Monday, November 16, 2009

Alcohol News - 46/2009 (USA) - Alcohol Energy Drink Safety Questioned by FDA

The FDA has notified the makers of alcohol energy drinks, such as Joose and Liquid Charge, that they have 30 days to establish that adding caffeine to the alcohol is safe and legal.

The Moscow Times (Russia) - Putin Calls Hip-Hop a Cure for Booze, Drugs

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he thought that hip-hop could be a cure for alcohol and drug abuse and praised the country’s rappers for refining an otherwise alien culture by putting “Russian charm” into it.

Reuters (Japan) - In binge-tolerant Japan, alcoholism not seen as disease

When Japanese civil servant Yoshiyuki Takeuchi saw himself lagging behind his peers at work, alcohol was the only thing he felt he could turn to, becoming the latest victim of an addiction poorly understood in Japan. (WHO) - Alcohol price controls suggested by World Health Organisation

Minimum price controls should be imposed on alcohol and tougher drink-driving laws introduced, policy options circulated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggest. (Ireland) - Bishop calls for alcohol bans

A Dublin bishop has called for the advertising of alcohol and sponsorship by drinks companies to be banned at all sporting events.

BBC News (UK) - Alcohol pricing backed by experts

A minimum price for alcohol would have a "considerable" impact if it was set at 60p a unit, a public health expert has said.

Ha'aretz (Israel) - State launches new program to combat underage drinking

The government has authorized NIS 27 million to fund a new program to fight underage drinking.

The Breeze (USA) - Alcohol Ads Ban is Appealed

A ban on alcohol-related advertising in college newspapers could be re-instated. The Alcohol Beverage Control Board appealed to the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals in an attempt to control underaged drinking. There has been no ruling yet from the Oct. 29 case.

YLE News (Finland) - Finns Down More Alcohol Than Nordic Neighbours

Finnish people consumed more alcohol last year than citizens of any other Nordic country, according to the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and other Nordic statistics agencies. In past years, the Danes drank the most alcohol per capita.

Daily Mail (UK) - Binge Britain: Nightclub slammed over '69p for any drink' promotion

A nightclub has sparked anger by hosting a night where alcoholic drinks will cost just 69p.

Science Daily - Scientists Call For Ban On Alcohol-Industry Sponsorship Of Sport

The alcohol industry's sponsorship of sport should be banned and replaced with a dedicated alcohol tax modelled on those employed by some countries for tobacco, say scientists.

ABC Online (Australia) - High Court ruling uncorks alcohol concerns

Public health advocates in Australia are warning that a High Court ruling on the responsibility of publicans to their patrons will undermine national laws about the responsible service of alcohol. (EU) - EU urged to avoid 'restrictive' measures against brewers

EU health ministers have been urged not to impose "restrictive" measures in order to combat the problem of alcohol abuse.

Telegraph (UK) - 24-hour drinking 'leaves police dangerously stretched,' warns assistant chief constable

The introduction of 24-hour drinking has backfired as alcohol-fuelled disorder in cities now persists throughout the night leaving police dangerously stretched, an assistant chief constable has warned.

SHAAP - Untold Damage: Children's accounts of living with harmful parental drinking

A study looking at the effects of harmful drinking by parents on the lives of children in Scotland. The study highlights children’s accounts of the severe negative impacts of harmful parental drinking on their lives including emotional stress, physical abuse and neglect.

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