Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Alcohol News - 13/2018

EurekAlert - Liver cancer caused by alcohol consumption may have worse prognosis than other forms
A new study indicates that patients with alcohol-related liver cancer often do not live as long as patients with liver cancer that is not associated with alcohol consumption, mainly due to diagnoses at later stages.
Vox (USA) - The alcohol industry gave the government money to prove moderate drinking is safe
Over the weekend, the New York Times published a bombshell report on alarming ties between the alcohol industry and the National Institutes of Health. Specifically, five alcohol companies helped fund — and potentially shaped the design of — a 7,800-person randomized controlled trial overseen by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a center at the NIH.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Call to better screen problem drinking
A new survey of patients linked to 40 different GP clinics found that just 1.5% were identified as having problem alcohol use in the previous two years, prompting calls for better screening levels.
AKIpress (Kyrgyzstan) - President of Kyrgyzstan signs into law amendments banning alcohol ads on Internet
President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov passed the amendments to the law of Kyrgyzstan on advertisements.
Daily Mail (Australia) - Anti-booze group claims half of Australia 'drinks to get drunk' - and calls for laws to cut the number of BOTTLE SHOPS
An alcohol think tank is calling for a cull on the number of bottle shops and bans on advertising and sponsorship at sport events throughout Australia.
Afloat (Ireland) - Prohibitions on the Consumption of Alcohol and/or Drugs When Operating Recreational Craft
The Irish Maritime Administration at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has issued a Marine Notice to remind the public of the law in relation to being under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs when operating or while on board a recreational craft or any vessel in Irish waters, or on board vessels or objects being towed by recreational craft.
Psych Congress Network - Age-Alcoholism Interactions May Harm the Brain’s Frontal Cortex
Older alcohol-dependent individuals may be at increased risk for gray matter loss and functional compromise, even if excessive drinking starts late in life, researchers say.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Fran Lowe: Reducing alcohol harm should be a priority
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act (2012) gave councils the right to set alcohol policies for density of outlets and hours of opening for the sale of alcohol via Local Alcohol Policies. Alcohol Action, the DHB, the Police, and others made submissions on the Hastings/Napier Local Alcohol Policy in early 2014.
Politico (EU) - Charts: Thinking about alcohol labels
Almost 60 percent of people across Europe surveyed by the European Alcohol Policy Alliance say health-related information provided in alcohol labels is not sufficient. A similar percentage want guidelines for alcohol consumption to be more accessible.
The Lancet - Action on minimum unit pricing of alcohol: a broader need
Alcohol industry interests have learned to think globally, even as they act locally. In terms of measures like MUP, which have the potential to reduce the health and social harm from drinking, public health interests need to do likewise.
Palmetto Family (USA) - South Carolina’s alcohol problems aren’t going away
As alcohol access has skyrocketed in South Carolina over the past two decades, problems associated with alcohol use haven’t gone away according to a new report published by Palmetto Family Council.
EUCAM - HEINEKEN’S PROMOTIONAL GIRLS SELL BEER WITH THEIR BODIES
To stimulate beer sales, Heineken uses promotional girls in 10 African countries. This is evident from a new book by Olivier van Beemen. He spent more than five years researching the activities of Heineken in Africa. His book ‘Beer for Africa; the Best Kept Secret of Heineken’ released today under the publishing house Prometheus.
The ASCO Post - Raising Awareness of the Link Between Alcohol and Cancer
Prevention in Oncology is guest edited by Jennifer Ligibel, MD, Chair of ASCO’s Energy Balance Working Group and a member of ASCO’s Cancer Survivorship and Cancer Prevention Committees. Dr. Ligibel is Director of the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Healio - Early intervention reduces likelihood of alcohol misuse, abuse in Latino teens
A family-focused, substance abuse prevention intervention conducted in middle school reduced the likelihood of alcohol use disorders among Mexican American teenagers 5 years later, research published in JAMA Psychiatry showed.
frontiers - Light Alcohol Consumption Does Not Protect Cognitive Function
Studies show that light to moderate alcohol consumption is related to better health and higher cognitive performance. However, it has been suggested that this association is caused by a systematic bias in the control group as many people abstain from drinking or quit because of health issues.
Newsday - Binge drinkers put all of us at risk
If you’re like most people, your mind leaps to images of high school and college students hitting wild parties and keggers until all hours.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Alcohol News - 12/2018

New York Times - Federal Agency Courted Alcohol Industry to Fund Study on Benefits of Moderate Drinking
Scientists and National Institute of Health officials waged a concerted campaign to obtain funding from the alcohol industry for research that may enshrine alcohol as a part of a healthy diet.
New York Times - N.I.H. to Investigate Outreach to Alcohol Companies
The National Institutes of Health will examine whether health officials violated federal policy against soliciting donations when they met with alcohol companies to discuss funding a study of the benefits of moderate drinking, Dr. Francis Collins, the institutes’ director, said on Tuesday.
The Copenhagen Post (Denmark) - Danish research: Ground rules can halt youth drinking
When parents set firm ground rules for drinking as kids, their children drink less than their counterparts, according to new Danish research.
BBC News - Poorest 'suffer most' from easy local access to alcohol
Scotland's poorest people suffer most from having easy access to alcohol in their area, a new study has suggested.
ERR News (Estonia) - Neivelt on excise duties: Fight against alcohol abuse needs to continue
The current fights about alcohol excise duties and booze shopping in Latvia are mainly damaging Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski (SDE).
Texas Tribune (USA) - Report: Drugs or alcohol factor into half of Texas child abuse and neglect deaths
The number of Texas children dying from abuse and neglect decreased by 22.5 percent in fiscal year 2017, according to a state report, but drug and alcohol use among caregivers is still leading to deaths from trauma, accidental smothering while sleeping and auto accidents, among other causes.
Science Daily - Drinking alcohol makes your heart race
The more alcohol you drink, the higher your heart rate gets, according to research presented today at EHRA 2018 Congress, organized by the European Society of Cardiology.
Medical Daily - When Drinking Alcohol Becomes A Binge And The Problems It Causes
A new report published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has revealed that nearly 20% adults in the US participate in binge drinking.
Channel NewsAsia (Canada) - Canada looks to restrict sweet alcoholic drinks after teen dies
Canada's food and drug officials were directed on Monday (Mar 19) to look at ways of restricting the sale of highly sweetened alcoholic beverages following the death of a Quebec teen who consumed a few cans.
Fatherly - New Study Suggests Your View of Alcohol May Shape Your Kid’s Relationship With Drink
As a parent, you don’t want to be that overbearing helicopter-type who freaks out every time your kid does something wrong. But a new study shows that, when it comes to drinking, your kid may be better off knowing your concerns.
Isle of Man Today (Isle of Man) - Minimum alcohol pricing on the way?
The island could introduce minimum pricing for alcohol. The idea is being looked at as part of a proposed strategy as a response to problematic drinking on the island.
The Australian (Australia) - Alcohol consumption is putting our lives at risk
According to the most recent official survey, one in six Australians drinks alcohol at levels that place them at lifetime risk of an alcohol-related disease or injury. For a beverage supposedly intended to bring relaxation and revelry, that sure is a buzzkill.
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.
Forbes - How Women Experience Addiction Differently Than Men
In spite – or perhaps because of – colossal fame, both aforementioned superstars battled demons. The Hollywood legend famously struggled with alcohol.
News.com.au (Australia) - Average alcohol consumption for 2018 revealed
HOW many standard drinks do you clock up in a week? Think about your total — that glass of red wine with dinner, the after-work trip to the pub on Friday, the occasional Saturday night bender.
IAS (UK) - Why do we treat alcohol and the alcohol industry so differently from Big Tobacco?
Tobacco is widely considered to be a uniquely harmful product for human health, warranting a unique policy response. Since the mid-1990s, the strategies of transnational tobacco corporations (TTCs) to undermine effective tobacco control policy has been revealed through access to internal industry documents.
Inquirer (Asia) - Asean meeting mulls regional alcohol policy
Health experts from Laos and other Asean member countries are meeting in Vientiane this week to discuss regional alcohol policy and knowledge-sharing in the field.
Addiction - Alcohol industry involvement in policy making: A systematic review
Alcohol industry actors are highly strategic, rhetorically sophisticated and well organised in influencing national policy‐making.
AllAfrica (Malawi) - Malawi: Alliance Calls for Collaborative Efforts in Implementation of Alcohol Policy
The Malawi Alcohol Policy Alliance (MAPA) says government and various institutions must collaborate with the alliance in an aggressive effort towards the successful implementation of the National Alcohol Policy (NAP).
The Local (Denmark) - Fewer young Danes binge drinking: report
Young people in Denmark drink less than in the past, while more young people also think alcohol consumption amongst their demographic is too high, according to a report.
FARE (Australia) - Dangerous cocktail: Aussies uninformed and misled on alcohol-related cancer & disease links
Aussies feel they are in the dark when it comes to an awareness of the links of long-term harm and alcohol consumption, with the vast majority wanting to know more about the harm associated with regular alcohol use.
Time (USA) - Binge Drinkers Have About 7 Drinks At a Time, CDC Says
It’s no secret that binge drinking is common in the U.S., as a visit to most college campuses will demonstrate. But a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that the practice is widespread beyond the college years, well into adulthood.
SHAAP (Scotland) - Gender and Alcohol
Based on recent research, we have produced infographics to tackle stereotypes about men, women and drinking in Scotland. We highlight the role of societal norms, the media and the alcohol industry in perpetuating these stereotypes, and call on policy makers, researchers and alcohol services to monitor and report outcomes by gender.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

FASD News - 11/2018


Belleville Intelligencer (Canada) - FASD supports lacking in school system say advocates
It's often called the invisible disability, but according to Health Canada an estimated one in 100 babies are born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Many of those who live with FASD suffer from, among other things, depression, have learning disabilities and sometimes have difficulty understanding the consequences of their actions.
ScienceBlog.com - Figuring Out How Alcohol Does Its Dirty Work
In the case of FASD, the tip of the iceberg are the physical and growth anomalies that can be readily diagnosed. In contrast, many more children who are on the FASD spectrum, but do not have physical abnormalities, may have severe neurological deficits that remain hidden.
MilTech - Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder FASD. Who is responsible?. Health Care and Disease Management – Healthcare, Healthcare Services, Maternal and Neonatal Care, Therapeutic Area Industries
The Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder FASD. Who is responsible?. Health Care and Disease Management Report has been published. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of industries from Healthcare, Healthcare Services, Maternal and Neonatal Care, Therapeutic Area Markets.
Medical Physics Web - Pre-natal alcohol exposure alters functional connectivity
Here's a sobering thought: children born to mothers who consume large amounts of alcohol during pregnancy have been found to have altered connectivity in their brain networks.
The Australian (Australia) - Families have the ‘will’ to provide better care, doctor says
The doctor who worked with ­Aboriginal women in Western Australia’s north to uncover the world’s highest known rates of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in children says only Aboriginal families can reduce the shockingly high rates of child removal and juvenile incarceration that he says are often linked.
Pharmaceuticals News - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Treatment Market Growth Analysis by 2025
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder are the group of conditions occurring in new born with a wide range of disabilities. The fetal alcohol syndrome include difference in face appearance, low body weight, low intelligence, short height, small head size and visual & hearing problems.
Medical News Bulletin - The Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Rumour
Even the smallest amount of alcohol consumption can cause facial anomalies in the fetus.

UPCOMING
CHNET-WORKS - Population-based Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Canada (Mar 27, 2018, WEBINAR)
Given that FASD is the leading known preventable birth defect and cause of developmental delay among Canadians, it is crucial to estimate the prevalence of this disorder.
NOFAS - FASD WEBINAR WITH DR. DAN DUBOVSKY (June 24, 2018)
Dan has worked for over 35 years in the fields of mental health and developmental disabilities. Dan has worked with all ages as a therapist in residential, community-based and hospital settings, addressing both medical and psychiatric needs of those with acute, chronic and terminal illness.
Telethon Kids Institute - 2nd Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Conference (20 - 22 November 2018)
The 2nd Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Conference in Australia is a joint initiative of Australia and New Zealand, and is led by Telethon Kids Institute in Perth, Western Australia. The theme for this conference is Our science our stories and is open to the whole of community.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
aucdnetwork - Preventing, Identifying, Treating FASD Webinar Series: Treatment and Intervention
Kids Brain Health Network - Innovative Science Curriculum by FASD researchers – PD Day for Science Teachers 2014
Tamara Bodnar and Parker Holman are two PhD trainees of Joanne Weinberg's. Kids Brain Health Network (formerly NeuroDevNet) is a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) comprised of over 80 researchers and trainees that do research on early diagnosis and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Healthy Women - Drinking While Pregnant - Effects Of Alcohol On Unborn Babies | Fetal alcohol syndrome
VKN NIMHANS - Assessment-Alcohol Use in Pregnancy by Dr.Bhavya K Bairy
Capacity building in the area of Mental health and Substance use.
Special Books by Special Kids - Living with an Invisible Disability (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)
Johnny is diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol syndrome. His biological mother abused drugs and alcohol while he was in the womb. Now, his adoptive sister has committed to be his guardian as they enter adulthood together.
Emory University - Why Preconception through Early Childhood Matters for Health
The Whole Journey - Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Did you know ADD and ADHD diagnosis are skyrocketing? In the last few years alone they have increased by over 28%. Often we are quick to diagnose a child's behavioral problems as ADD and ADHD. However, sometimes there could be something else actually at play that is worth exploring.
Embryology - Abnormal Development - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Embryology is an educational resource for learning concepts in embryological development, no clinical information is provided and content should not be used for any other purpose.

RESEARCH
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Copy number variation in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is characterized by a combination of neurological, developmental, and congenital defects that may occur as a consequence of prenatal alcohol exposure.
Alcohol - Effects of ethanol and varenicline on female Sprague-Dawley rats in a third trimester model of fetal alcohol syndrome
Perinatal ethanol (EtOH) exposure disrupts a variety of developmental processes in neurons important for establishing a healthy brain.
Toxicology - The expressional disorder of the renal RAS mediates nephrotic syndrome of male rat offspring induced by prenatal ethanol exposure
This study aimed to prove that prenatal ethanol exposure (PEE) can induce nephrotic syndrome in male rat offspring and to explore the underlying intrauterine programming mechanisms.
International Journal of Drug Policy - Representations of women and drug use in policy: A critical policy analysis
Contemporary research in the drugs field has demonstrated a number of gender differences in patterns and experiences of substance use, and the design and provision of gender-responsive interventions has been identified as an important policy issue.
BMJ open - Effectiveness of evidence-based treatments of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in children and adolescents: a systematic review protocol
The aim of this paper is to provide a protocol for a systematic review assessing the effectiveness of evidence from randomised controlled trials comparing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions with placebo/dummy interventions or usual standards of care in children and adolescents (<18 years old).
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry - Altered brain functional connectivity and behaviour in a mouse model of maternal alcohol binge-drinking
Prenatal and perinatal alcohol exposure caused by maternal alcohol intake during gestation and lactation periods can have long-lasting detrimental effects on the brain development and behaviour of offspring.
Review of Disability Studies - Strengths and Challenges: A Young Adult Pictures FASD Through Photovoice
We initiated an individual case study with one young adult in Canada about everyday life with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Using Photovoice, we explored his experiences through photography and interviews. Findings highlight his multi-faceted identity based around ability and challenge negative stereotypes. The study supports Photovoice as a strategy to explore FASD experiences.
Warsaw University of Life Sciences - THE COMBINED EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO USE DURING PREGNANCY ON BIRTH OUTCOMES
Assessment of alcohol consumption and tobacco use during pregnancy as well as their impact on pregnancy outcomes and birth parameters of the newborn in a selected group of mothers with children aged ≤ 2 years.
Obstetric Medicine - Substance use in pregnancy: The medical challenge
Substance use contributes significantly to the global burden of disease. Growing numbers of women use nicotine, alcohol, and illicit substances.
British Association for Community Child Health and Paediatric Educators’ Special Interest Group - G160 Establishing a specialist clinic for children with fasd
To establish a specialist clinic to streamline the diagnosis of children suspected of having FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders).
Informit - FASD diagnostic guide - build it and they will come
Throughout the history of public health, we have witnessed the incidence of a condition initially rise as the screening and diagnosis for it became more refined.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
YLE (Finland) - Heli Vaarasen kolumni: Alkoholiriippuvaisille naisille on taattava maksuton ehkäisy
Suomessa ymmärretään huonosti alkoholiriippuvuudesta aiheutuvia ongelmia. Heli Vaaranen vaatii, että säännöllisesti juopotteleville äideille tulisi taata maksuton ehkäisy.
svz.de (Germany) - Blau im Bauch? Nein, danke
Interessiert schauen sich Sina Lindemann und Fabien Borchert um. Die beiden Berufsschüler stehen in einem Zelt, es soll die Gebärmutter nachempfinden. Plötzlich ertönt laute Musik.
Ärzte Zeitung (Germany) - Ohne Alkohol und Tabak durch die Schwangerschaft
Immer noch rauchen 12 Prozent der schwangeren Frauen und etwas mehr als 25 Prozent trinken zumindest gelegentlich Alkohol. Ein neues Online-Portal soll Frauen unterstützen, die Finger davon zu lassen.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Alcohol News - 11/2018

BBC News (Wales) - Welsh minimum alcohol price law passes first hurdle
A plan to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol has passed its first hurdle in the assembly. Assembly members backed the general principle of the law in a vote in the Senedd on Tuesday.
Euractive (EU) - Alcohol labelling proposal fails to end debate on calories
The alcohol industry presented on 12 March their self-regulatory proposal on labelling, focusing on “flexibility” for wine, beer, spirits and cider. Alcohol makers will be free to decide whether to place information on the label, online or both.
Globalnews.ca (Canada) - Quebec to ban high sugar, alcohol drinks from grocery, convenience stores
The Quebec government will move to ban sales of sugary, high-alcohol beverages in convenience (dépanneurs) and grocery stores.
Riverine Herald - ‘Any alcohol consumption increases the risk of cancer’
ECHUCA-MOAMA people need greater education about healthy drinking guidelines, according to a recent study from Cancer Council Victoria.
MorningAdvertiser.co.uk (UK) - Health watchdog pushes harder for mandatory alcohol labelling
A health watchdog that recently published potentially crippling alcohol labelling recommendations has poo-pooed the trade’s latest nutritional information proposal.
EURACTIV (EU) - Commission still vague about online alcohol labelling
Consumer needs and expectations should be the main drivers in defining alcohol labelling, a European Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.com when asked about the effectiveness of online labelling, an option the alcohol industry wants to introduce.
Newsweek (USA) - DRINKING TOO MUCH ALCOHOL: THE BOOZIEST STATES, RANKED
What state parties hardest? You might think California, or maybe New York—but it turns out North Dakota drinks the most alcohol.
DutchNews.nl (Netherlands) - Dutch employers want privacy law changes, to test staff for alcohol and drugs
The two main Dutch employers organisations VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland have called for changes to the privacy laws to allow companies working with chemicals and radioactive products to test staff for drink and drugs.
Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - SNP crackdown on booze pricing 'will reduce Scots drinking'
The SNP’s flagship crackdown on problem boozers will succeed in stopping Scots drinking, official UK Government estimates showed yesterday.
Financial Times (Russia) - Putin claims credit for healthier Russia as vodka intake falls
Strictly speaking, using dumbbells outside the gym is forbidden. But the gym at the Youth Residential Complex Butovo gets so crowded that some weightlifters spill out into the corridor.
The Conversation (USA) - Booze and basketball: Why binge drinking increases during March Madness
For every tip-off during March Madness, it’s a sure bet that students at the schools playing in the basketball tournament will be tipping up more beer bottles than usual.
Womens Health - Binge-Drinking Just Once A Month Can Have A Significant Health Impact
Binge drinking just one night a month for five years can pack more than 4.5 kilograms onto your waistline. Sorry to be a bummer!
House of Commons (UK) - BRIEFING PAPER: Alcohol: minimum pricing
The debate about a minimum price for alcohol has been prompted by concerns about high levels of drinking, its effect on public health and public order, and a widespread belief that most of the alcohol that contributes to drunken behaviour is irresponsibly priced and sold.
Public Health Post - Alcohol Policies and Alcohol-Involved Homicides
In our recent study, we examined the presence of alcohol among 27,000 homicide victims across 17 states during the decade 2003 to 2012. We found that restrictive state policies regarding alcohol distribution and consumption were associated with lower levels of alcohol involvement among persons who were murdered.
PublicHealth.ie (Ireland) - Public Health (Alcohol) Bill passes through the Second Stage in the Dáil.
The Institute of Public Health in Ireland welcomes the passing of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill through the Second Stage in the Dáil yesterday, 06 March, 2018. The Bill will now go to the Committee Stage.
Fuse - How industry-funded organisations mislead the public on alcohol & cancer
When it comes to the risk of cancer associated with alcohol consumption, there is a significant disconnect between scientific evidence and public opinion.
NewsDeeply - ‘Jane Walker’: Appropriating Women’s Rights to Sell More Booze
There are many options to advance women’s rights that won’t contribute to more injuries, violence and poor health outcomes for women and men. Let’s not allow the liquor industry, whose legacy of silencing women’s voices speaks volumes, to copy big tobacco and appropriate this movement.
Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) - Invisible Addicts: booze and drug use rising in baby-boomers behind closed doors
Clinical services need to focus more on the needs of older people as growing numbers of baby-boomers seek help for substance misuse, according to a new report from The Royal College of Psychiatrists today.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Alcohol News - 10/2018

BBC News - Coca-Cola plans to launch its first alcoholic drink
Coca-Cola is planning to produce an alcoholic drink for the first time in the company's 125-year history - with an alcopop-style product in Japan.
The Independent (UK) - Doctors raise alarm over rising private alcohol and drug abuse among baby-boomers
Drink and drug abuse is rising among “baby boomers“ behind closed doors, a new report warns.
NL Times (Netherlands) - DUTCH EMPLOYERS WANT TO TEST WORKERS FOR ALCOHOL
Employers organizations MKB-Nederland and VNO-NCW want the Dutch privacy law to be extended so that employees in more professions can be tested for alcohol or drugs. They also want companies to be able to request more information from sick employees, ANP reports.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol minimum unit pricing could be delayed by Brexit and North’s political crisis
The introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol could be delayed because of Brexit and the failure to re-establish the Northern Ireland Executive, the Dáil has heard.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - New figures suggest alcohol consumption in Ireland continues to decline
New figures from the Revenue Commissioners suggest that alcohol consumption in Ireland fell in 2017.
SBS (Australia) - Tackling alcohol abuse top issue: minister
Federal government minister Alan Tudge is open to debating the closure of some remote communities, but says tackling alcohol abuse is the most pressing issue.
The Local France (France) - Wine is not special, it's as dangerous as any alcohol, warn French doctors
Doctors in France have issued a stern warning to wine drinkers, as the row over whether the quintessentially French tipple should be treated as a health risk or a national treasure.
Irish Legal News (Scotland) - Scotland: Pilot Alcohol Court to be established
A pilot court project dedicated to dealing with people convicted on summary complaint where alcohol has significantly contributed to their offending is being established at Glasgow Sheriff Court, our sister publication Scottish Legal News reports.
EURACTIV (EU) - Alcohol industry’s labelling proposal prioritises ‘flexibility’
Producers will decide how best to convey alcohol information – either on the label and online or just on the internet, EURACTIV.com has learnt.
PsyPost - Alcohol increases the chances of being perceptually blind to otherwise fully visible objects
New research has found that alcohol intoxication can increase inattentional blindness — meaning the failure to consciously perceive fully visible objects. The study was published in the scientific journal Psychopharmacology.
The Conversation AU (Australia) - Minimum price on alcohol in the NT will likely reduce harm
The Northern Territory government this week made a series of announcements on alcohol policy, including a commitment to implement a minimum price for alcohol of A$1.30 per standard drink across the territory.
TodayFM (Ireland) - Alcohol Bill Could Be In Breach of EU Law
The proposed legislation which has been approved by government, suggests minimum pricing, health labeling and stricter regulation on the advertising and sponsorship of drink.
Independent Online (South Africa) - Banning advertising alcohol can save SA R1.9 billion – report
The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) says that if government adopts the National Liquor Act with specific reference to the provisions around restricting advertising, government could save R1.9 billion.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

FASD News - 9/2018

MinnPost (USA) - Local advocates push for change in dealing with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Sara Messelt, executive director of the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS), said that shame and misinformation about the negative impact of even light alcohol consumption on the developing fetus has contributed to an underestimation of the number of American children with FASD.
Chicago Tribune (USA) - Families affected by fetal alcohol syndrome hope study increases awareness, treatment for 'invisible' disease
The parents and others whose children struggle with the disorder say they hope new research published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association leads to increased awareness, more services, improved diagnostic methods and ultimately prevention.
The West Australian (Australia) - Boarding, FASD key to fix gap
Increasing the availability of boarding facilities and better policies for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder were among the recommendations of a long-awaited report into indigenous education outcomes.
Medical News Bulletin - Can DNA Changes Predict Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?
Researchers in Canada investigate methods using DNA methylation to identify fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in the absence of obvious physical signs.
Healthline - Should Pregnant Women Be Put in Jail for Drinking?
A Montana prosecutor has unveiled a program to prosecute pregnant women who either drink or use drugs. Women’s groups say this is punitive and ineffective.
Baltimore Sun (USA) - Families affected by fetal alcohol syndrome hope study increases awareness, treatment for 'invisible' disease
The parents and others whose children struggle with the disorder say they hope new research published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association leads to increased awareness, more services, improved diagnostic methods and ultimately prevention.

UPCOMING
The FASD Learning Series - Let’s Get Real: the FASD Prevention Conversation Adolescent Project (MARCH 21, 2018 Free webcast)
“The FASD Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility,” is a province wide initiative funded by the FASD Cross-Ministry Committee. The project focuses on the power of relationships by fostering brief, non-judgmental conversations to inspire change related to alcohol use during pregnancy.
AUCD network - Preventing, Identifying, & Treating FASD Webinar Series: Treatment and Interventions & Addressing Stigma (Mar 15, 2018, Webinar)
This webinar will provide knowledge about FASD and tools to become involved, including connections with others in the network who are providing leadership and with national resources.
AUCD network - Preventing, Identifying, & Treating FASD Webinar Series: Building Community Supports & Becoming an FASD Champion (Mar 22, 2018 Webinar)
This webinar will provide knowledge about FASD and tools to become involved, including connections with others in the network who are providing leadership and with national resources.
Adoption UK in Scotland - Adoption UK FASD Conference: Diagnostic challenges and implications for support - Seeking a brighter future for our children (11 May 2018, Edinburgh Scotland)
We 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. FASD covers a range of conditions seen in young children who were exposed to alcohol in the womb.
East Kalgoorlie Primary School - Supporting children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder at School (16 March 2018, Kalgoorlie Australia)
This interactive workshop will help you see through the eyes of a child with FASD, so you can better understand their unique needs and provide a learning environment with opportunities for success.

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
Springer Links - Ethical and Legal Perspectives in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
This book discusses how to deal ethically with people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the police, courts and correctional services. Ethical and legal issues associated with the deficits of individuals with a brain disorders such as FASD are surfacing more and more frequently in criminal proceedings.
UpToDate - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Clinical features and diagnosis
This topic will discuss the clinical features and diagnosis of FASD. The management, prognosis, and prevention of FASD and alcohol use in pregnancy are discussed separately.
AlcoholFreePregnancy - FASD Social Work Story: Janice
NOFAS works to prevent prenatal exposure to alcohol, drugs, and other substances known to harm fetal development by raising awareness and supporting women before and during their pregnancy, and supports individuals, families, and communities living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and other preventable intellectual/developmental disabilities.
AlcoholFreePregnancy - FASD Social Work Story: Laura and Susan
Robert More - FASD Advocate Shelley More and her mental health story
Shelley More, FASD caregiver, shares her courageous story of how she is recovering from trauma and managing her Mental Health challenges on Bell Let's Talk Day.
Saskatchewan Ministry of Education - Planning for Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
This document is intended to assist educators in meeting the needs of students who are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure.
Global Health Conference Midwest 2017 - Nora Boesem: Fetal Alcohol Sy…ional Epidemic for Pine Ridge
WDGPublicHealth - Laurie's Story
Laurie is a mom to two children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). She tells us that FASD is brain damage caused by a child’s exposure to alcohol in utero and talks about how FASD affects her kids.
Center for Schools & Communities - Preventing Substance Use and Abuse Among Pregnant and Parenting Teens
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her.
Collaborative for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy - Diagonstic Overview of FASD
Education series to help social workers, health professionals, and parents with education of FASD, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.

RESEARCH
University of Houston - ASSESSING THE VASCULATURE CHANGES IN MURINE FETAL BRAIN UPON ALCOHOL EXPOSURE
A large number of women continue to consume alcohol even during the second trimester of pregnancy, a critical period for fetal neurogenesis and angiogenesis.
Medicine & Child Neurology - Experiences of living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative data
To identify and assess available evidence from qualitative studies exploring experiences of individuals living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) or those living with a child with FASD, as well as experiences of interventions aimed at supporting individuals with FASD and their families.
Griffith University - Profile of children diagnosed with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A retrospective chart review
The current study demonstrates that with the relevant training and expertise, assessment and diagnosis of FASD can be embedded within the existing health services available in Australia.
Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy - Investigating a theatre-based intervention for Indigenous youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Theatre-based interventions use artistic media to facilitate social and emotional awareness and have therapeutic benefits for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health problems.
WiredSpace - Quality and quantitative morphological changes in the brain of adult mice used as an animal model of fetal alcohol syndrome
We examined the effect of chronic prenatal alcohol exposure on the qualitative and quantitative changes in the brain of C57BL/6J mice once they had reached early adulthood.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence - Maternal and partner prenatal alcohol use and infant cognitive development
This finding corroborates existing evidence to suggest there are no detrimental effects to infant cognitive development at 12-months of age following low-level prenatal alcohol exposure.
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience - Two-year cortical trajectories are abnormal in children and adolescents with prenatal alcohol exposure
Cortical abnormalities in prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) are known, including in gyrification (LGI), thickness (CT), volume (CV), and surface area (CS). This study provides longitudinal and developmental context to the PAE cortical development literature.
Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy - Weaved into the cultural fabric: a qualitative exploration of alcohol consumption during pregnancy among tribal women in Odisha, India
In tribal communities in India, alcohol misuse among women is a public health problem. This study is intended to explore perceptions and beliefs among tribal women and the community towards alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
AJSLP - Language Assessment for Children With a Range of Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across Four Languages in South Africa
The translated MSEL and the supplemental measures successfully characterize the language profiles and related skills in children with NDD in multilingual South Africa.
University of Kentucky - Lobeline Dose-Dependently Reduces Hyperactivity in a Rodent Model of Third Trimester Alcohol Exposure
These data suggest that lobeline may be a viable treatment for fetal ALC-induced hyperactivity in our rodent model.
Psychopharmacology - Brief ethanol exposure and stress-related factors disorganize neonatal breathing plasticity during the brain growth spurt period in the rat
Pediatric Research - Genetic predisposition to fetal alcohol syndrome: association with congenital disorders of N-glycosylation
Our study supports that the rare variants of genes involved in N-glycosylation could play a role in the development and severity of FAS under prenatal alcohol exposure.
Health and Social Care - Black/White disparities in pregnant women in the United States: An examination of risk factors associated with Black/White racial identity
This paper explores racial disparities and risk factors of adverse pregnancy outcomes in Black and White pregnant women in the US.
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry - Low digit ratio (2D:4D) and late pubertal onset indicate prenatal hyperandrogenziation in alcohol binge drinking
Our results indicate that increased prenatal androgen exposure is involved in the development of alcohol binge drinking behavior in adults.
Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience - Chronic stress alters behavior in the forced swim test and underlying neural activity in animals exposed to alcohol prenatally: sex- and time-dependent effects
Dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) stress response has been suggested to play a role in vulnerability to stress-related disorders, such as depression.

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Notícias ao Minuto (Spain) - Mais mulheres bebem durante a gravidez, diz novo estudo
Há muito que a comunidade médica sabia que o consumo de álcool durante a gravidez é um problema. Porém, o fenómeno poderá afinal ser mais prevalecente do que se pensava.