Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Alcohol News - 6/2015

Medical News Today - Mortality benefits of moderate alcohol use 'may be overestimated'
Studies have hailed light to moderate alcohol consumption for numerous health benefits, including reduced likelihood of cardiovascular diseases and all-cause mortality. But in a new study published in The BMJ, researchers claim such benefits may have been "overestimated."
Belfast Telegraph (UK) - No alcohol at all in early pregnancy, says report
Women should not drink alcohol at all while they are trying to conceive, or during the first three months of pregnancy, according to new advice.
Daily Mail - Facebook really CAN drive you to drink: Researchers find those who comment on alcohol related posts more likely to fancy a tipple
Facebook really can drive you to drink - or wanting one, at least. Researchers found the more a Facebook user gets involved in alcohol-related pages or posts – whether it's a like, share or comment – the more likely that person is to consider drinking alcohol.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Appointment of former head of alcohol body to RTÉ board approved
The Government has resisted pressure from stakeholders in the health sector and approved the appointment of a former chief executive of Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society (Meas) to the board of RTÉ.
Daily Mail (UK) - Alcohol death rates FOUR times higher among low paid cleaners and labourers than well-off professionals
Drink-related early death rates among low paid workers like bar staff, cleaners and labourers are four times higher than well-paid professionals, a new study showed today.
Medscape (USA) - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Underdiagnosed in Children
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is widely underdiagnosed in young children, preventing them from receiving crucial support services early in life, a new study finds.
Daily Mail - Are you a drinkorexic? Rising number of women are swapping food calories for alcoholic ones, experts warn
Experts have warned that increasing numbers of women are cutting back on food to drink wine - a problem they have called ‘drinkorexia’.
Business Insider - Science says just holding a beer could make you look less intelligent — and less hireable
You don't need a scientist to tell you that people do some dumb things when they've had too much to drink. But just holding a beer can make you look less intelligent, according to a joint study by the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Cutting alcohol consumption: details of new Bill
Advertising alcoholic drinks in a way intended to appeal to children will be banned as part of the Government’s new legislation designed to reduce consumption.
BBC News (UK) - Campaigners want tougher regulation of alcohol adverts
There should be stricter regulations on alcohol advertising because of its impact on children, campaigners say.
The Legal Examiner (USA) - Any Alcohol May Be Too Much for Drivers, Federal Study Reveals
A February 2015 report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration should give pause to anyone who believes that the proverbial “just two glasses of wine with dinner” leaves them safe to drive. - Children now more familiar with ALCOHOL brands than biscuits and crisps, says study
Primary school children as young as 10 are more familiar with beer brands than leading brands of biscuits, crisps and ice cream, according to a study.
Irish Independent (Scotland) - Scottish price plans referred to Europe
Plans to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol in Scotland have been met with huge opposition and have been referred to the European Court of Justice with a decision due some time next year.

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