Monday, March 30, 2009

Alcohol News - week 13/2009

FOXBusiness (USA) - Is it Really About Alcohol? The Truth About Alcohol Abuse in Women

Six million women in the U.S. abuse or are dependent on alcohol, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

BBC News (Scotland) - Grasping the thistle on alcohol

When Hugh MacDiarmid wrote "A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle", back in the 1920s, he was not only penning one of Scotland's longest poems, he was perpetuating one of Scotland longest running problems... the demon drink.

WebMD - Alcohol's Red Face Linked to Cancer Risk

A new report shows people who experience a red face or flushing after drinking alcohol have a much higher risk of developing esophageal cancer than those who do not.

Reuters - Alcohol counseling reduces pancreatitis recurrence

Following an initial hospitalization for acute alcohol-associated pancreatitis, repeated visits to an outpatient gastrointestinal clinic for brief motivational alcohol counseling sessions more effectively reduces further episodes than does a single standardized anti-alcohol message delivered to the patient at hospital discharge, a study from Finland shows.

Science Daily – TV Shows Convey Mixed Messages About Alcohol Consumption In Youth

Efforts to dissuade youth consumption through negative alcohol consumption depictions can be thwarted by portrayals of positive consumption in prime-time television programming.

WA today (USA) - Liquid assets: sport's alcohol dependency

There are growing calls from health experts to wean our major codes off the bottle, but the political will is still lacking. (Scotland) - Scotland drugs and alcohol treatment 'failing'

Three times more money spent on drug abuse than alcoholism, despite nearly 5% of Scottish adults being dependent on alcohol, say auditors.

TransWorldNews - Everyone's Road To Alcohol Addiction Recovery Is Unique

Alcohol treatment is distinct from drug treatment. Alcoholics and drug addicts face different sorts of challenges on the road to recovery, and only those rehab programs which account for personal needs and case histories can be expected to achieve meaningful success. (Australia) - AHA calls for Halls Creek alcohol ban for pregnant women

PREGNANT women in a West Australian community should be banned from buying alcohol, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) says.,27574,25240845-2761,00.html

Lateline (Australia) - Special report: Suzanne Smith investigates Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

In our second special on foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, Lateline looks at how the disorder is also a problem in non-Indigenous communities across Australia.

FOXBusiness - Let's Walk Like MADD to Eliminate Drunk Driving. We Can't Afford Not to

Drunk driving threatens all of us. One in three people will be personally involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime. In addition to the emotional toll that these preventable deaths and injuries take on victim/ survivors, there is also a fiscal impact to our society.

Newspost Online (UK) - ”Extreme beer” craze leaves UK alcohol campaigners worried

British alcohol campaigners are worried about the effects of the so-called extreme beer movement on public health.

Times of Malta (Malta) - Use of alcohol and pills in Malta higher than most European countries

While cannabis use in Maltese schools appears to be below the European average, the use of inhalants and the combined use of alcohol and pills are more frequent than in many other countries, a survey has found.

Sunday Standard (Opinion) - Alcohol abuse AND tax increase! What are the facts?

There is substantial anecdotal evidence of the detrimental effects of alcohol abuse in Botswana and in other countries.

Newsroom Finland (Finland) - Finland to raise alcohol duties by 10 pct

Finland's centre-right government said after a day of budget talks on Tuesday it would propose a ten-per cent increase in alcohol duties, to be put into effect in October.

The Local (Sweden) - Alcohol locks for drunk driving offenders by 2010: minister

Motorists in Sweden convicted of drunken driving or suspected of being alcoholics may be forced to install alcohol locks on their vehicles starting in 2010.

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