Thursday, April 9, 2020

Alcohol News - 14/2020

DW (Germany) - Germans still to drink too much alcohol, study finds
Germans continue to drink a bathtub's worth of beer, wine and spirits per year, according to a new study on addiction. They also smoked nearly 75 billion cigarettes.
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The Guardian (Australia) - Drinking in coronavirus isolation: experts warn Australians to monitor their Intake
As Australia went into Covid-19 lockdown, alcohol sales increased. It’s tempting to drink in times of stress, but habits picked up now could be difficult to break.
Read more (New Zealand) - Coronavirus: Online alcohol sales soar during the Covid-19 lockdown
The demand for alcohol - beer, wine and spirits - appears to have skyrocketed during the coronavirus lockdown.
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New York Post (Iran) - Hundreds dead in Iran after drinking pure alcohol as coronavirus ‘cure’
The death toll from Iranians guzzling pure alcohol in the crazy misbelief that it can cure the coronavirus has reached about 600 — with thousands more hospitalized, according to reports on Wednesday.
Read more (Ireland) - 'More proactive' HSE Drug and Alcohol Helpline sees 29% rise in contacts
The number of calls and emails to the HSE’s Drug and Alcohol Helpline increased by more than 29% last year.
Read more (USA) - Half of Virginians admit to drinking alcohol while working from home
Half of Virginians admit to having a drink while working from home during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Anadolu Agency (South Africa) - Alcohol ban decreases crime rate in South Africa
The imposition of ban on alcohol as part of lockdown to stem the spread of coronavirus since March 27 has significantly decreased crime rate in South Africa, according to the Zimeye, an online publication quoting Minister of Police Gen. Bheki Cele.
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The BMJ - Ian Hamilton: Is alcohol really “essential” during covid-19?
With the UK seeing a surge in alcohol sales over the past few weeks, now would be a good time to emphasise public health advice on alcohol, argues Ian Hamilton.
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MarketWatch (USA) - U.S. online alcohol sales jump 243% during coronavirus pandemic
Spirits like tequila, gin and pre-mixed cocktails led the way, with sales jumping 75% compared to the same period last year. Wine sales were up 66% while beer sales rose 42%. And online sales far outpaced in-store sales.
Read more (Czech Republic) - Alcohol sales in the Czech Republic rose 30% in the second week of March
Alcohol sales remain higher than average in the Czech Republic, even after coronavirus panic buying has calmed down.
Read more - Do Health Warning Labels on Alcohol and Snacks Limit Consumption?
Image-and-text health warning labels (HWLs), similar to those on cigarette boxes, show potential for reducing the consumption of alcoholic drinks and high-calorie snacks, according to a new study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health.
Read more (UK) - Brits 'putting themselves at greater risk from coronavirus' by drinking alcohol
Brits are putting themselves at greater risk from coronavirus by drinking alcohol, health chiefs say.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged people to stay away from booze and tobacco while in self-isolation.
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Reykjavík Grapevine (Iceland) - Alcohol Sales On The Rise In Iceland As COVID-19 Outbreak Worsens
Many Icelanders are turning to an age-old solution in these anxiety-inducing times: alcohol. But as COVID-19 has tightened its grip on Iceland, noisy crowds gathered outside downtown bars have been replaced with solemn two-metre-spaced queues outside Vínbúðin stores.
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CapeTalk (South Africa) - 'In South Africa we have almost adopted alcohol as a family member'
As people run out of alcohol during lockdown, it may highlight issue of alcohol use dependence, explains recovery director.
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The measure is designed to stop people congregating and drinking together during the 21-day lockdown that began on Monday to combat the spread of COVID-19.
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Bloomberg (Thailand) - Bangkok Bans Alcohol in Effort to Contain Coronavirus Outbreak
Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, banned alcohol sales for a week and a half to help prevent social gatherings that could spread the virus that causes Covid-19.
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The Conversation (USA) - America is drinking its way through the coronavirus crisis – that means more health woes ahead
In the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic, it has become easier to buy alcohol than toilet paper or eggs.
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TASS (Russia) - Spending on alcohol in Russia grows for second consecutive week, reports Sberbank
April 5, spending on goods and services in Russia fell by 22.9% compared with the previous week, however increased demand is for food, medicine and alcohol persists, according to a report from Sberbank.
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PLOS ONE (Netherlands) - Physicians’ norms and attitudes towards substance use in colleague physicians: A cross-sectional survey in the Netherlands
97% of Dutch physicians of the “physicians panel” say that if they suspect a fellow physician is suffering from substance use (alcohol, drugs or medication) they will discuss this with that colleague.
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