Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Alcohol News - 21/2018

CBC.ca (Canada) - Researcher angry alcohol industry lobbied Yukon to 'squash' cancer warning study
The alcohol industry in Yukon didn't like a government-funded study that put cancer warnings on alcohol bottles. And so, according to emails obtained by the Globe and Mail via an Access to Information request, they lobbied the Yukon government to shut it down.
RTE.ie (Ireland) - Cabinet to consider new proposals to lower legal alcohol limits for train and tram drivers
The Cabinet is to consider new proposals to lower the legal alcohol limits for train and tram drivers.
Minister for Transport Shane Ross will bring to Government a general outline of the Railway Safety Amendment Bill.
Medical Xpress (New Zealand) - Warning labels on alcohol containers highly deficient, new research shows
Current health warning labels on alcohol beverage containers in New Zealand are highly deficient, new research from the University of Otago, Wellington shows.
NEWS.com.au (Australia) - ‘I lied to my GP about my boozing’
THE other day I was filling out a form at the GP when I was asked “how many drinking days a week do you have?” I wrote 3.
Newshub (New Zealand) - Challenging New Zealand's harmful drinking culture
Alcohol abuse is more harmful than meth, and the Government could do more to change the message around New Zealand's harmful drinking culture, according to a senior medical professor.
The Local France (France) - Young French people's 'risky' thirst for alcohol revealed in new study
A new study by the French government has revealed that many French people particularly among the younger generation have a dangerous drinking habit.
Washington Post (USA) - NIH halts $100 million study of moderate drinking that is funded by alcohol industry
The National Institutes of Health has ordered a halt to a $100 million, 10-year study of moderate drinking that’s being funded in large part by the alcoholic-beverage industry.
Medical Xpress - Improving communication of guidance on drinking alcohol in pregnancy
Advice about alcohol consumption during pregnancy could be conveyed more effectively to parents and health professionals, research at Cardiff University has found.
The Times (Scotland) - Millennial Scots biggest supporters of alcohol minimum pricing
Youth was once synonymous with rebellion, excess and unbridled hedonism, but research has shown that millennials are the strongest supporters of curtailing Scotland’s drinking culture.
FORA (Ireland) - 'New alcohol laws will protect people from harm - and drinks firms are trying to undermine them'
IN RECENT WEEKS, there has been a sustained undermining of the government’s proposed Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and, specifically, the measures to regulate the labelling of alcohol products to include nutritional and health warning information.
Medium (USA) - Surge in Deaths from Suicide, Alcohol And Drugs in US, Says Report
The gaps in mental health care services are prevalent in the United States, showing through the rise in the number of deaths from suicide, alcohol and drug abuse, also referred to as “deaths of despair.”
Mother Jones (USA) - The Trump Administration Doesn’t Want Irish People to Know That Alcohol Causes Cancer
President Donald Trump is a teetotaler. He has never had a drink, he says, because he saw what booze did to his beloved older brother Freddy, an alcoholic who died at the age of 43.
NHS - Short-term abstinence from alcohol leads to “rapid decrease” of cancer-related growth factors
Participants who took part in a study at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, where they cut out alcohol for a month, were found to have a “rapid decrease” in the amount of cancer-related growth factors in their blood.
Daily Mail (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.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Alcohol News - 20/2018

The Local (France) - Young French people's 'risky' thirst for alcohol revealed in new study
A new study by the French government has revealed that many French people particularly among the younger generation have a dangerous drinking habit.
Healthline - Alcohol-Related Cirrhosis in Women Spikes 50% in Less Than a Decade
Drinking rates among women have risen in recent decades, and now they’re getting hit with related complications in higher numbers.
Science Daily (UK) - Serving smaller alcoholic drinks could reduce the UK's alcohol consumption
New research published in Addiction, conducted by researchers from the universities of Liverpool and Sheffield, highlights the potential benefits of reducing the standard serving size of alcoholic beverages.
Science Daily - Alcohol and tobacco are by far the biggest threat to human welfare of all addictive drugs
A new review has compiled the best, most up-to-date source of information on alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use and the burden of death and disease. It shows that in 2015 alcohol and tobacco use between them cost the human population more than a quarter of a billion disability-adjusted life years, with illicit drugs costing a further tens of millions.
ERR News (Estonia/Latvia) - Estonian border sales make up 13 percent of Latvia's alcohol tax receipts
Cross-border alcohol trade on the Estonian-Latvian border accounted for 13 percent of Latvia's alcohol excise duty revenue in 2017, data from the Latvian State Revenue Service (VID) shows.
The Times (UK) - Third of teenagers are served alcohol in pubs without age checks
One in three teenage drinkers is served alcohol unchallenged in Scotland’s pubs and clubs, according to a company that checks whether retailers abide by age restrictions.
News-Medical.net - Study: Alcohol use prolongs hospital length of stay after lung transplant
Lung transplant patients who showed evidence of alcohol use before their transplants spent more time in the hospital and on the ventilator, according to a study by Loyola University Chicago and Loyola Medicine researchers.
WBUR - Alcohol Is A Major Risk Factor For Breast Cancer. Why Don't More Women Know?
In 1988, alcohol was declared a class 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization. The National Cancer Institute says alcohol raises breast cancer risk even at low levels of drinking. And in the United States, an estimated 15 percent of breast cancer cases are related to alcohol.
ANSA (Italy) - Genoa bans alcohol consumption in street
Geoa on Friday banned alcohol consumption in the streets of most of the historic centre in a move meant to combat public drunkenness. The ban runs from seven in the morning till nine at night.
Montreal Gazette (Canada) - Online ads for sweet, high-alcohol drinks target youth: Quebec public health agency
Online advertising for sugary, high-alcohol drinks is a veritable “wild west,” and explicitly targets minors, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec says.
EUCAM - GHANAIAN CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS RAISED CONCERNS OVER BOOMING ALCOHOL INDUSTRY
Civil society organisations (CSOs) have urged the government to be cautious of promises by alcohol industry of protecting the health and safety of consumers.
YLE.fi (Finland) - Study: Quit alcohol, prevent 13,000 cancer cases in Finland
If Finns gave up drinking, a dramatic decrease in esophageal cancer would occur, with a 23 percent drop in such cases over the next three decades, say Nordic researchers. Tee-totaling would also prevent some 5000 instances of breast cancer and 3200 cancers of the mouth and throat.
The Northern Echo - One in four drinkers risk cancer due to alcohol intake
ONE in four North-East drinkers are exceeding alcohol guidelines, according to figures released by campaign group Balance.
Alcohol Action Ireland - ALCOHOL ACTION IRELAND REJECTS ABFI’S ASSESSMENT OF THE EU COMMISSION’S COMMENTS ON THE PUBLIC HEALTH ALCOHOL BILL
In response to the recent comments from the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI: 7th May), Alcohol Action Ireland have refuted the assertion that the EU Commission has stated that Ireland’s proposed measures, as outlined in the Public Health Alcohol Bill, ‘go beyond what is required to effectively tackle alcohol misuse’.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Alcohol News - 19/2018

YLE (Finland) - Summery weather brings drink-driving spike
Last weekend's drink-driving figures were in the dozens, according to police. Cases of driving under the influence of alcohol or some other intoxicant were recorded across the country, with the highest blood alcohol numbers clocking in at 2.8 permille (BAC 0.297%). The drink-driving limit is 0.5 permille (BAC 0.053%).
The Conversation UK - Why alcohol health warning labels are a good idea: findings from the latest Global Drug Survey
Drink-driving and drinking while pregnant are socially unacceptable in many countries, yet when it comes to other alcohol-related health risks, public awareness is low.
Financial Times (UK) - Minimum alcohol price for England back under consideration
Proposals for a minimum unit price for alcohol in England are back on the table, five years after they were last rejected, a minister told the House of Commons on Tuesday.
Radio New Zealand (New Zealand) - Law change to put alcohol restrictions in local govt hands
The proposed change would require district licensing committees to consider all local alcohol guidelines before renewing an alcohol licence - including whether the retailer is near a newly opened school or church, even if it wasn't there during the initial application.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Serving alcohol at school fundraisers may 'breach the rights of children'
Selling alcohol at some school fundraising events may violate the right of children in the eyes of the United Nations. That is the view of Hawke's Bay District Health Board, which has vowed to start opposing applications for alcohol sales at school functions where children are present.
ITV News - Hospital patients who abuse alcohol at higher risk of suicide says report
Patients admitted to hospital for alcohol-related reasons are 27 times more likely to commit suicide compared to non-alcohol related cases, according to a new report.
Independent.ie (Ireland) - Alcohol advertising curbs 'may be against EU laws'
The European Commission has warned Health Minister Simon Harris that curbs on alcohol advertising appear to break EU laws.
Mother Jones - Alcohol Raises Cancer Risk. Does Quitting Lower It?
Alcohol is a carcinogen. As Mother Jones reported last month, alcohol-related cancers are estimated to kill about 20,000 Americans every year. That depressing news prompted some readers to announce that they would quit drinking.
The Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia) - Ministry bans positive portrayals of alcohol
The Minister of Information put out a statement on Monday ordering a ban on the broadcasting of karaoke songs, movies and videos that portray alcohol in a positive light.
AllAfrica.com (Rwanda) - Rwanda: Experts Warn Against Excessive Alcohol Consumption
Economic development experts have warned that the rising alcohol consumption in a number of regional countries, including Rwanda, warrants attention as one of the emerging social problems.
Medical Xpress - Drinkers support clearer labelling on alcohol products
New research led by the University of Bristol has found that drinkers support clearer labelling of alcohol products, including the provision of unit, calorie and health information, which would address current gaps in public knowledge.
The Local Germany (Germany) - Germany should take drinking tips from Scotland, experts insist
On May 1st Scotland introduced a minimum price for alcohol, and now health experts in Germany are calling for their country to follow suit.
Medical Xpress - Alcohol-related cirrhosis patients are sicker, costlier and often female
More than one-third of cirrhosis cases are related to alcohol, a seven-year national study of more than 100 million privately insured people has found.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Ireland’s alcohol consumption policies to be held up as exemplar for others
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is to hold up Ireland’s alcohol consumption policies as an exemplar for other developed countries.
EUCAM (Netherlands) - HEINEKEN EXPLOITS THE WEAKNESS OF THE DUTCH ADVERTISING CODE
The Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy STAP has filed a complaint about an advertising commercial from Heineken and Samsung that was recorded in the Holland Heineken House in Gangneung in February 2018.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

FASD News - 18/2018

ABC Online (Australia) - Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnostic centre opens in Alice Springs amid 'huge demand'
The Northern Territory's first diagnostic centre for foetal alcohol spectrum disorder has opened in Central Australia — where paediatricians estimate one in five children could suffer from the disorder.
STV News (Scotland) - Born different: Living with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Families of children with disabilities caused by exposure to alcohol in the womb are calling for more support and awareness around their condition.
Gazette Live (UK) - Just one drink when pregnant could cause problems in babies, mums to be warned
One in 100 babies is born with problems caused by mums to be drinking while pregnant. And many of these babies will go on to be misdiagnosed with ADHD, a meeting has heard.
UW Medicine Newsroom - Op-ed: Pot and alcohol harm developing child
A UW Medicine researcher connects current understanding of marijuana's effects on child development to what's known about fetal alcohol syndrome.
MOFAS (USA) - Advocacy Organization Celebrates 20 Years, Aims for Zero Alcohol-Exposed Births in Minnesota by 2028
The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) marks its twentieth anniversary this year. MOFAS, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by former First Lady Susan Carlson in 1998, seeks to eliminate disability caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and to improve the quality of life for those living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) throughout Minnesota.
Huffington Post - Barbara Bush Deserves A Better Eulogy - Alcohol In Pregnancy Is No Laughing Matter
I tuned into the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush out of respect for a strong woman. Not thirty seconds into my viewing, historian Jon Meacham repeated the quip that has been going around since she died, “You want to know why George W. is the way he is… Because I drank and smoked while I was pregnant with him.”

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
Autistic Families - How to advocate with your child in meetings
This step-by-step guide will assist you to work through the process necessary to address the issue and advocate for change.
FASDFOREVER - Making Sense of FASD Episode 1 Kyle Burt
In the very first Episode Jeff Noble interviews Kyle Burt. Kyle is an adult with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
FASDFOREVER - Making Sense of FASD Episode 2 Colette Philcox
In Episode 2 we talk to Colette Philcox. Colette is an adult with Fetal Alcohol, who went from the streets to success!
Alcohol Awareness - ZERO ALCOHOL IN PREGNANCY
“Let’s say “zero alcohol in pregnancy” with a smile! We are glad to present the new brand video of Too Young To Drink.
Medical Republic - Diagnosing adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
“The important thing for GP is to have a high index of suspicion,” says Dr Doug Shelton, a paediatrician at Gold Coast University Hospital.

RESEARCH
University of Victoria - Discourses of motherhood and stigma production: FASD public awareness-raising in British Columbia, 1979–2015
This study traces the evolution of motherhood discourses in 41 fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) public awareness documents produced in British Columbia from 1979–2015.
Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health - The Implementation of the 2012 Mental Health Strategy for Canada Through the Lens of FASD
It is the current authors’ perspective that the successful implementation of Changing Directions, Changing Lives, which seeks to improve mental health and well-being in Canada, cannot be realized effectively without considering FASD.
Cardiff University - Epidemiology of Prenatal Alcohol Use and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). FASD refers to a range of lifelong conditions caused by PAE, characterised by a distinctive facial phenotype, growth deficiencies and/or neurobehavioural impairments.
OpenUCT - Additional costs of FAS and PFAS learners in the classroom: An estimate for public primary schools in the Western Cape
The Western Cape province of South Africa has the highest recorded prevalence rates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the world.
University of Tasmania - Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder : problem intractability and the search for solutions
The scientific evidence base for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) has rapidly advanced over the past four decades, but attempts to redress the problem have neither significantly reduced alcohol consumption by pregnant women nor addressed the lifetime consequences of FASD for individuals living with FASD or their families.
Cerebral Cortex - Ethanol Exposure In Utero Disrupts Radial Migration and Pyramidal Cell Development in the Somatosensory Cortex
Deficits in sensory processing in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) implicate dysfunction in the somatosensory cortex. However, the effects of prenatal ethanol exposure on the development of this region await elucidation.
Psychiatry and Clinical Psychopharmacology - The utility of psychotropic drugs on patients with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): a systematic review
This systematic review sought to investigate psychotropic medication related findings and outcomes in those diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Austin Journal of Pharmacology and Therapeutics - Maternal Alcohol Consumptions Act as Developmental Neuroendocrine-Disrupting Actions: Hard Facts and New Thinking
Maternal thyroid hormones (THs) have vital trophic factors for the regular somatic development [1-74]. In addition to their wellknown action in cellular metabolism, 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) have significant roles upon neural differentiation and growth.
ENEP Center - Neuropsychology of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Methods and Findings
Biostatistics Epidemiol Int J - The social epidemiology and construction of risk for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Native American communities
Programs that wish to address FAS in Native American communities must address the lack of community resources, such as alcohol abuse counseling, needed to support educational efforts.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental - Applying a developmental framework to the self‐regulatory difficulties of young children with prenatal alcohol exposure: A review
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can be associated with significant difficulties in self‐regulatory abilities. As such, interventions have been developed that focus on improving varying aspects of self‐regulation for this population.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental - Fetal cerebral circulation as target of maternal alcohol consumption
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy may result in a wide range of morphological and neurodevelopmental abnormalities termed fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), with the most severe cases diagnosed as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
Biochem Cell Biol - The Avian Embryo as a Model for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) remains a leading preventable cause of structural birth defects and permanent neurodevelopmental disability.
International Journal of Law and Psychiatry - Neurocognitive functioning in young offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
BMJ Open - A modified Delphi study towards developing a guideline to inform policy on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in South Africa: a study protocol
Maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy can result in mental and physical birth defects in individuals. These birth defects are usually described as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). With an estimated 183–259 per 1000 children born with FASDs, South Africa is identified to have the highest prevalence of FASDs in the world.
Frontiers in Immunology - Life-long Impacts of Moderate Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (PAE) on Neuro-immune Function
Emerging data from clinical studies and findings from animal models support that very low to moderate levels of fetal alcohol exposure may reprogram the developing central nervous system (CNS) leading to altered neuroimmune and neuroglial signaling during adulthood.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Presseportal.de (Germany) - Passivtrinken: die tödliche Gefahr 10000 Kinder schon bei Geburt alkoholgeschädigt Prof. Glaeske: "Schäden gehen nicht zurück"
Der Begriff des Passivtrinkens ist neu und im Zusammenhang mit Alkoholkonsum bisher kein üblicher Hinweis. Angelehnt an das Passivrauchen, das unfreiwillige Einatmen von Tabakqualm, geht es auch beim Passivtrinken um schädliche Auswirkungen für andere Menschen - zum Beispiel Ungeborene und Kinder.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Alcohol News - 18/2018

The Economist (Scotland) - Scotland introduces a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol
ON MAY 1st Scotland introduced a minimum price of 50p ($0.68) per unit of alcohol, which is equivalent to roughly half a pint of beer or a small glass of wine, making it one of a handful of countries to have such a policy.
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - DCC endorses alcohol policy
The Dunedin City Council is pressing ahead with a watered-down local alcohol policy, but says it will still benefit the community.
Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland) - Calls for Northern Ireland to adopt minimum alcohol pricing
Health campaigners and GPs have called for minimum pricing on alcohol to be introduced in Northern Ireland after the legislation came into force in Scotland.
The Guardian (Australia) - Teenagers who drink perceive alcohol ads are aimed at them – study
Alcohol ads shown in Australia may be in breach of the advertising code, with many of the actors perceived to be younger than 25, a study has found.
Deccan Chronicle - Smoking, drinking alcohol boosts atrial fibrillation
Smoking and drinking are two lifestyle habits that get a lot of negative criticism for a good reason. Giving up on these can be a challenge for many, but doing that can decrease the lifetime risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications, or simply atrial fibrillation.
Science Daily - Maternal binge drinking linked to mood problems and alcohol abuse in offspring
Study shows for first time that binge drinking during pregnancy and lactation may make offspring more vulnerable to mood disturbances and alcohol abuse as adolescents.
ABC Online (Australia) - NSW paramedics 'fearful' as drugs and alcohol fuel increasing violence
New South Wales paramedics have been verbally and physically assaulted "at least" 60 times this year, with long-term paramedics revealing the threat of violence is now just part of the job.
Toronto Star (Canada) - Cancer charity shouldn’t accept money from wine fundraiser, because alcohol is a carcinogen: expert
Top cancer researchers say alcohol is a known carcinogen and are shocked that the Canadian Cancer Society is accepting money from an event centred on wine.
NL Times (Netherlands) - DUTCH SPORTS CLUBS SELL ALCOHOL TO UNDERAGE KIDS
Underage teenagers can order beer from most sports clubs in the Netherlands without any problems. The vast majority of sports club canteens do not check IDs before serving alcohol to young people, according to a study commissioned by the government, NOS reports.
OnMedica (UK) - Alcohol-specific deaths in England soar 11% in a decade
The number of alcohol-specific deaths recorded in England has soared by 11% in just a decade, according to the latest official figures from NHS Digital.
The Independent (UK) - More than 1,000 people could die if England doesn’t mirror Scotland’s alcohol pricing reforms within five years, warn campaigners
Minimum unit pricing will save lives, cut crime and benefit the public finances. At the same time, pub prices will be left untouched and moderate drinkers will barely notice the difference'
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New Post Leader (UK) - Balance welcomes latest report warning of drinking too much alcohol
Officials at Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, have welcomed a new study of 600,000 drinkers published in the Lancet Medical Journal which shows that drinking above the Chief Medical Officers’ low risk weekly drinking guidelines increases the risk of fatal heart diseases.
Global Legal Monitor (Spain) - Spain: Bill on Alcohol Consumption to Punish Parents for Their Underage Children’s Drinking
A report prepared by a committee composed of members of Spain’s Congress of Deputies (lower legislative chamber) and Senate (upper legislative chamber) recommends that Spain enact laws punishing parents for their underage children’s drinking.
Addiction - National Cancer Societies and their Public Statements on Alcohol Consumption and Cancer Risk
Studies have shown that alcohol consumption is a risk factor for oral, pharyngeal, laryngeal, esophageal, liver, colon, rectal, and breast cancer. It would therefore be expected that cancer prevention organizations would incorporate these facts into their public stance on the consumption of alcohol.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Alcohol News - 17/2018

Healio - Alcohol linked to potentially harmful changes in oral microbiome
Alcohol consumption correlated with significant changes to the oral microbiome that have been previously linked to alcohol-related diseases like periodontal disease, GI cancers, head and neck cancers and heart disease, according to new research published in the journal Microbiome.
Telegraph.co.uk - Alcohol may cause one in five cases of PMT
PMT may be caused by alcohol in more than one fifth of cases, research suggests. And women who drink at least a glass of wine a day have almost twice the risk of suffering symptoms compared with light drinkers, the findings show.
Vox - It’s time to rethink how much booze may be too much
That’s been the message — from researchers, governments, and beverage companies — for decades. And as a result, many of us don’t think twice about tossing back a couple of glasses or wine or a few beers after work.
The Moscow Times (Russia) - Moscow to Restrict Alcohol Sales Before and During World Cup Games
Moscow's City Hall will restrict the sale of alcohol the day before and the day of World Cup games this summer. Twelve games will be played in Moscow in June and July, including Russia's opener against Saudi Arabia and the tournament final. Russia’s deputy prime minister has said that the host nation would allow beer sales at stadiums and fan zones during the FIFA World Cup.
New Food (USA) - American consumers drifting away from alcoholic drinks as Generation Z rises
Alcohol sales in the USA fell by 80 million litres last year as abstinence and moderation began to trend, according to data accrued by a drink market analyst.
Michigan Medicine - When Raised Among Drug and Alcohol Abuse, What Makes Some Teens ‘Resilient’?
Kids with a family history of substance use are likely to mimic those behaviors. A Michigan Medicine researcher studied their brain activity to see why certain youths do not.
Helsinki Times (Finland) - Finns are spending less on alcohol, more on services in Estonia
Finns are spending less and less on alcohol and more and more on services in Estonia.
The Guardian (UK) - Time, please: is drinking becoming as socially unacceptable as smoking?
Drinking is ingrained in our social life – much as cigarettes were until public health campaigns led to a huge cultural shift. With many young people eschewing alcohol, the beginning of the end of booze Britain is in sight.
Evening Times (Scotland) - MSPs set to back 50p minimum unit price for alcohol
The policy of a minimum unit price for alcohol was approved in 2012 but delayed by legal challenges which lasted until November 2017. Now MSPs have to vote on the level at which the price is set.
Pharmacy Times - Alcohol Awareness Month: The Buzz On Alcohol and Calories
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and we have simplified science on everything related—effects on the body, nutrition, and how an individual can still be on a quest with sound nutrition, making sense of how alcohol and calories mix.
The Times (Ireland) - EU objections to delay alcohol bill until July
The government’s proposed alcohol bill is to be delayed for another three months after Italy and Portugal raised objections to new amendments.
BBC News - 'Higher crime' in areas where alcohol is most available, says study
Crime rates were highest in areas where there are a large number of pubs, clubs and shops selling alcohol, according to a new report.
The Canberra Times (Australia) - Pregnant women drinking alcohol put babies at greater risk than those abusing drugs
"Concerning" data shows one baby is born addicted to drugs, tobacco or alcohol every fortnight in Canberra, according to statistics from ACT Health.
Health Promotion Agency (New Zealand) - Trends in affordability of alcohol in New Zealand: Report
Increasing the price of cheap alcohol, such as through excise taxes or minimum pricing schemes, is an important tool in a package of measures that governments can use to reduce alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm.
Readers Digest - The Age You Sip Your First Drink Could Determine Your Risk for Breast Cancer
Depending on how old you were when you knocked back your first drink—and how you drink now—could dramatically impact your risk of developing breast cancer.
Fresh Lifestyle - The Skinny on Alcohol & Cancer: Choosing Healthier Alternatives
Alcohol intake is a controversial topic and conflicting research makes it hard to know whether it is safe to consume regularly. While there are some benefits to drinking certain alcohol, such as red wine and its connection to heart disease prevention, recent studies suggest that limiting or avoiding alcohol intake is the best option.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

FASD News - 16/2018

CBC.ca (Canada) - Cases of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder up to 3 times higher in the GTA than predicted, CAMH report says
A study released Tuesday shows fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) may affect two to three times more children in the GTA than originally believed.
Lethbridge Herald - Education key to reduce number of FASD babies
Sending them to jail is no way to respond to people living with developmental challenges. Instead, a Lethbridge audience heard Thursday, a range of other alternatives is helping those with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) contribute to their community.
ABC Online (Australia) - Living with FASD
When Anne Russell had her children more than thirty years ago, drinking moderate amounts of alcohol during pregnancy was considered acceptable.
Juneau Empire - Our daughter lived with FASD for 45 years. This is her legacy.
Each of our children and grandchildren are a special gift. We love them for who they are, and taught them about faith and life. Each of them transforms us beyond our understanding.
Juneau Empire (USA) - Services, funding dwindle for those living with FASD
Larry and Laura Rorem adopted Tanya when she was 8 months old in 1973, not knowing that Tanya’s mother had consumed alcohol during pregnancy. In the first few weeks they had Tanya, the Rorems knew something was a little off, but couldn’t put their finger on it.
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - FASD action plan falls short: expert
Better diagnosis and treatment of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) could prevent miscarriages of justice like the Teina Pora case, a University of Otago researcher says.
Scoop.co.nz (New Zealand) - Time for spotlight on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Given about 5 per cent of New Zealanders suffer Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder with resulting productivity losses ranging from an estimated $49 to $200 million, a University of Otago lecturer is calling for more attention on the disorder.
The Lawyer's Daily - Fetal alcohol syndrome and blame
On Feb. 28, 2018, Justice Rajeev Anand, a youth court justice with the Saskatchewan provincial court, sentenced a young person to an adult sentence of life imprisonment after her plea to the second degree murder of a 6-week-old, Nikosis Jace Cantre.
The Advocate - Raising healthy babies take a whole community to support mothers and newborns
The same day data came out on maternal and baby health across the state, the brewing industry called for all brewers to put warnings on alcohol products ‘as a matter of urgency’.
Great Falls Tribune - How will I survive asks Great Falls's Lissie, who has fetal alcohol syndrome
Clark, who goes by “Lissie,” describes it as a struggle between the world of “Here and Now” and the world of “Up Here,” she says, pointing to her head.
Neuroscience News - Childhood Aggression Linked to Deficits in Executive Function
According to a new study, children with executive function deficits were more likely to show physical and reactive aggression later in life. Researchers suggest helping children to improve executive function could help to reduce aggression levels.
Medkit (France) - Some 8,000 children are born with a brain injured by alcohol every year in France
A staggering then that neurodevelopmental disorders associated with exposure in utero to alcohol are preventable. “If effective prevention was established several years ago, we would talk about more of this scourge,” said professor Gilles Crépin, a professor of medicine and member of the national Academy of medicine, during the symposium on “Alcohol and pregnancy: a social risk avoidable?” that was held on 12 April in Paris.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
FASDFOREVER - Making Sense of FASD Episode 1 Kyle Burt
In the very first Episode Jeff Noble interviews Kyle Burt. Kyle is an adult with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Jeff and Kyle talk about what it takes to be successful as an adult on the spectrum.
Colorado Child Welfare Training System - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The Agenda with Steve Paikin - Tracking Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
A new study of the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in 7 - 9 year olds in the Greater Toronto Area found that the old assumption that the disorder affected about 1% of the population significantly underestimated the problem of FASD.
MOFAS - Legislative Priorities
At MOFAS, we are deeply committed to the prevention of prenatal alcohol exposure. There are very few public health problems where there are such clear and compelling solutions available.

RESEARCH
Journal of Investigative Medicine - 135 Brain-derived neurotrophic factor polymorphism modifies the effects of developmental ethanol exposure
Here, we suggest a novel interaction between developmental EtOH exposure and BDNFmet/met. Specifically, BDNFmet/met increased the effects of EtOH on hippocampal morphology and hippocampal-dependent behaviours. These findings suggest that screening for this polymorphism may have some value in predicting FASD severity.
Zh Nevrol Psikhiatr - Experimental approaches to the investigation of behavioral disorders associated with prenatal alcohol exposure
The review is focused on the effects of exposure to alcohol during the prenatal period in animal models. The authors outline that prenatally alcohol-induced changes in motor and executive functions, learning and memory, stress reactivity and affective state are remarkably parallel between animals and humans.
CAMH - World Health Organization International Study on the Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol
Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Population-based prevalence data on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) among the general population of Canada are unavailable. To fill this gap, the objective of this study was to determine the population-based prevalence of FASD among elementary school students in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in Ontario, Canada.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Special issue on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder in the human population. Alcoholic beverages contain mostly one type of alcohol, ethanol. So, the story of FASD is the story of the effects of ethanol on the developing embryo.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - A global research collaboration on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Prenatal exposure to alcohol resulting in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the most common and potentially preventable cause of brain and other developmental impairments in the Western world.
Developmental Neurorehabilitation - Physiological self-regulation and mindfulness in children with a diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Children with FASD could engage in a mindfulness task, and both groups showed an increase in RSA. Further research is needed to establish whether prolonged mindfulness practice could be beneficial.
Maastricht University - State of the art and setting priorities for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder(s) prevention and management
The aim of this study is to assess the current state of the art and setting priorities for FASD prevention and management.
Maastricht University - Identifying psycho-social determinants and environmental conditions related to alcohol consumption during pregnancy
In order to systematically plan health promoting programs, it is necessary to identify specific psycho-social determinants and environmental conditions related to maternal drinking.
The University of Queensland - Effects of developmental vitamin D deficiency and prenatal exposure to ethanol on brain development and behaviour in mice
There is a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and exposure to low levels of alcohol in pregnant women (Bodnar et al 2007, Daly et al 2012). However, there are a paucity of studies that have addressed the impact of both of these exposures on the offspring’s vulnerability to neuropsychological disorders later in life.
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry - Prenatal ethanol induces an anxiety phenotype and alters expression of dynorphin & nociceptin/orphanin FQ genes
Animal models have suggested that prenatal ethanol exposure (PEE) alters the κ opioid receptor system.
NeuroToxicology - Low arsenic concentrations impair memory in rat offpring exposed during pregnancy and lactation: Role of α7 nicotinic receptor, glutamate and oxidative stress
Inorganic arsenic (iAs) is an important natural pollutant. Millions of individuals worldwide drink water with high levels of iAs.
IOS Press - The association between alcohol outlet accessibility and adverse birth outcomes: A retrospective cohort study
Alcohol outlet accessibility is positively associated with alcohol consumption, although this relationship has not been thoroughly examined in pregnant women.
Women and Birth - Reasons for substance use continuation and discontinuation during pregnancy: A qualitative study
Recommendations are proposed for easier access to and more comprehensive services. Healthcare professionals and service providers should offer non-judgmental care by building high-quality relationships with pregnant women with substance use issues, to increase these women’s self-efficacy and empower them to discontinue substance use.
Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science - Nonprotein-coding RNAs in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Early developmental exposure to ethanol, a known teratogen, can result in a range of neurodevelopmental disorders, collectively referred to as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs).

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Gäubote - Die Herrenberger Zeitung (Germany) - Selbsthilfegruppe FASD im Klosterhof
Herrenberg - Die Selbsthilfegruppe FASD - also Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder oder Fetalen Alkoholspektrum-Störung - trifft sich am heutigen Mittwoch, 18. April, um 20 Uhr im Klosterhof in Herrenberg.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Alcohol News - 16/2018

Ask about alcohol (Ireland) - The untold story: Harms experienced in the Irish population due to others’ drinking
This report by Hope, Barry and Byrne is concerned with harms resulting from drinking alcohol. For many years, the focus in discussing harms from drinking was on harms suffered by the drinker.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Majority of people know a problem drinker, report says
Ireland’s drinking habit has become almost €1bn-a-year headache, with vast sums of money lost on caring for problem drinkers, cleaning up after their mistakes, covering for them at work, and taking over their child-rearing responsibilities.
GlobeNewswire (Canada) - 83% of People with Alcohol Problems Are Never Encouraged to Seek Treatment
With April being Alcohol Awareness Month, studies show 83% of Canadians who drink excessively received no advice or encouragement from family and friends to cut down their drinking. Women with drinking problems were much less likely than men to receive advice with only 11.7% of them encouraged to seek help.
The Times (Scotland) - MSPs back 50p minimum unit price in alcohol vote
Holyrood’s health committee has unanimously backed a 50p minimum unit price for alcohol. The rate must be approved by the Scottish parliament before coming into effect next month.
The Independent - Injectable microchip able to track levels of alcohol and drugs in body ...
US scientists have invented an injectable microchip which is able to monitor the levels of alcohol and drugs in your body.
The Moscow Times (Russia) - Deaths From Alcohol Fall by 25% in Russia in 2017
Deaths from alcohol poisoning have declined by a quarter last year following steps to mitigate the aftermath of counterfeit alcohol consumption, Russia’s consumer safety watchdog has said.
CNN - Even one drink a day could be shortening your life expectancy
Drinking one alcoholic drink on a daily basis could shorten your life expectancy, a new study suggests. The research found that drinking more than 100 grams of alcohol per week -- equal to roughly seven standard drinks in the United States or five to six glasses of wine in the UK -- increases your risk of death from all causes and in turn lowers your life expectancy.
The New Times - How alcohol affects the nervous system
The nervous system is the structure that receives all kinds of sensations and executes the functioning of limbs and various body parts.
News-Medical.net - Pancreatitis risk in minorities linked to alcohol, gallstones and high triglycerides
Pancreatitis in ethnic minorities is linked to very high levels of triglycerides and the risk is further increased by alcohol abuse and gallstones, according to a study published in the journal Endocrine Practice.
Independent.ie (Ireland) - Alcohol 'still most usual date rape drug'
Alcohol "continues to be the greatest, most prevalent date rape drug", according to the Medical Director of the national network of Sexual Assault Treatment Units (SATU).
NDTV - Alcohol Consumption May Increase Chances Of Dementia, Says Study
According to a recent study published in the journal Lancet Public Health, it was found that alcohol consumption could increase the chances of dementia to a considerable extent.
USA TODAY - U.S. should lower alcohol recommendation because booze shortens our lives, study says
It's official, everyone: We're drinking too much booze, and it's cutting us short of precious life.
And that's not just a warning to heavy boozers.
Lexology (Vietnam) - Vietnam Considers Law on Preventing and Combatting Harmful Effects of Alcohol and Beer
On April 13, 2018, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Vietnam and the World Health Organization held a conference to introduce the main contents of the Draft Law on Preventing and Combatting Harmful Effects of Alcohol and Beer (the “Draft Law”).
Irish Times (Ireland) - Labelling alcohol products: It’s time to put the facts where they belong – on the bottle
Unlike most other consumable products sold in Ireland, alcohol producers are currently not obliged to list contents, ingredients or nutritional values.
The Hill (USA) - The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism clinical trial should be halted
At a congressional budget hearing the National Institute of Health (NIH) director Dr. Francis Collins was questioned about an NIH clinical trial on the benefits of drinking that is being funded primarily by alcohol companies, which are contributing $68 million to this $100 million project.
NEWS.com.au (Australia) - Shocking new data exposes the mundane habit that is killing Queenslanders
SHOCKING new data from the Cancer Council Queensland (CCQ) has revealed a direct link between alcohol consumption and cancer diagnoses in Queensland residents, with hundreds of people dying each year from alcohol-related cancer.
Irish Times (Ireland) - EU issued warning to Government over alcohol Bill
The European Commission privately warned the Government two years ago that legislation to set minimum alcohol prices and lay down mandatory labelling in Ireland may conflict with European Union law.
The Local (Germany) - German guidelines for alcohol intake are too high, study argues
Having one glass of wine a day has long been considered harmless. But a new study has found that even moderate consumption of alcohol is detrimental for one's health, and countries such as Germany need to review their guidelines.
Queensland Mental Health Commission (Australia) - Report challenges stigmatisation of people with problematic alcohol and drug use
Stigma and discrimination can cause far-reaching, long-term harm to people living with problematic alcohol and other drug use, making it difficult for them to seek help and recover.
Mother Jones - Did Drinking Give Me Breast Cancer?
The science on the link is clear, but the alcohol industry has worked hard to downplay it.
Mother Jones - “I Will Never Drink Again”
Mary Roth was diagnosed with breast cancer at 52. She always wondered why she developed the disease but her three sisters did not. “I drank and drink more alcohol than my sisters ever did,” Roth wrote to Mother Jones. “I suspected that was what caused my breast cancer. It makes sense. Now I am convinced.”
Today´s Dietician - Alcohol Consumption and Cancer Risk — The Other Side of a Health Halo
Many people give alcohol a "health halo" because of its association with lower heart disease risk—although even this association pertains to amounts of alcohol only within the limits of moderation. But the side of alcohol that's often overlooked is its role in raising cancer risk. In fact, surveys suggest that 60% to 70% of Americans are unaware of the alcohol-cancer link.
The Lancet - Thresholds for safer alcohol use might need lowering
Guidelines for levels of alcohol use that pose a low risk to drinkers' health are provided by many countries, usually based on meta-analyses of epidemiological studies.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Alcohol News -15/2018

CNBC (USA) - The ‘Mad Men’ days are over as ad group WPP bans drinking alcohol in the office
The rattle of the drinks trolley will no longer be heard at companies belonging to ad agency group WPP as it has banned drinking in the office.
AOL UK (UK) - Airline passengers could be forced to keep alcohol in sealed bags
All alcohol bought at airport shops could be placed in sealed bags in a crackdown on disruption by drunken passengers.
The Guardian - Tax sugar, alcohol and tobacco to help the poor, say experts
So called “sin taxes” on sugary drinks, alcohol and tobacco not only work, but will help rather than unduly penalise the poor, according to a major new international analysis.
The Lancet - The Lancet Taskforce on NCDs and economics
The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 3.4 commits countries to reducing by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Science Daily - Nicotine-imbibing teenage rats show an increased risk for drinking alcohol as adults
Rats who were dosed with nicotine during their adolescence grew up to drink alcohol more often than those who weren't exposed to nicotine or were only exposed to it during adulthood.
Independent.ie (Ireland) - Testing mothers for alcohol consumption during pregnancy could reduce risk to babies
A proposal calling for alcohol testing during pregnancy was passed at the Irish Medical Organisation’s annual conference last weekend.
Gizmodo (USA) - The NIH's Cozy Relationship With Big Alcohol Is Bad for Science
The National Institutes of Health is facing more allegations that it’s in Big Alcohol’s corner.
The Hub-LA (USA) - Experts say Millennials have a troubled relationship with alcohol
Millennials, typically defined as those born between 1980 and 1996, may be at a greater risk for developing alcohol use disorder or alcoholism. According to a report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, nearly a third – 31% – of alcoholics in America are young adults.  
CTV News (Canada) - Fetal alcohol disorder more prevalent than previously thought: study
A new study suggests fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is more common than previously thought – and may even be more common than autism.
UNSW (Australia) - Alcopops tax cuts drinking and harm
A new NDARC study found that the introduction of an alcopop tax has significantly reduced alcohol-related harm among young Australians, writes Carleen Frost.
Stuff (New Zealand) - City councillors do U-turn, decide against new Christchurch alcohol policy for now
City councillors have U-turned on creating a Christchurch alcohol policy by deciding not to pursue a new version of the controversial plan for the time being.
Iceland Review (Iceland) - Iceland Considers Allowing Alcohol and Tobacco Ads
The Ministry of Education and Culture is considering lifting the ban on advertising alcohol and tobacco products, RÚV reports. A majority of the committee on independent media proposed the change, publishing a report on the matter this past January.
UNDP - ‘Jane Walker’: Appropriating women’s rights to sell more booze
To celebrate Women’s History Month in March, alcohol giant Diageo has given the world Jane Walker: a female version of its Johnnie Walker whisky brand. “In recognition of women who lead the way,” the company says on its website, “We are unveiling Jane Walker, the first-ever female iteration of the brand’s iconic Striding Man logo.”
Times Argus - Health Talk: Alcohol and the brain awareness
Children do not always acknowledge alcohol as a harmful substance because their parents and other role models commonly use it as part of their lifestyle. Underage drinking typically leads to engaging in high-risk behaviors and increases the likelihood of over consuming alcohol as an adult.
Prevention - 10 Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Every Drinker Needs to Know
So you had a little too much to drink—again. As long as you’re not driving, is it really that big of a deal? The answer is a big, fat yes.
StopColonCancerNow - Alcohol Increases Risk of Colon Polyps, Colon Cancer
The truth is, for those of us who drink alcohol, consumption can add up quickly. We might just be drinking more than we realize – completely unaware that we are increasing our risk of cancer. The World Health Organization says as many as 25 percent of cancers worldwide may be attributable to alcohol consumption.
News Medical - Positive lifestyle changes could reduce risk of developing cancer
There are many factors that determine your likelihood of developing cancer, including age, genetic predisposition and lifestyle.
NIAAA - NIAAA Scientists Provide More Evidence that Binge Drinking May Indicate Vulnerability to Alcohol Use Disorder
An NIAAA study shows that people who drink socially and have certain risk factors for alcohol use disorder (AUD) self-administer more alcohol and at a faster rate during a single laboratory session of alcohol consumption than people at low risk for developing AUD.

Monday, April 9, 2018

FASD News - 14/2018

CBC.ca (Canada) - Without screening or supports, offenders with FASD face revolving door of justice
Russ Hilsher's criminal record goes back more than a decade, to an assault charge in 2003. The 40-year-old has been in and out of jail for breaching conditions, other assaults and theft since.
The Chronicle of Social Change - Hidden Heartache: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome’s Impact on Adoptive Families
When Barb Clark and her husband Michael adopted their oldest daughter Akila at 5 months old they never envisioned the difficult road ahead. What the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Clarks couldn’t see when they rocked, fed and loved their infant daughter was the brain damage that she already had because of prenatal exposure to alcohol.
The Times (Ireland) - IMO calls for alcohol testing in pregnancy to reduce foetal alcohol syndrome in Ireland
Expectant Irish mothers should be screened for alcohol consumption during pregnancy, doctors believe. It follows revelations that Ireland is in the top three countries worldwide for incidence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), including foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
The Sun (UK) - I’m so angry that my mum’s drinking during pregnancy left me disabled as a child… but now I’m modelling for New Look
Dominique Maasdam is furious that her mother drank while she was pregnant with her, meaning she was born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and learning difficulties - but she's not letting it hold her back.
KSOO.com - HIGHLIGHTING IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING PREBORN FROM ALCOHOL
Much like autism diagnoses, there is a spectrum of diseases associated with fetuses that are exposed to alcohol by their mothers.

UPCOMING
EUFASD - European Conference on FASD 2018 (September 24-26, 2018; Berlin Germany)
Registration is now open.
Alberta Government - Trauma-Informed FASD Prevention and Care (April 18, 2018)
In this webinar, our presenters will discuss the issues of trauma-informed FASD prevention and care. They will provide a definition of trauma and the impact it has on health, relationships, substance abuse, FASD prevention and presentation of services.
Alberta Government - Mentoring Caregivers: The Lived Experience (April 17, 2018)
This presentation explores the benefits of an FASD caregiver mentorship program and the importance of acceptance, compassion and understanding from someone who shares the same experience of parenting individuals with FASD.
Telethon Kids Institute - 2nd Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Conference (FASD2018) from November 21st – 22nd 2018
FASD2018 is hosted by the FASD Research Australia Centre of Research Excellence and will encompass the very latest perspectives relating to prevention, diagnosis and management of FASD.
Adoption UK - FASD conference - Seeking a brighter future for our children (11 May 2018, Edinburg, Scotland)
Adoption UK in Scotland are delighted to be hosting and welcoming members, professionals and all those interested in understanding more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) from all over the UK.
Nuu-chah-nulth Child and Youth Services - The External Brain: Meeting the needs of children with FASD (June 1, 2018; Port Alberni, Canada)
The Nuuchahnulth Child and Youth Services program will be hosting Dr Diane Russell (clinical neuropsychologist with a Ph.D from the University of Windsor) to provide a workshop on Parenting strategies for supporting children with FASD.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
aucdnetwork - Preventing, Identifying, Treating FASD Webinar Series Building Community Support
VKN NIMHANS - Psychological Interventions in Alcohol & Pregnancy by Ms.Ratnesh Chopra
Capacity building in the area of Mental health and Substance use.
FASD Communities - FASD Awareness Interview with Gigi Davidson President FASD Communities
Serenity Links Coaching - How to make REAL self-care happen, even when it’s hard!
Learn what real self-care is, what it is not, and how to make it happen (including specific strategies and ideas) even if your life is crazy hard and your kids are driving you bonkers.
Serenity Links Coaching - What do I do about my child’s angry outbursts that come out of nowhere?
Learn powerful strategies for handling intense situations and behaviors that seem to come out of the blue and happen without warning.
NITV - New health guide to tackle FASD, family violence and child abuse
The latest guide for health professionals working with Indigenous patients will help tackle a raft of new concerns raised by the health community.

RESEARCH
American Psychological Association - Testing Two Models of Stigma for Birth Mothers of a Child With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
The current study tested the utility of 2 models in understanding the stigma of being a birth mother of a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Proceedings of the West Virginia Academy of Science - The Analysis of DNA Damage and Cell Loss due to Alcohol and Opiate Drug Exposure on Undifferentiated Stem Cells.
In Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), alcohol promotes mental and physical alterations accredited to vicissitudes in the proliferation, differentiation, migration, and cell death in cells within the developing neural crest.
George Washington University - Identifying cellular level epigenetic markers for the prediction of cognitive and learning deficits in a fetal alcohol spectrum disorders model
The identification of potential biomarkers associated with cognitive and learning disabilities in our FASD mouse model may be useful in the development of future investigations that target markers specific to human patients with FASD.
African Journal of Disability - The postural stability of children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders during one-leg stance: A feasibility study
The recruitment of children with and without FASD in a rural, small town and the administration of measurement instruments in a real-life, school-based setting was feasible.
Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention - Self-regulation in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A concept analysis
The results of our analysis suggest that, in relation to FASD, attentiveness, thoughtful & deliberate actions, calm & collected behaviors, inhibition, and emotional regulation are the defining attributes of self-regulation; resulting in an operational definition that is unique to this population.
Griffith Law Review - Healing colonial binaries: a ‘needs-based’ approach to Aboriginal persons found unfit to stand trial on the basis of FASD
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), and inadequate legal responses to FASD associated impairments, are a critical factor in the complex web of issues responsible for the over-representation of Aboriginal persons in the criminal legal system.
JAMA Pediatr. - Global Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Italy
We read with interest the article by Lange et al,1 who aimed to estimate fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) among children and young patients in the general population by country, by World Health Organization region, and globally.
JAMA Pediatr. - Global Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Italy—Reply
We thank Pichini et al for their comments on our article.1 Pichini et al expressed concern that Italy was reported to be among the 5 countries with the highest prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) globally (45.0 per 1000 or 4.5%; 95% CI, 35.1-56.1 per 1000 or 3.5%-5.6%).
Alcohol - The contributions of Dr. Kathleen K. Sulik to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders research and prevention
Dr. Kathleen Sulik (Kathy) has spent 35 years studying fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Beginning with her landmark 1981 Science paper describing the early gestational window when alcohol can cause the craniofacial malformations characteristic of FAS, Kathy has contributed a vast amount of research furthering our knowledge of FASD.
Women and Birth - Benefits of caseload midwifery to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A discussion paper
Exposure to alcohol prenatally can result in a child being diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Affected infants experience lifelong impairments that can involve, physical, cognitive, behavioural and emotional difficulties that impact on their functional capacity.
Toxicological Sciences - Role of TGFβ Signaling in Maternal Ethanol-induced Fetal Articular Cartilage Dysplasia and Adult Onset of Osteoarthritis in Male Rats
Ethanol caused articular cartilage dysplasia that was programmed in adulthood via a low-functional TGFβ signaling pathway, and the tolerance of this articular cartilage to external stimuli was significantly decreased.
GRANTOME - Parent Emotion Socialization and Child Emotion Regulation in FASD
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) represent a major public health problem that affects 2 to 5 percent of the U.S. Population.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Stuttgarter Zeitung (Germany) - Ärzte warnen vor Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft
Ein Kind unter 350 Neugeborenen leidet unter Schädigungen, die auf einen Alkoholkonsum der Mutter während der Schwangerschaft zurückzuführen sind. Das Landratsamt Esslingen berät Betroffene.
Rynek Zdrowia (Poland) - W Łodzi otwarto Regionalny Punkt Diagnozy i Terapii zespołu alkoholowego u płodu
Regionalny Punkt Diagnozy i Terapii FASD - spektrum alkoholowych zaburzeń płodu - został oficjalnie otwarty w poniedziałek (19 marca) w Łodzi. Placówka, która będzie przyjmować dzieci z całego regionu łódzkiego, ma już pod opieką ok. 50 dzieci.