Thursday, July 23, 2020

Alcohol News - 29/2020

Notes from Poland (Poland) - MPs propose changing communist-era alcohol law to allow online sales in Poland
Poland’s parliament is to debate a bill proposing to make it legal for companies to sell alcohol online and deliver it to customers.
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The Sidney Morning Herald (Australia) - My month off alcohol turned into two-and-a-half years
When I quit drinking, it was like I’d broken a spell. But the spell wasn’t cast by alcohol. My addiction wasn’t to booze but to people's favourable opinion of me.
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Malay Mail (Malaysia) - Putrajaya sees need to review alcohol sales in grocery stores across Malaysia
he Housing and Local Government Ministry said today it agreed there was a need to review the sale of alcoholic beverages in grocery stores throughout the country.
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CTV News (Canada) - Sweet drinks a 'gateway' to more alcohol consumption, University of Guelph study finds
A new study from the University of Guelph shows sweet drinks, like wine coolers, could pave the way for increased alcohol consumption.
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Cape Town ETC (South Africa) - Government backtracks on cigarette and alcohol ban announcement tweet
Earlier on Tuesday afternoon, a Tweet from the South African Government’s official account said the sale of alcohol and tobacco will remain banned for the duration of lockdown. Since then, an official apology has been published via the account, saying it was a “mistake”.
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Fox News (USA) - Miami Beach mayor wants to ban alcohol sales after midnight, rebrand city's party scene
Mayor Dan Gelber, D-Fla., is taking drastic steps to clean up Miami Beach, and it could include the restriction of alcohol sales after midnight.
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Technology Networks - The Brain’s Immune Cells May Promote Alcohol Addiction
The activation of the immune system could eventually perpetuate some of the deleterious effects of alcohol, like addiction. This is the conclusion of research carried out by an international team led by Dr. Santiago Canals, from the Institute of Neurosciences in Alicante (Spain), a joint center of the Spanish National Research Council and the University Miguel Hernández in Elche, and Dr. Wolfgang Sommer, from the Central Institute of Mental Health of the University of Heidelberg (Germany).
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WZTV (USA) - 1 in 4 Tennesseans recently unemployed turning to more alcohol, study says
American Addiction Centers conducted a study of 3,000 people to find out how they're dealing with the economic toll of the pandemic, specifically in relation to unemployment.
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The Sidney Morning Herald (Australia) - Ministers approve mandatory alcohol pregnancy warning label
Alcohol bottles will display a prominent warning label outlining the dangers of drinking while pregnant, after politicians voted to make the new label mandatory.
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The Standard (Kenya) - Director of Public Health speaks on notice addressing ban on alcohol consumption
Public Health Director Dr Francis Kuria on Tuesday refused to be drawn into a notice on the ban on alcohol consumption in public.
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Seattle Times (USA) - Alcohol during the pandemic: Study breaks down who’s drinking more, and how much
As the coronavirus pandemic stretches into the year, more adults are drinking to cope, and alcohol sales have surged across the country, a new study says.
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Croakey (Australia) - Celebrating a hard-fought victory in the campaign to reduce alcohol-related härm
Health leaders are celebrating victory in a long, hard-fought campaign for clearly visible pregnancy warning labels on alcohol, following a decision on Friday by representatives of the Australian and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation that the label below should be implemented within three years.
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VICE (Australia) - Australia Is Seeing an Uptick in Alcohol-Related Hospital Admissions as States Reopen
People in parts of Australia are emerging from lockdown with a lowered tolerance to alcohol, according to police, leading to an increase in hospital admissions.
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Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - One in five Kiwis are drinking at potentially dangerous levels
New research has revealed one in five New Zealanders are drinking alcohol dangerously. A paper published by the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) looked into New Zealand's hazardous drinking and how often they visited a doctor.
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Daily Mail (UK) - Health fears as lockdown leads to unprecedented surge in alcohol problems... with four in ten households drinking more than before
Experts said many parents have increased the amount they drink to cope with the stresses of childcare and home-schooling since March.
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Cancer Council (Australia) - Alcohol and cancer – Position Statement
Alcohol is a known risk factor for cancer. Heavy alcohol use can also cause short- and long-term health problems such as cirrhosis of the liver, alcohol dependence, strokes, suicide, injury and car accidents.
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The Connaught Telegraph (Ireland) - Reducing alcohol consumption – 3 reasons why it matters
Alcohol may have become more of a part of people’s lives in recent months. With the restrictions in place drinking from home has become much more prevalent.
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University of Colorado Cancer Center - Alcohol and Cancer Risk
The American Cancer Society recently updated its recommendation from limiting alcohol to avoiding alcohol altogether to reduce cancer risk. Here, the University of Colorado Cancer Center discusses this update with Valaree Williams, MS, RD, CSO, CNSC, FAND, lead dietician from the Oncology Supportive Services at UCHealth.
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