Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Alcohol News - 41/2014

Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - Dad's heartbreaking letter to dead daughter who drank herself to death at just 24 as he calls for radical change to alcohol laws
JIM Thomson penned the heart-rending letter to his daughter Leigh which we publish today and said: "Your illness meant things were just beyond your control. I just hope that lessons can be learned from your situation."
The Conversation UK (UK) - Medicating alcohol problems shouldn’t mask moralising about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ drinking
The use of nalmefene to reduce alcohol consumption was recently endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Nalmefene is a drug that is used to incrementally reduce cravings for alcohol. NICE recommends it is used, alongside psychosocial treatments such as counselling, to treat people regarded as dependent on alcohol. - Alcohol, not Ebola, possible cause of Briton's death in Macedonia
Doctors in Macedonia have "serious indications" that alcohol, not Ebola, may have killed a British man visiting the Balkan country, a senior health official said on Friday. - Alcohol awareness needed to beat cancer
A Monash University and Cancer Council New South Wales study suggests only 47 per cent of the general public know that alcohol consumption is a risk factor for cancer.
Times of India - Moderate alcohol intake affects sperm quality
The study, published in the journal BMJ Open, examined 1,200 Danish male military recruits between the ages of 18 and 28 years, all of whom underwent a medical examination between 2008 and 2012.
The Guardian (Australia) - Half of Australians unaware excessive alcohol increases cancer risk
Many Australians are putting themselves at risk of developing cancer because they have no idea that drinking too much alcohol is an important risk factor, new research shows.
Herald Sun (Australia) - Booze takes deadly toll as alcohol problems hit harder than drugs
The figures show more than 26,000 Victorians drank themselves into hospital beds in 2012-13 — more than three times those hospitalised for using illicit drugs.
Irish Medical Times (Ireland) - Another round in the alcohol debate
The great debate over our love affair with alcohol is never far from our lips, but at Budget time both sides tend to raise their voices, if not their glasses, that bit more.
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - Massive response to DCC alcohol plan
Plans to bring forward the 4am closing time of Dunedin bars have sparked the highest number of submissions to the Dunedin City Council for any issue in years.

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