Monday, October 4, 2010

Alcohol News - 40/2010

The foreigner (Norway) - Holiday children suffer from drunk parents
The number of Norwegian children suffering on holidays to sunny southern Europe because of drunken parents is on the increase. A third of adults say they drink more than three units of alcohol a day.

The Economic Times (Finland) - Finland all out to ban smoking
Finland will push tobacco sales under the counter in shops as a new law comes into effect in stages, starting Friday. The Nordic nation, one of the first to ban tobacco adverts, is the first to target an end to smoking through legal means.

Helsinkin Sanomat (Finland) - Prime Minister supports curbs on alcohol advertising
Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi (Centre) is calling for restrictions on the advertising of alcoholic beverages. Kiviniemi has come out in favour of an initiative signed by more than half of Finland’s 200 Members of Parliament calling for legislation that would limit alcohol advertising to the dissemination of product information; appeals to the emotions would be banned.

YLE News (Finland) - Finns Bring Home Less Booze and Tobacco
Finns travelling abroad are bringing both less alcohol and tobacco home with them. A survey by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) shows that between January and August of this year, personal imports of alcoholic drink were down by 6% and of tobacco product by 20% from the same period of 2009.

Helium - Factors that influence people to drink alcohol
There are many factors that influence people to drink alcohol. Drinking to be sociable is one influence. This seems to be one reason people will give in reaction to the question - Why do you drink?

Daily News & Analysis - ‘25% of liver failures occur due to alcohol consumption’
"Nearly 1,200 liver transplants are needed every year in Gujarat. Nearly two lakh people die of terminal liver disease and cancer every year in India, out of which, some 25,000 can be saved through transplants," said Dr AS Soin, addressing a gathering in the city on Sunday.

BusinessWeek (USA) - Pediatricians Want to Restrict Ads for Tobacco, Booze, Viagra
The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn't want children exposed to tobacco ads at all, and wants to limit their exposure to alcohol marketing and advertisements for erectile dysfunction drugs and other prescription medications. (USA) - Americans are drinking more alcohol
Caucasians, Hispanics and African-Americans all report drinking more during the period of 1992 to 2002, U.S. researchers say. (USA) - Booze tax could make us all healthier
Increasing the tax on alcohol could have a slew of public health benefits, according to a new study. Boosting the price of booze could decrease the incidence of alcohol-related deaths and car crashes, reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and lower violence and crime, the researchers say.

Herald Scotland (Scotland) - Plan to ban off-licences selling alcohol to under-21s is defeated
Plans to allow councils to ban off-licences from selling to under-21s in areas where drunk youngsters cause trouble have been defeated at Holyrood.

SOS Children (Namibia) - President’s shock at Namibia’s levels of drink and drug abuse
Namibia’s president has called for urgent action on drink and drug abuse, saying he is “disturbed” by the country’s rate of alcohol and drug abuse.

New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - TVNZ to stop alcohol adverts during family movies
Family First is welcoming a commitment from TVNZ to remove alcohol advertising during family movies. (Scotland) - Minimum alcohol price would give £700m to businesses instead of Government
A "price-fixing" system has been suggested as a way to stop supermarkets selling alcohol at rock bottom prices, which has been criticised for encouraging binge drinking.

Washington Post (USA) - California group says Virginia ABC effort driven by alcohol industry
California-based Marin Institute, which describes itself as a watchdog of the alcohol industry, is out with a new report urging states that control the sale of liquor not to dismantle their spirits regulations.

Austrian Independent (Austria) - One in four students may be alcoholics, doctors warn
Around 25 per cent of university and college students could be alcoholics, according to a new study.,_doctors_warn

Institute for Fiscal Studies (UK) – The impact of introducing a Minimum Price on Alcohol in Britain
On 2nd September 2010 the Scottish Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, proposed a minimum price per unit of alcohol set at 45p.1 Minimum pricing was part of a wider Alcohol Bill in front of the Scottish Parliament2 and was the first time a figure had been set. However, minimum pricing was recently defeated at the committee stage and may not now be introduced, though the minority SNP Government still supports the measure.

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