Monday, May 30, 2011

Alcohol News - 22/2011

The Local (Sweden) - State liquor stores moot higher tax on wine
Sweden's state-run alcohol retail monopoly Systembolaget has demanded an extra tax on box wine equating a price hike of up to 25-30 percent in order to curb the thirst for bag-in-box wines.
Informa (Finland/Denmark) - Changing Drinking Styles in Denmark and Finland. Fragmentation of Male and Female Drinking Among Young Adults
A traditional heavy intoxication-oriented drinking style, “heroic drinking,” is a central drinking practice in Denmark and Finland, especially among men. However, it seems that another drinking style leading to intoxication, “playful drinking,” has become more prevalent in Denmark as well as in Finland.
Stockholm News (Sweden) - Youth choose drugs before alcohol
Cannabis is more popular than alcohol among young people in Stockholm. New figures from the Maria Ungdom youth clinic shows that for the first time do a majority of young people prefer to smoke cannabis as their main choice of intoxication.
Washington Post (USA) - How Marylanders beat the alcohol lobby

In a budget season filled with controversies over taxes, deficits and cuts across the country, Maryland just took a historic step: The General Assembly passed and Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the first increase in beer and wine taxes in 38 years, and the first increase in distilled spirits taxes in 55 years.
BBC News (UK) - Alcohol-related hospital admissions reach record level
The number of alcohol-related hospital admissions in England has topped one million for the first time, according to official statistics.
Times of India (UK) - Low-income women die of alcohol abuse
Women in low-income job roles are almost six times as likely to die from alcohol abuse as those in higher paid employment, according to new UK government research. (Canada) - Drink up: Ontario relaxes liquor laws
As the warm weather starts to roll in and people begin to enjoy patios and outdoor festivals, Ontarians will be able to imbibe in places they weren't allowed to last summer. (UK) - Health Secretary Andrew Lansley demands supermarkets take action on alcohol
Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, has written to the UK's leading supermarkets demanding action after Department of Health (DoH) officials said that the retail giants had failed to follow through on commitments to remove alcohol promotions from the front of their stores.
Irish Health - Some react more positively to alcohol
Scientists have moved a step closer to understanding why people who have close relatives with alcohol problems are at an increased risk of abusing alcohol themselves.
Malaysia Star (Malaysia) - Malaysians drink less alcohol than Thais and Viets
Alcohol consumption in the country has declined, according to several non-governmental organisations here. Governing Council Member of the Confederation of Malaysian Brewers Berhad Renuka Indrarajah said a study by Deloitte Research and Analysis in 2009 revealed that Malaysia was the only South-East Asian country that registered a decline in alcohol consumption per capita between 2004 and 2008. (Canada) - Women in alcohol-related offences tend to be older, better educated
Women who drive drunk or commit other alcohol-related offences tend to be older, better educated and divorced, compared to their male counterparts.
Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey) - Turkish court partially suspends new alcohol restrictions
Turkey’s top administrative court partially suspended restrictions Wednesday on alcohol sales that were introduced in January to a strong public reaction, halting two provisions in the regulation.
Irish Health (Ireland) - Call to tackle alcohol-related cancer
The number of new cases of cancer in Ireland could be significantly reduced if people drank less alcohol, according to Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI).
Times of India - 'Alcohol poisoning can cause vision loss'
Noted neuro-ophthalmologist Dr Vimla Menon, while addressing a mid-term conference on neuro-ophthalmology at the Indira Gandhi Science Centre Planetarium, here on Sunday said that neuro-ophthalmology, a subspecialty, deals with diseases of eye directly related to brain and its disorder. (Kenya) - Underage Abuse of Alcohol On the Rise
About 20 percent of an estimated 10 million school children are abusing alcohol and cigarettes. 12.7 percent boys and 6.5 percent girls in school are already experimenting with the alcohol and cigarettes.
Nigeria Daily Independent (Nigeria) - Tripartite pact to effective regulation of alcohol advertising
The advertising of alcohol, the marketing of alcoholic products, peer pressure and parental influence all play a part in the level of alcohol consumption among young people.
ABC Online (Australia) - Alcohol and cancer: the verdict
Mounting evidence shows that drinking any of amount of alcohol will increase your risk of developing cancer. What does this really mean for those of us who like a drink?
WalesOnline (Wales) - Serious problems of binge drinking in older people ignored because of focus on youth boozers
TOO much focus on young people binge drinking in city centres is masking serious alcohol problems among older people, a report claims today.

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