Thursday, August 29, 2019

Alcohol News - 35/2019


PrinceGeorgeMatters.com (Canada) - B.C. researchers say alcohol labels should include calorie counts
A study suggests the average Canadian drinker receives more than one-tenth of their daily recommended calories from alcoholic beverages, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the label.
The Tri-City News - Alcohol can claim up to one-quarter of daily caloric needs: UVic study
A new study released by the University of Victoria claims that daily drinkers can consume up to 25 per cent of their daily caloric needs through alcohol alone.
Dublin City University (Ireland) - initiatives to reduce alcohol-related harm among students
Dublin City University was honoured today for its efforts in reducing alcohol-related harm and promoting health and wellbeing at the inaugural REACT awards held at DCU this morning (Wed, August 28th).
BreakingNews.ie (Ireland) - Irish alcohol consumption 80% above global average, says Alcohol Action Ireland
Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI) is calling on the Finance Minister to maintain the current excise duties on drink in its pre-budget submission today.
Newshub (New Zealand) - Justice Minister Andrew Little warns alcohol industry a law review is on the cards
Justice Minister Andrew Little says he's concerned about the alcohol industry using its "deep pockets" to "overpower" local communities - and warns a review of the current law is on the cards.
ERR News (Finland/Estonia) - July alcohol purchases by Finns up 19 percent on year
Finns imported a total of 4.7 million liters of alcoholic beverages from Estonia last month, 1.4 million liters more than in July 2018, Finland's Yle reports.
4BC (Australia) - Alcohol a factor in a quarter of Qld road fatalities
In the early 80s Queensland was in the grip of a drink driving epidemic with alcohol found to be a factor in half of all road fatalities.
Serbina Monitor in English (Serbia) - 50% of elementary school pupils have tried alcohol, one in three is unhappy
Almost 50% of elementary school pupils have tried alcohol, and it’s no secret that high school students drink it almost regularly when they go out. European research has shown that children drink once or twice a month.
bnn-news.com (Latvia) - Petition to raise Latvian legal alcohol age to 21 supported by 10 000
10 000 Latvians have signed the proposal to increase from 18 to 21 years the age young people are allowed to buy and drink alcohol, according to the online civic initiative site ManaBalss.lv.
CTV News (Canada) - How Canadian universities are trying to stop students from binge-drinking
Reka Rossignol remembers feeling a mix of frustration and fear while trying to get an incoherent friend back to their dorm after a night of drinking during their first year in university.
Ahval (Turkey) - Governor in northern Turkey bans “disorderly” drinking in public areas
The governor of a northern Turkish province has banned “disturbing” drinking in public areas including in residential areas, parks and picnic areas.
Philadelphia Inquirer (USA) - Hard-drinking young adults suffer surge in deadly liver disease
A little over a year ago, Eric Dunham had the operation that saved his life: a double transplant to give him a new liver and a new kidney. Chronic, heavy drinking had destroyed his own organs.
Science Daily - Heavy drinking and HIV don't mix, study finds
A new study finds that heavy alcohol consumption (three drinks or more/day for women and four drinks or more/day for men) is linked to alterations in immune function among people with HIV.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

FASD News - 34/2019


RNZ (New Zealand) - Criminal cash could fund govt's foetal alcohol disorder plan
Cash and assets seized from criminals could be used to fund more work to understand foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Maple Ridge News (Canada) - The Asante Centre in Maple Ridge gets a boost from the CMA
The Asante Centre is one of only 15 organizations selected from across the country to receive a Healthy Canadians Grant from the Canadian Medical Association Foundation.
PsychCentral.com - Moderate Drinking in Pregnancy Can Alter Genes in Newborns, Mothers
Pregnant women who drink moderate to high levels of alcohol may be altering their babies’ DNA, according to a new study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
KUTV 2News - BYB Podcast: Alcohol use before and during pregnancy
Alcohol use is a common question for newly pregnant women or breastfeeding moms. Even though most people know to avoid alcohol in pregnancy, many people don’t know the details about alcohol use in pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Talking Disability (Australia) - Brain Injury Awareness Week highlights invisible disabilities
This week is Brain Injury Awareness Week and heralds an opportunity to raise awareness for the 700,000 Australians who live with a brain injury which can cause daily living and participation challenges.
Mirror.co.uk (UK) - Can a waiter refuse to sell alcohol to pregnant customers - what the law really says
Last week a waitress revealed that she had sneakily switched the drink order of a customer at the restaurant she worked in.
Kid Brain Health Network - Canadian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Database Demonstrates International Leadership in FASD Research
A decade ago, Chief Scientific Officer of Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN) Dr. James Reynolds remembers considering how groundbreaking it would be to have a Canadian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) database – one that could capture the many unanswered questions surrounding the disability.
Parent24 - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is more prevalent, and more serious, than you think
“A woman does not need to be a heavy drinker or alcoholic to have a child with FASD, even light to moderate drinking has the potential to cause permanent damage to the unborn baby,” warns FARR CEO Dr Leana Olivier.
Parent 24 (South Africa) - ‘No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy’ says Foundation for Alcohol Related Research
Despite the dangers of consuming alcohol during pregnancy, the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR) reports that women often experience pressure from their partners, family and friends to use alcohol during pregnancy.

UPCOMING
Nordic Welfare Centre - Nordic expert meeting on FAS/FASD (10-11 October 2019 in Helsinki, Finland)
The Nordic Welfare Centre warmly welcome practitioners, researchers and officials to a Nordic expert meeting on FAS/FASD, 10-11 October 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. The expert meeting is for invited guests only.
Thompson Institute - FASD Diagnosis Workshop (September 7, 2019; Australia)
For professionals wishing to develop a deeper understanding and skills in FASD Assessment and Diagnosis
Alberta Children's Hospital - FASD Awareness Event (September 9, 2019; Calgary, Canada)
September 9th is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day! Please RSVP to join us at this event hosted by Dr. Catherine Lebel and Dr. Carly McMorris' research labs in ACH Conference Room 3.
NCFASD Informed - FASD Conference in North Carolina (September 27, 2019, North Carolina)
“NCFASD Informed, Inc. is hosting a conference for the legal community, Department of Social Services social workers, parents, and others on Friday, September 27, 2019 in Raleigh.”
Hapai Te Hauora - FASD-CAN Annual Workshop (7th September 2019; New Zealand)
FASD Deutchland - FASD Fachtagung (27. September 2019; Germany)

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
POPFASD - FASD Through A Variety of Lenses - Episode 06 - Corinna & Nona
In this episode, two classroom teachers sit down and share their experiences of supporting students using an FASD-Informed approach.
POPFASD - FASD Through a Variety of Lenses - Episode 05 – Dena
In this episode, FASD Key Worker, Dena Swann, explains the role of Key Workers and how they might be able to support teachers.
POPFASD - FASD Through a Variety of Lenses - Bonus Episode - History of POPFASD
In this bonus episode, Kathi Hughes and Stacey Wakabayashi share the entertaining history of POPFASD.
Orchids Admin - 2018 - Part 1 - Intro, FASD informed provider, discussion
Orchids Admin - 2017 Fall FASD Forum Keynote Dr Doug Waite
Particle Podcast - PARTICLE PODCAST: TACKLING FASD IN WA
This episode we talk with Sharynne Hamilton – a PHD candidate with the Telethon Kids Institute in Western Australia.
GOV.UK (UK) - Funding to support work around foetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Information on how organisations can apply for project funding to support work around foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

RESEARCH
Molecular neurobiology - Chronic Ethanol Exposure Alters DNA Methylation in Neural Stem Cells: Role of Mouse Strain and Sex
The results of the current study provide evidence that sex and strain of rodents (C57BL/6 and CD1) during gestation are important factors, which affect alcohol effects on NSC differentiation and DNA methylation.
Neuroscience and Behavioral Physiology - Experimental Approaches to the Study of Behavioral Impairments Associated with Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in children whose mothers consumed alcohol during pregnancy are characterized by a wide spectrum of anatomical and physical abnormalities, growth delay, and functional impairments to the nervous system.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - 6‐month Follow up of the Families on Track Intervention Pilot Trial for Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Their Families
This pilot study yielded promising effects on important areas of caregiver functioning. However, the intervention's impact on child functioning waned over time, suggesting the need for sustained or alternate child intervention.
NEUROSCIENCE SUMMER FELLOWS - An In Situ Hybridization Protocol to Determine Effects of Prenatal Alcohol on Corridor Cell Distribution
Following in situ hybridization, we will measure the dimensions of the corridor to quantify effects of PAE. We will also analyze sex differences in corridor width.
NEUROSCIENCE SUMMER FELLOWS - Corridor Cell Count in Medial Ganglionic Eminence Unaltered by Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
To study these deficits, we looked to the migration of thalamocortical axons (TCAs). TCAs transmit sensory information from the thalamus to the cortex, requiring guidance and assistance to cross the non-permissive medial ganglionic eminence (MGE).
Toxicology letters - N-acetylcysteine Prevents the Decreases in Cardiac Collagen I/III ratio and Systolic Function in Neonatal Mice with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is often associated with congenital heart defects, most commonly septal, valvular, and great vessel defects. However, there have been no known studies on whether PAE affects the resulting fibroblast population after development, and whether this has any consequences in the postnatal period.
psyarxiv - Contextual influences on the perception of pregnant women who use drugs: Information about women’s childhood trauma history reduces punitive attitudes
Punitive attitudes and consequences (e.g., incarceration) for prenatal illicit drug use persist in the United States despite evidence that these policies are ineffective and even harmful to women and children.
Cell Stress and Chaperones - Ethanol exposure in prenatal and early postnatal induced cardiac injury in rats: involvement of oxidative stress, Hsp70, ERK 1/2, JNK, and apoptosis in a 3-month follow-up study
Alcohol exposure during pregnancy induces a wide range of structural and functional abnormalities in the fetal heart. However, the underlying mechanism of this phenomenon is not well known.
Contemporary clinical Trials - Reducing sexual health risks and substance use in the prenatal setting: A study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are at a record high in the United States, and STI risk is a critical and costly public health concern for childbearing women.
BMC psychiatry - Prevalence of risky alcohol use behavior and associated factors in pregnant antenatal care attendees in Debre Berhan, Ethiopia, 2018
National Institute of alcohol and alcoholism define Problem/risky use of alcohol as drinking in a way that can negatively impact our health and life, but the body is not physically dependent on the substance.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Can fetal alcohol exposure increase the risk of hypertension? A new study in children and adolescents diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder suggests it can
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is increasingly recognized as being associated with a wide range of physical health problems, in addition to the well–defined neurocognitive difficulties that have been reported (Mattson et al., 2019).
Encompass - Hooked on Life: Recreational Therapy in the Lives of Drug Exposed Children
The drug epidemic in the United States is a growing and prevalent issue in today’s society. Every day, the demographics of people influenced by drugs and alcohol increase.
mediaTUM - Lifestyle intervention for pregnant women to prevent excessive gestational weight gain: a cluster-randomized study in ten Bavarian regions.
The aim of the project GeliS (acronym for Gesund leben in der Schwangerschaft) is to advise women about a balanced diet, regular physical activity and a healthy lifestyle within the routine care for pregnant women and thus to prevent childhood and maternal overweight and to reduce health risks for mother and child.
University of Calgary - Brain Structure and Mental Health in Typically Developing Youth and Those with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Postnatal Adversities
Mental health problems are linked to brain structural changes, primarily in the limbic system and prefrontal cortex, and commonly emerge in adolescence. Although progress has been made in understanding mental health disorders, there are still gaps in mental health research in pediatric typically-developing cohorts.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
GazetaPrawna.pl (Poland) - Alkoholizm kobiet: Czy picie w trakcie ciąży powinno być karalne?
Z autyzmem i ADHD się udało. Rodzice przebili się ze swoimi problemami do świadomości ludzi i uzyskali wsparcie. Dzieci chore, bo matki piły w ciąży, nie miały na razie tyle szczęścia.
RA today (Germany) - Auch Sommerschorle in der Schwangerschaft tabu
Alkoholische Getränke heben die Stimmung, machen locker und fördern die Kontaktfreudigkeit. Das scheint auch für Schwangere zu gelten. Und nicht selten macht der Satz, „das eine Gläschen wird schon nicht schaden“, die Runde. In der Schwangerschaft hingegen gibt es keine unbedenkliche Trinkmenge bei Alkohol. Das gilt auch für das eine Gläschen Sekt oder die Sommerschorle.
Kehitysvammaliitto (Finland) - STM:N HALLINNONALAN TALOUSARVIOEHDOTUS – FASD-LAPSET MUISTETTAVA
Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö ehdottaa, että lapsien ja perheiden palvelujen kehittämiseen sekä Lapsi- ja perhepalveluiden muutosohjelman jatkoon osoitetaan 18 miljoonan euron määrärahaa vuodelle 2020. Kehitysvammaliitto edellyttää, että vammaiset lapset ja lapsiperheet muistetaan lapsi- ja perhepalveluita uudistettaessa.
Mittelstand Nachrichten (Germany) - 20 Jahre Tag des alkoholgeschädigten Kindes
Seit 20 Jahren findet jährlich am 9. September weltweit der Internationale FASD Awareness Day statt. Mit Veranstaltungen will man weltweit das Bewusstsein für die Gefahren des Alkoholkonsums während der Schwangerschaft und die Lebenssituation von Einzelpersonen und Familien zu schärfen, die mit dem Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) zu kämpfen haben.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Alcohol News - 34/2019


HelloGiggles - I had to give up drinking, and I realized the unhealthy ways we talk about alcohol
A year ago, right after my 21st birthday party, my mom told me that she thought I might have a drinking problem. “I want you to be careful because it seems like most of your social life is focused around drinking,” she explained. During the party, my friends had given speeches and shared stories of me getting drunk.
The New Daily (Australia) - Youths suffering under loved ones’ drug and alcohol abuse: Report
Heavy drinking and drug use has placed thousands of high school students at a disadvantage in life, but they’re not the ones with the problem.
The Manila Times (Philippines) - ‘Economic cost from alcohol to hit P256B’
THE economic cost of alcohol consumption could reach P256 billion by 2022, according to the Department of Finance (DoF).
Futurity: Research News - COLLEGE EDUCATED WOMEN DRINK MORE BOOZE
While the gap is shrinking between men and women who drink, the new research finds variations in the amount and frequency women drink based on age, race, education, marital status, and other factors.
Globalnews.ca (Canada) - Will weed edge out alcohol? Here’s why there’s no sign of it so far
There’s little evidence so far of many people drinking less to make room for legal cannabis, largely because people use the two substances in different ways, a market research expert argues.
Science Daily - Parent-targeted interventions in primary care improve parent-teen communication on alcohol and sex
New research shows that brief parent-targeted interventions in the primary care setting can increase communication between parents and their teens about sexual and alcohol-related behavior. This method may serve as an important strategy for parents to influence adolescent behaviors and health outcomes.
Physician's Weekly - Alcohol Consumption in Pregnancy Ups Miscarriage Risk
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is associated with a dose-dependent increase in miscarriage risk, according to a review published in the August issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
Simple Flying (USA) - United Airlines Pilots Banned From Alcohol For 12 Hours Before Flying
Following the arrest in Glasgow, Scotland, of two of its pilots, United Airlines has laid down its own, revised bottle to throttle rule that divorces the drinking of alcohol from flying a plane.
TimesLIVE - Pregnant? Avoid all traces of alcohol - even 'non-alcoholic' drinks
Drinking any alcohol while pregnant could have lifelong consequences for unborn babies, experts say. This comes as a new trend has emerged in the lucrative beverage market, where alcohol companies are creating "non-alcoholic" versions of their products, which actually do contain small amounts of alcohol.
Weston Mercury (UK) - Call for more awareness of cancer risks with alcohol consumption
According to figures from NHS Digital, 265 people were suffering from a cancer linked to drinking between 2015 and 2017.
Our Auckland (New Zealand) - Watch: Safer Communities Together – preventing alcohol sales to minors
While the iconic “always blow on the pie” advice from NZ Police maybe famous, their covert missions to prevent alcohol sales to minors aren’t. In the spirit of ‘Safer Communities Together’, NZ Police’s Alcohol Harm Prevention team and Auckland Council alcohol licensing inspectors are regularly out and about checking that licensed premises are sticking to rules within the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.
TheFix.com - Secondhand Drinking: When Your Alcohol Problem Becomes Everybody Else's
Types of harm from secondhand drinking included being pushed or hit, feeling threatened or afraid, being a passenger of a drunk driver, marital problems, family problems, and financial problems.
YLE News (Finland) - Surprise turn: Teen consumption of alcohol and snus edges upward
Youth in Finland still drink and smoke significantly less than in the early 2000s, but now this positive trend seems to have come to a halt, according to the biannual Adolescent Health and Lifestyle Survey.
RNZ (New Zealand) - Alcohol-related harm experts shun advertising code review
An expert on alcohol-related harm says there's no point in submitting on a review of the code which governs how companies can advertise their booze.
Alcohol Change (UK) - Exploring alcohol harm: concluding our series of rapid evidence reviews
Today we have published our sixth Rapid Evidence Review (RER) to conclude our series of short research reports commissioned by us earlier this year, looking into priority areas in the field of alcohol harm reduction.
Herald.ie (Ireland) - Report of youngsters drinking less criticised by alcohol campaigner
New research has revealed the number of Irish youngsters aged 15 and 16 who drank alcohol fell from half to just over one-third between 2011 and 2015. However, the study, which was funded by a number of alcohol producers, has been questioned by a public health doctor.
Medical Republic - Alcohol – the ignored breast cancer risk factor
Drinking alcohol has been proven to increase the risk of developing breast cancer in more than 100 studies, but both the general public and health professionals continue to ignore the issue.
EurekAlert - Binge drinking may be more damaging to women
Alcohol consumption is a major cause of chronic liver disease in the United States, and binge drinking is emerging as a significant contributor to liver injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six U.S. adults binge drink four times per month.
Arte (EU) - Here's to Health! Europe and Alcohol
Europeans are world champions of alcohol consumption. 23 million Europeans are alcohol dependent and 195,000 die from alcoholism each year. An appalling state of affairs.
news.ru (Russia) - 3% of Russian spendings go on alcohol and tobacco
An average of 3% of total Russian spendings in 2018 went on alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Alcohol News - 33/2019


New York Post (USA) - United Airlines tightens alcohol rules after flight crew’s arrests
United Airlines has strengthened its alcohol policy for pilots — a week after two of them were arrested for allegedly being under the influence before a flight from Scotland to Newark.
Metro (UK) - Uni bar closed because students are turning their back on alcohol
A university is shutting its union bar because students are ‘turning their back on alcohol for daytime cafes’ instead.
Medical Xpress - Scientists untangle links between our genes and intake of alcohol and of salt
Scientists have shed light on the complicated relationship between the makeup of our DNA and how much alcohol we drink.
Medical Xpress - Marijuana may boost risky effects of drinking alcohol
As the legalization of medical marijuana and marijuana use are both on the rise in the United States, people are not necessarily using alcohol less and may be unaware of the risks of combining alcohol and marijuana, according to researchers.
Gallup (USA) - Religion and Drinking Alcohol in the U.S.
Americans who attend religious services weekly are less likely than others to drink alcohol, reflecting the centuries-old connection in American history between religion and the perceived immorality of drinking.
ERR News (Latvia) - Prices of alcoholic beverages in Latvian stores not dropping yet
Although the Latvian excise duty on strong alcoholic beverages has been cut by 15 percent, retailers haven't yet lowered prices, as they are still selling the products purchased at the previous tax rate, Henriks Danusevics, president of the Latvian Traders Association, told BNS.
RNZ (New Zealand) - Drinking damage: Call for national plan to stop alcohol harm
Public health experts say it's high time that politicians realised the dangers posed by alcohol and did much more to curb its use.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Major report into reducing alcohol harm ignored for almost a decade
Successive governments have been accused of turning a blind eye to a drug that sees thousands of Kiwis end up in jail cells, hospitals and early graves.
The Local Sweden (Sweden) - Sweden's first automatic alcohol checks introduced in Gothenburg
Sweden's first permanent system for automatic alcohol checks has been introduced in Gothenburg port.
Medical Xpress - Older people with alcohol dependence problems desperately need better support
Tom held a responsible position at a charity. Friends described him as a kind and caring man. But following the death of his father, he turned to alcohol and lost his job and a close relationship.
BreakingNews.ie (Ireland) - Cork GP urges young people to cut back on 'frightening' level of alcohol consumption
A Cork GP said he is seeing more young people presenting in his surgery due to the impact of binge drinking.
The Thaiger (Thailand) - Thai anti-alcohol campaigners demand stricter controls on underage drinking
Anti-alcohol campaigners and youth networks, are calling on Metropolitan Police to check on shops in Bang Sue district’s Soi Wongsawang 11 that are allegedly selling alcohol to youth under the age of 20 in a location adjacent to an educational institution.
The Copenhagen Post (Denmark) - Alcohol consumption on the rise among young Danish teenagers
A TV2 poll suggests that one out of five people in Denmark think it is okay for young people to indulge in alcohol before they are 16 years old. Meanwhile, a survey carried out by the Danish Institute of Public Health reveals that a trend that had seen alcohol consumption among young people decline has started to reverse.
Brisbane Times (Australia) - Doctors call for Queensland government to back minimum alcohol price
A leading medical body is pushing back against the Queensland government's refusal to raise the cost of alcoholic drinks to a minimum standard price in the state.
Eleven Myanmar (Myanmar) - Rising number of mental health patients linked to alcohol consumption
The number of mental health patients receiving treatment at hospitals has increased, and most of cases are related to alcohol consumption, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports’ latest development during three years.
Medical Xpress - Parents' drug, alcohol and tobacco use negatively impacts all areas of child well-being
We all know that the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs harms our own health. But many people are not aware that their use of these substances can sometimes also affect the health and well-being of others—including their own children.
News-Medical.net - People recovering from alcohol use disorder struggle to recognize angry facial expressions
People in early-stage recovery from alcohol use disorder can struggle to recognize facial expressions of emotion ─particularly anger ─according to a study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
The Conversation (Australia) - Lessons from Queensland on alcohol, violence and the night-time economy
Under the “Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence” policy, which among other things introduced statewide restrictions on trading hours, Queensland has recorded reductions in assaults, ambulance attendances and hospital admissions.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

FASD News - 32/2019


Cabin Radio (Canada) - Judge halts return of sex offender with FASD to Tuktoyaktuk
A Yellowknife judge refused to send a man convicted of multiple sex assaults back to Tuktoyaktuk on supervised probation, halting a sentencing hearing on Thursday.
mykawartha.com (Canada) - Support crucial as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder rates climb
Twice as common as Autism Spectrum Disorder and 28 times more common than Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is becoming one of the leading known causes of developmental disability in Canada.
Florence Health (USA) - Almost Half of Nurses Providing Prenatal Care Are Misinformed About Alcohol Use During Pregnancy: Study
Organizations like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) openly discourage moms-to-be from drinking any amount of alcohol during pregnancy because the research indicates doing so can restrict fetal growth and lead to facial anomalies and neurobehavioral problems.
Wakefield Express (UK) - Drinking levels among pregnant women to be analysed
Steps to discourage women from drinking during their pregnancies will be considered by public health officials in Wakefield.
Marin Independent Journal - No, it’s not OK to have even one drink while pregnant
Guidance to not drink while pregnant is not sexist. I’m all for smashing the patriarchy at each and every opportunity. And it’s true that medicine has been hopelessly patriarchal since, well, medicine started. But providing people with accurate information so they can make informed choices about their bodies is the antithesis of the patriarchy. It is power.
Medical Xpress - Low-level alcohol use increases miscarriage risk
Women who consume alcohol during pregnancy—even in small amounts—have a 19 percent greater risk of miscarriage than women who don't use alcohol, according to a new study by Vanderbilt researchers.
World Health Organization (Ukraine) - Nationwide campaign aims to educate women in Ukraine on the harm of alcohol consumption during pregnancy
The "Virgin" Pregnancy communications campaign aims to reduce alcohol consumption during pregnancy. It is implemented within the framework of Noncommunicable Diseases: Prevention and Health Promotion in Ukraine, a joint project of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and WHO, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Version Weekly - Addiction and Arrested Prenatal Growth
The government today ensures that a cigarette pack or a bottle of alcohol comes with a warning, but there is no specific warning about the harm it can cause an unborn baby when taken by a pregnant mother.
FARE (Australia) - Pressure’s on to tackle invisible epidemic affecting generations of Australians
A group of leading medical and public health bodies is backing calls for a parliamentary inquiry into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), after it was revealed Australia has one of the highest rates of alcohol use during pregnancy in the world.
Center for Health Journalism - Prenatal alcohol exposure is devastating a generation
An increasing number of American children are growing up with devastating, untreated developmental disabilities caused by prenatal alcohol exposure, triggering a mental health crisis that state and federal policymakers have largely ignored for decades.
The BIO Connection - No Safe Amount of Alcohol During Pregnancy, Suggest Researchers
An international group of researchers has taken one of the first major steps in finding the biological changes in the brain that drive fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). New work using chaos theory to analyze brain signals, discussed this month in the journal Chaos, from AIP Publishing, shows the long-term effects.

UPCOMING
Sorlandet Sykehys - Welcome to the european conferance on FASD 2020! (14.09.2020-16.09.2020; Arendal, Norway)
The first Competence Center for children with prenatal alcohol/drug exposure in Scandinavia is proud to host the EUFASD 2020 in Arendal, Norway.
CTRI - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Strategies for Supporting (Dec 02 - Dec 03, 2019: Halifax, Canada)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is one of the most prevalent brain-based disabilities. As a result, there is a growing need for caregivers to acquire increased knowledge and practical skills to support children, adults, and families living with FASD.
Action Together - FASD Peer Support Small Grant Fund (Closing Date: 12 noon Friday 20 September 2019; UK)
We want to work with voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups and organisations in the local authority areas of Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside to provide peer support opportunities for parents, carers and families of children with suspected or diagnosed Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
FASD-CAN 2019 ANNUAL WORKSHOP (7th September 2019; New Zealand)
Community Living Dryden-Sioux Lookout And Partners - Walking in Our Shoes - Living with FASD (9 -10 Sep 2019; Canada)
Jeff is the Founder and CEO of an organization that provides hope and education to people caring for someone living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). He is a dynamic speaker and motivator with a message of hope.
Drug-Free Hawaii - 2nd Hawaii Conference on FASD (September 18, 2019; Hawaii)
The Hawaii Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Action Group invites you to the 2nd Hawaii Conference on FASD: Improving Outcomes Across Systems of Care.
CARNA - INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE ON ADOLESCENTS AND ADULTS WITH FASD (Apr 22, 2020 - Apr 25, 2020, Vancouver, Canada)
Although there have been thousands of published articles in FASD in general, there has been limited research specifically on adolescents and adults with FASD or on individuals across the lifespan.
APSAD - APSAD Conference, Hobart, Tasmania 10—13 November 2019 (Tasmania)
Submit your abstract and have the opportunity to showcase your work and be part of an acclaimed program. We are calling for submissions for the following presentation types: Poster; Oral; Service Delivery/Practice-Based; Workshop; Symposium; and Food for Thought. Details for each type of presentation can be found on the conference website.
Right Turn - Successfully Parenting a Child with Fetal Alcohol Exposure: Understanding FASD and Incorporating Parenting Strategies that Work (August 27, 2019; Omaha USA)
Current statistics show that at least one in every one hundred children in North America have some form of a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an umbrella term used to describe a range of disabilities.
International FASD Day Forum -Making FASD History in Newcastle (9 September 2019; Newcastle, Australia)
The International FASD Day Forum - Making FASD History in Newcastle will give an interesting and exciting opportunity to discover what has been developing over the past 18 months to Make FASD History in the Newcastle Community!
Graf Recke Stiftung - Eine oftmals unentdeckte/nicht beschriebene Diagnose im Kontext der Kinder- und Jugendhilfe (September 10, 2019; Germany)
Dass Alkoholkonsum in der Schwangerschaft schädlich ist, ist bekannt. Dass Behinderungen, die daraus entstehen können, unter dem Terminus Fetale Alkoholspektrum-Störung (FASD) gefasst werden und Kinder nicht aus ihnen »herausgefördert« werden können, ist noch deutlich zu wenig bekannt.
Kymsote - ”Alkoholin vaurioittamat” - FASD -koulutus (9.9.2019; Kotka, Finland)
Koulutuksessa käsitellään alkoholin aiheuttamia vaurioita ja niiden ilmenemistä yksilön kehityksen eri näkökulmista.

VIDEO and MATERIALS
The FASD Elephant - What is FASD?
FASD is the acronym for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. FASD is not a medical diagnosis, but an umbrella term that describes a range of conditions that can occur in individuals whose mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy.
Thiago Arzua - Boozy Baby Brains - What is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?
There is evidence that the Ancient Greeks knew that drinking alcohol during pregnancy caused problems to the fetus and the baby.
FHN Video - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome FAQ 09
CANFASD: FASD DAY TOOLKIT
September 9th is International FASD Awareness Day. FASD Day was first celebrated in 1999. It is a day devoted to raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to improve prevention of FASD and diagnosis and support for individuals with FASD.

RESEARCH
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Impaired bidirectional synaptic plasticity in juvenile offspring following prenatal ethanol exposure
These data are the first to describe, in a single study, the impact of PNEE on the dynamic range of bidirectional synaptic plasticity in the juvenile DG in both males and in females.
Can Med Assoc - Alarming Ontario drinking statistics obligates reappraisal of the impact of alcohol on newborns
The report by Myran et al (2019)1 in CMAJ represents among the most comprehensive account of alcohol abuse in Ontario. It relies on emergency department visits caused by the alcohol use.
Campbell Systematic Reviews - PROTOCOL: Interventions for improving executive functions in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Systematic review and meta‐analysis
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is associated with profound and lifelong disability. The umbrella term fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) describes a spectrum of impairments resulting from the deleterious effects of PAE (Chudley et al., 2005).
Research in developmental Disabilities - A fetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnostic service and beyond: Outcomes for families
Given the global need for standardised FASD diagnostic procedures and accurate reporting of prevalence rates, the current study provides a contribution to the emerging diagnostic FASD literature, and insight into families’ experiences who have children diagnosed with FASD.
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry - Maternal ethanol consumption before paternal fertilization: Stimulation of hypocretin neurogenesis and ethanol intake in zebrafish offspring
There are numerous clinical and pre-clinical studies showing that exposure of the embryo to ethanol markedly affects neuronal development and stimulates alcohol drinking and related behaviors.
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - The ‘Dangerous Cocktail’: an epidemiological survey on the attitude of a population of pregnant women towards some pregnancy risk factors
Many investigations have shown the important role played by risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol and infectious agents (especially Rubella) in the development of congenital anomalies (Cas).
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Association between maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy and risk of preterm delivery: the Japan Environment and Children's Study
Alcohol consumption during the second and third trimesters, but not during the first trimester, was associated with increased risk of preterm delivery. Heavy alcohol consumption (≥300 g ethanol/week) during the second and third trimesters was associated with a four‐fold higher risk compared with non‐drinkers.
Acta neurobiologiae Experimentalis - Prenatal ethanol intoxication and maternal intubation stress alter cell survival and apoptosis in the postnatal development of rat hippocampus.
It is well known that the fetal ethanol exposure and prenatal stress may have adverse effects on brain development. Interestingly, some morphological and functional recovery from their teratogenic effects that take place during brain maturation.
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - Improving birth outcomes for women who are substance using or have mental illness: a Canadian cohort study comparing antenatal midwifery and physician models of care for women of low socioeconomic position
Among low SEP women in British Columbia, Canada, antenatal midwifery compared to obstetrician care was associated with reduced odds of PTB. Odds were lower among women with substance use, and mental illness and substance use, than among women without these risk factors.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Osservatorio Malattie Rare (Italy) - 23 Settembre 2019, Roma. “Alcol, sostanze psicoattive e gravidanza: un’alleanza tra cultura, tutela e diritti”
Lunedì 23 settembre 2019, dalle ore 9 alle 13, presso la Sala dell’Istituto Santa Maria in Aquiro (Piazza Capranica 72, Roma) si terrà il convegno “Alcol, sostanze psicoattive e gravidanza:un’alleanza tra cultura, tutela e diritti”.
Herzogtum direkt (Germany) - Fachtag zum Thema ‚Über-Leben mit FASD‘ – Anmeldefrist verlängert
Fetale Alkoholspektrumsstörungen (FASD) zählen zu den häufigsten angeborenen Behinderungen. In Deutschland ist mit 285.000 Betroffenen zwischen null und 18 Jahren zu rechnen.
Urząd Miasta Żory (Poland) - Ciąża bez alkoholu!
Nie ma bezpiecznej dawki alkoholu w ciąży, a każda jego ilość wiąże się z ryzykiem uszkodzenia płodu – to główny przekaz kampanii społecznej pod hasłem „Ciąża bez alkoholu”. Jej celem jest zmniejszenie liczby kobiet pijących alkohol w czasie ciąży i zachęcanie ich do zachowania całkowitej abstynencji.
DELFI (Lithuania) - Motina išklojo, ką reiškia auginti alkoholio dar įsčiose suluošintą vaiką: tenka slėpti mėlynes ir įbrėžimus
Judith Knox teigia, kad jos dvylikametis sūnus turi visą rinkinį elgesio sutrikimų, o juos visus lėmė vaisiaus alkoholinio sindromo spektro liga (VASS) (angl. FASD – DELFI).
Berlin.de (Germany) - Suchtberatung: Alkohol bleibt unterschätztes Risiko
Fast in Fünftel der Männer in Brandenburg trinkt zu viel Alkohol, schätzen Suchtberater. Das trifft nicht nur sie selbst, sondern auch ihre Familien. Doch auch Frauen unterschätzen Risiken.
DNP-Der Neurologe & Psychiater - Suizidalität bei Jugendlichen mit FASD
Erstmals wurde die Prävalenz von Suizidgedanken und suizidalen Handlung unter nicht intelligenzgeminderten Jugendlichen mit FASD erhoben.
NDR (Germany) - So gefährlich ist Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft
Das Fetale Alkoholsyndrom (FAS) ist die häufigste angeborene Behinderung in der westlichen Welt. Es wird beim Ungeborenen im Mutterleib angelegt, wenn Schwangere Alkohol trinken.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Alcohol News - 32/2019


WPVI-TV - Study: Alcohol and nicotine before bed are 'sleep thieves'
After tracking the sleep habits of nearly 800 African American volunteers, a team at Florida Atlantic University concluded that a drink within 4 hours of bedtime cuts the time asleep by 1 percent and nicotine cut it by 1.74 percent more.
The Guardian (Australia) - 'Alcohol industry fingerprints all over' Australia's plan to tackle overdrinking
Alcohol industry lobbying has undermined Australia’s key plan to tackle alcohol-related harm, a new report suggests.
Refinery29 - Drink Ruined My Life: 3 Young Women On Alcoholism
How many times have you woken up, head pounding, and promised yourself: Never again? Most of us are familiar with the killer hangovers, mystery bruises and nauseous feelings of remorse that come with overdoing it on the booze.
bnn-news.com (Latvia) - LTA: alcohol prices in Latvia have yet to decline and there is a reason for this
Although the excise tax on alcohol was reduced by 15% on 1 August, prices have yet to drop. This is because it is necessary to sell alcoholic drinks that were procured with the previous excise tax, explains Latvian Traders Association (LTA).
Baltic Times (Latvia) - Maxima encourages moderation as alcohol prices fall
During the summer holiday and festival season, Maxima reminds its customers to consume alcohol responsibly during their leisure time, regardless of the reduction in alcohol prices due to changes to excise duty on strong alcoholic beverages.
The Conversation UK - Type 2 diabetes: small reduction in alcohol, big reduction in heart disease risk
People with type 2 diabetes are at a higher risk of getting cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack and stroke.
ERR News (Estonia/Finland) - Minister: Excise duty reduction has increased alcohol sales to north
Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) said on Thursday that as a result of lowering excise duty rates on alcohol, sales on Estonia's northern border have increased, indicating that Finnish tourists are once again buying more alcohol to take back with them from Estonia.
Active Quote (UK) - Alcohol ‘epidemic’ not being tackled due to cuts, say experts
A ‘national epidemic’ of alcohol problems is not being tackled due to massive cuts to rehabilitation services, researchers have warned.
ScotPHO (Scotland) - Alcohol: availability, affordability and consumption
Levels of alcohol consumption can be estimated based on sales data or survey self-reports. It is well known that self-report surveys underestimate how much people drink (Goddard, 2004; Catto & Gibbs, 2008).
Cancer Council (Australia) - Reasons to stay dry beyond July
With last week marking the end of Dry July, the temptation is to pick up a drink and celebrate, but it’s important not to fall back into old habits. Limiting your alcohol intake or, better still, avoiding it altogether reduces your risk of cancer.
Deutche Welle - World in Progress: Big Alcohol taps Africa
Big international alcohol companies are now targeting the African continent. With sales stagnating in Europe and the US, Africa's growing middle class, and young people in particular, are being tapped as the market of the future.
The Guardian (Germany) - Drunk riding fuels call for Oktoberfest curbs on e-scooters
Politicians in Munich are calling for the use of e-scooters to be restricted during Oktoberfest in response to number of people being caught using the newly-legal vehicles while drunk.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Alcohol News - 31/2019


BBC News - The 'dual stigma' of alcohol-related brain damage
Alcohol-related brain damage, a condition similar to dementia, is poorly understood and often missed by health professionals, a study by charity Alcohol Change UK says.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Here is how much alcohol you have to buy each week to put your health at risk
Alcohol is so cheap now that it only costs men and women less than €10 to reach their weekly low-risk guideline limit.
BBC News (UK) - England failing to tackle alcohol 'epidemic', say researchers
Massive cuts to alcohol rehab services mean a "national epidemic" of alcohol-related problems is not being tackled, King's College London researchers say.
BBC News (Scotland) - Alcohol minimum pricing 'implemented effectively'
The new policy of minimum unit pricing for alcohol (MUP) has been implemented effectively, a report has found.
HuffPost - Why Some People Have A Higher Alcohol Tolerance Than Others
You’ve probably heard remarks like, “She could drink me under the table” or “He is a total lightweight.” Those comments, which come with (dubious) connotations of strength and weakness, are rooted in the concept of alcohol tolerance.
CapeTalk (South Africa) - Expert calls for better strategies to curb learners' alcohol abuse
A 2011 study has revealed that 66% of learners across the Westen Cape province are abusing alcohol.
The Independent - CRUISE ALCOHOL PACKAGES OFFERING 15 DRINKS A DAY CRITICISED FOLLOWING P&O BRAWL
Alcohol packages sold onboard cruise liners have been criticised following last weekend’s mass brawl onboard a P&O ship.
ABC News - What alcohol does to your body in the short and long term
Most Australian adults will have at least an occasional drink and about half of us are regular drinkers.
Science Daily - Impaired brain activity in rats with family history of alcohol abuse
Neural activity that reflects the intention to drink alcohol is observed in the prefrontal cortex and is blunted in rats with a family history of excessive drinking, according to new research. This insight could lead to novel treatments for alcohol use disorders.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - 1,100 kids treated for alcohol and drug-related illnesses in hospitals last year
New figures show that 1,100 children were treated for alcohol and drug-related illnesses in our hospitals last year.
CNBC - Facebook bans sales of alcohol and tobacco between users
All sales of alcohol and tobacco will no longer be allowed between users on Facebook and Instagram.
Hungary Today (Hungary) - Toxicologist: Number of Alcohol Addicts in Hungary Reaches 800,000
The number of people suffering from alcohol addiction in Hungary is around 800,000, and some 30,000 die annually of alcohol-related illnesses, toxicologist Gábor Zacher told public news channel M1 on Monday.
MorningAdvertiser.co.uk (UK) - Millennials ‘pressured’ into drinking, research claims
Millennials have declared their peers are pressuring them to drink alcohol when socialising and are five times more likely to undergo such strains than older generations.
ABC News (Australia) - Leaked draft of the National Alcohol Strategy shows why Australia can't stop drinking
Australia's plan for tackling alcohol abuse and harm has been compromised because of meddling from the alcohol industry, health experts have warned.
Becker's Hospital Review (USA) - 37.7% of midwives and nurse-midwives think drinking alcohol is sometimes safe during pregnancy, study finds
Many midwives and nurse-midwives underestimate the danger of alcohol consumption for pregnant mothers, according to a study published June 11 in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Older adults, not young people, behind forecast increase in alcohol consumption – academics
Picture harmful drinking and a teenager with a RTD might come to mind, not a retiree with a glass of wine.
Daily Mail (UK) - Bottles of alcohol will finally carrying information on healthy drinking guidelines more than three years after new rule was introduced
Alcohol firms will finally put strict new drinking guidelines on bottle and can labels three-and-a-half years after they were drawn up.
ScienceAlert - 'Second-Hand Drinking' Is The Public Health Problem You've Probably Never Heard Of
It's easy to imagine how second-hand smoke can impact an innocent bystander - most of us have probably inhaled the smoke from someone else's tobacco without wanting to. But it's not the only habit that can affect others; 'second-hand drinking' is a thing, too.
Science Daily (USA) - One in 10 older American adults currently binge drinks
More than a tenth of U.S. adults age 65 and older currently binge drink, putting them at risk for a range of health problems, according to a study by researchers at NYU School of Medicine and the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) at NYU College of Global Public Health.
Stylist Magazine - “This is how it really feels to be the daughter of an alcoholic”
There are estimated to be 589,101 dependent drinkers in England. Here, author Jessica Andrews shares her story of growing up with an alcoholic father, and explains why it’s so important that we open up the conversation around alcoholism.
News ERR (Latvia) - Latvia to lower excise duty rate on strong liquor Thursday
A 15 percent lower excise duty rate on strong liquor is to enter into effect in Latvia on Thursday. The reduced excise duty rate will apply through Feb. 29, 2020.
FairWarning - Alcohol Causes Cancer. Should There Be a Warning Label on Bottles and Cans?
There is a broad scientific consensus that alcohol is a carcinogen, and that even moderate drinking increases one’s chances of getting cancer. But surveys show that most Americans remain unaware of that fact.