Thursday, April 8, 2021

Alcohol News - 14/2021

La Trobe University - 'Mummy Wine' culture on social media is not just a fun meme and may be doing harm
Women are judged as parents in a way that men are not and Facebook pages with names such as 'Mummy Needs Wine', 'Mummy Drinks Wine and Swears', and 'Mummy Needs a Vodka'  offer women a connection to other mothers facing stresses of parenthood but Aussie experts say these sites may also have a darker side.
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Harvard Health - Women, alcohol, and COVID-19
Excessive alcohol use is a common response to coping with stress. Alcohol use increased following the September 11th terrorist attacks and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The COVID-19 pandemic is following this same path.
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Policy Options (Canada) - COVID-19 shows us why Canada needs a federal alcohol act
Alcohol misuse accounts for 38 per cent of all health care costs. Canadians are drinking more. This is a perfect policy window to implement an act.
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WSTM (USA) - Alcohol-related liver disease on the rise, primarily in young women
Over the past year, doctors are seeing more cases of liver disease linked to alcohol addiction. This coincides with a spike in alcohol sales and more cases surfacing in younger women.
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Medical News Bulletin - The true costs of excessive alcohol consumption
While no one would argue that drinking alcohol is healthy, there’s a big difference between enjoying the occasional drink or social evening and developing a dependency. Unfortunately, those lines easily become blurred for some, and it can be challenging for someone to recognize that shift in their behavior.
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Helsinki Times (Finland) - Finland’s alcohol consumption decreases but ecstasy-related deaths continue to rise: Today’s news roundup
According to the latest statistics from the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL), alcohol consumption in the country dropped significantly last year, with per capita consumption reaching a record low.
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Anadolu Agency (France) - France bans alcohol, large public gatherings to fight COVID
French Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday that consumption of alcohol in outdoor public spaces and gatherings of more than six people on riverbanks or in squares will be banned as part of the limited nationwide lockdown to be imposed to prevent a surge in COVID-19 infections.
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Northwestern Medicine - How Alcohol Impacts the Brain
While having a drink from time to time is unlikely to cause health problems, moderate or heavy drinking can impact the brain. And, alcohol abuse can cause deficits over time.
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Alcohol and Cancer – Alcohol and breast cancer
Alcohol consumption increases risk for breast cancer, as demonstrated by a large body of research. The more one drinks, the higher the risk, and even light drinking increases risk. Research on interactions between alcohol consumption and other lifestyle and demographic factors reveals more complicated results.
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Sunday, April 4, 2021

FASD News - 13/2021

Mirage News (Australia) - FARE and NOFASD raise concern about reports on exclusion of FASD from NDIS eligibility
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and the National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NOFASD) have called on the Australian Government to immediately confirm that people with FASD will not have their access to the NDIS restricted further.
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CBC (Canada) - Advocacy group says people with developmental disabilities should be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine
Alberta's next phase of the coronavirus vaccine rollout is underway and more than 945,000 Albertans with underlying health conditions are eligible to book their vaccination appointment.
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The Queens Nursing Institute Scotland - Hiding in Plain Sight
I was recently invited to work with QNIS to help plan a five-year programme that will address Scotland’s longstanding blind spots around both preconception health and FASD.
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NOFASD Australia - THE SENATE INQUIRY SERIES: SENATE INQUIRY FINDINGS
On 9 September 2019, International FASD Awareness Day, an inquiry was referred to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee into effective approaches to prevention and diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and strategies for optimising life outcomes for people with FASD.
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National Organisation for FASD (UK) - Announcing the Me and My FASD Break it Down Board
The National Organisation for FASD is pleased to launch an all-new resource to help young people with FASD break down situations, explore strategies that help and focus on their strengths.
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MediaPlanet - The Importance of Early Diagnosis and Intervention for Kids with FASD
Based on recent epidemiological studies, it’s estimated that there are over one million people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Canada, making this one of the leading causes of developmental disability in the country.
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The International Journal of Birth and Parent Education - Australian report on FASD
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a preventable permanent disability. A Senate committee in Australia has found that FASD is still not well understood or recognised and has highlighted a critical need for prevalence data and a robust study of its economic and social impact.
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PRObono Australia - ‘Just a draft’ still means it was – or is – in the mix
The leaking of draft changes to the NDIS strikes a blow not just to those potentially affected, but at the very heart of what could, and should, be a life and society-changing scheme, writes Adam Schickerling from brain injury peak body, Synapse.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
OhioMHAS - Screening, Referral, and Diagnosis of FASD
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Thrive Children's Centre - FASD: What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?
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Thrive Children's Centre - FASD: Impulsivity
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Thrive Children's Centre - FASD: Sleep
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Thrive Children's Centre - FASD: Lying
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Ring Productions - FASD & Educational Accommodations
Individuals that are diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder face many challenges at home, in the community, and in the classroom. This video is a first-hand account of how appropriate supports and accommodations can improve the daily life of an individual living with FASD in an educational setting.
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ADHD Love - ADHD and FASD
My guest is Aubrey. She is the CEO of CSH Collab. Her company is a “collaborate of advocates and educators for neurodiversity” She shares more details about why she decided to create a company and who all she supports and what she does to support them.
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Me and My FASD - Fun with straws
Sometimes using straws helps people with FASD.  If you have a straw at home you can try some activities.
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Julie Kurtz - Dr. Kathryn Page on the Intersection of Trauma and FASD
Dr. Kathryn Page has worked in a variety of mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and educational settings over the years—all leading to her current focus on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
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Courthouse Libraries BC - Understanding FASD: Re-Balancing the Wheel Healing from the Heart
In this 1.5-hr presentation, Lori Cox and Noel Milliea from the Eastern Door Centre and Nogemag Healing Lodge speak about their experience working with people with FASD.
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Kirstie Henderson - FASD Parent and Carer
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CanChild - Indigenous Family Engagement in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research
Students of the Family Engagement in Research course developed a webinar that aims to enhance Indigenous family engagement in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) research.
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AKCenterForResourceFamilies - FASD Across the Lifespan: Session 2 Infant Learning and Early Intervention
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David Balog - Understanding the Brain: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (Healing the Brain Book 5)
The brain is a lifelong work in progress. Development takes place most rapidly before birth, maintains a furious pace in infancy and continues briskly through childhood and adolescence, but never ceases altogether.
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Attachment Theory in Action - Eileen Devine - The Intersection of Attachment and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - Part 2
Karen welcomes Eileen Devine back to the show for the conclusion of their two-part discussion on the intersection of attachment and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Part two will be released on Tuesday, December 22nd.
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FASD Hub Australia - 'Research to drive practice and behaviour change'
We invited five early and mid-career researchers to share their work within the theme 'Research to drive practice and behaviour change' at a webinar on 25 March, 2021.
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The Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre – Grog in pregnancy videos - partners, women and men
In these videos community members share information with one another about drinking alcohol and Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
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FASD Success - #060 Vanessa Hrvatin: Journalist and FASD Champion
When you think of media coverage for FASD what stories immediately come to your mind? Is it a respectful and honest piece or is it stereotypical and sensationalized? Do you know how feature stories are pitched, decided, and developed? 
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RESEARCH
Department of Justice Canada - Exploring the Use of Restorative Justice Practices with Adult Offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
There are serious concerns about the vulnerability and needs of individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the criminal justice system (CJS). FASD, a diagnostic term used to describe the impacts of prenatal alcohol exposure on the brain and body, is a lifelong disability.
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Anales de Pediatria - Neurocognitive and behavioral profile of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
A neurocognitive and behavioral profile specific for FASD has not been defined and all the symptoms are common to other etiologies. The aim of this work is to review the neuropsychological profile in the diagnosis of TEAF.
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Nutrients - The Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation, Alcohol Reduction, Diet and Physical Activity Interventions in Improving Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review of Meta-Analyses
Diet, physical activity, smoking and alcohol behaviour-change interventions delivered in pregnancy aim to prevent adverse pregnancy outcomes. This review reports a synthesis of evidence from meta-analyses on the effectiveness of interventions at reducing risk of adverse health outcomes.
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WALDEN DISSERTATIONS AND DOCTORAL STUDIES - Multiple Case Analysis Exploration of Prenatal Substance Exposure on Juvenile Adjudicative Competence
This study promotes positive social change by providing insight into the neurological and cognitive factors that affect adolescents’ psycholegal abilities when there is prenatal substance exposure. Juveniles with prenatal substance exposure are a vulnerable population that needs protective measures to ensure their constitutional rights.
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Exploratio - Maternal, Fetal, and Long-term Effects of Substance Abuse During Pregnancy
Substance abuse has continued to be a major public health concern for many years. Over the past couple decades, the rates for addiction have increased drastically, affecting many more women than before.
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Neurotoxicity Research - Neuroimaging of Supraventricular Frontal White Matter in Children with Familial Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Due to Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
These findings suggest white matter differences between the PAE and familial etiologies of ADHD. Abnormalities detected by magnetic resonance spectroscopy and diffusion tensor imaging co-localize in supraventricular white matter and are relevant to executive function symptoms of ADHD.
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Oxford Research Encyclopedia - Substance Use and Use Disorders in Pregnancy in Two Cultural Contexts: The United States and Afghanistan
Women in all countries use substances, and for some women, such use continues during pregnancy. When substance use impairs life functioning and becomes a use disorder, regardless of the type of substance, effective treatments are available (e.g., medication to treat opioid and alcohol use disorders and behavioral approaches to treat tobacco, stimulant, and other substances).
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Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing - Scoping Review of the Associations Between Perinatal Substance Use and Perinatal Depression and Anxiety
There is a paucity of published research on co-occurring PSU and PDA. However, polysubstance use appears to be associated with the greatest risk for PDA. It is essential to address PSU and PDA together to better understand the effects on maternal and infant outcomes.
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Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry - Development and validation of a method for the simultaneous analysis of fatty acid ethyl esters, ethyl sulfate and ethyl glucuronide in neonatal meconium: application in two cases of alcohol consumption during pregnancy
The method proved to be sensitive, specific, simple and fast and allowed for the reduction of the amount of organic solvent used for extraction compared to other published data while higher recoveries were obtained. The method was used for analysis of meconium samples in two cases of mothers who were consuming alcohol during pregnancy.
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Psychopharmacology - Neural mechanisms of sexual decision-making in women with alcohol use disorder
Visual sexual cues produced reactivity like that previously demonstrated for alcohol cues, suggesting a shared or domain-general mechanism for alcohol and sexual cue reactivity in women with AUD.
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International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - “The Problem Is that We Hear a Bit of Everything . . . ”: A Qualitative Systematic Review of Factors Associated with Alcohol Use, Reduction, and Abstinence in Pregnancy
The impact of structural and systemic factors on prenatal alcohol use was largely absent in the included studies, instead focusing on individual choice. This silence risks perpetuating stigma and highlights the criticality of addressing intersecting structural and systemic factors in supporting maternal and fetal health.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
FAS Portalen (Sweden) - Efterlängtat boksläpp för ökad kunskap om FASD
Boken Medfödda alkoholskador hos barn släpps 25 mars! Boken är den första om FASD/FAS på svenska och vänder sig till yrkesverksamma inom vård, pedagogisk verksamhet och socialtjänst samt till studerande inom dessa utbildningar.
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InfoWire (Poland) - FAS i FASD – jakie konsekwencje dla dziecka ma ekspozycja na alkohol w okresie płodowym?
O skali problemu, jakim są alkoholowy zespół płodowy (FAS) i spektrum płodowych zaburzeń alkoholowych, oraz o różnicach w definicji i obrazie klinicznym obu zaburzeń opowiedział w programie “Oblicza Medycyny” prof. dr hab. n. med. Marcin Wojnar, kierownik Katedry i Kliniki Psychiatrycznej Warszawskiego Uniwersytetu Medycznego.
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Iltalehti (Finland) - Moni voi olla tietämättään FASD-aikuinen – tässä lista oireista, jotka saavat hälytyskellot soimaan
Suomessa syntyy joka vuosi satoja lapsia, joita äidin alkoholinkäyttö on vaurioittanut pysyvästi jo ennen syntymää. Heilä on muutamia hyvn tyypillisiä oireita.
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24Live (Italy) - La prima tesi sulla FASD in Scienze del Servizio Sociale è di una barcellonese
L’ha discussa da remoto per l’Università degli Studi di Messina, la tesi su un argomento letto per la prima volta sulla nostra testata giornalistica
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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Alcohol News - 13/2021

popNAD (Denmark/Finland) - Children with parental alcohol problems have an increased risk of not attaining a secondary education
Parental alcohol problems increase the children’s risk of early school leaving in Denmark and Finland. Children with parental alcohol problems are also more likely to have other problems in their family, such as financial difficulties, psychiatric disorders and divorce, which are related to school drop-out.
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Cancer Council WA (Australia) - Ineffective alcohol advertising watchdog says it was ok to stay in and drink up during pandemic
Twelve months since Australia first went into lockdown, Cancer Council has released a report demonstrating how industry codes failed to protect the community from harmful alcohol advertising during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Gov.uk (UK) - Sobriety tags launched in England to tackle alcohol-fuelled crime
Sobriety tags and drinking bans aimed at reducing alcohol-fuelled crimes launch in England today (Wednesday 31 March), following a successful rollout in Wales.
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NBC Boston (USA) - Being Away From Others Led to Spike in Alcohol, Drug Consumption
The pandemic led us away from people, with more working at home and fewer social gatherings.
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Stuff (New Zealand) - Public health experts, DHBs call for alcohol law change to protect young Kiwis
Auckland’s public health body and three district health boards are calling for a revision of the laws around alcohol promotion, as they say the status quo is “failing to keep young people safe”.
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CBS News (USA) - Post-lockdown consumers reach for alcohol-free drinks to avoid hangovers
Restaurants and bars in the U.S. are reopening and Americans who have been cooped up for more than a year are relishing socializing in person again. What's different, though, is that watering-hole patrons are increasingly consuming alcohol-free cocktails, wine and beer, after lockdown fueled an uptick in alcohol sales in the early months of the pandemic.
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Sidney Morning Herald (Australia) - Parliament has a drinking problem so it’s time to consider a booze ban
Removing alcohol from Parliament won’t solve its toxic culture, but it should be part of the approach.
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Dutch News (Netherlands) - Parks closed, alcohol banned as youngsters flock to the sunshine
Alcohol has been banned in the popular Sonsbeek park in Arnhem while outdoor spaces in other cities have been closed to the public as people flock outside to take advantage of the spring sunshine.
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News Post Leader (UK) - Calls for tighter restrictions on cheap alcohol
A health leader preparing to step down has again hit out at the price of alcohol and the effects it has on communities.
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The Local Spain (Spain) - ‘Alcohol tourism’: Footage of drunk foreign tourists in Spain riles locked-down locals
Images of drunk foreign tourists shouting in the streets and police raiding illegal parties in Madrid at a time when locals are not allowed to travel between Spain's regions have left many Spaniards up in arms.
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NI Belfast Live (Northern Ireland) - NI alcohol related deaths rise dramatically over ten years
Northern Ireland has experienced a 48% rise in alcohol related deaths, new figures show. The research by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency looked at ‘recent trends and socio-economic associations in alcohol-specific mortality’ across the population.
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Business Media (Germany) - CONTINUING DECLINE IN ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IN GERMANY DURING CORONA YEAR 2020
Closed restaurants and bars, cancelled events, cross-border traffic limitations: the measures taken to contain the coronavirus pandemic led to a decline in the per capita alcohol consumption in Germany in 2020.
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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Alcohol News - 12/2021

Elemental - Why Alcohol Is More Dangerous for Women
It’s no surprise to anyone that drinking has increased dramatically as a result of the pandemic. As a pattern, drinking increases with any extreme stressor, and recent market research shows that alcohol sales went up by 55% during the pandemic’s peak.
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CNN (USA) - Americans spent the pandemic stocking up on booze. That may be changing
For the first time in a year, since Covid-19 began spreading across the United States forcing Americans to stay home, retail alcohol sales have fallen. That's according to newly released data from Nielsen, which reported that total sales declined 1.9% for the week ending March 13.
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The Conversation (South Africa) - We tested claims that limiting alcohol advertising in South Africa would violate Rights
The lockdown restrictions introduced in South Africa to curb the initial spread of COVID-19 in March 2020 were the tightest in the world. They included a ban on alcohol sales.
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Science Alert - Our Brains Could Be Directly Involved in Processing Alcohol, Mouse Study Hints
Despite alcohol being a common recreational substance we've been drinking for at least 12,000 years, it seems we still don't fully understand just what it does inside our bodies... or brains, for that matter.
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TASS (Russia) - Finance Ministry sees no reason to increase alcohol prices in Russia until end of year
Russia's Ministry of Finance sees no prerequisites for an increase in prices for alcoholic beverages in Russia until the end of 2021, according to the statement posted on the ministry's website on Wednesday.
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The Times (UK) - Safety chiefs call for alcohol locks to tackle drink-driving
European-style “alcolocks” should routinely be fitted to cars to curb persistently high drink-driving rates in the UK, ministers have been told.
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The Wall Street Journal - How to Talk to Your Child About Drugs and Alcohol
Adults are increasing their use of alcohol and drugs to cope with pandemic-related stress. Jessica Lahey worries that many teens will be tempted to do the same.
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Today.com - Kids allowed to sip alcohol start to see booze more favorably, study finds
Kids often get their first taste of alcohol from a parent, sipping a little from mom or dad’s glass to find out what the big deal is about.
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The Hill (EU/US) - Alcohol industry urges permanent removal of all US, EU and UK tariffs
The alcohol industry on Tuesday formed the Toasts Not Tariffs Coalition to advocate for the permanent removal of all U.S., European Union and United Kingdom tariffs on its products.
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MooseJawToday (Canada) - Stress of pandemic causing Canadians to consume more alcohol, cannabis: survey
The pandemic is amplifying the relationship between mental health issues and substance abuse, a survey suggests, as Canadians who consume alcohol or smoke cannabis report an increased use during the last year.
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IOL (South Africa) - NGO wants liquor outlets to be closed at 6pm during Easter holidays
The non-profit group Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (Saapa) says liquor outlets should be closed by 6pm over the Easter holidays.
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YLE (Finland) - Study aims to uncover hidden alcohol use during pregnancy
Researchers plan to test pregnant women’s urine for drugs, nicotine and alcohol to uncover hidden use during pregnancy. The study aims to gain a better understanding of substance abuse during pregnancy to help target therapies for children exposed in utero.
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Sunday, March 21, 2021

FASD News - 11/2021

CTV News (Canada) - Prison experience for man with FASD led to decline in mental health: Manitoba judge
A Manitoba judge says an Indigenous man with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder had a "hellish" time at a correctional facility, where he alleged he was sexually assaulted by other inmates.
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Government of Ontario News (Canada) – Ontario Expanding Diagnostic Services for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The Ontario government is investing $2.8 million annually to expand Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) diagnostic services by funding 12 new FASD clinics for a total of 21 funded FASD diagnostic clinics across the province.
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Borgen Project (South Africa) - Challenging the Stigma Framing FASD in South Africa
South Africa has the highest rate of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the world, with some communities experiencing a prevalence of up to 28%. FASD encompasses a range of conditions that affect people who were exposed to alcohol before birth.
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ABC News (Australia) - Researchers return to find out fate of children involved in landmark FASD study
Ten years after a groundbreaking study revealed record-high rates of FASD in outback Australia, researchers have returned to the Kimberley to see how the children are coping in adulthood.
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ABC News (Australia) - Advocates of FASD students in Qld schools push for more support, prevent future 'in correctional services'
The Queensland government is being called upon to better recognise fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) as a disability in schools by a passionate researcher, with the support of parents, caregivers, and experienced health practitioners.
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Mirage News (Australia) - Community organisations welcome Senate Inquiry report into FASD
The final report from the Senate Community Affairs References Committee into Effective approaches to prevention and diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) was handed down on Wednesday afternoon.
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Fife Today (UK) - Fife launch of support group for little diagnosed lifelong disorder with no cure
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder service. FASD is a result of pre-birth exposure to alcohol. Now, there is a new one-to-one service for parents and carers, run by Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS).
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The Lawyers Daily (Canada) - Justice clinic improves outcomes for persons with developmental disabilities
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness month and an apt time to shed light on the unique challenges facing persons with developmental disabilities in the criminal justice system. A long-standing challenge has been the equitable and meaningful participation by persons with developmental disabilities in the court process.
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Verywell Health (USA) - Substance Abuse among Pregnant Women on the Rise During COVID-19
The number of people struggling with substance use disorders has gone up during COVID-19, and a new study out of Washington State University COVID
19 Infant, Maternal, and Family Health Research Collaborative suggests pregnant women are included in this group.
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SHAAP (UK) - Developments in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – a UK perspective
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) results from alcohol exposure during pregnancy, and is thought to be the most common neurodevelopmental condition in Scotland.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Lake 88.1 - In Focus: Monday, March 15, 2021- Rob Moore and Elizabeth Holmes
We’re joined by Rob Moore and Elizabeth Holmes of the Rural FASD support network who provide an update on recent news and the impact it will have on local children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
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WonderlandKids – What is Hope RISING Clinic?
Hope RISING Clinic (Resources, Intervention, and Support to Inspire and Nurture Growth) for prenatal substance exposure serves children from birth through 12 years of age and their families.
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CEWH - Trauma informed approaches to FASD prevention
Webinar 3/3 from the series "Extending Learning about Girls, Women, Alcohol and Pregnancy – A Learning Series"
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Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Network – CLEARING THE CLOUDS: A STORY OF FASD
‘Clearing the Clouds, A Story of FASD’ is Melissa’s story, in her own words.
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CEWH - Working with Women Who Have FASD Themselves
Webinar 1/3 from the series "Extending Learning about Girls, Women, Alcohol and Pregnancy – A Learning Series"
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Northwest Central FASD Network - FASD Sharing Circle
Yvette Kraychy discusses FASD awareness and prevention.
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FASDHub Scotland - FASD Moving Forward Together, Scottish Collaborative event 25.02.2021
On 25th February 2021 the Fetal Alcohol Advisory & Support Team (FAAST), FASD Hub Scotland collaborated with other colleagues from across Scotland to delivery a half day symposium on FASD.   Chaired by Professor Moira Plant, speakers represented health, education, research, third sector and those with lived experience of FASD.
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Northwest Central FASD Network - FASD Training For Justice
Angela Kemble and Donna Kristiansen provide information and training on FASD.
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Spotlight on FASD - Podcast Season 2, Episode 10 - Conversations With a Bio Mum
This week we are tying up our second season of Spotlight on FASD in conversation with Angie, an inspirational biological mother of a child with FASD from Melbourne, Australia.
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Spotlight on FASD - Podcast Season 2, Episode 9 - Living life with Sensory Processing Disorder
This week delve deeper into our sensory journey with Emily from 21st Sensory Podcast about navigating life with SPD and Autism alongside a sibling with FASD.
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Rural FASD Support Network - Audrey McFarlane on FASD Diagnostics
Audrey McFarlane of CanFASD shares how the Lakeland Centre for FASD started their rural community diagnostic clinic 25 yrs ago.
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Office of the Child Advocate - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Listen to Louis Bartoshesky chat with CASA Volunteers about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.
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FASD Success Show - #058 Nancy Lockwood: Practical Tools and Tips for Caregivers and Advocates
Like a few of the guests I have interviewed for the FASD Success Show, our professional lives have intersected at various points. I first met Nancy Lockwood eight years ago when I was invited to present at the Ottawa FASD Caregiver Group. A lot has changed in the last eight years.
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RESEARCH
SPIE Digital Library - A comparison of microvasculature changes in the fetal brain and maternal extremities due to prenatal alcohol exposure using optical coherence angiography
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) causes a spectrum of abnormalities, collectively termed as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). The severity of the defect depends on the amount of alcohol consumed and the period of gestation during which alcohol was consumed.
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Health & Social Care in the Community - Examining barriers to harm reduction and child welfare services for pregnant women and mothers who use substances using a stigma action framework
Pregnant women and mothers who use substances often face significant barriers to accessing and engaging with substance use services.
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Alcohol - The offspring of alcohol-exposed sires exhibit heightened ethanol intake and behavioral alterations in the elevated plus maze
Research suggests that addictive traits are indeed heritable, but very few preclinical studies have explored transgenerational effects of paternal alcohol exposure. The present study addressed this gap in knowledge.
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Contemporary Clinical Trials - A culturally tailored intervention to reduce risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancies in American Indian communities: Rationale, design, and methods
Prenatal exposure to alcohol can cause lifelong physical and cognitive challenges in the form of fetal alcohol syndrome and other fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). The prevention of prenatal alcohol exposure is thus a public health priority – and one that should account for the particular needs of subpopulations, including in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.
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Brain Sciences - Changes in Representation of Thalamic Projection Neurons within Prefrontal-Thalamic-Hippocampal Circuitry in a Rat Model of Third Trimester Binge Drinking
Alcohol exposure (AE) during the third trimester of pregnancy—a period known as the brain growth spurt (BGS)—could result in a diagnosis of a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), a hallmark of which is impaired executive functioning (EF).
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Scientific Reports - Evaluation of the German biographic screening interview for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (BSI-FASD)
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy may lead to permanent damage in the offspring, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), which have an estimated prevalence of 1–8% worldwide.
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Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Transcriptomic Changes Due to Early, Chronic Intermittent Alcohol Exposure During Forebrain Development Implicate WNT Signaling, Cell‐Type Specification and Cortical Regionalization as Primary Determinants of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Thus, we find that a major effect of chronic intermittent alcohol on the developing cerebral cortex is an overall imbalance in regionalization, with enrichment of gene expression related to the production of posterodorsal progenitors and a diminution of anteroventral progenitors, a finding which parallels behavioral and morphological phenotypes observed in animal models of high‐dose prenatal alcohol exposure, as well as patients with FAS.
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SPIE Digital Library - Optical quantification of nanoscale structural alterations in pups' brain cells due to fetal alcoholism using dual spectroscopy
The quantitative measurement of nanoscale structural alterations in cells/tissues is important to understand their physical states. Molecular specific light localization technique and microscopic imaging are highly sensitive spectroscopic approaches for studying the structural abnormalities in brain cells under a sedative condition.
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SPIE Digital Library - Optical coherence angiography to assess the combined effects of alcohol and nicotine on fetal brain vasculature
Prenatal substance abuse is a leading cause of congenital defects. The severity of the defect caused depends on the substance used and the period of gestation during which the abuse happened. Several studies have documented the effects of alcohol and nicotine, used individually.
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International Journal of Reproductive Medicine - Substance Use among Homeless Reproductive Age People in Southern Ethiopia
Substance use by homeless reproductive age people may result to anxiety, involvement of risky sexual behaviors, and increasing the likelihood of unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
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African Journal of Reproductive Health - Alcohol use during pregnancy: prevalence and patterns in selected Buffalo City areas, South Africa
The high rate of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, which results from alcohol consumption during pregnancy, is of concern in South Africa. The aims of this research were to establish the prevalence, patterns and factors associated with alcohol use amongst pregnant women attending antenatal clinics in two former township areas of Buffalo City, South Africa.
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ResearchGate - Use of Cannabis in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
In children and young adults with FASD, cannabis, mostly cannabidiol (CBD), has been associated with a marked and statistically significant improvement in serious disruptive behavior.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Puls Medycyny (Poland) - „Oblicza Medycyny”. FAS i FASD – jakie konsekwencje dla dziecka ma ekspozycja na alkohol w okresie płodowym?
O skali problemu, jakim są alkoholowy zespół płodowy (FAS) i spektrum płodowych zaburzeń alkoholowych, oraz o różnicach w definicji i obrazie klinicznym obu zaburzeń opowiedział w programie “Oblicza Medycyny” prof. dr hab. n. med. Marcin Wojnar, kierownik Katedry i Kliniki Psychiatrycznej Warszawskiego Uniwersytetu Medycznego.
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Liputan 6 (Indonesia) - Konsumsi Miras Saat Hamil Jadi Penyebab Disabilitas Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Liputan6.com, Jakarta Keadaan disabilitas pada anak dapat dipicu berbagai hal, salah satunya konsumsi alkohol pada masa kehamilan.
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Hospital Universitario Vall d’Hebron (Spain) - Intervenciones psicológicas del trastorno del espectro alcohólico fetal a lo largo del ciclo vital
Los resultados indican que los tratamientos psicológicos dirigidos a trabajar la regulación emocional y conductual, el entrenamiento en habilidades sociales y las intervenciones familiares son los que tienen mayor evidencia en el tratamiento para el TEAF.
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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Alcohol News - 11/2021

Forbes (USA) - Soaring Pandemic Alcohol Sales Cause Concern For Doctors
Alcohol and tobacco sales rose dramatically in the U.S. during the early stages of the pandemic, with possible major consequences for both physical and mental health, according to a new study.
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The Irish Times (Ireland) - Minimum unit pricing for alcohol set to be in place by Christmas
The Government intends to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol by Christmas, Minister of State at the Department of Health Frank Feighan has said.
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RTE (Ireland) - 'Drown the shamrock with water' not alcohol - O'Donovan
The Minister of State at the Office of Public Works has urged people to "drown the shamrock with water" on St Patrick's Day instead of alcohol.
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NPR (USA) - Sharp, 'Off The Charts' Rise In Alcoholic Liver Disease Among Young Women
For many years, Jessica Duenas led what she calls a double life. She was the first in her immigrant family to go to college. In 2019, she won Kentucky's Teacher of the Year award. That same year, Duenas typically downed nearly a liter of liquor every night.
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DATAC (Canada) - Experts warn alcohol harm is increasing in Saskatchewan
According to new data released by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), its wholesale operations across the province have increased by 7.9% in 2020 compared to 2019.
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HealthDay - Drinking, Drunk, Deadly: Know the Signs of Alcohol Overdose
Wednesday is St. Patrick's Day, a holiday often marked by one (or more) too many drinks. But experts warn that simple holiday fun can quickly turn deadly when alcohol is involved.
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Economic Times - No booze, more buzz: How bars without alcohol are creating a new wave around the world
There's something missing from a new wave of bars opening around the world: Alcohol. Aimed at the growing number of people exploring sobriety, the bars pour adult drinks like craft cocktails without the booze.
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Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - M&S refused permission to expand alcohol sales shelf space at Ayrshire store
Councillors refused Marks & Spencer permission to expand its alcohol offering at its Irvine store. The retail giant wanted to increase its booze display area by 16 square metres at the Simply Food shop in the town.
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Quartz - Giving up alcohol doesn’t mean sacrificing creativity
For years, David Sedaris drank while he wrote. “I never had to force myself to sit down at a typewriter because I had a drink right there, and that was my reward for sitting down,” the best-selling author of books like Me Talk Pretty One Day and Calypso said in a Fresh Air interview in 2013.
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The Slovak Spectator (Slovakia) - Binge drinking is the worst, yet typical of Slovaks
Many times, the lives of pub goers are exposed to danger on the way home from the bar. People will not quit drinking, claims Ľubomír Straka who heads the Institute of Forensic Medicine and Medical Expertise at the Jessenius Faculty of Medicine at Comenius University and University Hospital in Martin, but Slovaks need to end their binge drinking ‘culture’.
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SurvivotNet (USA) - Many Women Say They’re Drinking More During Pandemic, 70% Don’t Know Alcohol Increases Cancer Risk, According to SurvivorNet Survey
SurvivorNet surveyed 530 women across the U.S. about their knowledge of the associated risk between alcohol and breast cancer. The results were shocking.
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NHK World (Japan) - Study: Alcohol increases breast cancer risk
Researchers at a Japanese cancer center have found that the more alcohol premenopausal Japanese women drink, the more likely they are to develop breast cancer.
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Borgen Project (South Africa) - Challenging the Stigma Framing FASD in South Africa
South Africa has the highest rate of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the world, with some communities experiencing a prevalence of up to 28%. FASD encompasses a range of conditions that affect people who were exposed to alcohol before birth.
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NordAN (Norway) - Actis: New alcohol strategy has disappointingly few measures
On March 11, the national alcohol strategy was finally presented by the government. The strategy will follow up the government’s goal of reducing harmful alcohol consumption by 10 per cent by 2025. 
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Addiction Audio - Alcohol policy and gender with Petra Meier
Rob Calder speaks to Professor Petra Meier about her research using computer modelling to estimate how the impact of alcohol pricing policies might differ according to gender.
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Public Health Scotland (Scotland) - Updated estimates of population alcohol consumption
Public Health Scotland today published updated estimates of sales-based population level alcohol consumption.
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National Foundation for Cancer Research (USA) - Alcohol and Cancer: A Fine Line
Reducing alcoholic intake is one of the most important preventable risk factors in relation to cancer. Alcohol use accounts for about 6% of all cancers and 4% of all cancer deaths in the United States. Despite this, over half of Americans use alcohol frequently.
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Regjeringen (Norway) - Norway ramps up support to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
Norway has signed a two-year agreement with World Health Organization (WHO) for an amount of 220 Million NOK (US$ 26 million) to support activities aiming at reducing mortality and morbidity from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and mental health conditions in low- and middle-income countries.
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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Alcohol News - 10/2021

The Irish Times (Ireland) - ‘Ocean of alcohol’ pouring into Irish homes since Covid-19 pandemic
An “ocean of alcohol” has been pouring into Irish homes since the start of the Covid-19 crisis with official data showing wine sales for home consumption increasing dramatically last year, according to Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI).
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Financial Times - How much alcohol is in your wine?
Alcohol may be what distinguishes wine from fruit juice, but many drinkers seem pretty wary of it these days. In February, researchers Wine Intelligence published a global study which suggested that 40 per cent of regular wine drinkers wish to moderate their alcohol consumption.
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Healthday (USA) - Alcohol Withdrawal Rates Up in Hospitalized Patients During Pandemic
In 2020, there was an increase in alcohol withdrawal (AW) rates among hospitalized patients, with a peak at the end of the stay-at-home period, according to a research letter published online March 3 in JAMA Network Open.
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Business Tech (South Africa) - The problem with having a zero-percent alcohol limit for drivers in South Africa – and what can be done to solve it
Non-profit group Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) has thrown its support behind the government’s proposed drunk driving rules, but has warned that the regulations will need to be adapted to avoid wrongful convictions.
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ABC News (Australia) - Temperance and Finding Alternatives to Alcohol
During the Covid pandemic in Australia, alcohol consumption has risen, but abstinence is also becoming a huge trend. The Temperance movement aims to help people curb drinking and look toward alternatives for social recreation.
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LRT (Lithuania) - Alcohol laws in Lithuania to be reviewed, says parliament speaker
Alcohol control-related laws should be put on the Lithuanian parliament's agenda in April, according to Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktorija Čmilyte-Nielsen.
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Vancouver Sun (Canada) - New alcohol drinking guidelines planned for 2022
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) is planning updates to their safe drinking guidelines. The plans come as Canadians report drinking more during the pandemic.
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The Irish Times (Ireland) - Significant drop in children drinking alcohol and smoking, new study shows
Rates of smoking, alcohol and cannabis use among school-aged children have significantly decreased since 1998, while the number of children who reported being on a diet has increased in recent years, according to a new report.
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Inverse - HOW JOBS AND GENDER INFLUENCE HOW MUCH ALCOHOL YOU DRINK
STRESSFUL DAYS ARE, to some, synonymous with an after-work drink. The type of job you have may, in turn, correlate with how much alcohol you consume, according to the largest study of the subject to date, published in the journal BMC Public Health.
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ABC News (Australia) - Researchers return to find out fate of children involved in landmark FASD study
Ten years after a groundbreaking study revealed record-high rates of FASD in outback Australia, researchers have returned to the Kimberley to see how the children are coping in adulthood.
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The BMJ (UK) - Alcohol deaths rise sharply in England and Wales
Provisional data for England and Wales from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a sharp increase in deaths from alcohol specific causes between April and September 2020.1 The figures add to concerns that the wider health and wellbeing consequences of the covid-19 pandemic include an increase in alcohol related harm, although the reasons behind this rise are unclear.
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Addiction - WHO should not support alcohol industry co‐regulation of public health labelling
The World Health Organization (WHO) is undertaking important work to develop a new action plan on alcohol for 2022–30. However, the WHO's published proposal for the action plan envisages that the alcohol industry be a co‐regulator with government of consumer information, including health warnings, on alcoholic beverage labels.
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Movendi - Big Tobacco’s Strategic Ally Interferes in WHO Alcohol Policy Consultation
In December 2020 the World Health Organization conducted a web-based consultation on a working document to develop a global action plan to better implement the WHO Global Alcohol Strategy.
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Intouch Public Health (Australia) - Impacts of lifting Sydney’s lockout laws must be closely monitored to protect public health and safety
In September 2015, then NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said very publicly that Sydney’s lockout laws should never be changed and should, in fact, be made permanent.
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NordAN - Daniel Jones: Warnings needed to be seen to be effective
Introducing prominent health warnings on alcohol products could be effective in increasing awareness of the potential harms of drinking, according to a new study involving young adult drinkers.
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