Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Alcohol News - 46/2014 - Snorting alcohol is dangerous trend among young adults
A new way to get drunk has local police departments and health agencies concerned. Young adults are now snorting small shots of alcohol, primarily gin. It is the latest fad in the world of intoxication and it is dangerous.
U.S. News & World Report (USA) - Alcohol Taxes May Give Boost to Public Health, Economy
Some may believe that raising taxes on alcohol products will cost jobs in the service sector, but a new study suggests that's made up for by job creation elsewhere.
Medical Xpress - When it comes to teen alcohol use, close friends have more influence than peers
A recent study by an Indiana University researcher has found that adolescents' alcohol use is influenced by their close friends' use, regardless of how much alcohol they think their general peers consume.
Medical News Today - Moderate alcohol benefits: only for 15% of population
Alcoholic consumption (ethanol intake) at "moderate" level, up to 1 drink a day for women (corresponding to 14 g or 0.6 ounces of ethanol) and 2 drinks a day for men is associated with a decreased risk of coronary heart disease.
New Hampshire Public Radio (USA) - Drug, Alcohol Abuse Drag Down N.H. Economy By $1.8 Billion
Drug and alcohol abuse put a $1.84 billion strain on the New Hampshire economy in 2012, according to a new study. That figure was almost three percent of the state’s GDP in that same year.
Medical Xpress - Chronic alcohol intake can damage white matter pathways across the entire brain
Chronic misuse of alcohol results in measurable damage to the brain. Chronic drinking may be particularly damaging to the integrity of frontal white matter tracts, which can interfere with cognitive and inhibitory control that, in turn, is important to achieve and maintain abstinence.
The Citizen (South Africa) - Alcohol causing erectile dysfunction in SA men
Almost half of South African men could be at risk of erectile dysfunction (ED) because of excessive drinking, according to a survey released on Wednesday.
The Guardian (UK) - Tories plan sobriety bracelet punishment for alcohol-related crimes
People who are convicted of criminal damage or common assault committed under the influence of alcohol could be forced to wear a “sobriety bracelet” for four months, as an alternative to going to prison.
To Your Health - Alcohol Consumption Strongly Linked to Risk of Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in females and the third most common cancer in males worldwide. (UK) - Hidden toll of drinking among retired professional women
Doctors have voiced alarm over a hidden toll of alcoholism among elderly middle class women, partly fuelled by the growth of online shopping delivery services.
ABC Online (Australia) - New laws target supply of alcohol to under-age drinkers in Western Australia
People who supply alcohol to under-age drinkers in Western Australia without their parents permission could face hefty fines if legislation being drafted is passed.
Evening Standard - 'Vodka ice cream for children’: Government accused of helping alcohol companies sell booze products to children
The Government is facing accusations that it is helping drinks companies sell alcoholic products to children.
Autoblog (EU) - European lobby group calls for end of alcohol sponsorship in F1
According to the letter published by the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, drunk driving accounted for 6,500 deaths (or 25 percent of road deaths) across Europe in 2010. Based on those numbers, and drawing a direct (if rather tenuous) correlation between drunk driving and alcohol sponsorship in motor racing, the organization known as Eurocare is calling on the FIA to ban liquor companies from sponsoring F1 teams and events.
VOX - Nutrition labels for alcohol, explained
Virtually everything you can buy at a grocery store comes with a nutrition label. Except one thing — alcoholic beverages. Why is alcohol exempt? The short answer is that, mainly as a legacy of Prohibition, alcoholic beverages aren't regulated by the FDA, but a different federal agency called the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) — and this agency doesn't require nutritional labeling.
Herald Scotland (Scotland) - Signs at Border to warn of new drink-drive limit
ELECTRONIC road signs near the Border with England are to be used to alert motorists entering Scotland to the forthcoming change in the drink-drive limit.
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - Earlier closing equals less harm: police
When people leave bars there will be trouble in the streets, but if they leave them earlier the trouble is likely to be less, Dunedin police say.

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