Monday, February 25, 2013

Alcohol News - 8/2013

On October 8, 2012, thirteen of world’s largest alcohol producers issued a set of commitments to reduce the harmful use of alcohol worldwide. The commitments were issued in support of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol.
Prague Apartments (Denmark) - Thousands Of Danish Youngsters Get Drunk And Destroy Apartments In Prague
Hot topic in Czech! Media talk about young Danish students coming to Prague because of cheap alcohol and accommodation. Up to 10 000 of young Danes have already visited Prague this winter. However the goal of their stay is not usually a sightseeing but partying, clubbing or simply buying bottles of alcohol that is much cheaper in Czech Republic than in Denmark. (Finland) - Brewers claim 'unprecedented' fall in Finnish alcohol sales
Sales figures from the Federation of the Brewing and Soft Drinks Industry show a 7.4 percent fall in consumption of beers, ciders and other mid-strength alcoholic beverages last year. Soft drink sales fell by 4.4 percent.
ERR News (Estonia/Finland) - 65% of Finnish Personal Imports of Booze Come from Estonia
Finns transported 7.7 million liters of alcohol to Finland from foreign countries in 2012 and 65 percent of the intoxicating liquid originated from Estonia or from the ferries connecting the two countries.
BNN News (Latvia) - Latvia prefers cheaper and stronger alcohol
Last year’s excise tax revenue for alcoholic drinks, except beer, increased by 2.85 million LVL, compared to that of 2011, according to the data from the State Revenue Service (SRS).
The Conversation (Australia) - Social acceptance of alcohol allows us to ignore its harms
Most of us forget that alcohol is a drug so when asked to name drug-related problems, we tend to think of illegal drugs such as cannabis or heroin. But most of us drink, and drinking is an accompaniment to a growing array of activities.
Radio Australia (Australia) - Judge calls for action on alcohol violence 'epidemic”
NSW's top magistrate calls for action to combat an "epidemic" of alcohol-fuelled violence. New South Wales's most senior magistrate has warned that alcohol-fuelled violence has reached "epidemic proportions" and the community is "fed up" with the perpetrators.
CarAdvice (Australia) - Victoria to enforce alcohol interlocks for all drink drivers: report
The Herald Sun reports the Victorian State Government has begun drafting new legislation that would require all drivers caught over the legal blood-alcohol limit to have interlock devices fitted to their car to deter them from reoffending.
Washington Times (Egypt) - Egypt moves to ban alcohol sales
Egypt’s Islamic government will no longer be issuing alcohol permits and will not renew existing ones in certain areas of Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities, an official has said.
RT (Russia) - Alcohol production in Russia drops 30% in a year
An increase in tax is being blamed for the drop in alcohol production in Russia. According to Rosstat production of spirits has dropped by some 30% in the last year, and some manufacturers have cut production by as much as 80%.
Almonitor (Egypt) - Turkey's Creeping Alcohol Ban Reaches New Heights
The neo-Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) that has ruled Turkey for more than 10 years, parallel to boosting its strength and effectiveness, has for a while also been pursuing a multi-phase campaign to exclude alcohol consumption from public life and make it invisible.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - FF: Govt not tackling cheap alcohol issue
In its pre-budget submission, the party asked the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan to include a 10% levy on alcohol sales in off-licences.
Foodprocessing (Australia) - AMA calls for tighter alcohol regulation
The alcohol industry’s self-regulation has failed, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has said, with the industry involved pushing to “lure young people into early and potentially harmful drinking patterns”. The AMA is calling on the federal government to launch an inquiry into alcohol marketing to teenagers and young people.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Alcohol firms treat teens like beer mats, says bishop
TEENAGERS are being used as "beer mats" by giant drinks firms through their sponsorship of GAA, rugby and soccer, a bishop has claimed.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Bishops call for ban on alcohol sponsorships for all youth events
Bishop Eamon Walsh warned it was now time for Ireland to say "enough is enough" in relation to alcohol addiction and the promotion of alcohol to young people.
Independent Voter Network (USA) - Big Alcohol Lobbying in California Raises Health and Safety Concerns
Big Alcohol lobbying in California made an impact during the 2011-2012 legislative session. Alcohol Justice, a self proclaimed industry watchdog, released a report of Big Alcohol’s efforts in Sacramento. (USA) - Final ‘ObamaCare’ rules closing gaps, improving alcohol treatment access in 2014
According to a February 20 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) brief on the Affordable Care Act – slangily called ObamaCare – the nation is poised for the “largest expansion in substance use disorder coverage in a generation.”
BBC News - Gambling and alcohol addiction linked, report says
Gambling and alcohol addiction share greater similarities than previously realised, a new report claims. - EASL unveils new publication - The burden of liver disease in Europe
Major progress has been made in the past 30 years in the knowledge and management of liver disease, yet approximately 29 million Europeans still suffer from a chronic liver condition.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Alcohol is now responsible for 25pc of all drug-related deaths
DRUG-RELATED deaths are continuing to fall with the biggest drop among heroin users. But according to new figures, it was a legal drug – alcohol – that was responsible for a quarter of all the deaths and implicated in almost half of poisonings.

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