Monday, April 27, 2009

Alcohol News - week 17/2009

Science Daily - Genetics Can Mediate Vulnerability To Alcohol's Effects During Pregnancy

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can lead to teratogenesis, the development of embryonic defects. (New Zealand) – Owerhaul of alcohol laws are supported

Labour is supporting the Law Commission's trial of proposed changes to the sale and supply of liquor.

Wall Street Journal (UK) - UK Darling Raises Alcohol, Tobacco Duties By 2%

Duty on alcohol and tobacco in the U.K. is set to rise by 2% from Wednesday evening, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling said Wednesday, dashing the hopes of a reprieve for the pub and alcohol sector.

CBS News (USA) - "Sex And The City" Linked To DUIs?

Since 1998, drunken driving accidents have been increasing. Once primarily a problem for guys, more and more women are getting arrested, and in accidents for driving while intoxicated. (Australia) - Parents happy to allow teens to drink underage, a survey shows

ONE in four Australian parents thinks it is acceptable to let their children drink before they reach legal age, research shows.,27574,25388874-2,00.html

Science Daily - Liver Disease Responsible For Most Alcohol-related Illness And Deaths

Liver disease is the most prevalent cause of alcohol-related deaths, followed by car accidents and cancer, according to new research conducted in Portugal and presented today at EASL 2009, the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Liver in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Times Online (Scotland) - Overhaul of SNP strategy on substance abuse

Health boards will have to meet tough new Scottish government targets on waiting times for drug and alcohol treatment as part of an overhaul of the national strategy on substance abuse, it was revealed yesterday.

WalesOnline (Wales) - Alcohol abuse blamed for first rise in serious violent attacks since 2007

THE number of violent attacks across Wales and England has risen for the first time in seven years, according to research published today.

The Local (Sweden) - Sweden's teenagers cut back on booze

Swedish teenagers are drinking less alcohol than they were a few years ago. It has become hip to be sober, according to the Swedish National Institute of Public Health.

Today's Zaman (Turkey) - Rise in alcohol use casts doubt on creeping conservatism in Turkey

The Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Agency (TAPDK) recently released data related to alcohol consumption in Turkey, which revealed that Turkish drinkers consumed nearly 20 percent more alcohol in 2008 when compared to the previous year.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Alcohol News - week 16/2009

The Herald (Scotland) - Drug and alcohol rehab strategies to be revamped

Ministers battling to beat Scotland's addiction to drink and drugs will unveil a radical shake-up of rehabilitation today.

EurekAlert - New study finds continued abstinence is key to increased survival from alcohol-related liver disease

However, the downside is that up a quarter of people with alcohol-related cirrhosis die before they get the chance to stop drinking. Alcohol-related cirrhosis develops silently but usually presents with an episode of internal bleeding or jaundice - which is often fatal.

BBC News (UK) - Many unaware of alcohol calories

Many people are unaware of the calorie content of alcohol, a survey shows.

The Canadian Press (Canada) - Canadians drinking more: StatsCan

Canadians drank more booze in the last fiscal year, but their tastes were getting more sophisticated.

Aktuálně.cz (Chech Republic) - Worried about the crisis? Drink more

Unemployment is rising and some economic sectors are collapsing. Many people are worried about the future and the prognosis is pessimistic.

The Press Association (UK) - Most youths 'drank before crime'

More than 80% of youngsters detained for crimes had drunk alcohol before offending, according to a report. (UK) - Drug users and alcholics should not expect the rest of us to fund their addictions

'I usually just drink cider, but I treat myself to a bottle of scotch on pay-day' said Robert as he sat in A&E. I looked up from the notes I was writing. 'What do you mean, "pay-day"' I asked 'I thought you were unemployed?'.

Irish Times (Ireland) - Adults 'powerless' on underage drinking

Most adults disapprove of underage drinking but feel there is nothing they can do to stop it, a new survey has found.

News Guardian (UK) - Alcohol purchase ban on under-21s at weekends

DRINKERS under the age of 21 may not be able to buy alcohol at weekends as part of a pilot trial to clampdown on anti-social behaviour. (UK) - Average wine drinker puts on half a stone of fat a year, says campaign group

The average wine drinker puts on half of stone of fat in a year due to the excess calories they consume, a new campaign will highlight.

The Baltic Course (Estonia) - More than 37,000 bottles found in Estonia with forged tax stemps

Of 62,644 bottles taken from different stores and the storage facilities of OÜ Baltmodum in Estonia last week for checking the authenticity of tax stamps, more than half (37,193) were found to bear forged tax stamps, writes Postimees Online/LETA.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Alcohol News - week 15/2009

The Canberra Times (Australia) - No safe level of alcohol for teens

TEENAGERS who drink even small amounts of alcohol have a significantly higher risk of developing alcohol abuse or risky sexual behaviour as a young adult, research has found.

Science Daily - Frogs Reveal Clues About The Effects Of Alcohol During Development

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) cause malformations in babies, including facial defects, short stature, and mental and behavioral abnormalities.

Los Angeles Times (USA) - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study shows that unhealthy behaviors start early

Each year, researchers at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention question thousands of teenagers and young adults about their health-risk behaviors. According to the results of their 2007 survey, bad habits clearly start at a young age.,0,4349649.story

Deutsche Welle (Germany) - Alcohol abuse among German youths more than sobering

Recent cases of teen and even child alcohol binges are indications of increasing abuse by younger Germans, as an alarming new report published by a German health insurance company reveals.,,4171033,00.html

ABC Online (Australia) - Lift booze prices, drinking age: health experts

Health experts are calling on the Federal Government to make alcohol more expensive, or even raise the legal drinking age.

New York Times (USA) - Study Links Alcohol and Bicycle Deaths

Some 21 percent of autopsies for New York City bicyclists who died within three hours of their accidents detected alcohol in the body, according to a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene study that examined fatal bicycling accidents in New York City from 1996 to 2005.

Irish Times (Ireland/EU) - 'Real cost' of alcohol halved since mid-1990s, study finds

COMPLAINING ABOUT the price of drink has been a favourite Irish pastime for years. But a study carried out for the European Commission shows that the “real cost” of alcohol in Ireland has dropped 50 per cent since the mid-1990s as incomes rose and excise duties declined in real terms.

SNP (UK) - Hit the bottle with improved alcohol labelling

SNP MP John Mason has called on the UK Government to support doctors and health professionals by introducing legislation on alcohol labelling.

PR Newswire - Marin Institute Publishes New Guide for Regulating Alcohol Advertising

Marin Institute, the alcohol industry watchdog, today released the country's first guide to restricting out-of-home (OOH) alcohol advertising.

Forbes - Three Drinks a Day Doubles Risk of Tremor

Having more than a couple of drinks a day can double the risk of developing involuntary (essential) tremor, a neurological disorder that affects about 5 million people over the age of 60 in the United States.

The Australian (Australia) - Government under pressure to regulate alcohol advertising

THE Federal Government is under growing pressure to regulate alcohol advertising in sport, after a key industry player pledged to introduce a year-long ban on TV ads before 9pm.,25197,25284075-12377,00.html

The Money Times - New generation bearing the brunt of alcoholism

According to a new study, births in parts of Australia's Kimberley region are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, the largest known cause of mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Alcoholism is so rampant that teens with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) have babies with the same condition.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Alcohol News - week 14/2009

EurActiv (EU) - Health experts call for restrictions on alcohol advertising

A group of leading European health experts have called for a Europe-wide ban on alcohol advertising that appeals to children and adolescents.

BBC News (Wales) - 1,000 die from alcohol in Wales

About 1,000 people in Wales die each year from causes attributed to alcohol, with drink a factor in more than one in 25 male deaths, a study has found.

London Free Press - Alcohol a double-edged sword when it comes to your well-being

Three recent studies suggest that alcohol consumption, no matter how moderate, can increase the risk of developing certain types of cancers.

Irish Times (Ireland) - Government plans to call time on era of cheap alcohol

THE ERA of cheap alcohol may be drawing to a close. As drinkers brace themselves for hikes in excise duties in tomorrow’s budget, Government officials are finalising plans to tackle below-cost selling of alcohol in shops and supermarkets.

United Press International (Australia) - Australian group calls for alcohol ad ban

The head of the Australian Medical Association says the alcohol industry should stop advertising its products on television until late night.

MedPage Today - Housing Homeless Alcoholics Cuts Public Costs, Alcohol Use

Permanent housing for homeless patients with ongoing drinking problems can help reduce medical and social costs and lower alcohol consumption, researchers here said.

Black Voice News (USA) - Protect Our Youth from Excessive Alcohol Ads

Young Blacks see far more than their share of the $383 million worth of advertising placed in major magazines by the nation’s alcohol industry.

University of Wisconsin-Madison University Communications (USA) - Campaign to focus on alcohol, consent, sexual assault

A new, student-designed public awareness ad campaign will promote the importance of gaining consent from sexual partners, particularly when alcohol is involved.

Daily Nation (Kenya) - Alcohol slowly driving Kenyan youth to waste

The warning light is on. A generation of young Kenyan people between the ages of 15 and 29 is in the grip of alcoholism. Across all provinces, with the exception of North Eastern, the prevalence of the epidemic paints a picture of a generation that is in serious trouble.

Reuters UK - Alcohol use may raise risk of second breast cancer

Among women who have had cancer in one breast, drinking alcohol may increase risk of developing cancer in the other breast, study findings suggest. However, this association was not seen with smoking. (USA) - Behind the Lyrics: Alcohol Marketing and Youth

According to the Na-tional Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, every year, 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol, while more than 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking. (UK) - 5,000 school girls 'put in hospital by alcohol'

More than 5,000 school girls in England under the age of 16 needed hospital treatment last year as a result of alcohol abuse, new figures show.

Voice of America (USA) - Studying in the US: Alcohol on Campus

In the United States, the legal age to drink alcohol is twenty-one -- one of the highest in the world. Americans debate whether it should be lowered, or whether young drinkers would only drink more.

Irish Times (Ireland) - President warns of added suicide risk during recession

PRESIDENT MARY McAleese yesterday underlined the need to invest in suicide-prevention programmes to help deal with the anxiety, stress and depression caused by the economic crisis.

SFGate (EU) - Pregnant European women drink, right?

The British pregnant woman. She's hanging out in a pub sharing a pint with her hub, right? Isn't drinking while pregnant widely accepted throughout Europe? That has been the case in the past, but some are starting to frown upon it. A pregnant woman was recently refused a drink at a pub in England and then asked to leave by staff who said they were protecting her unborn child.