Monday, July 16, 2012

Alcohol News - 29/2012

INAUTONEWS (Sweden) - Autoliv developing automatic in-car breath sensor
Autoliv is developing an alcohol breath sensor that will operate automatically when the driver gets in the car.
The Guardian (UK) - Alcohol packaging should carry graphic health warnings, urge doctors
Bottles of beer, wine and spirits should carry cigarette-style graphic health warnings to make clear that alcohol is linked to cancer, infertility and violence, doctors are urging. - Study: Alcohol is more of a "gateway" drug than marijuana
For generations we have been told that marijuana is the gateway drug to harder drugs, but a new study from the University of Florida contradicts that claim. Researchers believe that the true “gateway drug” is alcohol. - Twitter offers 'age verification' tool to alcohol brands
Twitter users can expect to see more age verification requests now that the site has made its pilot program available for free to any company that with age-restricted content. Twitter has been testing the feature for the past month through select beer company accounts.
The Guardian (South Korea) - South Korea cracks down on alcohol-fuelled violence
South Korean drinkers are being warned not to let their prodigious consumption lead to violence, amid evidence of an epidemic of alcohol-fuelled crime. (UK) - MPs to warn: Alcohol industry in the "last chance saloon"
The alcohol industry is in the "last chance saloon" and should face heavier regulation if it does not take action to discourage dangerous drinking, a report by MPs will warn. (New Zealand) - Kiwis bombarded by alcohol messages
Labour is calling for changes to stop the normalisation of alcohol by sporting and cultural heroes amid an 'explosion' of foetal alcohol syndrome.
Radio New Zealand (New Zealand) - 'Explosion' in foetal alcohol syndrome
The Ministry of Health says talk of a significant increase in the number of children with foetal alcohol syndrome is of real concern.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Majority support minimum price for alcohol
MORE THAN half of Irish men are against a ban on alcohol industry sponsorship of sports events as promised by the Government, a new survey has found. However most adults (58 per cent) support a minimum unit price for alcohol, according to the survey by the Health Research Board released yesterday.
Reuters (Russia) - Fresh blow for Brewers as Russia plans advertising ban
Russia is poised to further tighten rules on alcohol advertising, dealing a fresh blow to Carlsberg and other brewers who have invested heavily in one of the world's fastest-growing markets.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol and inequality factors in people taking own lives in rural areas
FOR ONE young man, suicide seemed a more natural option than trying to get into college. An older man said he would be better off dead because he was a burden on others.
Times of Malta (Malta) - Alcohol consumption trends and facts
Without wishing to enter into a tit-for-tat argument with Sina Bugeja as chief executive officer of The Foundation for Social Welfare Services, after her letter of July 3, I feel that, given her questioning of our “sources” for the quotes I made in my Talking Point of June 7, it is only fair I give her the facts.
Ynetnews (Israel) - Alcohol advertising on billboards, buses banned
The Knesset Economics Committee has approved regulations that will significantly reduce advertising of alcohol, which come on the heels of a law restricting advertising of alcoholic beverages passed three months ago.
BusinessLIVE (South Africa) - Brewer extends sponsorship, while government mulls alcohol advertising
This deal comes as both the Department of Social Development and Department of Health want to pass legislation that would in effect prohibit the advertising and promotion of alcoholic products.
The Moscow Times (Russia) - Duma Passes Draft of Alcohol Ad Bill
Russia is poised to further tighten rules on alcohol advertising, dealing a fresh blow to Carlsberg and other brewers who have invested heavily in one of the world's fastest-growing markets.
AFP (Chech Republic) - Czech teens, Europe's heaviest underage drinkers
Shaken awake by police on a park bench, a 12-year-old boy from Prague was so drunk he could neither walk nor talk -- grim evidence of an unparalleled alcohol scourge affecting underage Czechs.
Business Day (South Africa) - OPINION: Good case for a total ban on alcohol advertising
The voice of the public health community, which does not have a vested interest in deriving an income from the sale or marketing of alcohol products, has been largely absent in the debate.

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