Thursday, January 7, 2021

Alcohol News - 1/2021

CBS Minnesota (USA) - Dry January: Americans Ringing In 2021 By Giving Up Alcohol For The Month
The start of a new year brings new resolutions for many of us, and each year, more people are choosing to go alcohol-free for a month.
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Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Alcohol-free aperitifs to make Dry January more exciting
What to drink when you’re not drinking? It’s a question we’ve been asking ourselves since time immemorial. At least it feels that way when you want to cut down on your booze intake – but can’t face another glass of fizzy water, juice, or herbal tea.
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Cosmopolitan - "Why I stopped drinking alcohol at the age of 26"
Sober Girl Society's Millie Gooch reflects on why she quit drinking - and how it's changed her life since.
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CBC (Canada) - Tam cautions Canadians on their alcohol intake in year-end message
On a day frequently marked by celebrations involving large amounts of alcohol, Canada's chief public health officer is again asking Canadians to go easy on the drinking as they turn the page on 2020.
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Morning Advertiser (UK) - Commons speaker pledges more low and no drinks in Parliament’s post-Covid bars
Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP has backed efforts to increase the number of low and no alcohol drinks in the House of Commons bars once the coronavirus pandemic has subsided.
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Radio Prague (Czech Republic) - Eurostat: Czech households spend record-high sums on alcohol
Czech households spent a record high sum on alcohol in 2019, over CZK 90 billion, suggest newly released data by the European statistical office, Eurostat. The share of total consumption expenditure spent on alcoholic beverages amounted to 3.4 percent, which was one of the highest figures in the European Union.
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SowetanLIVE (South Africa) - Alcohol ban lends sanity on the roads
Gauteng experienced a sharp decrease in the number of road accidents and fatalities following the ban of alcohol sales in the week ahead of New Year's Eve festivities.
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Blackpool Gazette (Northern Ireland) - Dry January: thousands admitted to hospital last year with an alcohol related condition
Alcohol poisoning, liver cancer, heart disease, tremors — alcohol misuse can cause a myriad of health problems. Exacerbated by the lockdown and the Christmas period, many of us will be guilty of drinking a bit more than normal too.
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Aberdeen Evening Express (Scotland) - Dry January: Is Scotland’s relationship with alcohol changing – and what’s to be gained from giving it up this month?
Whether it’s a celebration, an evening with friends, or simply the transition from working day to evening, alcohol is so often the thing that’s reached for – whatever the occasion.
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Evening Standard - The effect booze is really having on your mind, body and bank balance
Have you ever stopped to consider the impact alcohol is having on your health and wellbeing? Nutritionist and weight loss specialist Kim Pearson discusses the different ways that drinking alcohol could be affecting your health.
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Iceland Monitor (Iceland) - Vínbúðin Liquor Stores Report Record Sales
Vínbúðin liquor stores, the sole retail vendor of alcohol in Iceland, report record sales in 2020, according to Morgunblaðið. There are 51 such stores operated, 14 of them in the capital area. Sigrún Ósk Sigurðardóttir, assistant director of Vínbúðin stores, attributes this increase in sales mainly to the COVID-19 pandemic: much fewer people visited the Duty Free Store at Keflavík International Airport than in an average year, and bars and restaurants had limited operating hours, or were forced to close, for much of the year.
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Reuters (Norway) - Norway imposes new restrictions to halt third coronavirus wave
Norway will impose fresh restrictions to prevent a resurgence in the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Sunday, including a nationwide ban on serving alcohol in restaurants and bars and not inviting guests home.
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The Lancet - Public health emergency or opportunity to profit? The two faces of the COVID-19 pandemic
“Never let a good crisis go to waste”.1 The exploitation of disasters by those in powerful positions is not a modern phenomenon. For centuries, multinational corporations have demonstrated a remarkable ability to turn the misfortunes of others into opportunities for lucrative gains.
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Today - How to let Dry January help you drink less in 2021
If you’re asking why you should face the world without a sip of wine or beer for a month, there are some compelling health reasons to do it.
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OMNY.fm (South Africa) - A sobering New Year’s Day for South Africans
Professor Charles Parry, Director of the Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council to continue the discussion on the drinking crisis in South Africa.
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The University of Edinburgh - Action urged to ease refugees’ alcohol plight
Crucial policy changes are needed to reduce the alcohol-related harm being experienced by refugees and asylum seekers across the UK, researchers say.
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