Monday, July 12, 2010

Alcohol News - 28/2010

New York Daily (USA) - Sen. Schumer urges manufacturers to stop marketing fruity alcoholic Jooce, Four Loco drinks to kids
They look like innocent cans of grape soda and orange punch. But they come with a jittery, boozy kick. Caffeinated fruit-flavored malt liquor drinks that sell for just $2 are a hit with some city teens, and that has New York pols asking the federal government to help stem the growing popularity.

ABC Online (Australia) - Police back alcohol restrictions
Goldfields police have backed the findings of a new report which highlights the success of voluntary alcohol restrictions in Norseman. (Australia) - Australian charity adds pressure to alcohol sponsorship debate
The Cancer Council Western Australia has joined the push for a blanket ban on alcohol advertising at all Australian sporting venues. The charity, which has a history of advocacy and action on cancer issues, has called on Health Minister Nicola Roxon to consider a phased introduction of bans, similar to the method used for tobacco laws more than 20 years ago. (USA) - Students listen to parents about alcohol
U.S. teens tend to drink more alcohol the summer before college, but parents can help stave alcohol use by discussing drinking with them, researchers advise.

BBC (UK) - Tension at heart of drug classification
The Home Office has fought for three years to keep details of its review of the drug classification system secret. Now the campaigners who forced its publication think they know why: the document, they say, exposes the illogicality that undermines government drugs policy.

AOL News - Alcohol Gets More Dangerous as You Get Older
A new UCLA study has supported scientists' concerns that alcohol abuse by the elderly has become a major national health problem.

Vancouver Sun (Canada) - Alcohol consumption on the rise in Quebec: Study
Alcohol consumption has jumped nearly 20 per cent in Quebec since 1994, according to a provincial health board that is calling on the government to consider tying liquor prices to alcohol content.

The Guardian (UK) - BBC saves a bucket after banning champagne from staff expenses claims
For BBC staff, it appears, the last of the summer wine ran out in October 2008, when expenses rules tightened to exclude champagne purchases "under any circumstances".

RIA Novosti - Six minutes from glass to brain
German scientists established that it takes alcohol six minutes to affect brain cells, the Telegraph reported.

The Caledonian Mercury - Southern Europeans don’t go out drinking
After living in Scotland for most of my life and Ibiza for the last six years I’ve come to a simple conclusion on the difference between the boozing habits of southern and northern Europeans. Southern Europeans just don’t go out drinking. If that sounds like a load of nonsense, let me explain.

Independent (EU) - Sales of food, drink and tobacco increase across Europe
Food, alcohol and tobacco retail trade volume, which accounts for 16%, 4% and 3% of household expenditure, increased from April to May across the EU; Finland, Denmark and the UK the most expensive member states.

Los Angeles Times - Global brewers hope to tap a new market: Africa
As economic development and political stability pull more people out of poverty, multinational beer makers are trying to quench their growing thirst for alcohol.,0,2381003.story

YLE News (Finland) - More Finns Caught Bootlegging from Estonia
Customs has confiscated nearly double the amount of liquor bought in Estonia at Helsinki’s boat terminals this year compared to last year.

The Citizen (Africa) - WHO: ILLICIT liquor stoking alcoholism
The World Health Organisation [WHO] says that about half of all the alcohol consumed in sub-Saharan Africa is produced illegally.

Montreal Gazette (Canada) - Higher prices for cheap booze cuts binge drinking, Sask. finds
The Saskatchewan provincial government says its solution to cut down on public drunkenness and binge drinking — making cheap booze more expensive — is working.

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