Monday, October 6, 2008

Alcohol News - week 40/2008

Xinhua (WHO) - WHO to host public hearing to explore ways of reducing alcohol use

The World Health Organization (WHO) will organize a web-based public hearing to explore ways of reducing harmful use of alcohol, the UN agency said on Thursday.
also (Scotland) - More than half of young offenders in Scotland blame alcohol for their crimes

The most comprehensive study yet into drinking and violence in Scotland found 56.8 per cent of offenders said their actions had been fuelled by drink, compared with 40 per cent in 1996 and 29.5 per cent in 1979.

The Scotsman (Scotland) - New legal threat to SNP's alcohol crackdown

A SECOND plank of the Scottish Government's flagship approach to tackling the country's booze culture appeared under threat last night. (UK) - Parents 'naive' about drug use by children

Nearly all parents are convinced that their children have never taken drugs, according to a survey that suggests parents are woefully unaware of their offspring's lives.

The Press Association (UK) - Tories campaign against alcohol ban

The Tories stepped up their campaign against controversial Scottish Government plans to ban under-21s from buying alcohol in off-sales with a new postcard campaign.

Talking Retail (UK) - Supermarkets 'selling alcohol at 80s prices'

Supermarkets are in many cases selling alcohol at 1980s prices, according to a new investigation.

Science Centric - 'Casual' smokers have a greater risk of hazardous drinking and alcohol-use disorders

Non-daily or 'casual' smokers tend to slip through the cracks of prevention efforts. Yet casual smoking and heavy drinking are prevalent behaviours among young adults and, furthermore, casual smoking occurs primarily in the context of alcohol use.

BBC News (UK) - Lower drink-drive limit rejected

The government has decided against reducing the legal limit for alcohol in a driver's blood despite suggestions it could save 65 lives a year.

Times Online - Long hours and stress drive lawyers to drink and drugs

A culture of long hours and stress are driving increasing numbers of lawyers to drink and drugs, both within and outside the workplace.

The Press Association - MSPs vote against new alcohol law

Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has vowed to listen to the views of local communities and the police after MSPs voted against controversial plans to ban under 21s from buying drink in off-sales. (Japan) - Women more vulnerable to alcohol’’s long-term effects

Women are more likely to have long-term effects of alcohol than men, says a new study.The new research from Japan has revealed that women break down alcohol more slowly than men do.

Sunday Standard (Botswana) - A culture of intolerance is killing our public debates!

It is sad, even distressing, to note a hardening of tones in the discourse of public debates between the government and the ordinary people in our country.The last few years have seen a continuous dwindling of space for open and tolerant public debates.

AFP - Cannabis less harmful than drinking, smoking: report

Cannabis is less harmful than alcohol or tobacco, according to a report by a research charity Thursday, which called for a "serious rethink" of drug policy.

ireport (USA) - McCain and Alcohol money

The alcohol lobby is one of the most influential in Washington. Although McCain has recused himself on alcohol issues, he has not refused the industry's money.

United Press International - Strict social rules linked to alcohol

Countries with strict social rules and etiquette such as Britain may foster drinking cultures characterized by unruly or bad behavior, researchers said.

Bloomberg (Botswana) - Botswana President Wants Alcohol Consumption Cut to Curb AIDS

Alcohol consumption in Botswana, where the government plans to implement a 30 percent levy on beer, wine and spirits, needs to be curbed to prevent the spread of HIV, President Ian Khama said.

Newsroom Finland (Finland) - Finland's Korhonen calls for immediate alcohol duty rise

Jarmo Korhonen, the Finnish Centre party secretary, said Friday that the government should raise alcohol duties forthwith.

EurActiv (Romania) - Romania defies Commission by lifting alcohol duties

The lower chamber of the Romanian Parliament has unanimously voted to eliminate excise duty on traditional home-brewed hard drinks, despite the very fact that it is required to collect excise on home-brewed alcohol under the terms of its EU accession treaty.

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