Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Alcohol News - 38/2018

The BMJ (USA) - US agency changes alcohol advice after doctor complains
A Boston University epidemiologist and physician who complained to the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) about public advice on drinking and breast cancer risk has told The BMJ that he was pleasantly surprised to see the relevant web page change almost immediately to reflect his concerns.
CNN - Middle-age drinkers more concerned about reputation than health risks, study says
Middle-age drinkers are more concerned about their embarrassing or childish behavior resulting from drinking alcohol than about the health risks associated with it, a new study has found. (Ireland) - Calls for regulation to prevent alcohol abuse harming children
The government's child protection advisor says alcohol abuse is one of the biggest challenges facing Irish society.
The Guardian (UK) - PHE urged to rethink campaign linked to alcohol industry
More than 40 experts have written to the government’s public health agency to oppose its tie-up with a charity funded by the alcohol industry for the Drink Free Days campaign.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Call for laws regulating home delivery of alcohol
Laws regulating home delivery must be introduced in the forthcoming Public Health Alcohol Bill, the special rapporteur for child protection, Dr Geoffrey Shannon, has warned.
The Week UK (UK) - Middle-classes consume more drugs and alcohol than the poor
The middle-classes in Britain take more illegal drugs and drink more alcohol than the poor, according to a report published this week.
The Times (Ireland) - Blocking alcohol bill risks lives, campaigners tell Tds
An anti-alcohol charity has accused 13 TDs of putting drinks companies’ profits before people’s lives by trying to water down a bill to curb drinking. (UK) - Hospital A&E cases blamed on alcohol abuse soar 17%
The number of A&E cases due to alcohol abuse has soared 17% in 10 years. It comes as addiction services are at “breaking point”, with fewer adults getting treatment than at any time since 2008/9.
RT (Russia) - Centrist lawmaker seeks total prohibition in Russia to bring alcohol producers to heel
A Russian MP, known for his staunch pro-Christian views, has proposed a nationwide ban on alcohol sales and the launch of radical reforms of the industry in order to reduce the consumption of alcohol.
euronews (Europe) - 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).
BBC News (UK) - Knives and alcohol sold to children in London
Shops in London are selling knives, alcohol and tobacco to children as young as 13. Over 2,500 test purchases carried out by London Trading Standards (LTS) revealed the age-restricted items being sold to under-18s.
State Government of Victoria (Australia) - New laws to prevent alcohol related harm for minors
From today, there will be tighter restrictions on how alcohol can be supplied to minors.
National Cancer Institute - Alcohol and Cancer Risk
Alcohol is the common term for ethanol or ethyl alcohol, a chemical substance found in alcoholic beverages such as beer, hard cider, malt liquor, wines, and distilled spirits (liquor). (Lithuania) - Life after big alcohol policy changes in Lithuania
The good news is that Lithuania has lost the dubious first place as a country consuming most alcohol per capita to Moldova. This particular achievement had not received much attention, even though number one rank earlier has inspired accusations of deliberate tarnishing the country reputation with false statistics.

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