Thursday, March 5, 2020

Alcohol News - 9/2020


ERR News (Estonia) - Tallinn to impose alcohol sales restrictions on casinos as well
While a previous plan by Tallinn city government foresaw new restrictions on late-night alcohol sales at bars and nightclubs, a new bill will see the late-night bans on the sale of alcohol be extended to casinos located in the capital city as well.
SciTechDaily - Drinking Alcohol Weakens Bones of People Living With HIV
For people living with HIV, any level of alcohol consumption is associated with lower levels of a protein involved in bone formation, raising the risk of osteoporosis, according to a new study by researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and School of Medicine (BUSM) and published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
BBC News (Scotland) - Campaigners want a ban on alcohol sponsorship in Scottish sport
Campaigners are calling for alcohol sponsorship to be banned in Scottish sport. An academic study found drink advertising features every 15 seconds at some high-level fixtures.
Harvard Health - Cutting down on alcohol helps if you have atrial fibrillation
In medical school, there are lots of cutesy names that help us learn and remember things. “Holiday heart” is one of these — it reminds doctors-in-training that binge drinking alcohol can lead to an episode of atrial fibrillation (afib).
UPI.com (USA) - U.S. teens waiting longer to try alcohol, drugs
It's never good news that kids are using drugs and alcohol, but fewer U.S. teens are starting before their 16th birthday, a new study finds.
U.S. News & World Report (USA) - Alcohol Is Increasingly a Women’s Health Issue
LANDREE SARATA WAS 31 years old when her hair started falling out, her feet and belly became swollen and she began feeling tired all the time. In May 2015, she says, she finally hit "rock bottom" and had to go to the emergency department, where she was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis.
Scientific American - An Alcoholic Parent Can Affect How a Child’s Brain Switches Tasks
One of the strongest predictors of becoming an alcoholic is family history: the offspring of people with the disorder are four times more likely than others to develop it, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
University of Sheffield News (England) - New research shows alcohol minimum unit price could save almost 8,000 lives in north of England
Civic leaders are calling for the urgent introduction of a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol in England after new evidence from the University of Sheffield’s Alcohol Research Group revealed that it could save almost 8,000 lives across the North over the next 20 years.
Contemporary Pediatrics - Weight-based bullying linked to adolescent substance use
Adolescents who are bullied about their weight may be more likely to use alcohol or marijuana than non-bullied peers, according to a new study from the American Psychological Association’s journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. This link between appearance-based teasing and substance use was strongest among overweight girls.
IcelandReview (Iceland) - Minister of Justice Wants to Legalize Alcohol Ads
Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir wants to legalize ads for alcohol, saying banning them isn’t working and discriminates against Icelandic producers. RÚV reports that a parliamentary bill is currently being drafted which, if passed, would make alcohol advertisements legal in Iceland.
YLE News (Finland) - Finnish pension funds linked to alcohol, weapons and tax havens
Finnish pension funds have not purged so-called sin stocks from their portfolios. Those who run Finland's pension funds largely decide for themselves what responsible investments are, according to an Yle investigation.
Economic Times - The size of the wine glass can influence the amount of alcohol you drink
The size of glass used for serving wine can influence the amount of wine you drink in restaurants, according to a Cambridge study.
IAS blog - Parental supply of alcohol across adolescence increases risk of alcohol-related harms in early adulthood
Alcohol is a leading cause of harm among young people worldwide, yet there is a common belief among parents that giving alcohol to their adolescent children teaches responsible drinking and reduces the risk of alcohol misuse later in life.
The Lancet - Alcohol: global health's blind spot
Non-communicable diseases constitute more than 72% of annual global deaths and are now rightfully receiving increased attention in the global health agenda. However, one of the primary risk factors for non-communicable diseases continues to be neglected: alcohol.
Sky News (UK) - 400 cancer cases a day in the UK could be avoided by healthier lifestyles, says charity
But it estimated that 147,000 cases, or around 40%, could have been avoided if people people stopped smoking, drank less alcohol, ate healthy foods, were active and maintained a healthy weight.

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