Thursday, April 30, 2020

Alcohol News - 17/2020

Okcfox (Belgium) – Alcohol consumption slightly down under Belgian lockdown
A university research survey has found that alcohol consumption in Belgium is remaining mostly stable during the country's coronavirus lockdown, with only one out of four respondents saying they are drinking more while confined at home.
Read more (Switzerland) - Medical staff, poor and unemployed at higher risk of alcohol abuse
The non-governmental organisation Addiction Switzerland has warned that stress and lack of a structured routine during the coronavirus pandemic can lead to overconsumption of alcohol.
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The Local Italy (Italy) - Drinking alcohol won't boost coronavirus immunity, Italians warned
Italian health officials reminded the public on Thursday that consuming alcoholic drinks will not increase immunity to Covid-19.
Read more (Iran) - Iran: Over 700 dead after drinking alcohol to cure coronavirus
More than 700 people have died in Iran after ingesting toxic methanol, erroneously thinking it can cure the new coronavirus.
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The Moscow Times (Russia) - In Russia Virus Lockdown, Fears of a Return to the Bottle
Stuck in cramped flats and struggling with fears of the coronavirus and its economic impact, many Russians are worried about the return of an old demon.
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BusinessTech (South Africa) - No alcohol or cigarettes to be sold under South Africa’s new Level 4 lockdown
Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has confirmed that South Africans will not be allowed to purchase alcohol or cigarettes under the country’s new Level 4 restrictions.
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ThePrint (India) - Modi govt could revisit order banning alcohol sale after pressure from states
Punjab has officially asked for permission to sell alcohol, while other states have raised the issue informally. But the central govt has held firm so far.
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Mirage News (Australia) - Violent assaults reducing in Northern Territory thanks to minimum alcohol price
Surgeons have welcomed an Independent Review of the Northern Territorys minimum unit price (MUP) on alcohol, which has highlighted a reduction in violent crimes and assaults since the policy was introduced.
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BBC News (UK) - Coronavirus: Alcohol fears amid lockdown boredom
People could develop long-term heavy drinking habits as a result of self-isolating at home, a charity fears.
Read more (Ireland) - Big jump in alcohol sales recorded over Easter
Sales of alcohol in off-licences and supermarkets in Ireland jumped by 44% over the Easter period according to new data from Nielsen.
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The Independent (UK) - Once again, the government is putting the alcohol industry’s health before ours
It is not surprising to hear that sales of alcohol are rising during this Covid-19 pandemic. Retail sales data for the United Kingdom reported an additional £104m was spent in the last week of March, which is when lockdown measures were introduced, compared to the week before.
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PBS NewsHour - Why COVID-19 can be ‘toxic’ for people in alcohol recovery
For millions of people in recovery or looking for help for alcohol use, in-person group meetings can be a source of relief. But social distancing measures that were put in place to help curb the coronavirus have disrupted the support networks people rely upon for help.
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Bangkok Post (Thailand) - Alcohol ban extension suggested
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Tuesday suggested that the alcohol sales ban be renewed starting from May 3.
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The Czech Republic has been for years considered one of Europe’s leading countries in terms of alcohol consumption per capita. But recent data on the sales of spirits in the country suggest Czechs might not be such heavy drinkers after all.
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Alcohol Health Alliance (UK) - When I said enough is enough: reducing alcohol related harm in older people
As a career old age psychiatrist, I had no training in addictions psychiatry, other than a vague recollection of some of the problems needed for me to make a diagnosis of alcohol dependence.
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DrinkTank (Australia) - Keep calm and carry on drinking: alcohol industry’s message during COVID-19
Aotearoa New Zealand has been recognised internationally for its effective public communication during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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STAP (Netherlands) - Alcohol policy measures can contribute to controlling healthcare costs
Last week, Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra sent 16 Broad Social Review reports to the House of Representatives. These advisory reports from top officials are prepared for the next cabinet formation in 2021. The report on controlling healthcare costs lists 40 policy options and many preventive measures, including 5 alcohol policy.
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Cancer Health - Report Offers Insights on Cancer Death Rates and Importance of Prevention
A companion paper, Healthy People 2020, measuring Americans’ progress on national health goals shows that adults have not met targets to improve key lifestyle factors linked to cancer risk, including drinking too much alcohol, obesity prevalence and smoking.
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