Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Alcohol News - week 34/2008

Times Online (France) - French curb on alcohol sales as teenagers discover le binge drinking

Teenagers are to be banned from buying alcohol in France, as health advisers dismiss the cherished Gallic belief that children should be initiated in the art of wine-drinking at an early age.

Science Daily - Alcohol Consumption Can Cause Too Much Cell Death, Fetal Abnormalities

The initial signs of fetal alcohol syndrome are slight but classic: facial malformations such as a flat and high upper lip, small eye openings and a short nose.

Chicago Tribune (USA) - Keep the drinking age at 21

A group of some 120 college presidents is pushing to lower the drinking age to 18, in an effort to curb binge drinking on campus. They've got an impressive name, the Amethyst Initiative, named after the ancient Greek words that mean "not intoxicated.",0,7335398.story
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Bloomberg (Japan) - Japan's Alcohol-Related Accidents Cut by Half, Yomiuri Says

Accidents in Japan caused by drunk drivers have fallen by half since stricter penalties were imposed after a 2006 hit-and-run accident killed three children, the Yomiuri newspaper said, citing the National Police Agency.

The MedGuru - Excessive Alcohol Use May Delay Childbearing in Women

Both teenage and adult females with alcohol dependence (AD) may experience delayed childbearing, a new study from Washington University School of Medicine suggests. The results of the new study indicate that alcohol use in women can cause reproductive dysfunctions.

Finfacts (Ireland) - Irish consumers spent €2.6 billion more on alcohol and cigarettes than food in 2007

Irish consumers spent €2.6 billion more on alcohol and cigarettes than food in 2007. Agri Aware, the farming and food educational body, has also revealed that for every €1 spent on food, consumers are spending €0.73 more on alcohol, tobacco and mobile phones.

Nation Multimedia (Thailand) - Alcohol firms 'breaking law with billboard ads'

Alcohol companies have violated new consumption laws over the past six months by advertising their products on billboards. And this could cause them to be fined Bt 11.5 million, Kamron Choodej, the coordinator of a network that seeks to limit consumption, said yesterday.

The Press Association (UK) - Young people's health 'neglected'

The Tories warned that the number of teens being admitted to hospital for alcohol or smoking related problems has soared in England since 2000.

Irish Times (Ireland) - Bill to reform late opening for pubs

NEW LAWS will make it easier for pubs or nightclubs to stay open late at night instead of owners having to repeatedly apply to the courts for extensions to their opening hours.

The Baltic Course (Estonia) - Rise in alcohol excise duty in Finland increased vodka sales in Estonia

An increase in alcohol excise duty in Finland at the beginning of the year 2008 stimulated increase in the amount of alcohol bought abroad, including Estonia, the Baltic Business News Channel reported.

Scotsman (UK) - Isles drink abuse too widespread to target one group

ALCOHOL problems in the Western Isles are so widespread that experts find it difficult to decide which section of the population to target.

Baltic Business News (Estonia) - Raise in alcohol excise duty turns retailers into speculators

Several alcohol producers in Estonia have amassed tax liabilities, mainly for inability to pay alcohol excise duty.

Malta Independent Online (Malta) - Control of drugs, alcohol abuse top list of priorities for youths

The control of drugs and alcohol abuse should be the main issues of priority according to Maltese youths, who also believe that lack of information, lengthy procedures and red tape are the main problems keeping children back from defending their rights.

Science Daily - Sports Stadiums Serve Alcohol To Minors And Intoxicated Fans, Study Suggests

In a novel study looking at the propensity of illegal alcohol sales at sports stadiums, researchers reported that nearly one in five people posing as underage drinkers, and three out of four seemingly intoxicated "fans" were able to buy alcohol at professional sporting events.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Alcohol News - week 33/2008

Earthtimes - New Clinical Guideline Helps Healthcare Professionals Take a Positive Step in Alcohol and Substance Use Prevention

Nearly 30 percent of Americans are not dependent on alcohol or other drugs, but consume at a level that elevates their risk for causing physical, mental or social harm. According to statistics from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, the State of Colorado spends approximately $202 million annually on healthcare costs due to problems related to substance abuse.,507908.shtml

ABC Online (Australia) - Govt urged to collect better data on alcohol consumption

A leading Australian health scientist is calling on the Federal Government to order liquor retailers to provide accurate data on alcohol sales in Australia.

dBTechno - Parents Know Little About Alcohol, Drug Use By Their Teens

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in New York recently released a report, which details that parents know very little in regards to alcohol and drug use by their teenage sons and daughters.

Sunday Standard (Botswana) - Government set to give National Alcohol Policy a chance

Government has decided to postpone the implementation of the 70 % alcohol levy to give stakeholders a chance to come up with alternative solutions to alcohol abuses that President Ian Khama has indicated he wants to resolve as a matter of urgency.

Independent Online (South Africa) - Cracking the whip on drunk drivers

The Automobile Association of South Africa's proposal last week that the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit of 0,05 percent be lowered to 0,02 percent for all drivers mirrors a growing trend worldwide to address road fatalities as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Drogheda Independent (Ireland) - Stricter alcohol laws may prevent drunken fighting

With the commencement of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008 on July, 30th, the Government have tightened up the sale and consumption of alcohol.

AFP (Malaysia) - Malaysian Islamic party abandons gambling, alcohol ban plans

Malaysia's conservative Islamic party PAS has shelved a proposal to ban gambling and restrict alcohol sales in the four states it rules with its political allies.

7thSpace Interactive - Alcohol significantly lowers the seizure threshold in mice when co-administered with bupropion hydrochloride

Bupropion HCl is a widely used antidepressant that is known to cause seizures in a dose-dependent manner. Many patients taking antidepressants will consume alcohol, even when advised not to.

Scotsman (UK) - Government 'demonises' young drinkers

THE Scottish Government is being accused of "demonising" 18 to 20-year-olds in its plans to raise the drinking age.

Reuters (USA) - Alcohol abuse rises among US combat veterans-study

A significant number of U.S. veterans back from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan begin abusing alcohol after returning, perhaps to cope with traumatic memories of combat, military researchers said on Tuesday. (UK) - Rape victims told alcohol consumption may cost them compensation

Rape victims seeking compensation are having their payouts reduced if they had been drinking before they were attacked. (UK) - Fifteen thousand people die from alcohol-related diseases every year

Fifteen thousand people are dying from alcohol-related diseases every year according to new figures which show the true death toll from drinking is nearly double that shown by official statistics.

National Business Review (New Zealand) - Palmer seeks end to conscience votes on alcohol

MPs should stop treating votes on alcohol issues as conscience matters, Law Commission president Sir Geoffrey Palmer says.

FOXNews - Study: Alcohol Does Make Other People More Attractive

For the first time, scientists have proven that "beer goggles" are real — other people really do look more attractive to us if we have been drinking.,2933,403962,00.html

Medscape - Excessive Alcohol Intake May Increase Risk for Active Tuberculosis

People who drink more than 40 g of alcohol per day and/or have an alcohol disorder are at greater risk for active tuberculosis, according to the results of a systematic review reported in the August 12 issue of BMC Public Health.

IceNews (Sweden) - Sweden may allow competition for its alcohol monopoly

In a surprising, but widely welcomed move, the Swedish government says it may be ready to allow private shops to sell alcohol, the Financial Times reports. The nation has long held a state-controlled monopoly on alcohol sales, known as Systemet.

DUI Daily (USA) - 21 Drinking Age Law Saves Nearly 1,000 Lives Each Year

An estimated 25,000 people are alive today because of the 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA). Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) applauds the work of Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) as well as the late Representative James J. Howard (D-NJ) who helped pass this life-saving law, which was signed into law 24 years ago today.

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - One in three women drink while pregnant

One in three women drink during pregnancy and 16 per cent smoke, according to new research which argues policy makers should be tackling the two habits together.

PR – Canada-net (Finland) - Linking Alcohol with Sex Led to Banning Mallaskoski Brewery's Campaign

The Finnish authorities lead by the Ministry of the Social Affairs and Health of Finland forbid Finnish beverage manufacturer Mallaskoski and condom distributor RFSU of Finland from continuing their marketing campaign.

PonteAldia - Alcohol Industry Targets Latino Teens

“Hispanic young people are more likely to drink and get drunk at an earlier age than non- Hispanic white or African American young people”- The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY)2003.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Alcohol News - week 32/2008

Science Daily - Damage To Fetal Brain Blocked Following Maternal Alcohol Consumption

In a study on fetal alcohol syndrome, researchers were able to prevent the damage that alcohol causes to cells in a key area of the fetal brain by blocking acid sensitive potassium channels and preventing the acidic environment that alcohol produces.

Chicago Tribune (USA) - Group to lobby for Sunday alcohol sales

A coalition of retailers and trade associations has launched a Web site as part of a push for Indiana to repeal its long-standing ban on Sunday alcohol sales.,0,2817145.story

The Press Association - Men unaware of cancer alcohol link

Men are failing to heed the message that drinking alcohol increases the risk of cancer, a charity has warned. (UK) - Alcohol-fuelled offences soar with 24 hour drinking

Crime statistics gathered from almost every police force in the country show that public order offences have increased by 136 per cent in the past four years.

Thaindian News - Indian-origin scientist blocks alcohol damage to foetal brain

In a study on foetal alcohol syndrome, a team led by an Indian-origin scientist was able to prevent alcohol damage in a key area of the foetal brain the cerebellum.

Warsaw Business Journal (Poland) - Poland has one of the fastest growing alcohol markets

According to the latest report published by Nielsen, Poland is one of the top five countries in the world when it comes to recording alcohol sales growth. (Croatia) - Croatian Passengers Can Take Alcohol into Planes

The European Union will allow passengers form Croatia to bring liquids in planes on flights to EU countries, making Croatia the second country, after Singapore, to be exempt from European regulations in the fight against terrorism, Bloomberg reported.

Indianapolis Star (USA) - Alcohol ads will remain on TV

NCAA leaders reaffirmed their position Thursday on allowing some alcohol advertising during college sports telecasts after the latest push to eliminate the practice.

ChattahBox - Adults Drink Less Beer As They Get Older, More Wine

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Medicine, adults in the U.S. drink less as they get older. When they do drink, they are turning to wine before beer. (USA) - Fewer suds downed, Americans say, but alcohol disorders persist

More Americans say they're pushing aside their beer steins, but the rate of alcohol-related disorders has remained steady, U.S. researchers said Wednesday.

Xinhua (China) - China air force bans lunchtime drinking

A new provision has banned members of China's air force from enjoying a beverage at lunch.

Saipan Tribune (Micronesia) - Delayed action on alcohol tasting law assailed

Rep. Stanley T. Torres has assailed the Department of Commerce for reportedly not implementing the rules and regulations on alcoholic beverage sampling, which should have generated revenue for the government.

Radio Netherlands (Netherlands) - Christian Union calls for alcohol age check subsidy

The Christian Union party, the smallest party in the governing coalition, wants the government to subsidise a system of remote age checking for the sale of alcohol in supermarkets. (UK) - Drink-drive casualty numbers rise

The number of people injured as a result of drink-drive accidents has risen for the first time in six years.

Bloomberg - Drug, Alcohol Mix Increases Medication Error Deaths

The mixing of street drugs and alcohol with prescription medications has contributed to a fivefold increase in the number of deaths ascribed to medication errors since the 1980s, according to a study.

U.S. News & World Report (USA) - Americans Drinking Less Alcohol

Americans are drinking less alcohol, with middle-aged people consuming about one-third less than 50 years ago, researchers report.

YLE News (Finland) - Government Can't Decide on Alcohol Tax Hikes

On Tuesday, a government working group failed to reach consensus on alcohol tax levels.

Financial Times (Sweden) - Moves to let the alcohol flow in Sweden

Travel to a small town outside Stockholm and it is not unusual to see a discreetly parked van, back door open, offloading crates of beer and spirits to a throng of cash-paying customers.

The Local (Sweden) - Is Sweden obsessed with booze?

As champagne showers come bucketing down over Stockholm, David Bartal wonders if excessive drinking is the key to successful living in Sweden.

Forbes (EU) - Europe's Biggest Drinkers

Europeans knocked back 79 billion liters of alcohol in 2006, or 101.25 liters for every person. In the U.S. the figure was 98.7 liters per person, while in the Asia Pacific region, it was just 22.1, according to research consultancy International Wine and Spirits.

The Age (Australia) - Alcopops linked to rise in girl deaths

Alcopops may be implicated in the increased risk girls face of dying from alcohol-related causes, a long-term study tabled in the NSW Parliament yesterday has found.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Alcohol News - week 31/2008

The Boston Globe (Russia) - Alkermes alcohol drug gets Russian approval

A drug to treat alcoholism, manufactured by Alkermes Inc. has received marketing approval in Russia, the Cambridge-based company said today.

Science Daily - Epilepsy Drug May Help Alcoholics Recover From Dependence, Small Study Suggests

It's a Catch-22 of the highest order. People with alcohol problems often use alcohol to get to sleep -- but it actually keeps them from getting good-quality sleep all night long.

Irish Times (Ireland) - The sobering speed of legislation on alcohol

NEVER HAS a piece of legislation penetrated the daily lives of my loved ones with such terrifying speed. You know how it is with legislation: it's slow.

Financial Times (Sweden) - Entrepreneurs crack Swedish 'System' in effort to allow free flow of alcohol

Travel to a small town outside Stockholm and it is not unusual to see a discreetly parked van, back door open, offloading crates of beer and spirits to a throng of cash-paying customers.

U.S. News & World Report - Excessive Drinking Boosts Risk for Metabolic Syndrome

People who drink too much have increased odds of developing metabolic syndrome, a series of risk factors and conditions that are strongly related to cardiovascular disease, a new study says.

Medical News Today (Australia) - New Data Shows The Alcohol Industry Cannot Be Trusted, Australia

New data obtained by the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) shows the alcohol industry has been deliberately misleading the public about the impact of the Federal Government's alcopop tax.

Media Newswire - Alcohol Binges Early in Pregnancy Increase Risk of Infant Oral Clefts

A new study by researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences ( NIEHS ), part of the National Institutes of Health, shows that pregnant women who binge drink early in their pregnancy increase the likelihood that their babies will be born with oral clefts.

Times Online (UK) - Nation recognises that it has a problem with drinking but does not know the safe limits

Alcohol, rather than drugs, is recognised as the biggest social evil in Scotland, although many Scots remain ignorant of the officially recommended safe drinking limits, research revealed yesterday.
Most Scots think alcohol is worse than heroin

Sofia News Agency (Bulgaria) - Bulgaria Police Nabs Driver with Record 8.15 Promiles of Blood Alcohol

Bulgaria's police in the southern village of Nova Mahala arrested late Sunday a drunk driver with dazzling 8.15 promiles of blood alcohol.

Newsroom Finland (Finland) - Workplaces getting tougher on alcohol -Finnish unions

Employers in Finland are taking a stricter attitude towards employee alcohol use, the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) and the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK) said in a statement on Sunday. (UK) - Judge Graham Cottle advocates zero tolerance on drunken criminals

One of the country's most experienced judges has said he is taking a near "zero tolerance" approach to Britain's binge drinking culture, warning that he is locking up first offenders involved in drunken criminality.

Scotsman (UK) - Should we teach our children to drink?

David Cameron thinks so, championing the idea that children should try alcohol at home. Is it really that simple, asks Alice Wyllie
WHEN it comes to alcohol, there's one thing with which it can be very dangerous to mix: teenagers. It's up there with drugs, cigarettes and "the wrong crowd" on the list of things that keep parents awake at night, often with good reason.

Evening Mail (UK) - Wrong to send out message that alcohol is okay for kids

WAYS to encourage responsible drinking hit the headlines this week when David Cameron encouraged parents to introduce their children to alcohol at home in order to avoid it causing trouble when they are older.

NPR - Rx Meds, Alcohol/Drugs Make Deadly Combination

A study reveals that domestic fatalities caused by combining prescription medication with alcohol and/or street drugs increased by 3,196 percent between 1983 to 2004.

ABC Online (Australia) - Call to tax alcohol content

The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is being urged to go beyond the controversial tax on "alcopop" or ready to drink products by overhauling tax on all alcohol.

MedIndia - Researchers Isolate Molecular Basis of Alcohol Tolerance

Researchers from UMass Medical School have identified a class of small molecules known as microRNA that may play a crucial role in the development of alcohol tolerance.

Oneindia - Alcohol Ups Perennial Allergic Rhinitis Risk

Experts at the National Institute of Public Health in Denmark say that alcohol consumption is linked with increased risk of perennial allergic rhinitis.

Reuters - Alcohol abuse may resume after critical surgery

Life-saving surgery to prevent repeated severe bleeding from ruptured veins in the esophagus or upper stomach may not induce some patients with alcoholic liver disease to stop drinking alcohol, researchers report.

The Statesman - Anbumani calls World to observe Oct 2 as 'No Alcohol Day'

An apostle of fighting against tobacco and liquor, the Union Health Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss sought the support for observing 2nd October every year as ‘World No Alcohol Day.’

Science Daily - Drug Use By Europe’s Young People Leads To Risky Sexual Behaviour

High levels of alcohol and drug consumption by young people in Europe is leading to an increase in unsafe sexual practices and a consequent rise in sexually-transmitted disease infections, according to a recently published study by the European Institute of Studies on Prevention (IREFREA).