Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Alcohol News - 6/2016

Vox - Want to save lives? An innovative program targets one of the big causes of death: alcohol.
Could temporarily taking away some people's right to drink — after they get in trouble with the law due to alcohol — save lives? That's the question behind a major new study from RAND Corporation researchers, published in Lancet Psychiatry on Tuesday night. The study examines the 24/7 Sobriety program in South Dakota — and its impact at the county level.
Medical Xpress - Alcohol-impaired driving crimes spike immediately after drinking age
A new study led by a Northern Medical Program (NMP) researcher shows that alcohol-impaired driving crimes spike immediately after the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) is reached, indicating that minimum legal drinking age legislation in Canada can have a major impact on young drivers.
The Independent - How does alcohol cause cancer?
Clearly, humanity’s relationship with alcohol stretches back thousands of years, but a long relationship doesn’t necessarily mean a healthy one.
WFMJ - Alcohol more harmful for people with HIV
Drinking alcohol may be more dangerous for people infected with HIV, a new study suggests.
Medical News Today - Chronic liver damage worsened by alcohol-fueled gut bacteria
One of the leading causes of chronic liver damage in the US is alcohol abuse. New research into the disease's etiology shows a surprising role for gut bacteria in the ruination of the liver.
The Guardian - How foetal alcohol spectrum disorder affects the care system
Sam Lister and her partner Paul had never heard of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder. But as experienced foster carers with 13 placements behind them, they knew there was something wrong with their adoptive son Lee when he was just five-months-old.
ABC Online (Australia) - Proposed early lockout laws the solution to alcohol-fuelled violence in Queensland, surgeon says
A surgeon believes reducing licensing hours for nightclubs as proposed in a review by the Queensland Government will guarantee a reduction in alcohol-related violence in the state.
Irish Times (Ireland) - More than 900 get cancer from alcohol each year, HSE warns
More than 900 cancer cases, with 500 deaths, are caused by drinking alcohol each year in Ireland, the Health Service Executive (HSE) has warned.
The Age (Australia) - Why alcohol causes so much damage that is so hard to fix
According to a recent report of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, a fifth of all Australian drinkers consume three-quarters of the grog. The heaviest-drinking 5 five per cent – about 1 million Australians – consume more than eight standard drinks of alcohol every day, and the proportion of alcohol being consumed by heavy drinkers is increasing.
Iceland Monitor (Iceland) - Alcohol bill “bad for child welfare”
Freer access to alcohol would be damaging to child welfare and therefore counter to the Icelandic constitution, says the country’s official Ombudsman for Children.
News1130 (Canada) - Alcohol abuse costing the healthcare system billions: Canadian Public Health Association
The country’s top doctors came out with a warning about rising alcohol levels in Canada this week.
The Globe and Mail (Canada) - Nearly 80 per cent of Canadians drink alcohol, but not all know risks: report
The country’s chief public health officer has tabled a report to Parliament on alcohol consumption by Canadians, which warns of the potential health risks from even low levels of drinking. (UK) - Boozy pensioners risk 'alcoholic dementia' with the damage from drink rivalling Alzheimer's
Studies have shown that baby boomers are the heaviest drinkers and it's leaving thousands hospitalised every year with mental disorders.
AAP News - Health Brief: Minors may be inundated with alcohol ads via social media
Alcohol ads and promotions are accessible to children on social media, despite industry guidelines calling for self-imposed restrictions on marketing to minors, according to a recent study.

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