Monday, July 27, 2009

Alcohol News - week 30/2009

Ethiopian Review - Drug Use and Addiction in War

We’re all familiar with the ‘War on Drugs’ but what about drugs in war? Drug use in wartime is a topic rarely covered by mainstream media but each war has a distinct underlying drug culture attached to it.

Marketing week (UK) – UK to follow Aussie lead on sports sponsorship? Don’t put your shirt on it

Australian sport and alcohol have enjoyed a long and sometimes fruitful relationship. From Foster’s multi-million dollar backing of Aussie Rules football association, the AFL through to tales of Aussie cricketers’ marathon drinking sessions en route to England to do Ashes battle, there is an indelible link between drink and sporting contest Down Under.

Guardian (UK) - What drives a child to drink?

By the time Madeline Hanshaw's son Gary Reinbach was 13 he was drinking heavily. This week, aged just 22, he died of liver failure. Here, she defends herself – and her son's memory – against those who have been quick to pass judgment.

BBC (Northrern Ireland) - Compulsory jail drug tests on way

Compulsory drug and alcohol tests for Northern Ireland's prisoners are among rule changes set to be brought in by the prison service.

Daily Mail (UK) - Children drinking 15 shots of vodka a WEEK as alcohol prices plummet

An NHS survey of children between 11 and 15 last year found that one in six - an estimated 550,000 - said they had drunk alcohol in the previous week.

BBC News (UK) - UK's 'strongest beer' condemned

A Scottish brewery has been branded "irresponsible" after launching what it said was the UK's strongest beer.

Daily Mail (UK) - Coroner blames cheap alcohol for soaring number of drink deaths

A coroner has criticised the 24-hour drinking culture and sale of cheap alcohol after presiding over a soaring number of cases involving people who have drunk themselves to death.

MedPage Today - Blood Alcohol Level May Help Predict Complications After Trauma

An elevated blood alcohol level was significantly associated with a higher rate of complications in adults treated at a single trauma center, according to Michael Fleming, MD, MPH, of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and colleagues wrote online in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

The Canadian Press - HIV Plus Alcohol Hampers Short-Term Memory

HIV infection and chronic drinking can deal a double blow to short-term memory, a new study has found.

Nursing in Practice - School pupils more likely to drink alcohol if they live with other drinkers

School pupils aged 11–15 in England are estimated to be more than three times as likely to drink alcohol if they live with other drinkers, a survey from The NHS Information Centre suggests.

The Associated Press (Bahrain) - Bahrain's allure for Saudis extends beyond alcohol

This tiny Gulf island nation is sick of its reputation as a seedy off-shore Las Vegas and a hotspot of sin for Saudis, so it's starting to rein in the booze. Already it's flooded with Saudis looking for tamer fare they can't get at home in their ultraconservative kingdom — Hannah Montana and heavy metal. (Uganda) - Alcohol threatens Ugandan Economy

Uganda’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire has said Uganda’s economy is threatened by the citizens’ excessive consumption of alcohol. (Bangalore) - State Mulls Over Complete Ban on Alcohol

Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs S Suresh Kumar on Saturday July 25 said that it has been planned to place before the cabinet a proposal to completely ban alcohol in the state.

The Canadian Press (Brazile) - Prosecutors to oppose alcohol sale in 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Brazilian prosecutors are promising to fight FIFA if alcohol is allowed to be sold in stadiums during the 2014 World Cup of soccer in Brazil.

Daily Post (Wales) - Alcohol related deaths rise by 50% in Wales

A TOP surgeon yesterday called for action to curb to sales of strong, cheap booze after alcohol-related deaths in Wales soared by a worrying 50% in eight years.

Politico (USA) - What will it take to change Americans' lifestyles?

The problem with legislative action, though, is that it is not likely to alter the personal behavior that is one reason life expectancy in the United States — 77.9 years — ranks 42nd in the world, well below that of Andorra, the Cayman Islands and most European countries.

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