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.
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, 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.

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