Thursday, June 25, 2020

Alcohol News - 25/2020

Forbes (USA) - Men Should Have No More Than One Alcoholic Drink A Day, Federal Committee Warns
An influential federal panel is recommending that men reduce their alcohol intake to one drink per day rather than two, and that all Americans should cut back on added sugars.
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The National (Dubai) - Coronavirus: Dubai Police tightens restrictions on sale of alcohol in bars and pubs
Dubai Police has tightened restrictions on the sale of alcohol in bars and pubs. The decision means patrons can only consume alcohol if they order a meal at the same time.
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Global Health News Wire - Public support for alcohol control initiatives across seven countries
The findings – that 68 percent of Australians and 67 percent of New Zealanders surveyed are in favour – come at a critical time, with Australian and New Zealand Health and Food Ministers shortly to vote on recommendations by independent authority Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to introduce long-awaited alcohol warning labels.
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YLE News (Finland) - Finland's alcohol prices highest in EU
The price of alcoholic beverages in Finland was the highest in the EU last year, according to a price comparison index conducted by the EU’s statistical office Eurostat.
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In the UK, 21% of people are drinking more alcohol than they did before the pandemic, according to a recent survey. This follows a reported 31% increase in alcohol sales at the start of lockdown.
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MD Linx - Chronic alcohol intake exacerbates cardiac dysfunction after myocardial infarction
As alcohol intake is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, researchers sought to determine the effect of chronic alcohol intake on myocardial infarction (MI)-induced cardiac remodeling and heart failure.
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RNZ (New Zealand) - Lotta Dann: how the alcohol industry targets women
The normalisation of alcohol in virtually every setting and the advertisers pitch that it's glamorous is causing damage says author Lotta Dann. 
Read more (Canada) - Staying sober during COVID-19 can be a struggle, says recovering alcoholic
Stress, boredom and isolation have been a dangerous combination for many Nova Scotians struggling to stay sober during COVID-19, says the founder of Sober City Halifax.
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Yahoo Lifestyle Australia - What one month without alcohol can do for your body
Many of us may have potentially increased our alcohol consumption over the past few months, as we dealt with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and being in social isolation.
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The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Minister met with alcohol lobby before pregnancy warning label sent back for review
Food Minister Richard Colbeck met twice with alcohol industry lobbyists, including a major political donor, before a ministerial forum he chairs sent the independent regulator's proposed mandatory pregnancy warning label back for review.
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News24 (South Africa) - Ban advertising and increase price of alcohol to curb the abuse, experts say
Banning the advertising of alcohol, increasing its price and reducing the legal limit for drinking and driving could curb the abuse of alcohol in South Africa.
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Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Alcohol Action Ireland urge men to 'rethink their drinking'
Alcohol kills almost 2,000 men in Ireland every year, according to Alcohol Action Ireland. The group is asking men to "rethink their drinking" as Men's Health Week continues.
Read more (Ireland) - Smoking, alcohol and poor diet: Over half of Irish 17-year-olds categorised as having 'unhealthy' lifestyles
THE GROWING UP in Ireland survey has found that young people from working-class backgrounds and women are more likely engage in behaviours that increase their risk of disease.
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Drink Tank - Beware of big liquor spin, false conspiracies and ‘myths’ about alcohol-related harm
In a recent commentary (Wilsmore op ed NH 8 June 2020) the CEO of the Alcohol Beverages Australia (ABA) writes about the work of ‘prohibitionists’ in evaluating measures aimed at reducing harm in the community. The article reports that drinks consumption in the Northern Territory has increased in association with the introduction of a Minimum Unit Price (MUP).
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IAS - Hazardous drinkers show elevated ‘waiting impulsivity’, relative to lighter drinking controls
Research has consistently found that those with alcohol dependence show elevated impulsivity – indeed, this may underlie the persistent drinking, despite profoundly adverse consequences, which characterises the condition.
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DGMT (South Africa) - Public appeal to Government: Urgent measures to curb the abuse of alcohol linked to gender-based violence
The Covid-19 epidemic has shone a light again on the value of each human life, and the message from our leaders is that lives must be saved through urgent and radical action. In his speech to the nation on Wednesday 17 June 2020, President Ramaphosa stated that, especially in the light of the unbridled violence against women and children, “we will also need to look at further, more drastic measures to curb the abuse of alcohol”.
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