Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Alcohol News - 3/2019

South China Morning Post - Alcohol on planes: is it time for a ban? Plus what to do with a drunk neighbour
On a recent Delta Air Lines flight between the US cities of Newark and Minneapolis, a passenger seated near Stephanie Wolkin downed five mini-bottles of vodka in rapid succession.
Buzz.ie (Ireland) - Government to introduce minimum alcohol pricing 'as soon as possible'
The Government plans to push ahead with plans to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in Ireland 'as soon as possible'.
ABC News (Australia) - Tough booze ban for WA's Pilbara to reduce alcohol-related violence
Western Australia's hard-drinking Pilbara mining region will be hit with tough new alcohol restrictions in a bid to crack down on alcohol-related violence and harm.
The BMJ (UK) - Why is Matt Hancock actively ruling out minimum unit pricing for alcohol?
It has been a week of mixed messages from the health secretary, Matt Hancock. In his statement to parliament on the NHS long term plan, he emphasised that at its heart is the principle that prevention is better than cure, and he highlighted the active role that the health service will take in helping people to cut their risk factors, including reducing alcohol intake.
3AW (Australia) - The “significant changes” around alcohol ads set to affect children
New research says Australian high school students are being exposed to as many as nine alcohol ads every month. And there’s particular concern around sporting events and how commercials are being integrated into stadiums and on TV.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - The link between alcohol ads and risky drinking in Australian teens
A study of thousands of Australian high school students over more than 10 years has found that exposure to alcohol advertising encourages them to participate in "risky drinking" behaviours.
Medical Xpress - Hundreds of genes affecting tobacco and alcohol use discovered
Tobacco and alcohol use, both genetically inheritable behaviors, influence risk for many complex diseases and disorders and are leading causes of mortality.
Bustle - How A Month Without Alcohol Can Benefit Your Health
With January almost halfway over, you may be focusing more on wellness goals, including Dry January. Of course, there are many ways a month without alcohol can benefit your health.
News-Medical.net - Study shows that even moderate alcohol consumption may increase risk of atrial fibrillation
Alcohol is ubiquitous in Western society, and rates of excessive use among adults remain high. Excessive alcohol consumption is an established risk factor for atrial fibrillation (AF), but what are the effects of moderate and mild consumption on AF?
The Hindu (India) - State in urgent need of alcohol control policy: cancer surgeon
After waging a long battle to impose control measures on sale and use of tobacco, a cancer surgeon in the city is working towards bringing alcohol under a similar control policy in the State.
TheChronicleHerald.ca - Alcohol and altitude — a potentially dangerous cocktail on airplanes
I’ve been through a host of Canadian airports and American ones, too, and while this is only my own anecdotal experience, one thing I’ve been noticing is the growing number of people who are clearly drunk — and who are not only boarded anyway, but demand, and are served, more alcohol on the plane as well.
Mirror.co.uk (UK) - Dangers of 'drunkorexia' revealed as people skip meals to drink alcohol
It’s something that affects as many as 40% of young Brits, yet you’ve probably never heard of ‘drunkorexia’.
World Health Organization (EU) - Every day, about 800 people in Europe die from alcohol-attributable causes
According to a recently published WHO fact sheet, Europe is still challenged by the need to reduce the burden of alcohol. Levels of alcohol consumption, and harm attributable to alcohol, remain very high – causing about 800 deaths a day.
BMC Public Health (Norway) - The handling of evidence in national and local policy making: a case study of alcohol industry actor strategies regarding data on on-premise trading hours and violence in Norway
Alcohol industry actors employed various strategies to shape perceptions and use of evidence to advance their interests. The particular strategies and arguments changed over time as new data and research became available, and also varied between the national and the local levels, and by categories of industry actors.
Xinhuanet (Bhutan) - Bhutan faces challenge of controlling alcohol abuse
Despite the government's efforts, controlling alcohol abuse still remains a major challenge in Bhutan, said a report presented at the National Council (the upper house of parliament) this week.

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