Thursday, September 28, 2017

Alcohol News - 39/2017

Business Insider (Finland) - Finland is considering to hike alcohol limits to 5,5% — and it turns out the ambassadors of Denmark, Portugal and other major booze exporters have secretly lobbied the effort
When Finland and Sweden joined the EU in 1995, one of the conditions was that the alcohol monopolies be broken up under Brussels competition rules. Although the production and distribution sides of that bargain were honored, state-owned retail monopolies for drinks containing over a fixed alcohol volume continue: Systembolaget in Sweden and Alko in Finland are the only retailers allowed to sell spirits, wines and other strong drinks.
The West Australian (Australia) - Figures show employed Aussies turn to alcohol, cocaine to cope
Employed people are more inclined to regularly drink riskier levels of alcohol than the unemployed, data suggests.
EurekAlert - Interventions for alcohol and hypertension could save hundreds of lives across EU
Routine screening and interventions for hazardous and harmful alcohol use for people with hypertension in primary care could save hundreds of lives across the European Union, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Medicine.
BBC News - Sporty people likely to drink more alcohol, survey finds
People in Wales who exercise regularly are more likely to drink above the recommended alcohol allowance than those who do no sport, a survey has found.
The Independent (UK) - Government accused of cutting vital drug and alcohol services as £43m slashed from addiction budgets
The Government has been accused of presiding over “staggering cuts” to vital drug and alcohol services, forcing town halls to slash £43m from addiction budgets in one year.
SBS (Australia) - Sport alcohol sponsorship must go: experts
Analysis shows one-third of complaints made to the Alcohol Review Board (AARB) over the past five years were sport-related, prompting renewed calls for alcohol sponsorship of sport to be banned.
The Sydney Morning Herald - Reduce alcohol by a litre a year, see a 15 per cent reduction in liver cancer
Reducing Australia's per-capita alcohol consumption by just one litre a year would drive a significant reduction in head, neck and liver cancer deaths.
The Guardian (USA) - From sex to alcohol, American teenagers are in no rush to grow up
Kids today: they just don’t drink and have sex like they used to. According to a new study, young people are defying the expectations of adults yet again by failing to accelerate themselves towards adulthood with the characteristic speed of their teenage predecessors.
Elle UK Magazine (UK) - One In Ten Millenials Think Getting Drunk Is 'Cool', Says Study
A new report has been published this month which claims that millennials are increasingly more inclined to swap pints of beer for wheatgrass shots and prioritise wellness over intoxication.
Saskatoon StarPhoenix (Canada) - Prince Albert declares Oct. 2 'No Alcohol Day'
Prince Albert will mark ‘No Alcohol Day’ on Oct. 2. It will coincide with events being held around the world as part of the World Health Assembly’s ‘No Alcohol Day’.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Last orders for ministerial conflicts with alcohol industry?
When Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe was asked at a briefing in July about whether it was appropriate for him to hold shares in Diageo, given the ongoing debate over alcohol taxation, he seemed perplexed.
The Independent - Brighter Futures: Challenging perceptions of Millennials
A new report has been published which claims that millennials are all “sober socialites,” shunning boozy nights out and pub trips for green smoothies (packed with protein and veg rather than sugary fruit, natch) and wellness festivals.
Reuters (USA) - Dozens of alcohol-flavored tobacco products may lure teens
Nearly 50 alcohol-flavored tobacco product lines are marketed by more than 400 tobacco brands in the United States and these products may especially attract teens, luring them into tobacco addiction, according to a new study.
Healio - Psoriasis increases risk for alcohol-related mortality
Individuals with psoriasis were at a 60% increased risk for mortality due to alcohol-related causes, according to recent findings.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Health chiefs to ban free alcoholic drinks at hairdressers
Health chiefs are to call time on free alcoholic drinks in hair salons. The growing trend sees gin and tonics or glasses of prosecco offered in place of the traditional tea or coffee.
HealthDay - Booze Often Glorified On YouTube Videos
If kids only watched YouTube for insights into drinking, they'd get a very slanted view, new research shows.
The Times - Facebook lets users block alcohol adverts
Facebook users can block adverts in their news feed for the first time — but only those relating to booze and parenting.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Alcohol News - 38/2017

The Portugal News (Portugal) - Alcohol, tobacco and drug consumption rise over last five years
Consumption of alcohol, tobacco and illegal psychoactive substances, mainly cannabis, have increased in the last five years in Portugal, according to a study by the Intervention Service for Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD).
Rand Daily Mail (South Africa) - Western Cape government planning massive clampdown on alcohol sales
It's going to be much harder to buy a beer in Cape Town‚ if the Western Cape government has its way.
TIME - Teens Today Are Having Sex, Dating and Drinking Less Than They Used To
Contrary to popular belief, today’s kids are not growing up too fast. According to a new study published in the journal Child Development, they’re growing up slower than they used to.
Penn State News - Drinking to cope with stress may increase risk of alcohol problems
It can be tempting for some to reach for a cold beer after a stressful day, but drinking alcohol to relieve stress could potentially lead to drinking problems down the road, according to Penn State researchers.
IFLScience - No, Scientists Didn't Say Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant Is Okay
There were quite a few headlines making the rounds last week that light drinking during pregnancy “might be okay”. This was apparently based on a recent study. (Ireland) - Alcohol Bill tops Cabinet priorities for new Dáil term
The Cabinet has agreed on the legislation that will come before the Oireachtas this autumn. The priority legislation identified by the Cabinet included the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, which will set a minimum unit price for alcohol.
Irish Times (Ireland) - ‘De-normalisation’ of alcohol purchases targeted by health body
New legislation is aimed at both “de-normalising” the sale of alcohol and reducing impulse buying, which accounts for almost one-third of alcohol purchases, according to the vice-chairman of the association representing public health staff.
The Punch (Zimbabwe) - Zimbabwe moves to ban sales of alcohol during weekdays
The Zimbabwean government is planning to enact a law barring the sale of alcohol from Monday to Friday, some hours of the day and to expectant women, in order to curb abuse.
Science Daily - Immune system linked to alcohol drinking behavior
Researchers from the University of Adelaide have found a new link between the brain's immune system and the desire to drink alcohol in the evening.
New York Times (USA) - Alcohol Abuse Is Rising Among Older Adults
In the summer, Henry Wrenn-Meleck likes to sit on the stoop of his building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, observing the passing urban parade. (UK) - UK alcohol damage mapped: The areas of Britain where drink is taking heaviest toll
Hospital admissions linked to liver damage have doubled in a decade, according to new figures which show the parts of the country where alcohol is taking the heaviest toll.
Reuters (Thailand) - Thailand sets new excise tax on alcohol, cigarettes
Thailand’s new excise tax law will see higher prices of certain goods, including some alcoholic beverages and cigarettes, and should generate about 12 billion baht ($360 million) in tax revenue, a senior government official said on Saturday.
YLE News (Finland) - Retailers welcome alcohol reform, addiction experts warn of health risks
Alcohol law reform was on parliament's agenda on Thursday, with a government proposal to make stronger drinks available in supermarkets submitted for consideration by Mps.
iMedicalApps - Using Virtual Reality to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Teens
Could a virtual reality (VR) house party app help deter or decrease underage drinking? A team of researchers from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, thinks it can, with their mobile VR app Blurred Minds: Perfect Pour.
The Slovak Spectator (Slovakia) - Slovaks drink less and less
Behind the decline in alcohol consumption is, for example, the abandoning of the habit of drinking at work – typical especially during communism, according to an expert.
EURACTIV (Greece) - Greece backtracks on ‘ineffective’ excise tax on wine
The Greek government will soon table an amendment to abolish excise duty on wine as it has not brought the desired financial results, Greek Minister for Agricultural Development and Food Evangelos Apostolou said.
ScienceNordic - This is what drinking does to the brain
The brain’s billions of neurons are always active in any living person. They are interlinked in a network that sends electrical pulses to one another. This happens in everything we do – if we are thinking, running, smiling, remembering, sensing or simply scratching an arm. - Alcohol use linked to higher risk for road-traffic injury in Latin America and the Caribbean
Road-traffic injuries (RTIs), which are often fatal, are regrettable consequences of modern transportation. According to the World Health Organization, low- and middle-income countries have road-traffic fatality rates that are double those of high-income countries.
Evening Times (Scotland) - Alcohol price rise needed, say health campaigners
Alcohol Focus Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to consider re-instating measures like the retailer levy on supermarkets selling alcohol to raise cash.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

FASD News - 37/2017

NHS Choices - No change to alcohol guidelines for pregnancy
This follows a review of international research looking at whether low-to-moderate alcohol consumption – no more than 1 to 2 units, once or twice a week – was linked with adverse pregnancy outcomes.
BBC News (Scotland) - New campaign urges women to avoid alcohol in pregnancy
A new hard-hitting health campaign will urge women to avoid drinking any alcohol during pregnancy.
The Herald (Scotland) - Why it is vital to avoid alcohol during pregnancy
CLAIMS of “fake news” have become rampant, particularly in America. The bigger problem here is one of misleading myths and half-truths about health that are neither innocent nor harmless.
CTV News (Canada) - Looking for change on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day
R.J. Formanek lives with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and addressed a gathering of others affected at the Westminster Family Centre, telling them, “When I got a diagnosis, it freed me to think, ‘What goes on in my brain, while different is not wrong.”
Times LIVE (South Africa) - Silence to highlight dangers of drinking while pregnant
Tomorrow‚ September 9‚ at 9.08am‚ people around the world will stand in silence for a single minute. At 9.09 a bell will be rung to break the silence.
Courier-Times - Bells to remind others of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) encourages businesses or anyone who has a bell to ring it for one minute at 9:09 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 to remind the public of the nine months of pregnancy.
WDEL 1150AM (USA) - A second epidemic: Fetal alcohol syndrome and how Delaware will fight it
As Delaware continues to struggle with an addiction epidemic, substance exposure in infants has been getting worse, but the state is taking steps to combat that problem.
Genetic Literacy Project - Alcohol consumption by fathers could lead to fetal alcohol syndrome
Fathers-to-be have been warned to avoid alcohol or risk affecting the health and well-being of their unborn child. Paternal alcohol use can lead to decreased newborn birth weight, marked reduction in overall brain size and impaired cognitive function.
One of the most destructive diseases linked with alcohol consumption is fetal alcohol syndrome. It is a particular type of disease which is common in women only. Usually, it hits when a pregnant woman drinks high amounts of alcohol which reaches to her fetus, the growing baby inside her. - Living with fetal alcohol syndrome
It wasn’t until her adopted son had reached kindergarten that Laurie Whyte realized he had fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Gizmodo - No, Scientists Did Not Say Light Drinking During Pregnancy Was Okay
“I don’t know” and “yes” are very different things. “I don’t know if my child is allergic to peanuts” does not mean, “yes, I should feed my child peanuts.” “I don’t know if this berry is poisonous” does not mean, “yes, I should eat this berry.” And “I don’t know if light drinking will harm my pregnancy” does not mean, “I should drink alcohol while I’m pregnant.”
The New Daily - Scientists reject new study on drinking alcohol while pregnant
UK research has suggested drinking alcohol while pregnant could be safe when consumed in small quantities, but Australian experts are not convinced.
Charleston Post Courier - During Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month, experts underscore danger of drinking while pregnant
Kris Rife adopted her son as a baby more 20 years ago but didn't find out until he was 14 that he had probably been exposed to alcohol in his birth mother's womb.
Huffington Post South Africa (South Africa) - Severe Adverse Effects Of Excessive Alcohol During Pregnancy Are Not Limited To Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
'Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders' is the summary term to describe physical and neurobehavioural problems in children exposed to alcohol in utero. It consists of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), partial FAS, alcohol-related birth defects and alcohol-related neurological disorders. (Canada) - Yukon looks for better ways to deal with FASD
The Yukon government has created what it calls an "inter-agency committee" to come up with a long-term plan to address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the territory. - "Talking About FASD And Helping People Understand It"
A man from eastern Manitoba who lives with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) says he wants to speak out more about what FASD is and how to prevent more children from being born with the disorder.
Terrace Standard - Society needs to think about FASD in positive way
When Myles Himmelreich was a child and diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), the doctor only told his parents that he would have trouble learning and reading. But a lot more was going on mentally and physically. - Care for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to be expanded following new QLD funding
Care for children and their families dealing with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is to be expanded in Queensland following new funding for a Griffith University project.
The Telegram (Newfoundland and Labrador) - FASD group has recommendations for N.L. Government
A landscape paper on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in Newfoundland and Labrador is nudging the provincial government with recommendations to improve care.
Neurology Advisor - Assessing the Global Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The global prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) among children is estimated at 7.7 per 1000 in the general population, according to a review published in JAMA Pediatrics.
The West Australian (Australia) - Aussie men urged to forgo alcohol to support pregnant spouse
Aussie men are being urged to take a pregnant pause from drinking to support their partners when they’re expecting a baby.

That's Oxfordshire - The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Trust talk to us about FASD Awareness
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a term which describes the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank during pregnancy. It can effect physical, mental and behavioral as well as learning disabilities.
Telethon Kids Institute - Making FASD History in the Pilbara: Tracy's story
In part 1 of this three part series highlighting the work of Telethon Kids, BHP and the Wirraka Maya Health Service to make FASD history in the Pilbara, we meet Tracy.
Practical Behaviour Solutions – FASD
The disastrous effects of alcohol on an unborn foetus.
Telethon Kids Institute - Making FASD History in the Pilbara: Sissy's story
In part 2 of this three part series highlighting the work of Telethon Kids, BHP and the Wirraka Maya Health Service to make FASD history in the Pilbara, we meet Margaret ‘Sissy’ Ramirez.
Telethon Kids Institute - Making FASD History in the Pilbara: Alfred's story
In the final video of this three part series highlighting the work of Telethon Kids, BHP and the Wirraka Maya Health Service to make FASD history in the Pilbara, we meet Alfred.
REACH For It! Waterloo Region - It's Our Story
"It's Our Story"- A hopeful video celebrating community collaboration and the potential of those living with FASD.
FAREAustralia - National health campaigns and International FASD Awareness Day promote alcohol-free pregnancy
FARE Australia's Pregnant Pause Project Officer Kamara Buchanan shares about International FASD Awareness Day and the two national health campaigns that are raising awareness about being alcohol free to prevent FASD.

International Journal of Biological Sciences - In Utero Alcohol Exposure and the Alteration of Histone Marks in the Developing Fetus: An Epigenetic Phenomenon of Maternal Drinking
Here, we attempted to collect all the available information concerning alcohol-mediated histone modifications during gestational fetal development. We hope that this review will aid researchers to further examine the issues associated with ethanol exposure.
Universitaire Pers Maastricht - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - Knowledge Synthesis
This report describes current knowledge and gaps in knowledge regarding FASD in the Netherland.  The  steps  of  Intervention  Mapping  (IM)  are  used  as  a  framework  for analyzing this situation.
Women Health Open J - Pregnant Women Never Drink Alone
Over the course of the next few months, the readers will be provided with a highly topical three part series of articles on the adverse impacts of alcohol on the human foetus, and thus on the offspring who suffer the consequences of the defects they inherit.
Ugeskrift for laeger - A Danish fetal alcohol spectrum disorders definition
The Danish Paediatric Society presents the first Danish definition of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in a new guideline. FASD is an umbrella term for conditions caused by prenatal alcohol exposure.
Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders - Unpacking the Heterogeneity of Cognitive Functioning in Children and Adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Determining the Role of Moderators and Strengths
Children and adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) experience significant impairments in cognitive functioning, though substantial within-group heterogeneity is often observed.
Bentham Science Publishers - The Hidden Face of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Most studies of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) have focused on children with the disorder. Much less attention has been given to morbidity and mortality among other family members.
The University of Western Ontario - Amelioration of prenatal alcohol effects by environmental enrichment in a mouse model of FASD
Maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy results in a spectrum of behavioural and cognitive deficits collectively known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Currently, little is know about if and how the external environment may modulate these deficits.
Early Human Development - The effect of prenatal substance use and maternal contingent responsiveness on infant affect
The effects of prenatal substance exposure on neurobehavioral outcomes are inherently confounded by the effects of the postnatal environment, making it difficult to disentangle their influence.
BMJ Paediatrics - Digital assessment of the fetal alcohol syndrome facial phenotype: reliability and agreement study
To examine the three facial features of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in a cohort of Australian Aboriginal children from two-dimensional digital facial photographs to: (1) assess intrarater and inter-rater reliability; (2) identify the racial norms with the best fit for this population; and (3) assess agreement with clinician direct measures.
CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics - Prenatal alcohol exposure enhances the susceptibility to NMDA-induced generalized tonic-clonic seizures in developing rats
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is associated with a higher likelihood of developing generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS) in infants and children. However, experimental studies of PAE-related seizures have yielded conflicting results.
Maternal and Child Health Journal - Patterns of Alcohol Intake of Pregnant and Lactating Women in Rural Western Australia
Monitoring surveys and research outline a paucity of alcohol consumption data for women in the period of lactation, particularly in rural areas of developed countries.
Journal of Clinical Nursing - Pregnant Substance Abusers in Voluntary and Coercive treatment in Norway: therapists' reflections on change processes and attachment experiences
To explore therapists’ discourses on treatment processes, when working with pregnant substance abusers in voluntary and coercive treatment, and looking for the clinical implications of these discourses.
Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure in Relation to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Findings from the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED)
Prenatal alcohol exposure can affect neurodevelopment, but few studies have examined associations with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Cardiff University - Objective Measures of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: A Systematic Review
Current evidence is insufficient to support the use of objective measures of prenatal alcohol exposure in practice. Biomarkers in meconium and placenta tissue may be the most promising candidates for further large-scale population-based research.
Clinical Neurophysiology - Prefrontal cortical responses in children with prenatal alcohol-related neurodevelopmental impairment: A functional near-infrared spectroscopy study
Disruption in the neural activation of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in modulating arousal was explored in children with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), who have known neurobehavioral impairment.
Alcoholism: Clinical and experiment research - Supplementation with the methyl donor betaine prevents congenital defects induced by prenatal alcohol exposure
Despite decades of public education about dire consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure, drinking alcohol during pregnancy remains prevalent.
International Adoption in North American Literature and Culture - “Disastrous Adoption”? Representations of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Disability in Recent Native North American Writing
Chapter 3 focuses on the adoption of children with a severe handicap, specifically Native North American children with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). The primary text examined is Michael Dorris’s The Broken Cord (1989), the autobiographical account of the adoption by a single father of a young Sioux child with FAS.
Journal of alcoholism - Fetal Alcohol Exposure: The Common Toll
Alcohol has always been present in human life, and currently it is estimated that 50% of women of childbearing age consume alcohol.

Światowy Dzień FAS – święto obchodzone na świecie corocznie 9 września mające na celu uświadomienie przyszłym matkom skutków picia alkoholu w czasie ciąży, jego wpływ na rozwój płodu, a w przyszłości – na możliwy, nieprawidłowy rozwój dziecka. (Switzerland) - Addiction Suisse Alcool et grossesse: sensibiliser les futures mères, mais aussi leur entourage
En Suisse, un enfant sur cent présente des séquelles liées à la consommation d'alcool durant la grossesse. Le 9 septembre, la Journée mondiale de prévention du syndrome d'alcoolisation foetale est l'occasion d'une campagne de sensibilisation.
Freie Presse (Germany) - Das Kind aus der Schnapsflasche
Alkoholkonsum in der Schwangerschaft bedroht werdendes Leben mit einem höllischen Erbe. Eine Betroffene aus dem Erzgebirge kämpft mit allem, was ihr geblieben ist, um andere vor diesem Schicksal zu bewahren.
Pharmazeutische Zeitung online (Germany) - Fetales Alkohol-Syndrom: Frauen besser aufklären
Die Zahl der alkoholgeschädigten Kinder steigt nach Angaben des Vereins FASD Deutschland leicht an. «Viele junge Frauen trinken, bevor sie entdecken, dass sie schwanger sind», sagte die Vorsitzende Gisela Michalowski vor dem «Tag des alkoholgeschädigten Kindes» am 9. September. (Finland) - Sikiön alkoholioireyhtymä lähes yhdellä lapsella sadasta
Sikiön alkoholioireyhtymä kehittyy edelleen lähes joka sadannelle lapselle, oireyhtymän globaalia esiintyvyyttä selvittänyt tutkimus osoittaa. Oireyhtymä johtuu raskaudenaikaisesta alkoholialtistuksesta.
Postimees (Estonia) - Alkohol võib tekitada arenevale lootele üle 400 haiguse
Pole oluline, millisel raseduse perioodil naine alkoholi tarvitab, kuna see avaldab lootele alati mõju, sest alkohol läbib platsenta täielikult. (Czech Republic) - Nadměrná konzumace alkoholu zkracuje život o víc než 20 let. U těhotných může mít pro dítě doživotní následky
Alkoholismus je závažný problém, který ročně ubírá v české populaci desítky tisíc let života. V Evropě je také až 2,6krát větší výskyt fetálního alkoholového syndromu než ve světě, v jeho důsledku není více než polovina jím postižených dětí schopna samostatného života v dospělosti.
Svenska YLE (Finland/Sweden) - Vart hundrade barn har alkoholskador
Nästan en procent av barnen som föds runt om i världen lider av något slags fetalt alkoholsyndrom, visar global forskning. Syndromet beror på att barnet har utsatts för alkohol under graviditeten.
Savon Sanomat (Finland) - Äidin juopottelu vaurioitti sikiötä – nyt aikuisena oltava rahan kanssa tarkkana
Lyhytpinnaisuutta ja päätöksenteon vaikeuksia, kuvailee MTV:n haastattelema Eevaliisa Nwogu oireitaan. Hänen äitinsä käytti raskausaikana alkoholia, mikä näkyy nyt kolmekymppisen Nwogun elämässä. (Italy) - GIORNATA MONDIALE DELLA SINDROME FETO-ALCOLICA
Il 9 settembre si celebra in tutto il mondo la giornata di informazione sui danni provocati ai bambini dall’assunzione, anche in piccole dosi, di alcol da parte delle donne durante la gravidanza o durante l’allattamento.
Vyš (Slovakia) - Zdrvujúce závery českého výskumu: Alkohol skracuje život o neuveriteľný počet rokov
Nadmerné pitie alkoholu skracuje život o viac ako 20 rokov, nebezpečná je aj jeho konzumácia v tehotenstve.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Alcohol News - 37/2017

NHS Choices - No change to alcohol guidelines for pregnancy
"There is little evidence having the occasional drink while pregnant harms a baby," reports the Mail Online. This follows a review of international research looking at whether low-to-moderate alcohol consumption – no more than 1 to 2 units, once or twice a week – was linked with adverse pregnancy outcomes.
The Guardian - Drinks industry downplaying alcohol-cancer link – report
The drinks industry is misleading the public by downplaying and misrepresenting the link between alcohol and cancer – especially breast cancer – in a bid to protect its profits, new research claims.
Business Insider - Analysts say that self-driving cars could make people drink more alcohol
Self-driving cars are going to transform city streets, making our roads safer and our lives more efficient. But they will have other, less predictable consequences too — like helping people get way more drunk.
TheCable - Alcohol may cause premature delivery, researchers warn pregnant women
A research team from Bristol University, UK, says light alcohol consumption during pregnancy may lead to premature delivery.
Bangkok Post (Thailand) - Cabinet gives OK to revised alcohol, tobacco excise tax
The cabinet on Tuesday approved ministerial regulations to set the new excise tax rates for alcohol, cigarettes and playing cards.
The Times (UK) - Cuts in services to fight alcohol abuse ‘false economy’, says BMA
Doctors have criticised the Scottish government for cutting the budget to help people with drug and alcohol problems, calling it a false economy.
Prague Daily Monitor - Czech study: Alcohol abuse cuts length of life by over 20 years
Excessive use of alcohol cuts the life expectancy by more than 20 years, a recent study by the National Institute of Mental Health (NUDZ) has found, NUDZ spokesman Jan Cervenka told CTK.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol a factor ‘in 85% of suicides’ of men aged over 40 in Cork
About 85 per cent of men over the age of 40 who took their own lives in Cork in the last nine years had a history of alcohol abuse, a public meeting has heard.
Radio New Zealand (New Zealand) - Alcohol and rugby: 'Education doesn't change behaviour'
New recommendations to improve the culture of New Zealand rugby have been criticised by Alcohol Healthwatch, which argues the sport can't move forward until the role of alcohol is taken more seriously.
Irish Times (Ireland) - HSE suggests parents organise alcohol-free celebrations
Parents are being asked to take steps to ensure their teenage children celebrate their Junior Certificate exam results safely and are aware of the dangers of underage drinking.
Independent Online (South Africa) - Alcohol abuse costs SA billions
The financial cost of alcohol-related harms to South Africa’s economy is not worth the billions of rand the industry makes each year.
The South African (South Africa) - Western Cape wants to get even tougher on alcohol controls
The six billion rand generated by the Western Cape alcohol industry is a paltry sum, not worth it when compared to the billions in lost revenue, and the deaths, violence and brain-damaged children that are a result of alcohol.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Alcohol News - 36/2017

Fox News - Heart benefit of alcohol not seen in people with liver disease
Light to moderate drinkers may have a lower risk of heart disease than teetotalers, but a new study suggests this doesn't hold true for people with fatty liver disease.
Forbes - Alcohol May Affect Brain Function Differently In Men And Women
A new study presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference this week finds that the brain cells of young men and women may be affected differently by chronic alcohol use.
Belfast Newsletter - 28% of adults can't enjoy holiday without alcohol
More than a quarter (28%) of adults find it "impossible" to enjoy a holiday without alcohol, according to a new study. (Australia) - Alcohol rising: ‘Australians drink about 680 bottles of beer a year’
FOR or the first time in nine years, alcohol consumption is up in Australia for the first time in nine years, with the average person aged more than 15 knocking back a combined total of 9.7 litres of pure alcohol in 2016, up from 9.52 litres in 2015.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Study sparks call to change alcohol warning system
Warnings on alcoholic drinks do little to change the behaviour of younger drinkers, an Australian study has found.
EconomyNext (Sri Lanka) - Sri Lanka to review alcohol taxes; cut moonshine
Sri Lanka will review alcohol taxes to link excise levies with alcohol content, which will reduce the illicit alcohol industry, a government policy document has said, ending interventionist taxes that has been linked to corruption.
Glasgow Evening Times (Scotland) - Women still confused about safe level of alcohol during pregnancy
Experts say many women are still unaware about the risks of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder associated with prenatal drinking. (South Africa) - South Africa: Western Cape to Toughen Alcohol Controls
The six billion rand generated by the Western Cape alcohol industry is a paltry sum, not worth it when compared to the billions in lost revenue, and the deaths, violence and brain-damaged children that are a result of alcohol.
The row about alcohol and aviation has intensified, with the boss of Europe’s biggest budget airline telling The Independent that stag and hen parties who drink heavily before a flight pose a “threat to safety”.
The Nation (Thailand) - Fears alcohol tax may increase hard-liquor consumption
The Thai Health Promotion Foundation expressed concern yesterday that the new alcohol excise-tax structure would drive drinkers to consume more cheap white liquor at the expense of their health.
Hartford Courant - If You Drink, Consider Breast Cancer Link: Any Amount of Alcohol Heightens Risk, Study Concludes
Women in Connecticut and around the world might want to rethink at least the wine in light of findings from a global research study that suggest drinking any amount of alcohol raises a woman's risk of breast cancer.
Cambrian News (UK) - No-alcohol zones set to continue until at least 2020
NO-ALCOHOL zones in Aberystwyth, Lampeter and Cardigan will continue until at least 2020, despite changes to legislation that will see current public places orders coming to an end in October.
Business in Cameroon (Cameroon) - Alcohol consumption: Cameroonians rank behind Gabonese and Equatorial Guineans in CEMAC zone
Contrary to widespread belief, Cameroonians are not the largest alcohol consumers in Africa. According to a study that has just been published by the World Health Organisation (WHO), a study that calculates the numbers of litres of pure alcohol consumed by year and by inhabitant over the age of 15 years, Cameroon comes in 12th position in Africa, out of 49 countries concerned by the survey.
Irish Health (Ireland) - Alcohol is still leading addiction
The country's largest private addiction rehabilitation centre has said that alcohol is still the leading addiction it deals with, although treatment for gambling addiction is rising among men.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

FASD News - 35/2017

Courier Mail - Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) caused by drinking alcohol while pregnant has devastating effect on children
EVERY day Jazpa Pinnell must relearn how to get dressed for school. Step-by-step, one instruction at a time, the 10-year-old is guided by his aunt, Sam Pinnell.
Independent Online (South Africa) - Partnership trains youth to fight foetal alcohol disorder
The provincial department of Social Development has launched a new youth development initiative using the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) to boost the fight against Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the West Coast area. (Ireland) - Ireland in top five countries for alcohol related birth problems
It has been revealed that Ireland is in the top five countries in Europe for alcohol related birth defects.
The Independent (UK) - One in 13 women who consume alcohol while expecting will go on to have a child with FASD
British mums-to-be are among the most likely in the world to drink during pregnancy and harm their unborn baby as a result, new research finds.
CTV News - Increased suicide risk for moms of children with fetal alcohol syndrome, study finds
Women who give birth to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) are at an increased risk of attempting suicide and dying by suicide, a University of Manitoba study has found.
Herald live (South Africa) - SA has 14 times global average of foetal alcohol disorders
South Africa has the highest prevalence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the world – more than 14 times the global average.
Huffington Post Canada - More Women Than We Thought Have Babies With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Drinking while pregnant could be doing more harm than anyone has previously believed. According to Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), one in every 13 women who consumes alcohol while expecting will have a baby born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). (Canada) - Research underway in Yukon to develop quick FASD screening
A research project underway in Whitehorse could lead to much earlier detection of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in people at risk of getting in trouble with the law.
The Star, Kenya - Why prenatal alcohol exposure leads to addiction
Prenatal alcohol exposure is known as one of the leading preventable causes of birth defects, neurodevelopment abnormalities and can also leads to an increased addiction risk later in life.
Connaught Telegraph (Ireland) - Women urged to stay off alcohol during pregnancy
ALCOHOL and pregnancy just don’t mix is the message to mark the International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day which takes place on Saturday, September 9.
Medscape - Antipsychotics Overused in Intellectually Disabled Adults
Antipsychotics are commonly prescribed to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs), frequently in the absence of a documented psychiatric diagnosis.
Radio Kenai - Art Gives A Voice To FASD And Brain Injury In Alaska
Saturday, September 9th, families and individuals affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) are coming together to raise awareness of FASDs in Alaska with a mask making event at the Anchorage Public Library.

The Resource Basket - Understanding and Supporting Youth with FASD
Gain an understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and associated behaviors in youth. Learn practical methods for supporting youth with FASD and creating an inclusive environment. Find out what tools and resources are available for Alaskans.
AlcoholFreePregnancy - NOFAS Webinar: FASD Awareness Month - Media Outreach and Spokesperson Training
The NOFAS communications team presents an overview of the NOFAS traditional media outreach and social media plans for FASD Awareness Month, including opportunities for advocates to join NOFAS activities and to prepare and issue their own media pitch and press release.
NCJTC - Reducing Recidivism: Improving Supervision Outcomes for FASD Probationers
Research suggests that as many as 60% of adolescents and adults with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) come into contact with the criminal justice system.
Het Witte Bos - FAS2025: Isiah’s remembrance of his hilarious and sweet grandmother
Isiah was raised by his grandmother. He has good memories of her: “Grandma was hilarious. She was really sweet”. Once in a while his grandmother took him to the amusement park or the camping site. At the camping site he could play and go for a ride on the skelter.
Het Witte Bos - FAS2025: Singing enables Lorenzo to express his feelings
Lorenzo enjoys dressing up with his girlfriends and to dance around in the most beautiful dresses. It's no surprise he is a champion in being beautiful and kind.

Maastricht University - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
This report describes current knowledge and gaps in knowledge regarding FASD in the Netherland.  The  steps  of  Intervention  Mapping  (IM)  are  used  as  a  framework for analyzing this situation. 
Laurentian University - Knowledge of the effects of gestational alcohol consumption and FASD in an Ontarian sample
The current document is a two-paper manuscript-based thesis investigating what women in...
University of the Western Cape - Analysing the spontaneous speech of children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a global problem that affects various communities. FASD denotes a pattern of abnormalities intermittently seen in children born to women who consume huge quantities of alcohol during pregnancy (Church & Kaltenbach, 1997).
CMAJ open - Suicide and suicide attempts among women in the Manitoba Mothers and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder cohort: a retrospective matched analysis using linked administrative data.
The objective of this study was to compare rates of suicide between women who had given birth to children with FASD and women who had not given birth to children with FASD during critical periods in their lives, including before pregnancy, during pregnancy, during the postpartum period (maternal death) and until the end of the study period.
Alcohol - Challenges of Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Foster and Adopted Children
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) might be 10–15 times more prevalent among foster/adopted children compared to the general population; however, many of these children remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Global Prevalence of Alcohol Use and Binge Drinking During Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The current paper presents recent estimates of the prevalence of: i) any amount of alcohol use during pregnancy, ii) one or more binge drinking episode(s) (four or more standard drinks on a single occasion) during pregnancy, iii) FAS, and iv) FASD among the general population globally and by World Health Organization region.
University of Twente - FAScinating Research : a qualitative interview study focusing the situation of foster parents raising children with FASD
Under the term fetal alcoholic spectrum disorder (FASD) several forms of mental disabilities are summarized, characterized by cognitive and behavioural difficulties due to an intoxication with alcohol during pregnancy.
Journal of Pediatric Health Care - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: What Pediatric Providers Need to Know
Prenatal alcohol exposure is the cause of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), the prevalence of which is similar to that of other developmental disabilities like Down syndrome and autism.
JAMA Pediatr. - Global Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Among Children and Youth
In this meta-analysis of 24 unique studies and 1416 unique children and youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, approximately 8 of 1000 in the general population had fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and 1 of every 13 pregnant women who consumed alcohol during pregnancy delivered a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
JAMA pediatrics - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder—High Rates, High Needs, High Time for Action
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a common condition that affects a substantial number of children, adolescents, and adults. Individuals can manifest FASD in a variety of ways, with many comorbidities.
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada - No. 245-Alcohol Use and Pregnancy Consensus Clinical Guidelines
To establish national standards of care for the screening and recording of alcohol use and counselling on alcohol use of women of child-bearing age and pregnant women based on the most up-to-date evidence.
Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews - Maternal substance use during pregnancy and offspring conduct problems: a meta-analysis
We conducted meta-analyses of relationships between highly prevalent substance use during pregnancy and offspring conduct disorder problems. In total 36 studies were included.
BMJ Journals - Alcohol consumption in a general antenatal population and child neurodevelopment at 2 years
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is a community health problem with up to 50% of pregnant women drinking alcohol. The relationship between low or sporadic binge PAE and adverse child outcomes is not clear.
Alcoholism - Tailoring an alcohol intervention for AIAN women of childbearing age: listening to the community
Reduction of risky drinking in women of childbearing age is one strategy that may be employed to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, a sequela of prenatal alcohol-exposure.
Reproductive Toxicology - Skeletal examination in a chick embryo model of fetal alcohol syndrome indicates impaired osteogenesis
Pediatr Res - Genetic predisposition to fetal alcohol syndrome: association with congenital disorders of N-glycosylation.
Our study supports that rare variants of genes involved in N-glycosylation could play a role in the development and severity of FAS under prenatal alcohol exposure.
Psychoneuroendocrinology - Sex differences in associations between white matter microstructure and gonadal hormones in children and adolescents with prenatal alcohol exposure
Despite accumulating evidence from animal models demonstrating that prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) results in life-long neuroendocrine dysregulation, very little is known on this topic among humans with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Kansainvälinen FASD-päivä 9.9. muistuttaa yhdeksän kuukauden raittiudesta raskausaikana. Raskaana ollessa alkoholinkäytölle ei ole olemassa turvarajaa, vaan ainoastaan täysraittius suojaa sikiötä.
Ecodiario (Spain) - Un estudio estima el trastorno del espectro alcohólico fetal es de 8 de cada mil en niños y jóvenes
El consumo de alcohol durante el embarazo puede causar una amplia gama de efectos adversos para la salud que pueden tener implicaciones para toda la vida, por lo que el trastorno del espectro alcohólico fetal (FASD, por sus siglas en inglés) es costoso para la sociedad.
W ramach obchodów Światowego Dnia FAS (alkoholowy zespół płodowy, z ang. fetal alcohol syndrome, FAS), w piątek, 8 września w sali sesyjnej Urzędu Miasta Częstochowy odbędzie się konferencja nt. „FASD – Problem kliniczny i społeczny”.
Deutsches Ärzteblatt (Germany) - Hohe Prävalenz des fetalen Alkoholsyndroms in Europa
Eine von 13 Frauen, die während der Schwangerschaft Alkohol trinken, fügt ihrem Kind einen lebenslangen Schaden zu.
FOCUS Online (Germany) - „Ein Glas geht doch!?“ – Fachtag und Ausstellung zum Thema Alko hol in der Schwangerschaft
Den Start ins Leben beginnen in Deutschland jedes Jahr rund 10.000 Kinder quer durch alle Gesellschaftsschichten mit einem bestimmten „Handicap“.
La Stampa (Italy) - Alcol in gravidanza: i deficit che potrebbe causare nel feto
Le raccomandazioni dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità non lasciano spazio a trasgressioni: cessare del tutto di bere alcol in gravidanza (e anche nella fase del concepimento) è il comportamento più sicuro da seguire.
Kehitysvammaliitto (Finland) - ARKEA ALKOHOLIVAURIOIDEN KANSSA
Kun olin 1-vuotias, minut sijoitettiin kiireellisesti lastenkotiin. En ymmärtänyt, miksi äiti päästi minut. Sijoitus kesti viisi vuotta. Sinä aikana kuljin kodin ja lastenkodin väliä 44 kertaa.