Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Alcohol News - 47/2014

The Guardian (UK) - Young people increasingly alcohol abstainers or risky drinkers, drug survey finds
National drug survey finds smoking on the decline and methamphetamine use stable, but people in remote areas much more likely to use drugs.
Zee News - Empty liquor bottles can reveal alcohol use
Can counting the empty liquor bottles in dustbins gauge drinking habits of people? Yes, say researchers, adding that this is an inexpensive, unobtrusive and relatively easy method. (UK) - The lethal Polish booze that's 95% alcohol available to teenagers on internet
Online shopping giant Amazon has halted sales of the 95%-alcohol vodka that killed a girl at her 18th birthday party. (EU) - Alcohol must be 'top public health priority'
Raising awareness and developing a common evidence base are crucial to reducing alcohol-related harm, write Gauden Galea and Lars Møller.
The West Australian (Australia) - Worry over teen alcohol harm
Alcohol-fuelled violence, drink-driving and damage to developing brains are the biggest fears of West Australians when it comes to young people drinking.
ITAR-TASS (Russia) - Alcohol to blame for half of suicides in Russia — analysts
Russia is among the top ten countries with the highest suicide rates with one in two cases related to alcoholism, professor of the Serbsky Institute’s laboratory of ecological and social problems says. (Romania) - Study: One in ten young Romanians drink alcohol several times a week
One in ten young Romanians drink alcohol several times a week, while 44% don’t consume alcohol at all, according to a study published on the Romanian Ministry of Youth’s website. Almost 20% of respondents say they drink alcohol once every few months, 13% – few times a month, 8% – once a month and 7% – once a week.
Medical Daily - Long-Term Effects Of Alcohol Impair Brain's Pathways That Underlie Impulse Control
The idea alcohol has negative effects on the brain isn’t anything new. Previous studies, however, have only measured these effects through behavior and post-mortem studies — not scans of the actual brain.
Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - Young people's alcohol awareness campaign team up to raise cash for vulnerable kids
CAT COCHRANE explains how the groups Whose Round and Best Bar None have combined to raise cash for vulnerable children across Scotland throughout the festive period.
USA TODAY (USA) - Study: Heavy drinkers are rarely alcoholics
A new study by the CDC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration finds that 1 in 3 American adults meet the definition of heavy drinking—for men, having five or more drinks in one sitting or 15 or more in a week; for women, having four or more drinks in one sitting or eight or more in a week.
Scotsman - Drinkers snubbing ‘unrealistic’ alcohol limits
DRINKERS are disregarding alcohol guidelines because they say the limits are too removed from their own lifestyle.

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