Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Alcohol News - week 38/2009

ISRIA (Sweden/EU) - Swedish Presidency - The first day of the Conference on Alcohol focused on children and young people

On Monday 21 September the Swedish Presidency began a two-day expert conference on alcohol and health. Around 450 participants from EU institutions and Member States, as well as from a range of stakeholder organisations, have gathered at Norra Latin Conference Centre in Stockholm.

The Local (Sweden/EU) - Older Europeans drinking more: Swedish study

Alcohol consumption is on the rise among older Europeans, according to a Swedish study, with researchers claiming that public health officials have been slow to react to the problem. (UK) - Suicide rates in rural communities linked to number of bars, says study

Suicide rates in rural communities are linked to the number of pubs and bars in the area, according to new research.

New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Call for alcohol detectors in drunk drivers' cars

Cars belonging to repeat drunk drivers should be fitted with a disabling device that detects breath alcohol levels, lobby group CrossRoads says.

MedPage Today - Alcohol Dependence Linked to Age at First Drink

Starting to drink at a young age may facilitate the expression of genes that are associated with alcohol dependence, researchers said.

The Publican (UK) - BMA comes under fire over "joke" evidence in alcohol report

An academic has branded evidence used by the British Medical Association (BMA) in calling for a ban on alcohol advertising as “folk assumptions” based on studies that are a “joke”.

Aidsmap - Tobacco, marijuana and alcohol may lower levels of some anti-HIV drugs

Tobacco and marijuana may reduce levels of atazanavir (Reyataz) in the body, whilst tobacco and alcohol may lower efavirenz (Sustiva or Stocrin) levels in individuals who carry specific genetic variations, according to two posters presented last week at the 49th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in San Francisco.

Monsters and - Alcohol most common cause of damage to foetus

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is the most common cause of physical and mental damage to a baby developing in the womb, according to Germany's federal centre for health education.

New York Times (USA) - A Dead End in Eradicating Drunk Driving

There was, of course, Diane Schuler, and the horrific accident on the Taconic State Parkway in which she drove the wrong way for almost two miles before crashing her minivan into a sport utility vehicle on July 26.

BBC News - 'Teach' over fives about alcohol

A whisky expert has called for children aged five and over to be "educated" about alcohol in a bid to combat its misuse. (Scotland) - Alcohol kills up to six times more Scots than UK average

More people than average are dying of drink-related illnesses in 64 of the Scottish Parliament’s 73 constituencies, with huge differences recorded between areas.

Daily Mail (UK) - Britain's gone soft on drunks: Shame of being found paralytic in street disappears as convictions fall by 75%

Doctors' leaders expressed alarm at figures showing the number of those convicted of or receiving a police caution for drunkenness has slumped by more than three quarters in the last 30 years.

EurActiv (Sweden) - Sweden denies 'losing control' of alcohol policy

The Swedish health ministry has rubbished claims by Europe's beer industry that the country's alcohol policy has led to increased consumption and boosted illegal trade.

The Copenhagen Post (Denmark) - Fines urged for illegal alcohol adverts

The National Council on Alcohol Policy is calling on parliament to establish heavy fines for companies that violate alcohol marketing laws, reports Berlingske Tidende newspaper.

Independent - Cigarettes and alcohol will take 10 years off your life

Doctors have for the first time quantified the effect of the three major killers of middle-aged men: smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

BBC News - Binge drinking ups infection risk

Going on a drinking binge could leave you wide open to infections, as well as hangovers, work suggests. (Finland) - Justice Ministry Calls for Crackdown on Public Drunkenness

Police in Finland could soon have more authority to crack down on public drunkenness. The Ministry of Justice has proposed that police would be able to slap a fine on people who drink in public.

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