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. (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. (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 when asked about the effectiveness of online labelling, an option the alcohol industry wants to introduce.
What state parties hardest? You might think California, or maybe New York—but it turns out North Dakota drinks the most alcohol. (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. (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.

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