Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Alcohol News - 37/2017

NHS Choices - No change to alcohol guidelines for pregnancy
"There is little evidence having the occasional drink while pregnant harms a baby," reports the Mail Online. This follows a review of international research looking at whether low-to-moderate alcohol consumption – no more than 1 to 2 units, once or twice a week – was linked with adverse pregnancy outcomes.
The Guardian - Drinks industry downplaying alcohol-cancer link – report
The drinks industry is misleading the public by downplaying and misrepresenting the link between alcohol and cancer – especially breast cancer – in a bid to protect its profits, new research claims.
Business Insider - Analysts say that self-driving cars could make people drink more alcohol
Self-driving cars are going to transform city streets, making our roads safer and our lives more efficient. But they will have other, less predictable consequences too — like helping people get way more drunk.
TheCable - Alcohol may cause premature delivery, researchers warn pregnant women
A research team from Bristol University, UK, says light alcohol consumption during pregnancy may lead to premature delivery.
Bangkok Post (Thailand) - Cabinet gives OK to revised alcohol, tobacco excise tax
The cabinet on Tuesday approved ministerial regulations to set the new excise tax rates for alcohol, cigarettes and playing cards.
The Times (UK) - Cuts in services to fight alcohol abuse ‘false economy’, says BMA
Doctors have criticised the Scottish government for cutting the budget to help people with drug and alcohol problems, calling it a false economy.
Prague Daily Monitor - Czech study: Alcohol abuse cuts length of life by over 20 years
Excessive use of alcohol cuts the life expectancy by more than 20 years, a recent study by the National Institute of Mental Health (NUDZ) has found, NUDZ spokesman Jan Cervenka told CTK.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol a factor ‘in 85% of suicides’ of men aged over 40 in Cork
About 85 per cent of men over the age of 40 who took their own lives in Cork in the last nine years had a history of alcohol abuse, a public meeting has heard.
Radio New Zealand (New Zealand) - Alcohol and rugby: 'Education doesn't change behaviour'
New recommendations to improve the culture of New Zealand rugby have been criticised by Alcohol Healthwatch, which argues the sport can't move forward until the role of alcohol is taken more seriously.
Irish Times (Ireland) - HSE suggests parents organise alcohol-free celebrations
Parents are being asked to take steps to ensure their teenage children celebrate their Junior Certificate exam results safely and are aware of the dangers of underage drinking.
Independent Online (South Africa) - Alcohol abuse costs SA billions
The financial cost of alcohol-related harms to South Africa’s economy is not worth the billions of rand the industry makes each year.
The South African (South Africa) - Western Cape wants to get even tougher on alcohol controls
The six billion rand generated by the Western Cape alcohol industry is a paltry sum, not worth it when compared to the billions in lost revenue, and the deaths, violence and brain-damaged children that are a result of alcohol.

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