Thursday, February 2, 2017

Alcohol News - 5/2017

Medical Daily - Health Benefits Of Alcohol Are Exaggerated And Likely Non-Existent, Suggests Study
Every so often, research surfaces that highlights the supposed benefits of drinking alcohol, but a new study suggests these findings are exaggerated; there is no real connection between alcohol and good health; and even “moderate drinking” may be detrimental, especially in elderly individuals.
The Guardian (Australia) - Alcohol industry subverting science to prevent greater regulation, study finds
The alcohol industry makes claims to governments that contradict and obfuscate science in an attempt to influence marketing regulations and prevent more stringent controls on products, an Australian study has found.
Nyasa Times (Malawi) - Malawi Alcohol Policy Alliance pledges to end alcohol abuses
Despite the ban of packets of liquor sachets of alcohol there is still a proliferation of teenagers still struggling to finish their secondary school, says Malawi Alcohol Policy alliance (MAPA).
K2 Radio (USA) - Wyoming Bill Would Raise Alcohol Tax to Help Fund Schools
A bill approved by a committee vote on Wednesday would raise the tax on alcoholic and malt beverages in Wyoming and direct the majority of revenue collected toward education funding. (USA) - New research finds increase in mortality rates caused by drugs, alcohol and suicide
Nationwide, the mortality rate from deaths caused by drugs, alcohol and suicide rose 52 percent from 2000 to 2014, according to new research from the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. Most of the increase was driven by a surge in prescription opioid and heroin overdoses.
Medical Xpress - Study finds divorce increases risk for developing alcohol use disorders
Divorce is causally related to a significant increase in risk for development of alcohol use disorders, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Lund University in Sweden.
ITV News (Wales) - Thousands of drinkers die without accessing alcohol treatment services
Thousands of people who died from alcohol related causes had no contact with treatment services, despite repeated hospital admission and A&E attendance, according to a new report.
Expatica Belguim (Belgium) - 100,000 forswear alcohol in February
Nearly 100,000 Belgians intend to take part in the "Tournée Minerale" initiative of the Anti-Cancer Foundation and the Flemish Centre for Alcohol and Drugs.
Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - Alcohol misuse cost West Lothian over £60 million
Over 1000 people in West Lothian were admitted to hospital with alcohol related issues in 2015 with excessive drinking costing the taxpayer an estimated £60 million per year.
Huffington Post South Africa (South Africa) - Never Mind Dry January, We Should Probably All Give Up Alcohol
The new inconvenient truth is that we should probably all give up alcohol - for good. Most of us will have a friend attempting Dry January, swerving the demon drink for a month for varying reasons: to live more healthily, assuage festive guilt, avoid hangovers, save money or prove their willpower.
News ERR (Estonia) - Government approves bill restricting alcohol sales, advertising
The Estonian government on Thursday confirmed a Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski's bill making changes to the Alcohol Act and Advertising Act before sending it on to the Riigikogu. (UK) - Local alcohol action areas will tackle alcohol related harms
On the 27 January the Home Office launched a new phase of the programme to tackle alcohol-related crime and health harms and create a more diverse night-time economy. The programme initially launched in February 2014 covering 20 areas.
RANZCP (Australia) - RANZCP calls on the government to act on alcohol-related harms
Increasing the price of alcohol, limiting the number and density of outlets selling alcohol and raising the age when you can buy alcohol are among new recommendations from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.
ALDE (EU) - Alcohol: it’s no laughing matter
Alcohol abuse has a large impact on our society, whether it is on the societal, social or economic level. With her report, Ewa-May Karlsson focuses on future action and prevention plans for alcohol-related issues at the EU level with an important contribution from local authorities.

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