Monday, February 18, 2013

Alcohol News - 7/2013

The Copenhagen Post (Denmark) - Proposed fines would send “clear signal” against underage drinking
Retailers will face stiffer penalties for selling tobacco or hard alcohol to anyone under 18, according to a proposal currently before parliament.
Postimees (Estonia) - Estonian parlt considers measures to restrict availability of alcohol
Members of the Estonian parliament's social affairs and finance committees found at a joint meeting on Monday that more efficient measures are called for to restrict the accessibility and advertising of alcoholic beverages.
Radio Sweden (Sweden) - Alcohol busts on the rise in Sweden
Swedish Customs expects the amount of confiscated alcohol in Sweden to double this year since it has received extended powers to search for and confiscate alcohol and tobacco products with excise duties.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Norway) - Different drinking habits among partners may lead to divorce
Both the amounts and similarity in alcohol use patterns between partners are important risk factors for divorce. It is worst if the wife drinks more than her husband, according to a new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
Informa (Estonia) - Making sense of risk: Young Estonians drink-driving
In Estonia, young people driving under the influence of alcohol is an issue of social concern. In 2009, half of the intoxicated drivers who were involved in traffic accidents were under the age of 30. To understand the phenomenon in a wider perspective, the motives and reasons behind drink-driving need to be understood.
San Francisco Chronicle - Alcohol said to have big role in cancer
Even moderate alcohol use may substantially raise the risk of dying from cancer, according to a study released Thursday offering the first comprehensive update of alcohol-related cancer deaths in decades.
Reuters (Egypt) - Alcohol sale to be banned in Egypt's new suburbs
Two years after the Egyptian revolution that ousted an authoritarian regime, liberals are increasingly concerned that the ruling Islamists are out to curb personal freedoms and build a society in their own image.
Channel 4 News (UK) - Doctors call for alcohol tests during pregnancy
As doctors call for pregnant women to be tested for alcohol intake, Channel 4 News speaks to youngsters left permanently brain damaged by their mothers' drinking.
The Telegraph (Australia) - No alcohol while baby is breastfeeding, says National Heath and Medical Research Council
THE latest infant feeding guidelines have warned against drinking alcohol while breastfeeding because it is associated with deficits in a baby's psychomotor development and disrupts sleep patterns.
The West Australian (Autralia) - Alcohol ban at school sports
Perth's elite private boys' schools have banned spectators from drinking alcohol during interschool sport fixtures or risk the match being forfeited.
The Southern Reporter (Scotland) - How alcohol affects your community
THE Scottish Borders Alcohol Profile was compiled over 12 months by Susan Walker, of the Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, and Erin Murray of Scottish Borders Council. As well as looking at the impact on frontline services, it shows how many people from each town and village in the region are involved in incidents which either find them taken to hospital or result in them being spoken to by a police officer.
Daily Mail - Alcohol is 'responsible for 4% of cancer deaths' but doctors are failing to emphasise the risks, warn experts
Alcohol is responsible for four per cent of all cancer deaths with the significant risk to drinkers 'hiding in plain sight', according to experts. (UK) - Drink up: Alcohol tax set to rise
Chancellor George Osborne is expected to stick to the excise duty escalator, which since 2008 has seen the duty rise each year by two per cent above inflation.
Science Daily - Alcohol Consumption May Be in Response to Smoking Cessation
New findings by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health may help identify situations in which smokers who are trying to quit are at a higher risk of relapse.
Daily Bhaskar (India) - Bihar: BJP minister calls for prohibition on alcohol
Bihar Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Chaube on Saturday called for imposition of prohibition on alcohol in the state and urged women to spearhead a movement in this regard. - Journal: Alcohol causes depression rather than curing it
Bouts of depression are often the direct result of alcohol intake, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. In a February 12 preview of the article, the researchers linked alcohol abuse and the disease of alcoholism to a third of depressive episodes. These periods of depression are different than depressive episodes caused by other life events.
RedOrbit - Clinicians May Miss 3/4 Of Alcohol Problems By Guessing
By relying on hunches rather than posing a few screening questions, primary care clinicians may be missing three-fourths of the alcohol problems in their patients, a newly released analysis shows.
PharmaTimes (EU) - Treatment for alcoholism 'would save thousands'
Thousands of lives could be saved across the EU every year if therapy was used more frequently in alcohol-dependent patients, according to a new study.
BBC News (Isle of Man) - Isle of Man alcoholism affects thousands
About 10,000 people on the Isle of Man are thought to be affected by the problem of alcoholism, according to a local helpline service.
AfricaNews (Malawi) - Alcohol draining Malawi’s development resources
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