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.

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