Monday, October 10, 2011

Alcohol News - 41/2011

Helsingin Sanomat (Finland) - Study shows the difficulties of comparing homicide statistics
In Finland homicides are committed by drunks, in Holland by criminals; just 6% of Finland’s homicides relate to criminal activities. (Sweden) - Children of alcoholics more likely to drink
A new study out of Sweden found that children of alcoholics are more likely to drink when they get older.
The Foreigner (Norway) - Scotland looks to Norway alcohol policy
The amount of alcohol drunk in Scotland compared to England and Wales is the highest in 17 years. In an effort to combat the problem, Scotland is now considering the Norwegian model, reports say.
Public Finance (Scotland) - Scotland calls for devolution of alcohol duties
Scottish ministers have set out their case for alcohol excise duty to be devolved, arguing that it would give Holyrood more money to meet the costs of excess alcohol consumption in Scotland.
Reuters - Drunk on Facebook? That could be a problem
College students' Facebook pages might hold clues to which of them are at risk for alcohol dependence and abuse, according to a new study.
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Scipione slams 'drink until you drop' culture
NSW needs to debate the manner in which alcohol is advertised and marketed to ensure children and teenagers are not getting the wrong message about drinking according to the Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione.
Doctors Lounge (USA) - Alcohol-Impaired Driving Down by 30 Percent in U.S.
U.S. adults drive after drinking "a bit too much" about a third less often than they did in 2006; still, about 1.8 percent of adults (four million people) reported alcohol-impaired driving in 2010, according to a report in the Oct. 4 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Sacramento Bee (USA) - Are Alcohol Anklets the New Ignition Interlock?
When "Laura's Law" was signed by Governor Bev Perdue in June, North Carolina became the 8th state in the last year to pass progressive DUI legislation that is substantially shifting the focus of DUI laws from penalizing cars to required—and enforced—sobriety for the most dangerous drivers on the road.
BBC News (UK) - Alcohol limits advice 'confusing'
The advice on alcohol limits is too confusing according to Debbie Bannigan, head of the charity Swanswell. She says that 'units' mean nothing to many people - and the guidance should be clearer and easier to remember.
Radio Netherlands (Netherlands) - Alcohol lock for Dutch drink drivers
From 1 December Dutch drivers caught with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.13 percent will have an ignition lock fitted to their cars.
National Institutes of Health (USA) - NIH study finds doctors miss many alcohol screening opportunities
Physicians often fail to counsel their young adult patients about excessive alcohol use, according to a study led by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health.
Irish Health (Ireland) - Talks on alcohol and mental health
To mark World Mental Health Day, which takes place tomorrow, the College of Psychiatry is hosting two free public events on the relationship between alcohol and mental health.
Reuters (USA) - Local program cuts youth drinking, violence: study
A program that helps communities identify and target health risks in young people led to fewer teens drinking, smoking and being delinquent, according to a new report.
Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey) - Import rules on alcohol amended
Certain imported alcoholic drinks will only enter Turkey through administrative units at specific customs points, according to a new regulation from the food and trade ministries.
The Age (Australia) - Law puts brake on child drinking
A NEW law banning adults from supplying alcohol to children in a private home without their parents' consent will reduce risky drinking when it comes into effect next month, experts say.
Trend News Agency (Kyrgyzstan) - Kyrgyzstan restricts import of soft drinks
The Kyrgyz government has suspended the issuance of permissions to import low-alcohol content drinks, news agency reported.
PR Newswire - Big Alcohol Drunk With Power
Industry watchdog Alcohol Justice, formerly Marin Institute, released a new report today that chronicles an obscene outlay of Big Alcohol dollars to California legislators in 2010.

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