Thursday, January 14, 2021

Alcohol News - 2/2021

The Guardian - Study finds one small alcoholic drink a day raises risk of irregular heartbeat
Having one small alcoholic drink a day raises the risk of developing an irregular heartbeat, a condition that causes dizziness and palpitations and leaves people more prone to strokes, a study has found.
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Mens Health - Giving Up Alcohol For 100 Days Changed My Life
I’ve always been an avid craft beer fan, and while I wasn’t what I considered a “heavy drinker,” during the first month of COVID lockdown I started to drink every night—usually four to six beers and a few whiskeys.
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Daily Mail (UK) - One in four drinkers increased their alcohol consumption during coronavirus lockdown
Young middle-class women are the most likely to turn to drink to cope with lockdown, a study says. A quarter of all drinkers increased their alcohol intake after stay-at-home rules were imposed last spring.
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Xinhua (Zimbabwe) - Zimbabwe extends alcohol ban to supermarkets
Supermarkets in Zimbabwe are no longer permitted to sell alcohol during the coronavirus lockdown as authorities step up measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
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B&T MAGAZINE (Australia) – Dangers of drinking while pregnant revealed in a new campaign
The campaign’s key message of “any amount a mother drinks, the baby drinks” challenges the inaccurate belief that a mother’s placenta protects a developing baby from alcohol.
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The Irish Times (Ireland) - New rules on sale of alcohol come into force today
Alcohol sales will be disallowed from supermarket voucher schemes from Monday, while popular multibuy deals will also be shelved. The changes come as part of the rollout of Government efforts to reduce the consumption of alcohol under the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018.
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Discover Magazine - Even If You Don’t Drink Daily, Alcohol Can Mess With Your Brain
You don't have to drink every day to have an Alcohol Use Disorder. Even moderate amounts of alcohol consumption impact brain wiring, dopamine and other neurotransmitters.
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Eyewitness News (South Africa) - ALCOHOL BAN HAS EASED BURDEN ON HEALTH FACILITIES, SAYS WC HEALTH DEPT
While the alcohol industry continues to raise concerns over the financial impact on the extended ban on sales, Western Cape health officials say this has eased the burden on health facilities.
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Free Radio (UK) - New stats show increase in children and adults misusing alcohol in West Sussex
The number of children in need due to alcohol and drug misuse - either by parents or by children themselves - increased in West Sussex last year.
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DATAC (Canada) - Risk of death increases with multiple alcohol-related emergency room visits
According to the results of a new study, people who visit the emergency room at least twice in 12 months due to alcohol-related reasons are more likely to die within one year.
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LSE British Politics and Policy (Scotland) - Edinburgh, London, Brussels: what Scotland’s alcohol pricing policy tells us about multi-level governance
The Scottish government’s plans for a minimum unit price for alcohol were vehemently opposed by the alcohol industry leading to a six-year delay in implementation after legislation was passed. Benjamin Hawkins explains the consequences of devolution and European Union membership for the development of this policy in Scotland through the concepts of multi-level governance, veto points, and venue shifting.
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The New York Times - Juggling My Children, Their Alcoholic Sitter and My Own Sobriety
Tonight I left my children with our longtime babysitter, who claims she is nine days sober, but is possibly drunk or high.
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ABC News (Australia) - WA Government wants to give magistrates powers to 'populate' new banned drinkers register
The West Australian Government has flagged widespread changes to the Liquor Act, including plans to empower magistrates to add problem drinkers to the state's newly created banned drinkers register (BDR).
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Spectrum Consortium - Conceptualising changes to tobacco and alcohol policy as affecting a single interlinked system
New paper from SPECTRUM researchers at the Universities of Sheffield and Bath explores the different mechanisms that link tobacco and alcohol policy changes to their effects on smoking and drinking behaviour.
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Healio - Alcohol-related liver disease increases risk for cancer
Patients with alcohol-related liver disease who survive for at least 1 year after diagnosis are at increased risk for cancer, according to study results.
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Thomson Reuters Foundation - Exclusive: Carlsberg India probes find 'potential improper payments', child labour – documents
An investigation of alleged unlawful practices at Carlsberg India found “potential improper payments” to government officials and other regulatory lapses, its former auditor said in a document seen by Reuters.
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