Thursday, October 24, 2019

Alcohol News - 43/2019


The Conversation AU (Australia) - How big alcohol is trying to fool us into thinking drinking is safer than it really is
The alcohol industry has labelled the current guidelines (two standard drinks per day and four in any heavy episode of drinking) as harsh, and voiced concern the guidelines may be tightened further.
Medical News Today - Atrial fibrillation: Daily alcoholic drink riskier than binge drinking
A new study suggests that drinking small amounts of alcohol frequently rather than having infrequent bouts of binge drinking is more likely to increase the risk of developing atrial fibrillation (A-fib), a condition in which the heart beats irregularly.
The Economist (UK) - Alcohol firms promote moderate drinking, but it would ruin them
Of all the substances people intoxicate themselves with, alcohol is the least restricted and causes the most harm. Many illegal drugs are more dangerous to those who use them, but are relatively hard to obtain, which limits their impact.
BBC - Can drinking red wine ever be good for us?
Want to boost your health? Eating more fruits and vegetables, and exercising, remain the best and most proven ways to do it – not pouring yourself a glass of wine.
Inverse - Scientists now know how alcohol tricks your brain into craving more alcohol
By the end of the evening, the taste of alcohol fades, but traces of the memories formed with a drink in hand linger on for years. The exact content of those memories might be hazy the next day, but the smells, sounds and sites of a familiar bar can be enough to trigger a strong alcohol craving that emanates from deep in the brain. Now scientists have an idea of why these memories feel so strong.
NL Times (Netherlands) - ALCOHOL SALES LIMITED IN RED LIGHT DISTRICT FOR AJAX-CHELSEA MATCH TONIGHT
Around 25 shops and liquor stores in the Red Light District will not be allowed to sell alcohol on Wednesday afternoon in the run-up to the Champions League match between Ajax and Chelsea. Bars will be allowed to serve alcohol, but only for consumption in the bar. The municipality of Amsterdam hopes to prevent problems caused by drunk football fans, Het Parool reports.
Cancer Network - Cancer Atlas Points to Global Burden of Alcohol as Carcinogen
Some 4.2% of all cancer deaths were caused by alcohol consumption, according to the third edition of Cancer Altas, a report co-penned by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
Medical Xpress - Global alcohol marketing treaty could reduce drinking harm
A Massey University researcher is calling for an international convention to control alcohol marketing similar to the one that has been used to help reduce tobacco harm worldwide.
ABC News (Australia) - Alcohol-related domestic violence and assaults drop dramatically one year on from floor price introduction
There has been a 26 per cent decrease in alcohol-related assaults in the Northern Territory since it introduced the country's first alcohol floor price and rolled out a range of new measures.
YLE News (Finland) - Alko runs afoul of law, ends wine tasting courses
State-owned alcohol monopoly retailer Alko has indefinitely suspended its public wine tasting courses. The decision follows a probe into the sessions by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health, Valvira, earlier this autumn.
Edinburgh News (Scotland) - Call to hide alcohol from view in shops, just like cigarettes
SHOPS should be required to screen alcohol from public view just like cigarettes, Edinburgh’s deputy council leader Cammy Day has said.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Young people changing Ireland's relationship with alcohol says community group
Young people are calling time on Ireland's problematic relationship with alcohol. Today marks the first anniversary of the Public Health Alcohol Act, and a group are delivering a message to "Enact the Act."
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Kiwi experts call for global clamp-down on big alcohol's sport sponsorship
The Rugby World Cup is "saturated" with booze sponsors but alcohol has no place in international or local sport, experts say.
WHO.int - Harm to Others from Drinking: Harm to Others from Drinking: Patterns in Nine Societies
The perception and attribution of problems related to alcohol consumption are sensitive to cultural contexts and change over time. Sometimes drinking may be related to an event (for example, a cart overturning in a ditch) that is not even recognized as caused by alcohol consumption.
IAS (UK) - Alcohol & marketing: IAS conference & report on gender stereotypes
This week the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) held a conference on Alcohol & marketing: protecting the vulnerable with a range of presentations, audio , and animations available to download.
The New York Times - How Drinking Less Solved a Lot of Problems
Though I come from a family of beer drinkers, I was never much into drinking. I rarely drank as a teenager, and even into my 20s, drinking didn’t play a big part in my life, other than the fruity cocktails I enjoyed on occasion.

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