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.

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