Thursday, January 23, 2020

Alcohol News - 3/2020

BBC News (Scotland) - 'More research needed' on underage drinkers and minimum pricing
NHS experts have said more research is needed into how minimum pricing for alcohol is affecting underage drinking.
BBC News (UK) - Call to tax 'hidden' sugar in pre-mixed alcoholic drinks
Many "ready to drink" pre-mixed spirits are packed with excessive sugar and hidden calories and should be subject to a sugar tax like fizzy drinks, health experts say.
YLE News (Finland) - Can "Dry January" help quench Finland's thirst for alcohol?
Many people in Finland are wrapping up a month of abstinence from alcohol, known as “tipaton tammikuu” or Dry January in English. Annika Eloranta of the Network for Preventive Substance Abuse Work (EPT) told All Points North that Finns drink 10.4 litres of hard liquor per person each year, a number that was declining but has bubbled up slightly in recent years.
94.5 PST (USA) - 1 in 3 New Jerseyans Lie About Their Alcohol Consumption
Let's be real, some of the questions that get asked at the doctor’s offices are on another level. Sometimes filling out the forms at the doctor's office can make you feel like a complete alcoholic but really you are just living your best life. (Canada) - Alcohol involved in almost half of snowmobile fatalities over the past decade
The Ontario Provincial Police has released a report in conjunction with Snowmobile Safety Week, indicating that over the past 10 snowmobile seasons they have investigated 175 snowmobile fatalities.
BBC News (Spain) - Spain's Magaluf and Ibiza crack down on alcohol-fuelled holidays
Spain's Balearic Islands have passed a law banning pub crawls and happy hours in three popular tourist destinations in a bid to crack down on alcohol-fuelled holidays.
RACGP (Australia) - Alcohol use stable, decline in smoking rates: AIHW
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) findings, the apparent consumption of alcohol in 2017–18 is equivalent to an average of 2.72 standard drinks per day per consumer of alcohol aged 15 and over – an increase of just 0.02 since 2016–17.
EurekAlert - Combined prenatal smoking and drinking greatly increases SIDS risk
Children born to mothers who both drank and smoked beyond the first trimester of pregnancy have a 12-fold increased risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) compared to those unexposed or only exposed in the first trimester of pregnancy, according to a new study supported by the National Institutes of Health.
Psychiatry Advisor - Alcohol Consumption Worsens Global Burden of Disease
Study results published in Lancet Public Health underscores the significant worldwide burden of disease attributable to alcohol. Alcohol-attributable death rates were highest in Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and countries with low human development indices (HDIs). Across countries, alcohol use disproportionately affected young people and men.
Technology Networks - How Alcohol Addiction – and Abstinence – Remodel the Brain
Employing advanced technologies that allow whole brain imaging at single-cell resolution, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that in an alcohol-dependent mouse model, the rodent brain's functional architecture is substantially remodeled.
IAS (UK) - Young risky drinkers: overrepresented as victims and perpetrators of alcohol's harms to others
Adverse outcomes from drinking are borne not only by individual drinkers, but by their families, friends, and the broader community. Alcohol related harms are pervasive – they include everyday problems such having to clean up vomit on the streets, or having to pick up the slack of a work colleague who is hung over.
Baltic Times (Latvia) - Finance Ministry proposes to raise excise tax on alcohol gradually
The Finance Ministry proposes to raise the excise tax rate on alcohol gradually, said Finance Minister Janis Reirs' aide Ints Dalderis (New Unity) in an interview with the Latvian public radio today.
Independent (UK) - Almost three quarters of drinkers unaware of links between alcohol and cancer, poll claims
Almost three quarters of drinkers don’t know that any amount of alcohol can increase the risk of developing cancer, according to research.

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