Monday, April 23, 2012

Alcohol News - 17/2012

Euractive (EU) - Health chief: We have never wanted 'drinking kills' labels
A re-think of the EU's alcohol strategy, due in 2013, will focus on stronger health warnings to consumers, the European Commission's health policy chief has told EurActiv in an interview. But the industry will first be given a chance to self-regulate.
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New York Daily News - Tattooed and pierced people consume more alcohol than non-tattooed and non-pierced: study
French scientists said Monday they have found evidence proving the stereotype that people who sport tattoos and piercings are heavier drinkers.
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The Canberra Times (Australia) - Fresh calls to tax alcohol per standard drink
WA medical experts have backed a submission to the Federal Budget calling for alcoholic drinks to be taxed according to their alcohol content, which would increase the cost of cleanskin and cask wine and traditional ciders.
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Medical Xpress (UK) - Minimum alcohol pricing shows 'significant impacts,' says expert
Government plans to impose a minimum price of 40p per unit of alcohol will have "significant impacts" including a 38,900 reduction in hospital admissions, a 1,149 reduction in deaths and a cut in alcohol consumption by 2.4%, says John Appleby, Chief Economist at the King's Fund, in an article published in the British Medical Journal today.
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Medical Xpress (India) - Alcohol use in Bollywood movies impacting alcohol use among Indian adolescents
Alcohol use in Bollywood movies is directly influencing the drinking habits of India's adolescents, according to a new study presented at the World Congress of Cardiology in Dubai.
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Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Study finds alcohol ads get to at least a quarter of kids
Half the alcohol ads shown on Australian television are shown at a time when at least 25 per cent of possible child viewers will be watching, new research led by the University of WA has found.
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U.S. News & World Report (USA) - Report: A Quarter of Teen Drinkers Get Alcohol From Family
For Jan Withers, Monday marked a grim 20-year anniversary: the day her 15-year-old daughter, Alisa, rode in a car with a teenage driver who had been drinking. Alisa was killed after the driver crashed into a guard rail.
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Times of India (India) - WHO drops plan to target alcohol use reduction
In a highly controversial move, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dropped its plan to set a target for cutting down on alcohol use across the world over the next 13 years.
Read more - Many boomers abuse alcohol after age 48
A U.S. survey indicates depression or anxiety to be the main reason older adults -- baby boomers age 50 and older -- say they abuse drugs or alcohol.
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Bloomberg (Russia) - Putin Urges Gradually Raising Tobacco, Alcohol Excise Taxes
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said the government should gradually raise excise taxes on alcohol and tobacco, coordinating measures to curb their harmful effects with Russia’s customs union partners Kazakhstan and Belarus.
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BBC News (Wales) - Pub landlords back minimum alcohol price, says Alcohol Concern Cymru study
Publicans in Wales back the introduction of a minimum price per unit of alcohol, a new study claims.
Read more (South Africa) - 80% of surveyed kids drink alcohol
Nearly 80 percent of a group of surveyed Gauteng high school pupils regularly consume alcohol, according to findings released by the Bureau for Market Research (BMR) on Sunday.
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New York Times (EU) - Europe Seeks to Curb Its Drinking Problem
Rising unemployment, austerity, shrinking growth: It’s enough to drive you to drink. Legislators and activists appear determined, however, to divert Europeans from seeking refuge from hard times in the bottle.
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Science Daily - Feelings of Immaturity Accompany Alcohol Misuse Into Adulthood
Tipping back one too many cocktails during an individual's early 20s doesn't correlate to a personal sense of immaturity; however if this habit doesn't stop as they reach age 30, young adults can feel psychologically underdeveloped, according to a University of Missouri study.
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The Independent (UK) - Introducing minimum alcohol price of 40p per unit would save 1,000 lives each year
Raising the price of ultra-cheap lager, gin and vodka will save more than 1,000 lives each year, according to new research today.
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World Health Organization (WHO) - Countries must recognize alcohol abuse as grave public health threat
Countries need to recognize that alcohol consumption is a big and growing public health threat and take appropriate action, experts concluded at a WHO regional meeting on the prevention and control of the noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) through reduction of alcohol-related harm.
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