Monday, June 14, 2010

Alcohol News - 24/2010

Boston Globe - They banned cigarette ads from TV — why not alcohol?
TRACY JAN’S excellent “Presidential sobriety check,’’ about Tufts University president Lawrence Bacow, should be a wake-up call to Massachusetts parents, educators, and legislators. Of course, the deadly binge-drinking behavior Bacow described is not limited to the Tufts and MIT campuses, or even more generally to college students.
CatererSearch (UK) - Government set to up alcohol duty by 5%
The pub and restaurant industry is braced for yet more tax rises on alcohol, following reports that the Treasury could raise duty by another 5% as well as hiking VAT to 20%.

BBC News (Scotland) - Scottish government Alcohol Bill plan pass key vote
The Scottish government's plans to tackle the country's historic alcohol abuse problems have passed their first parliamentary hurdle.

The Associated Press (Venezuela) - Chavez targets alcohol, smoking in Venezuela
President Hugo Chavez says he wants Venezuelans to stop drinking so much alcohol, and he has ordered the military to crack down on businesses selling beer on the streets or after legal hours.

BBC News (Russia) - Russian vodka price set to double due to tax hike
The Russian government is planning steep increases in alcohol taxes which would double the price of vodka over two years.

BBC News (UK) - Knighthood for alcohol campaigner
The head of the Royal College of Physicians, who has campaigned for measures to tackle alcohol misuse, has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

BusinessWeek - Teen Headaches Tied to Alcohol, Coffee
A new German study links alcohol, smoking and coffee drinking to higher rates of migraine and tension headaches among teens and young adults.

YLE News (Finland) - More Finns Grab the Bottle during Midsummer Holiday
Finns' consumption of alcohol skyrockets during the week of Midsummer. The state-run alcohol chain Alko reports that sales balloon by 17.5 million euros in the run-up to the holiday. That is around 70 percent higher than during a regular week.

CNN - Mixing energy drinks and alcohol may lead to riskier behavior
A new study finds that college athletes are significantly more likely to engage in energy-binge drinking when consuming alcohol than non-athletes.

Scotsman (Scotland) - Liver disease deaths set to hit record levels in Lothians
In the first three months of this year 48 people died in the Lothians either because of liver cancer or liver cirrhosis – a year-on-year rise of almost 50 per cent.

Irish Times (Ireland) - MEP calls for 'traffic light' food labelling
ALCOHOLIC DRINKS should have labels which show the sugar and calories contained in the products, an Irish MEP has said ahead of an EU vote on food labelling.

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