Monday, August 17, 2009

Alcohol News - week 33/2009

Huffington Post (USA) - Diane Schuler: The Heartbreak of Denial

An August 13th, New York Post article Blood is not Thicker than Alcohol reports that, "William Hance, was enraged not just that his sister, Diane Schuler, had guzzled vodka and smoked pot while driving his kids -- but that her husband, Daniel, concocted bizarre medical excuses to try to explain away his wife's condition and denied that she had a drinking problem, said a lawyer familiar with the situation."

Chicago Tribune - Does alcohol blur cues?

Of the many things that long-term alcohol addiction can steal -- careers, lives, health, memory -- one of its most heartbreaking tolls is on relationships. Alcoholics, researchers have long known, have a tendency to misread emotional cues, sometimes taking offense when none was intended, failing to pick up on a loved one's sadness, joy, anger or disappointment.,0,6652479.story

The Press Association (Scotland) - Labour 'back minimum alcohol price'

Ministers have claimed growing support for setting minimum prices for alcohol, following reports the plan was set to become a reality.

Washington Post (Russia) - Reindeer herders battle alcohol on Russia's edge

Seventy years of Soviet rule failed to subdue Russia's most isolated natives, but "perestroika" proved to be devastating. In the ensuing lawlessness, poachers decimated reindeer herds and unemployment was rife.

Alibaba News Channel (China) - Nation cracks down on drunk driving

Motorists across the country are being warned to stay away from alcohol before getting behind the wheel as authorities launch a new campaign to crack down on drunk driving amid an increase of road fatalities in recent months.

RT (Russia) - ROAR: New anti-alcohol campaign in Russia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has proposed measures to curb drinking in the country. “Alcoholism has reached the proportions of a national disaster,” he says. (UK) - Call for alcohol laws as liver disease soars

Excessive drinking habits have led to a sharp rise in alcohol-related disease in England over the past five years, with cases of cirrhosis increasing by 42% since 2004, to almost 5,000 cases a year.

ABC News (USA) - New Middle-Age Crisis: Drinking Over 50

Binge drinking does not occur just among teenagers or college students. A recent study indicated that drinking large amounts of alcohol is now more prevalent among middle-aged adults than previously thought.

United Press International (Spain) - Anglo-Saxon countries influence binging

Drinking patterns in Spain may be changing from drinking with meals to binge drinking on weekends, a researcher in Spain says. (Australia) - More young people in hospital for alcohol-related problems

THERE has been a surge in young people being hospitalised for "acute alcohol problems" over the last few years, and researchers say it's because of alcopops.,27574,25932527-1242,00.html (Italy) - Italian children's binge drinking blamed on Britain

Italy is scrambling to tackle a British-style binge drinking epidemic that has caused national alarm in a country long admired as a model of Mediterranean moderation when it comes to alcohol consumption. (USA) - Ads target parents who provide alcohol to teens

Parents who allow teens to drink alcohol are the target of a new billboard campaign in Monroe County. The messages proclaim: "Not In Our House. Don't provide alcohol to teens."

Irish Times (Ireland) - Time to stand up to drinks industry and ban adverts

A RECENT Irish Times editorial entitled “Safety on our Roads” (August 1st) rightly concluded that Irish society has a serious problem with alcohol abuse and that all sorts of excuses are found when it comes to doing something about it. (UK) - Alcohol link to huge rise in oral cancers among people in their 40s

The number of men getting tumours of the mouth, tongue, lip and throat has shot up 28% since the mid-90s and women 24%.

Los Angeles Times - Binge drinking affects later cognitive performance

College students who describe themselves as regular binge drinkers performed considerably worse on a test measuring attention and memory skills compared with students who didn't binge. The test, by the way, was conducted while all the students were sober.

Ethiopian Review - Inside the World of Religious Drug And Alcohol Use

Drug use throughout our history has developed from a intensely sacred and religious practice, to a intensely secular and recreational one. The origins of many controlled substances is with Shamans and Buddhists, with native cultures and ancient civilizations.

BBC News (UK) - Charity warns over child drinkers

Fewer children are drinking but those who do are consuming more than ever before, a charity has warned.

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