Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Alcohol News - 7/2018

IFLScience - Why Alcohol Can Turn You Into A Mean Drunk
A few too many drinks and some people turn into a dancing-machine, some won't shut up, some fall asleep, some want to hug you a lot, and others turn mean.
The Guardian - The children of alcoholic parents need help. I know this all too well
Even if you’ve brave enough to overcome the shame and stigma and seek help, you’ll find services are being cut heavily.
Metro (UK) - Parents’ drinking linked to more than a third of child abuse cases
A new study has found that alcohol misuse was implicated in 37% of cases where abuse or neglect led to a child’s death or serious injury between 2011 and 2014.
Science Daily - Neurotransmitter may play a role in alcohol relapse, addiction
A study on alcohol addiction led by Indiana University finds the neurotransmitter glutamate may play a role in some addiction cravings.
Independent Online - Low-alcohol drinks could lead to over consumption — study
Cambridge University researchers say the drinks are marketed for ‘lunchtime’ or ‘all occasions’, which may encourage them to be bought instead of soft drinks – raising overall booze consumption.
The Hindu (India) - Complete ban on alcohol to be sought
From February 20, women’s groups will start a 71-day agitation seeking a complete ban on alcohol across the State. (UK) - Study finds more than half of Britons have bought alcohol while underage
The majority of Britons have bought alcohol while underage - but it is now far less common than it was for older generations, a survey has found.
YLE News (Finland) - New alcohol law hits sales at state-owned Alko
With other stores allowed to sell stronger beer, cider and mixed drinks, overall sales at the former state monopoly have declined by eight percent year-on-year.
TIME (USA) - Drugs, Alcohol and Suicide Are Causing Life Expectancy in America to Drop Dramatically
U.S. life expectancy has decreased for the second year in a row, and an editorial in the BMJ points to three contributing factors: drugs, alcohol and suicides, particularly among middle-age white Americans and those living in rural communities. (Netherlands) - Alcohol abuse to be tackled in Dutch National Prevention Programme
The National Prevention Programme in the Netherlands will no longer target only smoking and obesity. Alcohol abuse has a great impact on one’s health and it has therefore been included in the themes which are to be targeted.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Even legal alcohol levels can impair driving, new series reveals
A new driving series on RTÉ reveals how even legal limits of alcohol can have potentially fatal consequences when motorists get behind the wheel. (Luxembourg) - CAMPAIGN INTERVENTION FOR LUX DRINK PROBLEM
Luxembourg’s relationship with alcohol is the latest target of a government campaign aimed at lowering health risks and accidents.
Ahval (Turkey) - Turkish governor bans drinking in public space
The governor of the western Turkish province of Burdur has banned the consumption of alcohol in all public places on grounds of “public safety” and “prevention of crime.”
Hong Kong Free Press (Hong Kong) - Hong Kong lawmakers vote to ban shops from selling alcohol to minors, after six-hour debate
Bars and restaurants are banned from selling alcohol to minors under liquor licensing rules, but the law does not apply to retailers, who voluntarily agree not to sell alcohol to underage consumers. Under the new law, convenience stores and supermarkets will also have to follow the rule.
InDaily (Australia) - World high rates of alcohol-related disorder in Australian youth offenders
Nine in 10 young people in detention have at least one form of severe neurodevelopmental delay, while at least a third have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), according to an Australian-first study.
Wall Street Journal (Canada) - Lawmakers, Alcohol Industry Tussle Over Cancer Labels on Booze
A month after slapping bright red and yellow cancer warnings on bottles of wine, vodka and other tipple late last year, workers at the government-run liquor store in Whitehorse, Canada, took them all off again.
Stap (Netherlands) - Light alcohol consumption also increases the risk of breast cancer
The Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy STAP has started an information campaign about alcohol use and breast cancer. This is in line with similar campaigns in England and Denmark. For this campaign a special website has been developed: The new campaign is supported by scientists and doctors.
The Lancet - Stop the toasts: the Global Fund's disturbing new partnership
In the preface to Heather Wipfli's history of WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), she recounts how when she joined WHO to work on the FCTC, a recent fellow graduate from her masters programme invited her to lunch.
UK Parliament (UK) - Parental Alcohol Misuse and Children
Parental Alcohol Misuse (PAM) can negatively affect children’s physical and mental health, and other outcomes including educational attainment and behaviour. Effects can be acute when experienced in conjunction with other adverse experiences such as domestic abuse, marital conflict, and deprivation.

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