Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Alcohol News - 10/2016

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (UK) - The government’s own numbers show that alcohol is under-taxed
Whilst weighing up his options for next week’s Budget, the Chancellor will be coming under significant industry pressure to cut alcohol duty, as he has for the past three years. One common argument is that UK consumers are overburdened with alcohol taxes.
Daily Mail (UK) - We really ARE a nation of binge drinkers: 10% of Britons down a week's worth of alcohol in just one session
Millions of Britons drink their weekly alcohol limit in a single day, figures reveal. And those most likely to drink frequently and excessively are the middle class and middle aged. Doctors say many adults still see alcohol as being ‘relatively safe’ despite repeated health warnings from the Government and other experts.
WebMD - Pot Smokers May Face Greater Risk of Alcohol Abuse
People who smoke pot may be five times more likely to develop a problem with alcohol, such as addiction, a new study says.
DutchNews.nl (Netherlands) - Over 900 Dutch teens hospitalised with alcohol poisoning last year
Last year over 930 Dutch teenagers ended up in hospital because they had drunk too much alcohol, a rise of nearly 20% on 2014. And the number with acute alcohol poisoning was up 27% on the previous year, figures collated by paediatrician Nico van der Lely show.
Express.co.uk (UK) - Alcohol the biggest impairment to drivers, says new report
Alcohol is the biggest impairment to drivers, according to a new report published by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport (PACTS).
The Star (Kenya) - Alcohol abuse is up 30% in North Rift
CONSUMPTION of alcohol has gone up by more than 30 per cent in North Rift counties after government officials relaxed the campaign to wipe out illicit liquor.
Economic Times - Children with parents who drink alcohol are more likely to pick up the habit
Can you imagine an 11-year-old picking up a beer bottle? Scientists have now found that one in seven 11-year-olds in Britain has drunk more than a "few sips of alcohol" at least once -- nearly 14 percent.
Examiner.com - Six signs the next 10 yrs. for alcohol biz will be like the last 20 for tobacco
Don't be alarmed: A second-coming of Prohibition isn't on the horizon, and alcohol manufacturers will remain profitable just as Big Tobacco remains solvent. America is driven by freedom to make choices, even when they're unanimously unhealthy, and alcohol won't stop being the drug of choice for the stressed or the celebrating.
PsychCentral.com - Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke Jumps Just After Drinking Alcohol
While scientific research has established a link between moderate alcohol consumption and better heart health, a new study suggests that this connection is actually quite complex with potential risks as well as benefits. In fact, new findings show that in the hour following even moderate consumption of alcohol, the risk of heart and stroke doubles.
Newshub (New Zealand) - Alcohol violence commonplace in hospitals
Alcohol-fuelled violence is still far too common in New Zealand emergency departments with intoxicated patients frequently hurting themselves.
Medical Daily - Alcoholic Drinks, No Matter How Many Calories They Have, Can Still Impede Weight Loss
It’s no secret that alcohol is often the greatest nemesis to the waistline — and since many alcoholic drinks are high in “empty calories” lacking any nutritional value, it’s no wonder why. This leaves many people reaching for a light beer or a Skinnygirl cocktail. While lower on calories, these can still throw a wrench into your diet plans.
Medical Daily - Alcohol Addiction Affects Dopamine Levels In Brain, Making It Harder To Catch A Buzz, Easier To Relapse
Alcohol is one of the most addictive substances on the planet, and for those who develop a dependency, sudden withdrawal can produce physical symptoms in the body such as shaking and delirium. But, while much is known about how alcohol withdrawal affects the body, a recent study delved deeper, and investigated how sudden alcohol withdrawal affects the brain.
China Post (Taiwan) - Alcohol ban meets with civil servant derision
The Executive Yuan's recent announcement to civil servants nationwide, requesting they comport themselves with dignity in public settings and avoid excessive alcohol consumption, has been met with derision by junior civil servants.
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian - Binge drinking in college can affect cancer risk later in life
Research has found that drinking alcohol throughout one’s life can lead to an increased chance of developing certain types of cancers later in life, according to the National Cancer Institute.

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