Monday, November 8, 2010

Alcohol News - 45/2010

The Local (Sweden) - Sweden counts the cost of substance abuse
The cost of drug, alcohol and prescription medicine abuse amounts to 150 billion kronor ($22.4 billion) per annum in Sweden, according to an ongoing government inquiry.
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Views and News from Norway (Norway) - Sales dip at state wine monopoly
For the first time since the 1980s, sales at Norway’s state liquor and wine monopoly Vinmonopolet have declined. Some blame competition from far lower taxes and prices in Sweden, and are calling for an end to tax-free sales at, for example, Norwegian airports.
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Medicine JournalFeeds (Finland) - The effect of survey sampling frame on coverage: the level of and changes in alcohol-related mortality in Finland as a test case
Alcohol-related mortality, and hence probably also alcohol consumption, is on average much higher in the subgroups of populations excluded from survey sampling frames. Due to the small size of the excluded group in the Finnish context, this has only a small effect on population-level estimates.
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CSPNET (USA) - Michigan Bans Caffeinated Alcohol Drinks
The state of Michigan has banned caffeinated alcoholic beverages. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) rescinding the approval of all "alcohol energy drinks." The commission will notify beverage makers via a commission order about the product ban; they will have 30 days to remove these products from the state of Michigan, it said.
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Scotland Courier (Scotland) - Pressure mounts to set minimum price for alcohol
Prominent doctors, publicans, police officers and charity leaders from across Tayside and Fife have thrown their weight behind plans to introduce a minimum price per unit for alcohol in Scotland.
Read more (New Zealand) - MPs to vote on liquor reform
Parliament will vote for the first time this week on legislation cracking down on youth drinking.
Read more (Namibia) - Organisation Fights Alcohol, Drug Abuse
Blue Cross Namibia held a community outreach meeting at Katutura's OD location on Saturday to create awareness on alcohol and drug abuse, an event attended mainly by the youth of that community.
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Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Child binge drinking study released
Children who are supplied with alcohol by people other than their parents are up to six times more likely to binge drink, a new study has found.
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ERR News (Estonia) - State Sets Alcohol Consumption Target to Eight Liters
Estonia should set a target to decrease its alcohol consumption to eight liters per person annually, asserted the National Institute for Health, an agency of the Ministry of Social Affairs.
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Morning Advertiser (UK) - Below cost ban on alcohol by May 2012
A ban on the below cost sale of alcohol could come into effect by May 2012, the Government has said.
Read more - Genetic link likely in alcoholism, depression
A Christchurch woman whose parents suffered from alcoholism and whose father also had depression is being treated for both conditions as part of a new study.
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The Australian (Australia) - Sport can't afford to stay under the influence of alcohol
ALCOHOL provides sporting bodies with pots of gold. It also causes them untold angst. It's a dilemma that tugs at the very fibres of sport. How can organisations take money from the same party that inevitably contributes to their players disgracing both themselves and their sport?
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