Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Alcohol News - 49/2016

Daily Mail - Health experts say alcohol-fuelled events should be replaced with other activities
The office Christmas party should be banned and replaced by a trip to the panto, according to health experts.
Medical Daily - Alcohol And Heart Health: Moderate, Habitual Drinking Can Cause Irregular Heartbeat, Study Finds
Many past studies have confirmed binge drinking can result in an irregular heartbeat or a heart "flutter," but a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has linked moderate, habitual drinking with the same result.
Irish Mirror (Ireland) - Staggering 900 cases of alcohol-related cancer diagnosed in Ireland every year and 500 of these are fatal
The National Cancer Control Programme warned that over half of these alcohol related cancers could be prevented if people stuck to low-risk guidelines of 11 standards drinks for women and 17 for men
Star Weekly (Australia) - Men ignore alcohol harm message
More than half of Moorabool men, and a third of Melton men, are at risk of short-term alcohol harm each month, figures reveal.
The Independent (UK) - Minimum alcohol pricing 'could improve nation's health', says Public Health England report
A new report has asserted the health benefits of introducing minimum pricing for alcohol as the Government continues to review the measure.
Daily Mail (UK) - No 10 refuses to rule out introducing minimum prices for alcohol as the Government's health advisers say drinkers should pay for their own mess
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said the Government will look into proposals by its own health advisers, who recommend bringing in minimum pricing to cut the harm caused by drinking.
Bury Times (UK) - Bury Council to urge ministers to bring in 9pm watershed for alcohol adverts
The ruling Labour group brought forward a motion at last week's council meeting calling on the council to lobby the government to introduce a 9pm watershed for the advertising of alcohol on TV.
Huffington Post UK (UK) - The Shocking Impact Of Alcohol On The Emergency Services
The UK’s relationship with alcohol is not without consequence. Excessive drinking places an enormous burden on our emergency services - including the police, fire, ambulance and accident and emergency - with the wider financial impact of responding to alcohol-related emergencies alongside the very human effect on the people who work in these critical areas.
CBS News - "Teetotaler gene" discovery could lead to alcohol abuse treatments
Scientists say they’ve identified a gene variant that dampens the desire to drink alcohol. They said their discovery might lead to the development of drugs that could control alcohol consumption, possibly even among problem drinkers.
AzerNews (Uzbekistan) - Uzbekistan to raise prices on alcohol
The minimum wholesale and retail prices on alcoholic beverages (except beer) in Uzbekistan will be raised starting from January 1, 2017, according to a joint decision of the country’s Ministry of Finance and the State Tax Committee.
The Costa Rica Star (Costa Rica) - 30% of Costa Rican children begin consuming alcohol before the age of 13
43% of Mexican and 30% of Costa Rican children begin consuming alcohol before the age of 13, according to the first results of the study about the patterns of consumption of alcoholic beverages in Latin American minors.
EurekAlert - Neuroscientist studies connection between PTSD and alcohol abuse
Many who have been to war, experienced abuse or lived through a traumatic event struggle to cope with life-altering anxiety and depression afterward. Approximately eight million people in the United States live with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the National Center for PTSD, and nearly 75 percent of them report abusing alcohol at one time or another.
The Times (UK) - TDs must ignore alcohol lobby, says RSA head
Politicians who oppose a law to “hide” alcohol from public view in retail outlets are not acting in the public interest, the chairwoman of the Road Safety Authority has suggested.

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