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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Alcohol News - 3/2022

LRT (Lithuania) - Lithuanian parliament thwarts moves to loosen restrictions on alcohol sales
The Lithuanian parliament voted on Tuesday to reject proposals on liberalising the rules on alcohol sales.
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Reuters (Norway) - Norway eases COVID rules, allows some alcohol serving to resume
The Norwegian government will partly reverse a ban on serving alcohol in bars and restaurants, one of several policy changes as it seeks to relax COVID-19 restrictions, the prime minister said on Thursday.
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World Highways (France) - Drink driving dangers in Malaysia and France
Drink driving and poor attitudes to the offence are causing additional risks for road users in countries as far apart as Malaysia and France.
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Good Magazine (New Zealand) - Dermatologists warn summer alcohol consumption may increase the risk of Melanoma
Alcohol and the sun could prove a lethal combination in developing skin cancer, with tattoos also proving an additional risk factor for the deadly disease, according to a leading melanoma expert.
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The Guardian - UK pupils taught about alcohol with ‘misleading’ industry-funded Resources
Schools are using “misleading and biased” information materials funded by the alcohol industry to educate pupils as young as nine about drinking, according to a study.
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CNN - How Dry January's continued presence reflects society's evolving -- and divisive -- relationship with alcohol
Ditch meat for a month with Veganuary. Start that new gym membership, or try this new diet. The onslaught of demands to "start the new year right" seems endless.
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EU Science Hub - Cancer in Europe: 5 things the data tells us
Over the last century, Europeans have been living longer, healthier lives with big advances in medical treatments, social conditions and in our understanding about health in general.
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EurekAlert - Alcohol purchasing patterns of British households changed in COVID-19 lockdowns
A new study of British households finds that, while overall alcohol purchases did not change after COVID-19 lockdown measures began in 2020, purchases did increase for households in socially disadvantaged areas and for households that normally buy more alcohol.
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SJSU Blogs - How Alcohol and Stress Impact Parenting During a Pandemic
Raising children during the pandemic isn’t easy. Combine that with the effects of alcohol, and it could lead to a more punitive approach to parenting, according to one San José State University researcher.
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RTE (Ireland) - Why alcohol and the workplace are a toxic cocktail
Opinion: as Boris Johnson and the UK government are finding out, drinking in the workplace comes with many dangers and costs.
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Irish Examiner (Ireland) - 10% of motorists admit driving after a night out while possibly being over blood-alcohol limit
Around 1 in 10 motorists admit they have driven the day after a night out over the past year while possibly being over the legal blood-alcohol limit.
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Kenosha News (USA) - History of anti-drunk driving advocacy
The year 2022 marks 40 years of tracking alcohol-related driving trends and major changes to how the United States legally and socially tolerated drunk driving.
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Sunday, January 16, 2022

FASD News - 2/2022

DW (South Africa) - World in Progress: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome affects millions of kids in South Africa
When pregnant women drink alcohol, the impact on their babies' health can be severe. In South Africa, more than ten percent of kids suffer from Fetal Alcohol symptome - the highest figure worldwide.
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Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Foetal alcohol syndrome survey is 'first of its kind'
A survey is being conducted to establish the experience of people living with or caring for someone with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Ireland. The move coincides with the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in recent days and against a backdrop of an estimated 600 babies a year being born here with FASD.
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True North (Canada) - Theresa Tam advises “pregnant people” not to drink alcohol
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Theresa Tam has recommended “pregnant people” avoid drinking alcohol to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome instead of simply referring to pregnant women.
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Insider - Is it okay to have an occasional glass of wine while pregnant? Here's what the experts say
There are many parts of your life that may change during pregnancy, including your drinking habits. Official recommendations are to not drink while pregnant, yet as many as 10% of pregnant people say they have consumed alcohol at some point in their pregnancy.
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The Goa Spotlight - No, it is not safe to drink alcohol during pregnancy.
A few days ago, the doctor specializing in Aesthetic Medicine Carla Barber assured from his Instagram profile -where he gathers almost a million followers- that his gynecologist allowed him to “take one or two glasses of wine a week ” while she is pregnant.
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Association of American Universities - Thriving while living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)
Rothfuss’s 11-year-old son Heratio (whose last name his mother asked to withhold) has fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS)—brain damage sustained in utero and traceable to pre-natal alcohol consumption.
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Vernon Morning Star (Canada) - WorkBC, FASD Okanagan help man overcome challenges
J.J. settles into a wooden chair and folds his hands at his waist. As he looks about the small meeting room, a sense of calm washes over him. He’s comfortable here. “I’ve been proving people wrong my entire life,” J.J. says from the FASD Okanagan meeting room.
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MATERIALS and VIDEOS
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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The Project - Hidden Epidemic Of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Despite all the warnings, more than 50% of women still consume alcohol during pregnancy. Health experts warn it’s causing a hidden epidemic in children.
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EUFASD Alliance - FASD in the classroom
Marta Astals Vizcaino is FASD Psychologist and Researcher at Hospital Clinic de Barcelona. FASD Unit coordinator at Barnaclínic (Hospital Clinic de Barcelona).
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Rural FASD Support Network - Dr Anik Gosselin - Mental Health and FASD
Dr. Gosselin shares how she diagnoses and supports individuals with FASD transition from a jail setting into the local community.
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Spotlight on FASD - Podcast Season 4, Episode 5 - FASD and Firesetting Behaviours
We're back in conversation with Jerrod Brown, exploring FASD and Firesetting Behaviours. With Clare Devanney Glynn and Jessica Rutherford.
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Spotlight on FASD - Podcast Season 4, Episode 6 - FASD and Sexually Inappropriate Behaviours
Continuing our series of conversations with Jerrod Brown, this time we're exploring FASD and Sexualised Behaviours.
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Wonderland Child & Family Services - Prenatal Substance Exposure Informational Webinar
Learn more about prenatal substance exposure and its impact on our community.
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Spotlight on FASD - Podcast Season 4, Episode 7 - Prevalence of FASD in the UK
This week we're chatting with Professor Penny Cook from Salford University, Principal Investigator of the UK's first FASD prevalence study. Penny shares with us how the study evolved, the challenges faced along the way and what the findings mean for the future of FASD in the UK.
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Fasd Success Show - #090 Dr. Peter Choate: Trauma, FASD and Prevention
You know me. I’m a geek at heart. And I always say although I do know a lot about FASD, I’m not a doctor, a social worker, or a lawyer. That’s why I’m excited to bring you Dr. Peter Choate, a social worker, who has influenced my work.
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RESEARCH
Sciences & the Law - Rates and implications of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder among released offenders with mental disorder in Canada
We found the FASD group to have more than six impaired brain domains, greater than the other groups, and a higher prevalence of ADHD.
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Research in Developmental Disabilities - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders screening tools: A systematic review
Results highlight the vast differences in the screening approaches performance characteristics, and diagnostic criteria linked to FASD screening tools.
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Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology - The Association Between Performance-Based Measures and Caregiver Ratings of Executive Functioning Among Children with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
The results of this study suggest that tests and caregiver ratings of executive functioning may not measure the same construct or other factors may be impacting the strength and significance of the relationship. Directions for future research and clinical implications are provided.
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Healthcare - Understanding the Relationship between Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Criminal Justice: A Systematic Review
In conclusion, it should be pointed out that FASD entails high public health costs, both regarding the support measures provided to the affected individual and to their family, as well as the cost and social impact of any criminal offenses committed.
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Child Neuropsychology - Parental interaction style, child engagement, and emerging executive function in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are known to experience cognitive and neurobehavioral difficulties, including in areas of executive function and social skills development.
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Behavioral Sciences and the Law - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and youth firesetting: A call on criminal justice, emergency responder, and fire prevention specialists to become informed
This article will outline key behavioral symptoms of FASD as well as provide first responders with suggestions as to how to best support individuals when FASD is suspected.
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Sensors - Pilot Study on Analysis of Electroencephalography Signals from Children with FASD with the Implementation of Naive Bayesian Classifiers
In this paper Naive Bayesian classifiers were applied for the purpose of differentiation between the EEG signals recorded from children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders (FASD) and healthy ones.
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Drug and Alcohol Review - Why do women consume alcohol during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
Individual beliefs, knowledge/advice, culture and personal circumstances influence alcohol use in pregnancy. Data are limited for reasons surrounding alcohol use while breastfeeding.
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Journal of the American Heart Association - Association of Alcohol Use Diagnostic Codes in Pregnancy and Offspring Conotruncal and Endocardial Cushion Heart Defects
Alcohol‐related diagnostic codes in pregnancy were associated with an increased risk of an offspring with a CHD, with a particular risk for endocardial cushion and conotruncal defects. The mechanistic basis for this phenotypic enrichment requires further investigation.
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Speech, Language and Hearing - The orofacial, oromotor, speech, and voice characteristics of adolescents in youth detention: a comparison of groups with and without prenatal alcohol exposure
We identified high prevalence of orofacial, oromotor, speech, and voice anomalies among adolescents in youth detention. We discuss our findings in relation to our use of non-standardized assessment methods, assessment with Aboriginal young peoples, youth detention populations broadly being high-risk for health and developmental conditions, and the implications of the anomalies for the adolescents.
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Available at SSRN - Early Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on the Developing Human Brain
Quantitative fetal neuroimaging can sensitively detect toxin-related alterations of human brain growth at early time-points even in structurally grossly normal-appearing fetal brains.
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Behavioral sciences & the law - The imperfect fit: Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder as the basis to commit individuals involuntarily as sexually violent predators/persons
This article provides a framework for identifying, assessing, and deciding whether individuals with the FASD diagnosis suffer from the legally defined mental disorder that is necessary to indefinitely confine individuals as SVP.
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Pediatric Research - Family reflections: parents and caregivers of people with FASD: what research do we need?
These professionals, like us, were interpreting his behavioral differences as purposeful and psychologically motivated. They, like us, didn’t consider that his behavioral differences were examples of “can’t” do it, vs. “won’t.”
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Kehitysvammaliitto (Finland) - FASD-NUOREN SIIVET KANTAMAAN -WEBINAARI 25.1.2022
Järjestämme 25.1.2022 klo 10-15 FASD-nuoren siivet kantamaan -webinaarin. Tapahtuma on maksuton. Kyeseessä on koko FASD-verkoston 5-vuotiswebinaari. Aiheena on nuoruus ja aikuisuuteen tukeminen. Mukana puhumassa ovat mm. nuorisopsykiatrian erikoislääkäri Mikaela Blomqvist-Lyytikäinen ja FT, neuropsykologi Åse Fagerlund.
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MamaDU.pl (Poland) - Lampka wina na zdrowie? Lepiej się zastanów, skutki mogą być dramatyczne
Alkohol w ciąży to zawsze temat wzbudzający dużo emocji. Każda z przyszłych mam zna kogoś, kto twierdzi, że lampka czerwonego wina raz w tygodniu jest wręcz wskazana.
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Fortschr Neurol Psychiatr (Germany) - Fetale Alkoholspektrum-Störungen im Erwachsenenalter – Ergebnisse aus einer diagnostischen Sprechstunde
Im Rahmen einer multiprofessionellen standardisierten Diagnostik ist die FASD Abklärung auch im Erwachsenenalter möglich und nötig. Die Entwicklung standardisierter und spezifischer Diagnosekriterien für Erwachsene ist sinnvoll.
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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Alcohol News - 2/2022

YLE News (Finland) - Grocery stores report decline in Christmas alcohol sales
Despite Covid restrictions tightening across Finland over the Christmas holidays, alcohol sales declined in grocery stores compared to last year.
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WHO - Summary: Reducing the harm from alcohol by regulating cross-border alcohol marketing, advertising and promotion
At its 146th session in February 2020, the Executive Board requested the Director-General to develop an action plan (2022–2030) that would effectively implement the Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol as a public health priority, in consultation with Member States and relevant stakeholders, for consideration by the Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly, through the Executive Board at its 150th session in 2022.
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Delish - Brett Phillips Isn't An Alcoholic, But Still Gave Up Drinking
I really respect people when they say they don't do something everyone else does or something that feels like it's a part of the cultural norm. I think it’s the level of discipline.
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The Guardian (UK) - Drink-spiking is at ‘epidemic’ levels in UK, campaigners tell MPs
Drink- and drug-spiking has reached “epidemic” levels in the UK and is now so common it can happen to anyone, campaigners have told a new parliamentary inquiry into the problem.
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The Lancet - Digging deeper into alcohol-related deaths
According to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), deaths from alcohol-specific causes in the UK have increased from 11·8 per 100 000 people in 2019 to 14·0 per 100 000 people in 2020.
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Baltic News Network (Latvia) - Narcotics gradually replace smoking and alcohol among teenagers
Teenagers in Latvia smoke and drink alcohol less when compared to previous years. Use of narcotics, however, remains widely spread, according to data from the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) as mentioned in Latvian Ministry of Welfare report On the State of Children in the Country in 2019-2020.
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The Denvel Challenge (USA) - Alcohol abuse on the rise among women with young children, study says
Research at the end of 2021 found women are abusing alcohol more than men. A federally-funded study from RTI International found that moms with children under 5 saw alcohol consumption increase by a startling 323% — the highest of any group.
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CBC (Canada) - Alcohol should have cancer warning labels, say doctors and researchers pushing to raise awareness of risk
It's not a secret, but it may as well be. Few Canadians know the truth, and few may want to hear it: Alcohol, any amount of alcohol, can cause cancer. There is no safe amount, and the calls to inform Canadians are growing.
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5 Pillars (Turkey) - Turkey raises taxes on alcohol leading to a drop in consumption
Turkey has significantly increased taxes on alcohol as part of a response to a 19-year high level of inflation of 36.1 percent recorded last month.
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EurekAlert - Binge drinking linked to first episodes of heart rhythm disorder
New Year’s Day, Super Bowl Sunday and other days when more people consume more alcohol are also associated with more emergency room visits for atrial fibrillation, an often-deadly heart rhythm disorder, reported a new study led by UC San Francisco.
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ITV (Wales) - Are young people in Wales turning their backs on alcohol?
Four young people in Wales have spoken out about their decision to stay sober as a recent study shows more and more people in their age group are cutting back on alcohol.
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Psychology Today - The Deceptive Promise of Alcohol
There is a quiet revolution taking place. Sobriety has come out of the closet and into the daylight. Two decades ago, when I first stopped drinking, it was a dirty secret, not something you ever shouted about. A person’s struggle with alcohol was very private and was on a need-to-know basis.
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LabOnline - Alcohol consumption may increase risk of melanoma
Alcohol and the sun could prove a lethal combination in developing skin cancer, according to Molemap dermatologist Dr Niyati Sharma.
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Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - High cost of booze injuries in Christchurch
Ongoing treatment for alcohol-related injuries has cost ACC almost $3.5 million in Christchurch since 2016, with the number of new claims also reaching a five-year high.
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Alcohol Health Alliance (UK) - I lost my son to alcohol addiction – something could have been done sooner
Sadly, there are 70 alcohol-related deaths in the UK every day. This has a devastating impact on the families and friends left behind. In this blog, one mother shares what it was like to lose her son to alcohol addiction.
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Thursday, January 6, 2022

Alcohol News - 1/2022

Breaking News (Ireland) - Minimum unit alcohol pricing comes into effect in Ireland
Minimum unit alcohol pricing comes into effect in Ireland from Tuesday. The controversial measure sees Ireland become one of only a small number of countries worldwide to introduce a legal floor price for the cost of alcoholic drinks.
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Alcohol Action Ireland (Ireland) - INTRODUCTION OF MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL PRODUCTS IS A HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT IN PUBLIC HEALTH ALCOHOL POLICY THAT WILL SAVE LIVES
Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today welcomes the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for all alcohol products from tomorrow, 4th January.
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The Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol price controls will boost health, help hospitals and save lives
Minimum unit pricing (MUP), a central pillar of Ireland’s public health approach to reducing alcohol use across society, comes into effect on January 4th.
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The Guardian - Easy wins: cutting down on alcohol – ‘your heart, liver, stomach and brain will thank you’
Sometimes on a Monday or a Tuesday after work, I could really do with a G&T. Or a solitary chilled beer. Sometimes it’s just that kind of night.
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CBC (Canada) - Alcohol can cause cancer, so why don't most Canadians know that?
Alcohol is one of the top three causes of preventable cancer, so why aren’t Canadians being informed about the risks? Health experts say it's time to put warning labels on alcohol — something the industry has pushed back against.
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DW (Germany) - The choices we make: No alcohol
Is there a life after alcohol? Yes, there certainly is. Sofia stopped drinking a year ago. Andrea made the decision to quit alcohol in 2010. They talked us through the process of realizing their drinking habit was in fact life-threatening.
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CNN - Worried about your drinking? Here's how to check it
There are lots of great reasons to decide to go "dry" in January and give up alcohol. Perhaps you imbibed a bit too much over the holidays, or want to start a diet or exercise routine and can't afford the calories or the zap in energy and motivation that drinking can bring.
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Oncology Nurse Advisor - Review of Alcohol Consumption and Outcomes in Survivors of Breast Cancer
Findings from a recent study indicate that survivors of breast cancer may be at risk of cancer-related adverse events while following current guidelines that advise a safe limit of alcohol consumption of up to 1 drink per day.
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WTOP - Doctor: Alcohol could boost cancer risk
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to cut back on your alcohol, here’s some extra incentive for that plan: It could lower your risk of getting cancer.
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Harvard Health Publishing - Thinking of trying Dry January? Steps for success
Let’s file this under unsurprising news: many American adults report drinking more since the pandemic began in March 2020, according to a survey on alcohol use in the time of COVID-19.
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The Atlantic - The Truth About Prohibition
The temperance movement wasn’t an example of American exceptionalism; it was a globe-spanning network of activists and politicians who tilted not against sin but against economic exploitation.
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Thursday, December 23, 2021

Alcohol News - 51/2021

The Irish Time (Ireland) - Minimum pricing for alcohol to come into effect in January
There has been a marked increase in the number of people buying duty-free alcohol and new laws on minimum unit pricing (MUP) in the coming weeks will only exacerbate this further, as well as drive consumers to the North, retailers have warned.
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Nature - Reconsidering the role of alcohol in the scientific workplace
In November 2020, the Geological Society of America hosted its annual conference in person, with a new rule — there would no longer be alcohol allowed in the oral or poster session areas.
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Medscape - Last Call? Moderate Alcohol's Health Benefits Look Increasingly Doubtful
Those who imbibe alcohol in low-to-moderate levels may not see themselves reflected in such stories of drinking's hefty tolls. They're instead following established health guidance that a little bit of alcohol now and then actually has robust health benefits. Yet the last couple of years have seen a notable fraying of this idea, as emerging data calls into question whether alcohol in moderation should really continue to be just what the doctor ordered.
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The Washington Post (USA) - States rushed to loosen alcohol laws in the pandemic. Heavy drinking went up, some studies say.
As heavy drinking increased in some households during the pandemic, dozens of state legislatures passed bills relaxing state alcohol laws, creating changes so vast that the movement is being compared to the waning days of Prohibition.
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9News - Drinking alcohol can cause skin to burn faster, may increase risk of melanoma
Drinking alcohol can cause your skin to burn faster when exposed to the sun, a leading Australian dermatologist has warned.
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NZ Herald (New Zealand) - Dermatologists warn summer alcohol consumption may increase risk of skin cancer
Your summer tipple may be damaging your skin and not just through dehydration or even forgetting to apply enough sunscreen. Latest research shows that alcohol can actually make you sunburn more quickly, increasing the risk of developing life-threatening skin cancers like melanoma.
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GOV.uk (UK) - No Christmas tipples for 770 alcohol-tagged offenders
Around 770 offenders will be wearing alcohol tags on Christmas Day as part of the Government’s drive to protect the public from drink-fuelled violence.
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Daily Mining Gazette - Christmas and alcohol can be a toxic formula
A recent survey conducted by American Addiction Centers revealed that one in five Michigan family gatherings devolve into drunken arguments during Christmas.
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Inverse - STUDY DISCOVERS A KEY GENDER DIFFERENCE IN HOW PEOPLE REACT TO STRESS AND ALCOHOL
THE HOLIDAY SEASON is in full swing, and for many, getting into the holiday spirit means consuming plenty of spirits.
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Yahoo Finance - Should alcohol be limited at airport bars and banned on planes?
Around 770 offenders will be wearing alcohol tags on Christmas Day as part of the Government’s drive to protect the public from drink-fuelled violence.
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Sidney Morning Herald (Australia) - Alcohol-related harm costing the nation $67 billion a year: study
Alcohol-related violence, illness and lost productivity are costing the economy $67 billion a year, according to a study that also found almost half a million Australians are physically dependent on drink.
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ABC - Non-alcoholic drinks can help many cut back this Christmas, but for those struggling with addiction, they present their own risks
Alcohol sales skyrocket in December across Australia, and with the increased sales comes an increase in alcohol-related harm.
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Glasgow Live (UK) - Glasgow children aged 11 ending up in hospital A&E wards drunk
A meeting heard the concerning situation of a rise in drunk children attending hospital, is being monitored, as efforts are under way to organise alcohol free events for Glasgow adults in recovery.
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Friday, December 17, 2021

Alcohol News - 50/2021

CNN (USA) - We really did buy more alcohol during the early pandemic, study finds
The great Covid-19 lockdown of March to June 2020 created more than a run on toilet paper, masks and hand sanitizers. A new analysis of alcohol sales in a sampling of American states has found panic buying of hard liquor and wine also spiked. Sales of beer, however, remained steady or slumped in most states.
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BBC - Drink think: Why expectation is alcohol's most potent mixer
People's prior beliefs about alcohol can strongly influence how they act when intoxicated – and even change their behaviour when they're sober, writes David Robson.
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News Medical - Smartphone apps could help reduce alcohol consumption among college-age drinkers
Smartphone apps to track blood alcohol abound, but until now had little evidence to show they help manage drinking in young adults. A new University of Florida study shows that heavy drinkers age 21-25 who weren't trying to cut back on alcohol reduced their drinking by four and a half drinks per week while using the apps -; nearly one drink less on each day they imbibed.
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Richmond News (Canada) - British Columbians have been drinking more; easing of alcohol laws could be one reason, pandemic another
Alcohol consumption in B.C. cracked a 20-year record during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis of provincial alcohol sales.
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SmartCompany - It’s time to rethink our relationship with alcohol and work Christmas celebrations
It’s the holiday season again, which sets a similar scene in offices around the Western world: cheesy Christmas music is dominating the team’s Spotify playlist; worn-out faces are everywhere —recovering from black Friday/Cyber Monday/EOQ/Christmas planning hell; and free-flowing booze is as present as lazily flung tinsel.
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The Conversation (South Africa) - What South Africa’s COVID alcohol restrictions point to for future policy
Alcohol consumption is associated with various public health problems. These include high rates of trauma-related injuries and death. In South Africa, around 62,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually. Most of these are personal injury and trauma.
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HuffPost - I’m Not An Alcoholic, But I Am A Non-Drinker. Here’s Why I Quit.
Hi, I’m Kelly and I’m not an alcoholic; I’m a non-drinker. 
I’ve always prided myself on my ability to change my mind. I used to believe that I would never want to live anywhere but New York, that I would never marry or have children or ― most frightening of all ― get a tattoo.

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Politico (Norway) - Norway bans serving of alcohol as it tries to slow Omicron outbreak
Norway will ban the serving of alcohol in bars and restaurants, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said, as part of new COVID-19 restrictions intended to stem the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
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Deadline News (Scotland) - Scots University research team recommend new alcohol policy measures
A University of Stirling team, led by Professor Niamh Fitzgerald, recommended new alcohol policy measures should be considered after results from their study showed it would reduce drinking-related ambulance call-outs.
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Sidney Morning Herald (Australia) - Alcohol-related harm costing the nation $67 billion a year: study
Alcohol-related violence, illness and lost productivity are costing the economy $67 billion a year, according to a study that also found almost half a million Australians are physically dependent on drink.
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ABC - When alcohol use becomes problematic for people living with anxiety
In a culture where drinking alcohol is so prevalent and part of almost every occasion, it can be hard for young people to avoid the pressure to drink.
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DMARGE - Alcohol Worse For Weight Gain Than KFC, Australian Man Discovers
There has long been a stigma surrounding fast food. The general consensus suggests it’s incredibly fattening, not very nutritious and ultimately just bad news for your body altogether. But it seems alcohol could, in fact, be even worse for you when consumed on a regular basis.
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The Guardian - Deaths attributable to alcohol, air pollution and flu must be modelled rather than counted
People might like a single number to explain an issue but health is much more nuanced than that
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PennState - Live-streaming ads for alcohol, junk food increased during pandemic
Live-streaming gaming platforms can give kids and teens a front-row seat to their favorite players’ video game screens, but they also can expose them to ads marketing alcohol, energy drinks and junk food that are endorsed by influencers.
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Daily Mail - Women are more likely to crave alcohol than men when stressed, new study reveals
Stress may make women more likely than men to crave alcohol. While both sexes tend to drink heavily after being put under pressure, a study found one key difference.
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Sunday, December 12, 2021

FASD News - 49/2021

Australian Government (Australia) - $37.2 million for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder support and awareness
The Australian Government is investing more than $37 million for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) diagnostic services to increase access and reduce waiting times, as well as launching a new National Awareness Campaign for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Women.
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Todayville (Canada) - Red Deer RCMP recognized for work with young offenders with FASD
Members of the Red Deer RCMP’s Community Policing unit were honoured with the Central Alberta FASD Network’s 2021 FASD Champion Award last month.
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Scoop (New Zealand) - Formal Acknowledgement Of FASD Failings One Step Closer
An updated statement of response from the Crown regarding WAI 2624, which is part of the Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry (WAI 2575) and the Justice System Kaupapa Inquiry (WAI 3060), admits there is no New Zealand specific data on the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and the extent of the issue is quantified only by overseas data.
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The BMJ (UK) - Neglect of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder must end
In September, the UK government published its long awaited report on health needs assessment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).1 This document covers many of the challenges associated with FASD, a condition caused by exposure to alcohol before birth affecting brain development and resulting in neurodevelopmental, physical and sometimes mental health problems that persist throughout life.
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The Area News (Australia) - Trying for a baby? Put down the wine
When Sophie and her husband knew they wanted to try for a baby, she knew what precautions to take. She stopped smoking a year before coming off contraception; started taking folate and pregnancy vitamin supplements; stopped eating pate and soft cheeses; made sure her salad was washed thoroughly; and cut down her alcohol intake with the intention of stopping entirely once she fell pregnant.
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Science Daily - MRI reveals altered brain structure in fetuses exposed to alcohol
In the first MRI-based study to investigate pre-natal alcohol exposure, researchers found significant changes in the brain structure of fetuses exposed to alcohol compared to healthy controls.
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Women´s Healthcare - Promote Alcohol-free Holidays for Pregnant Patients
The holidays can be a challenging time for those who are pregnant or expecting to be pregnant. The pandemic has made that especially true.
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CanFASD (Canada) - Health Canada Updates their FASD Page
Last month, Health Canada released their new information page on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). This update is a huge step forward towards increased consistency, reduced confusion, and improved understanding of FASD in Canada.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
FASD Hub Australia - FASD Hub Webinar: Managing alcohol use in pregnancy
Many clinicians tell us they don't ask about alcohol during pregnancy, as they don't know how to ask, what to advise or where to refer. In this session held on 1 December 2021, we presented a case study of a woman who is drinking alcohol during pregnancy and heard the perspectives of a panel of health professionals and a biological mother.
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CanFASD - The Sensory World of People with FASD: Part 2
Learn more about sensory processing and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) with presentations from Lisa Brownstone, an occupational therapist and caregiver, and Shana Mohr, a caregiver of a young girl with FASD. This is Part Two of a three part series on FASD and sensory processing.
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Special Books by Special Kids - Siblings with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (An Adoption Story)
The Homestead family adopted five kids with fetal alcohol syndrome who are all biological siblings. Schools and society expect them to succeed without accommodations because they “look normal”.
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FASD United - FASD United Circle of Stars Celebration 2021
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Illinois Crisis Prevention Network - Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
This learning opportunity will educate participants regarding the cause, diagnostic criteria, and life-long effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) on the person and their families.
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Schoolhouse Rocked - Blazing New Homeschool Trails - Cindy LaJoy & Natalie Vecchione, Part 3
No kid is the same. Every one of our children is born with unique gifts, talents, abilities, and disabilities. How do we take kids who don’t fit into the box of traditional education and equip them for a successful future? How can we guide them to seek God’s plan and live a full life that honors the Lord and impacts His kingdom?
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Kids Brain Health Network - Day 1 - 5. ABLE2’s Fetal Alcohol Resource Program
The Fetal Alcohol Resource Program (FARP) at ABLE2 is a stakeholder-driven program created in response to an identified need in the community to support children/youth with FASD, and their caregivers.
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Bridgeway Family Homes - 4 FASD Training
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Bridgeway Family Homes - 1 FASD Training
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National FASD - How to Make #BottleStoppers
No safe time, no safe amount. Join our craftivist campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking whilst pregnant.
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The FASD Brain - #004 Paralyzing Fear
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FARE - Thanks Greg Hunt MP for your support and endorsement of Every Moment Matters.
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FASD Hope - 102 - All About FASD - Adaptive Functioning and FASD with Jerrod Brown, Ph.D.
Episode 102 welcomes back Dr. Jerrod Brown for the final installment of our four-part, 2021 series “All About FASD- Professional Insights and Perspectives".
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RESEARCH
Behavioral Sciences & the Law - Diagnosing intellectual disability in people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A function of which diagnostic manual is used?
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the largest known cause of intellectual disability (ID), and forensic experts are often called upon to determine if a defendant with FASD qualifies for a diagnosis of ID.
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University of KwaZulu-Natal - The role of communication in addressing sociocultural factors that influence pregnant women to drink alcohol in Durban
The study found the importance to extend beyond knowledge acquisition, but to mobilise communication as a culturally nuanced tool to facilitate psycho-social support during times of alcohol consumption when pregnant.
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Sciences & the Law - The neurocognitive profiles of justice involved people with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A systematic review
Advancing knowledge in the field can have important implications for understanding of the antecedents of offending behaviour in this population, and informing strategies for early identification and intervention.
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JMIR Formative - Initial Feasibility of the “Families Moving Forward Connect” Mobile Health Intervention for Caregivers of Children With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Mixed Method Evaluation Within a Systematic User-Centered Design Approach
The results demonstrate that the FMF Connect intervention is acceptable and feasible for caregivers raising children with FASD. They will guide subsequent app refinement before large-scale randomized testing.
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CNS & neurological disorders drug targets - Markers of Neuroinflammation in the Serum of Prepubertal Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The present investigation shows an imbalance in the peripheral neuroimmune pathways that could be used in children as early biomarkers of the deficits observed in FASD.
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Future Medicine - Sex- and tissue-specific effects of binge-level prenatal alcohol consumption on DNA methylation at birth
Our findings warrant further replication and highlight a potential epigenetic link between binge PAE and FASD.
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Health & social care in the community - Wraparound programmes for pregnant and parenting women with substance use concerns in Canada: Partnerships are essential
Wraparound programmes, wherein multiple services are offered at one location, are effective in engaging pregnant or parenting women experiencing substance use and other complex challenges while also addressing gaps in services between the health, child welfare and addictions fields.
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University of Eastern Finland - FETAL ALCOHOL EXPOSURE, BIOCHEMICAL FINDINGS AND INSIGHTS INTO CLINICAL OUTCOME
This study increases understanding of the structural and biochemical changes in alcohol-using mothers and their children. The results of this study indicate that alcohol use during  the pregnancy causes a spectrum  of harmful  effects to the pregnanct  mother and exposed children.
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Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging - Adverse Prenatal Exposures and Fetal Brain Development: Insights from Advanced Fetal MRI
We summarize insights from MRI research in fetuses, highlight recent discoveries in normative fetal development using quantitative MRI techniques (i.e., three-dimensional volumetry, proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy, placental diffusion imaging, and functional imaging), and discuss how baseline trajectories are shaped by prenatal exposures.
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Drug and Alcohol Dependence - Preconception health service provision among women with and without substance use disorders
There are numerous missed opportunities to provide preconception services to women with and without SUD. While delivering preconception services, healthcare providers have an opportunity to screen for SUD which may be more prevalent among women with psychiatric and medical problems.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES

InfoDENT24 (Poland) - Zdrowie stomatologiczne dziecka, gdy matka w ciąży piła alkohol
Kobieta, która pije alkohol w ciąży, naraża swoje dziecko na problemy ze zdrowiem jamy ustnej - nasiloną próchnicę i poważne wady zgryzu.
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