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.

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