Thursday, October 15, 2020

Alcohol News - 41/2020

CNN (USA) - Sigmund Freud, un Juif sans Dieu
Call them Generation Dry. More college-age Americans are choosing not to drink alcohol than they did nearly two decades ago, according to a new study.
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The Conversation (Australia) - COVID changed the way we use drugs and alcohol — now it’s time to properly invest in treatment
During crises and disasters, alcohol and other drug use often changes. But the changes are not straightforward and impacts may be different for different groups of people.
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Financial Review - One drink a day raises risk of alcohol-linked cancers by 10pc
For every seven drinks Australians have a week, their risk of developing an alcohol-related cancer rises by 10 per cent, according to a sobering new study.
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Business Tech (South Africa) - New rules proposed for ‘junk food’ and alcohol in South Africa
The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has proposed stricter regulations around the advertising of alcohol and unhealthy food in South Africa.
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ERR News (Estonia) - Alcohol sales ban continues, no agreement reached on shortening quarantine
The government also decided to extend the restriction on nighttime alcohol sales for another month. The current ban restricts the sales of alcohol from midnight until 7 a.m. across the whole country and was due to end on October 24, but will now be extended until November 29.
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The Brussels Times (Belgium) - Antwerp University Hospital will tackle alcohol abuse among youth
A ‘Youth and Alcohol’ chair will start in January at the University of Antwerp to better map and reduce excessive alcohol consumption among young people.
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The Irish Times (Ireland) - No starting date set for minimum unit pricing on alcohol
Two years after legislation to combat harmful drinking was passed, the implementation of one of its main provisions, minimum unit pricing (MUP), could take a further two years.
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Divorce Online (UK) - 1 in 4 Behaviour Divorces Caused By Alcohol During The UK’s Lockdown
Research carried by UK online divorce company Divorce-online.co.uk has found that during the key part of the UK national lockdown, nearly 1 in 4 behaviour-based divorce petitions prepared by the company mentioned alcohol abuse as a key reason for the divorce being filed.
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NL Times (Netherlands) - Police union calls for total alcohol ban during partial lockdown
The government must impose a complete ban on the sale of alcohol for the duration of partial lockdown, according to police union ANPV. Only banning the sale between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. will do nothing to curb the large number of home parties, the union said to newspaper AD.
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Macau Business (Portugal) - Portugal: One in three autopsied drivers in 2019 had alcohol in their blood, 13% had drugs
One in three autopsied drivers in Portugal last year had blood alcohol rates of 0.5 g/l or more and 13.3% revealed the presence of drugs, according to a report released on Friday.
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Star News (New Zealand) - Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Hungover for life
Ignorance and disbelief is causing thousands of New Zealanders each year to be incarcerated, placed in care or left to fend for themselves without proper support. Bruce Munro speaks to researcher Anita Gibbs about her campaign for change and hears from distraught parents pleading for help for their children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
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UNSW Sidney (Australia) - Under the influence: how COVID has affected our drinking
Changes to our drinking habits could be a surprising “good news story” with the lockdown providing a catalyst for positive behaviour change, a new study has found.
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The University of Sheffield (UK) - Does minimum unit pricing affect all alcohol? The biggest alcohol policy myths busted
Under a 50p MUP, moderate drinkers will hardly notice the difference, spending just £2.50 extra per year on alcohol. Research from Scotland, following MUP’s introduction there in 2018, found that the vast majority of change in consumption is from the 20% of households that were purchasing the most alcohol.
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Alcohol Action Ireland (Ireland) - JUST HOW WIDESPREAD AND PERVASIVE IS ALCOHOL IN CHILDREN’S LIVES?
Over the past number of months, Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI) has contributed to a range of consultations, media articles, research initiatives and other advocacy efforts in relation to children and the harm that alcohol causes in their lives.
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AARP (USA) - How Your Pandemic Habits Could Raise Your Breast Cancer Risk
Last spring, when Americans rushed to stockpile essentials, toilet paper and hand sanitizer weren't the only items being tossed into virtual and real-life shopping carts with abandon: Sales of packaged cookies and crackers shot up substantially, as did online purchases of alcoholic beverages — while baking supplies such as yeast all but vanished from shelves.
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