Monday, December 28, 2009

Alcohol News - 52/2009

Herald Sun (Australia) - Alcohol intake triples during the Christmas festive season, charity FabFast finds
AUSSIES are getting very jolly in the festive season, with new research showing we drink three times as much over the Christmas/New Year part season.

WFIE-TV - Researchers find link between alcohol and breast cancer
A study by Japan's Health Ministry showed that women who drink heavily are 75 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than those who abstain from alcohol.

Washington Post (Russia) - Top Russian doctor accuses brewers of spiking beer
Russia's top drug and alcohol specialist accused brewers on Friday of adding pure alcohol to their product, a charge rejected by firms in the latest spat between the industry and regulators.

Radio New Zealand International (Fiji) - Fiji NGO speaks out about easier access to alcohol
The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre says the interim regime’s decision to liberalise access to alcohol is a bad move for the country. (UK) - Teenage alcohol abuse up, but fewer people counselled for hard drug use
Record numbers of teenagers are receiving help for drug and alcohol problems, but the number of those undergoing counselling for heroin and crack use is falling, official figures show.

Mirror (UK) - Drunken driving costs add up financially, personally
Ron W. is learning the hard way that he can't afford to drink and drive. The $2,000 in fines and court fees, $20 a week for alcohol testing and the loss of a job were only the financial costs imposed on him when he was sent to jail for 90 days over the holidays last year.

Times of India (India) - 'Alcohol tests for pilots on intl flights mandatory'
India's aviation regulator has struck a sobering note — don't get high before take off — for pilots of Indian carriers operating international flights this Yuletide. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has made it mandatory for Air India, Jet and Kingfisher to do 100% alcohol testing for all pilots operating flights out of India. (UK) - Alcohol-fuelled disorder costs every home £600 a year
Alcohol-fuelled crime and disorder is costing every household almost £600 a year as the true impact of the country's drink problem is exposed for the first time.

BBC News (Scotland) - Health chiefs in booze price plea
All 17 of Scotland's public health chiefs have called on politicians to back a minimum price for alcohol.

Baltimore Jewish Times (Israel) - Israeli Cabinet Advances Bill on Limiting Alcohol
The bill, passed Sunday, also bans the sale of alcohol in public places and would impose large fines on those who sell alcohol to minors.

7thSpace Interactive - Mice injected with ghrelin and then given the choice of alcohol or water to drink, were more likely to choose alcohol
A Faculty of 1000 evaluation examines how a stomach-produced hormone that influences the desire to eat and consume alcohol could be switched off to control drinking problems.

Prague Post (Czech Republic) - New drug guidelines are Europe's most liberal
Long known for a liberal policy on drugs, the Czech Republic is now officially quantifying its status as one of European Union's most lenient member states when it comes to decriminalizing drug possession.

Huffington Post - Alcohol Consumption Around The World (PHOTOS, POLL)
The OECD data shows alcohol consumption in liters per capita for people 15 year old and over. The data is from 2007 or the latest year available.

The Local (Sweden) - Sweden heads toward new wine sales record
More than 170 million litres of wine are expected to fly off the shelves of Sweden’s state-owned alcohol monopoly Systembolaget by the end of 2009, setting a new record.

Deutsche Welle (Germany) - Fears rise as binge drinking among youths increases
Significant increases in youth binge drinking and hospitalizations has government officials worried. Experts are considering new methods to prevent German children from harming themselves through consuming alcohol.,,5017116,00.html

Monday, December 21, 2009

Alcohol News - 51/2009

Ha'aretz (Israel) - Government okays ban on sale of alcohol from 11 P.M. to 7 A.M.
The ban, which is part of Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch's campaign to minimize alcohol consumption, will go into effect pending Knesset approval.

Daily News & Analysis (UK) - Alcohol cheaper than water in United Kingdom
Alcohol is cheaper than water at some supermarkets in Britain. Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's have marked the price of beer at 5poundper 100ml, while 100ml brand-name mineral water is available for 8pound.

WebMD - Abuse of Alcohol, Pot Linked to Same Genes
Now new research suggests that many of the same genetic factors that lead people to drink alcohol also lead them to smoke marijuana.

AFP (UK) - Top doctor tells parents not to give children alcohol
The country's top doctor warned parents on Thursday that they should not allow children under the age of 15 to consume alcohol. (Australia) - Experts warn that alcohol is not digested as fast as you may think
FESTIVE drinks the night before can still put you over the limit the next morning - and experts warn a sleep and a shower are not always enough to sober up.,,26510811-2682,00.html

Chicago Tribune (USA) - Proposal would require absolute sobriety at school
Anyone under age 21 would have to be completely sober whenever on school grounds under a bill introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature.,0,514219.story

Irish Independent (Ireland) - The new female wine culture is a ticking time-bomb of alcoholism
WOMEN are drinking too much -- and its not teenagers out on the binge, it's the middle-aged housewives lashing into the bottles of wine in the comfort of their own homes.

The Baltic Course (Latvia) - Alcohol producers and distributors in Latvia present state officials with empty vodka bottles for Christmas
Cabinet ministers, the head of the government and chairpersons of several Saeima committees will receive empty 0.7-liter vodka bottles adorned with black ribbons and labels stating "Legal Alcohol 2009" as gifts from the Latvian Association of Alcohol Producers and Distributors, as the association's representatives informed the business portal

BBC News (Australia) - Australian police crack down on alcohol violence
Australian police are beginning their biggest co-ordinated operation to curb alcohol-related violence nationwide.

Peace fm Online (Ghana) - Ghanaians Spend 10.3% Of Their Income On Alcohol
Records at the Ghana statistical Service indicate that Ghanaians spend about 10.3 per cent of their annual income on alcohol and tobacco.

dBTechno - Alcoholic Hangovers Impair Judgement of Drinkers
Results of a new study show that young people can be thrown off their game when they experience a hangover from too much alcohol.

Daily News & Analysis - Alcohol outlets pave way for specific problems among youngsters
Off-premise alcohol outlets and bars have a link with traffic crashes and assaults among youngsters, claims a new study.

Miadhu (Maldives) - A new law on submitting sale of alcohol submitted to Parliament
MP for Fares Mathoda, Ibrahim Muththalib had submitted another law which would prohibit the sale of alcohol in inhabited islands. He had also submitted a bill with the same effect earlier which was rejected by the Parliament.

Politics Daily (EU) - Professional Women More Likely to Be Heavy Drinkers, European Study Finds
A new study in Europe shows that highly educated, professional women drink more often and more heavily than almost any other female group.

Charleston Gazette (USA) - 1 in 5 W.Va. babies exposed to drugs or alcohol
Nearly one-fifth of babies in West Virginia are born to mothers who used drugs or alcohol while pregnant, a new study shows - evidence of a problem far worse than previous research has revealed.

PR Newswire (USA) - U.S. Government Booklet 'Rethinking Drinking' Reinforces Responsible Decisions About Alcohol During the Holidays
At an important briefing yesterday at the National Press Club, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism showcased an informative, free consumer booklet to encourage responsible drinking decisions during the holiday season and beyond.

Helsingin Sanomat (Finland) - Alcohol consumption goes down a fraction
In 2008, the aggregate alcohol consumption in Finland went down marginally compared with the year before.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Alcohol News - 50/2009 - Alcohol consumption increases breast cancer recurrence
A new study states that moderate alcohol consumption can increase a woman's risk for her breast cancer to come back. (UK) - Cheap alcohol is fuelling rise in youth crime
Selling kids booze at "pocket money prices" has caused a huge rise in youth crime figures, it was claimed yesterday.

Daily Mail (UK) – Drunk men who demand sex from partner should be 'treated as rapists'
Drunken men who demand sex from their wives or girlfriends should be treated as rapists and no longer allowed to claim their judgment was blurred by alcohol, according to the head of the government's review of the rape laws.

New York Daily News - Coffee won't cure your hangover, and may lead to poor decision-making: study
Researchers have concluded that while drinking coffee after consuming alcohol may make you feel more awake, it doesn’t actually make you more sober - and that combination could lead to poor decision-making, reports

Medical News Today (UK) - British Festive Drinking Will Exceed 600 Million Units Of Alcohol
An alcohol awareness charity estimates that Britons will be consuming at least 602 million units of alcohol over the festive period in December: they say the equivalent of 265 million pints, 602 million shots of vodka or 286 million glasses of mulled wine will be drunk at work Christmas parties and on Christmas day, with nearly half of consumers predicting they will be drinking more than the recommended daily unit guidelines.

The Herald (UK) - Alcohol 'will become nation's biggest killer'
ONE of Britain's leading experts on the effects of drugs has called for drinking laws to be tightened up – and a big hike in the price of booze. (New Zealand) - Call for public drunkenness to be illegal
A police crackdown on alcohol-fuelled violence has prompted the Hospitality Association of New Zealand (HANZ) to call for public drunkenness to be illegal.

The Press Association (Scotland) - SNP in new push on alcohol pricing
The Scottish Government has launched a fresh bid to win support for a minimum price for alcohol - by pointing to looming tax rises. (EU) - EU turns to WTO over unfair RP alcohol tax
The European Union has asked the World Trade Organization to establish a panel to decide on the Philippines' excise tax regime on alcoholic drinks which it “discriminates against imports and is thereby in clear breach of international trade rules.”

Irish Times (Ireland) - Duty on alcohol, VAT reduced
Excise duty on alcohol is to be cut and the VAT rate restored to 21 per cent in an attempt to stem the flow of cross-Border shopping, Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan said yesterday.

Namibia Economist (Namibia) - Alcohol abuse leads to increased HIV infections
Excessive alcohol abuse amongst Namibians is one of the main causes fuelling the spread of HIV and AIDS, according to a 2008 report on the behavioural and contextual factors driving the epidemic in Namibia.

Science Daily - Head and Neck Cancer Survivors Who Use Alcohol and Cigarettes Have Increased Death Risk
Cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption before head and neck cancer diagnosis strongly predicts the patient's future risk of death, according to published studies.

The Age (Australia) - Roxon rejects advice on drinking age
THE Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, has rejected a call from the Prime Minister's advisory body on drugs to consider lifting the drinking age.

OECD report - Alcohol consumption among adults
The global health burden related to excessive alcohol consumption, both in terms of morbidity and mortality, is considerable in most parts of the world.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Alcohol News - 49/2009

The Independent (UK) - Minimum alcohol price 'would cut binge drinking'

Alcohol should be priced at a minimum of 60p per unit to drive down binge drinking, public health experts said today.

Daily Mail (UK) - Drinking epidemic 'fuels surge in cancer'

Round-the-clock drinking and cut-price alcohol are to blame for an 'appalling' rise in cancers, experts warned today.

7thSpace Interactive - The association between alcohol use, alcohol usedisorders and tuberculosis

In 2004, tuberculosis (TB) was responsible for 2.5% of global mortality (among men 3.1%; among women 1.8%) and 2.2% of global burden of disease (men 2.7%; women 1.7%).

Science Daily - Head and Neck Cancer Survivors Who Use Alcohol and Cigarettes Have Increased Death Risk

Cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption before head and neck cancer diagnosis strongly predicts the patient's future risk of death, according to published studies.

BBC News (UK) - BrewDog Beer of 18.2% faces ban over label message

An 18.2% beer made by a controversial Scottish brewery should not be be sold by bars, clubs and shops across the UK, a watchdog has ruled.

BBC News (UK) - A mobile phone 'alcohol tracker' is to be launched

Festive drinkers will be able to keep track of their alcohol habits through an interactive mobile phone application.

BBC News (UK) - Drink-drive limit to be examined by legal expert

The government has asked a legal expert to examine the case for lowering the legal alcohol limit for drivers and tightening the laws on drug-driving.

Science Daily - Alcohol Companies Target Youths With Magazine Ads, New Study Shows

Alcoholic beverages popular among youths are more likely to be advertised in magazines with high youth readership than alcoholic drinks consumed mainly by adults, resulting in disproportionately high youth exposure to such targeted alcohol ads, according to a new study.

Herald Sun (Australia) - Alcohol rehab numbers outstrip hard drugs

ALCOHOL has again outstripped illicit drugs like heroin and ice as the number one reason for admissions at a major Australian rehab service.

Barcelona Reporter (Spain) - 75% of Spanish drivers, favour a ‘zero alcohol law’ at the wheel, according to a study of AXA

The study also indicates that 89 percent consider it necessary to include road safety in the educational system.

IceNews - Finnish study reveals carcinogenic link to alcohol

Tobacco and alcohol both contain similar carcinogenic substances, with the risk of cancer increased if one is vulnerable to the effects of alcohol in low doses, according to Finnish research. (Lithuania) - Seimas rows back on plan to stop kiosk beer sales

Lithuania's parliament has voted in favour of amending a law that would have seen corner kiosks banned from selling beer and cider in the new year.