Monday, January 5, 2009

Alcohol News - week 1/2009

Newsday - A deadly duo -- Alcohol and cold weather

Alcohol has specific physiological consequences that can exacerbate hypothermia, or subnormal body temperature, Dr. Steven Walerstein, senior vice president for medical affairs and medical director of Nassau University Medical Center explained yesterday.,0,2723826.story

Morning Advertiser (UK) - Government to issue alcohol guidelines for children

The Government is to issue guidelines to parents on how much alcohol it is safe for children to drink at home.

Independent Online (South Africa) - Authorities say cheers to less boozy season

The law enforcement agencies in Cape Town say their safer festive season programmes have been a huge success, particularly in preventing people from drinking in public and driving while under the influence of alcohol. (USA) - Do Energy Drinks Need Warning Labels?

Energy drinks are one of the fastest growing beverage categories with energy shots the newest innovation. These are just what they sound like; small bottles about 2 ounces in size that deliver the same energizing components in a smaller volume. Another variety being marketed is the malt beverage-energy drink combination. The amount of caffeine and the combination of a stimulant and alcohol in these drinks has caused concern and many are saying these products should carry warning labels. (USA) - Some States Implementing Ignition Lock For Drunk Drivers

Oregon and five other U.S. states will start implementing a new law that will prevent or minimize traffic accidents due to drunk driving using a new device that will require drunk drivers to blow for alcohol test.

Bowling Green Daily News - Health Matters: No amount of alcohol is ‘safe’ during pregnancy

Anyone born prior to 1965 (who is still alive and well) has many reasons for which to be thankful. We grew up in a world that was anything but childproof, and yet we survived. When we were babies, most cars had no seat belts and infant car seats had yet to be invented.

BBC News (UK) - Health group angered by 99p pint

A pub chain is cutting the price of a pint to 99p to cheer cash-strapped drinkers - but the move has sparked criticism from an alcohol charity.

Kyiv Post (Ukraine) - Ban on outdoor, TV advertisement of alcohol, tobacco takes force

The ban on advertisement of alcoholic beverages and tobacco articles outdoors and on television has taken effect on January 1, says the bill on amendments to the advertisement law, which was signed by the President on April 7, 2008.

Daily Mail (UK) - The 'nanny state' guide to giving children of five alcohol

Parents are to be issued with government guidance about letting their children try alcohol at home. (Russia) - Russians claim their drinking prowess is a 'myth'

Russians may be in the midst of a collective post-New Year's hangover, but Moscow's chief physician has come out to say that it's an undeserved myth that Russians drink more than most people.

Wales Online (Wales) - Unhealthy nation puts strain on health service

We are storing up problems for the future unless we act now, says Jonathan Morgan, Conservative shadow health minister.

New Vision (Uganda) - Ugandans drowning in alcohol

IN 2007, Uganda was the world’s leading consumer of alcohol, according to the World Health Organisation’s Annual Global Alcohol Consumption Index.

YLE News (Finland) - Compulsory Detox for Expectant Substance Abusers?

A compulsory treatment programme is being considered for expectant mothers suspected of substance abuse.

The Age (Australia) - Binge culture curses 'lost generation'

A GENERATION of Australian teenagers has been lost to binge drinking and will not be reached by the Federal Government's anti-drinking campaign, one of Australia's leading drug educators warns.

Washington Post (USA) - Raising a Glass, Perhaps Labeled

Consumer advocates are toasting the arrival of Timothy Geithner as President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be the new Treasury secretary by urging him to fix -- along with the economy -- labels on alcoholic drinks.

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