Thursday, October 1, 2020

Alcohol News - 39/2020

RAND (USA) - Alcohol Consumption Rises Sharply During Pandemic Shutdown; Heavy Drinking by Women Rises 41%
American adults have sharply increased their consumption of alcohol during the shutdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, with women increasing their heavy drinking episodes (four or more drinks within a couple of hours) by 41%, according to a new RAND Corporation study.
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EPHA - Alcohol and Cancer – What’s at stake for Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan?
To discuss the role of alcohol consumption in cancer prevention, with a special focus on Europe’s Beating Cancer plan, EPHA members IOGT-NTO, European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) and The Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) organised a webinar together with United European Gastroenterology (UEG) on Tuesday, 22nd  September.
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The Japan Times (Japan) - Some alcohol and tobacco prices to rise in Japan next month
Changes to the tax system starting October spells bad news for drinkers in Japan, as tax rates will be hiked for some alcoholic drinks.
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BBC News - The feminisation of alcohol marketing
Blue means boy, pink means girl. Gendered signals like these begin the second we’re born and continue through the course of our lives. From childhood to adulthood, marketers use gendered stereotypes and tropes to convince us to buy their products – and it does seem to work.
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The Guardian - Sober October: 17 ways to unwind after a stressful day – without hitting the booze
Thousands of people will attempt to give up alcohol next month and for many it will be the hour after work that ruins their plans. Here’s how to relax without reaching for alcohol.
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Otagho Daily Times (New Zealand) - Reducing alcohol härm
Some may take a cynical and simplistic view of the University of Otago's efforts to reduce the harm from students' alcohol use.
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New York Post - Coca-Cola launching its first alcoholic beverage next year
There will be more than just fizz when Coca-Cola launches the alcoholic version of its Topo Chico sparkling water along with beer giant Molson Coors Beverage in the United States. It will be the beverage giant’s first alcoholic drink in the country.
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RACGP (Australia) - No safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy: Study
‘This confirms for me what I’ve long suspected: that there isn’t a safe level of alcohol in pregnancy.’ That is Dr Wendy Burton, Chair of the RACGP Specific Interests Antenatal/Postnatal Care network.
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Swissinfo (Switzerland) - One in five attempts by Swiss minors to buy alcohol succeeds
Despite a decrease in the success rate, 20.3% of alcohol purchase tests by minors were successful last year.
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Kitchener Today - Availability of alcohol in grocery stores may lead some teens to binge-drink: UW study
With alcohol widely available in Ontario grocery stores, many Ontarians have enjoyed the convenience offered in having a one-stop-shop to pick up necessities on their grocery runs.
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Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - Scots reached for alcohol as a crutch as the country went into lockdown
Lockdown had Scots reaching for the bottle with alcohol consumption rising sharply. A new report, led by the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing, found the proportion of people drinking four or more times per week increased, as did binge drinking.
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Shropshire Star (Wales) - Alcohol consumption drops in Wales after pricing changes
Six months after minimum unit pricing for alcohol was introduced in Wales, one in ten drinkers say they have been drinking less as a result.
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Bustle - What Happens To Your Brain When You Stop Drinking Alcohol
Going sober for a while, whether it's a month, a season, or permanently, can seem intimidating, but the head-to-toe benefits, people say, are worth it. How exactly does quitting drinking impact your body?
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The Brussels Times (Belgium) - Brussels extends night-time alcohol ban in city centre
The current ban on drinking alcohol in public, in force in the pedestrian zone in Brussels city centre, will be extended to other neighbouring areas, and last for a year, Brussels-City mayor Philippe Close has announced.
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Metro (UK) - Alcohol sales could be banned in shops after 9pm to stop post-pub parties
Alcohol shouldn’t be sold in shops after 9pm to prevent huge crowds packing streets and houses after pubs close, the mayor of Manchester has suggested.
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ERR News (Estonia) - Nationwide alcohol sales ban in force from midnight Thursday
From midnight Thursday, a ban on alcohol sales will apply across Estonia, meaning alcohol sales are off until 10 a.m. the next morning. The regulation, aimed at curbing rising COVID-19 rates, applies where alcohol is sold for consumption in situ, such as bars, nightclubs, restaurants, theater buffets and hotels.
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Bristol Live (UK) - Two thirds of under 18s admitted to hospital for alcohol are girls - as drive is launched to tackle probleem
A major drive to tackle problem-drinking has been launched in South Gloucestershire amid a surge in hospital admissions, especially girls.
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Independent (Ireland) - Alcohol-free: Why we're embracing sobriety after a boozy lockdown
On the day lockdown was announced, Lisa Downey added something unusual to her shopping basket - 12 cans of Guinness. "I don't even normally drink Guinness," says the 32-year-old Dublin marketing executive. "I enjoy a pint sometimes, but I don't know what made me do it."
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Business Tech (South Africa) - South Africa’s new alcohol and driving rules being considered by parliament
The Road Traffic Amendment Bill is currently being considered by parliament and must still be subjected to necessary parliamentary processes – including public consultations – before being signed into law.
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WION (Norway) - Norway to stop 'sin tax' on alcohol, sodas due to travel restrictions amid pandemic
The Nordic country's ruling party has proposed cutting its famously high "sin" taxes on alcohol, cigarettes and sweets and other consumer goods after the coronavirus lockdown showed how much business is lost every year to Norwegians flocking to neighbouring Sweden to snap up such items at cheaper prices.
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Vietnam Plus (Vietnam) - Health official calls for end to workplace drinking
Alcohol harm prevention content should be included in workplace regulations by banning drinking before and during working hours and driving vehicles, a top health official has said.
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Cancer Council (Australia) - Working to reduce alcohol-related cancer risk
The best way to reduce the impact of cancer in Australia is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. By changing behaviour and lifestyle people can greatly reduce their risk of a cancer diagnosis.
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Cancer Council - New study shows alcohol harm reduction ads made by industry could undermine health messages
Harm reduction campaigns funded by the alcohol industry could undermine public health messages, a peer-reviewed study published today in the BMJ Open has revealed.
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