Thursday, September 13, 2018

Alcohol News - 37/2018

The Guardian (UK) - Alcohol dependency at record high but fewer being treated, data shows
Fewer problem drinkers are receiving treatment even though record numbers need help, figures from the House of Commons library show.
The Guardian (UK) - Public Health England urged to end tie-up with alcohol industry
More than 40 public health experts have written to the government’s public health agency to oppose its tie-up with a charity funded by the alcohol industry over its Drink Free Days campaign.
The BMJ (UK) - Ian Gilmore quits as government alcohol adviser in opposition to industry deal
A senior adviser to the UK government on alcohol policy has quit after voicing concern at Public Health England’s relations with the industry.
euronews (EU) - Alcohol, smoking, and rising obesity 'causes for concern in Europe'
Europeans are living longer than five years ago but smoking, alcohol, obesity and poor vaccination rates are holding the region back, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO). (USA) - Do moms need too much wine? Women's drinking habits spark concern
September is National Recovery Month. Women are at greater risk for some of the negative effects of alcohol, but their drinking is catching up to men.
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - Cases to be put over public alcohol ban
Queenstown police's submission on a proposed public alcohol ban includes 59 eye-opening photos of people the worse-for-wear, litter and general public drunkenness.
The BMJ (UK) - David Oliver: Government’s approach to alcohol harm is incoherent
For a decade or more we’ve been hearing big government rhetoric on prevention of ill health, promotion of wellbeing, and “parity of esteem” for mental health. Speaking at last week’s NHS Expo Conference, Public Health England’s chief executive, Duncan Selbie, said that NHS England’s 2014 Five Year Forward View had “told a fantastic story,” yet its ambitions for prevention hadn’t been implemented. (Ireland) - Alcohol 'should have no place in Junior Cert celebrations'
Parents of celebrating Junior Cert pupils have been urged to talk to them about the dangers of alcohol.
American Council on Science and Health - Taxation Is The Cost-Effective Means To Reduce Alcohol Consumption - Are We Surprised?
Non-communicable diseases are often associated with our behavior; tobacco remains the poster child and efforts at reduction in its use has provided lessons on how to affect similar change for other health concerns.
UC San Diego Health - Sobering Study about Drinking for Two
A baby is born into the world taking that first breath. But soon after, it is discovered the baby is small and not eating well. On his second day of life, he develops seizures and is transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). While trying to determine the cause of his seizures, his mother admits to heavily drinking alcohol while she was pregnant.
EURACTIV (EU) - Commission: There are legal issues with industry’s proposal on alcohol labelling
The industry’s proposal on alcohol labelling has some legal issues and does not satisfy the need to fully inform EU consumers, a European Commission spokesperson told, raising fresh doubt as to how and when labelling will eventually be regulated. (Spain) - Spain tourist CRACKDOWN: Campaign grows to BAN unlimited alcohol in Majorca and Ibiza
UNLIMITED alcohol could be banned in Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza as Spanish authorities try to crack down on crime, mugging and anti-social behaviour.
The Conversation AU (Australia) - Prisoners need drug and alcohol treatments but AA programs aren’t the answer
Prisons and drug use are closely linked. Two-thirds of Australian prisoners report using illicit drugs in the 12 months before they entered prison, compared with 12% of the general population in the previous 12 months. Around half of prisoners are likely to meet the criteria for substance dependence.
BMC Blogs Network (UK) - Alcohol as part of ‘care practices’ in White British women’s everyday personal relationships
With heavy drinking on the rise in England and elsewhere, it is important to understand the context for alcohol consumption in order to design appropriate interventions.
The Connexion (France) - Minister wants larger ‘no alcohol when pregnant’ logo
Health minister Agn├Ęs Buzyn has called for a larger “no alcohol when pregnant” warning logo on alcohol bottles in France, sparking criticism from producers who say it gives a bad impression of their products.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Cancer warnings on labels: the latest battle in alcohol regulation
In the war that is the controversial public health legislation on alcohol, the next big battle is cancer warnings on drinks labels. The skirmishes have already started, and the director of the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), Patricia Callan, has identified what for her is a central issue.
With so many consequences to drinking and driving it’s alarming to learn that many South Africans still choose to get behind the wheel after having one drink too many.
Irish Mirror (Ireland) - Number of Irish woman drinking alcohol while pregnant is 'alarmingly high'
The number of Irish pregnant women who drink alcohol during their pregnancy is alarmingly high, a top doctor warned on Friday.
ABC News (Australia) - Thousands of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder miss out on NDIS funding due to lack of diagnosis
Thousands of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are missing out on National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding because there are so few specialists who can diagnose and assess the impact of the disorder.

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