Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Alcohol News - 17/2015

EP News (EU) - Alcoholic drinks should state calorie content, say MEPs
Plans for labelling the calorie content of alcoholic beverages should be tabled by the European Commission at the latest in 2016, said MEPs on Wednesday. The resolution calls for a new EU Alcohol Strategy focusing on alcohol consumption by minors and EU-wide labelling to discourage drink driving and drinking while pregnant.
Science Daily - Your adolescent brain on alcohol: Changes last into adulthood
Repeated alcohol exposure during adolescence results in long-lasting changes in the region of the brain that controls learning and memory, according to a research team that used a rodent model as a surrogate for humans. - Do you know how much alcohol you are drinking?
Using units is a simpler way of representing a drink's alcohol content, which is usually expressed by the standard measure ABV, which stands for alcohol by volume.
The Canberra Times (Australia) - ACT moving too slow on alcohol law reform: report authors
The ACT government should move more quickly to reform alcohol laws to improve public safety and reduce health problems from drinking, say the authors of a new report on Australian attitudes.
YLE News (Finland) - It's a crime to supply alcohol to a minor - even your own child
Ahead of the traditionally boozy May Day holiday, substance abuse counsellors are urging adults not to supply alcoholic beverages to those under 18. They say that a surprisingly large proportion obtain them from their parents.
WalesOnline (Wales) - Charity demands regulation of alcohol ads as it accuses industry of 'paying lip service' to moderate drinking message
A Welsh charity has called for tailored health warnings to be included on drinks advertisements. Alcohol Concern Cymru (ACC) today publishes research showing more than half of adverts and advertorials in supermarket magazines do not contain a specific ‘drink responsibly’ message.
aidsmap (France) - Alcohol misuse the strongest predictor of severe liver damage and death in French people with hepatitis C
People with hepatitis C have a much greater risk of liver-related hospitalisation or death if they have an alcohol use disorder or another serious comorbidity such as HIV infection, chronic kidney disease or cancer, according to an analysis of everyone hospitalised in France between 2008 and 2012.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Alcohol is the number one 'date rape' drug in Ireland – experts
While there are cases of sexual predators using drugs such as Rohypnol to incapacitate vulnerable women, secretly giving 'double shots' of alcohol is far more common. - The Weird Reason Why Drinking Alcohol Can Make You Feel Anxious the Next Day
You know the bodily symptoms of a hangover: fatigue, headache, and nausea. But anxiety and other mood problems (like irritability or feeling down) are also pretty common effects of drinking. For some people, these can be intense: If you have panic disorder, for example, heavy imbibing 
can trigger a panic attack, complete with shortness of breath and chest pain.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Coalition criticised for lack of alcohol action
Successive governments have paid "lip service" to tackling the damage caused by alcohol, according to one of the country’s leading authorities on alcohol policy.
EU News (EU) - Alcohol: the risks of excessive consumption
Alcohol poses a major risk to public health: the direct and indirect social cost of alcohol abuse in Europe in 2010 alone is estimated at €155.8 billion. Although alcohol is high in calories and can contribute to obesity, most people have no idea how many calories there are in their drinks.
Medical News Today - Study finds high risk of death from alcohol, drug abuse among former prisoners
Around a third of all deaths among men and half of all deaths among women who have been released from prison are due to drug and alcohol abuse. This is according to a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry.
Science World Report - HIV Infected Men Need Less Alcohol To Feel A 'Buzz'
Researchers at Yale University and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare found that men infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are more sensitive to alcohol than uninfected counterparts.
University Herald - Drinking 1 or 2 Alcoholic Beverages A Day Boosts Liver Disease Risk
Just drinking one or two alcoholic drinks a day could significantly boost your risk for liver disease, according to a recent study.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol bill to be published during summer, Varadkar says
The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will be published this summer with a view to being made law by the end of the year, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said.

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