Monday, August 22, 2011

Alcohol News - 34/2011

The Foreigner (Norway) - Alcohol adverts soon to be on Norway cable TV
Labour’s (Ap) long hard-fought battle to retain the ban on advertising booze is now hanging by a thread following statements by the EU Norway will not be exempt from the new European Union TV Directive (AVMSD).
ERR News (Estonia) - Alcohol Price Exceeds EU Average by 6.3%
Although the cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages in Estonia is below the EU average, the price of alcoholic drinks is 6.3 percent higher, according to the recent report by Eurostat.
OnMedica - Call for Facebook ban on alcohol ads
A new report by campaigning charity Alcohol Concern reveals the growing importance to alcohol companies of social networking sites like Facebook and video sharing sites such as YouTube as a means of promoting their products.
Nursing in Practice (Wales) - Welsh Government to combat child drinking
At least 1,200 children are admitted to Welsh A&E departments for alcohol and drug abuse each year, new research has found.
U.S. News & World Report - More Evidence That Alcohol Hinders Good Sleep
You might want to take a pass on that nightcap, a new study suggests. Japanese researchers report that alcohol hinders the restorative functions of sleep.
Modern Ghana (Ghana) - Checking Road Accidents
The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has embarked on a novelty cause to help check the carnage on our roads. With effect from October, this year, the union is introducing alcometers at all lorry parks to check alcohol levels of drivers. It has also ordered for some reflectors for acquisition by drivers.
Daily Mail (UK) - British ladettes match men in binge drinking as they top European poll of alcohol abusers
British women have topped a European league of ‘ladette’ drinking shame.
They are now as likely to binge on alcohol as men, according to EU research.
Morning Advertiser (UK) - Sixty firms back Drinkaware campaign
The campaign for 2011, launched today, challenges young adults’ attitudes towards excessive alcohol consumption and the social acceptability of drunkenness.
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Debate over warning labels on alcohol heats up
HEALTH warnings linking alcohol with dire outcomes such as brain damage and cancer have been backed by health groups but described as potentially ''alarming'' by an industry-backed group. (Australia) - Greens push for volumetric alcohol tax
THE Australian Greens will use October's tax forum to push for all alcohol to be taxed according to volume rather than beverage type.
Reuters (Philippines) - Philippines may increase alcohol, tobacco tax take
The Philippine government will push a proposal to index taxes on alcohol and tobacco products to inflation that could raise around $1.4 billion in revenues as one of 13 priority bills in Congress this year, President Benigno Aquino said on Tuesday.
WebMD - Genes Play Role in How Alcohol Affects Men and Women
New genetic research may help explain some of the different ways that alcoholism affects men and women.
Andina - Agencia Peruana de Noticias (Peru) - Sports are vital to prevent drug, alcohol abuse among youth
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala stated Thursday that the practice of sports is vital to prevent drug and alcohol addiction among young people and to reinforce the fight against crime and the lack of public safety in Peru. - New smartphone app aims to stop drunken driving
The “Show Me My Buzz” application helps users determine their estimated blood-alcohol concentration, or BAC, by typing in the number of drinks they’ve had, how long they’ve been drinking and their gender.
Times of India - Impulsive drinking leads to early death
A new study has revealed that people with current drinking problems and poor impulse control are more likely to die in the next 15 years.
Infection Control Today - Researchers Study How Excess Alcohol Depresses Immune Function
Alcoholism suppresses the immune system, resulting in a high risk of serious, and even life-threatening infections. A new study shows that this effect stems largely from alcohol's toxicity to immune system cells called dendritic cells.
HealthLeaders Media (USA) - Medicare Proposes Alcohol, Depression Screening Rules
Federal dollars should be used to screen Medicare beneficiaries for depression and for alcohol misuse under two rules proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Eurekalert - Study: Community organization can reduce, negate impact of alcohol outlets on neighborhood violence
The density of businesses that sell alcohol in a community has been tied to local levels of violence, but new research has found that the influence depends on the nature of the community. More stable communities can see little to no influence but more disorganized communities are not so fortunate.
On Lanka (Sri Lanka) - New regulations on tobacco and alcohol scenes on TV
A series of new regulations will be implemented restricting the use of mosaics or blurred images masking tobacco and alcohol scenes in television programmes.
Russia Beyond The Headlines (Russia) - Anti-alcohol campaign produces winners and losers
Multinational brewers and small kiosk owners alike are already bracing for new restrictions on beer sales, scheduled to come into effect in 2013, but there could be a silver lining for microbreweries.
Marketwire (USA) - New Federal Government Study: AlcoholEdu Reduces Binge Drinking and Alcohol-Related Harms
EverFi, Inc., the leading education technology platform company, today announced the release of a new federal government study showing that AlcoholEdu®, EverFi's online alcohol education program for incoming first-year students, is proven to reduce student binge drinking and alcohol-related harms, such as blackouts, injuries, and sexual assaults. More than one third of all college freshmen across the U.S. will complete the program in the upcoming academic year.

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