Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Alcohol News - 47/2017 (Scotland) - Minimum alcohol price introduced in Scotland on May 1
Scotland’s minimum price for alcohol will start on May 1 next year, the SNP’s Health Minister has announced amid pressure on her to increase her planned cost of 50p per unit. - Season of festivities can increase opportunities to overindulge in alcohol
With the end of the year approaching, it is the season of festivities. From work parties to friends and family gatherings, all of these celebrations can lead to increased opportunities to drink alcohol, which can make it easy to overindulge.
NPR (USA/Japan) - Alcohol Banned For U.S. Forces In Japan After Fatal Car Crash
After a Japanese man was killed early Sunday in a car crash involving a U.S. service member, U.S. forces in Japan are prohibited indefinitely from purchasing or drinking alcohol.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - 900 diagnosed annually with alcohol-related cancer: HSE
In this European Action on Alcohol Awareness Week, the HSE wants everyone to be aware that drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing cancer.
Science Daily - Cultural values can be a strong predictor of alcohol consumption
New research shows that countries with populations that value autonomy and harmony tend to have higher average levels of alcohol consumption than countries with more traditional values, such as hierarchy and being part of a collective.
Helsinki Times (Finland) - NCP: Alcohol retail de-regulation a condition for raising alcohol tax
The National Coalition is only prepared to raise the alcohol tax if the maximum alcohol content for beverages sold at grocery shops is raised from 4.7 to 5.5 per cent, reveals Jukka Kopra, the first deputy chairperson of the National Coalition Parliamentary Group.
Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland) - Northern Ireland chief medical officer backs minimum alcohol pricing
The chief medical officer has supported the minimum pricing of alcohol in Northern Ireland. Supreme Court justices have already given their backing to the controversial measure in Scotland.
The Scotsman (Scotland) - Alison Douglas: Take pride in the defeat of Big Alcohol
The decision by the UK Supreme Court to dismiss the Scotch Whisky Association’s appeal against minimum unit pricing is a landmark victory for public health.
STV News (Scotland) - More than 24,000 Scots taken to hospital over drinking
More than 24,000 Scots were treated in hospital for alcohol-related problems last year, new figures show. People from the most deprived areas are nearly eight times more likely to need help, according to the NHS.
Medical Xpress - Young people often can't tell the strength of alcoholic drinks, study reveals
Researchers from Kingston University have warned that young people could be at risk of consuming more alcohol than they can handle, after a study found they are often unable to detect how strong their drinks are.
Guardian (Nigeria) - ‘Alcohol leading cause of fatal boat accidents’
The Managing Director, Workplace Safety Nigeria Limited, Felix Nlerum, has faulted the reckless drinking of alcohol by boat riders, describing it as a major cause of accidents on Nigerian waters.
EU Reporter (EU) - European Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm (#AWARH17)
Now in its 5th year, the European Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm (AWARH) takes place from 20-24 November 2017, with various activities being carried out under the theme of ‘Alcohol and Cancer’.
The Connexion (France) - Added alcohol immobiliser penalty for drink drivers
Trial that allows authorities to force drivers convicted of drink-driving to install specialised immobilisers on their vehicles extended to a fourth department.

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