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. (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. (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.

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