Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Alcohol News - 2/2015 - Working more than 48 hours a week increases risk of alcohol abuse
Finnish researchers found that longer working hours increased the likelihood of higher alcohol use by 11 per cent.
Science 2.0 (USA) - 50 Percent Of Fatal Crashes With Young Victims Involved Pot Or Alcohol – Study
US states as different as California, West Virginia and Hawaii share one thing in common - half of automobile fatalities involving young drivers, ages 16 to 25 years, involved pot or alcohol. And those results were from years before the cultural push to make marijuana legal.
New York Post - Are celebrities promoting drugs and alcohol on Instagram?, a website for those looking to help themselves or a friend recover from substance addiction, took a long look at the most influential celebrities on Instagram to dissect how often they are photographed with drugs and/or alcohol — and the results are quite surprising.
Medscape - Fetal Alcohol Exposure Often Mistaken as Behavioral Issues
Children referred to a specialist because of behavioral problems may have undiagnosed fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), suggest results of a new study.
Medical Xpress (Australia) - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder cases in WA doubles
The number of recorded cases of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in Western Australia has doubled in the past 30 years, demonstrating improved awareness and diagnosis of the disorder within the community.
The Conversation AU - Should scientists work with industry on alcohol policy?
It’s undeniable that there’s an irreconcilable conflict of interest in the alcohol industry being involved in developing health policy. And by participating in meetings involving industry representatives, scientists risk giving credibility to a fundamentally flawed process that’s unlikely to produce sound policy.
Medical Daily - Adolescent Alcohol Use: Parents' Attitude Toward Alcohol Often Predicts If Their Children Will Drink
A parent’s attitudes and habits more often than not influence their child’s attitudes and habits. For parents looking to protect their children against the adverse effects of alcohol use during childhood, a lax attitude toward alcohol use is not the best course of action. (New Zealand) - Work set to resume on new Local Alcohol Policy for Rotorua
Work on developing a new Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) for Rotorua is about to resume having been on hold pending the outcome of appeals in other cities.
Cancer Research UK (UK) - Majority of public unaware of alcohol's link with cancer
More than half of the British public are unaware of the link between alcohol consumption and cancer, according to a survey from the Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA). (UK) - Put up drink prices to stop A&E crisis, say doctors
Doctors call for a 50p minimum unit price for alcohol to help tackle a culture of “excessive alcohol consumption”.
BBC News (Finland) - Finland: Alcohol prizes banned in pub quizzes
Pub quiz winners in Finland used to look forward to a few free pints for their efforts, but new alcohol laws mean that's now a thing of the past, it's been reported.
EurActiv (EU) - Holiday season hangovers cost €155.8 billion a year in Europe
Employee hangovers related to the holiday season are expensive for EU businesses and societies as a whole. According to a review of the academic literature done by the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) on behalf of the Commission, alcohol‐attributable social costs are estimated at up to €155.8 billion a year in Europe.

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