Thursday, September 16, 2021

Alcohol News - 37/2021

The Atlantic - Why I’m Thinking About Alcohol Taxes
The climate scientist Ken Caldeira recently tweeted a joke meant to charm carbon-tax advocates. “If we don't want people to drink so much alcohol, rather than taxing alcohol, we can subsidize everything that is not alcohol,” he wrote. His point, if I may ruin the punch line, is that the United States’ approach to combatting climate change is kind of silly.
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The Lancet - Modelling the impact of increased alcohol taxation on alcohol-attributable cancers in the WHO European Region
Doubling current alcohol excise duties could avoid just under 6% (or 180,900 cases and 85,100 deaths) of new alcohol-attributable cancers within the WHO European Region, particularly in Member States of the European Union where excise duties are in many cases very low.
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News Medical (Sweden) - Pharmacotherapy for alcohol use disorder is underutilized in Sweden, finds study
Only a minority of Swedes with alcohol use disorders are prescribed alcohol medication, a situation that has remained largely unchanged in the country since the mid-2000. That is according to a study at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
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Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Longer opening hours for pubs, and alcohol in museums on the cards
Longer opening hours and alcohol licences for museums and galleries will be included in a new bill on the sale of alcohol due before Cabinet today.
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Splice Today (USA) - Pro Sports Teams Should Ban Alcohol Advertising
Alcohol’s bad for you, but professional sports teams don’t care. While franchises try to act like they care about the community—whether it’s showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement or being patriotic/unpatriotic, depending on what pays more—alcohol is one example of where they shamelessly go against the best interest of the community.
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Ulster Herald (Northern Ireland) - Charity welcomes new NI drugs and alcohol strategy
A CHARITY that helps Tyrone people overcome addiction has welcomed the ‘ten year substance use strategy’ announced by the North’s Health Minister, Robin Swann.
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Global News (Canada) - Experts fear pandemic drinking habits could lead to a rise in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased alcohol use, skyrocketing stress levels and limited mental health and addiction services. Experts suspect that combination could lead to more cases of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
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BBC (UK) - Mother urges alcohol dependent mums to seek help
A mother has urged expectant mums with alcohol dependency to seek help after her own child was born with severe birth defects.
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AARP - Cancer and Alcohol: 3 Things You Need to Know
As the pandemic rages on, you may be finding comfort in a glass (or three) of wine at the end of a stressful day. If that’s the case, you’re not alone. About 1 in 4 (23 percent) people said they drank more during the pandemic to deal with stress, according to a new poll from the American Psychological Association.
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Dublin´s Q102 (Ireland) - Warning issued over relationship between alcohol and mouth cancer
A single glass of wine or beer a day can increase the risk of mouth cancer, with the HSE and Alcohol Action Ireland now trying to raise awareness of the issue.
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Yahoo News (Australia) - Australian quarantine residences limiting alcohol delivery to six beers per day or the equivalent: Report
Residents in buildings for coronavirus-quarantined residents in New South Wales, Australia, are reportedly being limited in the number of alcoholic beverages they have delivered while in lockdown, but an NSW Health spokeswoman disputed a claim that excess alcohol is being confiscated.
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GOV.uk (UK) - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: health needs assessment
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to the range of neurodevelopmental problems caused by pre-natal exposure to alcohol. The effects are diverse and impact on the individual throughout their life course.
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The Local (Sweden) - Swedish alcohol monopoly Systembolaget to trial self-checkout tills
Swedish alcohol monopoly store Systembolaget will roll out self-checkout tills in two of its stores. “Since alcohol is not like other goods, we will carry out the self-checkout in our own way. For us, it is important that customers should always be able to trust that we sell responsibly, with consideration for everyone,” Emil Agén, store manager at the Torsplan branch, said.
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NIAAA (USA) - As Male and Female Drinking Patterns Become More Similar, Adverse Alcohol Risks for Women Become More Apparent
The steady near-equalization in patterns of alcohol use and misuse between women and men over the last decade has revealed women’s greater risks for alcohol-related consequences.
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Movendi - 4 Reasons WHO Should Quit the Concept of ‘Harmful Use of Alcohol’
Discussing about and doing something about alcohol harms is very important. But in this conversation and work, flawed and harmful concepts are serving alcohol industry interests, instead of the interests of people and communities.
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Sunday, September 5, 2021

FASD News - 35/2021

Sarnia This Week (Canada) - Rocking red shoes to raise awareness of FASD
Residents of Sarnia-Lambton are being encouraged to wear their brightest red shoes on Thursday, Sept. 9 to raise awareness about an ‘invisible’ disorder that affects a significant proportion of the population both here in Lambton County as well as across Canada.
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The Canberra Times (Australia) - Breaking down stigma of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
How much do you know about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)? Even if you're an Australian health professional, your answer could be "not much".
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Reno Gazette Journal - People with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder should be exempted from execution
Later this fall, Nevada could execute Zane Floyd, a man with diagnosed fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Many people are unaware of how profoundly debilitating FASD can be and why people with FASD should be afforded the same constitutional protections against execution that those with intellectual disabilities have received.
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Daily Mail (UK) - Benji Marshall's wife Zoe insists 'there is no safe amount of alcohol' a woman can drink while breastfeeding or pregnant
Zoe Marshall is currently breastfeeding her 11-week-old daughter Eve, who she welcomed in June with her husband, footballer Benji Marshall. And the WAG insists that there is no amount of alcohol that is safe to have while pregnant or breastfeeding.
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NOFASD Australia - A FATHERS STORY – MY SON HAS FASD
My son, who I will refer to throughout this article as Steven, has now turned 15. He was formally diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, (FASD) after a long and exhausting journey.
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CanFASD (Canada) - National FASD Strategy
A National FASD Strategy will provide an economic opportunity to reduce the resource burden on taxpayers in Canada, while also addressing the government’s commitments to improving the health and social status of women and vulnerable Canadians.
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First Nations Health Authority (Canada) - FASD Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic Is About Being Flexible, Creative
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Month takes place annually in September and is devoted to educating people about FASD, providing supports and offering advice on prevention.
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SK Prevention (Canada) – Let´s change the conversation
Up to 4% of Canadians have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Preventing FASD is more complex than recommending no alcohol use in pregnancy. FASD can happen in any community or group where alcohol is used.
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La Trobe University - Breaking down stigma of FASD
Perhaps you know that alcohol causes FASD – and that there is no safe amount, or safe time during pregnancy, to consume alcohol. But did you know that FASD affects more Australians than Downs syndrome, spina bifida and cerebral palsy combined?
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Illuminate Colorado - It’s About Respect: Building the Foundation for Change this FASD Awareness Month
September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Month. As the Colorado affiliate of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), our organization is raising awareness all month long to help more professionals, parents and caregivers identify FASD and build Colorado’s statewide capacity to support impacted families.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
The Asante Centre - FASD RESOURCES FOR LEGAL AND JUSTICE PROFESSIONALS
People with FASD are disproportionately represented in our legal and justice systems, both as victims and perpetrators. It is important that professionals are aware of this, and are working toward an FASD-informed justice system.
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YWCA Metro Vancouver - F is for FASD
Learn the basics of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder through our interactive online dictionary at FASDdictionary.org.
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AlcoholFreePregnancy - NOFAS Policy & Training Center: August 2021 Virtual Forum
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Law & Mental Health Conference - Linda Chezem - FASD: Undetected, Complicated, and Devastating
Linda's talk "Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder: Undetected, Complicated, and Devastating" examines the science and current practices in the justice system in accommodating or not accommodating the needs and disabilities of persons who have an FASD.
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Al Coates - Podcast Special with Jo Garofolo talking: #FASD The Hidden Disability, Voice in a million & Adoption
In this episode we acknowledge that September is FASD awareness months and we speak to Jo Garofolo the founder of Voice in a Million and she tell us about the upcoming documentary she has produced looking specifically at FASD The Hidden Disability which will be streaming on September the 9th here on VIMTV.
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VIAM TV - FASD THE HIDDEN DISABLITY
So What is FASD? Why do we know so little about it? Is it preventable? These questions and more are answered in this new film ‘FASD The Hidden Disability‘ Streaming from the 9th September
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FASD Hub Scotland - Factsheets – FASD
Our FASD factsheets have been written by the FASD Hub Teams, using their personals and professional knowledge of FASD to build a comprehensive bank of factsheets for caregivers and professionals. New factsheets are regularly added, so if you can’t find what you want, call our helpline and we will be able to help.
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FASD Success - #078 Emmaus Holder: An Epic FASD Journey Across America
What is the craziest thing you have heard someone doing to raise awareness about FASD? How about riding across America by yourself, relying on the hospitality of strangers to feed you, give you a bed for the night and talk about FASD.
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National Improvement Hub (Scotland) - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: What educational practitioners need to know
This page provides facts about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and links to further resources suitable for educational practitioners.
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MotherToBaby - A Known Cause of Lifelong Birth Defects
Alcohol is known to cause birth defects when it is consumed during pregnancy. It especially targets a baby’s brain, which is developing throughout all 40 weeks of pregnancy. There is no known safe level of alcohol use during pregnancy, and there is no type of alcohol that is safe to use.
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RESEARCH
Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics - Maternal psycho-social risk factors associated with maternal alcohol consumption and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: a systematic review
Clinical services may be able to use the evidence-based findings from this review to improve assessment and treatment services for vulnerable women to reduce alcohol-exposed pregnancies.
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Archives of Public Health - A pooled prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in South Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol
The pooled prevalence estimate will assist the government and other stakeholders (such as non-profit organisations and researchers) to plan and prioritise prevention and management interventions.
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Evaluating Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in the Forensic Context - Evaluating Competency in Defendants with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of the relevance of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the context of adjudicative competency, from initial interactions with police at arrest through interrogation and adjudication at trial.
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British Journal of Nursing - A brief overview of fetal alcohol syndrome for health professionals
This article enforces the need for health and social care professionals to have a greater understanding and awareness of how FAS and FASD may impact on the individual, the family and the community, to enable them to provide the most effective preventive and supportive care possible.
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Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology - A-40 The Neurocognitive and Behavioral Profile of an Adolescent with in-Utero Exposure to Alcohol
Recommendations were made to modify his special education goals by targeting his functional academic skills, adaptive functioning, communication skills, and post-high school transition planning.
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Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy - The effects of maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy on adverse fetal outcomes among pregnant women attending antenatal care at public health facilities in Gondar town, Northwest Ethiopia: a prospective cohort study
Our findings suggest that there is an increasing risk of adverse birth outcomes, particularly preterm delivery and low birth weight, with increasing levels of alcohol intake.
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Brain, Behavior, and Immunity - Prenatal alcohol-induced sex differences in immune, metabolic and neurobehavioral outcomes in adult rats
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can result in neurobehavioral anomalies, that may be exacerbated by co-occurring metabolic and immune system deficits.
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Alcohol - Neonatal ethanol causes profound reduction of cholinergic cell number in the basal forebrain of adult animals
In animal models that mimic human third-trimester fetal development, ethanol causes substantial cellular apoptosis in the brain, but for most brain structures the extent of permanent neuron loss that persists into adulthood is unknown.
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Perspectives in Public Health - We do things differently here: the Greater Manchester approach to preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancy
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Toxicology Letters - Intergenerational genetic programming mechanism and sex differences of the adrenal corticosterone synthesis dysfunction in offspring induced by prenatal ethanol exposure
We previously found that prenatal ethanol exposure (PEE) induced adrenal dysplasia in offspring, which was related to intrauterine maternal glucocorticoid overexposure.
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International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience - Maternal ethanol exposure induces behavioral deficits through oxidative stress and brain-derived neurotrophic factor interrelation in rat offspring
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy damages the central nervous system of developing fetus and results in persistent physical and neurobehavioral abnormalities, including learning and memory disorders.
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Journal of Clinical Nursing - Association between pregnancy intention and smoking or alcohol consumption in the preconception and pregnancy periods: A systematic review and meta-analysis
The findings suggested that women with unplanned pregnancy were more likely to follow unhealthy behaviours such as smoking and alcohol consumption before and during pregnancy.
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Plos one - Alcohol use during pregnancy in Rakai, Uganda
We found that alcohol use during pregnancy was common and associated with religion, occupation, higher numbers of past year sex partners, having a partner who drank before sex in the past 12 months, and IPV experience.
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Social Science & Medicine - Health decisions amidst controversy: Prenatal alcohol consumption and the unequal experience of influence and control in networks
These findings illuminate how medical recommendations and public health interventions should account for the unequal experience of influence and control within networks.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Zdrovie (Poland) - Ogólnopolska Konferencja pt. Profesjonalnie o FASD
Płodowy Zespół Alkoholowy (FAS) obecnie częściej używany skrót to FASD. Spektrum Płodowych Zaburzeń Alkoholowych (FASD) jest nieuleczalnym, niegenetycznym zespołem chorobowym mogącym wystąpić u dzieci, których matki piły alkohol w czasie ciąży.
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BZgA (Germany) - Kein Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft
Trinken Schwangere Alkohol, kann das zu bleibenden Schädigungen ihrer ungeborenen Kinder führen.
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Panorama Della Sanita (Italy) - Sindrome fetoalcolica, circa il 10% delle donne a livello mondiale assuma alcol in gravidanza
Il 9 settembre la Giornata mondiale, parola d’ordine: zero alcol in gravidanza. L’impegno dell’ISS per aumentare la conoscenza del fenomeno, informare e prevenire.
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Cas pre Zeny (Slovakia) - Matka 10 detí ukázala ako im každé ráno chystá jedlo: Týždenne minie 1000-ku!
Manželia Josh a Alicia Dougherty majú srdce na tom správnom mieste. Hoci majú štyri svoje biologické deti, adoptovali si ďalších šesť. Navyše, všetkých šesť adoptovaných detí trpí FASD, to znamená, že majú poruchu fetálneho alkoholového spektra a tým pádom majú problémy so správaním.
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NACOA Deutschland - Leben mit FASD - Lunchtime-Interview mit Michelle, deren Mutter in der Schwangerschaft Alkohol trank
Michelle, 22, lebt mit einer Behinderung, die vermeidbar gewesen wäre. Sie leidet an FASD (Fetale Alkoholspektrum-Störungen), eine Folge von Alkoholkonsum der leiblichen Mutter in der Schwangerschaft.
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Spotify (Norway) - LL-371: Gro Løhaugen om FAS(D) og tilpasning i skolen
Har du hørt om FASD eller FAS? Hva er egentlig dette? Hvordan tilpasser vi skolehverdagen for elever med medfødte alkoholskader og utfordringer på grunn av dette?
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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Alcohol News - 35/2021

The New York Times - How Alcohol Affects the Heart
A new study has found that even moderate drinking can increase the risk of A-fib, a heart rhythm abnormality that afflicts some 3 million Americans.
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University of California San Francisco - Alcohol Can Cause Immediate Risk of Atrial Fibrillation
A single glass of wine can quickly – significantly – raise the drinker’s risk for atrial fibrillation, according to new research by UC San Francisco.
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ERR (Estonia) - Tallinn to limit nightlife alcohol sales from September
Tallinn will restrict night alcohol sales from September, due to noise pollution and other disturbances, rather than coronavirus considerations.
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EWN (South Africa) - SAAPA URGES BP TO RETHINK DECISION TO SELL ALCOHOL AT PETROL STATIONS
The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (Saapa) is urging BP to rethink its decision to sell alcohol from its forecourt shops.
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The Jerusalem Post - No safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy – study
A study on fetal exposure to alcohol concluded that every day about 1,700 babies worldwide are born with developmental disabilities due to the amount of alcohol that their mother drank while pregnant
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News Medical - Marijuana legalization may increase the risk of alcohol and marijuana co-use among adolescents
A new study from the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation finds that recreational marijuana legalization may increase the risk of alcohol and marijuana co-use among adolescents.
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Hungary Today (Hungary) - Hungary’s Alcohol Prices Lowest in EU
Hungary has the lowest price level for alcoholic drinks in the European Union, according to a new Eurostat comparison using last year’s data.
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New York Post - Half of adults with ADHD may struggle with alcohol and drug abuse: study
Those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, have difficulty managing impulses — so it’s no surprise that some 50% of such patients could also abuse alcohol or drugs in their lifetime, a new study has estimated.
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NPR - Flight Attendant Union Leader: Alcohol Is Big Factor In Rise Of Airline Incidents
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, about what appears to be a rise in incidents involving unruly airline passengers.
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Contemporary OB/GYN - Alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy linked to stillbirth
Alcohol and tobacco use throughout the first trimester of pregnancy was associated with nearly 3 times the risk of late stillbirth (at 28 or more weeks), compared to women who neither drank alcohol nor smoked during pregnancy or quit both before the end of the first trimester.
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The National (Scotland) - Push for tougher restrictions as Scots back curbs on alcohol marketing
THE Scottish Government is being urged to introduce “comprehensive restrictions” on alcohol marketing, after a new poll showed a majority in favour.
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IAS (UK) - Alcohol-related violence: a summary of research presented at the 2021 British Society of Criminology conference
In England and Wales, approximately two in five violent incidents are alcohol-related. Alcohol-related violent crime (ARV) costs the police and criminal justice system in England approximately £1.6 billion per year.
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Calgary Herald (Canada) - With spike in pandemic drinking, liver-related hospitalizations in Alberta nearly doubled: study
An increase in alcohol consumption during the pandemic’s first wave led hospitalizations for severe liver damage to nearly double Alberta, say University of Calgary researchers.
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Eurostat (EU) - How alcohol prices vary across the EU
In 2020, the price of alcoholic drinks across the EU was more than two and a half times as high in the most expensive Member State compared with the cheapest one.
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News9 (India) - High tobacco and alcohol consumption pushing up cancer cases in the north-east: ICMR report
The north-east of India has emerged as a cancer hotspot in India in the past 20 years. Heavy use of tobacco, alcohol, obesity, lack of clean drinking water and few screening centres are some of the reasons cited for the high incidence of cancer in the region.
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Cancer Research UK - Should alcohol marketing be dropped from televised sport?
Two years ago, 8.9 million people tuned in to watch Wales win the Six Nations Championship, beating defending champions Ireland.
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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Alcohol News - 34/2021

BBC - Covid: Pandemic alcohol abuse linked to depression rise
People drinking more alcohol during the Covid-19 pandemic has led to more suffering from depression and anxiety, a charity says.
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Consumer Healthday - One in Four Older Adults Not Asked About Alcohol Use
More than one-quarter of older adults who use alcohol are not asked about their drinking by their physician, according to a study published online July 29 in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
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European Society of Cardiology - Alcohol use in young adults is associated with early ageing of blood vessels
Drinking alcohol during adolescence to young adulthood is associated with accelerated arterial stiffening, a precursor to cardiovascular disease. That’s the finding of a study presented at ESC Congress 2021.
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NZ Herald (USA) - US airlines suspend drinks service, masks not alcohol fueling incidents say FAA
Air travel has been slow to restart in the United States, particularly long-haul and international routes.
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Messenger Newspaper - Alcohol advertising ‘encouraging young people to drink from early age’
More must be done to limit young people’s exposure to alcohol advertising, a campaign group has said, as a survey suggested more than three-quarters of adults would support such controls.
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The Scientist Magazine - Genes for Alcohol Use Disorder and Alzheimer’s Risk Overlap: Study
Genetic, transcriptomic, and epigenetic data reveal molecular mechanisms tying these disorders to each other and to immune disfunction.
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Fleet News - Alcohol and drug use ‘greatest concern’ among transport managers
Fleets are being warned of the rising use of drugs and alcohol which is causing concern about impairment in the workplace.
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Stuff (New Zealand) - Covid-19: Alcohol spending jumped nearly 500 per cent on eve of alert level 4, supermarkets do roaring trade
New Zealand’s retail spending has halved in alert level 4 but spending on food and alcohol has spiked, especially on the eve of lockdown, with booze sales nationwide skyrocketing nearly 500 per cent.
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Todayuknews (UK) - Shock figures reveal alcohol deaths are at 40-year high in West Lothian
The shocking toll of alcohol abuse in West Lothian has been laid bare after new figures show booze-related deaths are at a 40-year high.
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Physician´s Weekly (USA) - Alcohol Use Down, Nicotine Use Up for Teens During COVID-19 Pandemic
During the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, youth in early adolescence had a reduced use of alcohol and an increased use of nicotine and misuse of prescription drugs, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.
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Medical Xpress - More frequent alcohol consumption ups risk for GI cancers
Frequency of drinking alcohol may be a more important risk factor for incident gastrointestinal (GI) cancers than the amount of alcohol consumed per occasion, according to a study published online Aug. 18 in JAMA Network Open.
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PsyPost - Exercise blunts cravings for alcohol among young, problematic drinkers
Problematic alcohol consumption, including extreme intoxication and binge drinking, is on the rise. This is true globally, but especially so in Western cultures and the United States.
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The Scotsman (Scotland) - Alcohol deaths in Scotland: We can never give up trying to help desperate addicts – Karyn McCluskey
Why do alcohol-related deaths not attract the same outrage and resources to tackle them as drug-related deaths?
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The Hill (USA) - Fewer Americans say they are drinking alcohol: Gallup
Fewer Americans say they are consuming alcohol, according to a new poll. The Gallup survey published Thursday found just 60 percent of U.S. adults said they drink alcoholic beverages, down from 65 percent in 2019.
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The Lancet Oncology - Alcohol and the global burden of cancer: what are we missing?
Until we address limitations in measurement, we might be underestimating health risks, especially cancer risks, associated with alcohol. This might be especially true among individuals who are most vulnerable. The sooner we start accurately measuring alcohol exposure, the sooner we can understand the true excess burden of cancer attributable to alcohol and effectively intervene.
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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Alcohol News - 33/2021

The Guardian (Scotland) - Deaths caused by alcohol at highest level since 2008 in Scotland
Alcohol-specific deaths in Scotland rose to their highest level in more than a decade in 2020, amid warnings that the pandemic has undermined progress made with the country’s world-leading minimum unit-pricing policy.
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The New Daily (Australia) - Alcohol companies stoop to a new low with predatory lockdown marketing
When the lockdown was announced in Greater Sydney at the end of June, companies that sell alcoholic products immediately launched their lockdown-related marketing campaigns.
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Kilkenny People (Ireland) - People urged not to mix alcohol with water activities
Gardaí and water safety experts have urged people to never mix alcohol with water activities.
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My London (UK) - Shoreditch is 'returning to bad old days' with 'massive alcohol and violence problem'
Shoreditch is returning to the "bad old days" of violence fuelled by alcohol, admits a police officer. Speaking at Hackney’s licensing sub-committee PC Neal Hunwick said Shoreditch is a serious problem and has explained that the police are rejecting businesses' requests to extend hours.
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IAM-Media (Russia) - Amendments to alcohol production laws signal new dawn for champagne and cognac labelling in Russia
In early July, the international alcoholic beverage sector was alarmed by news coming from Russia regarding changes in wine and spirits legislation.
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Independent (UK) - MOTHERS WITH YOUNG KIDS CONSUMED 300% MORE ALCOHOL DURING PANDEMIC, STUDY REVEALS
Mothers with young children increased their drinking by more than 300 per cent during the pandemic, a study has suggested.
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Business Tech (South Africa) - Push for stricter alcohol rules in South Africa
A new research report shows that increasing the minimum price of alcohol in South Africa would effectively reduce consumption in a nation of heavy drinkers.
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IOL (South Africa) - Liquor sales at petrol stations will have ’grave consequences’
Child injury prevention unit and NPO, ChildSafe, have opposed liquor licenses being issued to petrol stations, under the banner of “customer convenience”.
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HealthDay - Kids of Heavy Drinkers Face Multiple Threats to Health
Death, injuries, abuse and mental health disorders are among the many harms faced by children whose parents are heavy drinkers, Danish researchers say.
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Scimex - Drinking a little, often, could increase your cancer risk
It is not just heavy drinking sessions that put you at risk of cancer, with a new study showing that frequent drinking may be a more important risk factor for gastrointestinal (GI) cancers than the amount of alcohol drunk at each session.
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Sunday, August 15, 2021

FASD News - 32/2021

Kitchissipi Times (Canada) - ABLE2 on upcoming FASD Awareness Walk, pandemic fundraising
ABLE2, the ‘small but powerful’ charitable organization that supports people across the disability spectrum, is preparing for this year’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder  (FASD) Awareness Walk.
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Griffith News (Australia) - Funding boost for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and care
The diagnosis and treatment of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is set to be strengthened with the announcement of $3.68 million in funding from the Federal Government’s Drug and Alcohol Program awarded to Griffith University researchers.
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The Chatham News (USA) - FASD advocate returns from 4,300-mile cross-country research trip
An adventurous spirit — a cyclist, runner, backpacker and self-proclaimed explorer — 19-year-old Pittsboro resident and UNC-Chapel Hill student Emmaus Holder has long dreamt of packing a bag, throwing it on the rear of his bike and taking a tour across Europe.
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Yahoo News - Big-hearted mom adopts 6 kids with FASD, goes viral for rigorous 5 a.m. routine: ‘You have to be a special person to do this’
A mom of 10 is going viral her stunning 5 a.m. routine — and for her beautiful family’s inspiring story.
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Saltwire (Canada) - LOUISE GRAY: Nova Scotia does nothing for its 38,800 fetal-alcohol sufferers
An estimated 38,800 people in Nova Scotia have a lifelong disorder that has irreversible impacts on their brain and body.
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Deborah Johnson, M.A. - How Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is Affecting Today's Kids
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD) is a permanent brain disability that is largely undiagnosed, especially in children.
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NOFAS Policy and Training Center - The FASD Respect Act
The FASD Respect Act is legislation addressing FASD on a federal (national) level, being proposed during the 2021 117th Congressional Session (S. 2238 and H.R. 4151).
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University of Salford - Talking about FASD
We like to talk about FASD and our research. We give talks for groups including academics, local professionals and families.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Voice in a Million - FASD The Hidden Disability - Documentary Out Sept 9th 2021 for International FASD Day
Voice In A Million have for over 10 years been raising awareness for adoption and fostering -  Not being able to stage our annual concerts at Wembley for 2 years doesn't stop us raising awareness and this time for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
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A Fostered Life - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders & Foster Care: My Conversation w/ Natalie Vecchione
If you happen to follow my YouTube channel, you may have seen last week’s episode entitled “5 Facts about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.”
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Hard Knox Talks - Robbie Seale talks about raising 4 children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Robbie knew her purpose at 19 years old when she saw 9 year old girls prostituting themselves on the streets of Edmonton, AB.
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AlcoholFreePregnancy - NOFAS Policy & Training Center: July 2021 Virtual Forum
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bctv.org - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Host Yvonne Stroman is joined by Paige Carroll and Marcia Goodman Hinnershitz of the Council on Chemical Abuse to discuss Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the dangerous effects drugs and alcohol can have on an unborn baby on Council on Chemical Abuse: Drug and Alcohol Update.
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Association pour la santé publique du Québec - Charly often loses her way
The Association pour la santé publique du Québec (ASPQ) is launching its first awareness campaign on abstaining from alcohol during pregnancy and on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
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Signing With A Purpose FASD - Let's talk About This: FASD, Bullying, life struggles, education part 3
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A Fostered Life - 5 Facts About FASD and Foster Care
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a blanket term for the many conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy, including Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND), Alcohol-Related Birth Defects (ARBD), Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE), Fetal Alcohol Effect (FAE), or some combination of any or all of the above.
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CanFASD - #WineMoms: Humour and Empowerment or Binge Drinking and Mental Health Challenges?
The term ‘wine mom’ and the culture behind it has grown in recent years as mothers have begun sharing their experiences online on various social networking platforms.
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The Sunflower Conversations - Disability isn’t tragic
Mik Lenth is 19 and lives in the MidWest in the US and has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) which affects her connective tissue. The type that Mik has is hypermobility which means that her joints come out of place and dislocate.
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NPs, Midwives, & Nurses Partnering to Prevent FASDs - Maricelly Perez, MSN RN: Champion for FASD Awareness and Prevention
Meet Maricelly, a champion for FASD prevention and awareness! Maricelly shares why she is a champion and how you can also promote awareness of FASDs and FASD prevention strategies.
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FASD Success - #075 Wine Mom Culture and FASD Prevention
Since FAS was first named in 1973 there have been ongoing efforts directed at prevention. While turning to alcohol to celebrate or as a coping mechanism is not new, over the last 10 years a new segment of the population has emerged on social media: wine moms.
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Nora Gruber - Zane Floyd Clemency Film
Zane Floyd faces execution in NV despite having Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), which experts say is an equivalent to intellectual disability, and PTSD from violent childhood and military service.
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Deborah Johnson - How Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is Affecting Today's Kids with Marcia Grondahl
Grondahl’s advice to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome is to not drink alcohol if you’re trying to get pregnant or are pregnant. In fact much of the research from the Mayo Clinic and CDC advise anyone sexually active during childbearing years to avoid alcohol completely.
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RESEARCH
Drug and Alcohol Dependence - Estimating the community prevalence, child traits, and maternal risk factors of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) from a random sample of school children
Careful and detailed clinical evaluation of children from small random samples can be useful for estimating the prevalence and traits of FASD in a community.
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Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet - The Development and Implementation of a Culturally Safe Survey for Measuring Knowledge, Attitudes and Values around FASD and Alcohol Use During Pregnancy in a Remote Australian Aboriginal Community Setting
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) describes a lifelong neurodevelopmental disability caused by prenatal alcohol exposure that has a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities.
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Walden University - Narrative Study of Educational Stigmatization in Parents of Indigenous Children with FASD
Often public stereotyping and prejudicial attitudes follow parents of Indigenous children with FASD throughout their day-to-day life. Stigma affects Indigenous people, particularly parents of Indigenous children with FASD, in different facets of their lives.
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Alcohol - Ethanol Effects on Cerebellar Myelination in a Postnatal Mouse Model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Collectively, our studies increase our understanding of specific mechanisms by which ethanol modulates myelination in the developing cerebellum, and potentially identifies novel targets for FASD therapy.
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PrePrints - Nightmares in Children with FASD, ASD and Their Typically Developing Peers
Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) experience significantly higher rates of sleep disturbances than their typically developing peers.
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Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research - Disruptions in global network segregation and integration in adolescents and young adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Our results partially agree with previous studies examining global graph theory metrics in children and adolescents with FASD and suggest that the exposure to alcohol during prenatal development leads to disruptions in aspects of functional network segregation and integration.
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Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research - Gestational age and birth growth parameters as early predictors of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Among children diagnosed with FASD at 7 years of age (n = 255), a review of birth records indicated that 18.4% were born preterm, 51.4% were SGA, and 5.9% were both preterm and SGA.
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Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research - Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on cognitive and behavioral development: Findings from a hierarchical meta-analysis of data from six prospective longitudinal U.S. cohorts
The similarity in the effect sizes for the four domains of cognitive function suggests that PAE affects an underlying component or components of cognition involving learning and memory and executive function that are reflected in IQ and academic achievement scores.
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Prevention, Recognition and Management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - Social Care Issues and Complex Family Relationships Intertwined with FASD
For social workers, FASD is one of the more complex issues of the day. There are certain areas of social work practice with a higher prevalence of clients with or suspected of having FASD such as child protection, fostering and adoption, criminal justice, disabilities and mental health.
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Prevention, Recognition and Management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - Approaches to the Medical Management of FASD
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder represents a group of condition with a wide range of presentations and comorbidities. Individuals with this condition, having been exposed to differing levels of prenatal alcohol, with individual vulnerabilities, show a range of outcomes.
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Children and Youth Services Review - The Impact of State-Level Prenatal Substance Use Policies on Infant Foster Care Entry in the United States
Implementing punitive policies, without accounting for the complex nature of prenatal substance use may fail to improve the lives of infants and families. Policymakers should focus on supportive interventions that modify maternal behavior and outcomes.
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Research Square - Trajectories of Prenatal Alcohol Consumption in An Australian PopulationBased Cohort of Pregnant Women - A Data Driven Approach
Accurate information on dose, frequency and timing of maternal alcohol consumption is critically important when investigating fetal risks from prenatal alcohol exposure.
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American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Effects of Early Daily Alcohol Exposure on Placental Function and Fetal Growth in a Rhesus Macaque Model
Early chronic prenatal alcohol exposure significantly diminishes placental perfusion at mid- and late-gestation and significantly decreases the oxygen supply to the fetal vasculature throughout pregnancy, associated with microscopic placental infarctions in the non-human primate.
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Neural Regeneration Research - Oligodendrocyte pathology in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
The pathology of fetal alcohol syndrome and the less severe fetal alcohol spectrum disorders includes brain dysmyelination. Recent studies have shed light on the molecular mechanisms underlying these white matter abnormalities.
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Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research - Maternal choline supplementation in a rat model of periconceptional alcohol exposure: Impacts on the fetus and placenta
Our results suggest that choline has the potential to ameliorate fetal growth restriction associated with PCE and improve placental efficiency following prenatal alcohol exposure.
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Columbia University - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the Fear of Indigenous (dis)Order: New Medico-Legal Alliances for Capturing and Managing Indigenous Life in Canada
While accounting for less than 5 percent of the Canadian population, Indigenous peoples represent more than 30 percent of the federal prison population of Canada. In a prairie province like Manitoba the numbers are even more extreme, with over three-quarters of the prison population being Indigenous.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Focus Online (Germany) - Für Schwangere gilt Null-Alkohol-Regel - und dagegen verstoßen besonders Frauen ab 30
„Ein Sekt zum Anstoßen kann ja nicht so schlimm sein“, denken viele und greifen auch während der Schwangerschaft zum Glas. Warum schon kleine Mengen Alkohol für das Ungeborene schädlich sind und aus welchen Gründen werdende Mütter dennoch trinken, erklärt Kinder- und Jugendärztin Mirjam Landgraf.
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Filodiritto (Italy) - Minori e alcool: un fenomeno in continua crescita
Si tratta delle donne in stato di gravidanza le quali, con il loro comportamento, mettono a rischio la salute del nascituro, compromettendone il normale sviluppo psico-fisico e causando gravi conseguenze a breve e a lungo termine alla sua crescita.
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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Alcohol News - 32/2021

The Guardian (Australia) - Parents warned against allowing teens to drink as study reveals underage alcohol use in Australia
More than a quarter of Australians aged 16 and 17 are allowed to drink at home, a study shows, with researchers warning parents against supervised consumption.
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The Age (Australia) - Government failing to tackle ‘risky’ alcohol deliveries, say health groups
Health and family violence groups have accused the Andrews government of failing to crack down on alcohol delivery services supplying drink to children and intoxicated people.
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News Medical - High alcohol consumption increases risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, finds US student study
A new study published on the preprint server medRxiv* finds that heavy alcohol drinking is associated with an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases among students on an American college campus as defined by seroprevalence and self-reported infections.
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Pharmaceutical Technology - Drinking alcohol raises risk of oesophageal and other cancers
Oesophageal cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Despite advances in the treatment of oesophageal cancer, only 10–15% of patients survive at least five years after diagnosis.
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South China Morning Post (China) - Alibaba rape allegation exposes China’s alcohol problem: high rates of assault, workers pressured to binge drink, accidents and cancer
This week a female employee of Chinese tech giant Alibaba accused a manager of raping her while she was inebriated after a night of forced drinking while entertaining clients earlier this year in July.
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EWN (South Africa) - SAAPA SA WANTS MORATORIUM ON LICENCES ALLOWING ALCOHOL SALES AT PETROL STATIONS
The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (Saapa SA) is calling on provincial liquor authorities to implement an immediate moratorium on awarding licences to allow alcohol to be sold at petrol stations.
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The Local (Spain) - Spain has second highest rate of daily alcohol drinkers in EU
More than one in ten Spaniards drink alcohol every day, making them the Europeans who drink most regularly after the Portuguese, new Eurostat data reveals.
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Food and Wine Magazine - FAA Wants Airport Bars to Stop Selling Alcohol to Go
Last week, the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration wrote a letter to the leaders of airports throughout the United States, asking them to stop allowing airport bars to serve alcoholic beverages to go, in an attempt to prevent passengers from becoming unruly, noncompliant, or straight-up violent after they board a plane.
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Gazette Live (UK) - 870,000 female drivers admit to driving under the influence of alcohol in the last year
Nearly five per cent of women drivers have reported being at the wheel while over the legal alcohol limit at least once in the past year, a study by the Office for National Statistics has found.
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Simple Flying - A Glass And A Half Of Problems: Alcohol On Airlines
As any regular flyer will tell you, alcohol and planes don’t mix that well. A burst of publicity about alcohol-fuelled problems during flights has recently brought that to the fore. But for most full-service airlines, alcohol remains central to the inflight offering and always has been.
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University of Sydney (Australia) - Anxiety and alcohol program reaches youth via social media
New program reduces anxiety and problem drinking by reaching youth via digital media - where they spend much of their time.
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CODA - The healthcare ethics of alcohol related harm and driving change
Diana Egerton-Warburton talks about how to be a hero by championing healthcare ethics of alcohol related harm and driving change through stories and data.
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Irish Times (France) - Sobering report finds a third of French adults have a drink problem
A study published this summer on the damage wreaked by alcohol consumption in France makes for sobering reading. If one discounts the Covid-19 pandemic, alcohol is the leading cause of hospitalisation in the country and accounts for 41,000 deaths annually. Only tobacco kills more people.
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