Thursday, August 13, 2020

Alcohol News - 32/2020

BBC News (South Africa) - Coronavirus and South Africa's toxic relationship with alcohol

South Africa's ban on alcohol during the coronavirus pandemic has prompted the BBC's Vumani Mkhize to reflect on why he and his country have such a toxic relationship with drink.
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The Conversation UK - Alcohol addiction: could the brain’s immune system be the key to understanding and treating alcoholism?
Alcohol abuse is a serious problem worldwide. In England alone, over 350,000 alcohol-related hospital admissions – and over 5,000 alcohol-related deaths – were reported in 2018.
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News Medical (Australia) - Alcohol consumption rises in Australia as COVID pandemic continues
A new survey from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation has found that 12 percent of Australians have begun consuming alcohol on a daily basis since the coronavirus pandemic began a few months back.
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Science Daily - Miscarriage risk increases each week alcohol is used in early pregnancy
Each week a woman consumes alcohol during the first five to 10 weeks of pregnancy is associated with an incremental 8% increase in risk of miscarriage, according to a new study.
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New Zealand Doctor Online (New Zealand) - New research shows declining alcohol and cigarette use in New Zealand youth
A new study co-led by a Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington researcher shows that cigarette smoking is now rare in high school students, and binge drinking has declined since 2012.
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ERR News (Estonia) - Government supports restricting alcohol sales in Tartu County
At a cabinet meeting held on Thursday, August 6, the Estonian government decided to support the establishment of a restriction on the sale of alcohol at catering and entertainment establishments in Tartu County, as sought by the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA).
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YLE News (Finland) - Finland's alcohol tax may rise next year
The programme of Finland's current coalition government calls for an additional 50 million euros in revenues from the taxation of alcohol, and this could well mean a tax rise in 2021, Minister of Finance Matti Vanhanen (Cen), has told the Finnish news agency STT.
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Food Navigator Asia (India) - Alcohol policy action: India emerges as top supporter of control policies as researchers blast ANZ changes
India has emerged as the top supporter of stronger alcohol policy implementation in a new study, where researchers also criticised labelling changes in Australia and New Zealand and called for stronger, more effective measures to be put in place.
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Alcohol Change (UK) - The UK is in recession – so what does this mean for alcohol harm?
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen manufacturing output tumble to a record low; the hospitality and leisure sectors have faced unprecedented challenges with shops, bars, restaurants and gyms shut for large periods of 2020; and March and April saw UK construction suffer its largest slump on record.
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Samoa Observer (Samoa) - Sensible alcohol policy within reach
Alcohol is killing Samoans, both quickly and slowly. We can do something about it but it will take commitment to real action. We can’t afford to wait any longer.
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Balance - Alcohol marketing and young people: why our young people are still on the frontline?
We are bombarded by high profile mass media advertising and marketing – from TV ads to billboards, sponsorship of a football team or celebrity endorsement.
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World Bank Blogs - Taxes on tobacco, alcohol, and sugar-sweetened beverages reduce health risks and expand fiscal space for Universal Health Coverage post-COVID 19
Seven months after the first cases of a new coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported in China, the pandemic’s toll continues to increase, despite global containment and mitigation efforts. People of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, obstructive pulmonary diseases, and obesity and diabetes, are at increased risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19.
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