Monday, October 17, 2011

Alcohol News - 42/2011

The Press Association (UK) - Experts make alcohol limits appeal
The "tide of harm" seen in Britain's hospitals means it is vital that levels are not increased, said Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Royal College of Physicians special adviser on alcohol, and chairman of Alcohol Health Alliance UK.
Daily Mail (UK) - 'Irresponsible' Asda is selling beer for LESS THAN 50p a bottle
Bottles of lager are being sold for less than 50p each as the supermarket price  war blows retailer promises to tackle binge drinking  out of the water.
The Voice of Russia (Russia) - Chechen leader calls for alcohol prohibition in Russia
President of Russia’s Chechen republic Ramzan Kadyrov has called for alcohol prohibition in Russia. Russia’s public health chief Gennady Onishchenko backed the idea but said that it was “unachievable.” Onishchenko called for the price of a bottle of strong liquor to be increased to $100. Experts doubt the efficiency of both proposals.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Below-cost alcohol sales 'irresponsible'
THE MARKETING of alcohol by some retailers has become “absolutely irresponsible” and its sale at prices far lower than in the past “needs to be addressed”, according to the chief executive of drinks industry-funded organisation Meas (Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society).
Herald Sun (Australia) - Kids can get alcohol for as little as 25c online
VICTORIAN kids are getting drunk on alcohol sachets ordered from overseas websites for as little as 25c a shot.
AFP (Iran) - Drink-driving tests coming to Iran, where alcohol is banned
Iran's traffic police will soon start testing motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol, which has been banned since the 1979 Islamic revolution, the ISNA news agency reported. (Ghana) - MoH to take action on alcohol abuse
The Ministry of Health (MoH) is developing a policy to regulate the production, distribution, marketing and consumption of alcohol in the country, following the growing incidence of alcohol.
Daily News & Analysis - Heavy, moderate drinkers at increased injury risk
Alcohol consumption greatly increases risk for serious injury among heavy and moderate drinkers, according to new research.
The Atlantic (USA) - Vodka-Soaked Gummy Bears: The Newest Teen Drinking 'Trend'
The Drudge Report linked today to a Washington D.C. radio station's report that teens have found an alarming new way to ingest their alcohol: sweet, innocent gummy bears.
BusinessWeek (Turkey) - Turkey Raises Taxes on Mobile Phones, Alcohol, Tobacco, Cars
Turkey raised the tax it levies on alcoholic drinks, tobacco products, mobile phones and cars through a special consumption tax.
Cordis News (Sweden/UK) - Alcohol and violence in the media - what does your child think?
Researchers from the United Kingdom and Sweden are taking part in a unique EU-funded project analysing fictional media representations of alcohol and alcohol-related violence; the aim is to understand youth drinking culture.
The Prospector - Alcohol and sex: a dangerous cocktail
Picture this: you're a college student that meets someone at the library, the student lounge or perhaps in class. You've exchanged phone numbers, become friends on Facebook and later you meet at a bar to hang out. One drink leads to another, then another and things may become hot and heavy.
EurekAlert - Genetically influenced responses to alcohol affect brain activation both with and without alcohol
A low level of response (LR) to alcohol is a genetically influenced characteristic, or phenotype, that reflects at least in part a low brain response to alcohol, and carries significant risk for the later development of alcoholism. This study addressed the physiological underpinnings of a low and high LR, finding significant differences in brain activation during a cognitive task, possibly reflecting differences in the amount of brain activity used to deal with a cognitive challenge. (Dubai) - Hotels to be involved in cutting road crashes caused by alcohol
Hotels will have a role to play in reducing the alarmingly increasing road fatalities caused by driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), Dubai Police's Traffic Department has said.
STV Local (Scotland) - MSP warns of rising danger from alcohol consumption
People in Moray are being challenged to question their behaviour and attitudes towards alcohol. The call comes from MSP Richard Lochhead, who is highlighting figures on alcohol consumption that shows a 3% increase in alcohol related deaths in Scotland, with drink sales 23% higher throughout the nation.
EurekAlert (Baltics/Italy) - Link between alcohol and harm is stronger in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Sweden than in Italy
Research clearly shows a dose-response relationship between alcohol and health issues such as cirrhosis of the liver. More recent research has shown linkages between greater drinking and greater problems such as interpersonal violence. A study of the impact that the larger, cultural context of drinking in several European countries may have on the relationship between drinking and harm has found that this relationship is stronger in the Baltic countries and Sweden than Italy.
Reuters - 'Youth in Europe' drug prevention programme sees youth drinking drop from 42% to 9%
The Youth in Europe (YIE) drug prevention programme has released research tracking the incidence of smoking (daily), drinking and cannabis experimentation amongst 15 to 16-year-old students in Iceland from 1998 to 2011. And the results are astonishing.
The (Sweden/Germany) - From Sweden to Germany in search of cheap booze
Tired of Sweden's high alcohol taxes and the state run liquor monopoly? Come along with contributor Patrick Reilly as he details a recent journey to Germany in search of cheap beer.
Physorg (EU) - Time for action: EU reacts to UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases
The MEP Heart Group, co-chaired by Ms. Linda McAvan MEP (S&D, UK) and Mr. Cristian Silviu MEP (ALDE, RO), meets today in Brussels with an agenda focused on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). 'Learning from the UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases', is an essential meeting for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to exchange with Commissioner for Health and Consumer Affairs, Mr. John Dalli, and Dr. Roberto Bertollini, Chief Scientist and World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to the EU, on the outcomes of the UN High-Level Summit on NCDs.
WalesOnline (Wales) - Wales must consider alcohol advertising ban to beat binge drinking problem, says minister
MORE restrictions on alcohol advertising - and even a ban - are needed if Wales is to win its fight against excessive drinking, Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said today.
National Institutes of Health (USA) - NIH releases clinician's guide for screening underage drinkers
Based on just two questions from a newly released guide, health care professionals could spot children and teenagers at risk for alcohol-related problems. Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner's Guide, is now available from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. - Study: Bad economy equals more drinking
Previous studies have found that health improved during economic downturns, possibly because unemployment meant fewer funds available for behaviors that could harm health, like excessive drinking. But new research has suggested the opposite may be true.

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