Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Alcohol News - 11/2016

Medical News Today - Alcohol triggers breast cancer-causing gene
Each year, tens of thousands of cases of breast cancer in the US and Europe are linked to alcohol consumption, and it is also linked to an increased risk of cancer recurrence in women with early-stage breast cancer. Now, a new study provides a direct link between alcohol, estrogen and a cancer-causing gene.
The Week UK (UK) - Parliament splurges £1.2m on alcohol in two years
Bars in the House of Commons saw alcohol sales of £1.2m over the past two years, a Freedom of Information request revealed.
ITV News (EU) - Raise tax on alcohol to cut liver deaths, say researchers
Simple and cheap changes to alcohol policy at EU level could reduce mortality across Europe, according to researchers at the University of Southampton.
Newshub (New Zealand) - Auckland cracks-down on underage alcohol sales
An Auckland Council crack-down on the sale of liquor to minors has resulted in an application to have Southmall Liquor Bargain's licence cancelled.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Food watchdog warns of dangers mixing energy drinks with alcohol
They are available for as little as 49c a can but the long-term effects of regularly consuming trendy energy drinks are unknown, a new report from Safefood warns.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Alcohol ad crackdown could curb underage drinking, researcher says
A nursing and social work professor who researches underage drinking, is calling for restrictions on alcoholic beverage advertisements in a bid to reduce underage drinking and binge drinking by teens and young adults.
The Guardian (Australia) - Stop advertising alcohol on public transport, urges report
A new report from the Alcohol Advertising Review Board calls on state and territory governments to legislate to remove all alcohol advertising from public transport and transit stops.
Detroit Free Press (USA) - State toughens rules on anti-drunken driving devices
Gov. Rick Snyder has signed bills that update state regulations on breath-alcohol interlock ignition devices.
euronews (Spain) - Alcohol ban hits Spanish resort island of Mallorca
The popular Spanish tourist island of Mallorca has brought in a night time booze ban. The sale of alcohol in shops, vending machines and from street sellers is now forbidden in several areas between midnight and eight a.m.
Ottawa Sun (Canada) - Province has new plan to tackle Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The Ontario government is set to announce the province’s first strategy to combat Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) – a strategy expected to include a massive education effort aimed at would-be mothers, teachers and health care providers.
Politics.co.uk (UK) - Time to revisit estimates of costs of alcohol to society, says new article
The journal Addiction has pre-released an article calling for a revision of the regularly cited £21 billion estimate for the cost of alcohol to society in England and Wales. The paper, ‘Which cost of alcohol? What should we compare it against?’, is authored by IAS Policy Analyst Aveek Bhattacharya and claims that “these estimates rely on data that are between 4 and 12 years out of date and sensitive to questionable assumptions and methodological judgements”.
WHO (EU) - New WHO study reveals that while smoking by school-aged children has declined significantly, young people’s health and well-being is being undermined by gender and social inequalities
A new pan-European WHO survey of schoolchildren reveals that the proportion of 15-year-olds who first smoked at the age of 13 has fallen significantly since 2010. The report goes on, however, to warn that while 80% of respondents report generally high rates of life satisfaction, differences between genders and socioeconomic status are adversely affecting many young people's health, well-being and lifestyle choices at a critical stage in their development.
Economic Times - Beware! Binge drinking can kill you in your sleep
Perceived as a lighthearted, fun and humorous rite among college students, binge drinking may lead not only to impaired judgment but also increase the risk of dying in one's sleep, say experts.

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