Thursday, August 27, 2020

Alcohol News - 34/2020

BBC News (UK) - Call for law change to strengthen labelling of alcohol

Health experts and charities have called on the UK and Scottish government to act on "inadequate" labelling of alcohol products.
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Deutche Welle (Germany) - Coronavirus: Germany's beer capital Munich to ban alcohol if cases rise
Munich will partially ban alcohol if coronavirus cases reach a certain threshold. The rule comes amid an uptick in infections in the city, often dubbed Germany's beer capital.
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Reykjavik Grapevine (Iceland) - Alcohol Consumption On The Rise Due To COVID-19
According to a Fréttablaðið report and sales numbers published by the State Alcohol and Tobacco Company of Iceland, ÁTVR, total sales so far this year are about 14% higher than last year, and particularly went up in March and April when the first wave of coronavirus infections was at its highest.
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EurekAlert (USA) - Premature deaths from alcoholic liver disease rising as gap between men and women narrows
Since the early 2000s, alcoholic liver disease deaths among non-Hispanic whites, particularly women, have increased more rapidly than rates among other ethnic groups., reports a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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ERR News (Estonia) - Police ban nighttime alcohol sales in Ida-Viru County
To stop the spread of the coronavirus infection, the police have banned the sales of alcohol during the night at the entertainment and catering establishments of Ida-Viru County as of Saturday. Prime Minister Jüri Ratas has said he supports the ban.
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Quartz (USA) - How Americans’ drinking is changing during the pandemic
New dietary guidelines (pdf) issued by the US Department of Agriculture last week suggest that men should limit their alcohol consumption to one drink per day, down from a previous limit of two. (For women, the recommendation has held steady at one drink per day.)
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People Management Magazine (UK) - Employer support on alcohol and drug misuse lacking, report finds
Organisations urged to treat this as a wellbeing rather than disciplinary issue, as research finds a quarter of employees are drinking more because of Covid-19.
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Independent Online (South Africa) - Link between alcohol consumption and increasing number of trauma cases in hospitals ’undeniable’
Gauteng acting MEC for Health Jacob Mamabolo says recent statistic have proven that there is a direct correlation between alcohol consumption as well as the increasing number of trauma cases that hospitals have to deal with.
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BBC News - Coronavirus: 'I became alcoholic during lockdown'
Before lockdown, Chris McLone was looking forward to a good year. In his late 40s, he felt fit and healthy, enjoying life with a successful career as a sales manager.
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Wauchope Gazette (Australia) - Harms of drinking alcohol at home are often overlooked
A 2020 poll of alcohol drinkers in Australia revealed that most drink higher quantities of alcohol while at home. It is a trend that started even before the COVID-19 lockdowns.
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The Brussels Time (Belgium) - Brussels-North bans sale of ‘takeaway’ alcohol after 10:00 PM
The mayors of the municipalities that make up the Brussels-North police zone prohibit the sale of “takeway” alcoholic drinks after 10:00 PM, following numerous complaints about nuisance in public places.
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British Liver Trust (UK) - British Liver Trust calls for alcohol strategy to tackle alcohol härm
The British Liver Trust is calling for the Government to adopt a joined up alcohol strategy to tackle the negative effects of the UK’s drinking culture and save lives.
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Alcohol Change (UK) - Drinking in the dark: alcohol labelling is failing consumers

Our new research, produced in collaboration with the Alcohol Health Alliance, has found that alcohol labels in the UK do not contain the information consumers need, and calls for mandatory comprehensive labelling.
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FARE (Australia) - Annual Alcohol Poll 2020: We drink more alcohol and most often at home – even before COVID-19 lockdowns
The home is where the majority of Australians who use alcohol have the largest quantity per occasion and drink most freque­­ntly, rather than at pubs, clubs or restaurants.
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NordAN - Dr Eeva Ollila: As long as alcohol advertising is allowed, campaigns may be of limited effectiveness
More attention to the negative effects of alcohol in terms of increasing many chronic diseases, including cancer, should be paid, argues dr Eeva Ollila, Senior Medical Officer at the Cancer Society of Finland.
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