Sunday, July 28, 2019

FASD News - 30/2019


Medical Xpress - New studies suggest prenatal marijuana may be capable of causing FASD-like impairment
Whether alone or combined with alcohol, new studies included in Birth Defects Research suggest marijuana exposure may be capable of triggering morphological and behavioral impairments similar to those seen with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
CBC.ca (Canada) - 'You're not alone': New program helps foster kids with FASD prepare for life on their own
Korry Garvey stands beside him guiding Jordan through a new workout routine. They've paired up as part of a new pilot project that helps support young people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) who are aging out of the child welfare system.
Canada NewsWire (Canada) - Government of Canada supports projects to address and prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Canada
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a significant lifelong developmental disability affecting many Canadians. Individuals with FASD experience some degree of challenges in their daily lives, and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, emotional regulation and social skills to reach their full potential.
Yahoo Lifestyle (Australia) - Waitress sparks debate after refusing alcohol to a pregnant woman
A waitress has sparked a fierce debate online after admitting she secretly served a woman she thought was pregnant non-alcoholic cocktails.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Second-hand drinking is damaging, particularly for nearest and dearest
I had a boyfriend once whose friends knew him by two names: his given name, when he was sober, and his alter-ego name, when he was drunk.
NPF Network (Canada) - MENTAL HEALTH AND FASD- STILL FIGHTING FOR A FUTURE: EXPLORING 15 YEARS OF PROGRESS ON FASD IN CANADA
The first ‘Fighting for a Future’ Symposium held in 2004 identified six areas that needed action for change and needed further research and support for individuals with FASD.
ABC News - Fetal Alcohol Disorders Often Misdiagnosed as ADHD
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are often initially diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, since the two problems can manifest in similar ways, a new study shows.
Thrifty Mommas Tips - Courage and Parenting a Child with FASD
Sometimes I day dream about where I could go if I just left. Maybe for the day, maybe longer. Sometimes I contemplate never returning. Yesterday was one of those days. I love my kids, my family, my husband. But some days the scale tips.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
POPFASD - FASD Through a Variety of Lenses - Episode 02 – Myles
Myles Himmelreich is a well-known Canadian motivational speaker on FASD. As a person with FASD, Myles shares his knowledge, experiences, passion and hope both nationally and internationally.
Dana Keim - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Education System
ACE-Aware Scotland - Keynote ACES to Assets 2019 – Dr Gabor Maté – Understanding addiction as a result of trauma
Scotland is in the midst of a growing grassroots movement aimed at increasing public awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We now have glaring scientific evidence that childhood adversity can create harmful levels of stress, especially if a child is left to manage their responses to that adversity without emotionally reliable relationships.
Cleveland Clinic - Report: 1 in 9 U.S. Women Drink Alcohol while Pregnant
Alcohol exposure during pregnancy can be harmful to a developing baby’s brain. Yet, a recent report shows as many as 1 in 9 U.S. women reported drinking alcohol while pregnant.
LookUp Indiana - Pregnancy and Alcohol Use
Carolyn Warner-Greer, MD FACOG FASAM, explains the risks of alcohol use during pregnancy.
FASD ONE - FASD new brochure 2019

RESEARCH
Birth Defects Research - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention
This special issue of the Journal is dedicated to the topic of prenatal alcohol exposure and its consequences, mechanisms, and strategies for prevention and treatment. Alcohol is likely the most common teratogenic exposure occurring in pregnancy worldwide.
Birth Defects Research - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder prevention program: SBIRT's role in averting fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Empowering obstetricians to assess and improve their own practices of screening brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) in treating alcohol use disorders (AUDs) and preventing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the goal of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) FASD Prevention Program.
Am Acad Pediatrics - Glutathione supplementation decreases mortality and congenital heart disease in an avian model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Decades of public education regarding dire consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) have not reduced alcohol consumption during pregnancy. PAE can result in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
University of Lethbridge - FASD informed practice in mental health care
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the leading cause of intellectual disability in Canada, affecting thousands of Canadians each year. It occurs due to prenatal alcohol exposure and results in a variety of cognitive, regulatory, and physical challenges.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Increased maternal care rescues altered reinstatement responding following moderate prenatal alcohol exposure
Together these results demonstrate that even moderate PAE is sufficient to alter control over reward seeking as measured by reinstatement.
DUGIDocs - Introduction on the green page as a tool for quantification of prenatal alcohol exposure in the region of La Garrotxa
The campaigns of the World Health Organization and the Spanish Health Ministry encourage the creation of tools to improve health during pregnancy and the pre-conception period, such as the Green Page.
International journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - 3D-Analysis of Mouth, Nose and Eye Parameters in Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a developmental disorder with severe negative lifetime consequences for the affected person. Numerous diagnostic methods for facial assessment in FAS exist, but most of them are based on subjective evaluations.
University of New Mexico - DETERMINING THE PATHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF PRENATAL ALCOHOL EXPOSURE ON PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY VIA SPINAL AND PERIPHERAL IMMUNE MECHANISMS
Collectively, the work described and presented in this dissertation demonstrates that PAE primes peripheral and spinal neuroimmune responses which lead to allodynia following minor CCI.
ResearchGate - New Approaches to Brief Intervention on Substance Use during Pregnancy
In Canada, the context for providing brief intervention on substance use during pregnancy is shifting with new opportunities for enhancing discussion of alcohol and other substances, due to the introduction of novel nicotine delivery products (e.g., vaping), the legalization of cannabis, and the crisis in the use of prescription pain medication.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Persistent changes in stress‐regulatory genes in pregnant woman or a child with prenatal alcohol exposure
These data suggest that PAE significantly elevates DNA methylation of POMC and PER2 and increases levels of stress hormones.
The Journal for Nurse Practitioners - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Implications for Primary Care Nurse Practitioners
FASDs are completely preventable when women do not consume alcohol during the prenatal period, and nurse practitioners who provide patient-centered primary care to women are ideally positioned to help in the prevention FASDs.
European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry - Binge drinking during pregnancy and psychosis-like experiences in the child at age 11
The aim of this study was to examine whether the risk of PLEs was likewise elevated in children prenatally exposed to binge drinking.
Scientific reports - Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy and Risk of Placental Abnormality: The Japan Environment and Children’s Study
This study searched for associations between alcohol consumption and the placental abnormalities of placenta previa, placental abruption, and placenta accreta using the fixed dataset of a large national birth cohort study commencing in 2011 that included 80,020 mothers with a singleton pregnancy.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Westfälische Nachrichten (Germany) - Experten tauschen sich im Kreishaus zwei Tage über FASD aus
„Ein Schluck kann nicht schaden.“ Frauen, die diesem Irrglauben verfallen und in ihrer Schwangerschaft auch nur geringe Mengen Alkohol konsumieren, gefährden die Gesundheit ihres Kindes schon im Mutterleib erheblich.
gdansk.pl (Poland) - Fascynująca sesja dla mam – zapraszamy!
Gdańszczanki spodziewające się dziecka oraz matki ze swoimi pociechami serdecznie zapraszamy do udziału w niepowtarzalnej, bezpłatnej sesji fotograficznej, która odbędzie się 8 września w godzinach od 10.00 do 14.00, przy molo w Brzeźnie. Już rozpoczęło się przyjmowanie zgłoszeń, do udziału w tym przedsięwzięciu.
Quarks (Germany) - Weibliches Video: Fetales Alkoholsyndrom: Hirnschäden durch Alkohol in Schwangerschaft
Das Trinken von Alkohol während ihrer Schwangerschaft kann dazu führen, dass das Baby einer Frau mit Geburtsfehlern und Entwicklungsstörungen geboren wird. In der Tat ist Alkohol (Bier, Wein oder Schnaps) die Hauptursache vermeidbarer Geburtsfehler und Entwicklungsstörungen in den Vereinigten Staaten.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Alcohol News - 30/2019


CNN - First on CNN: Facebook and Instagram to restrict content related to alcohol, tobacco and e-cigarettes
Facebook will unveil a new policy on Wednesday to restrict sales and limit content related to alcohol and tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, a company spokeswoman tells CNN.
Science Daily (UK) - Half of young drinkers are unaware of health messages on alcohol packaging
Just half of 11-19 year old drinkers recall seeing health messages or warnings on alcohol packaging -- despite being an important target market for this information, according to new research.
Yahoo Lifestyle (Australia) - Waitress sparks debate after refusing alcohol to a pregnant woman
A waitress has sparked a fierce debate online after admitting she secretly served a woman she thought was pregnant non-alcoholic cocktails.
NEWS.com.au (Australia) - Powerful medical group wants to introduce minimum prices for alcohol
A powerful medical association has called for a minimum price for alcohol to be introduced to discourage people from binge-drinking cheap booze.
euronews (Estonia/Latvia) - Money before man? Baltic booze war threatens Latvia & Estonia with health hangover
An alcohol tax war has broken out between Baltic neighbours Latvia and Estonia, who are among the EU’s biggest consumers of alcohol.
Medical Xpress (Canada) - More ED visits because of alcohol, 175% increase in 25- to 29-year-olds seeking care
New research shows dramatically rising visits to emergency departments (ED) related to alcohol, especially for women, with a 175% increase in alcohol-related visits from young people aged 25 to 29.
Financial Times - Why work events are becoming a sober experience
Julia Phillips, a corporate events organiser, has noticed a change in clients’ requests for their pre-dinner activities: alcohol-free drinks.
British Politics and Policy at LSE (UK) - Alcohol taxes can improve health outcomes and stimulate the UK economy
Contrary to government thinking, higher taxes on alcohol would not be bad for the economy as a whole: they would bring economic benefits, as well as be an effective public health measure, writes Aveek Bhattacharya. This potential ‘double dividend’ is the reason why the next Chancellor will do well to look again at alcohol duty.
Independent Online (South Africa) - Concern as parents admit they drink alcohol with children
While the law clearly prohibits any alcohol consumption for children under the age of 18, some parents have admitted to allowing their children to drink - especially when they are in their presence.
Stars and Stripes (USA) - Navy SEAL platoon ordered out of Iraq for drinking alcohol while deployed, report says
A commander overseeing U.S. special operations troops battling the Islamic State in Iraq has ordered a SEAL platoon to return to San Diego early after a “perceived deterioration of good order and discipline,” the military said late Wednesday.
CMAJ (Canada) - Addressing rising alcohol-related harms in Canada
New data confirm that alcohol-related harms are on the rise in Canada. Linked research shows that, between 2003 and 2016, the rate of alcohol-related emergency department visits in Ontario increased 4.4 times more than the increase of visits overall.
The Conversation AU (Australia) - All-night public transport hasn’t reduced alcohol-related harm in Melbourne
The Victorian government introduced 24-hour public transport on Friday and Saturday nights in Melbourne from January 1 2016. Services mostly run every hour from 1am to 5am on all metropolitan lines with some additional tram and bus services.
Nursing Times (UK) - Nurse leaders call for more government action on alcohol 'harm'
Nursing and other healthcare leaders have jointly called on the government to prioritise producing a new alcohol strategy to tackle the “escalating risk” they warn it has on public health.
The Times (UK) - Ban alcohol sales at family events, say health boards
Health officials have called for alcohol to be banned from sale at family events over concerns that children are being exposed to harmful drinking.
NordAN.org (Denmark) - Danish report: age limit for alcohol sales must be raised to 18 years
The Council on Health and Disease Prevention in Denmark published a new report on youth drinking to summarise knowledge about the reasons why youth consume as much alcohol as they do, and to describe how a high and problematic alcohol consumption may be prevented among children and adolescents.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Alcohol News - 29/2019


The Sydney Morning Herald - 'Second-hand drinking' damage is more common than you may think
I had a boyfriend once whose friends knew him by two names: his given name, when he was sober, and his alter-ego name, when he was drunk.
Paste Magazine (Germany) - Study Suggests Alcohol Causes Skin to Sunburn Faster
Going to the beach is already something of a stressful event for those of us who sunburn easily, or are concerned about the threat of skin cancer, but the results of a new study suggest one of our favorite beach pastimes puts human beings in even more risk. This German study found that the consumption of alcohol may be directly linked to skin sunburning at a faster rate.
10 daily - Dear Men: You Need To Give Up Drinking While Your Partner Is Pregnant
This month celebrity personal trainer Sam Wood told his Instagram followers that he chose to give up alcohol as soon as his wife Snezana became pregnant with their second child.
Edinburgh Live (Scotland) - Edinburgh health bosses slammed after holding back £1.4 million in drug and alcohol funding to plug gap
Health bosses have been labelled “perverse” after holding back £1.4m of drug and alcohol addiction funding in order to help fill a black hole in under-pressure finances.
Charlestown Patriot Bridge - Yes, Drugs Are Bad, But Alcohol Is Still the Worst
We’ve all become aware of the opioid epidemic that has spread throughout the country in recent years and that has been responsible for about 60,000 premature deaths annually in the United States.
Sky News (UK) - Alcohol-related illness and death will rise unless action taken, health chiefs warn
The UK will continue on an "alarming trajectory" of alcohol-related ill health and deaths unless the government prioritises plans to tackle drinking, healthcare organisations have warned.
TVNZ (New Zealand) - 'Pervasive addiction' - Psychiatrists call for rise in NZ's alcohol-buying age, price hikes
Psychiatrists are calling for wide-ranging restrictions on alcohol including raising the purchase age back to 20, price increases and an advertising ban, saying alcohol harm remains the most pervasive addiction problem in New Zealand.
Xinhua (Spain) - Study shows effect of alcohol and drugs on road deaths in Spain
The results of a study published by the Spanish National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Science (INTCF) on Wednesday highlighted the role that alcohol or drugs played in provoking fatal accidents on roads in Spain in 2018.
ABC Local (Australia) - 'A powerful message': Should alcohol products be branded with warnings about the cancer risk?
Most Australians are aware of the cancer risk associated with smoking, unprotected sun exposure and asbestos — but what about drinking alcohol?
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - De Belin lawyer argues cutting alcohol ads better than stand-downs
Reducing the prevalence of alcohol advertising is one of several alternatives to the controversial "no fault" stand-down rule the NRL should have implemented if it was serious about curbing poor player behaviour, Jack de Belin’s lawyers claim.
Medical Daily - Study: Seeing Trees Can Help Reduce Cravings For Food, Alcohol And Cigarettes
To those trying to avoid or reduce consumption of food, nature might help you. A new study suggests that seeing spaces with trees and plants could help reduce cravings for food as well as alcohol and cigarettes.
RMIT University - Toxic cocktail of booze, drugs key cause for medical care at festivals
Four in five Australian music festival attendees that seek medical help are consuming an average of 15 standard drinks when using drugs, finds a new report.
Baltic Times (Finland) - Finland to await impact of Estonia, Latvia before increasing excise duties on alcohol
The Finnish government intends to raise the rates of excise levies on alcohol, expecting to increase excise duty receipts by 50 million euros, however, before the change is implemented, the impact of Estonia and Latvia lowering their rates must be analyzed, public broadcaster ERR reports.
Cancer Health (USA) - Should Alcoholic Drinks Carry Cancer Warnings?
Many Americans don’t consider their drinking habits a major risk factor for cancer. But consumer groups and public health agencies are calling for federal regulators to add warning labels to alcoholic drinks indicating the connection. Alcohol manufacturers are pushing back, CBS News reports.
Lusaka Times (Zambia) - Tobacco, Alcohol Fueling Cancer
A breast cancer expert has warned that increased tobacco and alcohol intake is fueling breast cancer cases among women in the country.
Quartz (Qatar) - Beer is giving 2022 World Cup host Qatar a headache
On Jan. 1, Qatar hiked the price of booze by 100%. This week, the Arab Gulf nation slashed prices by about 30%. Despite the price cut, a case of beer at Qatar’s sole liquor store will still put a dent in the pocket of thirsty consumers at roughly $64, according to Bloomberg—about $2.66 a beverage.

Monday, July 15, 2019

FASD News - 28/2019


Anchorage Daily News - Living with FASD: ‘I’m going to have this for the rest of my life’
Like many other city-dwelling, twentysomething Alaskans, Shawna gets up in the morning and goes to work. She spends time with her family. She posts cute selfies on Instagram. She likes funny memes and reading and makeup.
Buffalo News (USA) - Another Voice: Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders demand more attention
I find myself in a small, nondescript meeting room in my county’s Department of Human Services. Again. The faces are familiar — the judge, the developmental service agency representatives and the disability rights lawyer who has invited me again to testify. The only person new to this room is the caregiver — a grandmother of a 10-year-old boy whom we’ll call “Marcus.”
Noted - The women out to dispel myths about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Every week, Eleanor Bensemann leaves her Kāpiti home to drive north to see her 22-year-old grandson. Daniel no longer lives with her, but she raised him for much of his life. He was eight when he first got into trouble with the law, then he spent his time as a teenager in and out of the courts and living on the streets.
Noted (New Zealand) - What the death of a young-adult FASD sufferer shows about NZ's health system
Heke, who came into the Willcox’s care at the age of one, was their second foster child with FASD. His disability meant he was slower to crawl and walk, and needed help with eating. At times, his behaviour and the level of care he needed were so difficult that the couple asked for extra support from the then Child, Youth and Family agency.
Particle (Australia) - PARTICLE PODCAST: TACKLING FASD IN WA
Fetal Alchohol Spectrum Disorder – or FASD – has been a growing concern for families in regional Australia.
Jamaica Observer - PAHO launches online course to address alcohol use in pregnancy
The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), worried that the rates of alcohol disorders among women are higher in the region of the Americas than in any other region of the world, has launched a new initiative to provide health care workers with the technical skills they need to identify and address alcohol consumption in pregnant women and those of reproductive age.
The Guardian (UK) - How secondhand drinking ruins lives: ‘Every family has been touched by this’
Passive smoking is treated as a serious hazard. So why have we been so slow to wake up to the dangers alcohol poses to those who live with – or have a devastating encounter with – a heavy drinker?
Police News - Why a different approach is needed when interacting with people with disabilities
Police officers are sworn to protect and serve the public. Not one of them wants to be in a situation where they use force on an individual who they mistakenly believe is being noncompliant when, in fact, the person has a disability or communication disorder. Yet, it happens all too frequently.
Rehab4Alcoholism - The Dangers of Drinking Alcohol When Pregnant
Are you pregnant but wondering if taking one or two glasses of wine on a weekend can harm the fetus growing in your womb? If yes, then you are not alone.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
FASD Hub Australia - GPaskthequestion project stresses the importance of talking to women planning pregnancy about their alcohol use
GPs are often the first health professional a woman goes to when she is either planning a pregnancy or thinks she may be pregnant.
HOPE+RESQ / HOPE 27 - Embraced - Joel on Why Donate
Filmmaker, Joel Sheagren sharing why we need donations to make the documentary, Embraced, Truth About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. FASD is the Western Hemisphere's number one birth defect that few people know about.
HOPE+RESQ / HOPE 27 – Jodee-endorsement
Embraced, Truth About FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder).
Embraced Movement – A Documentary Film Project About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Embrace, Truth About FASD came out of a passion to help my son, Sam, who was diagnosed with ARND — Alcohol Related Neurological Disorders — a specific diagnosis under the FASD umbrella a few years ago.
Rhiannon Tuffield (Australia) - FASD Clinic
In the community of Shepparton, substance abuse has long been a driver behind community health issues, according to GV Health's Clinical Director of Paediatrics, Dr Dan Garrick.

RESEARCH
canfasd.ca - Policy Action Paper: Toward a Standard Definition of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Canada
Language is a reflection of how people in a society see one another, which can impact perceptions and consequently how people think. In particular, language is a powerful tool in influencing how society and culture constructs disabilities.
BioRxiv - Hippocampal transcriptome analysis following maternal separation implicates altered RNA processing in a mouse model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are common, seen in 1-5% of the population in the United States and Canada. Children diagnosed with FASD are not likely to remain with their biological parents, facing early maternal separation and foster placements throughout childhood.
BMC Public Health - Population-based prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Canada
This study provides the first population-based estimate of the prevalence of FASD in Canada. The estimate is approximately double or possibly even triple previous crude estimates.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health - The Distribution of Available Prevention and Management Interventions for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (2007 to 2017): Implications for Collaborative Actions
The global prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) remains high despite the various preventive and management interventions that have been designed and implemented to tackle the issue in various settings.
South African Medical Journal - Maternal alcohol use and children’s emotional and cognitive outcomes in rural South Africa
While HD rates were low, maternal/caregiver alcohol use negatively impacted on parenting and children’s behavioural/cognitive outcomes. International evidence suggests that integrated approaches engaging parents and families may be more effective for parent-child outcomes than individual psychiatric or medical care for the parent on their own.
International journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - The Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in An American Indian Community
The prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) differs among populations and is largely unknown among minority populations. Prevalence and characterization of FASD is necessary for prevention efforts and allocation of resources for treatment and support.
OSFPREPRINTS - A preliminary investigation of the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on facial morphology in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Alcohol exposure during pregnancy has been associated with altered brain development and facial dysmorphology. While autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is not specifically related to distinct facial phenotypes, recent studies have suggested certain facial characteristics—increased facial masculinity and asymmetry—may be associated with ASD
bioRxiv - Prenatal alcohol exposure programs offspring disease: Impacts on metabolic health and dietary preference in a rat model of acute exposure
These data suggest that a relatively low-level, acute PAE can still program metabolic dysfunction in offspring in a sex-specific manner. These results highlight that alcohol consumption during pregnancy has the potential to affect the long-term health of offspring.
BMJ - Analysis of non-respondent pregnant women who were registered in the Japan Environment and Children’s Study: a longitudinal cohort study
The non-response rate decreased when participants reported health-related behaviour or characteristics. Obtaining the understanding of people around each participant might help increase response rates.
Frontiers in Pediatrics - NEONATAL OUTCOMES IN MATERNAL DEPRESSION IN RELATION TO INTRAUTERINE DRUG EXPOSURE
SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) are the most useful drugs to treat depression during pregnancy. Intrauterine exposure to SSRIs may increase the risk of growth restriction, preterm birth and neonatal complications.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Neue Presse (Germany) - Vollrausch im Mutterleib: So gefährlich ist Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft
Ein Glas Wein kann nicht schaden? Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft ist gefährlicher, als die meisten glauben. Auch geringe Mengen können verheerende Folgen haben – fast jedes vierte Pflegekind ist betroffen.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Alcohol News - 28/2019


Medical News Today - Giving up alcohol may significantly boost mental health
The debate as to whether moderate drinking is good, bad, or has no effect on health has been ongoing for years. Now, a new study suggests that people — especially women — who give up alcohol can experience better mental health and reach levels of well-being almost on a par with those of lifelong abstainers.
The Guardian (UK) - The bigger picture on what alcohol costs us
David Smyth (Cancer, obesity and Boris Johnson’s ‘sin tax’ error, Letters, 8 July) says: “It looks to me as if the cost of treating those requiring medical attention because of their drinking will be more than met by the taxes paid by drinkers generally.”
Metro (UK) - Sick of summer drinking? Sainsbury’s is launching an alcohol-free pub
Alcohol and summer in Britain famously go hand-in-hand. At the merest rumour of the sun, many of us to head straight to the nearest pub and pay £5 a pint for the privilege of jostling for space on the pavement outside.
Medical News Today - Beating addiction: Why our brains may struggle to ignore alcohol, food cues
New research offers fascinating insights into how our brains ignore environmental cues of addictive substances or habits, why it's harder to ignore such cues when we're stressed, and how we might be able to beat addiction.
Medical News Today - What to know about alcohol and brain damage
Alcohol begins affecting a person's brain as soon as it enters the bloodstream. In a healthy person, the liver quickly filters alcohol, helping the body get rid of the drug. However, when a person drinks to excess, the liver cannot filter the alcohol fast enough, and this triggers immediate changes in the brain.
INSIDER - It's not just secondhand smoke — secondhand alcohol exposure is really what you should be worried about
Non-smokers often have visceral reactions if someone lights up a cigarette nearby — the dangers of secondhand smoke are well-established, and it's usually clear when you're at risk.
Helsinki Times (Finland) - Finland to raise €75m by increasing alcohol and soft drink taxes in 2020
THE FINNISH GOVERNMENT will introduce the increases in alcohol and soft drink taxes laid out in the government programme in full as early as next year.
Independent.ie (Ireland) - Charity used funds for alcohol at party
An organisation providing support for people with disabilities has been criticised by HSE auditors for using funds to buy alcohol for Christmas parties.
Northern Daily - News Alcohol marketing influences youths' decision to drink
Thrill-seeking and impulsive behaviours can be part of the teenage years, and the addition of alcohol can place the already at-risk teen at an even higher risk for social harms, physical injuries, and premature death.
Globalnews.ca (Canada) - Toronto’s top doctor sounds alarm on Ontario’s loosened alcohol regulations
Toronto‘s top doctor is sounding the alarm about the provincial government’s loosened rules around alcohol sales and consumption.
BBC News (Portugal/Wales) - Portugal opposes Welsh minimum alcohol price law
The Portuguese government is concerned its country's wines would be "less competitive" in Wales under plans for a minimum price of alcohol.
bnn-news.com (Latvia) - Excise tax to be reduced for strong alcohol in Latvia
On Monday, 8 July, Latvia’s Saeima approved in the final reading amendments to the Excise Tax Law by 15%, reducing excise tax rate for strong alcohol.
The Slovak Spectator (Slovakia) - Slovaks consumed the record amount of alcohol last year
The consumption of alcohol in Slovakia rose to the highest level since 2015 last year. It was also higher than the European average, according to the statistics of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
NordAN.org (Latvia) - Latvia’s health ministry pushes to limit alcohol ads
In order to reduce the prevalence of alcohol consumption and harm to public health, it is planned to introduce new restrictions on alcohol availability and advertising in the coming years, while improving the treatment and rehabilitation services of alcohol addiction. Alcohol consumption is increasing every year in Latvia, so it is important to limit its availability and to explain to society the negative impact of alcohol on health.
Eng.Lsm.lv (Latvia) - Latvian Physicians support Health Ministry's alcohol advertising ban
Narcologists express support of the Health Ministry's (VM) plan for reducing alcohol consumption, reported LSM's Latvian service on July 5. The Riga Center for Psychiatry and Narcology noted that the ministry's planned restrictions are aimed primarily at adolescents.
ABC Life (Australia) - Support for those wanting to give up drinking alcohol in 2019
It's Dry July — and like Feb fast and other alcohol-free challenges throughout the year — some of you are putting the lid back on the bottle and using this as a chance to cut back on your drinking.
Canberra Times - A very inconvenient truth: alcohol isn't good for us
It's unfortunate but true - alcohol is a carcinogen and there is no safe dose. Alcohol use increases the risk of mouth, throat, liver, bowel and breast cancers, and is estimated to be responsible for one in 20 deaths around the world.
BBC (UK) - Alcohol abuse affects one in five UK inpatients, study suggests
One in five people admitted to a UK hospital drinks alcohol in a harmful way and one in 10 depends on it, a study suggests.
France 24 (African Union) - Tax alcohol, tobacco, to tackle cancer: African Union first ladies
First ladies attending the African Union summit in Niger on Saturday called for a rise in taxes for cancer-causing products such as tobacco and alcohol.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Alcohol News - 27/2019


CNN (USA) - The secondhand harms of drinking impact 1 in 5 adults, study says
About one-fifth of adults in the United States have experienced some form of harm due to someone else's behavior while drinking.
The Guardian - The rise of the sober curious: having it all, without alcohol
Delage was a young, beautiful, Parisian Instagram it-girl with more than 100,000 followers at her peak, continually posting photos of herself at rooftop parties or aboard yachts in late summer, hair tousled, and always, always, with a drink in hand.
CBS News - Alcoholic beverages should carry cancer warnings, health groups say
Consumer and public health agencies are calling on federal regulators to add new warning labels on alcoholic beverages to indicate they may cause cancer.
Science Daily - Brain imaging may help identify teens at risk of increasing alcohol use
Teenagers with large amounts of grey matter in the brain at age 14 are more likely to increase their alcohol use over the next five years, according to a whole brain imaging study.
The Scotsman (UK) - Boris Johnson pledges crackdown on 'sin tax' levies on sugar, alcohol and tobacco
Boris Johnson has pledged to halt hikes on so-called sin taxes, which include levies on tobacco, alcohol and sugar, even as the impact of obesity was laid bare by a new campaign.
TimesLIVE (South Africa) - Zoleka Mandela: Drugs and alcohol taking 'serious toll on SA communities'
As drug and alcohol abuse continue to dominate conversations across Mzansi, Zoleka Mandela has weighed in on the scourge and the toll it is taking on SA communities.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol minimum pricing rules to be fast-tracked by Cabinet
The Government is set to fast-track new laws to clamp down on cheap alcohol sales in off-licences and supermarkets, with the Cabinet expected to approve plans within the next two weeks.
News Now Finland (Estonia/Finland) - Estonia alcohol tax drop impacts prices for Finnish shoppers
Travelers from Finland to Estonia hoping to stock up on their alcohol supplies will notice a drop in the price of booze from Monday.
United States Army (USA) - Alcohol and Water Don't Mix
According to U.S. Coast Guard statistics, alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in recreational boater deaths and a leading contributor in boating accidents.
Teesside Live (UK) - Cheap booze and drink adverts under spotlight in move to tackle alcohol issues
A crack team of experts has been tasked with turning around Stockton’s troubled relationship with alcohol. Almost 40% of the borough’s residents drink at levels which increase risk of harm to their health with death rates due to alcohol significantly higher than the national average.
Simple Flying - Disruptive Passenger Crackdown Prompts Ryanair Hand Luggage Alcohol Rule
Ryanair has banned alcohol in hand luggage on a number of routes. The move on select Spanish routes from the UK is designed to stop disruptive passengers onboard aircraft.
Express (Italy/UK) - Italy tourists urged to AVOID booze during European heatwave
UK travellers have been urged to ditch the booze as temperatures soar in the Mediterranean country during the well-documented - will you be paying heed?
Deutche Welle (Poland) - Poland: Zero Tolerance for Drunk-driving
In Poland drivers with raised blood alcohol levels can expect drastic punishments. That also applies to bicyclists who've had too much to drink.