Thursday, February 25, 2016

Alcohol News - 8/2016

BBC (Wales) - Alcohol link in third of young people drowning cases
A third of cases of young people who drowned in Wales involved alcohol, a report has found. Public Health Wales' child death review programme looked at 26 deaths involving people aged 24 and under between October 2009 and September 2014.
EurekAlert - Alcohol exposure during pregnancy affects multiple generations
When a mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy, even a small dose, she can increase the chances that the next three generations may develop alcoholism, according to a new study from Binghamton University.
The Russian Ministry of Trade is working to overturn a ban on selling alcohol near schools, believing the law had only resulted in financial losses for state and business, national daily Vedomosti reports.
Duke Chronicle (USA) - Researchers’ findings about effects of alcohol inform state task force
Scientists at Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are working with the state government on an initiative to educate parents and the public as a whole about the effect of alcohol on adolescent brains. - Fetal alcohol exposure results in permanent fragmentation in slow-wave sleep
Slow-wave sleep - the deeper sleep during which the brain turns each day's events into permanent memories - is fragmented in adulthood in people exposed to high levels of alcohol in the womb.
TVNZ - What's it like to raise a child with foetal alcohol syndrome?
Seven Sharp met and talked with six mums and their kids affected by FAS. It's a topic most people don't realise the true extent of damage drinking while pregnant can have on unborn kids.
MedicalXpress - Research pinpoints devastating impacts of fetal alcohol syndrome
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are affected by a range of problems, including anxiety, depression, aggression, delinquency and diminished learning capacity a new review of evidence reveals. (Canada) - Drinking game deaths far too common, says N.S. Doctor
Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health says the recent death of an 18-year old after a drinking game is a far too common occurrence and communities need to start taking the problem far more seriously.
LSE - Tobacco, alcohol and processed food industries – fitting them into the public health agenda
One thing even politicians can agree on is that we will all, eventually, die. But what we die of, and at what age, is changing. Non-communicable diseases are increasingly accounting for excessive morbidity and mortality burdens. Here, Katherine Smith and colleagues outline different approaches to public health, contrasting those who blame individuals and those who blame corporations for this transition. Comparing tobacco, alcohol and processed food industries helps outline an important research agenda.
News Guardian (UK) - Half of people suffering due to alcohol
More than half of people in the north east have suffered due to someone else drinking alcohol in the last 12 months, a new report has revealed.
Times of India (India) - Govt eyes health cess on tobacco, alcohol
Union health minister J P Nadda has in a formal communication asked the finance minister to look at the feasibility of levying a new 'sin tax' or 'health cess' on 'demerit goods' like tobacco and alcohol, suggesting the proceeds be used by the government exclusively for investment in public health.
EurekAlert - Predicted impact of different alcohol taxation and pricing policies on health inequalities
Alcohol-content-based taxation or minimum unit pricing (MUP) are both predicted to reduce health inequalities more than taxation based on product value (ad valorem taxes) or alcohol tax increases under the current system (excise duty plus value added tax) in England, according to research published this week in PLOS Medicine.
Counsel and Heal - Poor Lifestyle Coupled with Alcohol Drinking Multiplies Harm
According to a new research, drinkers who live in the poor areas suffer from poor health as compared to wealthy drinkers because they are likely to have other harmful behaviors too.

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