Monday, August 31, 2009

Alcohol News - week 35/2009

BBC News (UK) - New 'booze Asbos' come under fire

New powers to impose Drinking Banning Orders - dubbed "booze Asbos" - on people who behave anti-socially while drunk have come under fire. (UK) - Alcohol-related hospital admissions up by a third

Alcohol-related hospital admissions have increased by almost a third in just three years, according to official figures.

Ha'aretz (Israel) - Israel's five-point plan to combat violence and alcohol abuse

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday unveiled details of a five-point plan to combat violent crime and alcohol abuse in Israel. The plan includes stiffer penalties for violent crimes, greater regulation of the sale of alcohol and the use of CCTV cameras in dozens of cities. - Alcohol linked to heartbeat irregularities

Researchers have discovered that even drinking within the recommended limits boosts the chances of atrial fibrillation, a condition where the heart beats fast or irregularly.

BBC News (Scotland) - Fears over 'confusing' drink laws

Thousands of premises selling alcohol could be operating illegally as an overhaul of the licensing system comes into force, it has been claimed.

AFP - Toyota developing anti-drunk driving gadget

Toyota Motor said Monday it was developing anti-drunk driving equipment that would lock the ignition of a vehicle if high levels of alcohol are detected in the driver.

eNews Park Forest - Marijuana Compounds May Offset Alcohol-Induced Toxicity, Study Says

Compounds in cannabis may protect the human brain against alcohol-induced damage, according to clinical trial data published online by the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology.

Greeley Tribune (USA) - Faces of the Recession: Alcohol sales up, but there's a difference

Jim Radcliffe knows alcohol sales increase during recessions. Today, it might as well be conventional wisdom.

WalesOnline (Wales) - Wales urged to follow Scotland’s lead and ban ‘happy hour’ drinking

SUBSTANCE misuse experts in Wales last night called on the UK Government to follow Scotland’s lead and introduce tougher restrictions on the sale of alcohol, including a ban on “Happy Hour” and other promotions.

News Blaze (UK) - Drug & Alcohol Action Team uses SAS to Tackle Drugs and Save Lives by Improving Joined-Up Delivery

The London Borough of Croydon's Drug & Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) is using SAS software to achieve better results in its efforts to get more people into drug treatment, reduce drug-related crime and empower the local community to resist drug misuse.

FirstScience - Alcohol, pregnancy and brain cell death

NIH $3.5 million award enables Rutgers researcher to continue exploring the damaging effects of alcohol on the nervous systems of the unborn. (Russia) - Fighting Alcoholism in Russia Absolutely Impossible, Says Medvedev

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussed the problem of alcohol consumption in Russia in his residence “Bocharov Ruchei” in Sochi. The president urged the government to take measures to reduce the consumption of alcohol in Russia.,%20Says%20Medvedev.htm

EurActiv (EU) - Battle brewing over alcohol restrictions

Efforts by Sweden to tackle alcohol abuse in Europe look set to come to the boil during the latter half of its six-month EU presidency. The drinks industry is gearing up for a counter-offensive against an expected push to increase prices and restrict alcohol advertising.

New York Times (Italy) - Barrage of New Rules Targets Italy's Drinkers

In an effort to regulate the sale of alcoholic beverages and control potential abuse, lawmakers in Italy have recently concocted a series of measures that critics describe as a cocktail for confusion.

Helsingin Sanomat (Finland) - Study shows sharp increase in heavy drinking by women

Alcohol consumption by Finnish women has increased, according to a fresh study on drinking habits in Finland.

WHO - Working document for developing a draft global strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol

On 24 May 2008, the Sixty-first World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA61.4 on Strategies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. The resolution requested the Director-General to prepare a draft global strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol that is based on all available evidence and existing best practices and that addresses relevant policy options. The draft strategy should be submitted to the Sixty-third World Health Assembly, through the Executive Board.

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