Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Alcohol News - 39/2018

World Health Organisation - Global status report on alcohol and health 2018
More than 3 million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol in 2016, according a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. This represents 1 in 20 deaths. More than three quarters of these deaths were among men. Overall, the harmful use of alcohol causes more than 5% of the global disease burden.
World Health Organization - Adolescents drink less, although levels of alcohol consumption are still dangerously high
A new WHO report published today, Adolescent alcohol-related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014, provides new insights into data collected over 12 years on adolescent drinking.
The Times (UK) - Teenagers are calling time on alcohol
Teenage drinking has declined dramatically in Scotland over the past decade with one of the largest falls in alcohol consumption in Europe.
RACGP (Australia) - NT putting a minimum floor price on alcohol: Evidence shows it works to reduce harm
From October 1 2018, one standard drink in the Northern Territory (NT) will cost a minimum of A$1.30. This is known as floor price, which is used to calculate the minimum cost at which a product can be sold, depending on how many standard drinks the product contains.
BBC News (Italy) - Venice considers nightly ban on carrying alcohol
Venice is set to ban carrying bottles in the streets in its latest effort to combat the torrent of tourists that flood the city every year.
Big Think - The 'harmful use' of alcohol leads to about six deaths per minute, says new WHO report
Alcohol is responsible for 5 percent of all deaths worldwide, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO). The report, which used global data for 2016, includes some sobering statistics.
EURACTIV (ÈU) - EU Commission seeks ‘quick fix’ solution on alcohol labelling proposals
The European Commission is pushing for a “quick fix” solution to the alcohol labelling deadlock before the end of its mandate, an official close to the issue told
Reykjavík Grapevine (Iceland) - Bill To Legalise Alcohol Sales In Icelandic Shops
Torsteinn Víglundsson, the vice chair of the Reform Party, has submitted a bill to Parliament that, if passed, would legalise the sale of alcohol in private shops, RÚV reports.
Eater Montreal (Canada) - Here’s Where Quebec’s Political Parties Stand on Alcohol Laws, Food Policy, and the SAQ
Quebec’s election is coming up on Monday October 1, and while much of the campaign has been dominated by issues such as immigration, healthcare and the economy at large, each of the four major parties have distinct policies on issues around food, alcohol and cannabis, nightlife, and government bodies that are involved with the hospitality world like the SAQ and Loto-Québec.
The Independent (UK) - One in five university students say they do not drink any alcohol
More than one in five students say they are teetotal – and the demand for alcohol-free university events and halls is on the rise, a report has found.
The Scotsman (Scotland) - Limit access to and marketing of alcohol, experts advise
Government intervention and regulation is key to reducing the harmful effects of alcohol, says a leading health campaigner. (UK) - More than HALF of British military personnel 'drinking dangerously high levels of alcohol'
More than half of servicemen and women are drinking dangerously high levels of alcohol , top brass have been warned.
tvnz (New Zealand) - Researchers call for Government action on alcohol harm as up to 3000 babies born with alcohol-related brain damage a year
Otago University researchers are calling for government action on reducing alcohol-related harm, as a new study shows a large number of New Zealand women drink alcohol during pregnancy despite evidence of potential harm to their babies.
The Lancet - Partnerships with the alcohol industry at the expense of public health
Public Health England (PHE) and Drinkaware launched the Drink Free Days campaign on Sept 10, 2018. 1 PHE's partnership with the alcohol industry-funded body Drinkaware attracted widespread criticism before the launch when 46 public health professionals called for it to be halted. - Increasing excise taxes might discourage people from buying alcohol: Report
The harmful effects of alcohol are the fifth leading risk factor for premature deaths and disability. It is among the top risk factors for non-communicable diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, the report said.
The Journal (Ireland) - Decision to not include cancer warnings on alcohol products an 'insult to those who have suffered from cancer'
SENATOR FRANCES BLACK has condemned Simon Harris’ decision to drop proposed cancer warning labels on alcohol products from the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.
The Journal (Ireland) - Cancer warning labels on alcohol products will not be ditched from Public Health Alcohol Bill
CANCER WARNING LABELS on alcohol products will be kept in the new alcohol laws, despite opposition for them to be scrapped.
Cancer Health (USA) - Inside the NIH Website Controversy Around Alcohol and Cancer Risk
Last week, a public health researcher from Boston University called out the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to change information on one of its websites about the links between drinking alcohol and developing certain types of cancer.

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