Thursday, November 12, 2020

Alcohol News - 45/2020

Business Tech (South Africa) - New alcohol proposals for South Africa include higher taxes and ‘minimum pricing’
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has recommended that government look at further regulations around the sale of alcohol in South Africa in response to its high levels of gender-based violence.
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GlobalNews (Canada) - Alcohol consumption skyrockets as pandemic continues, says Montreal public health
Montreal public health officials say the city remains in an “uncomfortable” when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic, and while gaining control of the situation is a constant concern, it’s not the only one.
Read more (Ireland) - Explained: the new rules on the sale of alcohol in supermarkets that come into effect today
New rules will be implemented today on the sale of alcohol in supermarkets, which will see products barriered off in a bid to combat Ireland’s booze culture.
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Euronews (Sweden) - Coronavirus: Sweden to ban sale of alcohol after 10pm to curb virus spread
Sweden's prime minister said his government would propose to ban the sale of alcohol after 10 pm in restaurants and bars from November 20 to curb the spread of COVID-19.
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Washington Post (USA) - The pandemic is taking a toll on parents, and it’s showing in alcohol consumption rates
Taking out the recycling, I could hear my bin clanking all the way to the curb. “That sounded like a lot more bottles of wine than usual — you okay?” my husband asked me with one eyebrow up.
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Daily Mail (UK) - Drinkers can buy a week's ration of alcohol for same price as a high street cup of coffee – causing 'colossal' harm to the nation, doctors warn
A weekly 'ration' of booze - about six pints of beer - can be purchased for the same price as a high street coffee, causing 'colossal harm' to the nation, warn doctors.
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3AW (Australia) - New research says pandemic has changed young Australians alcohol consumption
Australians are drinking alcohol more regularly during the pandemic but are drinking less when they drink according to Australian research.
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Medical Xpress - Age gates on alcohol websites are ineffective, research shows
"Age gates" that aim to keep underage users off alcohol websites are mostly ineffective, a Texas A&M University alcohol researcher found.
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Euro Weekly News (France) - Paris Bans Takeaways and Alcohol at Night as COVID-19 Crisis Worsens
The police prefecture in Paris has announced it will ban delivery and takeaway services for prepared food and alcohol between 10 pm and 6 am from Friday in a bid to curb the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement on Thursday, police officials said the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks in public spaces during those hours would also be banned.
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Baltic News Network (Latvia) - Online alcohol trade issue submitted to Saeima for final võte
As explained by Saeima’s press-service, along with amendments it is planned to establish duties for traders and suppliers to ensure alcoholic beverages are not delivered to minors and to make sure other requirements of the law are met as well.
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Neurology Adviser - Alcohol-Induced Loss of Consciousness Associated With Risk for Dementia
A history of alcohol-induced loss of consciousness is associated with a significant increase in the risk for dementia, irrespective of the overall alcohol consumption, according to study results published in JAMA Network Open.
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Police Minister Bheki Cele on Friday said alcohol abuse was the biggest driver of crime in the country.
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University of Victoria News (Canada) - Alcohol harm reduction is saving lives during COVID-19
When Canada and many other countries starting locking down in March, people were advised to stay home and physically distance. But what does that look like when you don’t have a home and are dependent on alcohol? What if you lose your sources of income like panhandling or collecting bottles to earn money, the drop-in centre you frequent closes, or the local liquor store no longer accepts cash?
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Fife Today (Scotland) - Scottish Government must act now to avoid wave of alcohol-related issues
The alcohol education charity’s annual report recorded alarming increases in drinking across the country. And one in 10 Scottish drinkers – some 370,000 adults – admitted drinking more than they normally would throughout lockdown, even as restrictions eased.
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Newry Times (Northern Ireland) - Swann launches consultation on tackling alcohol and drug härm
Announcing the launch of the consultation Minister Swann said, “The impacts of alcohol and drug harm are being felt by too many people in Northern Ireland every day.

ESPAD - New ESPAD results: teenage drinking and smoking down, but concerns over risky cannabis use and new addictive behaviours
Smoking and drinking among 15–16-year-old school students are showing signs of decline, but there are concerns over potentially risky cannabis use and the challenges posed by new addictive behaviours.
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