Thursday, October 27, 2016

Alcohol News - 43/2016

Scotsman (Scotland) - SNP wins alcohol minimum price court battle
The Scottish Government has won its legal battle to introduce alcohol minimum pricing in Scotland after the Court of Session today kicked out an objection by the drinks industry.
Science Daily - Mixing energy drinks, alcohol may affect adolescent brains like cocaine
Drinking highly caffeinated alcoholic beverages triggers changes in the adolescent brain similar to taking cocaine, and the consequences last into adulthood as an altered ability to deal with rewarding substances, according to a study.
CNN - Women now drink nearly as much alcohol as men, study finds
The report, published in the medical journal BMJ Open, analyzed 4 million people born between 1891 and 2001 and found that, historically, men were more likely to drink alcohol, and in amounts that would damage their health.
swissinfo.ch (Switzerland) - Alcohol ban eased for volunteer firefighters
Members of Switzerland’s volunteer firefighter service will be allowed to tackle blazes after consuming moderate amounts of alcohol from next year. The change in the law will allow more community rescue workers to spring into action in emergencies.
The Guardian (Australia) - Governments accused of failing to fully recognise role of alcohol in family violence
A coalition of alcohol experts including doctors and researchers have accused federal, state and territory governments of failing to properly acknowledge the role of alcohol in family violence.
The New Arab (Iraq) - Iraqi president calls for revision of alcohol ban
Iraqi President Fuad Masum on Wednesday called for parliament to revise a law passed over the weekend that included a provision banning alcohol.
Science Daily - Teenagers influenced by video games with alcohol, smoking content
Images and references to alcohol and tobacco in popular video games may be influencing UK teens who play the games and the age restriction system is not working, according to a new study.
Live Science (USA) - ER Visits for Alcohol Intoxication Are Going Up
Visits to the emergency room for alcohol intoxication in the United States have increased by more than 50 percent over the past decade, a new study finds.
Newstalk 106-108 fm (Ireland) - Calls for support for health labelling of alcohol, amid breast cancer link
The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) is warning of the links between alcohol and breast cancer. It claims over one-in-ten breast cancer cases and deaths are caused by alcohol.
Irish Health - Low awareness of alcohol link to breast cancer
The link between alcohol and breast cancer is well established but public awareness of this remains low, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has warned.
Medical News Today - Schizophrenia risk increased with alcohol, drug abuse
There has been a wealth of research on the impact that alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs might have on the risk of developing schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders.
The Times (UK) - Alcohol bill faces ‘ferocious industry lobbying’
The alcohol industry has been accused of “ferocious lobbying” against a government bill to introduce minimum unit pricing and restrict advertising.
China.org.cn (China) - Most Chinese teenagers have tried alcohol
A nationwide survey shows that underage drinking has become a major public health threat in China. In the past two years, some 30,000 middle school students have participated into the poll that shows more than half of them have tried alcohol at least once.
Huffington Post Australia - Alcohol In The Years Before Pregnancy Increases Breast Cancer Risk
When you're young, single and having a drink, thoughts of pregnancy, or worse, cancer tend to not be on your mind. Yet new Cancer Council Victoria research has shown for the first time that women who drink between puberty and their first pregnancy are more likely to develop breast cancer later in life.
Medscape - Alcohol and Smoking Linked to Premature Death in Many Cancers
Eleven of the 15 cancers responsible for premature death and loss of healthy life years in US residents are closely linked to smoking and alcohol, a new study shows.
POLITICO.eu (Belgium) - Belgium must increase cost of alcohol: experts
Alcohol in Belgium should be regulated the same way as tobacco and prices should rise steeply to tackle its societal harms, an expert group recommended ahead of the government’s alcohol policy overhaul, set to begin Monday, according to Belgian daily Nieuwsblad.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Beer labels featuring cute cartoons appeal to minors, Alcohol Healthwatch says
Alcohol watchdogs are concerned beer branding featuring cute cartoons or resembling softdrinks, may be too appealing to minors.
The Copenhagen Post (Denmark) - Danish government would allow minors to serve alcohol
The Danish government is moving to allow 15-year-olds to serve alcohol in restaurants. Currently, the minimum age is 18.

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