Monday, August 24, 2009

Alcohol News - week 34/2009

BBC News (UK) - Hundreds held over alcohol crimes

A total of 529 people have been arrested in Greater Manchester in a major police operation targeting alcohol-related violent crime.

Los Angeles Times - Watching cable TV may expose teens to too many alcohol ads

Teens soak up more than plot lines while watching cable TV -- they're also being exposed to too much alcohol advertising. That's the conclusion of a new study that looked at what teens watched on cable, and how often alcohol ads popped up during those shows.

ABC Online (Australia) - Study bolsters alcohol-cancer link

The National Drug Research Institute has found more than 2,000 Australians die from alcohol-related cancers each year. - New research shows alcohol brain damage continues much longer in life

New research which shows brain damage from alcohol continues much longer in life than first thought, has prompted a new campaign targeting parents.

ABC Online (Australia) - Teen drinking campaign accused of hypocrisy

A campaign encouraging teenagers to delay having their first alcoholic drink has come under fire for being sponsored by alcohol companies.

SFGate - Does wine really prevent heart problems

People know that alcohol - and wine - can cause liver disease. But since the headline-making "60 Minutes" segment in 1991 popularizing the seductively simple French Paradox (the French eat a high-fat diet but have less heart disease because they drink red wine), people have embraced the concept that drinking wine, especially red wine, prevents heart disease.

MedIndia (UK) - Tory Leader David Cameron For Hike In Alcohol Taxes To Reduce Binge Drinking

Tory leader David Cameron has declared he would go for a hike in alcohol taxes in an attempt to reduce binge drinking. The man widely expected to be the next Prime Minister of the UK in the next 18 months was endorsing a suggestion floated last year by Shadow Chancellor George Osborne.

WalesOnline (Wales) - Poor diet and alcohol abuse behind tripling of liver cancer

OBESITY and drinking have led to a tripling of liver cancer cases in the past 30 years, figures published today reveal.

TIME´(Russia) - Russia's Medvedev Launches a New War on Drinking

It's a cliché because it's true: Russians love their booze. The word for the national drink, vodka, is in fact a cutesy version of the word for water. The first course in every meal is designed to encourage its consumption.,8599,1917974,00.html?iid=tsmodule

Voice of America - Drunk Driving Increasing Concern Worldwide

A survey of 178 countries finds 30 to 40 percent of road deaths are caused by alcohol. Experts from the World Health Organization say drunk driving is more than just a law enforcement issue.

Reuters - A beer a day may raise risk of several cancers: study

Men who drink beer or liquor on a regular basis may face a heightened risk of several different types of cancer, according to a Canadian study.

Voice of America (Kenya) - Government Concerned Over Drinking in Kenya

Almost half of the Kenya's adult population drinks alcohol, and some drink too much, putting their children at risk.

The Age (Australia) - Call to revise .05 limit

AUSTRALIA'S .05 blood-alcohol limit should be re-examined in light of overseas experience showing a .02 limit reduces road fatalities, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana has said.

The Local (Sweden) - Sales up at Swedish state liquor stores

Sales at Sweden's state-run alcohol retail monopoly Systembolaget, measured in terms of the amount of goods sold, increased by 9.2 percent in the first seven months of 2009 compared to the same period last year.

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