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.

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