Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Alcohol News - 33/2017

BBC News (UK) - Drunk air passenger arrests up 50%
Arrests of passengers suspected of being drunk at UK airports and on flights have risen by 50% in a year, a BBC Panorama investigation suggests.
The Guardian - Ryanair calls for airport crackdown on alcohol sales
Ryanair has called for a crackdown on alcohol sales at British airports after claiming that airlines are saddled with the consequences of passengers getting drunk before flights.
New York Daily News (USA) - One in eight Americans is an alcoholic: study
One in eight Americans could be considered an alcoholic, says a new study in JAMA Psychiatry. Nearly 13% of American adults — roughly 30 million — meet the criteria for alcoholism, as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
TASS (Russia) - More than one-third of Russians claim they do not drink alcohol — poll
According to the poll, most Russians (80%) believe that all alcoholic beverages have an adverse effect on one’s health.
TIME (USA) - Why Americans—Especially Women—Are Drinking More Alcohol
More Americans are drinking high amounts of alcohol, and the greatest increases are seen among women and older adults, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Alcohol re-think 'central' to mental health policy, Government told
Cheap booze is a cause of depression and aid to suicide and there is a pressing need to rethink its availability and price, the Government has been told by the Prime Minister's chief science adviser. (USA) - TABC Plans Undercover Stings at Alcohol-Selling Businesses
Undercover operations at thousands of alcohol retailers will test to see if the businesses sell to those under 21.
The Globe and Mail (Canada) - Globe editorial: A lower alcohol limit for drivers is a smart move
The revelation that federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is toying with the idea of lowering the legal blood-alcohol limit for drivers has caught some people off-guard.
The North West Star (Australia) - Minister visits Mornington Island amidst AMP review
Minister for Indigenous Affairs has a chance to seize the day in his new role and implement a new Alcohol Management Plan (AMP) on Mornington Island.
Nyasa Times (Malawi) - Minister Muluzi to launch Malawi Alcohol Policy
Ministry of Health in conjunction with Malawi Alcohol Policy Alliance will on August 18, 2017, launch the Malawi National Alcohol Policy which will among other things help check alcohol abuse.
Science Daily - Brain injury in kids might lead to alcohol abuse
Researchers have surveyed previous studies to investigate the relationship between traumatic brain injuries and alcohol abuse. They found evidence that traumatic brain injuries in children and adolescents could be a risk-factor for alcohol abuse in later life, and advise that brain injury survivors should be given special attention to address potential substance abuse issues.
Herald Sun (Australia) - Responsible service of alcohol laws must apply to youth gatherings, says security firm boss
THE operator of a teen party security firm says under-age functions should be covered by Victoria’s responsible service of alcohol rules.
Herald Scotland (Scotland) - Scotch Whisky Association faces £1.2m in costs if alcohol pricing appeal fails
A TRADE body behind the four-year legal bid to block the policy on minimum pricing of alcohol stands to lose up to £1.2 million if the court action is unsuccessful.
Nzherald - People share photos of incredible transformations after quitting alcohol
Even if you're not an alcoholic, drinking can take a heavy toll on your body. While the occasional drink is harmless (some would say even beneficial), excessive drinking has serious consequences, affecting internal organs as well as physical appearance.
Huffington Post Australia - Why Quitting Alcohol Is The Best Thing I’ve Ever Done
I used to have the motto, 'I'm here for a good time, not a long time', and my golly I've had a good time. But did it make me eternally happy? No. And in hindsight, how awful was that motto?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Alcohol News - 32/2017

NHS Choices - Alcohol linked to an increased risk of skin cancer
Researchers pooled the results of previous studies and found a small, but significant, association between alcohol consumption and non-melanoma skin cancers. The most common of these types of cancer are squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma.
TVNZ (New Zealand) - 'Alcohol shouldn't be a normal part of your life' – calls to ban alcohol sales in supermarkets
The New Zealand Medical Associations says it's pushing for a ban on alcohol sales in supermarkets because it's "dangerous" and causing "harm to ordinary people".
Toronto Star (Canada) - Ottawa mulls tougher drunk driving laws by lowering legal alcohol limit
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould sent a letter to a colleague in May in which she suggests lowering the limit to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood from the current 80 milligrams. - Liver disease and alcohol: Do YOU know what counts as drinking too much?
ALCOHOL-related liver disease (ARLD) refers to liver damage caused by excess alcohol intake. There are several stages of severity and a range of associated symptoms.
AdNews - New rules on placement of alcohol ads loom large
"Significant" changes to the self-regulation of alcohol ads are coming into play in November. The new developments now relate to the actual placement of ads and not just the content - which is a new move.
Bath Chronicle - Drinking ANY alcohol during pregnancy causes subtle changes to a baby's facial features
Researchers have found that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can make subtle changes to the way a baby’s face is formed.
Ukrinform. Ukraine and world news (Ukraine) - Government raises minimum prices for alcohol
The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a resolution on increasing the minimum wholesale and retail prices for certain types of alcoholic beverages, according to the government portal.
Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - Byelaws prohibiting outdoor alcohol consumption introduced at lochside locations
Byelaws prohibiting outdoor drinking on the shores of Loch Voil, Loch Earn, Loch Doine and the North West area of Loch Lubnaig came into force on Monday (August 7).
Irish Times (Ireland) - Most Irish adults unaware of alcohol guidelines, survey finds
The majority of Irish adults are not fully aware of the low-risk guidelines for alcohol, according to a new survey.
Washington Times - Researchers warn even moderate alcohol consumption can cause brain damage
While a raft of studies link moderate drinking with various health benefits, a noted British researcher warns that such findings must be viewed in context of the studies’ limitations.
AOL (UK) - Undocumented immigrants less likely to be arrested for drugs, alcohol
As the percentage of immigrants without papers rose in the U.S. population between 1990 and 2014, arrests for drugs and drunken-driving dropped, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Alcohol News - 31/2017

ABC Online (Australia) - Ice addiction 'pales into insignificance' compared to harms linked to alcohol abuse, AMA says
Australia's peak medical body has slammed the Federal Government's drug policy, arguing its focus on methamphetamine is misplaced and alcohol abuse is a far more pressing issue.
ABC Online (Australia) - Indigenous community takes alcohol policy into its own hands, using elders as bouncers at club
The club doesn't run like an ordinary pub: punters are breath-tested before they enter, and if they blow over the 0.05 blood alcohol limit, they're not allowed in.
NHS Choices - Reports that frequent drinking prevents diabetes are inaccurate
"Drinking a moderate amount of certain drinks such as wine three to four times a week reduced diabetes risk by about 30%," The Guardian reports. That was the main reported finding of a Danish study looking at the impact of alcohol on diabetes risk.
NDTV - Do You Drink Alcohol Regularly? It May Raise the Risk of Skin Cancer
A heavy alcohol consumer may be at an increased risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer. There are two most common types of non-melanoma skin cancer; basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) (Canada) - Montreal anglophones drink more alcohol than francophones: survey
A 2017 CROP survey commissioned by Éduc’alcool shows that Montreal’s English-speaking community drinks more frequently and excessively compared to its francophone and allophone counterparts.
Zee News - Alcohol is no stress-buster, consumption can have lethal impact
Many of us are under the impression that alcohol can help us sail through the stress period we experience in life but a recent study has challenged the thought. (USA) - Undocumented immigrants do not increase prevalence of drug, alcohol crimes and deaths in the U.S.
Despite being saddled with many factors associated with drug and alcohol problems, undocumented immigrants are not increasing the prevalence of drug and alcohol crimes and deaths in the United States, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
RAPSI (Russia) - Putin toughens penalties for illegal alcohol circulation
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill toughening penalties for illegal production and sale of alcohol and alcohol-containing products into law.
Herald Scotland (Scotland) - SNP Cabinet Secretary accepted hospitality from drinks giant opposed to alcohol minimum pricing
AN SNP Cabinet Secretary benefited from £1,000 of hospitality from one of the strongest opponents of Government policy on the minimum pricing of alcohol.
Irish Medical Times (Ireland) - Drugs, alcohol strategy funding to be addressed year by year
Funding for the new national drugs and alcohol strategy, ‘Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery: A health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025’, will be addressed by each relevant Government department in the context of the Annual Estimates process over the lifespan of the policy, the Department of Health has said.
Addiction Now (USA) - Over 2 million were addicted to alcohol and drugs in 2014, gov report
New government data reveals that 2.3 million American adults suffered from both a past-year illicit drug addiction and an alcohol addiction in 2014.
Science Daily - Universal screening for alcohol misuse at hospital admission identifies patients at risk of developing alcoholic liver disease
In a landmark study of over 50,000 hospital admissions, investigators demonstrated the feasibility of introducing universal screening for alcohol misuse to identify patients at risk.