Thursday, January 14, 2021

Alcohol News - 2/2021

The Guardian - Study finds one small alcoholic drink a day raises risk of irregular heartbeat
Having one small alcoholic drink a day raises the risk of developing an irregular heartbeat, a condition that causes dizziness and palpitations and leaves people more prone to strokes, a study has found.
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Mens Health - Giving Up Alcohol For 100 Days Changed My Life
I’ve always been an avid craft beer fan, and while I wasn’t what I considered a “heavy drinker,” during the first month of COVID lockdown I started to drink every night—usually four to six beers and a few whiskeys.
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Daily Mail (UK) - One in four drinkers increased their alcohol consumption during coronavirus lockdown
Young middle-class women are the most likely to turn to drink to cope with lockdown, a study says. A quarter of all drinkers increased their alcohol intake after stay-at-home rules were imposed last spring.
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Xinhua (Zimbabwe) - Zimbabwe extends alcohol ban to supermarkets
Supermarkets in Zimbabwe are no longer permitted to sell alcohol during the coronavirus lockdown as authorities step up measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
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B&T MAGAZINE (Australia) – Dangers of drinking while pregnant revealed in a new campaign
The campaign’s key message of “any amount a mother drinks, the baby drinks” challenges the inaccurate belief that a mother’s placenta protects a developing baby from alcohol.
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The Irish Times (Ireland) - New rules on sale of alcohol come into force today
Alcohol sales will be disallowed from supermarket voucher schemes from Monday, while popular multibuy deals will also be shelved. The changes come as part of the rollout of Government efforts to reduce the consumption of alcohol under the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018.
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Discover Magazine - Even If You Don’t Drink Daily, Alcohol Can Mess With Your Brain
You don't have to drink every day to have an Alcohol Use Disorder. Even moderate amounts of alcohol consumption impact brain wiring, dopamine and other neurotransmitters.
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Eyewitness News (South Africa) - ALCOHOL BAN HAS EASED BURDEN ON HEALTH FACILITIES, SAYS WC HEALTH DEPT
While the alcohol industry continues to raise concerns over the financial impact on the extended ban on sales, Western Cape health officials say this has eased the burden on health facilities.
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Free Radio (UK) - New stats show increase in children and adults misusing alcohol in West Sussex
The number of children in need due to alcohol and drug misuse - either by parents or by children themselves - increased in West Sussex last year.
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DATAC (Canada) - Risk of death increases with multiple alcohol-related emergency room visits
According to the results of a new study, people who visit the emergency room at least twice in 12 months due to alcohol-related reasons are more likely to die within one year.
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LSE British Politics and Policy (Scotland) - Edinburgh, London, Brussels: what Scotland’s alcohol pricing policy tells us about multi-level governance
The Scottish government’s plans for a minimum unit price for alcohol were vehemently opposed by the alcohol industry leading to a six-year delay in implementation after legislation was passed. Benjamin Hawkins explains the consequences of devolution and European Union membership for the development of this policy in Scotland through the concepts of multi-level governance, veto points, and venue shifting.
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The New York Times - Juggling My Children, Their Alcoholic Sitter and My Own Sobriety
Tonight I left my children with our longtime babysitter, who claims she is nine days sober, but is possibly drunk or high.
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ABC News (Australia) - WA Government wants to give magistrates powers to 'populate' new banned drinkers register
The West Australian Government has flagged widespread changes to the Liquor Act, including plans to empower magistrates to add problem drinkers to the state's newly created banned drinkers register (BDR).
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Spectrum Consortium - Conceptualising changes to tobacco and alcohol policy as affecting a single interlinked system
New paper from SPECTRUM researchers at the Universities of Sheffield and Bath explores the different mechanisms that link tobacco and alcohol policy changes to their effects on smoking and drinking behaviour.
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Healio - Alcohol-related liver disease increases risk for cancer
Patients with alcohol-related liver disease who survive for at least 1 year after diagnosis are at increased risk for cancer, according to study results.
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Thomson Reuters Foundation - Exclusive: Carlsberg India probes find 'potential improper payments', child labour – documents
An investigation of alleged unlawful practices at Carlsberg India found “potential improper payments” to government officials and other regulatory lapses, its former auditor said in a document seen by Reuters.
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Sunday, January 10, 2021

FASD News - 1/2021

Blue Mountains Gazette (Australia) - Bendigo researcher Kerryn Bagley raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
KERRYN Bagley was working as a child and adolescent counsellor when she met a young child who she thought might have an acquired brain injury.
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Gisborne Herald (New Zealand) - Alcohol during pregnancy has life-long costs
We are writing to wish you and all your readers a safe and relaxing Christmas — and to remind everybody that when an unborn child is exposed to alcohol in the womb, they are at high-risk of developing a serious disability, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
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Brinkwire - Experts advise that alcohol impairs brain growth and dignity, from the cradle to the grave
The evidence for the deleterious effects of alcohol were persuasive, but now experts were able to pinpoint three main stages in life when the effects of alcohol are likely to be severe.
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March of Dimes (USA) - JANUARY IS NATIONAL BIRTH DEFECTS PREVENTION MONTH
Birth defects are structural changes that affect one or more parts of the body (e.g. heart, brain, foot). They develop most often during the first three months of pregnancy, when a baby’s organs are forming and can cause problems in overall health, how the body develops and functions.
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Public Ethics - Should Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy Be Recorded on The Child’s Health Record?
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term for a range of conditions that can result from drinking during pregnancy. It can include physical, mental and behavioural problems, including life-long learning disabilities.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
NAMI North Carolina - Thursdays with NAMI, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - December 3, 2020
This edition includes two dynamic individuals, Myles Himmelreich and Kathy Hotelling. Myles grew up living with FASD. He was bounced around in Canada’s foster system until the age of 3, when he found his forever home with the Himmelreich family.
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FASD Awareness - FASD Awareness #BeAware
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Spotlight on FASD - Podcast Season 2, Episode 1 - Nick and Sharon Tassone, Setting up CAMP - A FASD Community
We're back! Happy New Year and welcome to Season 2 of Spotlight on FASD! This week we're chatting to Nick & Sharon Tassone, the wonderful, determined and motivated mother and son duo who co-founded CAMP- A FASD Community.
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CDC - Birth Defects Surveillance Toolkit
The Birth Defects Surveillance Toolkit serves as a resource for those looking to establish or enhance a surveillance programme for birth defects. It provides an overview of the purpose and importance of these types of programmes, and serves as a companion for planning, implementing, and evaluating a programme.
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CBC - FASD and the Justice System
People living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder - or FASD - all too often get involved in the justice system, as victims or witnesses of crimes, or sometimes as perpetrators.
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RESEARCH
Drug and Alcohol Dependence - The prevalence, child characteristics, and maternal risk factors for the continuum of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: A sixth population-based study in the same South African community
Seventeen years after the first study in this community, FASD prevalence remains high at 16 %-31 %. The FAS rate may have declined somewhat, but rates of PFAS and ARND seemed to plateau, at a high rate.
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Current Addiction Reports - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Activity of the Offspring in Humans: a Systematic Review
In children/adolescents, the normal cortisol circadian rhythm is altered in PAE participants with a FASD diagnosis, who show increased evening cortisol levels. These findings support the programming effects of alcohol on the HPA stress system.
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Molecular Neurobiology - Ethanol Gestational Exposure Impairs Vascular Development and Endothelial Potential to Control BBB-Associated Astrocyte Function in the Developing Cerebral Cortex
Ethanol consumption during pregnancy or lactation period can induce permanent damage to the development of the central nervous system (CNS), resulting in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
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Child Abuse & Neglect - Characterizing adverse childhood experiences among children and adolescents with prenatal alcohol exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Children and adolescents with PAE experience high rates of early adversity. Practice and policy initiatives are needed to improve early detection of ACEs among children with PAE and PAE among children with ACEs.
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Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Autism Spectrum Disorder in 39 Children and Adults: Examination of Behavioural and Cognitive Profiles
Overall, the ASD+PAE group had a more complex and severe presentation of symptoms. The relationship between ASD, FASD, and PAE as well as the value of providing an ASD diagnosis in the context of PAE are discussed.
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British Journal of Nutrition - Differential Effects of Maternal Diets on Birth Outcomes and Metabolic Parameters in Rats After Ethanol Consumption during Pregnancy
While the long-lasting effects of these outcomes are unknown, this study highlights the importance of maternal diet quality for maternal health and infant growth, and suggests that maternal nutrition intervention may be a potential target for alleviating FASD.
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psyarxiv.com - Corticostriatal deficits underlying cognitive impairments induced by fetal exposure to alcohol
The term Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) includes a group of diseases caused by fetal exposure to alcohol (FAE). FASD patients display heterogenous socio-emotional and cognitive deficits, particularly in the domain of executive function, which share symptoms with other neuropsychiatric disorders.
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Drug and Alcohol Dependence - Health, social and legal outcomes of individuals with diagnosed or at risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Canadian example
Individuals with FASD demonstrate a significant need for access to mental health and addiction services, especially among those with involvement in the child welfare and criminal justice systems.
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Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Executive and Social Functioning Across Development in Children and Adolescents with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
These findings support previous research on EF/SF deficits in adolescents with PAE while also addressing a gap in the literature concerning early childhood research on this topic.
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Massey University - Setting up for success : a qualitative study on teachers of students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Teaching is a stressful and emotionally challenging profession with high attrition, effecting positive outcomes for students.
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Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - You Didn’t Drink during Pregnancy, Did You?
Self‐reported quantity of alcohol use varies greatly based on type of questions asked. Brief targeted questions about maximum number of drinks in 24 hours and total number of drinks at the most recent drinking episode provide much higher estimates of alcohol use and thus might be less affected by self‐reporting bias.
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Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy - Various forms of alcohol use and their predictors among pregnant women in post conflict northern Uganda: a cross sectional study
This study indicates that alcohol use (any mount) during pregnancy is high while alcohol dependence, problematic and hazardous drinking is low. Knowledge and attitude were important predictors of alcohol use.
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Addiction - Pregnancy, partners and alcohol warning labels
Wilkinson & Ritter [1] provide a thought‐provoking commentary on substance use harm to others (HTO) research, policy and stigmatization of vulnerable populations. Of particular interest was a detected challenge of sorts, apparently aimed at researchers and advocates engaged in public health alcohol policy.
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Plos one - Consumption of alcohol and binge drinking among pregnant women in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Prevalence and determinant factors
This study found a high level of alcohol consumption among pregnant women. Interventions to create awareness on the harmful effects of alcohol are needed. Moreover, strengthening social support during pregnancy and family planning services to reduce unplanned pregnancy and abortion should be considered.
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La Clinica Terapeutica - Challenges for Midwives’ Healthcare Practice in the Next Decade: COVID-19 – Global Climate Changes – Aging and Pregnancy – Gestational Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol assumption during pregnancy is responsible for serious damage to the fetus causing a wide range of pathological conditions related to Fetal Alcoholic Spectrum Disorder, leading cause of mental retardation in children of western countries.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
OX.pl (Poland) - Polski Instytut FASD rozkręca się w Ustroniu
Zafascynowani pomaganiem dzieciom, których matki piły alkohol w czasie cięży, otworzyli Polski Instytut FASD. Instytut działa od kilku miesięcy w centrum Ustronia, ale temat FAS w naszym powiecie przewija się już od jakiegoś czasu.
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Spektrum (Germany) - Welche Folgen hat Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft?
Manche Frauen meinen, ein Gläschen Sekt oder ein paar Schlucke Glühwein würden dem Baby in ihrem Bauch schon nicht schaden. Für das Gehirn des Ungeborenen können aber bereits kleine Mengen Alkohol schwer wiegende Folgen haben. Welche, das beantworten wir in unserer FAQ.
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Uusi Suomi (Finland)  -  Alkoholismin kieltäminen, Pertti ”Purtsi” Purhonen ja FASD-lapset
Onneksi Suomessa on paljon parantuneita ei-juovia alkoholisteja. Ongelma on siinä, että alkoholismi, joka usein on pitkäaikainen sairaus juuri vaikenemisen vuoksi, on ehtinyt vuosien aikana tuhota alkoholistin elämää ja heidän läheistensä elämää.
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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Alcohol News - 1/2021

CBS Minnesota (USA) - Dry January: Americans Ringing In 2021 By Giving Up Alcohol For The Month
The start of a new year brings new resolutions for many of us, and each year, more people are choosing to go alcohol-free for a month.
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Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Alcohol-free aperitifs to make Dry January more exciting
What to drink when you’re not drinking? It’s a question we’ve been asking ourselves since time immemorial. At least it feels that way when you want to cut down on your booze intake – but can’t face another glass of fizzy water, juice, or herbal tea.
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Cosmopolitan - "Why I stopped drinking alcohol at the age of 26"
Sober Girl Society's Millie Gooch reflects on why she quit drinking - and how it's changed her life since.
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CBC (Canada) - Tam cautions Canadians on their alcohol intake in year-end message
On a day frequently marked by celebrations involving large amounts of alcohol, Canada's chief public health officer is again asking Canadians to go easy on the drinking as they turn the page on 2020.
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Morning Advertiser (UK) - Commons speaker pledges more low and no drinks in Parliament’s post-Covid bars
Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP has backed efforts to increase the number of low and no alcohol drinks in the House of Commons bars once the coronavirus pandemic has subsided.
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Radio Prague (Czech Republic) - Eurostat: Czech households spend record-high sums on alcohol
Czech households spent a record high sum on alcohol in 2019, over CZK 90 billion, suggest newly released data by the European statistical office, Eurostat. The share of total consumption expenditure spent on alcoholic beverages amounted to 3.4 percent, which was one of the highest figures in the European Union.
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SowetanLIVE (South Africa) - Alcohol ban lends sanity on the roads
Gauteng experienced a sharp decrease in the number of road accidents and fatalities following the ban of alcohol sales in the week ahead of New Year's Eve festivities.
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Blackpool Gazette (Northern Ireland) - Dry January: thousands admitted to hospital last year with an alcohol related condition
Alcohol poisoning, liver cancer, heart disease, tremors — alcohol misuse can cause a myriad of health problems. Exacerbated by the lockdown and the Christmas period, many of us will be guilty of drinking a bit more than normal too.
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Aberdeen Evening Express (Scotland) - Dry January: Is Scotland’s relationship with alcohol changing – and what’s to be gained from giving it up this month?
Whether it’s a celebration, an evening with friends, or simply the transition from working day to evening, alcohol is so often the thing that’s reached for – whatever the occasion.
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Evening Standard - The effect booze is really having on your mind, body and bank balance
Have you ever stopped to consider the impact alcohol is having on your health and wellbeing? Nutritionist and weight loss specialist Kim Pearson discusses the different ways that drinking alcohol could be affecting your health.
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Iceland Monitor (Iceland) - Vínbúðin Liquor Stores Report Record Sales
Vínbúðin liquor stores, the sole retail vendor of alcohol in Iceland, report record sales in 2020, according to Morgunblaðið. There are 51 such stores operated, 14 of them in the capital area. Sigrún Ósk Sigurðardóttir, assistant director of Vínbúðin stores, attributes this increase in sales mainly to the COVID-19 pandemic: much fewer people visited the Duty Free Store at Keflavík International Airport than in an average year, and bars and restaurants had limited operating hours, or were forced to close, for much of the year.
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Reuters (Norway) - Norway imposes new restrictions to halt third coronavirus wave
Norway will impose fresh restrictions to prevent a resurgence in the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Sunday, including a nationwide ban on serving alcohol in restaurants and bars and not inviting guests home.
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The Lancet - Public health emergency or opportunity to profit? The two faces of the COVID-19 pandemic
“Never let a good crisis go to waste”.1 The exploitation of disasters by those in powerful positions is not a modern phenomenon. For centuries, multinational corporations have demonstrated a remarkable ability to turn the misfortunes of others into opportunities for lucrative gains.
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Today - How to let Dry January help you drink less in 2021
If you’re asking why you should face the world without a sip of wine or beer for a month, there are some compelling health reasons to do it.
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OMNY.fm (South Africa) - A sobering New Year’s Day for South Africans
Professor Charles Parry, Director of the Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council to continue the discussion on the drinking crisis in South Africa.
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The University of Edinburgh - Action urged to ease refugees’ alcohol plight
Crucial policy changes are needed to reduce the alcohol-related harm being experienced by refugees and asylum seekers across the UK, researchers say.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Alcohol News - 51/2020

The Hill (USA) - US government rejects scientific advisors' recommendations on alcohol and sugar consumption
The U.S. government on Tuesday announced new recommended dietary guidelines that reportedly did not make any changes to the amount of sugar and alcohol consumption recommended for Americans, despite a scientific panel advising otherwise.
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CBS New York - Those Coping With Coronavirus Pandemic By Drinking More Alcohol Should Consider A ‘Dry January’
It was a year like no other, so a January reset could be just the trick to forget 2020. One new trend that has gotten very popular in the last few years is giving up alcohol for the first month of the new year, CBS2’s Nick Caloway reported Tuesday.
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The Brussels Times - Brexit: New Year signals end of cross-channel ‘booze cruise’
The first day of January signals the end of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union, and brings an end also to the long tradition of hopping across the Channel to stock up on cigarettes and alcohol.
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Bloomberg (South Africa) - Virus Resurgence Spurs South Africa to Ban Alcohol Sales
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a renewed ban on alcohol sales and extended a curfew in a bid to contain the fallout from a second wave of coronavirus infections that have pushed the cumulative caseload past the one million mark.
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Newstalk (Ireland) – 13% of motorists got behind the wheel the morning after drinking alcohol
An AA Ireland poll found, that at some point during the last two years, 13pc of motorists got behind the wheel the morning after drinking alcohol. Mark chats to Conor Faughnan, Director of Consumer Affairs for AA Ireland.
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Euro Weekly News (Spain) - Alicante: Campaign to warn of alcohol consumption risks during Christmas
THE Department of Education of Alicante launches a campaign to warn of the risks of alcohol consumption among young people and adults during Christmas.
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Herald Scotland (Scotland) - Disquiet over nation's health as Scots hit the bottle during lockdown
Almost one in four drinkers in Scotland are guzzling alcohol at increasing or high risk levels during the Covid-19 pandemic leading to serious concerns about the health of the nation in lockdown.
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Deseret News (USA) - Utah’s 0.05% DUI law turns 2, and it’s time other states follow süit
It’s been two years since Utah implemented a 0.05% blood alcohol content DUI law, and it’s high time other states follow its lead. The strictest DUI law in the nation came with a lot of noise and a host of dismal prophecies about Utah’s tourism and entertainment industry, all of which have been torn to shreds.
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Canberra Times (Australia) - Aussies warned to go easy on NYE alcohol
Health experts are reminding Aussies of alcohol-related risks and encouraging a safe and healthy December 31 celebration.
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Alcohol Change (UK) - Drink-refusal skills: how to say no to an alcoholic drink
A key skill for taking part in Dry January is learning how to say no to alcoholic drinks. And that skill will stand you in brilliant stead for drinking more healthily and happily year-round.
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Saturday, December 19, 2020

FASD News - 50/2020

SPECIAL
NEW BOOK, Ira J Chasnoff, MD and Ronald J Powell, PhD - Guided Growth: Educational and Behavioral Interventions for Children and Teens with FASD and Early Trauma
European FASD Alliance chair Diane Black writes in her review of the book: “This beautiful book, targeted to teachers, parents – anyone involved with guiding children and youth with FASD – fills a great gap in the literature addressing the education of children. Citing the most recent research, Drs. Chasnoff and Powell first explain how normal learning takes place and how the brain works and then explain what goes wrong in the brain affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol and postnatal trauma. In fact, many children prenatally exposed to drugs or alcohol have also been exposed to neglect or abuse. The authors explain how all these factors contribute to a state of permanent stress, which inhibits the development of social relations and academic learning. The second half of the book moves into providing strategies to improve behavior and effective learning, offering numerous examples with detailed analyses of what works and what does not. The final chapters will be of special interest to parents and teachers who aim to prevent problems before they occur and to promote better communication between parents and teachers. I highly recommend this book to anyone who works with children and youth who were prenatally exposed to alcohol.”
The book in hard copy or electronically is available at www.ntiupstream.com

 

NEWS and ARTICLES

Scoop (New Zealand) - Funding Boost A First For The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Community
Christmas has come early for the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) community this year in the guise of a $210,000 contract with the Ministry of Health using money from the Government’s Proceeds of Crime fund.
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The Sidney Morning Herald (Australia) - If it's to be a merry festive season, consider the child you might conceive
Festive season cheer – let’s face it, alcohol – can lead to the conception of children. It can also damage not only one or two but three generations of your offspring.
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Medical News Today - Symptoms and treatment of fetal alcohol syndrome
If a baby has exposure to alcohol in the womb, they can develop a range of conditions known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). The most severe of these disorders is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
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PsyPost – Dog-assisted therapy shows promise in treating youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
A new study found that children and adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders showed reduced symptoms after dog-assisted therapy when administered alongside pharmacological treatment. The findings were published in Frontiers in Psychology.
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The South End - Wayne Medicine study reveals biomarker of alcohol exposure in womb
Pediatricians and obstetricians could have another scientific weapon to yield in their pursuit of protecting newborn babies who may have been exposed to alcohol in the womb because of an original study published by researchers at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.
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CanFASD (Canada) - 2020 CanFASD Art Competition Winners
Since 2016 we’ve run an art competition to showcase the creativity of Canadians with FASD. Each year the winner is featured on our holiday card, but their art doesn’t have to be holiday-themed. Our applicants are inspired by anything from holiday traditions to sunsets, and everything in between.
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NoFASD Australia - SCHOOL HOLIDAY STRATEGIES
For some, school holidays are an exciting time, full of opportunities for fun. For others, the change in routine and unpredictability of the coming weeks can cause anxiety and stress for children and their carers.
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FASD: Learning with Hope - Tis the Season (for FASD Sensory Overload)
It’s that time of the year.  Fasten your sleighbelts. Batten down the breakable angels. Put those extra Christmas biscuits somewhere up high. And cherish those sparkling eyes lit up with the glow of Christmas lights, for sure as Rudolph’s nose shines, there will be tears.
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Our Sacred Breath - 12 WISHES FOR FASD: 2020 EDITION
In 2016 I wrote a blog post called 12 Wishes for FASD and My Daughter. It was a combination of things I wanted in terms of FASD awareness and things I wanted for my daughter.
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Counties Manukau (New Zealand) - FASD - Mum’s heartfelt plea to support pregnant women
“Alcohol hurt me. I wish someone had helped my mum not to drink so my brain wouldn’t have gotten hurt.” Sam* is 11-years-old and was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) at the age of five.
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UPCOMING
ABLE2 - FASD Symposium TSAF (January 26th, 2021)
The 2021 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.
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Drexel Now - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Webinar Series II (January 6, 2021)
This webinar series is presented by Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health Maternal & Child Health Public Health Catalyst Program and PA AAP Medical Home Program.
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Children in Scotland - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: supporting children and young people (22/01/2021)
As part of our organisational response to the COVID-19 virus, Children in Scotland has adapted our training and events programme to a digital webinar format for the foreseeable future.
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FachPool (Germany) - Einführung in das Fetale Alkoholsyndrom (22.04.2021 - 18.06.2021)
In Deutschland werden jährlich ca. 12650 Kinder mit einer fetalen Alkoholspektrumstörung (FASD) geboren. Es ist von einer deutlich höheren Dunkelziffer auszugehen.
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FASD Hub Scotland - Moving Forward Together - FASD Scottish Collaborative Group Event (25 February 2021)
This event will be an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in FASD diagnosis and support in Scotland, and we will be joined by a host of speakers from various disciplines.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Nasenonline - School Resources for FASD
Children with an FASD have unique challenges that interface with the school environment. Learn more about how to help a child or family be successful academically.
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Werry Workforce Whāraurau - Lunchtime Learning FASD
This introduction to FASD will explore a learning resource aimed at building capacity across the workforce. The free eLearning course supports a range of frontline professionals to recognise and respond compassionately to people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and other neurodisabilities.
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CourseVideos - FASD and Alcohol
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FASD Hub - A conversation with Professor Carol Bower: Shining a Light on FASD
Professor Carol Bower is an internationally recognised public health researcher who has spent almost her entire research career working in birth defects and aiming to improve maternal and child health.
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FASD Success - Turning the Spotlight on the Creators of the UK's first FASD podcast
We know Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder isn’t in the spotlight very much as it remains one of the most misunderstood or misdiagnosed disorders yet is the most common developmental disability. It is so important for us to work together to get the messages out, that I knew I just had to reach out when I heard about a new FASD podcast.
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Adoption Week Scotland - Adoption Week Scotland 2020-A conversation with Rich on FASD
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Twinkl - Adult Guidance for Children with FASD (Foetal Alcohol Syndrome)
This Adult Guidance for Children with FASD provides a wealth of information about working with and supporting children about FASD.
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RESEARCH
Advances in Pediatric Research - High facial specificity and positive predictive value are required to diagnose fetal alcohol syndrome when prenatal alcohol exposure is unknown
FASD diagnostic guidelines that use relaxed criteria for the FAS facial phenotype risk misdiagnosing and over-diagnosing FAS and partial FAS when PAE is unknown.
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Alcohol Clin Exp Res - Evolution of the Physical Phenotype of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders from Childhood through Adolescence
Key facial features that characterize FASD in early childhood diminish or evolve in some individuals, making diagnostic examinations that rely on these characteristics most sensitive during early childhood and school age.
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Alcohol Clin Exp Res – Use of Telemedicine for the Physical Examination of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
Telemedicine is a valid and reliable method for the examination of the physical features of FAS, that may contribute to greater access to an early diagnosis of FASD in children prenatally exposed to alcohol and/or with characteristic neurobehavioral deficits.
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NeuroImage: Clinical - An fMRI investigation of neural activation predicting memory formation in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is associated with physical anomalies, growth restriction, and a range of neurobehavioral deficits.
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Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Infant Cardiac Orienting Responses Predict Later FASD in the Preschool Period
A score reflecting total deviation from typical HR during CORs elicited using visual stimuli in infancy may be useful in identifying individuals who need early intervention as a result of their PAE.
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University of Regina - EXAMINING THE REPRESENTATION OF SOCIAL ACTORS IN FASD PREVENTION CAMPAIGNS
Through an exploration of public health campaigns targeting the prevention of FASD, I identified and challenged the concepts of mother blame and stigma found within the discursive practices of the medical system.
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Brain Sciences - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure in Rats Diminishes Postnatal Cxcl16 Chemokine Ligand Brain Expression
Maternal ethanol consumption during pregnancy is one of the main causes of Neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD). Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) produces several adverse manifestations.
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International Journal of Forensic Mental Health - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Neurodevelopmental Disorders: An International Practice Survey of Forensic Mental Health Clinicians
As awareness about FASD continues to grow in legal contexts, additional research, training, and policy consideration is required to develop and implement evidence-based practice resources for forensic clinicians.
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Alcoholism - Epigenetic Clock Analysis in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is characterized by severe clinical impairment, considerable social burden, and high mortality and morbidity, which are due to various malformations, sepsis, and cancer.
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Research in Developmental Disabilities - Yarning about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Outcomes of a community-based workshop
The current study identified key learnings from workshop facilitators and participants. The findings call attention to the importance of a co-design approach, where collaboration is vital to support the appropriate adaption of evidence-based practice to suit the local context.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
FASD & Schule - Die Fetale Alkoholspektrumstörung (FASD) und der Umgang in der Schule
Dieses Video gibt einen kurzen Überblick darüber, was die Fetale Alkoholspektrumstörung (FASD) ist und wie Lehrerinnen und Lehrer in der Schule mit Betroffenen - wie dem fiktiven Charakter Marie - umgehen können.
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FachPool (Germany) - Einführung in das Fetale Alkoholsyndrom (22.04.2021 - 18.06.2021)
In Deutschland werden jährlich ca. 12650 Kinder mit einer fetalen Alkoholspektrumstörung (FASD) geboren. Es ist von einer deutlich höheren Dunkelziffer auszugehen.
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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Alcohol News - 50/2020

Diabetes.co.uk - “Key stages of life” when even small amounts of alcohol can do damage to the brain
There are three key stages of life when even small amounts of alcohol can do significant damage to the brain, researchers have said.
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The Sidney Morning Herald - Kate saved $10,000 cutting booze. Here's how she stuck to it
It’s been a big year for boozing. A survey by sobriety non-profit Hello Sunday Morning released in October found 19 per cent of 1250 respondents were drinking more heavily than usual, with almost a third admitting they were drinking earlier in the day.
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Personnel Today (UK) - Nine in 10 home workers drinking alcohol on the job
Nine out of 10 people have admitted to drinking alcohol while working from home this year – a statistic that a health and safety firm has said could have concerning consequences for worker health and the quality of work produced.
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Men´s Health UK - How to Start a Sober(ish) Lifestyle in 2021
With 2020 almost in the rear-view mirror, our attention turns towards pastures new and the benefits that come with a new year. Whether you're looking to cut back, are 'sober-curious' or ready to commit to tee-totality, welcome to your reader's guide.
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Tubefilter - YouTube Will Enable Viewers To Toggle Out Of Ads For Alcohol And Gambling
YouTube is giving users more control over the ads they’re served — specifically with respect to spots about alcohol and gambling.
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The Irish Times (Ireland) - ‘Dangerous territory’ of expanding alcohol delivery services
Ireland is moving into “dangerous territory” as a swell in delivery services during the pandemic gifts unprecedented access to alcohol for underage drinkers, campaigners have warned.
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Scoop (New Zealand) - Time For Meaningful Restrictions On Alcohol Advertising
Advertising and promotion of alcohol causes harm. The harm disproportionately affects children and young adults, as alcohol marketing contributes to drinking at a younger age and in greater volumes, which contributes to more harmful patterns of drinking over their lifetime.
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Evening Standard (UK) - Rich men and women twice as likely to drink excessively than poorer counterparts
Wealthier adults are much more likely to drink excessive amounts of alcohol than those on lower incomes, according to a new report.
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GENT SIDE - The Unsuspected Dangers of Passive Alcoholism
According to a study published in the scientific Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, one in five adults (about 53 million people) in the United States are affected by passive alcoholism, making it a ‘public health concern’ according to researchers.
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UTHealth (USA) - Stay-at-home orders tied to an increase in harmful alcohol consumption, study finds
Binge drinkers increased their alcohol consumption by nearly 20% during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, according to new research by public health experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
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ABC (Australia) - Study finds alcohol industry distorts evidence in government submissions
New research, published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, claims the alcohol industry is 'distorting scientific evidence' in its attempts to influence government policy.
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The Barbados Advocate - EDITORIAL: REDUCE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION THIS FESTIVE SEASON
AS we move full swing into the festive Christmas season, there will have to be numerous reminders put out to members of the public to be careful with their alcohol intake over the duration of this season.
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Medical Xpress (Sweden) - The longer immigrants live in Sweden, the more they drink
Adolescents with a Swedish background drink more than adolescents with a non-European background, shows a new study from Malmö University.
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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Alcohol News - 49/2020

Reuters (Russia) - Don't mix Sputnik vaccine with alcohol, says Russian official
A health official’s warning that anyone getting vaccinated against COVID-19 with Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine should give up alcohol for almost two months has caused a backlash among some Russians who call the request unreasonable.
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The University of Sidney (Australia) - New alcohol guidelines urge Aussies to go easy on the booze
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has today released new guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol. Under the new recommendations, healthy adults should drink no more than ten standard drinks a week, and no more than four on any one day.
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The Southern Maryland Chronicle (USA) - 1 in 10 Maryland relationship breakups this year were due to alcohol abuse, reveals study
Broken down across the country, it was found Louisiana had the highest figure (50%) of relationships that have ended due to a partner’s drinking. Comparatively, this figure was the lowest in Michigan, Mississippi, and Ohio (10%).
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Newsweek (USA) – Study Says Binge Drinkers Are Consuming Even More Alcohol in Lockdown
No one needed a lengthy examination by a scientific journal to know that alcohol consumption has been up throughout the pandemic. However, a recently published study in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, regarding binge drinking for those living in lockdown, reveals a hidden and very real danger.
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Brno Daily (Czech Republic) - Restaurants To Close By 8pm, Consumption of Alcohol in Public Prohibited
Due to the recent upward trend in the PES risk score, the government has reintroduced stricter measures from Wednesday, December 9th. Catering establishments must close by 8pm. The consumption of alcohol in public and sale of alcohol at markets and from dispensing windows outside restaurants.
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Gizmodo - These Are the Ages When Alcohol Is Most Dangerous to the Brain, Researchers Say
Alcohol has many well-known negative effects on our health, but a new paper this week highlights what are likely the most harmful periods during a lifetime to have alcohol in your system, at least when it comes to our brains.
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Independent (Ireland) - Life as an alcoholic: ‘I’d sit at home, alone, with two bottles of wine and wouldn’t remember going to bed’
‘Two-and-a-half years ago, I broke down in my apartment and wanted to take my own life. There was no happiness inside me; I was a shell of a human being and the only thing I ate was grapes in liquid form.
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Powell River Peak (Canada) - Alcohol consumption spiked during spring lockdown: UVic study
British Columbians’ alcohol consumption has spiked during the pandemic, particularly during the spring lockdown, and UVic researchers are tracking to see whether the same will happen in the second wave.
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Daily Express - Alcohol effects: Four warning signs your nervous system has come under attack
ALCOHOL abuse can cause extensive and in some cases irreversible damage so it is vital that you drink in moderation. Some of the most acute effects of alcohol abuse are associated with the nervous system.
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The Times (Scotland) - Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems calls for Nordicstyle drink stores
Nordic-style controls over alcohol sales should be considered in Scotland, says a leading health campaigner.
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ABC News - Alcohol and your brain
Some people believe that low or moderate alcohol consumption is perfectly fine for the brain and might even reduce the risk of dementia. Recent reviews of the evidence suggests that's not true and it in fact may be much worse for your brain at certain, sensitive times of life.
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Jamaica Information Service (Jamaica) - Parents Urged To Talk To Children About Alcohol Use
Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Fayval Williams, is urging parents to discuss alcohol use and misuse with their children from an early age as part of efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of underage drinking.
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The Rio Times (Brazil) - Brazilian States Forbid End-of-Year Parties and Limit Alcohol Consumption in Bars
The Covid-19 surge, with ICU bed occupancy rates above 80% in some states, has prompted city halls and governments to increase restrictions on bars and restaurants and end-of-year parties.
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San Antonion Report (USA) - Relaxed alcohol policies during pandemic will harm public health in the long term
By now, we all know COVID-19 has thrown the Texas economy for a loop. Shutdowns and quarantine orders hit businesses hard, from retail to entertainment to food and beverage. Devastating drops in sales led to limited hours, increased unemployment, and even temporary or permanent closures.
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NANOS Research (Canada) - Boredom and Stress Drives Increased Alcohol Consumption during COVID-19: NANOS Poll Summary Report
This report presents the results of the second Nanos poll commissioned by CCSA during the COVID-19 pandemic. The poll, commissioned in May 2020, focuses on how much people are drinking while staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Inside Hook - Why the Link Between Cancer and Drinking Isn’t Well Known
Outside of the well-known “glass of red wine might be good for your heart” theory — which is possibly not true — alcohol isn’t considered a part of a healthy lifestyle. We enjoy it, obviously, and recognize its pitfalls.
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Cancer Council (Australia) - Cancer Council welcomes new drinking guidelines as an opportunity to inform the public of health impacts of alcohol
New alcohol guidelines have been released by the National Health and Medical Research Council today giving the Australian public advice on how to reduce their risk of harm from disease or injury caused by alcohol.
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Alcohol Justice (USA) - Under Fire for Causing Diabetes, Coca-Cola Pivots to Cirrhosis
It’s lonely at the top of the mountain. Perhaps this explains why the Coca-Cola company has launched alcoholic Topochico, a spinoff of the popular Mexican sparkling water brand.
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