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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Alcohol News - 4/2023

Simple Flying (India) - Air India Empowers Cabin Crew To Refuse Serving Alcohol If Needed
Air India has introduced changes to its alcohol-serving policies, giving cabin crew more authority to refuse to serve alcoholic beverages in certain circumstances.
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EurekAlert - Male alcohol use may be a crucial, unrecognized factor affecting IVF outcomes
Texas A&M research highlights the need to expand pre-pregnancy messaging to emphasize the reproductive dangers of alcohol use by both parents.
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Forbes (Belgium) - Alcohol Interlocks Work - They Save And Change Lives, New Film Shows
The benefits of alcohol interlocks for preventing drunk-driving - both societal and personal – are featured in a new European film that describes how the devices can save lives and change the lives of those who use them.
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Duvar English (Turkey) - Turkish family minister deems alcohol main cause of violence against women
Turkish Family and Social Services Minister Derya Yanık has stated that “About 70-75 percent of the causes of the violence against women are alcoholism.”
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CBC (Canada) - Hangover headaches are the least of your worries. Scientists say drinking can be hard on the brain
It's no secret that a night of drinking can rattle your head — from the brain buzz it provides in the moment, to the morning-after headaches and feelings of 'hangxiety' people often get after having a bit too much booze.
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Tribune India (India) - Alcohol’s cancer risk calls for policy review
There is a need to educate people about the harmful effects of alcohol, much like what’s done for smoking. Most patients with alcohol-related diseases do not fathom the gravity of the situation. All forms of alcohol advertisements, including surrogate ones, should be prohibited.
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LSM.LV (Latvia) - Latvia's alcohol production down by nearly half in 2022
In 11 months of 2022, the amount of alcohol produced in Latvia decreased by 47.3% compared to 11 months of 2021, according to the figures compiled by the State Revenue Service (VID), LETA reported January 22.
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Genetic Literacy Project - Do you drink alcohol or smoke tobacco? Your genes may play a role
In a study published in the science journal Nature, an international group of scientists reported that they have found 4,000 genetic associations that have at least some influence on alcohol or tobacco consumption.
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Medical Xpress - Investigators explore impact of cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption on Black breast cancer survivors
Investigators from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state's only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, together with RWJBarnabas Health, found that a higher risk of mortality in Black breast cancer survivors is associated with a history of cigarette smoking along with regular alcohol consumption at the time of diagnosis.
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Psychology Today - What It's Like to Grow Up in an Alcoholic Family
What is it like to grow up in an alcoholic family, in which one or both parents are dependent on or misuse alcohol?
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Sky News Australia (Australia) - Anthony Albanese says total alcohol ban on the table for Alice Springs
A total alcohol ban remains “on the table” as the Prime Minister urgently seeks solutions to the surge in crime and anti-social behaviour in Alice Springs.
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IOL (South Africa) - Government must crack down on underage drinking
On January 18, learners in the Eastern Cape headed back to school along with other in inland provinces. But 23 children won’t be going back to school because their young lives ended in taverns.
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INVERSE - IS ALCOHOL BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH? HERE'S WHAT THE SCIENCE ACTUALLY SAYS
LAST WEEK, THE Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) released a 90-page report outlining new guidance on safe alcohol consumption. According to the CCSA, consuming more than two alcoholic drinks per week puts you at moderate risk of adverse health consequences associated with alcohol, like cancer, liver disease, and cardiovascular disease.
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Sunday, January 22, 2023

FASD News - 3/2023


The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (Scotland) - Social work and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)
Given the prevalence, severity and impact of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) on individuals and communities, there should be better social work knowledge and understanding of, as well as support for, these disorders
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Clare Echo (Ireland) - Ennis pair working to prevent Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awarded €3,000
Tristan and Scott Casson-Rennie are the CEO and COO respectively  of FASD Ireland, one of eight organisations to win a place on Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s (SEI) Action Lab programme.
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TIMESLive (South Africa) - Unborn babies ‘saved’ by booze ban
Prohibition reduced incidence and prevalence of FAS and could be a game-changer for the prevention of alcohol disorders in SA, say researchers
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Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Alcohol labelling is about letting consumers know the truth
The HSE estimate that around 6,000 babies are born each year in Ireland with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and 600 with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome — the most severe form.
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Daily Mail (USA) - CDC tells doctors to buck up their ideas as study shows just one in SIX pregnant women who admit drinking alcohol were advised to quit
Just one in six pregnant women who admit to drinking are advised by a doctor to quit, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study.
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FARE (Australia) - Every Moment Matters in a milestone year
At the end of 2019, FARE was offered a unique challenge: to develop and deliver a world-leading, evidence-based behaviour change program on alcohol, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
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News Jani - Opening the door to my identity: How a diagnosis of FASD shaped my life during the COVID-19 pandemic
This piece is by Vinnie Naistus, as reported to Rachel Hetherington at FASD Network of Saskatchewan. It has been edited with input and approval from Vinnie for structure and clarity. It was originally published on September 9, 2022.
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Higher Learning - Study Summary: CBD Repairs Brain in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
A February 2023 study entitled "Cannabidiol Repairs Behavioral and Brain Disturbances in a Model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder" that was published in the journal Pharmacological Research explored "the effects of early and chronic cannabidiol (CBD) administration on offspring with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)."
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SalfordFASD (UK) - SalfordFASD rated as the most expert group on FASD in the UK
According to Expertscape, an organisation which rates individuals or institution according to expertise in a specific biomedical subject, the SalfordFASD group (based at the University of Salford) has been rated as the group with the most expertise on FASD in the UK.
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UPCOMING
FAS-föreningen - FOKUS FAS (9 - 10 FEBRUARI)
Välkommen till två lärorika dagar om alkoholrelaterade fosterskador, FAS/FASD, och de livslånga konsekvenserna för dem som drabbas. Uppskattningsvis föds årligen 1000 barn med FASD i Sverige.
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University of Salford - FASD in the UK: Building on 20 years of progress (30 Mar 2023)
The University of Salford, in association with Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership and the National Organisation FASD, will be hosting a one-day conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), to celebrate the progress made in knowledge and understanding of the condition in the UK in over the past twenty years and to highlight the current priorities.
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CanFASD - The Canada FASD Conference 2023 is coming to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan November 7-9, 2023
This conference will bring people from across Canada together to share how research and evidence can inform tangible solutions to address the complexities of FASD. This year’s theme is Connect, Inspire, Innovate: From Evidence to Action.
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Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium - FASD Instructional Coaching Professional Development Jan 26, 2023
The Government of Alberta, including the Ministry of Community and Social Services and Ministry of Education, have collaborated to develop a new approach and service delivery model for building capacity within the education system and across all Alberta school authorities, including First Nation communities and Métis Settlements.
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Centre of excellence for women´s health - Co-Creating Evidence: A Digital Handbook on Wraparound Programs Jan 31, 2023
The Digital Handbook on Wraparound Programs was produced as part of the second phase of the Co-Creating Evidence project.
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The National Organisation for FASD - How Does Alcohol Affect the Developing Fetus? - Raja & Neil Book Club - 25 January 2023
This session will be presented by Neil Aiton and will be based on Chapter 4 of the book.
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HLS - ONLINE-AKADEMIE „SUCHTPRÄVENTION – DIGITAL VOR ORT 2023“ - 01. Februar 2023
„Die Hessische Landesstelle für Suchtfragen e.V. (HLS) startet am 11. Januar die ONLINE-AKADEMIE „SUCHTPRÄVENTION – DIGITAL VOR ORT 2023“.
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The Anishinabek Nation /FASD PROGRAM - FASD 1oh!1 Bringing it Back to Brain - 2 Feb 2023
This will not be your ordinary, hum-drum training - you will leave feeling recharged and ready to make some real change in your life or for those that you work with and support.
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The FASD Network of Saskatchewan - FASD Sessions 2023 - 8 Mar 2023
This two-day conference will be held in Saskatoon on Wednesday, March 8, and Thursday, March 9th in Saskatoon at TCU Place (35 22nd Street East).
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FASD United - FASD United Monthly Policy Forum - January 25
The forum is a regularly-scheduled monthly virtual meeting to brief advocates and guide policy outreach. The meetings are open to all FASD advocates.
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FASD Hub Scotland - FASD: Next Steps for Caregivers
This course takes place over 2 days (Thursdays 2nd & 9th February 2023, 10am-12pm) and attendance at both sessions is required to complete the course.
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FASD Hub Scotland - FASD Podcasts & Blogs
We have a wide range of FASD blogs, many of which have been written by members of the FASD Hub team sharing their own lived experience.  Grab a cuppa and read them here via the link below.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
TRANSFORM - Season 2, Episode 2: Empowering People Living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Host, Dr. Catherine Cerulli, a professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester, is joined by her guest, Christie McGee Petrenko, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) researcher. FASD represents a range of conditions associated with prenatal alcohol exposure.
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BMH learning - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders | FASD Screening
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) is the term used to describe a group of conditions that can happen to a child whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy
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National FASD - Sandy Butcher on the FASD in the UK Conference, 2023
National FASD is excited to announce that this March, we’re co-sponsoring the “FASD in the UK” conference, alongside The University of Salford, FASD Greater Manchester and NHS Greater Manchester.
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Ogden Surgical-Medical Society - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 101 | Mary DeJoseph, DO
Ogden Surgical-Medical Society's 67th Annual CME Conference. Dermatology in Primary & Specialty Medicine 2012.
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Addiction Solutions - Pregnancy and Alcohol
A new MRI study revealed that consumption of alcohol even in low to moderate amounts during pregnancy can change the baby's brain structure and delay brain development.
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SACCounty Healthy Beginnings - Myth Busters, Part 1: Full Presentation, SAC Healthy Beginnings
This presentation will discuss multiple myths that mislead families when they are seeking information about healthy, substance-free pregnancies.
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National FASD - Raja & Neil's FASD Book Club - Session 9, Conversations About Alcohol Use In Pregnancy
ABOUT THIS VIDEO - Raja & Neil’s FASD Book Club – Session 9, Conversations About Alcohol Use In Pregnancy, with Anna Ferguson, filmed 23rd November 2022.
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Taproot Edmonton - Toolkit aims to help families of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities
Families of children with autism, cerebral palsy, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder now have access to a free online resource called the Neurodevelopmental Disability Navigator Toolkit.
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FASD Family Life - Threats to Emotional Health: SUGAR with Dr Jerrod Brown
Welcome back to Season 4, episode 14 of the FASD Family Life Podcast. This is the only show about FASD hosted by an FASD Specialist and parent with 30 years lived experience.
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NOFASD Australia - FASD Forum 22 - Three-Minute Thesis People’s Choice Award - Natalie Phillips
Caring for children with FASD: importance of understanding the whole family’s needs by Dr Natalie Phillips
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Al Coates - Conversations - Rebekah Pierre
In this episode we speak Rebekah Pierre a care experienced social worker.
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RESEARCH
PLoS One - Alcohol use during pregnancy and motherhood: Attitudes and experiences of pregnant women, mothers, and healthcare professionals
Alcohol is the most used substance by women of childbearing age. Alcohol exposed pregnancies can have serious consequences to the fetus, and the UK has one of the highest rates of drinking during pregnancy.
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News Medical - What are the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol and marijuana on fetal development?
In a recent review published in Experimental Neurology, researchers presented the effects of simultaneous alcohol and cannabinoid (SAC) usage during gestation on fetal brain development.
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Genes - Genetic Influences on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
While further work is needed, understanding how genetic factors influence FASD will provide insight into the mechanisms contributing to alcohol teratogenicity and FASD risk and ultimately may lead to means for early detection and intervention.
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European Journal of Neuroscience - Effects of Developmental Alcohol Exposure on Cortical Multisensory integration
Our findings suggest that alcohol exposure during the last months of human gestation would stunt the development of MSI, which could underlie sensory problems seen in FASD.
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Advances in Dual Diagnosis - Hearing the voice of child welfare social workers: planning safe care for a child with or suspected of having fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs)
Social workers need a clear pathway and FASD knowledge to guide their interventions and enhance their capacity to advocate for affected children.
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UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY - PRENATAL ALCOHOL EXPOSURE IMPAIRS PERFORMANCE ON SPATIAL AND TACTILE SERIAL DISCRIMINATION TASK IN JUVENILE RATS
Alcohol use disorder has many ramifications which, unfortunately, can be exacerbated by alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
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Molecular Human Reproduction - Preconception Paternal Alcohol Exposure Decreases IVF Embryo Survival and Pregnancy Success Rates in a Mouse Model
Our studies indicate that male alcohol use may significantly impede IVF success rates, increasing the couple's financial burden and emotional stress, and highlights the need to expand prepregnancy messaging to emphasize the reproductive dangers of alcohol use by both parents.
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BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - Piloting a complex intervention to promote a tobacco and alcohol-free pregnancy: the Smoke and Alcohol Free with EHealth and Rewards (SAFER) pregnancy study
The SAFER pregnancy intervention seems appropriate for women in need of extra support for smoking cessation before and during pregnancy. Its impact on alcohol cessation could not be studied due to recruitment issues.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Ilustre Colegio Oficial de Médicos de Madrid (Spain) – Duranto el embarazo, ninguna cantidad de alcohol es „segura“
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Gazeta Krakowska Plus (Poland) - Nie ma różnicy, po której stronie brzucha jest dziecko. Pijesz w ciąży, ryzykujesz
Pojęcie „zespół FASD” dla wielu osób brzmi abstrakcyjnie. A wystarczyłoby pojechać do rodziny zastępczej na spotkanie z Piotrusiem, który przejawia niekontrolowane wybuchy złości.
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Tromaktiko (Greece) - Αλκοόλ: Γιατί απαγορεύεται το αλκοόλ κατά τη διάρκεια της εγκυμοσύνης;
Δεν υπάρχει γνωστή ασφαλής ποσότητα αλκοόλ κατά τη διάρκεια της εγκυμοσύνης ή κατά την προσπάθεια να μείνετε έγκυος.
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Thursday, January 19, 2023

Alcohol News - 3/2023

Global News (Canada) - New guidelines dramatically reduce safe amount of alcohol consumption
The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction has dramatically reduced the amount of alcohol it says we can safely drink per week.
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CCSA (Canada) - Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health: Final Report
Summarizes the evidence drawn from worldwide evidence reviews, mathematical modelling, and extensive consultations and discussions. The Guidance provides people in Canada with accurate and current information about the risk of harms associated with the consumption of alcohol.
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Politics Home (UK) - We need a new strategy to tackle alcohol harm after over a decade of inaction
As a society, we have a complex relationship with alcohol. While we celebrate and normalise its consumption, we stay silent about its harm.
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The New York Times - Even a Little Alcohol Can Harm Your Health
Recent research makes it clear that any amount of drinking can be detrimental. Here’s why you may want to cut down on your consumption beyond Dry January.
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The Guardian - The 99% sober movement: should we keep dry January going all year?
There is no such thing as a safe level of alcohol consumption, according to new guidelines from Canada. What does this mean for moderate drinkers?
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CBS News (USA) - Alcohol-related liver disease rising among young people
Jessica Dueñas was leading a double life. Named Kentucky's teacher of the year in 2019, she had also developed a heavy drinking problem.
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The Guardian (Italy/Ireland) - Anger brews in Italy over Ireland’s plans for alcohol health warnings
A plan by Ireland to put stark health warnings on bottles of wine, beer and spirits has caused anger in Italy.
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CTV News (Canada) - With new alcohol consumption guidelines, here's why experts say standard drink labelling is key
Following the release of new alcohol consumption guidelines by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) on Tuesday, health experts say mandatory labelling on alcoholic beverages plays a key role in raising awareness around the negative health impacts of drinking alcohol.
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Slice.ca (Canada) - Alcohol Consumption is Less Popular for Gen Z: Studies
Whether you enjoy grabbing a drink with friends or going out to parties, alcohol consumption has been a pretty big part of socializing for generations – but new studies suggest that its far less common among Gen Zers.
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In Cyprus (Cyprus) - Alcohol and drug use among five major causes of fatal road accidents in 2022
Five are the major causes behind last year’s fatal road accidents in Cyprus which recorded a total of 37, according to the Police who are to carry out a new prevention campaign.
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Sky News Australia (Australia) - ‘A disaster’: Ending of NT alcohol bans having ‘catastrophic’ effect
Alice Springs Mayor Matt Paterson says the ending of the alcohol bans, which were enforced as part of the Stronger Futures legislation in the Northern Territory, is having a “catastrophic” effect.
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The Brussels Times (Belgium) - Ban extended on gatherings and sale of alcohol in Brussels' North Quarter
The mayor of Schaerbeek, Cécile Jodogne, has announced that the strict rules put in place in Brussels' North Quarter following several incidents of violence against police officers will be extended by another month.
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Cancer.gov - Study Probes Awareness of Alcohol’s Link to Cancer
Numerous changes need to be made to raise public awareness of the fact that drinking alcohol raises the risk of several types of cancer. That’s a key conclusion from a new study conducted by an NCI research team.
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NordAN (Finland) - Survey: young people are concerned about the harm caused by alcohol - no need to liberalise alcohol
Young adults perceive the problems caused by alcohol in society to be greater than older age groups, according to a survey commissioned by EHYT ry. The majority of young people also believe that selling alcohol more freely than at present would increase both alcohol consumption and the harm caused by it.
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Thursday, January 12, 2023

Alcohol News - 2/2023

Iceland Review (Iceland) - Alcohol Consumption On the Rise Among Icelanders
The consumption of alcohol among Icelanders has increased significantly and cases of cirrhosis are on the rise, Dr. Valgerður Rúnarsdóttir, the Medical Director of SÁÁ, has stated in an interview. Dr. Valgerður encourages individuals to seek treatment before problems get out of hand.
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The Conversation (USA) - Alcohol use is widely accepted in the US, but even moderate consumption is associated with many harmful effects
This month, millions of Americans are taking part in “Dry January” in an effort to forgo alcohol for a month and cleanse themselves of the excesses of the holiday season.
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CBC - Why millennials and Gen Z are helping lead the zero-proof drink surge
Lee-Anne Richardson says she's hearing from many young Canadians about reducing their alcohol intake, drinking non-alcoholic beverages, or choosing full-blown sobriety.
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Politico (France) - France to ban hunting under the influence of alcohol
The French government is looking to prohibit hunting under the influence of alcohol or drugs, France junior minister for Ecology Bérangère Couillard announced Monday after months of fierce debate over hunting regulation.
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Portugal Resident (Portugal) - One in three road deaths in Portugal have alcohol in blood; one in five reaching criminal levels
No matter how many warnings, fines and threats of imprisonment, Portuguese drivers continue to take to the road after drinking alcohol.
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IFLScience - Quitting Alcohol Can Improve Cognition In Just 18 Days, Study Finds
A new study has promised hope for severe alcoholics by showing that the majority of those that manage to go sober have significant cognitive improvements after just weeks.
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Neuroscience News - Deep Learning Algorithm Can Hear Alcohol in Voice
La Trobe University researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that could work alongside expensive and potentially biased breath testing devices in pubs and clubs.
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IOL News (South Africa) - Government urged to present action plan to curb alcohol abuse
The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance in South Africa (SAAPA SA) said it was eagerly waiting for the government to reveal its action plan to reduce alcohol harm in South Africa in 2023.
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Daily Mail (UK) - Staff face pressure from bosses to drink with one in five saying they feel obliged to consume alcohol at work events
If you're already struggling to stick to a 'Dry January' resolution, spare a thought for the British workers who feel unable to abstain from alcohol because their boss pressures them to drink.
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The Baltic Times (Estonia) - Estonian police: People disappearing due to relationship, mental health, alcohol issues
Police in Estonia search for a dozen people every day, who mostly disappear due to troubled relationships, mental health problems and alcohol abuse.
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Cancer Treatment Centers of America - Study: Lifestyle changes may prevent nearly half of the world’s cancer deaths
A recent comprehensive global study investigated cancer cases that were attributable to modifiable risk factors. It found that nearly half of cancer deaths worldwide, 44.4 percent, may have been avoidable if the victims had paid attention to factors that raised cancer risk and made lifestyle changes to reduce those risks.
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Alcohol Action Ireland (Ireland) - HEALTH INFORMATION LABELLING OF ALCOHOL PRODUCTS
We welcome comments from the Department of Health, as reported in the media today, 9 Jan 2023, that the European Commission did not raise any objection to these regulations.
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Sunday, January 8, 2023

FASD News - 1/2023

University of Helsinki (Finland) - Early prenatal alcohol exposure affects genes involved in embryonic development
Alcohol exposure in early pregnancy can change gene function during the tightly regulated embryonic development, and consequently cause developmental disorders - especially neurodevelopmental disorders.
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CBC (Canada) - Walking together
It was also around that time she was diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (also known as FASD), which affects the brain and body of a person exposed to alcohol in the womb.
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Creating a Family - Prenatal Exposure, Part 1: Parenting Babies through Elementary Ages
In the adoptive, foster, and kinship community, there’s often a wide range of what parents know about the child’s birth parents. Frequently, information about the birth mother’s prenatal care can be challenging to verify, especially in foster care adoptions.
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University of Saskatchewan (Canada) - Research focused on income, housing security for residents with FASD
Research planned by Dr. Keith Da Silva (DDS), assistant professor at USask’s College of Dentistry, and Andrea Kotlar, executive director of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Network of Saskatchewan, will examine financial and housing welfare of provincial residents with FASD.
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CanFASD (Canada) - 2022 Successes and Accomplishments
Welcome to 2023! We hope everyone had a happy, safe, and restful holiday season and that you’ve come into the new year feeling refreshed and ready for the year to come.
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The Northern Advocate (New Zealand) - New Year Honours: Northlander Chris Rogan made ONZM for alcohol harm reduction work
When Mangawhai woman Chris Rogan started working to raise awareness of and care for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) more than 25 years ago, it was a largely hidden problem with very little publicity.
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UPCOMING
The Brant FASD Caregiver Support Group - FASD: Challenging Behaviours and Cognitive Supports with Nate Sheets (25 January 2023)
Virtual training for caregivers, community partners, educators & those wanting practical strategies to support children and youth with FASD.
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ABLE2 - FASD Symposium (January 17, 2023)
The 2023 Symposium is a virtual event. Attendees will be able to participate online (virtually) from home or office from all parts of Canada and the United States and will have access to the conference content for an additional week after the event ends.
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FASD Hub Scotland - Helping Sleep Happen (30 January 2023)
Workshop with AUK sleep counsellor and member of FASD Hub who are also experienced adopters, foster & kinship carers about why our children can find it difficult to settle, fall asleep and stay asleep.
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FASD Ireland - FASD Ireland Workshops (January 12, 19, 26, 2023)
This 2-hour workshop focusses on FASD in the Classroom. There is no requirement to have a child or young adult in your class, school or college to be able to attend this workshop.
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FASD/TSAF - Towards Healthy Outcomes for Individuals with FASD (January 11, 2023)
Join us for a presentation by Dr. Jacqueline Pei (R. Psych., PhD), Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics.
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The National Organisation for FASD - The Role of Formal Psychometric Assessment in FASD - Raja & Neil Book Club (16 January 2023)
This session will be presented by Alexandra Carlisle & Alexandra Livesey and will be based on Chapter 14 of the book.
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EPReachOut - Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): The Parent Perspective and The Role of Educational Psychologists (EPs) with Dr Rebecca Griffiths (2nd Feb 2023)
During this webinar I will present my doctoral research which gathered the voice of adoptive parents and foster carers who parent a child with a confirmed diagnosis of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
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Saskatchewan Foster Families Association - FASD Training - January Session (24-Jan-2023)
The Saskatchewan Foster Families Association provides assistance to the Ministry of Social Services to ensure all foster parents across Saskatchewan have completed their provincially mandated training.
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FASD Hub Scotland - FASD: Next Steps for Caregivers (2 Feb 2023)
This course takes place over 2 days (Thursdays 2nd & 9th February 2023, 10am-12pm) and attendance at both sessions is required to complete the course.
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Safe Guards - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD); A Four-Part Learning Series (February 27, March 6, 13 & 20, 2023)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) presents itself in everyone’s professional practice and it is important to learn to identify this under recognized and confusing disability.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
United States Drug Testing Laboratories - ToxTime: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Components & Services Overview
USDTL hosts Guida Brown for this ToxTime presentation on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). She describes the components of identification of FASDs, and referral services or case management for those with FASDs.
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Whāraurau - Lunchtime Learning - FASD 20220825
Lunchtime Learning - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), presented by John Vogenthaler from Te Pou, on Thursday 25 August 2022, hosted by Whāraurau
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Al Coates - Conversations - Maggie May
In this episode we speak to Maggie May and she shares her unconventional journey through the foster care system and her decision to be adopted at 14 in Ireland. Maggie May has a unique perspective and also lives with the hidden disability of FASD.
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NOFASD Australia - FASD Forum 22 - Three-Minute Thesis Finalist: Dr Kirsten Panton
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POPFASD - Shining Through
Shining Through is an 18-minute film that showcases the strengths and talents of two middle school students in British Columbia. The film highlights an FASD-informed approach that caregivers, educators, and community workers can adopt and cultivate. This story shares the simple truth that when we build from strengths, we all experience more success.
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FASD Hub Scotland - FASD Hub factsheets
Our FASD factsheets have been written by the FASD Hub Team, using their personal and professional knowledge of FASD to build a comprehensive bank of factsheets for caregivers and professionals.
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RESEARCH
Nature
- Initial study on quantitative electroencephalographic analysis of bioelectrical activity of the brain of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) without epilepsy
The main objective of this study was to identify characteristic patterns in QEEG among individuals affected with FASD.
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BMC Medicine - Chromatin modifier developmental pluripotency associated factor 4 (DPPA4) is a candidate gene for alcohol-induced developmental disorders
Our study shows the effects of early alcohol exposure on human embryonic and extraembryonic cells, introduces candidate genes for alcohol-induced developmental disorders, and reveals potential biomarkers for prenatal alcohol exposure.
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The Lancet Public Health - Heavy prenatal alcohol exposure and overall morbidities: a Danish nationwide cohort study from 1996 to 2018
Heavy prenatal alcohol exposure is associated with an overall increased risk of child morbidities and previously unrecognised alcohol-related health problems. Prenatal alcohol exposure is a key public health issue with a potential negative impact on child and adolescent health. This study urges for renewed efforts and substantiates the profound degree to which pre-conceptional care is mandatory.
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Logopedia Silesiana - Performance of a picture description by ten-year-olds with fetal alcohol syndrome
The subject of this paper is describing of a picture by ten-year-olds with fetal alcohol syndrome and their peers from a control group.
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ResearchGate - Leveraging Community-University Partnerships to Develop a Strength-Based and Individualized Approach to Humanizing Housing Service Delivery for Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
This field report summarizes and advances key learnings for leveraging community–university partnerships addressing housing service gaps for high-risk, marginalized populations with complex needs.
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African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine - Alcohol ban during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown: Lessons for preventing foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in South Africa
During the two national lockdowns implemented in South Africa to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages were prohibited.
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Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs - Adverse childhood experiences and neurodevelopmental disorders among youth with and without prenatal substance exposure: A longitudinal matched register-based cohort study
A strong association between ACEs and neurodevelopmental disorders was found. Brain research is needed to examine whether ACEs worsen neurodevelopmental outcomes caused by PSE.
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Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Comparison of three systems for the diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in a community sample
These results indicate a lack of consistency in these approaches to diagnosis. Discrepancies result from differences in specifying the criteria used to define the diagnosis, including growth, physical features, neurobehavior and alcohol-use thresholds.
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Journal of Affective Disorders - Prenatal alcohol exposure enhanced alcohol preference and susceptibility to PTSD in a sex-dependent manner through the synaptic HCN1 channel
Overall, these results suggest that PAE enhances alcohol preference and susceptibility to PTSD through synaptic HCN1 channels in the PFC. In addition, ZD7288 may be a promising candidate for preventing alcohol-associated PTSD-like syndrome, particularly in males.
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Plos one - Spatial distribution and determinants of alcohol consumption among pregnant women in Ethiopia: Spatial and multilevel analysis
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy in Ethiopia was high. The spatial distribution of alcohol consumption was significantly varied across the country.
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International Journal of Molecular Sciences - Molecular Markers in Maternal Blood Exosomes Allow Early Detection of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Prenatal alcohol exposure can cause developmental abnormalities (fetal alcohol spectrum disorders; FASD), including small eyes, face and brain, and neurobehavioral deficits.
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Developmental Neuroscience - Auditory Outcomes in Adolescents with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Investigate three aspects of auditory function (auditory acuity, cochlear dysfunction, and auditory processing) in adolescents with fetal alcohol exposure without phenotypic changes.
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Alles Münster (Germany) - „Ein kleines Ziel von mir: Erster Arbeitsmarkt!
Folge 9 der Serie „Mein FASD ganz normales Leben“ von Iris Brandewiede und Ingrid Hagenhenrich mit dem 25-jährigen Kevin aus Havixbeck
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20min (Austria) - Auch wenig Alkohol schadet Ungeborenen bereits
Ab und zu ein Glas? Gemäss neusten Erkenntnissen sollten Schwangere besser gar nie mit Alkohol anstossen.
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Sphera Publica (Spain) – Creación de contenido sonoor confin social: Aprendizaje-Servicio hacia el compromiso con la comunicación rigurosa
La evolución del audio en los últimos años supone un reto para el proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje en las facultades de comunicación.
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Thursday, January 5, 2023

Alcohol News - 1/2023


YLE News (Finland) - Report: Alcohol abuse a "big problem" in Finland, main cause of preventable deaths
Alcohol was found to be the biggest cause of preventable deaths in 15 welfare regions across Finland, suicide was the biggest factor in 5 regions and ischemic heart disease in three.
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BBC (United Arab Emirates) - Dubai scraps 30% alcohol tax and licence fee in apparent bid to boost tourism
Dubai has scrapped its 30% alcohol tax in an apparent bid to boost tourism. It will also stop charging for personal alcohol licences - something residents who want to drink at home must have.
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National Observer (Canada) - Canada should resolve to make alcohol more expensive in 2023
If you’re like millions of holidayed-out Canadians, you’re probably planning to cut back on your alcohol consumption this month. This is an unalloyed good given the numerous health benefits associated with reducing or eliminating the consumption of alcohol.
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Economy Next (Sri Lanka) - Sri Lanka hikes excise duty on alcohol by 20-pct
Sri Lanka has increased the excise duty on liquor by 20 percent and will go in to effect from midnight today, State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said.
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GOV.uk (UK) - Christmas and New Year’s booze ban for 1,800 alcohol-tagged offenders
Around 1,800 offenders are wearing alcohol tags over the festive period as part of the government’s drive to protect the public from drink-fuelled crime.
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Washington Post (USA) - The Pandemic Drinking Binge Just Keeps Going
The arrival of Covid-19 and the societal disruptions that accompanied it understandably drove a lot of Americans to drink.
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Independent.ie (Ireland) - Calls for laws protecting children from alcohol marketing amid claims Diageo is number four advertiser to Ireland’s children
Alcohol Action Ireland is calling for legislation to protect children from “harmful alcohol marketing practices” to be commenced.
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The Guardian (France) - ‘A trend is starting’: France leading way in alcohol-free drinks boom
When Nicole, a retired executive assistant, began preparing her new year get-togethers with family and friends, her first purchase was an artisan bottle of French alcohol-free gin.
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NBC News (USA) - Resolved to cut drinking in the new year? How government can help
Many Americans will attempt a Dry January or make a New Year’s resolution to cut back on drinking for the longer term. Those who succeed can benefit in various ways, including reduced calorie consumption, better sleep, improved brain health and lowered risk of being injured in a fall or other accident.
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The Age - Somewhere between sober and a drinking problem: Why I need Dry January
You wake dry-mouthed, with a dull drumming behind your eyes. What happened last night? Did your friend catch that passive-aggressive dig you made, or are you inventing an expression their face didn’t make?
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University of Helsinki - Early prenatal alcohol exposure affects genes involved in embryonic development
Alcohol exposure in early pregnancy can change gene function during the tightly regulated embryonic development, and consequently cause developmental disorders - especially neurodevelopmental disorders.
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The Times of India (India) - Addiction to alcohol cannot be equated with unsound mind: Supreme Court
Upholding the conviction and life imprisonment sentence to a man who killed his two minor sons in 2009 in the national capital, the SC on Wednesday rejected his defence that he was was of unsound mind being a habitual drunkard, and said that addiction to alcohol cannot be equated with unsound mind to escape prosecution in a criminal case.
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WHO Europe - No level of alcohol consumption is safe for our health
The risks and harms associated with drinking alcohol have been systematically evaluated over the years and are well documented. The World Health Organization has now published a statement in The Lancet Public Health: when it comes to alcohol consumption, there is no safe amount that does not affect health.
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The Lancet Public Health - Health and cancer risks associated with low levels of alcohol consumption
As such, no safe amount of alcohol consumption for cancers and health can be established. Alcohol consumers should be objectively informed about the risks of cancer and other health conditions associated with alcohol consumption.
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The Lancet Public Health - Effect of alcohol during pregnancy: a public health issue
Alcohol is a known teratogen and associated with a range of adverse outcomes for pregnant women and children exposed in utero.
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Politico (USA) - Alcohol abuse spiked during the pandemic. Treatment hasn’t kept up.
As states locked down in 2020, many of them moved to help restaurants and small businesses by making it easier to sell booze.
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Nordic Welfare Centre - Alcohol and drug prevention in the Nordic countries – A conference report
In a world where drug use is on the rise and new variants are frequently discovered and produced, the need for effective prevention is stronger than ever.
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Capital Daily - ‘One drink is the same mortality risk as one cigarette,’ UVic researcher says
“People generally think alcohol is benign like food and soft drinks except it's more fun,” said Tim Stockwell, founding director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at UVic.
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NordAN (Sweden) - Lower risk of alcohol disorders in top footballers but only from 1960s onwards
Elite male football players have a lower risk of alcohol and drug related disorders than men from the general population, but this protective effect was seen only for those who first played in the 1960s and later, not for players from earlier eras, finds a study in the Christmas issue of The BMJ.
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Thursday, December 29, 2022

Alcohol News - 52/2022

Insider - It's official: Alcohol isn't cool anymore. Here's how a movement that began in 2018 became mainstream — resulting in a sober New Year's Eve ball drop.
The Washington Post reported in 2018 that the "Monitoring the Future" survey from the University of Michigan suggested that millennials and Gen Zers were drinking less than baby boomers and Gen Xers did at their age.
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Daily Trust (Nigeria) - Lagos Lawyer’s Killing: Reps Want Police Officers Barred From Taking Alcohol
The House of Representatives has called for a ban on police officers from consuming alcohol and other hard substances capable of inhibiting their sense of reasoning.
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Bangkok Post (Thailand) - Nan has nation's heaviest alcohol use: survey
More alcohol was consumed in the northern province of Nan last year than in any other province, according to a survey aired at a seminar organised by the Centre for Addiction Studies.
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MLlive (USA) - People often don’t think about it, but health consequences of alcohol use can be deadly
One of the most popular party nights of the year is fast approaching and chances are good adults will be sipping something other than hot chocolate.
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KBR (South Korea) - Korea's double standard for alcohol vs smoking
In Korea, even daytime drinking on the job can be considered normal depending on where you work. Interestingly, however, when it comes to smoking, the same laissez-faire attitude is not adopted. However, they are both labeled as Group 1 carcinogens by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Athletes dare to break the link between alcohol and sport, so let’s just do it
As Australians settle in to watch the Boxing Day Test, it’s a good time to talk about the increasingly uncomfortable link between alcohol and sport.
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CNE.news - Study: Family has much influence on alcohol consumption of child
Children who see family members drinking alcohol have a higher chance of consuming so much that they get alcohol poisoning.
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HealthShots - Christmas 2022: Diabetics, be cautious of alcohol during the holiday season
Heading to a club or a friend's house for Christmas or New Year's eve party? Your friends might try out different drinks, but if you have diabetes then you should stay away from alcohol during holidays.
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News Medical - Elite male football players who played in the 1960s and later have lower risk of alcohol disorders
Elite male football players have a lower risk of alcohol and drug related disorders than men from the general population, but this protective effect was seen only for those who first played in the 1960s and later, not for players from earlier eras, finds a study in the Christmas issue of The BMJ.
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Gateshead Council (UK) - 1 in 7 in the North East planning to take a month off drinking in January
One in seven adults in the North East is planning on taking a month off drinking this January, according to a new survey. It comes as the annual Dry January campaign is launched in Gateshead.
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Otago Daily Times - NYE: How 'dirty drug' alcohol affects brains of young drinkers
Police in Wanaka have bought in a rugby giant to hammer home the message of keeping young people safe this New Year’s Eve.
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ABC (Australia) - Chief Minister Natasha Fyles blames former federal government for rise in alcohol-related harm in NT
The Northern Territory Chief Minister has denied responsibility for a surge in alcohol-related harm and violence in Central Australia after the lifting of long-term grog bans.
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NordAN (Finland) - Women go Dropless more often than men - health the best motivator
According to a survey conducted by Kantar TNS OY, 15% of people who drink alcohol celebrated a Dropless January in 2022. Dropless is increasingly popular with women, as more women than men celebrated a Dropless January.
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