Thursday, February 25, 2016

Alcohol News - 8/2016

BBC (Wales) - Alcohol link in third of young people drowning cases
A third of cases of young people who drowned in Wales involved alcohol, a report has found. Public Health Wales' child death review programme looked at 26 deaths involving people aged 24 and under between October 2009 and September 2014.
EurekAlert - Alcohol exposure during pregnancy affects multiple generations
When a mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy, even a small dose, she can increase the chances that the next three generations may develop alcoholism, according to a new study from Binghamton University.
Newsweek (Russia) - WILL RUSSIA LIFT THE BAN ON SELLING ALCOHOL NEAR SCHOOLS?
The Russian Ministry of Trade is working to overturn a ban on selling alcohol near schools, believing the law had only resulted in financial losses for state and business, national daily Vedomosti reports.
Duke Chronicle (USA) - Researchers’ findings about effects of alcohol inform state task force
Scientists at Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are working with the state government on an initiative to educate parents and the public as a whole about the effect of alcohol on adolescent brains.
News-Medical.net - Fetal alcohol exposure results in permanent fragmentation in slow-wave sleep
Slow-wave sleep - the deeper sleep during which the brain turns each day's events into permanent memories - is fragmented in adulthood in people exposed to high levels of alcohol in the womb.
TVNZ - What's it like to raise a child with foetal alcohol syndrome?
Seven Sharp met and talked with six mums and their kids affected by FAS. It's a topic most people don't realise the true extent of damage drinking while pregnant can have on unborn kids.
MedicalXpress - Research pinpoints devastating impacts of fetal alcohol syndrome
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are affected by a range of problems, including anxiety, depression, aggression, delinquency and diminished learning capacity a new review of evidence reveals.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Drinking game deaths far too common, says N.S. Doctor
Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health says the recent death of an 18-year old after a drinking game is a far too common occurrence and communities need to start taking the problem far more seriously.
LSE - Tobacco, alcohol and processed food industries – fitting them into the public health agenda
One thing even politicians can agree on is that we will all, eventually, die. But what we die of, and at what age, is changing. Non-communicable diseases are increasingly accounting for excessive morbidity and mortality burdens. Here, Katherine Smith and colleagues outline different approaches to public health, contrasting those who blame individuals and those who blame corporations for this transition. Comparing tobacco, alcohol and processed food industries helps outline an important research agenda.
News Guardian (UK) - Half of people suffering due to alcohol
More than half of people in the north east have suffered due to someone else drinking alcohol in the last 12 months, a new report has revealed.
Times of India (India) - Govt eyes health cess on tobacco, alcohol
Union health minister J P Nadda has in a formal communication asked the finance minister to look at the feasibility of levying a new 'sin tax' or 'health cess' on 'demerit goods' like tobacco and alcohol, suggesting the proceeds be used by the government exclusively for investment in public health.
EurekAlert - Predicted impact of different alcohol taxation and pricing policies on health inequalities
Alcohol-content-based taxation or minimum unit pricing (MUP) are both predicted to reduce health inequalities more than taxation based on product value (ad valorem taxes) or alcohol tax increases under the current system (excise duty plus value added tax) in England, according to research published this week in PLOS Medicine.
Counsel and Heal - Poor Lifestyle Coupled with Alcohol Drinking Multiplies Harm
According to a new research, drinkers who live in the poor areas suffer from poor health as compared to wealthy drinkers because they are likely to have other harmful behaviors too.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

FASD News - 7/2016

AnaesthesiaUK (UK) - Doctors call for better training and support to prevent, diagnose and manage fetal alcohol syndrome
In a revised BMA report, leading doctors’ call for better training and support to help healthcare professionals in the UK prevent, diagnose and manage fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and reduce the number of children affected each year.
MedicalXpress - Faulty bioelectric signal responsible for facial defects caused by rare genetic disorder
The new findings, Adams says, "are not just the first-ever model of why one rare mutation causes craniofacial anomalies, they actually may apply to the very much more common fetal alcohol syndrome."
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Waikato DHB proposes to take action on fetal alcohol disorder
The Waikato District Health Board plans to submit a proposal to address fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, a condition that could affect 4000 people in the region the board covers.
Scoop.co.nz (New Zealand/Canada) - Canadian experts on FASD visit New Zealand
Two Canadian experts are visiting New Zealand over the next fortnight to present a series of workshops on providing effective services to children affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and their families.
The Guardian (UK) - 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.
CBC.ca (Canada) - N.W.T. health care workers get rundown on new FASD diagnostic guidelines
A pediatrician and two psychologists specializing in diagnosing and treating FASD were in Yellowknife this week training health care workers on the new Canadian diagnosis guidelines released late last year.
Concordia - FASD and Art Therapy: An Exploratory Review
The purpose of this paper is to review art therapy (AT) and its effectiveness as a treatment approach for individuals diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Today - 'I'm the woman the CDC was worried about': I drank before I knew I was pregnant
I am one of those people who rarely drinks, not because I disapprove of it, but because it makes me sick. It's unpredictable — sometimes half a glass of wine will give me a migraine. Two glasses and I risk spending the entire next day in bed.

MATERIALS and RESOURCES
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Adults: Ethical and Legal Perspectives
This volume is an effort to combine the viewpoints of many toward a mutual goal of helping those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

COMING UP
CAPHC Webinar: Peer Support in FASD - Early Intervention and Prevention (March 9)
In the third instalment of our FASD Webinar Series, created in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, we will be exploring three outreach programs working with high risk women.
Fetal Alcohol & Other Neurobehavioral Conditions: Understanding & Application of a Brain-Based Approach (June 23-25)
This workshop provides information about Fetal Alcohol and other neurobehavioral conditions (FA/NB), and the effects of alcohol and other drugs on behaviors of children, adolescents and adults.
Research on Adolescents and Adults: If Not Now, When? (April 6-9)
As adolescents and adults with FASD continue to age, the “need to know” across a broad spectrum of areas is becoming critically important for identifying clinically relevant research questions and directions. This interactive 2016 conference will provide an opportunity to be at the forefront of addressing these issues.

RESEARCH
Alcoholism - Theory of Mind in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Theory of mind (ToM) refers to the ability to understand and make inferences about other people's intentions, feelings, and beliefs. Although children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are known to have deficits in social-cognitive function, little is known about ToM in FASD.
Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology - Improving Educational Outcomes in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Through Interagency Collaboration
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) demonstrate a significant array of neurocognitive impairments including deficits in intelligence, attention, processing speed, executive functions, language functions, visual-spatial abilities, memory, and academic achievement.
Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs - Impairment of motor skills in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in remote Australia: The Lililwan Project
We aimed to characterise motor performance in predominantly Aboriginal children living in very remote Australia, where rates of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) are high. Motor performance was assessed, and the relationship between motor skills, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and PAE was explored.
Journal of Biomedical Science - Ethanol induces cytostasis of cortical basal progenitors
Developing brain is a major target for alcohol’s actions and neurological/functional abnormalities include microencephaly, reduced frontal cortex, mental retardation and attention-deficits. Previous studies have shown that ethanol altered the lateral ventricular neuroepithelial cell proliferation.
The American journal of forensic medicine - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy: A Case Report in Medicolegal Autopsy.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a range of birth defects associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is the most serious form of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Infants with FAS are prone to death because of various physical abnormalities.
The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine - The effect of prenatal alcohol co-exposure on neonatal abstinence syndrome in infants born to mothers in opioid maintenance treatment
This study examined the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) on the incidence and severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).
Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice - Experiences in the Canadian Criminal Justice System for Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Double Jeopardy?
The study explored the experiences of individuals in the criminal justice system with a Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in order to identify possible ways to reduce the likelihood of re-entry into the criminal justice system.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - The Influence of Extrinsic Reinforcement on Children with Heavy Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Prenatal alcohol exposure affects inhibitory control and other aspects of attention and executive function. However, the efficacy of extrinsic reinforcement on these behaviors has not been tested.
Addictive behaviors - Which women are missed by primary health-care based interventions for alcohol and drug use?
Women of reproductive age who binge drink or have alcohol-related problem symptoms (APS) and who do not use contraception are considered at risk of an alcohol-exposed pregnancy (AEP).
Italian Journal of Pediatrics - Association between alcohol consumption during pregnancy and risks of congenital heart defects in offspring: meta-analysis of epidemiological observational studies
To explore the association between maternal alcohol consumption and/or binge drinking and congenital heart defects (CHDs), we conducted a meta-analysis for more sufficient evidence on this issue.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Klikk.no (Norway) - Vet du hvor lite vin som skal til for å skade fosteret?
I boka «Helselære for gravide og mødre» tar Jørgen Løvset til orde for at gravide godt kan drikke litt vin: «Nytt i moderate mengder synes det ikke å skade». (Bekymringen ved inntaket handler faktisk ikke om babyen der inne, men at «magesekken er nokså ømfintlig i graviditeten»!)
(Greece) - Μήπως είστε υποψήφια μητέρα υψηλού κινδύνου;
Eπιπλοκές μπορεί να συμβούν εξαιτίας πολλών παραγόντων - και όταν αυτοί υπάρχουν πριν από την εγκυμοσύνη, τότε οι γιατροί μιλούν για μια ''υποψήφια μητέρα υψηλού κινδύνου''.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Alcohol News - 7/2016

Loyola Phoenix - Alcohol and the Cold Don’t Mix
For most college students, the harsh Chicago cold is easier to prepare for than an upcoming literature midterm. However, just because they know how to prepare for the weather doesn’t mean they do; it’s not uncommon to see groups of students walking to the gym without coats or to the EL wearing their “going out” clothes.
MediaPost Communications - Millennials Drink More Alcohol Than Other Age Groups
Significantly more Millennials (40% more) than the overall adult population drink beer, wine and spirits at least several times a year; only 4% of Millennials drink only wine (not beer or spirits) several times a year or more.
WalesOnline (Wales) - The alarming rise of alcohol-related health problems in our elderly population
A new campaign has been launched called Drink Wise, Age Well which will provide practical advice on how to make healthier choices about drinking.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Medical Matters: HSE sets the right tone on risks of alcohol consumption
According to Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer(CMO) for England, “drinking any level of alcohol regularly carries a health risk for anyone, but if men and women limit their intake to no more than 14 units a week it keeps the risk of illness like cancer and liver disease low”.
Forbes (Russia) - Something Isn't Right About Russia's Alcohol-Related Mortality Rate
Like other national statistical agencies, Rosstat keeps track of the rate at which Russians die from various ailments (cancer, heart disease, stroke, etc.). It also keeps track of the mortality rate from various “external causes” such as car accidents, murder, and suicide. For as long as I can remember Rosstat has tracked the number of deaths from alcohol poisoning as one of these external causes.
Equal Times (Lithuania) - LITHUANIA ATTEMPTS TO TACKLE ITS ALCOHOL CRISIS WITH WELFARE CUTS
While countries like Finland and the Netherlands consider universal basic income, welfare recipients in Lithuania are bracing themselves for even more government intervention. In addition to means tests, politicians are currently debating controversial measures to introduce mandatory treatment for welfare recipients struggling with alcohol abuse.
NutraIngredients.com - Gut microbes’ protective effects compromised by alcohol
The protective function of natural gut antibiotics is impaired by alcohol leaving bacteria free to migrate to the liver aggravating alcohol-induced liver disease, a study has shown.
Radio New Zealand (Samoa) - Samoa launches new alcohol and drug court
Samoa has launched its Alcohol and Drugs Court with hope it will reduce the number of alcohol and drug related crimes. It will be headed by the first locally-appointed female Supreme Court judge, Justice Mata Tuatagaloa.
BBC News (UK) - Health professionals call for alcohol-only check-outs
Scotland should introduce alcohol-only check-outs and ban drinks advertising, health professionals have said.
Sun FM (UK) - Over half in the North East suffered due to others alcohol intake
It's claimed over half of us in the North East have suffered due to other people's drinking in the last year. A report by our region's Alcohol Office reveals, it's everything from emotional and physical harm to financial issues.
MorningAdvertiser.co.uk (UK) - Nine in 10 councils want more powers to curb pub openings
Nine out of 10 councils want to the Licensing Act to be strengthened to “help curb the saturation of communities with pubs, clubs and off-licences selling alcohol”, according to the Local Government Association.
The Copenhagen Post (Denmark) - Government to help young victims of alcohol and drug abuse
The social and internal affairs minister, Karen Ellemann, has unveiled new plans to fund support for young victims of alcohol and drug abuse under the age of 25.

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.
Mirror.co.uk (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.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

FASD News - 5/2016

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USA TODAY (USA) - CDC: Young women should avoid alcohol unless using birth control
Women of childbearing age should avoid alcohol unless they're using contraception, federal health officials said Tuesday, in a move to reduce the number of babies born with fetal alcohol syndrome.
OZY - WHY THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT BIRTH DEFECTS ISN'T ABOUT ZIKA
Given the media frenzy around Zika virus, one might assume a disease responsible for 10 times as many birth defects in the United States — that’s one in 100 live births — would generate 10 times the attention in the media. Instead, that disease has slowly found its way to the back burner of our collective cognizance: fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Radio Canada International (Canada) - Most Canadians drink alcohol, unaware of risk
About 3,000 babies per year are born with fetal alcohol syndrome caused when women drink during pregnancy, notes the report. Some 330,000 Canadians have cognitive impairments caused this way.
Pawtucket Times - GIFFORD-JONES: FASD deserves as much attention as DWI
The figures are appalling. In the U.S. every year 40,000 children are born suffering with fetal alcoholic syndrome disease (FASD). In Canada, there are more than 300,000 children with this disease. The lifetime cost for each child is $5 million. So in Canada, the cost to taxpayers of caring for those with FASD is $600 billion, the size of the national debt. In the U.S., the figure is $6 trillion.
KTUU.com (USA) - Major change for students with FASD
For Alaskans students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), a major change was just announced that will help them get a better education.
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Don't drink if planning a pregnancy: avoiding foetal alcohol spectrum disorders
If you're trying to get pregnant, stop drinking. And if you're sexually active and drink alcohol, it's best to use contraception. That's the advice from health experts to protect unborn children from lasting damage, as new research reveals that millions of women risk exposing their developing babies to alcohol.
Pulse (UK) - GPnews: Health minister says he is 'genuinely excited' about changes to general practice
The BMA has released a report calling for better training and support to help healthcare professionals in the UK prevent, diagnose and manage fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and reduce the number of children affected each year.

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
Soberpodcasts - Dr. Ira Chasnoff | Teens Growing up with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASDs)
From my point of view (Shane – the podcast host) I have always looked at alcoholism and addiction as more of a learned behavior, or choice. This brought new light to the issues that we deal with in the family of alcoholism.
FASDFOREVER - School success with FAS(D)
Jeff Noble: My interview with Crystal Millions. Crystal lives with Fasd and currently attending University. Watch to find out what's making her successful.
Hartford HealthCare - Alcohol & Pregnancy do NOT mix
Nix the alcohol if you're even THINKING about getting pregnant, says the CDC! HHC's Dr. Michele Petrucelli has the facts.

RESEARCH
CDC - Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies — United States, 2011–2013
The weighted prevalence of alcohol-exposed pregnancy risk among U.S. women aged 15–44 years was 7.3%. During a 1-month period, approximately 3.3 million women in the United States were at risk for an alcohol-exposed pregnancy.
University of New Mexico - EXPOSURE OF NEONATAL RATS TO ALCOHOL HAS DIFFERENTIAL EFFECTS ON CYTOKINE LEVELS IN THE CEREBELLUM AND HIPPOCAMPUS: POTENTIAL ROLE OF MICROGLIA AND ASTROCYTES
Drinking during pregnancy can result in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), an umbrella term that encompasses a wide array of symptoms ranging from neurocognitive deficits to physical malformations.
Current Topics in Developmental Biology - Gene–Environment Interactions and the Etiology of Birth Defects
It is thought that most structural birth defects are caused by a complex combination of genetic and environmental factors that interact to interfere with morphogenetic processes.
University of Cape Town - Multimodal neuroimaging and early neurobehavioral and developmental correlates of alcohol-exposed infants in Cape Town
This thesis explored the relative impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on the brain in infants as measured by multimodal brain imaging and the relationship of these findings to early neurobehavioral and developmental status.
Alternative Law Journal - Diversionary pathways for Indigenous youth with FASD in WA
The over-representation of Indigenous youth in the Western Australian criminal justice system has been described as a source of national shame. Rates of incarceration are the highest in the nation: around 80 per cent of youth in detention in Western Australia are of Indigenous descent, while Indigenous youth represent only 6 per cent of the population.
The American journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse - A descriptive regional study of drug and alcohol use in pregnant women using results from urine drug testing by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry
Patterns of drug use during pregnancy may be changing. Identifying changes in pregnant women’s drug use may help to target prevention and treatment. Objective: To determine the regional prevalence of drug and alcohol use among pregnant women in Southern California.
University of Cape Town - Neuroimaging study of prenatal alcohol exposure effects on structural and functional connectivity in children
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) describe the spectrum of cognitive, behavioural and neurological impairments associated with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE).
FASD: moving toward sustainable assessment and support services in Ontario
It is important to understand that FASD is in fact, brain damage. These disorders and their variations are complicated and often misunderstood. This often results in distressing outcomes, such as failed school experiences, trouble with the law, strained relationships, and home and placement breakdowns.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Adults: Ethical and Legal Perspectives - Why People with FASD Fall for Manipulative Ploys: Ethical Limits of Interrogators’ Use of Lies
People with FASD are easily manipulated by others, and such social vulnerability is a major reason why they are so likely to get into serious legal and other forms of difficulty.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Adults: Ethical and Legal Perspectives - Oral Language and Communication Factors to Consider When Supporting People with FASD Involved with the Legal System
Difficulties with oral language are always present for those with FASD. However, it is not always easy to appreciate where language skills are involved, as other areas such as cognition, behaviour, social skills and emotional regulation frequently involve communication skills, and they can be hard to separate. At this level, skills are complex and interactive.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Alcohol News - 5/2016

Irish Examiner - Alcohol industry ‘misleads’ the public, says study
The alcohol industry engages in “false” arguments to block efforts by countries to regulate alcohol marketing, according to a systematic review of research.
USA Today (USA) - CDC: Young women should avoid alcohol unless using birth control
Women of childbearing age should avoid alcohol unless they're using contraception, federal health officials said Tuesday, in a move to reduce the number of babies born with fetal alcohol syndrome.
The Guardian (UK) - Drinkers urged to think about risks as alcohol-related deaths rocket
Think about your increased risk of cancer before reaching for a glass of wine, England’s chief medical officer has warned after a near-60% rise in the rate of drinking deaths over two decades.
Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - Scots have highest rate of alcohol-related deaths, a new report reveals
SCOTLAND has the highest rate of alcohol-related deaths in the UK, according to a report. Figures released yesterday by the Office of National Statistics show 1152 deaths – about 20 a week – were linked to booze north of the Border in 2014.
YLE News (Finland) - Young people drinking less but also see fewer risks in alcohol
Around one in four Finnish 15–16 year-olds abstain from alcohol and drugs, and binge drinking is on the decrease, according to a new Europe-wide survey. However, at the same time, the risks associated with alcohol and drug use are also being perceived as lower than in the past. And, while smoking is down, more and more young people are trying out snuff.
Reykjavík Grapevine (Iceland) - Most Icelanders Still Opposed To Alcohol In Shops
The vast majority of Icelanders remain opposed to alcohol being sold in non-government shops, a new poll reveals.
The Guardian (Australia) - One in seven hospital visits on Australia Day were alcohol-related – survey
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine research found that as at 11pm on Tuesday, 15% of patients in 100 emergency departments were there because of alcohol.
Western Daily Press (UK) - Confused one in six Brits believes alcohol counts towards their daily fluid intake
A confused one in six Brits believes alcohol counts towards their daily fluid intake, a study has found. Researchers found 16 per cent reckon they can count an alcoholic drink as one of their recommended eight glasses of water.
Belfast Live (Northern Ireland) - Increase in number of Northern Irish women dying from alcohol-related conditions, figures reveal
The number of women in Northern Ireland dying from alcohol-related conditions has increased by 13% in a year. Figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed the numbers and rates of deaths where the underlying causes were directly due to alcohol.
RAPSI (Russia) - Twenty five alcohol-selling websites closed in Russia
Russian courts closed 25 websites and 7 webpages that were selling alcohol through the Internet, RIA Novosti reported on Friday.
Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - Hidden risk of drinking in retirement
A survey of 17,000 over 50s found that older people are being driven to drink by personal setbacks encountered during retirement. 20 per cent drank more than the old government guidelines, which recommended a maximum 21 units of alcohol a week for men, and 14 for women.
ABC Online (Australia) - One in three Australians not aware of cancer prevention measures: study
A study in Western Australian has revealed that one in three people still don't know how to protect themselves from the most common and preventable forms of cancer.
Atlantic Collaborative on Injury Prevention - The Role of Alcohol Policy in Sexual Violence Prevention
The purpose of this report is to examine the evidence regarding the impact of alcohol policies on sexual violence and explore more deeply how alcohol policy at an institutional level can assist sexual violence prevention.