Monday, February 16, 2009

Alcohol News - week 7/2009

Newsday (USA) - A look at taxes generated by the sale of alcohol

The sale of alcohol generates large amounts of tax revenue for states and the federal government. The most recent national statistics on revenues from taxes and fees on alcohol are from 2006.,0,5642298.story

Independent (UK) - Alcohol abuse leads to rise in liver swaps

The past decade has seen a sharp increase in the number of transplanted livers going to people whose own organs have been damaged by alcohol misuse. - Fears over alcohol test for mothers

A product that tests for traces of alcohol in breast milk has triggered warnings that mothers who rely on its findings could damage the health of babies and encourage binge drinking.

Herald Sun (Australia) - Enforce zero alcohol, army told

THE Australian Defence Force has been told to enforce its zero-alcohol driving policy after an inquiry found three SAS soldiers drowned trapped in their car in Port Phillip Bay after a late-night drinking session.,21985,25064721-662,00.html

Irish Medical Times (Ireland) - Irish Life says 20% of deaths linked to alcohol

One in five accidental or sudden deaths claims paid by Irish Life last year involved alcohol in some shape or form, the finance and insurance company has revealed.

Calgary Herald (Canada) - Naughty ads make prime-time TV debut

The Absolut Vodka commercials that aired in 15 cities during the Grammy Awards marked the first time in years that liquor ads ran in prime time on network-owned stations.

Times Online (UK) - Drinkers could lose their benefits and be made to take alcohol tests

PEOPLE who lose their jobs could be denied unemployment benefit if they refuse to tell the government how much they drink.

WalesOnline - Brains avoids French alcohol ads ban with ‘Essai’ slogan

WELSH rugby’s latest method of tackling a problem posed by French advertising laws has been unveiled.

Financial Times (Sweden) - Vintner fails to milk Sweden’s sacred cow

The government-owned alcohol retailer has a presence on every high street and is known by the nickname “The System”. Swedes cannot buy alcohol from any other retailer and most of its stores keep bottles behind locked glass doors, bringing an element of pre-1989 eastern Europe to Sweden’s otherwise 21st century shopping streets.,dwp_uuid=70662e7c-3027-11da-ba9f-00000e2511c8.html

Time (Russia) - Russia's Artisanal Moonshine Boom

Every August, Nikolai Gusev juices hundreds of unwashed apples which grow at his dacha, west of Moscow. For a month he waits patiently for the juice to ferment and turn into a wine.,8599,1879572,00.html

Associated Content - Substance Abuse Preferences Evolving from Alcohol to Drugs

For many years now there has been a need for large numbers of people to get treatment for substance abuse. There are different types of substance abuse however, and historically more people were seeking treatment for alcohol than drugs. That is no longer true.

Daily Nation (Kenya) - Nine-year-olds getting high

A recent survey carried out by Steadman shows that some are also using bhang or other drugs. The National Agency for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse (Nacada) attributes this to increased availability and tolerance for alcohol in the society.

Independent Community Newspaper (New Zealand) - Booze laws not working

Desperate police are proposing radical measures to curb an increase in drink-driving, including publicly shaming repeat offenders and crushing cars.

Portugal News (Portugal) - Drinking age up by two years?

In a move that will see Portugal brought in line with the overwhelming majority of European and Western World nations, several interested groups have launched strong lobbies to see the legal drinking age increased by two years.

The National (Morocco) - Morocco’s uneasy truce with alcohol

Four years ago, frustrated by the hidebound viticulture of his native France, the winemaker Stephane Mariot decamped to make his name on the free horizons of Morocco.

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