Monday, September 22, 2008

Alcohol News - week 38/2008

Irish Times (Ireland) - Shoppers head North for cut-price alcohol

As the credit crunch hits more consumers are flocking to the North to purchase cut-price alcohol, it was revealed today.

Aftenposten (Norway) - Conservative U-turn on alcohol liberalization

The Conservative Party (H√łyre) seems ready to reverse its previous policy which would have made alcohol cheaper and available in ordinary stores. (UK) - One third of pregnant women secretly drink alcohol, survey finds

Experts say one in every 100 babies are affected by their mothers drinking while pregnant. More than 6,000 are born every year with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder which can cause learning difficulties, hyperactivity, co-ordination problems, brain damage and deafness.

Sunday Standard (Botswana) - Khama, KBL fight over alcohol levy

A war of words has erupted between the Government and Kgalagadi Breweries following a government decision to introduce a 30% levy on all alcoholic beverages, effective October1, 2008.

Baltic Business News (Estonia) - Estonian government and alcohol producers disagree on alcohol excise tax

As an opportunity to increase budget revenue the government discusses to increase excise tax on strong alcohol, but alcohol producers said it would not give any revenues to the country, but would only increase the consuming of illegal alcohol, writes ERR.

Republic of Botswana (Botswana) - 'Tackle link between alcohol and HIV'

There is need to boldly step out and tackle the link between alcohol and HIV says Dr Samba Nyirenda, co-founder of the Save Haven Counselling Centre in Francistown.

Baltic Business News (Estonia) - Estonian alcohol producer to reduce working week

Estonia’s largest distillery Liviko announced last week that it will reduce its working week by one day in October.

BBC News (EU) - EU renews India WTO drinks case

The European Union (EU) is to reopen a complaint about India's wine and spirits duties at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Science Daily - Mom's Beliefs May Impact Their Kids' Alcohol Use, Study Finds

Mothers, take note. If you really want to curb your teens' chances of using alcohol, help them develop a self-view that doesn't include drinking.

Boston Globe (USA) - Reopening of drinking-age debate decried

A spokesman for the Massachusetts chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving lashed out at a statement signed by 130 college presidents - including three north of Boston - that calls for a new debate to rethink the national minimum drinking age of 21.

MarketWatch (USA) - 'Alcohol Consumption at Home in the United States 2008' Examines Socioeconomic Trends as Well as a Number of Other Issues

Recessionary pressures are driving shifts in consumer behavior. One such shift is the movement toward cooking at home, which has renewed interest in alcohol as a culinary enhancer rather than just a mere intoxicator.

Times Online (France) - France ban on internet alcohol advertising hits industry

France may be home to some of the world's finest wines but it could be about to join the tiny club of Muslim states that forbid their promotion on the internet.

Financial Times (UK) - SNP puts forward radical plans to curb alcohol abuse

Scotland, which led the UK in its ban on smoking in public spaces, is poised to pioneer measures aimed at curbing alcohol abuse. (Australia) - Aboriginal drinking myths debunked

Why are indigenous people more often teetotallers than non-indigenous people, according to statisticians? Why do those who drink consume more, more often?

Economic Times (India) - Cabin crew demands limit on amount of alcohol that can be served

Lufthansa flight LH 756 from Frankfurt, which landed in Mumbai on September 9, was unusually eventful for passengers as well as the cabin crew, who were kept busy throughout the journey by an inebriated passenger.

DUI Daily (USA) - One in Twelve Americans Admit Driving While Possibly Drunk

More than 30 million Americans will hit the road this Labor Day weekend for one last summer road trip. But a new survey indicates many of those drivers admit they may be driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Sidelines (USA) - The consequenes of altering the mind

In my senior year of high school, my English teacher, out of curiosity, asked our class of 30 students how many of us were planning to experiment with drugs and alcohol in college. All but one student's hand went up.

FOXNews - 'Oldest' Man Turns 113, Says Not Drinking Alcohol Is Key to Longevity

The Japanese man said to be the oldest in the world celebrated his 113th birthday Thursday and told reporters the key to long life is abstaining from alcohol, Reuters reports.,2933,424442,00.html - Revealed: the nine types of heavy drinker

The Department of Health will today identify the nine personality types of heavy drinkers at risk of liver damage and other alcohol-related illnesses that are costing the NHS in England about £2.7bn a year.

Irish Times (Ireland) - Psychiatrists call for complete ban on alcohol advertising

Irish teenagers spend €145 million a year on alcohol, more than the entire annual spend on illegal drugs such as heroin, according to Irish psychiatrist Dr Bobby Smyth.

Reuters (Ireland) - Irish alcohol sales slide faster in weak economy

The consumption of alcoholic drinks in Ireland is likely to fall more in 2008 than in the past six years combined, as a weakening economy and high costs take their toll, an industry group said on Tuesday.

Journal of Neuropsychiatry - Alcoholic Optic Neuropathy: Another Complication of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol affects both the central and the peripheral nervous system; hence, cognitive dysfunction as well as sensory and motor peripheral neuropathy are frequent complications of chronic abuse.

Science Daily - A Healthy Lifestyle Halves The Risk Of Premature Death In Women

Over half of deaths in women from chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease could be avoided if they never smoke, keep their weight in check, take exercise and eat a healthy diet low in red meat and trans-fats, according to a study published on the British Medical Journal website.

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