Thursday, April 2, 2020

Alcohol News - 13/2020

CNN - Booze sales are booming as people stockpile alcohol ... but it may not last
The coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of Americans to stay homeand they're drinking a lot of alcohol to pass time — for now.
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The Guardian (Greenland) - Alcohol sales banned in Greenland capital during lockdown
The sale of alcohol has been banned in the Greenland capital, Nuuk, in an attempt to reduce violence against children during the period of confinement caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
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INSIDER - WHO: Alcohol is an 'unhelpful coping strategy' for the coronavirus pandemic
Everyday routines have been uprooted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has also driven up levels of anxiety. And the World Health Organization knows what that means: more people will, likely, be having a few more drinks, either to substitute their social plans or to calm their nerves.
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Metro - Coronavirus World: Which countries have banned alcohol while in lockdown?
While some people opt to treat the lockdown as a chance to detox and step back from socialising, others have turned to alcohol to soothe their minds. As a result, delivery services have picked up after many supermarket alcohol aisles were stripped bare.
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EurekAlert - Health warning labels on alcohol and snacks may reduce consumption
Image-and-text health warning labels, similar to those on cigarette boxes, show potential for reducing the consumption of alcoholic drinks and energy-dense snacks, such as chocolate bars, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health.
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New York Post (USA) - Coronavirus is causing a rise in drug and alcohol relapses
As the nation gets more stringent about non-essential travel and bans on group gatherings to slow the spread of coronavirus, one expert says the pandemic may result in an unintended rise in drug and alcohol relapses among those who are in recovery.
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The Independent (UK) - Let’s try “Dry Covid” – lockdown is the time to kick our national alcohol habit for good
The government’s approach to alcohol has always been incoherent; we can buy alcohol in petrol stations, for example, but it is against the law to drink drive. Its recent designation of off-licences as essential services during the coronavirus pandemic is an extension of this confusion.
Read more (New Zealand) - Coronavirus: For the love of liquor - drinkers flout lockdown rule to buy booze in West Auckland
People living in a licensing trust area are concerned about non-residents flouting lockdown rules to purchase booze.
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The Times (UK) - Coronavirus: Bingeing Britons buy 20% more alcohol for lockdown
Britons have turned to binge-buying booze, with the rise in sales of alcohol outpacing those of groceries over the past month, sales data reveals.
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UC Riverside - Alcohol consumption by fathers before conception could negatively impact child development
Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, have explored the relationship between parental alcohol consumption — before conception in the case of fathers and during pregnancy in the case of mothers — and offspring development.
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The Irish Times - Heavy drinking linked to health problems later in life, study finds
Heavy drinking is linked to higher blood pressure, poorer liver function, increased stroke risk and larger waistlines in later life, even if you cut down before getting older, researchers have found.
Read more - Autonomous cars ‘will lead to more binge drinking,’ research shows
The increase in the number of self-driving cars will lead to more binge drinking, as people no longer have to worry about driving home from a pub or club, a study claims.
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Scotland on Sunday (Scotland) - Scottish health campaigners issue problem drinking warning
The new Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) guidance points out that alcohol continues to be marketed in shops, in the media and on the internet and that suppliers will make home deliveries during the current crisis.
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Newsroom (New Zealand) - Restrict alcohol to help our hospitals
To prevent hospital overload from the Covid-19 crisis and beyond, alcohol sales hours should be cut and prices raised, argue Louise Delany and George Thomson of the University of Otago.
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The Lancet - Reduction in global alcohol-attributable harm unlikely after setback at WHO Executive Board
A decision emerged after many hours of informal consultation at the WHO Executive Board in February, 2020, on the next steps for global governance of harmful use of alcohol.
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Newswise - Students Who Up Their Cannabis Use Face Increased Risk of Alcohol Problems
Cannabis use can worsen some consequences of alcohol use among young adult drinkers over time, according to a new study which tracked the frequency of cannabis use and negative drinking outcomes among college students over three years.
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Cancer Council WA (Australia) - Cancer Council WA calls out alcohol industry for opportunistic marketing during COVID-19 pandemic
Cancer Council WA is calling on the alcohol industry to rein in its opportunistic marketing behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic, following a spate of concerning advertising in the press and on social media in recent days.
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