Buzz'
Researchers at Yale University and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare found that men infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are more sensitive to alcohol than uninfected counterparts.
University Herald - Drinking 1 or 2 Alcoholic Beverages A Day Boosts Liver Disease Risk
Just drinking one or two alcoholic drinks a day could significantly boost your risk for liver disease, according to a recent study.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol bill to be published during summer, Varadkar says
The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will be published this summer with a view to being made law by the end of the year, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Alcohol News - 16/2015

Irish Times (Ireland) - Irish women end up paying a very high price for cheap alcohol
“How did we get here? How did we get from having cups of tea to slamming tequila shots at the bar,” Katherine Brown, director of the Institute of Alcohol Studies in the UK, asked a conference on Girls, Women and Alcohol in Dublin yesterday.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Ireland needs to call time on alcohol marketing and sports sponsorship
Alcohol is no ordinary commodity. Since the Code of Hammurabi in Ancient Mesopotamia more than 25 centuries ago, alcohol has been regulated in the interests of health and safety.
ITV News (UK) - Cheap supermarket alcohol 'fuelling violence'
Experts at Cardiff University say cheap alcohol in supermarkets is fuelling violence, and making booze more affordable now the economic downturn is over would be a mistake.
PsychCentral.com - HIV+ Men More Sensitive to Alcohol
A new study discovers that men with HIV infection are more sensitive to the effects of alcohol than uninfected men.
Sidney Herald Leader (Australia) - Council hears arguments for changing local alcohol law
The Sidney City Council heard from city residents Monday on a controversial motion to change the time allowed for alcohol sales on Sunday, and approved motions regarding city spending and city employee health insurance.
The Diplomat (Indonesia) - Indonesia’s New Alcohol Ban
Indonesia yesterday officially banned the sale of alcoholic beverages in convenience stores and other small shops.
BBC News (UK) - Foetal alcohol syndrome child refused Supreme Court compensation bid
A child born with foetal alcohol syndrome has been refused permission to take her case for criminal injuries compensation to the UK Supreme Court.
Youth Health Magzine - Drinking Culture In Films Putting Teens At Risk Of Early Alcohol Exposure
A new study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, suggested that teens that have been exposed to more alcohol being consumed in films than their peers are more likely to have tried alcohol, according to TIME.
Irish Independent - Potential effects of drinking alcohol during pregnancy
Exposure to alcohol can seriously affect the baby's development, particularly the brain and spinal cord.
ABC Online (Australia) - Alcohol industry timing social media promotions to tie-in with major sporting fixtures, research shows
Alcohol companies are increasingly using social media to link sporting success with drinking to boost sales, a study has found.
The Guardian (Australia) - Alcohol is the only drug epidemic we've got. Where's the national taskforce on that?
Alcohol has been recognised as Australia’s worst drug problem for more than 50 years by the Foundation of Alcohol Research and Education (Fare), and supported by Turning Point historical data.
Government of Ontario News (Canada) - Ontario Committed to Supporting Safe Consumption of Alcohol
Ontario understands that selling alcohol is a public trust, and with that trust must come a strong sense of social responsibility. That is why Ontario will continue to build on its efforts to raise awareness of the risks associated with the misuse of alcohol to reduce potential harm, and to provide the necessary information to make informed choices when it comes to alcohol consumption.
The News Journal (USA) - Bill would stop alcohol, tobacco marketing to kids online
Attorney General Matt Denn is pushing a package of bills to protect the online privacy of Delawareans, including forbidding employers from demanding employees and applicants give their social media passwords and stopping companies from marketing alcohol and tobacco to children online.
Medical Daily - Calories In Alcoholic Beverages Compared To Foods From Your Favorite Restaurant Chains
A lot of dieters fail to consider the “empty calories” found in alcoholic beverages that could be derailing their weight loss goals. They have no problem ridding their pantries and refrigerators of food high in calories and fat, but they continue to drink as many beers as they please.
Latvian Presidency EU (EU) - Health Ministers in Riga agree on the need for common EU nutrition and alcohol policies
On 20-21 April the informal meeting of Health Ministers and Heads of Delegation from the European Union, European Economic Area and European Union candidate countries took place in Riga to discuss factors affecting public health.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Alcohol News - 15/2015

Daily Mail - How boozy films encourage children to drink: The more alcohol they see on screen, the more they down themselves
Children who watch films featuring alcohol consumption are more likely to binge drink, a new study has revealed. Scientists quizzed more than 5,000 British teenagers about their drinking habits and the films they had watched from a list of 50, including Bridget Jones' Diary and Aviator.
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Lockout laws have reduced numbers hospitalised due to alcohol-related violence
Today we will receive the first official word on whether Sydney's lockout laws have been a success. The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) will release its review of the state's liquor licensing restrictions – collectively known as the "lockout laws" – a suite of reforms introduced by the O'Farrell government in February 2014 to combat an epidemic of alcohol-fuelled violence and harm.
Daily News & Analysis - Smoking can lead to alcohol addiction
Senior author and biologist at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Oliver George, said conducted a study using rat model sand said that it was a "vicious cycle" where nicotine made people crave alcohol to reward the brain and reduce stress.
Medical Xpress - Paternal alcohol problems, death from liver disease, signal offspring risk for cirrhosis
While the risk of alcohol-related liver cirrhosis is known to increase with heavy drinking, a number of people who drink large quantities of alcohol seem to escape developing the disease. This variation in susceptibility may be due to several factors beyond quantity such as genetics, gender, and obesity.
Scotsman (Scotland) - Low-cost alcohol comes at a price
As the NHS becomes more stretched we can ill afford the drain on services caused by drinking to excess, writes Barbara O’Donnell.
Bristol Post (UK) - Nearly 40 per cent rise in hospital admissions for drug and alcohol misuse in Bristol
A rise in drug and alcohol misuse admissions in North Bristol hospitals is causing increasing pressure on medical staff. Figures obtained from a Freedom of Information (FoI) request show there has been a 40 per cent rise in alcohol abuse cases in the last year.
Prague Post (Czech Republic) - Alcohol licenses rise sharply
The number of entrepreneurs who have a license to sell alcohol in the Czech Republic grew from less than 61,000 at the end of March 2014 to 97,229 at the end of March this year, according to data from the Industry and Trade Ministry.
Rhode Island Public Radio (USA) - Report Finds RI Newborns Exposed To Drugs And Alcohol Nearly Doubled From 2006
The number of babies born with exposure to opioid drugs and alcohol nearly doubled in Rhode Island between 2006 and 2013.
CTV News (EU) - EU moves closer to counting calories in alcoholic drinks
Health conscious tipplers may be closer to finding out just how many calories they are imbibing as consumer advocates push for EU nutritional labelling on alcoholic drinks in the face of strong industry resistance.
The New Daily (Australia) - Why it’s time to get serious about alcohol
Alcohol advertising is everywhere – from billboards, to the cinema and every sporting event, and children are bearing the brunt of this overexposure.
BBC News (Northern Ireland) - Underage drinking: PSNI seize large amount of alcohol on north coast
Police have said they seized a "concerning" amount of alcohol from under-age drinkers along Northern Ireland's north coast on Easter Monday.
DL-Online - Alcohol is No. 1 rape drug
Did you know that 98 percent of rapists never spend a day in jail? Or that 44 percent of sexual abuse victims are children under the age of 18? Or that 73 percent of the offenders are known to the victim?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

FASD News - 14/2015

Irish Times - One glass of wine can stop foetus breathing, study claims
Professor Peter Hepper from Queen’s University Belfast carried out a study, the first of its kind, looking at the effects of low-level alcohol exposure on foetuses in the womb through the use of 18-weeks scans on women who drank two and a half units of alcohol per week; the equivalent to a glass of wine (200ml).
JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association - Missed Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Cases
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) often goes undetected in children, either because health care professionals miss the diagnosis or medical records don’t adequately document the signs and symptoms. But if children with FAS aren’t properly diagnosed, they’re excluded from records-based surveillance estimates, which are used to plan clinical services for kids with the syndrome.
Vital Record - New research may lead to better outcomes for children born with fetal alcohol syndrome
According to a recent study, about half of the 6.6 million pregnancies in the United States each year are unplanned. As a result, many women may not know they are pregnant in time to change behaviors that might be detrimental to unborn children, such as drinking alcohol.
The Newark Advocate - Spotlighting the dangers of alcohol during pregnancy
Sometimes, people assume that efforts to educate young people about substance abuse have to focus on teens and their parents.
iPolitics.ca (Canada) - Prison ombudsman to offer insights into detainees with fetal alcohol syndrome
People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder wind up in correctional facilities across the country and face many challenges while there, says Correctional Investigator, Howard Sapers.
The State Journal-Register - Karel Homrig: Alcohol poses great risks to unborn children
April is National Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcohol and alcohol-related issues.
InsideHalton.com - Brampton man vows to demystify the jargon of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Noble Initiatives, a Brampton organization providing hope and education to those caring for someone with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), is hosting a conference in Mississauga, Thursday, April 9.
THV 11 (USA) - Senate passes alcohol and pregnancy bill
On Monday, the Arkansas Senate unanimously passed the Alcohol and Pregnancy Awareness Act.
iPolitics.ca (Canada) - Prisons falling behind in treating fetal alcohol cases: Sapers
Prisons are doing a poor job of treating inmates afflicted with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers told a justice and human rights committee Monday afternoon.
The Guardian (UK) - My mother, the alcoholic: living with foetal alcohol syndrome
Should heavy drinking in pregnancy be a crime? A recent test case in the UK was thrown out, but in the US hundreds of women have been imprisoned. We meet women and children affected by foetal alcohol syndrome.
Anishinabek News (Canada) - ‘Brain Gains’ session helps individuals with FASD
Aaron Bowerman Right to Play Coordinator at Sheguiandah First Nation hosted Anishinabek Nation Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Worker Laura Liberty and FASD front line workers. They all participated in an informative training session called “Brain Gains” aimed at improving physical activity levels for children exposed to alcohol during pregnancy.

VIDEOS
Sandy Ren - The Difficulties of FASD
We had the pleasure of interviewing a wonderful family about their experience with FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome), a type of birth defect in the FASD (fetal alcohol spectrum disorders) category.
Picture This: Life as a Parent of Children with FASD
A Photovoice Project that brought mothers together to talk about their experiences in caring for children with FASD.
MentalHealthTrust - FASD: The Basics PSA

RESEARCH
Human Brain Mapping - White matter integrity of the cerebellar peduncles as a mediator of effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on eyeblink conditioning
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are characterized by a range of neurodevelopmental deficits that result from prenatal exposure to alcohol. These can include cognitive, behavioural, and neurological impairment, as well as structural and functional brain damage.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Effects of ethanol exposure in utero on Cajal-Retzius cells in the developing cortex
Prenatal exposure to ethanol exerts teratogenic effects on the developing brain. Here, we tested the hypothesis that exposure to ethanol in utero alters the disposition of Cajal–Retzius cells that play a key role in orchestrating proliferation, migration, and laminar integration of cortical neurons in the embryonic cortex.
Acta Neuropsychiatrica - Neuroimaging effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the developing human brain: a magnetic resonance imaging review
There is a critical gap in the literature of MRI studies in alcohol-exposed children under 5 years of age across all MRI modalities. The dynamic nature of brain maturation and appreciation of the effects of alcohol exposure on the developing trajectory of the structural and functional network argue for the prioritisation of studies that include a longitudinal approach to understanding this spectrum of effects and potential therapeutic time points.
BioMed Research International - Postnatal administration of allopregnanolone modifies glutamate release but not BDNF content in striatum samples of rats prenatally exposed to ethanol
Ethanol consumption during pregnancy may induce profound changes in fetal CNS development. We postulate that some of the effects of ethanol on striatal glutamatergic transmission and neurotrophin expression could be modulated by allopregnanolone, a neurosteroid modulator of GABA-A receptor activity.
Journal of Public Health - Romantic partner influences on prenatal and postnatal substance use in young couples
Alcohol, tobacco and other drug use (ATOD) among adolescent and young adult couples during prenatal and postnatal periods is a significant public health problem, and couples may mutually influence each others' ATOD behaviors.
Journal of Pediatrics - Universal screening programs for gestational exposures
International Immunopharmacology - The protective effect of vitamin E against prenatal and early postnatal ethanol treatment-induced heart abnormality in rats: a 3-month follow-up study
Ethanol consumption during pregnancy is associated with fetal heart malformation. However, the underlying mechanism of prenatal ethanol exposure causing heart malfunction is not well known.
Research in Developmental Disabilities - Community translation of the Math Interactive Learning Experience Program for children with FASD
The Math Interactive Learning Experience (MILE), a program designed to address academic and behavioral problems found in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), was found to be effective in a randomized clinical trials with results that persisted at a 6-month follow-up.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience - Self-regulation therapy increases frontal gray matter in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: evaluation by voxel-based morphometry
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder show executive function (EF) deficits, particularly in self-regulation skills, and abnormalities in brain regions critical for these skills. None of the validated EF interventions for these children has been evaluated with regards to impacts on brain structure.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Gesundheitsstadt Berlin (Germany) - Hilfe für alkoholgeschädigte Kinder geehrt
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, kurz FASD, ist zur Lebensaufgabe von Hans-Lduwig Spohr geworden. Seit über 40 Jahren beschäftigt sich der Arzt mit der Diagnostik angeborener
Le Monde (France) - Alcoolisation fœtale : les mesures avant-gardistes du Canada
De l’hôpital à la prison, des programmes scolaires aux interventions sociales, le Canada a développé des mesures avant-gardistes pour répondre aux défis posés par les troubles causés par l’alcoolisation fœtale (TCAF).
Neue Nordhäuser Zeitung (Germany) - Neues Führungspersonal in Sülzhayn
Heute hat Ingo Engelmeyer die Position des Klinikgeschäftsführers am KMG Reha-Zentrum Sülzhayn für Kinder, Jugendliche und junge Erwachsene mit neurologischem Schwerpunkt übernommen...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Alcohol News - 14/2015

Baltimore Sun (USA) - Powdered alcohol should be banned in every state
I imagine your child being offered a sugary alcoholic powder that can be snorted, eaten like Pixy Stix, added to food or sneaked into schools or stadiums and that turns into an alcoholic beverage just by adding water.
RT - Mile dry club: Ryanair bans alcohol on Scotland-Ibiza flights
Passengers flying from Scotland to Ibiza with budget airline Ryanair are now banned from taking alcohol on board due to the firm’s concerns over “consumer safety” following a series of boozy incidents.
The Guardian - Should I let my children try alcohol?
How can you get your children to drink sensibly? Not, said Sir Liam Donaldson, the former chief medical officer for England, by giving them sips of alcohol. In 2009, he said that children should be alcohol-free until 15 years old. “But what about the French?” we asked.
Herald Sun (Australia) - Time to stop promotion of alcohol
It is responsible for the most acts of family violence that can end in death or physical and mental injuries for life. It can also adversely affect children who often endlessly witness acts of physical violence being rained down by one parent on another.
The Star - If you accept alcohol-fuelled behaviour, it will only get worse: Ellie
When my boyfriend drinks, with his friends around, he ignores me. He also tries to impress them, so will snap at me, or make fun of something I said or what I’m wearing.
National Institutes of Health (USA) - NIAAA recognizes Alcohol Awareness Month 2015
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to learn about alcohol and the health and social problems caused by drinking too much. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) encourages the public to dedicate this month to understanding how excessive drinking can affect health and to evaluating their own drinking habits.
KTRK-TV - STUDY: CHEAP ALCOHOL LEADS TO DEADLY BEHAVIOR
Researchers say the affordability of alcoholic drinks is contributing to heavy drinking. An analysis by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found "alcoholic beverages sold for off-premises consumption are more affordable today than at any time in the past 60 years."
The Age (Australia) - Time for AFL to ban alcohol sponsorship, says psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg
The psychologist involved in the AFL's most recent illicit drugs forum says players should only be allowed one strike and has called on the AFL to ban alcohol sponsorship.
Big Think - Laughter Is a Better Social Lubricant Than Alcohol
Scientists are finding how laughter — more so than alcohol — can be a great social lubricant. BPS reports that after laughing, people seem willing to divulge personal stories or quirks that they wouldn't otherwise reveal.
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Potent new wine-based alcopops expose alcohol tax 'dog's breakfast'
The emergence of cheap, highly potent spirit-like drinks made from wine highlights the need for alcohol tax reform, public health advocates say.
Irish Times (Ireland) - One glass of wine can stop foetus breathing, new study claims
Even one glass of wine can stop the foetus moving and breathing in the womb for up to two hours, an expert has warned.
Radio Australia - Flinders University study finds crime victims often increase alcohol, drug use without realising
A study finds crime victims often increase their use of alcohol or drugs after their ordeal, sometimes without realising.
Medical Daily - Teen Binge Drinking Can Lead To Brain Changes, Making Alcohol Abuse More Likely In Adulthood
A new study published in the journal Neurobiology of Disease found adolescent binge drinking could disrupt gene regulation and brain development, causing anxiety and alcohol abuse into adulthood.
Medical News Today - Alcohol-dependent hospital patients die earlier from multiple morbidities
The researchers used data from various general hospitals in Manchester, UK, finding that the mortality of alcohol dependent patients in general hospitals is many times higher than that of patients without alcohol dependency.
ABC Online (Australia) - Federal inquiry examining harmful use of alcohol in Indigenous communities rebuffed by NT Govt
A federal parliamentary committee investigating alcohol-related harm in Indigenous communities has heard that the Northern Territory Government stopped police and health workers giving evidence.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Alcohol News - 13/2015

The Baltic Course (Latvia) - Expert: reducing number of alcohol, tobacco, and drug users to 1% is possible in Latvia
Reducing the number of residents who smoke and use alcohol or drugs to one percent of the population is possible, however, it requires educating people at a very early age, as well as implementing radical amendments to the law, believes Astrida Stirna, the head of the Latvian Association of Narcologists.
U.S. News & World Report - Study: Sipping Alcohol May Lead to Later Problems for Kids
Moms and dads may think that initiating their kids with "just a sip" of alcohol may give them a healthier attitude toward drinking later in life, but new findings show just the opposite may be true.
Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - Do you have a drinking problem: try this alcohol unit calculator
One in five young professionals in the UK consider themselves to have a drinking problem, a survey has found.
International Business Times (Singapure) - Singapore Banning Alcohol Consumption In Public Areas To Avoid Drunken Disorder
Singapore has instated a new ban that hopes to prevent late-night drunken debauchery. The new law prohibits alcohol consumption in public places after 10:30 p.m. through 7:00 a.m.
Medical News Today - Road deaths fell significantly following alcohol tax increases, say researchers
Researchers from the University of Florida (UF) found that after Illinois increased taxes on beer, wine and spirits in 2009, there was a 26% fall in car crashes involving alcohol.
EurActiv (EU) - Lawmakers urge Commission to table new alcohol strategy
Members of the European Parliament, backed by health NGOs and the alcohol industry, are asking the European Commission to propose a new alcohol strategy, saying it should depart from the current one.
EurActiv (EU) - What’s in alcoholic drinks should be no secret
To know what our food and drinks are made of is a basic consumer right. However, alcoholic beverages – often loaded with calories and sugar – scarcely display the full list of ingredients and nutritional information, escaping the rules applied to everything else we eat and drink, writes Ilaria Passarani.
Clinical Advisor (USA) - Proper screening of at-risk alcohol users is lacking
A minority of primary care residents appropriately screen or intervene with at-risk alcohol users, according to a study published February 10 online ahead of print in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
CTV News (Canada) - 22% of Grade 7 students drank alcohol in past year: report
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is taking stock of alcohol consumption in its area – and officials there are not entirely thrilled with what’s coming out.
ABC2 News (USA) - More people die from drug and alcohol overdoses then murder in Baltimore
Drug and alcohol abuse in Baltimore is a very real issue. Last year more people died from overdoses then murder in the Charm City. Heroin is to blame for 143 of those lost lives.
The Canberra Times (Australia) - New education program shows Canberra students harsh reality of alcohol
High school students in Canberra are being confronted with the dangers and sometimes life-altering consequences of alcohol as part of a new $100,000 education program being trialled in the territory.
IceNews (Sweden) - Sweden becoming more tolerant of alcohol
A recent study by IQ has revealed that people in Sweden are becoming increasingly more acceptant of alcohol.