Monday, January 25, 2010

Alcohol News - 4/2010

Wall Street Journal (UK) - Britain's Battle With Booze
Under proposals just introduced in the British Parliament, "all-you-can-drink" promotions and speed drinking competitions would be banned from bars, and other measures aimed at stopping Brits getting drunk would be instituted. These proposals follow a December parliamentary report that warned of three million Britons addicted to alcohol.

The Publican (UK) - Supermarkets are "creating alcoholics", claims ex-Tory leaderFormer Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith has accused supermarkets of “creating alcoholics” with their “immoral” attitude to alcohol.

ABC Online (Australia) - Alcohol bans cutting crime: Mayor
The Mayor of Ceduna, Allan Suter, says crime and other social problems have eased this summer due to new alcohol restrictions.

BBC News (UK) - Supermarket alcohol promotions 'reduced'
Supermarkets are reducing their promotions on alcoholic drinks, according to The Grocer magazine. (UK) - Labour announces tougher alcohol promotion rulesThe government has announced that after April establishments which sell alcohol will no longer be allowed to advertise drinks promotions which encourage people to binge-drink.

BBC News (Northern Ireland) - Alcohol a 'major contributing factor' in self harmAlcohol was involved in nearly two thirds of self harm cases which were recorded as part of a pilot programme in the Western Health Trust area.

The Guardian - Alcohol industry is 'targeting young people'The alcohol industry is sidestepping advertising rules by targeting young people, implying that drinking will bring friends and fun, and making light of drunkenness, according to an analysis for the British Medical Journal published today.

BBC News (Scotland) - Inmate-alcohol crime link rises
Half of all inmates in Scotland's prisons said they were drunk at the time of their offence, a survey by the Scottish Prison Service has revealed. Business News (Serbia) - Serbia ups excise duty on tobacco, fuel and alcohol
The Serbian government has increased excise duty on fuel and tobacco by 1.58% and on alcoholic beverages by 10.37% in a regular annual adjustment.

Science Daily - Rice Responsible for Asians' Alcohol Flush Reaction, Research FindsThe mutation responsible for the alcohol flush reaction, an unpleasant response to alcohol that is relatively common in people of Asian descent, may have occurred following the domestication of rice.

IceNews (Finland) - Finnish drinking habits confronted by new reality TV showA new television series entitled Lupaus (Promise) is to be launched by Finnish broadcaster YLE and will feature everyday Finns in a five-week pledge to give up drinking alcohol.

The Local (Sweden) - Temperance society slams proposal for new alcohol laws
Restaurants serving cold food, such as sushi, will be able to obtain alcohol licenses if a proposal for new alcohol laws is accepted. The move has been branded deplorable by Sweden’s temperance society.

The Baltic Course (Latvia) - Minimum vodka price in Russia may have positive effect on legal alcohol sector in Latvia
The minimum vodka price that was introduced in Russia January 1, 2010, could have a favorable effect on the alcohol business in Latvia, as several alcohol producers informed the business portal

WHO - Is low dose alcohol exposure during pregnancy harmful?
Statistics show that social drinking among western women during pregnancy is relatively common. There is consensus among researchers that heavy drinking during pregnancy has damaging effects on the central nervous system of the fetus, such as neurological anomalies, delayed mental development and later behavioural problems.

Kremlin (Russia) - Excerpts from Transcript of Meeting on Measures to Reduce Alcohol Consumption in Russia
As was agreed a while ago, we are meeting today in expanded format to discuss measures for fighting alcoholism. At the State Council meeting on youth policy we agreed to address this subject separately, in detail, and make the necessary decisions.

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