Thursday, December 3, 2020

Alcohol News - 48/2020

Eyewitness News (South Africa) - ALCOHOL POLICY ALLIANCE CALLS FOR BAN ON ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IN PUBLIC
The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance in South Africa on Wednesday said it was not realistic to rely on the goodwill of the public to control the consumption of alcohol.
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The Counter - Less than half of Americans know that alcohol is a carcinogen. Big Booze wants to keep it that way.
The alcohol industry regularly spreads misinformation to obscure booze’s cancer link. Public health groups are demanding label warnings to give consumers clarity.
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News Medical - Older people in wealthy countries consume more alcohol, finds study
A new global study finds older people in wealthy countries consume more alcohol than their counterparts in middle-income countries, on average, although a higher cost of alcohol is associated with less frequent drinking.
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News Medical - Atrial fibrillation patients should avoid heavy alcohol consumption, warns study
Fourteen drinks a week is linked with a higher risk of health problems including stroke and embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation, according to research published in EP Europace, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).
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Roy Morgan (Australia) - Australians drink over 100 million glasses of alcohol in an average week
New data from Roy Morgan, set to be released in the latest Alcohol Report, shows wine is the most popular alcoholic drink, ahead of beer; and younger drinkers are more likely to favour spirits than older counterparts.
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BBC News (Wales) - Covid: Alcohol ban for Welsh pubs and restaurants from Friday
Welsh pubs, restaurants and cafes will be banned from serving alcohol from Friday and will be unable to open to customers beyond 18:00 GMT.
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SciTech Daily - Drinking Alcohol Blocks a Chemical in the Brain That Promotes Attention
In a new paper, researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) report brain chemistry that may contribute to why drinkers have difficulty paying attention while under the influence.
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DutchNews (Netherlands) - Misconceptions about alcohol are widespread, addiction clinic says
The Dutch underestimate the dangers of drinking alcohol and almost 60% say there are six standard glasses of wine in a normal bottle, when there are actually 7.5, the Trimbos addiction clinic said in a new report out on Thursday.
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The Wall Street Journal (USA) - No Alcohol? No Problem. Spirits Are High in New York City
Just in time for the holidays—it’s New York City’s first zero-proof liquor store. Or as owner Douglas Watters has it, “booze-free bottle shop.” It’s a store stocked with fancy drinks that won’t get you drunk.
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Glamour Magazine (UK) - Why now could be the perfect time to examine your relationship with alcohol and try staying sober through December
Welcome to December's mental health column by writer and author Beth McColl, where she explores the lessons learned from staying sober a month in Lockdown.
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CBC (Canada) - Manitoba plans to hire youth to help catch retailers selling cannabis, alcohol to minors
The Manitoba government plans to stop alcohol and cannabis retailers from selling to minors by hiring young people for undercover operations.
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The Punch - Seven reasons not to use alcohol when depressed
In May, about three months after the coronavirus index case was recorded in Nigeria and lockdown measures were announced across states to curb the virus spread, Peter Nnaji lost his job as a chef at one of the hotels at Lekki, Lagos.
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Cape Talk (South Africa) - New law on 0% blood-alcohol limit for drivers to be strictly enforced, says FARR
Zero-tolerance for drunk drivers is the way to go, says the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research.
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The Globe and Mail (Canada) – We can’t keep ignoring the public health crisis of alcohol dependence
Imagine you are lying in a hallway stretcher of an emergency department. You’ve just had a heart attack – the pain is gone, but part of your heart muscle has stopped working. You’re scared. Anxious. Wondering what this means for your health.
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IAS Blog (UK) - What has 2020 done to the UK’s alcohol consumption?
o say 2020 has been tumultuous would be something of an understatement. It’s been a strange old year full of crisis and, well, more crisis. If stereotypes are to be believed, then the pub or the drinks cabinet is one of the first ports of call for the British when hard times strike. So it might seem reasonable to suspect that we’ve all been drinking more this year. Yet at the same time, pubs have been closed, or severely restricted, since late March, and we drink a lot in pubs. So maybe we’re drinking less overall?
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IAS - New report on how nudge theory shapes alcohol policy
The public are 'blameworthy' for their own alcohol-related health issues, according to a new IAS report looking into how the public health initiatives use nudge theory’s principles to frame actions and attitudes.
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Your Room (Australia) - A profile of alcohol-related harm in NSW
Before a packaged liquor licence is approved in NSW, the community are given an opportunity to raise their concerns through the Community Impact Statement process. So begins a process of examining the harms caused by alcohol in a community and what effect increased outlets or venues may cause.
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