Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Alcohol News - 11/2017

Eurekalert - Depression, alcohol, and marijuana linked to later use of synthetic marijuana among teens
In the first prospective study of synthetic cannabinoids or SCs - the group of chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana - researchers have found that symptoms of depression, drinking alcohol, or using marijuana was linked to an increased risk of SC use one year later.
Daily Mail - Are teenagers replacing drugs and alcohol with TECHNOLOGY?
Research suggests teenagers might be so glued to their smartphones, tablets and televisions that they no longer have time for drugs and alcohol.
Flanders Today (Belgium) - Youngsters putting off drinking alcohol, according to study
The consumption of alcohol by teenagers is decreasing, and they are also starting to drink at a later age. The figures comes from the annual study among secondary school students published by VAD, the Flemish expertise centre for addiction problems related to alcohol, drugs and gambling.
EurActiv (EU) - Commission grants industry additional year to propose alcohol labelling information
Following a two-year delay, the European Commission presented its proposal on alcohol information on Monday (13 March), giving the alcoholic beverages industry an additional year to come up with a “self-regulatory” proposal. (USA) - Majority of students focusing on future, not alcohol
With media so focused on the high-risk drinking behaviors of and consequences for Miami University students, it is important to recognize that these actions are being carried out by a small minority. Out of 16,980 undergraduates in Oxford, the focus has been on the behavior of fewer than 30 or so students.
Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland) - Alcohol abuse costs economy £900m a year, addiction charity says
Alcohol misuse costs the Northern Ireland economy almost £1 billion a year, research showed. Drinking too much caused lost productivity, premature death and unemployment, according Addiction NI.
Men's Journal (USA) - Utah Is About to Lower Its Legal Blood Alcohol Limit to .05%
Utah is quite possibly about to become even less attractive to tourists. Thanks to legislation passed earlier this week, the state may soon be lowering the blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit for drivers to .05 percent, down from .08 percent, which is standard for the rest of the country.
A recent survey conducted by iReach Insights shows that 57% of adults think far too much alcohol is consumed on St Patrick’s Day.
The Australian (Australia) - Cashless welfare card ‘cuts use of alcohol and drugs
A cashless welfare card that stops government benefits being spent on drugs and alcohol will be made permanent in two remote communities and looks set to be ­expanded, after trials found it greatly reduced rates of substance abuse and gambling.
Live Science - Many Women Still Drink Alcohol When Trying to Get Pregnant
About half of pregnant women in the United States drink alcohol around the time they become pregnant or in early pregnancy, usually before they know they are expecting, a new study suggests.
Canadian Underwriter (Canada) - Toronto city staff warn of ‘increased risk-taking behaviour’ when combining alcohol with caffeine drinks
Toronto’s board of health will consider Monday a proposal to require organizers of events on city property to “be familiar” with a federal government warning against mixing alcohol with caffeinated energy drinks.
Waikato Times (New Zealand) - Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – an invisible generation of sufferers
A teenage boy burgles a house, gets caught and is sent straight to bootcamp. The young man is whipped into shape by a daily diet of early-morning starts and army drills. He learns about authority, self esteem and team building. When he gets out, his report positively glows.
The Hindu (India) - Kids’ access to alcohol a concern: HC
Expressing concern over the easy access that schoolchildren have to tobacco products and alcohol in Tamil Nadu, Justice N. Kirubakaran of the Madras High Court on Tuesday observed that “if the situation is allowed to continue, Tamil Nadu might become another Punjab.”

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