Monday, April 11, 2011

Alcohol News 15/2011

BMJ (EU) - Alcohol attributable burden of incidence of cancer in eight European countries based on results from prospective cohort study
In western Europe, an important proportion of cases of cancer can be attributable to alcohol consumption, especially consumption higher than the recommended upper limits. These data support current political efforts to reduce or to abstain from alcohol consumption to reduce the incidence of cancer.
The Local (Sweden) - Most Swedes sober when losing their virginity: study
Three out of four Swedes are sober when they have sex for the first time, a new study shows. The findings come from a comprehensive study on the sexual habits of Swedes aged 15 to 29 and carried out by researchers at the University of Gothenburg.
ERR News (Estonia) - Scientists Discover Gene Influencing Alcohol Consumption
Scientists have discovered that those possessing the gene AUTS2 consume five percent less alcohol than those lacking the gene, researchers at the Genome Center of the University of Tartu confirmed.
Science Daily (Finland) - Effects of a Large Reduction in Alcohol Prices on Mortality in Finland
Does a reduction in the price of alcohol result in an increase in deaths due to alcohol? This was the subject of a study following a significant reduction in taxes in Finland in 2004 (30% for spirits, 3% for wine).
Helsinki Times (Finland) - Strict alcohol policy under the microscope
Policy makers and social researchers in Finland are re-examining the politics of alcohol and other drugs in an effort to determine whether the country’s strict measures are doing more harm than good.
Active (Denmark) - Copenhagen’s bars willingly sold alcohol to 15-year old Swedes
The work of young members of UNF, The Swedish Youth Temperance Association, reveals the actual strength of actions by the alcohol industry in the European Alcohol and Health Forum. Young UNF members from Sweden’s border regions to Denmark went to Copenhagen to conduct mystery shopping and the results give a clear signal: of in total 7 tested bars and pubs, Swedish minors were without problems able to buy alcohol 11 times. 4 out of these 7 places are part of a project of City of Copenhagen and the alcohol industry.
The Baltic Course (Latvia) - Saeima supports increasing excise tax on alcohol, gasoline and cigarettes in Latvia
Today, Latvian Saeima supported in principle in the first reading an increase in the excise tax on liquor, cigarettes and gasoline. According to the amendments, the excise duty for liquor will be increased from LVL 890 to LVL 940 per 100 liters of pure alcohol.
BusinessWeek (USA) - Only 1.2% of Alcohol Abusers Know They Need Help: Report
A new report reveals that 98.8 percent of the more than 7.4 million American adults aged 21 to 64 with untreated alcohol abuse disorders don't believe they need treatment.
U.S. News & World Report - Early Response to Alcohol May Predict Later Drinking Behavior
A young adult's early response to alcohol may predict future drinking problems, researchers say.
MyHealthNewsDaily - Heavy Beer Drinkers Increase Their Gastric Cancer Risk
People who drink two to three beers a day for many years have a 75 percent increased risk of gastric cancer, and those who have the gene variant called rs1230025 but aren't heavy drinkers have a 30 percent higher risk of gastric cancer, compared with people who drank less than a beer daily, the study showed.
The Guardian (UK) - Young drinkers need more help, say campaigners
Every Friday and Saturday night brings the same scene in the A&E unit of the Royal Sussex county hospital in Brighton: a handful of teenage drunks who need attention. - Glass or two of wine a week 'could damage baby'
Pregnant women who drink as little as a glass of wine a week could be putting their babies at risk, according to new research which contracts recent studies indicating that an occasional tipple is harmless.
The Australian (Australia) - Discount alcohol serves nobody: Gooda
ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has called for even tougher alcohol laws than those proposed for Alice Springs, including legislation to introduce a "floor price" on alcohol at the price of full-strength beer in a bid to stop discounting.
Morning Advertiser (Scotland) - Scottish MPs clash on minimum pricing
Scottish politicians have clashed once again about introducing a minimum price on alcohol. The Scottish National Party (SNP) has vowed to revive its failed campaign to introduce a minimum price for alcohol after Labour, Conservatives and Lib Dems voted against the proposals for a 45p minimum price in November last year. (Italy) - Study: Italian youth at alcohol risk
The country's Higher Health Institute released a report Thursday saying at-risk drinkers of both sexes under the age of 16 are on the rise, with 18.5 percent of males and 15.5 percent of females in that age bracket showing worrying drink patterns, ANSA reported.
ABC Online (Australia) - Pregnant women could face ban on buying alcohol
An Aboriginal corporation in Central Australia says it wants to be allowed to ban pregnant women from buying alcohol.
The Canadian Press (Thailand) - Booze-free safe zones set up to curb drunken violence during upcoming Thai New Year
Sixty alcohol-free "safety areas" will be designated nationwide during Thailand's traditional New Year celebrations to decrease violence and sexual assaults that result from drunken revelry, health authorities said Friday.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Health warnings to be put on alcoholic drink cans, bottles
THE GOVERNMENT is preparing legislation that could see manufacturers of wines, beers and spirits forced to print stark warnings of the dangers of over-consumption of alcohol on bottles, cans and all promotional material. - Gastric bypass patients take longer to process alcohol
Gastric bypass patients take longer to process alcohol, which could put some at risk for overdrinking. Gastric bypass surgery - an operation in which the surgeon staples a large section of the stomach, leaving only a tiny pouch - is used to help severely obese people lose weight.
Herald Scotland (Scotland) - Anger as court agrees garage alcohol sales
Campaigners have attacked a landmark judgment that will allow motorists to buy alcohol as they fill up their cars with fuel in towns and cities across Scotland.
The Guardian (Poland) - Debunking Polish stereotypes: A nation of vodkaholics
The history of vodka is inseparable from the history of Poland. Asking where exactly it originated is the easiest way of stirring up a fight between a Pole and a Russian. Suffice to say that the distillation of grain alcohol started somewhere in north-eastern Europe in the 8th or 9th century and that the word vodka ("little water") began to be used in Poland in the 15th century.
Whitman Pioneer (UK) - The public house culture of Britain encourages excessive drinking
One of the most significant differences, at least in terms of my day-to-day life, between the UK and the United States is that the drinking age in the UK is 18 as opposed to the United States’ 21.
Superbike Magazine (EU) – European Drink Driving Statistics
Drink-drivers are one of a biker’s worst enemies, especially at christmas when they go together like Morecambe and Wise. But who are the worst in Europe? The boozy French? Crazy Polacks? You might be surprised...
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