Monday, May 31, 2010

Alcohol News - 22/2010

New York Times (USA) - Not Just for the Drunk and Famous: Ankle Bracelets That Monitor Alcohol
Christopher Nelson would hardly be considered the Hollywood type. He is a beer-drinking construction worker who lives in Seattle and speaks in a carefree tone.

AHN (UK) - British Medical Group Pushes For Minimum Prices For Alcohol
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) will push for minimum prices for alcohol to curb Britain’s high alcohol consumption, limit binge drinking and stop underage drinking, address drink-related crimes and curb alcohol-related ailments.

NPR - With Drinking, Parent Rules Do Affect Teens' Choices
As teenagers mature into their senior year of high school, many parents begin to feel more comfortable about letting them drink alcohol.

Focus Taiwan News Channel (Taiwan) - DOH planning a surcharge on alcohol
The Department of Health (DOH) has begun drafting a law to control the harmful use of alcohol that would authorize "health" surcharges on alcohol and require bottles of liquor to carry warning labels, DOH Minister Yaung Chih-liang said Monday.

Scotsman (Scotland) - Nurses hail progress on minimum alcohol price
The Royal College of Nursing said the Scottish Government health committee's decision to wave through the Alcohol Bill was a crucial step. Among other things, the bill would introduce minimum pricing on alcohol.

BBC News (Scotland) - Health committee split on alcohol pricing
Holyrood's health committee has urged the Scottish government to specify what minimum price it would set for alcohol.

BBC News (UK) - Alcohol prescriptions on the rise
The number of prescriptions given out to treat alcohol dependency has increased, figures for England from the NHS Information centre show.

BBC News (Scotland) - Commission's recommendations could lead to Buckfast ban
Scottish Labour wants a legal limit on the caffeine content of alcoholic drinks which would effectively ban the tonic wine Buckfast. - Judge: 'ladette binge-drinking culture' to blame for 'plague' of alcohol fuelled violence
Britain’s “ladette” binge drinking culture is to blame for the unacceptable rise of violent behaviour that has “plagued” communities, a senior judge has said.

W*USA 9 (USA) - Teens Get Drunk By Pouring Vodka In Their Eyes
It's the latest disturbing fad on youtube; young people pouring vodka into their eyes to get a quick buzz. - CDP-choline may block skull and brain damage that result from alcohol consumption early in pregnancy
The dietary supplement CDP-choline, sold as a brain-boosting agent and under study for stroke and traumatic brain injury, may block skull and brain damage that can result from alcohol consumption early in pregnancy, Medical College of Georgia researchers report.

Daily Mail - Career women battling with alcoholism turn to Eastern Europe for secret cure
Professional women secretly battling with alcoholism are heading to Eastern Europe for treatment.

The Guardian (UK) - English drinking less alcohol, official figures show
Fewer schoolchildren are consuming alcohol but deaths from excessive drinking are rising steadily, according to the latest government statistics.

Helsingin Sanomat (Finland) - Future beer adverts may contain an image of just a bottle
Can a cider advert include an image of a wild party in progress, or should there be a mere bottle in the picture? A dispute over questions like this sharply polarises the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health working group that has been appointed to canvass new limitations to the advertising of alcoholic beverages.

The Citizen (East Africa) - Minister proposes policies on alcohol
East African Community partners should develop and implement policies on alcohol in order to reduce its harmful use, the minister for Health and Social Welfare, Prof David Mwakyusa, has proposed.

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