Monday, June 13, 2011

Alcohol News - 24/2011

YLE News (Finland) - Police keeping a close eye on drunk drivers
Police are enhancing efforts to keep intoxicated drivers in check this week. Law enforcement officials across Europe are stepping up their surveillance of drivers under the influence during the week-long campaign.
ERR News (Estonia) - Cabinet Throws Out Alcohol Ban Bill
The Cabinet did not support an absolute ban on alcohol advertising in a June 9 meeting. The bill, which was proposed by the opposition Centre Party, would affect TV, radio and outdoor advertising.
European Journalism Center (Lithuania) - Russian broadcasters to benefit from Lithuanian round-the-clock ban on alcohol advertising
Although Lithuanian TV and radio stations do not disclose their alcohol advertising revenues, it is estimated that these make up for a considerable bulk of broadcasters’ income. According to some experts, the figure may reach up to 20 percent.
The Independent (UK) - Critics line up as alcohol giant funds health campaign
The drinks giant Diageo is to bankroll a scheme to alert midwives and expectant mothers to the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
PR Newswire (USA) - Victory on Stopping Bus Bench Alcohol Ads in Los Angeles
The Coalition to Ban Alcohol Ads from Public Property organized a lively grassroots rally in Los Angeles City Hall Plaza this morning to send a message to the L.A. Board of Public Works that promoting alcohol on city-owned bus benches was a really bad idea.
TVNZ (New Zealand) - Emergency staff demand hard line on alcohol
Frontline emergency staff are calling on the government to take a hard line on people who sell and consume alcohol, following new research which shows staff at Wellington Hospital are under increasing attack from drunk patients.
EurekAlert - The association of alcohol drinking with migraine headache
Migraine is a neurovascular disease that affects about 15% of the western population. Compounds in foods and beverages (chocolate, wine, citrus, etc) considered as migraine triggers include tyramine, phenylethylamine and possibly histamine and phenolic compounds. Avoiding those triggers may significantly reduce the frequency of migraines in some patients.
The Hindu - Even small amounts of alcohol impact the brain
Just the one drink can sometimes prove one too many when it comes to alcohol, according to Chinese researchers who have discovered that even minimal alcohol intake can cause immediate damage to the brain.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Supermarkets and off-licences now account for 33% of all alcohol sales
CONSUMERS are buying more alcohol in supermarkets and off-licences, both of which now account for a third of all alcohol sales.
Herald Scotland (Scotland) - Why Scotland needs to put the demon back into drink
SCOTLAND has much to be proud of but when it comes to alcohol, you should be ashamed of yourselves. In fact, restoring the stigma that used to be associated with drunkenness would help create a healthier nation, and prevent a generation of young people from being harmed by the substance their parents adore. (USA) - Local authorities battle teen drinking
South Mississippi law enforcement officials say they are working day and night to curb the trend among teens to buy alcohol and liquor. A growing number of minors are now mixing alcohol with high-energy drinks to prolong their buzz.
BBC News (UK) - Alcohol-related problems: Survey checks nurse training
Nottingham researchers have launched a national survey to find out if nurses need extra training to deal with patients who have drink problems.
The Australian (Australia) - Alcohol floor 'a hit on elderly and poor'
PENSIONERS, those earning less than $40,000 a year and rural Australians would be the hardest hit by a floor price on alcohol, which would increase the cost of cask wine by up to 400 per cent.
BBC News (UK) - Alcohol admissions 'stretch' NHS
A huge rise in people suffering alcohol-related injuries and illness is putting an increasing strain on the NHS in Brighton and Hove, and is said to be costing millions of pounds a year.
Medscape - Screening Tools May Detect Youth Alcohol and Cannabis Misuse
Emergency department clinicians should use a 2-question instrument to detect youth alcohol misuse and a 1-question instrument to detect cannabis misuse, according to the results of a systematic review reported online June 6 in Pediatrics.
News of the World (UK) - Boozed-up teens are heading for lifetime of bad health, says doc
BRITAIN is in the grip of an under-age booze epidemic even worse than we thought - with millions of kids heading for a lifetime of huge health problems...
Irish Times (Ireland) - State could save €80m a year in health costs if alcohol consumption halved
IF IRISH people halved their current alcohol consumption to the upper limit of recommended drinking levels, the health costs to the exchequer for hospital beds would drop by €80 million a year, according to newly-published research.

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