Monday, December 22, 2008

Alcohol News - week 51/2008

Science Daily - Drinkers With Alcohol Dehydrogenase Gene Are At Greater Risk Of Colorectal Cancer

Chronic drinking is a risk factor for colorectal cancer, possibly through the effects of acetaldehyde, which is created by the alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) enzyme.

Southern Maryland Online (USA) - Md. Settlement with MillerCoors Sees End to Alcoholic Energy Drinks

On Thursday, Dec. 18, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced an agreement with MillerCoors that will result in the nationwide discontinuance of the country’s top-selling pre-mixed alcoholic energy drink, Sparks. As part of the 14 state agreement, MillerCoors will not produce any caffeinated alcohol beverages in the future.

BBC News (Poland) - Polish drink-drive warning issued

A drink-drive warning has been issued in Polish after a number of people from the Eastern European country were caught over the limit by police.

MedIndia - Prenatal Exposure To Alcohol Linked To Cognitive Dysfunction Risk

The results of the study suggest that alcohol can damage white matter-nerve fibres through which information is exchanged between different areas of the central nervous system-in the frontal and occipital lobes of the foetus' brain, which are specifically relevant for executive functions and visual processing.

Washington Post (USA) - New Law Doesn't Supersede Neighborhood Agreements on Closing Times

The District's decision to extend last-call for bars and nightclubs during the inauguration week has its limits, officials said yesterday: Those businesses that have struck agreements in the past with neighborhood groups over hours and rules must honor them.

ABC Online (Australia) - Darwin alcohol-related injuries 'staggering'

The head of Royal Darwin Hospital says the number of alcohol-related injuries presented to the emergency department is staggering.

New York Times - Query for Aging Patients: How Much Do You Drink?

Is alcohol a tonic or a toxin? The question is especially critical to older people, whose overall medical picture gives alcohol the potential to be a health benefit or a life-shortening hazard. (UK) - Six in 10 soldiers 'alcoholics'

The document analysing the drinking and drug-taking habits of Army recruits found that 58 per cent were "considered possibly dependent on alcohol" and drinking at levels considered a health hazard.

Tasmanian Government Media Releases (Tasmania) - New Plan to Deliver Increased Support for Tasmanians Affected by Alcohol and Drugs

A new five year plan has been released paving the way for additional and improved services for Tasmanians affected by alcohol and drugs. (UK) - Cross-govt efforts 'failing' on binge-drinking

Warring government departments have hurt efforts to address Britain's growing drinking problem, it has been claimed.$1256406.htm

Irish Times (Ireland) - Drinks promotion not in breach of code

A DRINKS promotion by the students bar at University College Dublin for a "beer tower" of five pints of beer for €20 was not in breach of the Meas (Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society Limited)code of practice on the naming, packaging and promotion of alcoholic drinks, an independent panel has found.

Meadow Free Press (USA) - Alcohol Rehab A Must For Problem Drinkers Considering Pregnancy

Alcohol has been found to be acutely toxic to the fetus. And it doesn't take a lot of alcohol to cause these problems. A safe level cannot be defined — any alcohol during pregnancy is dangerous.,1873,408234,00.html

Helsinki Times (Finland) - Christmas without alcohol

The annual “Give your child a sober Christmas” campaign reminds people that alcohol, children and Christmas do not mix.

Marie - Female beer goggles last up to six months

Beer goggles last longer for women than for men and continue even when they’re sober, a new study has revealed.

EurekAlert - Published reports inaccurate concerning alcohol consumption during pregnancy

A national alcohol research group is concerned that the media's misinterpretation of a recent British research study could encourage pregnant women to be more at ease with temperate alcohol consumption.

U.S. News & World Report (USA) - America's Top 10 Alcohol-Drinking Cities—and 10 Most Sober Cities, Too

With Christmas and New Year's almost upon us, you may be raising your glass and downing the spirits more than you're used to—along with many others. According to a nationwide poll released this year, most adults who attended work holiday parties said drunken bad behavior can often result.

Washington Post - Moms-to-Be Who Drink May Damage Fetus' White Matter

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can damage white matter in a fetus' frontal and occipital lobes, which play a major role in executive function and visual processing. The finding may help explain problems seen in infants whose mothers drink during pregnancy, a new study says.

The Publican (UK) - Mandatory drinks code closer to reality

Government plans to introduce a national mandatory code of practice for the industry took a step closer yesterday with the official tabling of a new Bill.

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