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. (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.

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