Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Alcohol News - 21/2018

CBC.ca (Canada) - Researcher angry alcohol industry lobbied Yukon to 'squash' cancer warning study
The alcohol industry in Yukon didn't like a government-funded study that put cancer warnings on alcohol bottles. And so, according to emails obtained by the Globe and Mail via an Access to Information request, they lobbied the Yukon government to shut it down.
RTE.ie (Ireland) - Cabinet to consider new proposals to lower legal alcohol limits for train and tram drivers
The Cabinet is to consider new proposals to lower the legal alcohol limits for train and tram drivers.
Minister for Transport Shane Ross will bring to Government a general outline of the Railway Safety Amendment Bill.
Medical Xpress (New Zealand) - Warning labels on alcohol containers highly deficient, new research shows
Current health warning labels on alcohol beverage containers in New Zealand are highly deficient, new research from the University of Otago, Wellington shows.
NEWS.com.au (Australia) - ‘I lied to my GP about my boozing’
THE other day I was filling out a form at the GP when I was asked “how many drinking days a week do you have?” I wrote 3.
Newshub (New Zealand) - Challenging New Zealand's harmful drinking culture
Alcohol abuse is more harmful than meth, and the Government could do more to change the message around New Zealand's harmful drinking culture, according to a senior medical professor.
The Local France (France) - Young French people's 'risky' thirst for alcohol revealed in new study
A new study by the French government has revealed that many French people particularly among the younger generation have a dangerous drinking habit.
Washington Post (USA) - NIH halts $100 million study of moderate drinking that is funded by alcohol industry
The National Institutes of Health has ordered a halt to a $100 million, 10-year study of moderate drinking that’s being funded in large part by the alcoholic-beverage industry.
Medical Xpress - Improving communication of guidance on drinking alcohol in pregnancy
Advice about alcohol consumption during pregnancy could be conveyed more effectively to parents and health professionals, research at Cardiff University has found.
The Times (Scotland) - Millennial Scots biggest supporters of alcohol minimum pricing
Youth was once synonymous with rebellion, excess and unbridled hedonism, but research has shown that millennials are the strongest supporters of curtailing Scotland’s drinking culture.
FORA (Ireland) - 'New alcohol laws will protect people from harm - and drinks firms are trying to undermine them'
IN RECENT WEEKS, there has been a sustained undermining of the government’s proposed Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and, specifically, the measures to regulate the labelling of alcohol products to include nutritional and health warning information.
Medium (USA) - Surge in Deaths from Suicide, Alcohol And Drugs in US, Says Report
The gaps in mental health care services are prevalent in the United States, showing through the rise in the number of deaths from suicide, alcohol and drug abuse, also referred to as “deaths of despair.”
Mother Jones (USA) - The Trump Administration Doesn’t Want Irish People to Know That Alcohol Causes Cancer
President Donald Trump is a teetotaler. He has never had a drink, he says, because he saw what booze did to his beloved older brother Freddy, an alcoholic who died at the age of 43.
NHS - Short-term abstinence from alcohol leads to “rapid decrease” of cancer-related growth factors
Participants who took part in a study at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, where they cut out alcohol for a month, were found to have a “rapid decrease” in the amount of cancer-related growth factors in their blood.
Daily Mail (UK) - Special report: Binge drinking
Binge-drinking is getting out of control in Britain. One in four adults in Britain are binge drinkers and the UK recently topped a poll as Europe's heaviest alcohol consumers.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Alcohol News - 20/2018

The Local (France) - Young French people's 'risky' thirst for alcohol revealed in new study
A new study by the French government has revealed that many French people particularly among the younger generation have a dangerous drinking habit.
Healthline - Alcohol-Related Cirrhosis in Women Spikes 50% in Less Than a Decade
Drinking rates among women have risen in recent decades, and now they’re getting hit with related complications in higher numbers.
Science Daily (UK) - Serving smaller alcoholic drinks could reduce the UK's alcohol consumption
New research published in Addiction, conducted by researchers from the universities of Liverpool and Sheffield, highlights the potential benefits of reducing the standard serving size of alcoholic beverages.
Science Daily - Alcohol and tobacco are by far the biggest threat to human welfare of all addictive drugs
A new review has compiled the best, most up-to-date source of information on alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use and the burden of death and disease. It shows that in 2015 alcohol and tobacco use between them cost the human population more than a quarter of a billion disability-adjusted life years, with illicit drugs costing a further tens of millions.
ERR News (Estonia/Latvia) - Estonian border sales make up 13 percent of Latvia's alcohol tax receipts
Cross-border alcohol trade on the Estonian-Latvian border accounted for 13 percent of Latvia's alcohol excise duty revenue in 2017, data from the Latvian State Revenue Service (VID) shows.
The Times (UK) - Third of teenagers are served alcohol in pubs without age checks
One in three teenage drinkers is served alcohol unchallenged in Scotland’s pubs and clubs, according to a company that checks whether retailers abide by age restrictions.
News-Medical.net - Study: Alcohol use prolongs hospital length of stay after lung transplant
Lung transplant patients who showed evidence of alcohol use before their transplants spent more time in the hospital and on the ventilator, according to a study by Loyola University Chicago and Loyola Medicine researchers.
WBUR - Alcohol Is A Major Risk Factor For Breast Cancer. Why Don't More Women Know?
In 1988, alcohol was declared a class 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization. The National Cancer Institute says alcohol raises breast cancer risk even at low levels of drinking. And in the United States, an estimated 15 percent of breast cancer cases are related to alcohol.
ANSA (Italy) - Genoa bans alcohol consumption in street
Geoa on Friday banned alcohol consumption in the streets of most of the historic centre in a move meant to combat public drunkenness. The ban runs from seven in the morning till nine at night.
Montreal Gazette (Canada) - Online ads for sweet, high-alcohol drinks target youth: Quebec public health agency
Online advertising for sugary, high-alcohol drinks is a veritable “wild west,” and explicitly targets minors, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec says.
EUCAM - GHANAIAN CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS RAISED CONCERNS OVER BOOMING ALCOHOL INDUSTRY
Civil society organisations (CSOs) have urged the government to be cautious of promises by alcohol industry of protecting the health and safety of consumers.
YLE.fi (Finland) - Study: Quit alcohol, prevent 13,000 cancer cases in Finland
If Finns gave up drinking, a dramatic decrease in esophageal cancer would occur, with a 23 percent drop in such cases over the next three decades, say Nordic researchers. Tee-totaling would also prevent some 5000 instances of breast cancer and 3200 cancers of the mouth and throat.
The Northern Echo - One in four drinkers risk cancer due to alcohol intake
ONE in four North-East drinkers are exceeding alcohol guidelines, according to figures released by campaign group Balance.
Alcohol Action Ireland - ALCOHOL ACTION IRELAND REJECTS ABFI’S ASSESSMENT OF THE EU COMMISSION’S COMMENTS ON THE PUBLIC HEALTH ALCOHOL BILL
In response to the recent comments from the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI: 7th May), Alcohol Action Ireland have refuted the assertion that the EU Commission has stated that Ireland’s proposed measures, as outlined in the Public Health Alcohol Bill, ‘go beyond what is required to effectively tackle alcohol misuse’.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Alcohol News - 19/2018

YLE (Finland) - Summery weather brings drink-driving spike
Last weekend's drink-driving figures were in the dozens, according to police. Cases of driving under the influence of alcohol or some other intoxicant were recorded across the country, with the highest blood alcohol numbers clocking in at 2.8 permille (BAC 0.297%). The drink-driving limit is 0.5 permille (BAC 0.053%).
The Conversation UK - Why alcohol health warning labels are a good idea: findings from the latest Global Drug Survey
Drink-driving and drinking while pregnant are socially unacceptable in many countries, yet when it comes to other alcohol-related health risks, public awareness is low.
Financial Times (UK) - Minimum alcohol price for England back under consideration
Proposals for a minimum unit price for alcohol in England are back on the table, five years after they were last rejected, a minister told the House of Commons on Tuesday.
Radio New Zealand (New Zealand) - Law change to put alcohol restrictions in local govt hands
The proposed change would require district licensing committees to consider all local alcohol guidelines before renewing an alcohol licence - including whether the retailer is near a newly opened school or church, even if it wasn't there during the initial application.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Serving alcohol at school fundraisers may 'breach the rights of children'
Selling alcohol at some school fundraising events may violate the right of children in the eyes of the United Nations. That is the view of Hawke's Bay District Health Board, which has vowed to start opposing applications for alcohol sales at school functions where children are present.
ITV News - Hospital patients who abuse alcohol at higher risk of suicide says report
Patients admitted to hospital for alcohol-related reasons are 27 times more likely to commit suicide compared to non-alcohol related cases, according to a new report.
Independent.ie (Ireland) - Alcohol advertising curbs 'may be against EU laws'
The European Commission has warned Health Minister Simon Harris that curbs on alcohol advertising appear to break EU laws.
Mother Jones - Alcohol Raises Cancer Risk. Does Quitting Lower It?
Alcohol is a carcinogen. As Mother Jones reported last month, alcohol-related cancers are estimated to kill about 20,000 Americans every year. That depressing news prompted some readers to announce that they would quit drinking.
The Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia) - Ministry bans positive portrayals of alcohol
The Minister of Information put out a statement on Monday ordering a ban on the broadcasting of karaoke songs, movies and videos that portray alcohol in a positive light.
AllAfrica.com (Rwanda) - Rwanda: Experts Warn Against Excessive Alcohol Consumption
Economic development experts have warned that the rising alcohol consumption in a number of regional countries, including Rwanda, warrants attention as one of the emerging social problems.
Medical Xpress - Drinkers support clearer labelling on alcohol products
New research led by the University of Bristol has found that drinkers support clearer labelling of alcohol products, including the provision of unit, calorie and health information, which would address current gaps in public knowledge.
The Local Germany (Germany) - Germany should take drinking tips from Scotland, experts insist
On May 1st Scotland introduced a minimum price for alcohol, and now health experts in Germany are calling for their country to follow suit.
Medical Xpress - Alcohol-related cirrhosis patients are sicker, costlier and often female
More than one-third of cirrhosis cases are related to alcohol, a seven-year national study of more than 100 million privately insured people has found.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Ireland’s alcohol consumption policies to be held up as exemplar for others
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is to hold up Ireland’s alcohol consumption policies as an exemplar for other developed countries.
EUCAM (Netherlands) - HEINEKEN EXPLOITS THE WEAKNESS OF THE DUTCH ADVERTISING CODE
The Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy STAP has filed a complaint about an advertising commercial from Heineken and Samsung that was recorded in the Holland Heineken House in Gangneung in February 2018.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

FASD News - 18/2018

ABC Online (Australia) - Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnostic centre opens in Alice Springs amid 'huge demand'
The Northern Territory's first diagnostic centre for foetal alcohol spectrum disorder has opened in Central Australia — where paediatricians estimate one in five children could suffer from the disorder.
STV News (Scotland) - Born different: Living with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Families of children with disabilities caused by exposure to alcohol in the womb are calling for more support and awareness around their condition.
Gazette Live (UK) - Just one drink when pregnant could cause problems in babies, mums to be warned
One in 100 babies is born with problems caused by mums to be drinking while pregnant. And many of these babies will go on to be misdiagnosed with ADHD, a meeting has heard.
UW Medicine Newsroom - Op-ed: Pot and alcohol harm developing child
A UW Medicine researcher connects current understanding of marijuana's effects on child development to what's known about fetal alcohol syndrome.
MOFAS (USA) - Advocacy Organization Celebrates 20 Years, Aims for Zero Alcohol-Exposed Births in Minnesota by 2028
The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) marks its twentieth anniversary this year. MOFAS, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by former First Lady Susan Carlson in 1998, seeks to eliminate disability caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and to improve the quality of life for those living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) throughout Minnesota.
Huffington Post - Barbara Bush Deserves A Better Eulogy - Alcohol In Pregnancy Is No Laughing Matter
I tuned into the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush out of respect for a strong woman. Not thirty seconds into my viewing, historian Jon Meacham repeated the quip that has been going around since she died, “You want to know why George W. is the way he is… Because I drank and smoked while I was pregnant with him.”

MATERIALS and VIDEOS
Autistic Families - How to advocate with your child in meetings
This step-by-step guide will assist you to work through the process necessary to address the issue and advocate for change.
FASDFOREVER - Making Sense of FASD Episode 1 Kyle Burt
In the very first Episode Jeff Noble interviews Kyle Burt. Kyle is an adult with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
FASDFOREVER - Making Sense of FASD Episode 2 Colette Philcox
In Episode 2 we talk to Colette Philcox. Colette is an adult with Fetal Alcohol, who went from the streets to success!
Alcohol Awareness - ZERO ALCOHOL IN PREGNANCY
“Let’s say “zero alcohol in pregnancy” with a smile! We are glad to present the new brand video of Too Young To Drink.
Medical Republic - Diagnosing adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
“The important thing for GP is to have a high index of suspicion,” says Dr Doug Shelton, a paediatrician at Gold Coast University Hospital.

RESEARCH
University of Victoria - Discourses of motherhood and stigma production: FASD public awareness-raising in British Columbia, 1979–2015
This study traces the evolution of motherhood discourses in 41 fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) public awareness documents produced in British Columbia from 1979–2015.
Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health - The Implementation of the 2012 Mental Health Strategy for Canada Through the Lens of FASD
It is the current authors’ perspective that the successful implementation of Changing Directions, Changing Lives, which seeks to improve mental health and well-being in Canada, cannot be realized effectively without considering FASD.
Cardiff University - Epidemiology of Prenatal Alcohol Use and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). FASD refers to a range of lifelong conditions caused by PAE, characterised by a distinctive facial phenotype, growth deficiencies and/or neurobehavioural impairments.
OpenUCT - Additional costs of FAS and PFAS learners in the classroom: An estimate for public primary schools in the Western Cape
The Western Cape province of South Africa has the highest recorded prevalence rates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the world.
University of Tasmania - Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder : problem intractability and the search for solutions
The scientific evidence base for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) has rapidly advanced over the past four decades, but attempts to redress the problem have neither significantly reduced alcohol consumption by pregnant women nor addressed the lifetime consequences of FASD for individuals living with FASD or their families.
Cerebral Cortex - Ethanol Exposure In Utero Disrupts Radial Migration and Pyramidal Cell Development in the Somatosensory Cortex
Deficits in sensory processing in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) implicate dysfunction in the somatosensory cortex. However, the effects of prenatal ethanol exposure on the development of this region await elucidation.
Psychiatry and Clinical Psychopharmacology - The utility of psychotropic drugs on patients with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): a systematic review
This systematic review sought to investigate psychotropic medication related findings and outcomes in those diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Austin Journal of Pharmacology and Therapeutics - Maternal Alcohol Consumptions Act as Developmental Neuroendocrine-Disrupting Actions: Hard Facts and New Thinking
Maternal thyroid hormones (THs) have vital trophic factors for the regular somatic development [1-74]. In addition to their wellknown action in cellular metabolism, 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) have significant roles upon neural differentiation and growth.
ENEP Center - Neuropsychology of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Methods and Findings
Biostatistics Epidemiol Int J - The social epidemiology and construction of risk for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Native American communities
Programs that wish to address FAS in Native American communities must address the lack of community resources, such as alcohol abuse counseling, needed to support educational efforts.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental - Applying a developmental framework to the self‐regulatory difficulties of young children with prenatal alcohol exposure: A review
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can be associated with significant difficulties in self‐regulatory abilities. As such, interventions have been developed that focus on improving varying aspects of self‐regulation for this population.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental - Fetal cerebral circulation as target of maternal alcohol consumption
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy may result in a wide range of morphological and neurodevelopmental abnormalities termed fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), with the most severe cases diagnosed as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
Biochem Cell Biol - The Avian Embryo as a Model for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) remains a leading preventable cause of structural birth defects and permanent neurodevelopmental disability.
International Journal of Law and Psychiatry - Neurocognitive functioning in young offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
BMJ Open - A modified Delphi study towards developing a guideline to inform policy on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in South Africa: a study protocol
Maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy can result in mental and physical birth defects in individuals. These birth defects are usually described as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). With an estimated 183–259 per 1000 children born with FASDs, South Africa is identified to have the highest prevalence of FASDs in the world.
Frontiers in Immunology - Life-long Impacts of Moderate Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (PAE) on Neuro-immune Function
Emerging data from clinical studies and findings from animal models support that very low to moderate levels of fetal alcohol exposure may reprogram the developing central nervous system (CNS) leading to altered neuroimmune and neuroglial signaling during adulthood.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Presseportal.de (Germany) - Passivtrinken: die tödliche Gefahr 10000 Kinder schon bei Geburt alkoholgeschädigt Prof. Glaeske: "Schäden gehen nicht zurück"
Der Begriff des Passivtrinkens ist neu und im Zusammenhang mit Alkoholkonsum bisher kein üblicher Hinweis. Angelehnt an das Passivrauchen, das unfreiwillige Einatmen von Tabakqualm, geht es auch beim Passivtrinken um schädliche Auswirkungen für andere Menschen - zum Beispiel Ungeborene und Kinder.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Alcohol News - 18/2018

The Economist (Scotland) - Scotland introduces a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol
ON MAY 1st Scotland introduced a minimum price of 50p ($0.68) per unit of alcohol, which is equivalent to roughly half a pint of beer or a small glass of wine, making it one of a handful of countries to have such a policy.
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - DCC endorses alcohol policy
The Dunedin City Council is pressing ahead with a watered-down local alcohol policy, but says it will still benefit the community.
Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland) - Calls for Northern Ireland to adopt minimum alcohol pricing
Health campaigners and GPs have called for minimum pricing on alcohol to be introduced in Northern Ireland after the legislation came into force in Scotland.
The Guardian (Australia) - Teenagers who drink perceive alcohol ads are aimed at them – study
Alcohol ads shown in Australia may be in breach of the advertising code, with many of the actors perceived to be younger than 25, a study has found.
Deccan Chronicle - Smoking, drinking alcohol boosts atrial fibrillation
Smoking and drinking are two lifestyle habits that get a lot of negative criticism for a good reason. Giving up on these can be a challenge for many, but doing that can decrease the lifetime risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications, or simply atrial fibrillation.
Science Daily - Maternal binge drinking linked to mood problems and alcohol abuse in offspring
Study shows for first time that binge drinking during pregnancy and lactation may make offspring more vulnerable to mood disturbances and alcohol abuse as adolescents.
ABC Online (Australia) - NSW paramedics 'fearful' as drugs and alcohol fuel increasing violence
New South Wales paramedics have been verbally and physically assaulted "at least" 60 times this year, with long-term paramedics revealing the threat of violence is now just part of the job.
Toronto Star (Canada) - Cancer charity shouldn’t accept money from wine fundraiser, because alcohol is a carcinogen: expert
Top cancer researchers say alcohol is a known carcinogen and are shocked that the Canadian Cancer Society is accepting money from an event centred on wine.
NL Times (Netherlands) - DUTCH SPORTS CLUBS SELL ALCOHOL TO UNDERAGE KIDS
Underage teenagers can order beer from most sports clubs in the Netherlands without any problems. The vast majority of sports club canteens do not check IDs before serving alcohol to young people, according to a study commissioned by the government, NOS reports.
OnMedica (UK) - Alcohol-specific deaths in England soar 11% in a decade
The number of alcohol-specific deaths recorded in England has soared by 11% in just a decade, according to the latest official figures from NHS Digital.
The Independent (UK) - More than 1,000 people could die if England doesn’t mirror Scotland’s alcohol pricing reforms within five years, warn campaigners
Minimum unit pricing will save lives, cut crime and benefit the public finances. At the same time, pub prices will be left untouched and moderate drinkers will barely notice the difference'
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New Post Leader (UK) - Balance welcomes latest report warning of drinking too much alcohol
Officials at Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, have welcomed a new study of 600,000 drinkers published in the Lancet Medical Journal which shows that drinking above the Chief Medical Officers’ low risk weekly drinking guidelines increases the risk of fatal heart diseases.
Global Legal Monitor (Spain) - Spain: Bill on Alcohol Consumption to Punish Parents for Their Underage Children’s Drinking
A report prepared by a committee composed of members of Spain’s Congress of Deputies (lower legislative chamber) and Senate (upper legislative chamber) recommends that Spain enact laws punishing parents for their underage children’s drinking.
Addiction - National Cancer Societies and their Public Statements on Alcohol Consumption and Cancer Risk
Studies have shown that alcohol consumption is a risk factor for oral, pharyngeal, laryngeal, esophageal, liver, colon, rectal, and breast cancer. It would therefore be expected that cancer prevention organizations would incorporate these facts into their public stance on the consumption of alcohol.