Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Alcohol News - 17/2017

The West Australian - Graphic WA alcohol risk ad hits hard as more choose to drink less
A graphic WA advertisement depicting alcohol spreading in the bloodstream causing cancer has been named the most powerful for making people cut back on their drinking.
WHO Europe (Italy) - Italy’s Alcohol Prevention Day putting the prevention of alcohol-related harm in focus
Since the 1990s, the Mediterranean countries have been successfully reducing alcohol consumption and related harm. This success has been particularly prominent in Italy, where total adult per capita consumption decreased from 12.4 litres in 1990 to 7.6 litres in 2014.
Russia beyond the headlines (Russia) - Do Russians really drink as much as people think they do?
In 2011, a post featuring funny facts (in Russian) about Russia written by a Canadian English teacher who was living in Moscow began to circulate on the internet. Some of these "facts" were questioned by Russians, such as the statement that they do not say "please" or "thank you," but entry number 17 was not contested by anyone: "Russians drink a lot of vodka. It's not a myth."
BreakingNews (Ireland) - 600 babies born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome every year
Around 600 babies are born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in Ireland each year. The disorder can be caused by drinking during pregnancy and can lead to severe brain dysfunction and development.
Medical Xpress - More prime-time ads could kick drunken driving to the curb
Public service announcements about the dangers of drunken driving could change that – but only if more people see those ads, according to a new Cornell study.
Daily Mail (Australia) - 56 per cent of all alcohol consumed is by people drinking at RISKY levels, according to research
Whether it's a glass of wine to help you unwind at the end of the working day, or meeting for a drink (or three) with friends or colleagues at work, alcohol is a regular fixture for many people around the world.
Kellogg Insight (Russia) - How Drinking Beer Is Saving Russian Lives
The World Health Organization has found that every fifth death among Russian men is due to alcohol abuse. This can come in many forms, such as alcohol poisoning, drunk-driving accidents, or a booze-fueled homicide.
Newsweek (USA) - New York lawmakers debate allowing alcohol in movie theaters
In New York, legislators are again set to debate whether alcoholic beverages should be served in movie theaters, after previous attempts at formal legislation fell apart during state budget negotiations.
Hindustan Times - Cold weather, less sun leads to excessive drinking resulting in alcoholic cirrhosis
New European research has found that those who live in colder and less sunny parts of the world are also more likely to have alcoholic cirrhosis, a disease caused by excessive drinking which results in irreversible scarring of the liver.
Baltic Course (Estonia) - Share of alcohol bought by Estonian residents in Latvia hits 10%
Alcoholic beverages bought in Latvia now account for 10 percent of the total amount of alcohol bought by Estonian residents, up from 6 percent in August 2016, it appears from a poll taken by Kantar Emor in March writes LETA/BNS.
Cyprus Mail (Cyprus) - Draft law suggests raising age to buy alcohol
A draft law on raising the minimum age for buying alcoholic drinks from 17 to 18 years was discussed on Monday by the House interior committee after an EU report found Cyprus students ranked 3rd in Europe in alcohol consumption.
NPR - Binge Drinkers Beware: Study Finds Link Between Alcohol And Heart Arrhythmias
Researchers in Germany have found that getting drunk is associated with abnormal heart rhythms. Their study was conducted in a place teeming with potential research subjects. - White wine WARNING: Drinking the alcohol can cause THIS nasty skin condition
WHITE wine severely increases your risk of developing the nasty skin condition which causes stinging and redness on the face, rosacea.
The West Australian (Australia) - Alcohol violence at peak
Latest crime figures show the disturbing trend of the Kimberley being the most violent police district in WA per head of population is continuing. (New Zealand) - New study confirms NZ's 'ladette' problem drinkers
Alco-pop guzzling young women are the new face of New Zealand's drinking problem, a first-of-its-kind study shows.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Alcohol News - 16/2017

XinhuaNet (Russia) - Alcohol, tobacco consumption falls in 2016 in Russia
Russia recorded a decrease in alcohol and tobacco consumption in 2016, Russian newspaper Izvestiya reported on Monday.
YLE News (Finland) - Children's Helpline fields calls about parental alcohol abuse over Easter holiday
Volunteers from the MLL charity's Helpline service say many children phoned or sent messages about their parents' excessive alcohol use over the four-day Easter weekend in Finland.
Daily Mail (UK) - Would YOU buy alcohol for a pregnant woman? Watch what happens when an 'expectant mother' asks passing strangers to do her a favour by buying her booze
Our MailOnline reporter put on a fake belly to play the part of a young pregnant woman and stood outside a convenience store in London.
Pan American Health Organization (WHO) - Regulating marketing of alcohol can help reduce consumption, harm
Countries can improve public health by regulating the marketing of alcoholic beverages to reduce its consumption and related harms, and the Pan American Health Organization has developed new principles for countries to consider in developing these regulations.
Shepparton News (Australia) - Alcohol and water can be fatal combination
A new study has found alcohol may have contributed to hundreds of men drowning in the past decade. (Australia) - Growing alcohol problem affecting middle-aged women on the northern beaches
NEW figures show a higher number of peninsula women are becoming problem drinkers.
Smithsonian (Ireland) - Ireland May End Its Historic Good Friday Alcohol Ban
Over the years, the ban has inspiring many a crafty guide on scouting out a frothy pint. But fortunately for alcohol enthusiasts, Ireland’s dry Good Friday edict may soon come to an end, Susan Hogan reports for The Washington Post.
Science Daily - Think you can handle your alcohol? Study may urge some drinkers to think again
Heavy drinkers develop behavioral tolerance to alcohol over time on some fine motor tasks, but not on more complex tasks, according to a study led by a Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System researcher.
Paris Post Intelligencer (USA) - Underage drinking is a danger to all
Many people do not refer to alcohol as a drug, however, it most certainly is a drug — a very addictive one. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth. The statistics related to underage drinking are astounding.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol problems cost €1 in €10 spent on healthcare
It is notable the speed and ease with which legislation is proceeding through the Houses of the Oireachtas that will further increase the availability of alcohol.
Medical Daily - Alcoholism Treatment 2017: Alcohol-Dependent Brains Respond To Booze Differently
Modern medicine is moving toward the idea of personalized care catered to an individual's needs; new research suggests such an approach may work for alcoholism. (Ireland) - Half of the population believes drivers shouldn't be banned for having alcohol in their system
PROPOSALS TO CHANGE Ireland’s drink-driving laws have stirred much debate in Leinster House – and across the country – in recent weeks.
TheHealthSite - World Liver Day: Take good care of your liver to live healthy
According to a report released by World Health Organization (WHO) in May 2014, deaths due to liver diseases in India has reached 2.44% of total deaths.
MCXV (Scotland) - Scotland Must Do More To Turn Tide Of Alcohol Harm
A report published last Wednesday by Alcohol Focus Scotland, BMA Scotland, SHAAP and Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs contained a comprehensive set of policies aimed at curbing Scotland’s alcohol problem and addressing the associated health inequalities.
TV NZ (New Zealand) - Alcohol ads teach kids that drinking is 'part of being a good New Zealander', researchers suggest
High rates of alcohol ads played during televised sport could lead children to believe drinking is "part of being a good New Zealander", researchers have suggested.
The College Fix (USA) - Survey finds many Spring Breakers regret having random sex, boozing it up
These are some of the responses from a Project Know survey, which recently asked 889 high school and college students who have taken a spring break trip in the past five years about their activities and regrets.
Harvard Health - Binge drinking continues to rise — particularly among women and seniors
Women usually welcome news that the gender gap in pay or leadership positions is closing. But lately we’ve been learning that women are also gaining parity in another respect: alcohol consumption.
Mail Online (UK) - Special report: Binge drinking
Binge-drinking is getting out of control in Britain. One in four adults in Britain are binge drinkers and the UK recently topped a poll as Europe's heaviest alcohol consumers.
Standard Examiner - Alcohol Awareness Month: How to help a loved one with a drinking problem
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and the experts have one overriding piece of advice for those who have a loved one dealing with an addition: Above all else, take care of yourself.

Monday, April 17, 2017

FASD News - 15/2017 - Study compares alcohol consumption during pregnancy across European countries
A study among over 7000 women in 11 European countries shows the proportion of women in Europe who drink alcohol when they know they are pregnant is lowest in Norway and highest in the UK.
Emporia Gazette - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders discussed
April is the month of the young child, and to open activities, St. Francis Community Services hosted a workshop on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders for community members.
Newcastle Herald (Australia) - New campaign tackles Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Hunter's multicultural communities
THE harmful effect of alcohol consumption during pregnancy is the focus of a new prevention campaign targeted at Newcastle’s multicultural communities.
Sioux Falls Argus Leader (USA) - Wanted: An end to health crises killing Native Americans
Fetal alcohol syndrome and higher infant mortality rates plague South Dakota reservations. Shannon County, located on the Pine Ridge reservation, also suffers from higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases, obesity and smoking than the rest of the state, according to county health rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Policy Options (Canada) - The invisibility of people with developmental disabilities
With the recent federal commitment to increase mental health funding across Canada, we need to turn our attention to people with developmental disabilities – individuals who are currently invisible within Canada’s mental health system. This group has some of the greatest needs for mental health services and supports, yet is rarely acknowledged or targeted in mental health efforts.
ScrollToday (UK) - Drinking during pregnancy? British women drink the most during pregnancy
According to a new survey that was conducted around 11 European countries and included 7,905 women, Britain (28.5 per cent) scored highest in alcohol consumption during pregnancy, followed by Russia (26.5 per cent) and Switzerland (20.9 per cent).
Derry Journal - Women who binge drink BEFORE becoming pregnant ‘more likely’ to have diabetic babies
Women who binge drink before they become pregnant can still harm their babies, warns new research.
US Department of Veteran Affairs (USA) - Alcohol and pregnancy: What women Veterans should know
Increasing numbers of women Veterans of childbearing age are enrolling in VA health care. Consequently, information on optimizing pregnancy outcomes is important for women Veterans, their families, and their providers.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY - Epigenetic Mechanisms and Treatments of Fetal Alcohol Exposure-Induced Memory Impairment and Metabolic Dysregulation
In my thesis work, I aimed to identify underlying biological mechanisms of the FAE-induced hippocampus-based cognitive deficits that would lead to identify potential treatment targets to reverse the deficits.
Proceedings of the West Virginia Academy of Science - Alterations in cell cycle progression associated with transcription factor E2F1 in FASD
Phenotypes from alcohol exposure during fetal development, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), include facial dysmorphology, neurological underdevelopment and cognitive loss.
Proceedings of the West Virginia Academy - Effects of alcohol on Chk2 expression and cellular localization in a model of FASD and adult alcoholism
Fetal alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are associated with reduced proliferation and loss of large numbers of neural crest stem cells. Previous studies suggest that alcohol increases oxidative stress inducing DNA damage and increasing apoptosis in a p53 independent manor.
Proceedings of the West Virginia Academy - Effects of Alcohol on CHK-1 and Phospho-CHK-1 in Neuronal Stem Cell losses in FASD
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are associated with changes in proliferation and induced cell losses of neuronal stem cells during development. Alcohol induced oxidative stress has been noted in previous studies to cause chronic genomic instability and DNA damage.
University of British Columbia - Indigenous parents of students with special needs in education : the lived experience
Parents of students with special needs may experience stressors in association with their interaction with the education system. Meetings with multiple professionals can be intimidating, the process of assessment can be confusing, terminology used may be unfamiliar, and realizing their child is having challenges may be upsetting.
Alcoholism - Preventing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Self-Administered Version of Project CHOICES With College Students and Nonstudents
Alcohol-exposed pregnancies (AEPs) are a preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities for which many women are at risk. The initial 5-session Project CHOICES intervention was found to prevent AEPs.
Neuroscience - Neonatal alcohol exposure reduces number of parvalbumin-positive interneurons in the medial prefrontal cortex and impairs passive avoidance acquisition in mice deficits not rescued from exercise
Developmental alcohol exposure causes a host of cognitive and neuroanatomical abnormalities, one of which is impaired executive functioning resulting from medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) damage.
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry - Harnessing neural stem cells for treating psychiatric symptoms associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and epilepsy
Brain insults with progressive neurodegeneration are inherent in pathological symptoms that represent many psychiatric illnesses. Neural network disruptions characterized by impaired neurogenesis have been recognized to precede, accompany, and possibly even exacerbate the evolution and progression of symptoms of psychiatric disorders.
British Journal of Music Therapy - Music therapy intervention effects in the non declarative memory of children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome children (FAS)
This study aimed to investigate the effects of music therapy treatment applied to the non declarative memory development in the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome children (FAS).
Paediatric Respiratory Reviews - In utero alcohol effects on foetal, neonatal and childhood lung disease
Maternal alcohol use during pregnancy exposes both premature and term newborns to the toxicity of alcohol and its metabolites. Foetal alcohol exposure adversely effects the lung.

Geboorteafwijkingen door alcoholgebruik tijdens de zwangerschap zijn vermijdbaar. Dat het foetaal alcohol spectrum stoornis (FASD) desondanks voorkomt, is te wijten aan onvoldoende effectieve preventie.
Hyvä Terveys (Finland) - ”Kysyisin äidiltä, miksi hän joi”
Äidin raskaudenaikainen alkoholinkäyttö uhkaa yhä tuhansien lapsien elämää Suomessa. Mikko on yksi FASD-nuori.
Rynek Zdrowia (Poland) - Ostrów Wielkopolski: kara w zawieszeniu dla matki pijanej podczas porodu
Na karę więzienia w zawieszeniu i zakaz picia alkoholu skazał w środę (12 kwietnia) Sąd Rejonowy w Ostrowie Wielkopolskim 33-letnią mieszkankę tego miasta, która mając ponad 3 promile alkoholu urodziła dziecko. Sąd uznał, że zachowanie matki narażało zdrowie i życie noworodka.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Alcohol News - 15/2017

The Local (Italy) - Drinking between meals is on the rise in Italy
Alcohol consumption is on the rise in Italy, with a particularly sharp increase in drinking in between meal times and binge-drinkers.
The Herald (Scotland) - Drinking-cut target to tackle 'devastating' alcohol impact
SCOTS should cut the amount of alcohol they drink by at least 10 per cent over the next decade because of the “devastating impact” alcohol abuse has on public services and communities, according to campaigners. - Study compares alcohol consumption during pregnancy across European countries
A study among over 7000 women in 11 European countries shows the proportion of women in Europe who drink alcohol when they know they are pregnant is lowest in Norway and highest in the UK. (UK) - REVEALED: Boozy Brits spend THIS much on alcohol in pubs, bars and restaurants
BOOZY Brits spent a record £24 billion on drink in pubs, bars and restaurants last year, new figures revealed today.
Evening Standard (UK) - Sale of alcohol to passengers waiting for early morning flights should be banned, government officials say
Calls have been made to ban the sale of alcohol at airports to passengers on early morning flights after a spike in drunken incidents.
Namnews (UK) - UK The Leading Market In Europe For Online Alcohol Sales
Proportionally, more UK consumers are buying alcohol online than in any other market in Europe. The growth is being driven by six key factors and the opportunities for brands are set to continue, according to a new report – How alcohol brands can tap the ecommerce opportunity – from ecommerce analytics firm Profitero, in conjunction with Nielsen.
The Daily Meal (USA) - New Oregon Bill Aims to Ban Alcohol on Public Beaches
If you envisioned a summer filled with day drinking on the beaches in Oregon, you might have to change your plans.
Norway Today (Norway) - FRP wants to push through ‘beer in the park’ before summer
The Progress Party (FRP) and The Conservatives supported by The Liberals wish to amend the law and allow drinking in the park within a few months, the Christian Democrats are protesting.
Miami Herald (USA) - Alcohol abuse leads to 4,300 deaths annually among people under 21
It is common knowledge that the drinking age in the United States is 21. However, by age 13, one third of boys and about one fourth of girls have tasted alcohol. Even scarier, excessive alcohol consumption leads to more than 4,300 deaths annually among people under 21.
ABC Online (Australia) - NT Government promises alcohol policy will cut crime rates as businesses call for crackdown
Northern Territory businesses are calling for the Government to crack down on crime as a new survey has revealed theft and vandalism is costing some hundreds of thousands of dollars.
ABC Online (Australia) - Alcohol may have contributed to the drownings of 500 men over past decade, study finds
A campaign is being launched aimed at changing men's attitudes towards drinking around water, with new figures suggesting alcohol has contributed to the drownings of almost 500 Australian men over the past decade.
EU Reporter (EU) - Curious case of #alcohol labelling in the EU
European case of alcohol labelling is a good example of the results of industry lobby and effects of vested interests. An example where a logical decision is avoided and postponed without any serious explanation. It should be a wake-up call for both European Parliament and Commission to highlight alcohol policy and understand that without decisions, things are not moving along, writes Lauri Beekmann.
The Local Germany (Germany) - 75 billion smokes: report reveals which vices Germans indulge most
A new report shows that Germans are cutting back a bit on smoking traditional cigarettes, but are drinking at an "especially high" rate compared to other countries.
Morocco World News (Morocco) - Alcohol Consumption on the Rise in Morocco
Despite the heavy taxation on alcoholic beverages, consumption is still increasing by leaps and bounds in Morocco.
The Scotsman (Scotland) - Residents go online to show how alcohol impacts communities
Views on whether there are too many supermarkets in Edinburgh selling cut-price price alcohol are being gathered in an anonymous online survey aimed at showing how ordinary communities are affected by booze.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Alcohol News - 14/2017

Herald Scotland (UK) - Minimum unit pricing for alcohol should be introduced across UK if successful in Scotland
Minimum unit pricing for alcohol should be introduced across the UK if it proves a success in Scotland, a Lords committee has urged.
The Register-Guard (USA) - Lawmakers introduce bill that would ban alcohol on Oregon’s beaches
Drinking alcohol on Oregon’s public beaches would become a crime under a bill introduced Tuesday in the state Legislature.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Sweeping changes to alcohol tax and regulation urged on Turnbull government
Drinkers would pay far less for a bottle of vodka but much more for cask wine, while booze would be available from supermarkets and corner stores, under major reforms to alcohol regulation being urged on the federal government. (Netherlands) - Dutch pilots call for unruly passenger blacklist, better alcohol controls at Schiphol
Dutch pilots unions are calling for tighter controls on the sale of alcohol at Schiphol airport and a blacklist of passengers who misbehave, reports television programme Brandpunt on Tuesday.
Science Daily (Finland) - Risky alcohol consumption can increase at time of retirement
Every tenth employee increases their alcohol consumption to risky levels at the time of retirement from full-time employment. However, the increase seems to be temporary as risky drinking often decreases during the retirement.
WBUR - How We Doctors Are Failing Our Patients Who Drink Too Much
The middle-aged man in my exam room wasn’t an alcoholic. At least, that’s what he declared to me as I asked him questions about his drinking.
Science Daily - Alcohol abuse even before pregnancy may harm offspring
Mothers who binge drink before they become pregnant may be more likely to have children with high blood sugar and other changes in glucose function that increase their risk of developing diabetes as adults, according to a new study.
KBBI (USA) - Alcohol And Drug Abuse In Alaska Rack Up Annual Cost of Billions
The total costs from alcohol and drug abuse and dependence in Alaska are more than $3 billion per year. Those numbers are according to a new Alaska Mental Health Trust report completed by the McDowell Group.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Irish teens 'drinking alcohol out of oranges and hairbrushes'
A universal approach is needed to tackle underage drinking as Irish teens resort to sneaking alcohol into hairbrush handles and injecting it into oranges, TD Anne Rabbitte has said.
Medscape - Message About Alcohol Use and CV Risk Should Be 'More Nuanced' Than It Now Is
Moderate intake of alcoholic drinks is associated with a lower risk of only some cardiovascular diseases, not all, compared with either abstinence or heavy drinking, suggests research conducted in the UK.
CBS News (USA) - More older women are drinking hard
More older American women than ever are drinking — and drinking hard, a new study shows.
Harmful drinking is costing the North-east’s public services more than £250 million a year, the Evening Express can reveal today.
EurekAlert (Kenya) - Curbing alcohol to fight HIV could save money in Kenya
Public health research shows that alcohol may be a factor in more than 13 percent of deaths due to infectious diseases, including HIV. Drinking undermines the fight against the virus in two main ways, researchers have found: it makes transmission through risky sex more likely and undermines health by relaxing the rigor with which infected people take virus-suppressing medicine.
Greek Reporter (Greece) - Athens University: Study Shows Greeks Drink Less Alcohol in Excess Compared to EU Average
Athens University’s Mental Health Research Institute carried out a study in June 2015 which showed that two in 10 Greeks claim to have drank alcohol excessively in a one-year period.
Herald Sun (Australia) - New domestic violence laws may ban alcohol from victims homes
WOMEN would be able to ban alcohol from their homes and boozed-up thugs who repeatedly commit domestic violence barred from licensed venues, under a plan put to the State Government. (UK) - Twenty-four hour drinking has led to a surge in violent crime in city centres, police warn
Twenty-four hour drinking has led to a surge in violent crime in towns and cities, police have said as a new report branded measures to tackle the problem a failure.
eNCA (Malawi) - Malawi urged to ban cheap super-strong liquor destroying young lives
Four years ago, Malawian teenager Anthony had ambitions to become a doctor, but in his last year at school he was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis after becoming hooked on cheap, strong liquor.
Public Health Journal - Alcohol and healthy ageing: a challenge for alcohol policy
These findings highlight processes that can result in changes in drinking habits and routines. Whilst these processes can be associated with a reduction or cessation of alcohol use as people age, they can also be associated with increased risk of harmful alcohol consumption.
Knowridge Science Report - How drinking alcohol can raise your cancer risk
Most people know that heavy alcohol drinking can cause health problems. But many people might not know that drinking alcohol can raise their cancer risk.
NorrioNews - Expert says tobacco, alcohol consumption could cause oral cancer
An Associate Professor of Community Dentistry at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Dr. Omolara Uti, on Wednesday said that tobacco use and consistent heavy consumption of alcohol could cause oral cancer.

Monday, April 3, 2017

FASD News - 13/2017

Seaforth Huron Expositor (Canada) - Ontario to fund strategy for fetal alcohol brain disorder, says Naqvi
The Ontario government will have a funded, multi-ministerial strategy in place to combat fetal alcohol brain disorder before the end of its current mandate, Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi said Saturday.
News24 (South Africa) - Alcohol disorders curbed
Pregnant teenage girls drinking alcohol during pregnancy face the risk of giving birth to babies with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Irish Medical News (Ireland) - No register of children with FASDs in Ireland
A national survey of paediatricians in Ireland regarding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders was published in the March edition of the Irish Medical Journal. The aim of the study was to evaluate self-reported knowledge and practice of doctors working in paediatrics in Ireland with regards to FASDs and alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Newswise - Children Prenatally Exposed to Alcohol Have Academic Difficulties
Despite greater awareness of the dangers of prenatal exposure to alcohol, the rates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders remain alarmingly high.
Newshub (New Zealand) - Special education approaching 'crisis point' across New Zealand
New Zealand Principals' Federation (NZPF) president Whetu Cormick is warning that special education is approaching 'crisis point' across New Zealand.
The Copenhagen Post (Denmark) - New research: Danish women top stats for drinking during pregnancy
A new Canadian study that has just been published in the prestigious journal The Lancet Global Health claims that nearly every second Danish woman drinks alcohol during pregnancy.

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University of British Columbia - Conference Presentations
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CBCSaskatchewan - Shutting Down Misconceptions Associated With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Shanah Mohr says it's heartbreaking when people living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder are treated differently. Her adopted daughter started showing signs of FASD as a toddler. Now, at eight years old, Shanah says her daughter is doing a lot better... and what helped the most was getting educated about the disorder.
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SPECIAL ISSUE Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology - Neuropsychological Aspects of Prevention and Intervention for FASD: International Perspectives
Drug and Alcohol Review - Profile of children diagnosed with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A retrospective chart review
The current study demonstrates that with the relevant training and expertise, assessment and diagnosis of FASD can be embedded within the existing health services available in Australia.
Journal of Pediatric Urology - Nocturnal incontinence in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in a South African cohort
The problem of incontinence among children with a FASD in South Africa needs to be assessed and considered for clinical management. Future research is necessary to examine problems of incontinence in relation to cognitive and behavioral functioning among children with a FASD, as well as identifying possible causes.
Brain and Behavior - Acute ethanol exposure during late mouse neurodevelopment results in long-term deficits in memory retrieval, but not in social responsiveness
Acute ethanol exposure at P6 in mice leads to mild but long-lasting deficits in long-term spatial memory. Results suggest that even brief acute exposure to high ethanol levels during the third trimester equivalent of human pregnancy may have a permanent negative impact on the neurological functioning of the offspring.
Office of Minority Student Affairs - Plasticity in the PFC Following 5-7-9 Postnatal Alcohol Exposure Using Exercise as an Intervention
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the wide range of deficits caused by exposure to alcohol in utero.
Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology - Neuropsychological Aspects of Prevention and Intervention for FASD: International Perspectives
Although governments around the world are increasingly recognizing the negative impact prenatal alcohol exposure can have on a child’s neurodevelopment, the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) remains highly concerning.
Optics and the Brain - Two-photon microscopy of blood brain barrier leakage in a mouse model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
We demonstrated blood brain barrier leakage associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder using two-photon microscopy. Evaluation was enhanced by concurrent imaging with different conjugated dyes and second harmonic generation imaging of collagen.
Alcoholism - Academic Difficulties in Children with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Presence, Profile, and Neural Correlates
Alcohol-exposed children demonstrated deficits in academic performance across domains and definitions, with a relative weakness in math functioning. Atypical brain development may contribute to these impairments in academic achievement.
Prevention Science - Concurrent Trajectories of Female Drinking and Smoking Behaviors Throughout Transitions to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood
The purpose of this longitudinal study was to investigate whether there are distinct etiological processes explaining dual usage of alcohol and conventional cigarettes by mothers from preconception through the early parenting years.
Irish Medical Journal - Out of sight, out of mind? A national survey of paediatricians in Ireland regarding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) are one of the major causes of preventable developmental delay. There is no register of children with FASDs in Ireland. Up to 81% of Irish women report drinking alcohol during the periconceptual period or pregnancy.

FOCUS Online (Germany) - Schwangerschaft und Alkohol – das eine Glas zu viel?
Fachtagung im Landratsamt Straubing- Bogen. (Poland) - Zrozumieć alkoholowy zespół płodowy. Konferencja w SP w Tarnawie Dolnej cieszyła się sporym zainteresowaniem (ZDJĘCIA)
„Zrozumieć FAS. Problemy edukacyjne, emocjonalne i społeczne dzieci z FAS” – konferencja w Szkole Podstawowej w Tarnawie Dolnej poruszyła niezwykle aktualny i ważny temat zespołów chorobowych, które są skutkiem działania alkoholu na płód w okresie prenatalnym.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Alcohol News - 13/2017

National Law Review (France) - Loi Évin: How Law Makers in France Have Forced Divide Between Alcohol & Sport
Recently, rugby legend Dan Carter made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. After being pulled over by the police on Avenue des Champs-Élysées for speeding, police discovered that he was over the alcohol limit. - Is alcohol really good for your heart?
The idea that alcohol may be good for your heart has been around for a while. While moderate drinking may offer health benefits, drinking more can cause a host of health problems. So should you turn to alcohol to protect your heart?
Baltimore Sun (USA) - Maryland alcohol tax increase linked to drop in drunk driving crashes
Alcohol-related crashes where people were killed or hurt dropped by an annual rate of 6 percent after the state raised the alcohol sales tax in 2011, according to a University of Maryland-led study to be released Monday.
The Bulletin (Belgium) - Stricter regulations to tackle alcohol use among minors
Federal health minister Maggie De Block is introducing stricter rules concerning alcohol use among minors aged 16 to 18. Currently, under-18s are restricted to the consumption of beer and wine. It is illegal for them to drink, buy or be sold spirits.
The Guardian (Australia) - Cricket Australia has dropped the ball on alcohol sponsorship
Late last week, Cricket Australia and Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) announced their 20-year sponsorship deal – estimated to have been worth $65m over five years – had come to an end.
YLE News (Sweden/Finland) - Swedish alcohol monopoly worried about Finns' boozing
The Swedish alcohol monopoly, Systembolaget, has complained about a proposed change in Finnish alcohol law because it might cause Finns to drink more. Finns already drink more than their neighbours in other Nordic countries, and that gap is likely to expand if Finland relaxes the rules on selling alcohol.
Glasgow Daily Times (Scotland) - Glasgow council moves to ban adults providing alcohol access to minors
Glasgow City Council unanimously passed the first reading of an ordinance Monday that makes it illegal for a person with control of a premises to knowingly host, permit or allow a gathering to take place on the premises where at least one minor consumes an alcoholic beverage.
Irish Times (Ireland) - How alcohol may be affecting your health and fitness
Kicking back with a glass of wine sounds like an enjoyable way to boost your health. Pinot noir in hand, you wouldn’t even have to break a sweat. If recent headlines are to be believed, drinking a glass of red is equivalent to an hour in the gym.
Los Angeles Times (USA) - What you need to know about Utah's .05% drinking limit in 7 numbers
Proponents argued the new legal standard will improve public safety, while opponents assailed it as hurting the state’s tourism industry.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Surge in teenage alcohol-related admissions at children’s hospital
There were more than five times as many teenage admissions to one of the State’s main children’s hospitals due to alcohol use last year compared with 2015, new figures show.
STA - Slovenska Tiskovna Agencija (Slovenia) - Alcohol consumption in Slovenia too high for public health
Registered alcohol use in Slovenia increased in 2015 compared to the year before to 11.5 litres of pure alcohol per population above 15, according to data of the National Public Health Institute (NIJZ). Consumption is thus at more than twice the acceptable annual level of five litres per person. (Canada) - Northwestern Ontario has a drinking problem, health unit finds
People living in the region west of Thunder Bay, including communities such as Kenora, Dryden, Fort Frances, and Sioux Lookout, are more likely to drink heavily than others in the province, according to a new report from the Northwestern Health Unit.
The New Daily (Australia) - ‘Ban all booze ads’: doctors call last drinks on brewers
A wide-ranging ban on the marketing and advertising of alcohol must be placed at the top of measures needed to counter Australia’s binge-drinking culture and alcohol-related harm including crime, assaults and domestic violence, says the Australasian College of Physicians.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Alcohol News - 12/2017

Helsinki Times (Finland) - Several ruling-party MPs rebel against alcohol law reform Twenty-eight Members of the Finnish Parliament, including 15 members of the Centre Party, have issued a joint statement calling for amendments to the bill to reform the alcohol legislation of Finland.
BBC News - 'Wide awake drunk' on energy drinks and alcohol mix
Mixing energy drinks with alcohol could be a risky combination, leading to a greater risk of accidents and injuries, research from Canada suggests.
Times of India (India) - Alcohol sensors in state-run buses to curb drunk driving?
The transport department is exploring a new technology developed by a group of engineering students that prevents a drunk driver from plying a public transport bus.
Arizona Daily Sun (USA) - Alcohol often behind child neglect
"Child neglect" is the name of the news piece. Perhaps it should be labeled what it is: "Alcohol addiction leads to bad parenting."
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Ireland top of the table for drinking at home
Ireland tops the table of 25 countries for people drinking at home before going on a night out — with more than four out of five surveyed engaging in “pre-drinking”.
Vanguard (Nigeria) - NMA says smoking, alcohol consumption major causes of mouth cancer
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has warned against smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol, describing such acts as major causes of mouth cancer.
A spike in snowmobile-related deaths in Ontario is prompting the OFSC to remind riders to stay off closed trails and adjust your speed according to trail and weather conditions. (Ireland) - Gardaí to monitor public transport in bid to seize alcohol from underage Patrick's Day drinkers
GARDAÍ WILL BE launching a serious crackdown against teenage drinkers this St Patrick’s Day and will be paying particular attention to those bringing alcohol onto public transport.
Citifmonline (Ghana) - Ghana launches National Alcohol Policy
Ghana has launched a National Alcohol Policy after years of working with key stakeholders to combine the fragmented laws that exist on the production, distribution sale, advertisement and consumption of the commodity.
Medical Daily - Alcoholism In The Family: People With Relatives Who Abused Alcohol More Likely To Remember Painful Hangovers
Hangovers are horrible, but the lingering memories of the pain and embarrassment associated with the night before can be even worse. A new study suggests that the ability to vividly remember a hangover, sometimes even months after you’ve made a full recovery, isn’t linked to how much you drink, but rather who is in your family. (Ireland) - Almost a third of people who died on the roads in 2014 had alcohol in their system
THE PRELIMINARY FINDINGS of a new report has found that 31% of people who died on Irish roads in 2014 had alcohol in their system at the time of their deaths.
The Union of Grass Valley (USA) - Study: alcohol, tobacco more available than milk, fresh fruit in Nevada County
A recent survey showed 98 percent of 83 random stores surveyed in Nevada County sold sweet, fruity malt liquor beverages also known as Alcopops.
Healio - Long-term heavy alcohol consumption linked to arterial stiffness in men
Consistent heavy alcohol consumption may prematurely age arteries, especially in men, according to findings in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Foetal Alcohol Syndrome: Doctors unaware of dangers
A NATIONAL survey of paediatric doctors reveals a worrying percentage of them are unaware of one of the major causes of preventable developmental delay in children.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

FASD News - 11/2017

Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Foetal Alcohol Syndrome: Doctors unaware of dangers
A NATIONAL survey of paediatric doctors reveals a worrying percentage of them are unaware of one of the major causes of preventable developmental delay in children.
Waikato Times (New Zealand) - Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – an invisible generation of sufferers
A teenage boy burgles a house, gets caught and is sent straight to bootcamp. The young man is whipped into shape by a daily diet of early-morning starts and army drills. (New Zealand) - Children's Commissioner calls for universal disability screening for kids at age five
His comments come as new Otago University legal research focuses on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and a Ministry of Health plan to improve its detection and diagnosis, as well as education for pregnant mothers, gets underway.
Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic - Why More and More Babies Are Born Addicted
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the incidence of babies born in a state of opioid withdrawal, called neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), rose 383 percent between 2000 and 2012 in 28 states.
Canadian Family (Canada) - How FASD Impacts Us All
While his children have FASD, it is not what defines them. Just like anyone else, they have their strengths and needs.
About half of pregnant women in the United States drink alcohol around the time they become pregnant or in early pregnancy, usually before they know they are expecting, a new study suggests.
Texas Health and Human Services (USA) - Leading Cause of Intellectual Disabilities Is Preventable
Prenatal alcohol exposure affects more children annually than spina bifida, Down syndrome, childhood cancer and childhood diabetes combined — 2 to 5 percent of all children.
Parliamentary Monitoring Group (South Africa) - Foetal Alcohol Syndrome: FASFacts briefing
FASFacts, an non-profit orgnanisation dealing with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome based in the Western Cape, explained its goals and strategies. In South Africa at least three million people have fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), and approximately six million have partial FAS and other FAS disorders.
Minnesota News Network (USA) - Advocates want state-funded services for those with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Advocates are at the State Capitol today, asking lawmakers for funding for services for those with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Alberta - Alberta FASD Conference (October 24-27, 2017)
We are happy to invite you to join us and our partners at the 2017 National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Conference in Calgary, Alberta on October 24-27, 2017.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS - Raising children with fetal alcohol syndrome
Nora Boesem of Newell, South Dakota, talks about the challenges of raising nine children with fetal alcohol syndrome. The children were adopted by Boesem and her husband, Randy.
MOFAS - MOFAS: School to Prison Pipeline PSA
As many as 1 in 20 U.S. school children may have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. FASD is a prenatal brain injury that can make school difficult. Without the proper interventions, some students are at a higher risk for getting into trouble with the law.
Joanna Friedman | MAGNIFY - William’s Story for The Alliance for Children’s Rights
The Alliance for Children’s Rights protects the rights of impoverished, abused and neglected children and youth. By providing free legal services and advocacy, the Alliance ensures children have safe, stable homes, healthcare, and the education they need to thrive.
Kent Online (UK) - Rachel Jackson talks about life with FASD
A 14-year-old girl has been diagnosed with a list of disabilities, caused by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder because her birth mother drunk whilst pregnant.
FASD Helping Hands Leeds (UK) - Law Enforcement & FASD
This guide is part of a program designed to increase your awareness of disabilities caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol and to help you be more effective in your investigations when dealing with individuals with FASD.

Alcoholism - Prevalence of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure in the State of Texas as Assessed by Phosphatidylethanol in Newborn Dried Blood Spot Specimens
Results of this first systematic statewide PAE prevalence study demonstrate that PAE might be more prevalent than previously thought. Active case ascertainment efforts for FASD coupled with systematic objective assessment of PAE should expand to the national level to better estimate public health needs required to provide adequate services for children affected by PAE.
Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology - Neuropsychological Aspects of Prevention and Intervention for FASD in South Africa
Twenty years of collaborative epidemiology research in South Africa have revealed the highest reported rates of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in the world.
University of New York - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Reading Comprehension: What Works and What Does Not?
The purpose of this research is to not only explore the nature of FASD, but also aid in expanding the understanding of teachers and educators regarding particular teaching and learning strategies that may address the unique literacy needs of students diagnosed with FASD.
Texas A and M University - Advanced Imaging of Disease: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Advanced imaging techniques are being increasingly utilized as quantitative biomarkers and outcome parameters to identify and monitor disease and evaluate new treatments. Validation of these techniques in animal models is imperative to reliably interpret results and apply them clinically in humans.
Alcohol - Epigenetic mediators and consequences of excessive alcohol consumption
Alcohol consumption can affect the epigenome across the lifespan and generations. Further research into epigenetic changes may allow for the identification of biomarkers and the creation of novel therapeutics.
Journal of Women's Health - Alcohol Use During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding: A National Survey in France
Daily alcohol use during pregnancy or breastfeeding was limited, while binge drinking in early pregnancy was reported by a large proportion of women. Demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of drinkers varied across drinking patterns.
Neuroscience and Behavioral Physiology - Dynamics of Histological Changes in the Frontal Cortex of the Brain in Rats Subjected to Antenatal Exposure to Alcohol
The aim of the present work was to undertake a comparative study of the effects of prenatal alcoholization of the histological characteristics of neurons in the frontal cortex of the brains of rats of different ages.
Alcohol - Alcohol effects on the epigenome in the germline: Role in the inheritance of alcohol-related pathology
Excessive alcohol exposure has severe health consequences, and clinical and animal studies have demonstrated that disruptions in the epigenome of somatic cells, such as those in brain, are an important factor in the development of alcohol-related pathologies, such as alcohol-use disorders (AUDs) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).
Virginia Henderson International Nursing e-Repository - Interprofessional Collaborative Partnerships to Create Healthy Environments: Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
This interprofessional national network and discipline specific working groups is providing evidence-based materials for the clinical work environment for any practicing nurse who advocates a healthy lifestyle environment for their clients.
Danish National Research Database - Biomarkers for the detection of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE)
Alcohol exposure during pregnancy can cause adverse effects to the fetus, because it interferes with fetal development, leading to later physical and mental impairment. The most common clinical tool to determine fetal alcohol exposure is maternal self-reporting.
Journal of Nepal Health Research Council - Alcohol Consumption during Pregnancy and Postpartum Period and its Predictors in Sindhupalchowk District, Nepal
A substantial proportion of women in Nepal consume alcohol and homebrewed alcoholic beverages are the most common type of alcohol. Alcohol being a part of tradition and culture in Nepal and evidences suggesting even low to moderate dose of alcohol having impacts on the birth outcomes, we aimed at exploring the alcohol consumption pattern during pregnancy and postpartum period along with its predictors.
A Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence - An investigation of intra-individual variability in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)
Intra-individual variability (IIV) is defined as systematic within-person variation in performance either across test sessions (e.g., test/retest performance on the same task) or in one session (e.g., variations in performance on multiple trials of a single task).
Journal of Alcoholism & Drug Dependence - Fetal Alcohol Exposure: The Common Toll
It has become increasingly clear over the last years that alcohol exposure during fetal development can have detrimental effects on various organ systems, and these effects are exerted by alcohol through multiple means, including effects on free radical formation, cellular apoptosis, as well as gene expression.

Kehitysvammaliitto (Finland) - Liian pieni juomaan -kampanja FASD-nuorten vertaisryhmätoiminnan tueksi
Suomessa syntyy vuosittain 600-3000 lasta, joilla on jonkinasteinen alkoholivaurio. Vaikeimmin vammautuneet lapset ovat kehitysvammaisia.
Hamburger Abendblatt (Germany) - Ein Gläschen Sekt kann schon zu viel sein
Etwa 10.000 Kinder kommen pro Jahr in Deutschland geschädigt zur Welt, weil die Mütter in der Schwangerschaft Alkohol getrunken haben.
NOZ - Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (Germany) - Das eine Glas? Osnabrücker Mütter über ihr Leben mit FASD-Kindern
Osnabrück. „Mach dich mal locker, du bist schwanger und nicht krank.“ Durch Sprüche wie diese lassen sich viele Schwangere dazu hinreißen, in geselliger Runde doch ein Glas mitzutrinken. Welche Folgen dieses eine Glas haben kann, berichten Mütter aus der Selbsthilfegruppe FASD Osnabrück.
DIE WELT (Germany) - 0,0 Promille, sonst drohen schreckliche Folgen
Wenn werdende Mütter trinken: 300.000 Menschen in Deutschland leiden am Fetalen Alkoholsyndrom. Sie sind von Geburt an dauerhaft geschädigt. Forscher warnen, dass auch kleinste Mengen gefährlich sind.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Alcohol News - 11/2017

Eurekalert - Depression, alcohol, and marijuana linked to later use of synthetic marijuana among teens
In the first prospective study of synthetic cannabinoids or SCs - the group of chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana - researchers have found that symptoms of depression, drinking alcohol, or using marijuana was linked to an increased risk of SC use one year later.
Daily Mail - Are teenagers replacing drugs and alcohol with TECHNOLOGY?
Research suggests teenagers might be so glued to their smartphones, tablets and televisions that they no longer have time for drugs and alcohol.
Flanders Today (Belgium) - Youngsters putting off drinking alcohol, according to study
The consumption of alcohol by teenagers is decreasing, and they are also starting to drink at a later age. The figures comes from the annual study among secondary school students published by VAD, the Flemish expertise centre for addiction problems related to alcohol, drugs and gambling.
EurActiv (EU) - Commission grants industry additional year to propose alcohol labelling information
Following a two-year delay, the European Commission presented its proposal on alcohol information on Monday (13 March), giving the alcoholic beverages industry an additional year to come up with a “self-regulatory” proposal. (USA) - Majority of students focusing on future, not alcohol
With media so focused on the high-risk drinking behaviors of and consequences for Miami University students, it is important to recognize that these actions are being carried out by a small minority. Out of 16,980 undergraduates in Oxford, the focus has been on the behavior of fewer than 30 or so students.
Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland) - Alcohol abuse costs economy £900m a year, addiction charity says
Alcohol misuse costs the Northern Ireland economy almost £1 billion a year, research showed. Drinking too much caused lost productivity, premature death and unemployment, according Addiction NI.
Men's Journal (USA) - Utah Is About to Lower Its Legal Blood Alcohol Limit to .05%
Utah is quite possibly about to become even less attractive to tourists. Thanks to legislation passed earlier this week, the state may soon be lowering the blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit for drivers to .05 percent, down from .08 percent, which is standard for the rest of the country.
A recent survey conducted by iReach Insights shows that 57% of adults think far too much alcohol is consumed on St Patrick’s Day.
The Australian (Australia) - Cashless welfare card ‘cuts use of alcohol and drugs
A cashless welfare card that stops government benefits being spent on drugs and alcohol will be made permanent in two remote communities and looks set to be ­expanded, after trials found it greatly reduced rates of substance abuse and gambling.
Live Science - Many Women Still Drink Alcohol When Trying to Get Pregnant
About half of pregnant women in the United States drink alcohol around the time they become pregnant or in early pregnancy, usually before they know they are expecting, a new study suggests.
Canadian Underwriter (Canada) - Toronto city staff warn of ‘increased risk-taking behaviour’ when combining alcohol with caffeine drinks
Toronto’s board of health will consider Monday a proposal to require organizers of events on city property to “be familiar” with a federal government warning against mixing alcohol with caffeinated energy drinks.
Waikato Times (New Zealand) - Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – an invisible generation of sufferers
A teenage boy burgles a house, gets caught and is sent straight to bootcamp. The young man is whipped into shape by a daily diet of early-morning starts and army drills. He learns about authority, self esteem and team building. When he gets out, his report positively glows.
The Hindu (India) - Kids’ access to alcohol a concern: HC
Expressing concern over the easy access that schoolchildren have to tobacco products and alcohol in Tamil Nadu, Justice N. Kirubakaran of the Madras High Court on Tuesday observed that “if the situation is allowed to continue, Tamil Nadu might become another Punjab.”