Monday, August 30, 2010

Alcohol News - 35/2010

Times of India (UK) - Drink, obesity behind liver deaths
Binge drinking and obesity are contributing to a steep rise in deaths from liver disease. The number of deaths from damaged, diseased and worn-out livers has gone up by 60 per cent in just a decade in Britain.

MedPage Today - Alcohol's Breast Cancer Risk Traced to Subtypes
Women who averaged one alcoholic drink a day had almost double the risk of hormone-sensitive breast cancer of nondrinkers, data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) showed.

Herald Sun (Australia) - Alcohol bingeing in teens spurs call to increase legal drinking age
HEALTH experts concerned about alcohol bingeing want the legal drinking age raised from 18 to 21. Psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg said the latest research showed one in 20 older teenagers was downing an average of 50 standard drinks a month.

Washington Post (USA) - Virginia ponders losing ABC stores; studies conflict on privatizing liquor sales
As Gov. Robert F. McDonnell pushes a proposal to privatize state-owned liquor stores, he has reassured the public that problems associated with drinking would be unlikely to worsen if the state government relinquished control over distilled spirits. (UK) - David Cameron to call time on strict alcohol laws – Exclusive
The ban on all-you-can-drink deals and other irresponsible booze promotions could be revoked by the ConDems. Laws forcing pubs to check the ID of anyone who looks under age would also be axed under the proposals.

MarketWatch - Developing markets boost alcohol giant Diageo
Robust growth in key developing markets helped offset weakness in North America and Europe and a big jump in marketing expenditures to push Diageo PLC's fiscal-year profit slightly higher, the British beverage alcohol behemoth said Thursday.

RIA Novosti (Russia) - Officials call for prosecution of retailers selling alcohol to children
Retailers caught selling alcohol to minors should face criminal prosecution, Moscow's Deputy Head of Consumer Market and Services Vladimir Slepak said on Monday.

The Guardian (UK) - Super-strength alcohol 'is killing more homeless people than crack or heroin'
Charities urge ministers to save lives by bringing in punitive pricing to save a generation of 'young olds' who are pressing the fast-forward button to self-destruction.

Solomon Star - Alcohol-related harm, a global issue
The Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the South Pacific Community(SPC) are taking the lead in organizing a historical two days workshop on the 25th and 26th this week at the Quality Inn. The Workshop was first of its kind in the country to develop a Multi-Sect oral National Alcohol Policy for our country Solomon Islands.

eGov monitor (Scotland) - Government Of Scotland: Hidden Harm Of Alcohol Misuse
The hidden harm caused by parental alcohol misuse was highlighted today by a group of Dundee youngsters who shared their experiences with Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People Tam Baillie and Public Health Minister Shona Robison.

BuaNews Online (South Africa) - Law to close drinking spots earlier welcomed
An anti-alcohol abuse lobby group has welcomed reported plans in legislation to deal "harshly" with alcohol abuse by teenagers in Gauteng.

New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Supermarkets are drug pushers, says lobbyist
Supermarkets are drug "pushers" who are selling high quantities of discounted wine and should be viewed the same as dealers dishing out Ecstasy pills or morphine. (UK) - Tax on alcohol should rise by ten per cent: charity
Tax on alcohol should rise by ten per cent to reduce deaths, fund treatment and discourage the production of extra strong beer, Alcohol Concern has said.

7thSpace Interactive - Alcohol dependence (AD) has negative effects on cognitive processes such as memory
Alcohol dependence (AD) has negative effects on cognitive processes such as memory. Metamemory refers to the subjective knowledge that people have of their own cognitive processing abilities, such as their monitoring and control of memory. A new study has found that AD has a negative impact on both episodic memory as well as metamemory.

Philadelphia Bulletin (UK) - UK’s Hard-Drinking Subculture More Likely To Abort
But now an extensive new study has shown that the so-called “ladette” subculture’s combination of socially accepted heavy weekend drinking and uninhibited sex has resulted in previously unthinkable levels of unplanned pregnancies and abortion.

Private MD - Alcohol-related liver problems result in poor outcomes
As cases of obesity rise in the U.S., so too have cases of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. While this illness has garnered significant attention in recent years, a new study has found that it is still not as damaging as liver disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption, which underscores the need for liver testing for heavy drinkers.$19931893.php

Monday, August 23, 2010

Alcohol News - 34/2010

BBC News (New Zealand) - New Zealand proposes new rules on alcohol sales
New Zealand's government has proposed several changes to alcohol laws in a bid to curb youth drinking.

Los Angeles Chronicle (USA) - Schwarzenegger signs Consumer Attorneys legislation to prevent teen alcohol deaths
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a measure designed to save young lives by acting as a curb to adults who knowingly provide underage teens with alcohol in the home.

ABC Online (Australia) - Alcohol costs Australia $36 billion/year: report
A new report on the harm caused by alcohol misuse in Australia claims the economic cost amounts to a staggering $36 billion a year.

USA Today - Beer linked to psoriasis in women
Women who drink regular beer may be increasing their risk of developing psoriasis, an autoimmune disorder affecting the skin, new findings suggest.

The Guardian (Russia) - Moscow bans overnight sales of vodka in Dmitry Medvedev's war on alcohol
Ivan the Terrible ramped up its production, Mikhail Gorbachev banned it and Boris Yeltsin wandered the streets of Washington in his underpants after consuming too much of it.

Scotsman (Scotland) - Time for a sober look at alcohol
We need to bust the myths about Scotland and booze before we can tackle our binge-drinking culture, says Professor Geoff Palmer.

7thSpace Interactive (Australia) - Women's knowledge and attitudes regarding alcohol consumption in pregnancy: a national survey
Alcohol exposure in pregnancy is a common and modifiable risk factor for poor pregnancy and child outcomes. Alcohol exposure in pregnancy can cause a range of physical and neurodevelopmental problems in the child including the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

Montreal Gazette (Canada) - More prisons won't help those with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Our prisons are filled with repeat offenders affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Less than one per cent of the general population has FASD but an estimated 25 to 40 per cent of federal inmates -- nobody knows the exact number -- suffer from the disorder.

U.S. News & World Report - Judging When Alcohol's Effects Wear Off Not Easy, Study Finds
The way that alcohol impairs reasoning and problem-solving abilities may explain why some people feel they're fit to drive even though they're drunk, researchers say.

Food Consumer - Lethal Combo:Alcohol and High Blood Pressure
A study conducted in Seoul, South Korea has uncovered a definitive link between binge drinking, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

BBC News (Kenya) - The devastation caused by alcohol abuse in central Kenya
Alcohol abuse in central Kenya is ravaging the population and the economy.

This is London (UK) - Transport minister rejects move to halve drink-drive limit
Ministers are set to reject an official report calling for the drink drive limit to be halved, the Evening Standard has learned. (UK) - Binge drinking 'ladettes more likely to need help after unprotected sex'
Women who drink to excess are almost twice as likely to need emergency contraception, such as the morning pill, than those who remain within safe limits, a study found.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Alcohol News - 33/2010

Toronto Star (Canada) - Lawyers call for ‘decriminalization’ of fetal alcohol offenders
People who suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome and commit criminal offences don’t belong in jail, Canada’s largest lawyers’ organization says.

New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Liquor reform call out within two weeks
Changes to alcohol legislation are likely to be announced by the Government within the next two weeks, Prime Minister John Key said following today's Cabinet meeting.

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Alcohol-related injuries on the rise
Alcohol-related injuries in Victoria have risen dramatically over the past decade, while the state's alcohol consumption remained stable.

BBC News (Wales) - Minister seeks control of alcohol licensing in Wales
Ministers in Wales could take charge of rules surrounding alcohol sales, including minimum price, licensing hours and advertising.

FairWarning - Teens See Fewer Alcohol Ads in Mags, But Online is a Different Story
With underage drinkers accounting for up to 20 percent of U.S. alcohol sales, it’s no wonder that scrutiny of beverage marketing is growing. Two recent reports shed light on the subject. One found that the industry has decreased magazine ads that are likely to be seen by youth. The other shows that alcohol marketers have pulled out all the stops online–with viral videos, Facebook fanpages, and games featuring their products.

AFP (UK) - UK PM backs ban on sale of cheap alcohol: report
Prime Minister David Cameron has signalled support for local authorities to ban the cheap sale of alcohol, as Britain seeks to crack down on the country's notorious binge drinking culture.

Irish Times (Ireland) - Top doctor urges ban on alcohol sponsors in sport
THE HEAD of AE at one of the country’s busiest hospitals has called for a ban on sports sponsorship by drinks companies.

Los Angeles Times (USA) - The upside of raising taxes on alcohol -- fewer deaths, researchers say
People love to complain about "sin taxes" on unhealthy or socially undesirable foods and beverages (for instance, this Booster Shots item on a proposal to tax fattening foods to pay for obesity-related healthcare costs has prompted 831 comments so far).

Medical News Today - Alcohol Use May Be A Problem For Older Adults
Some people whose drinking habits do not change over the years and decades may find that they develop problems with alcohol when they get older - aging lowers the body's tolerance for alcohol.

Toronto Star - Don’t drink, even if the boss does
Want to make a good impression when dining out with a prospective boss? Then never, ever take an alcoholic drink. Even if you’re completely in control, research shows that simply holding a glass of wine or beer creates a negative perception, what professors Scott Rick and Maurice Schweitzer call the “imbibing idiot bias.”

TopNews United States - Doctors Should Warn Pregnant Women about Alcohol Consumption
In order to prevent the fatal alcohol spectrum disorder in kids, health providers should take an initiative of asking women who are ready to bear a child, about the consumption of alcohol, suggests the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

Glasgow Evening Times (Scotland) - Time to call time on our drink culture
Glasgow is losing the battle against booze and the city’s “appalling” alcohol record needs to be tackled urgently. - Mutation in mouse gene probably uncovers genetic pathway for alcoholism
Though alcohol addiction is known to be harmful for health, many people continue to remain slaves to it.

Sify - One in five Aussies abuses, becomes addicted to alcohol in lifetime
One in five Australians abuses or becomes addicted to alcohol in their lifetime, revealed a first nationwide study on the prevalence of drinking problems.

Baltic Review (Estonia) - Sale of alcohol at petrol stations lethal
The daily Eesti Päevaleht blames the deaths on increased alcohol consumption and calls for stricter laws: “Why must alcohol be available at petrol stations, as if it were just another thing you needed for your car like motor oil or windshield washer fluid?

Monday, August 9, 2010

Alcohol News - 32/2010

USA Today (USA) - Report: Alcohol, drug use lower among Hispanic-Americans
Hispanic-American adults have lower rates of alcohol and illicit drug use than the national averages, a federal government study has found.

Wales Online (Wales) - Parents must take lead in educating children about alcohol
Wales’ chief medical officer Dr Tony Jewell explains why it’s important parents talk to their children about alcohol.

Brandweek Magazine - Social Media Is Murky Area For Marketers of Alcohol
“Get drunk” reads a comment from a man named Jeffrey Dale Hoover Sr. on Coors Light’s Facebook page. The dictate, needless to say, is not the sort of thing that an alcohol brand would want to promote, even though Hoover’s decree was entered on July 31 and, as of last week, was still on the site. Meanwhile, on Bud Light Lime’s page, a fan named Jim Lenz confesses, “I have a problem having just one.”

BBC News (Wales) - Shock at drug and alcohol abuse by under-12s
More than 120 children under the age of 12 in Wales were referred for specialist help for drug and alcohol problems, figures reveal.

Daily Mail (UK) - Revealed: the astonishing amount one fifth of British 15-year-olds drink... in a year
As Britain's schoolchildren enjoy the freedom of the long summer break, an alarming new government report has revealed just how much alcohol they are drinking.

The Guardian (UK) - Raise liquor prices by 150% to beat binge-drinking, says Alcohol Concern
The binge-drinking epidemic can be curbed only if the price of certain types of alcohol rises by more than 150%, according to one of the UK's leading authorities on tackling the problem.

San Francisco Chronicle (USA) - S.F. considers fee on alcoholic beverages
Adding a new fee to alcohol sold in San Francisco would generate an estimated $16.3 million a year to help cover city-funded public health and paramedic costs associated with alcohol abuse.

Coventry Telegraph (UK) - Coventry experts push for minimum price on alcohol
COVENTRY experts believe putting a minimum price on alcohol could help win the city’s battle with the bottle.

Daily Mail (Brazil) - Brazil planning sober samba party with alcohol set to be banned for 2014 World Cup
Brazil 2014 is set to be the first alcohol-free World Cup after organisers confirmed sales will be banned at games under anti-hooligan laws.

eGovMonitor (Scotland) - Government Of Scotland Conducts Alcohol Summit
A cross-party meeting addressing ways of tackling Scotland's unhealthy relationship with alcohol was held today.

The Lancet - Alcohol: the forgotten drug in HIV/AIDS
Alcohol has long been recognised as an important contributor to illness and injury, accounting for 4% of the global burden of disease. Yet alcohol remains conspicuously absent from the larger field of research and programming in HIV and substance use.

The Huffington Post (USA) - Alcohol: The Savior of American Capitalism
How is it possible that the most brilliant economic system on earth is still serving alcohol as the best delivery system for getting drunk in 2010? 2010! The number used to be synonymous with a decade after a computer would try to kill human beings. 2010 does not look like the dazzling future we hoped the new millennium would produce.

New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Queenstown crime almost all drunken
Queenstown is in a league of its own when it comes to drunken crime, says a police chief. Crime in the resort town was "almost exclusively" alcohol related, Senior Sergeant John Fookes said.

NTDTV (Israel) - “Parents Patrol” Assists Drunken Youth In Israel
According to research by the Israel Anti-Drugs Authority, there's an increase in alcohol consumption among teenagers in Israel. The Parents Patrol, made up of volunteer parents, was set up 4 years ago to try to combat this rising problem.

USA Today - 'Social drinking': Friends' alcohol influence may be in your genes
Genetics may determine to what extent you're swayed by the alcohol consumption of people around you, new research suggests.

Centre Daily Times - U.S. alcohol report debunks myths on drinking in Europe
A common misperception in American culture is that our young people drink more frequently and have more alcohol-related problems than those in Europe.

The Guardian (Italy) - Italy fears a boozy invasion of its exclusive beaches
The mayors of some of Italy's most elegant resorts have expressed outrage at a new regulation introduced by Silvio Berlusconi's government that allows beachfront premises to stage drink-and-dance parties seven days a week.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Alcohol News - 31/2010

My Fox Boston (USA) - Number of Americans Drinking Alcohol Hits 25-Year High
The number of adults in the U.S. drinking alcohol has hit a 25-year high, the New York Daily News reported Sunday, as the nation continues to experience economic instability.

Daily Mail (UK) - 50p a unit: City centre first to establish minimum alcohol sale price to combat drunkeness
A city centre is set to become the first in Britain to set a minimum price for the sale of alcohol in a bid to target binge-drinking.

The First Reporter (Australia) - Alcohol Costs Australian Economy $400 million
A modern example of how alcohol is costing the economy is Australia. As per a study, sober colleagues of alcoholics in Australia have to do all the extra work in order to cover up the absence of their heavy drinker friends and this is costing the Australian economy about $400 million per year or more. - Epigenetics of breast cancer possibly alter by diet and alcohol
Currently the most general non-skin cancer among American women seems to be breast cancer. Nevertheless novel discoveries have helped increase the number of breast cancer survivors. (Canada) - Ont. young drivers face alcohol ban
Ontario’s new zero blood-alcohol level policy for young drivers takes effect at midnight Saturday.

Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - Labour: The SNP are letting Scottish kids down in alcohol education
THE Scottish government are failing to warn pupils properly about the dangers of alcohol, Labour claim. The party's health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said the SNP have broken a manifesto promise to ensure all councils have a booze education programme.

New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) – Nearly half of road deaths involve drugs, alcohol
Nearly half of drivers who die in road crashes have alcohol and/or drugs in their system, according to an Environment, Science and Research (ESR) report.

New York Times (USA) – The Rich Drink More
The rich aren’t like you and me. They drink more. At least, upper-income Americans are more likely to report that they consume alcohol, according to a new Gallup survey.

7thSpace Interactive (China) - Study focuses on alcohol consumption and agriculture-related injuries in China
As a collaboration of the Colorado Injury Control Research Center, the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital and the School of Public Heath, Tongji Medical College at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, the USA-China Agricultural Injury Research Training Project was created in 2004.

MedIndia (Australia) - Study Links Personality Traits to Mental Illness, Alcohol Usage in Doctors
Certain personality traits, demographic and work related factors increase the likelihood that doctors will develop mental illness or hazardous alcohol habits according to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Barents Observer (Russia) - Murmansk bans sale of vodka after 9pm
Murmansk Oblast imposes new restrictions on sale of strong liquors. Retail sale of alcoholic beverages stronger than 15 percent will only be allowed between 11am and 9pm.

The Publican (UK) - 'All-day drink law was a mistake, says police chief'
The 24-hour drink licensing laws were a "mistake", Association of Chief Police Officers president Sir Hugh Orde says.

AFP (Netherlands) - Dutch clinic helps alcoholics by "binding them with beer'
Alcoholic Janetta van Bruggen settles comfortably into a clinic chair, lights a cigarette and takes a supervised swig from a tall, frosted mug -- her sixth beer since breakfast.

IceNews (Finland) - Dry-out clinics expecting an end-of-summer rush
Rehab centres in Finland are bracing themselves for an increased workload next month, as summer drinkers attempt to dry out before returning to work. (Bulgaria) - 'Alcohol Tourism' Said to Dominate Bulgaria's Southern Black Sea Coast
An increasing number of foreigners and Bulgarians alike are engaging in what has been described as “alcohol tourism” in the numerous resorts along the country’s Southern Black Sea coast.

YLE News (Finland) - Finnish Alcohol Consumption Risk Levels "Too High"
The risk levels of alcohol consumption are higher in Finland than in many other countries. For example, in the United States, the limit of safe alcohol intake is almost half of that in Finland. Alcohol related diseases remain a significant cause of mortality in Finland.