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.

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