Thursday, May 31, 2018

Alcohol News - 22/2018

Medscape - Warning of Cancer Risk on Alcohol Gone After Industry Lobby
The first attempt worldwide to have graphic cancer warnings on bottles of alcoholic drinks has been effectively stamped out by pressure from "Big Alcohol."
CNN - Stricter state alcohol access rules can save 800 DUI deaths a year, study says
More than a million people were arrested in 2016 for driving under the influence, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That sounds huge, yet it's only 1% of the more than 110 million people who report that they have driven while intoxicated each year.
Washington Post - New study says more than one alcoholic drink a day could shorten your life. Now, what?
A glass of red wine a day keeps the doctor away, right? Not so fast. A large-scale European study recently published in the journal Lancet says the heart-healthy benefits from moderate drinking are slight, while the risk of stroke and other fatal heart conditions are significant. (New Zealand) - NZ alcohol sales continue to climb
Sales for the liquor industry continue to soar. In the 12 months to March, alcohol sales reached $1.6 billion - a $200 million increase from last year, Statistics New Zealand figures show. (Ireland) - Study shows 30% of weekend visits to EDs related to alcohol
A new study shows almost 30% of weekend presentations at hospital Emergency Departments relate to alcohol consumption.
EU News (EU) - Alcoholic drinks: Commission tables update of rules governing alcohol excise duties
The Commission has today proposed to reshape the rules governing excise duty on alcohol within the EU, paving the way for a better business environment and reduced costs for small alcohol-producing businesses and better protection for consumer health.
Irish Central (Ireland) - Irish Senator: Alcohol shouldn’t be sold in supermarkets next to diapers - calls for 9pm booze ban
Singer and Senator Frances Black continues to work on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill - campaigning for cancer warnings to be included on labels of alcoholic drinks and a 9pm cut off time for off-licences and supermarkets.
Science Daily - New link found between alcohol, genes and heart failure
Scientists have revealed a new link between alcohol, heart health and our genes. The researchers investigated faulty versions of a gene called titin which are carried by one in 100 people or 600,000 people in the UK.
Helsinki Times (Finland) - It’s too early to draw conclusions from alcohol statistics, says expert at THL
Alcohol consumption statistics indicate that the sales of long drinks rose by 48 per cent year-on-year between January and March. (Ireland) - 900 days since The Public Heath Alcohol Bill began its legislative journey
As this week (28 May) marks the passing of 900 days since the Public Health Alcohol Bill began its legislative passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas, Alcohol Action Ireland has called on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, to renew his focus and prioritise the legislation.
Lusaka Times (Zambia) - Govt urged to set up mechanism for enforcing alcohol policy
The Primary Health Care Education and Training Trust has urged Government to put in place necessary mechanisms for implementing the recently approved national alcohol policy aimed at curbing abuse of the substance.
Time - Cancer Group Recommends Ditching Bacon and Booze to Stay Cancer-Free
The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has bad news for lovers of bacon and booze: Eliminating processed meats and alcohol from your diet may help reduce your risk of developing cancer.
The Guardian (UK) - Binge-drink Britain: how one weekend bender can ruin your life
Just one big night out drinking can lead to pancreatitis – a painful and potentially fatal illness. Young people describe how their lives changed dramatically overnight.
American Council of Science and Health - Both High, Low IQ People Drink More
Intelligent people differ from everyone else in several meaningful ways. The first is plainly obvious yet somehow still controversial: High IQ people have a different genetic profile.

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