Thursday, December 19, 2019

Alcohol News - 50/2019

The Conversation AU (Australia) - Cap your alcohol at 10 drinks a week: new draft guidelines
New draft alcohol guidelines, released today, recommend healthy Australian women and men drink no more than ten standard drinks a week and no more than four on any one day to reduce their risk of health problems.
CBS News (USA) - "Sober curious" Americans are reshaping nightlife: "I actually have more fun without alcohol"
A growing group of Americans are reducing their consumption of alcohol or cutting it out entirely. Interest in the "sober curious" community can be seen at new alcohol-free bars and events and online, with more than 1.2 million #soberlife Instagram posts and more than 500,000 #soberissexy posts. (Latvia) - Health Ministry plans to reduce drink drive limit, tighten alcohol advertising
The permitted blood alcohol limit should be reduced to 0.2 % for all drivers and a raft of restrictions introduced on alcohol advertising and promotion according to a Health Ministry plan for 2020-2022 submitted to government December 19. - Harmful alcohol consumption pattern may damage heart tissue
A pattern of harmful alcohol consumption, or heavy drinking, increases level of blood biomarkers indicating heart tissue damage, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the open access journal of the American Heart Association.
Al Jazeera America (USA) - Wall Street firms swap alcohol for mocktails this holiday season
Wellness themes cater to health-conscious employees while helping firms avoid alcohol-fueled liabilities in #MeToo era. (Ireland) - ‘We cannot wait forever’ – Varadkar says minimum alcohol pricing will have to go ahead without NI
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that ‘we cannot wait forever’ to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol despite continuing uncertainty over Stormont.
Aberdeen Evening Express (UK) - Children’s exposure to TV ads for alcohol and gambling stabilises
Children’s exposure to television ads for alcohol and gambling has broadly stabilised while the number of junk food ads they see has significantly declined since 2016, according to new figures.
Inverse - 726 teen brains show alcohol had one surprising, long-term effect
While the novelty of binge-drinking in a basement can wane as teens transition into young adulthood, those early drunken moments stick around as physical traces in the brain.
News Now Finland (Finland) - Drug and alcohol deaths up again in 2018
A record number of people died from drugs-related causes in Finland during 2018 – up more than 20% from the year before at 261 death.
SowetanLIVE (South Africa) - EFF wants alcohol adverts to be banned
The EFF wants a total ban of alcohol advertisements in SA. This was one of the resolutions taken by the party delegates at its three-day assembly that, among other things, elected a new leadership in Nasrec, Johannesburg.
Atlanta Journal Constitution - Study: Light alcohol consumption linked to cancer
A recent Japanese study found that light to moderate drinking increases the risk of cancer.
Qrius (USA) - The Evolving Drinking culture in US
Alcohol is an integral part of many cultures around the world, including the United States. Alcohol is used for celebration, for mourning, and everything in between.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Alcohol News in 2019

Alcohol has been a major news in 2019. In a local and global level. With important research findings, changing the way alcohol is seen and discussed. Policies have been improved and sometimes also weakened. Alcohol was in the headlines and here is a short overview. Come back to our weekly newsletters also in 2020.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

FASD News - 49/2019 (Canada) - Adults in the N.W.T. can soon get diagnosed at a new FASD clinic
Eric Wardell has long suspected he has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), but he's never been diagnosed. The 51-year-old who lives in Yellowknife says he's been told by relatives his mother drank when he was in​​ the womb.
National Health Executive (UK) - Foetal disorder research set to be ‘best data in UK’
A research fellow from the University of Salford is currently working on what could be the ‘best data’ in the UK on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
UMM News, Sports & Events (USA) - Preventing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancy in Native Youth
A UMD public health faculty member has been collaborating with several Northern Plains American Indian tribes to address the problem of alcohol-exposed pregnancies (AEPs) in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women.
East Village Magazine (USA) - Neurodevelopmental Center for Excellence marks first year of helping Flint kids
In the spring of 2018 the case was settled for the plaintiffs and the funds became available: $3 million allowed the start-up of the Neurodevelopmental Center of Excellence (NCE), an expansion of GHS assessment services for autism and fetal alcohol syndrome.
The News Journal (USA) - Instead of stigma, these babies exposed to drugs and alcohol found open arms
Three sets of tiny eyes looked up at Erin Meyer and Sandra Medinilla that Friday morning around their kitchen island. The first pair belonged to caramel-skinned 3-year-old Xavier and his permanent slight smile.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Alcohol lobby says new pregnancy warning labels 'too expensive'
The alcohol lobby has launched a fresh offensive against the regulator's mandatory pregnancy warning labels, claiming it will cost manufacturers $600 million to redesign their products.
ABC15 Arizona (USA) - New non-profit treats newborns with substance exposure
Jo and Brain Jones are describing the end of their 2019 as, "a little surreal." That's because their non-profit Jacob's Hope, named after their late adopted son is now caring for their very first baby.
Two doctoral students in behavioral neuroscience have received prestigious NIH National Research Service Awards from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
At #DRYMESTER, we’re encouraging mums-to-be to go alcohol free for the duration of their pregnancy as this is the safest approach for a healthy pregnancy. We’re also asking families, friends and local communities to get on board and show their support for mums-to-be this Christmas. - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (Dysmorphic)
It is well-known that drinking can harm fetal development during pregnancy. This can include the earliest stages of pregnancy, so drinking at all while attempting to become pregnant can be harmful to the child.

Health Nexus Santé - W25-E Webinar: FASD and the Role of ECEs in the Prevention of FASD
Develop a basic understanding of FASD including prevalence, diagnosis and FASD-Informed Approaches. Learn about the most effective ways to prevent or reduce the incidence of FASD with parents and the young children they work with, as well as the larger community.
NOFASD Australia - Building Carer Resilience #1 - Eileen Devine
Managing the Toll of Caregiver Trauma and Building Resiliency in Families Impacted by FASD. NOFASD Australia has partnered with FASD specialist Eileen Devine to provide a 3-part web series on building resilience for parents and carers of those living with FASD.
Alive People - Courts no place for fetal alcohol victims
When Teina Pora’s appeal was upheld by the Privy Council in 2015, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) gained a rare moment in the spotlight.
Werry Workforce Whāraurau - Champions’ Forum - Michelle Brewerton, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui, FASD
Hosted by Werry Workforce Whāraurau, SPHC: Supporting Parents Healthy Children Champions' Forum 2019

Bioelectricity - Preventing Ethanol-Induced Brain and Eye Morphology Defects Using Optogenetics
These results, particularly the last, raise the exciting possibility of using bioelectric modulation to treat ethanol-induced brain and eye birth defects, possibly with extant ion channel drugs already prescribed to pregnant women. This may prove to be a simple and cost-effective strategy for reducing the impact of FASD.
University of Calgary - A profile of young Albertans with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
These findings provide evidence that collaborative programming, resourcing and planning may enhance service delivery and improve outcomes for children with FASD in Alberta.
Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity - Recent developments in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
The current review highlights recent publications from January 2018 to August 2019 showing continued medical advancement in improving the care for children and families affected by FASD. - FASD Costs: Evidence from Hawaii Medicaid Data
We find evidence that the number of initial conditions is positively associated with the number of visits and accumulated medical costs and that 20% of the patients are responsible for 85.85% of the total spending.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Distribution of Phosphatidylethanol in Maternal and Fetal Compartments after Chronic Gestational Binge Alcohol Exposure
All major PEth homologues were detected in maternal and fetal blood following chronic gestational binge alcohol exposure; homologue distribution profiles were tissue specific.
Children and Youth Services Review - Identifying Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and psychiatric comorbidity for Children and Youth in Care: A community approach to diagnosis and treatment
This study supports the utility of an integrated community approach to diagnosing and treating comorbid psychiatric disorders in FASD by employing existing child protection and physician services in a community setting.
Forensic Scholars Today - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Sexually Inappropriate Behaviors: A Guide for Criminal Justice and Forensic Mental Health Professionals
These examples provide detailed descriptions of the various areas of functioning affected by FASD and how this can result in different kinds of inappropriate sexual behaviors resulting in involvement in both the mental health and criminal justice systems.
International Medico-Legal Reporter Journal - Alcohol Consumption in Women during Pregnancy and Lactation
This review gives you the detailed study about how the pregnant can get harm by the alcohol during pregnancy.
Bioethics - Abortion is incommensurable with fetal alcohol syndrome
A recent article argued for the immorality of abortion regardless of personhood status by comparing the impairment caused by fetal alcohol syndrome to the impairment caused by abortion.
Disability and Health Journal - Mental health outcomes among parents of a child who has a developmental disability: Comparing different types of developmental disability
These findings are important for understanding families which include a child with a DD, as a guide for future research, and for developing effective programs and services for these parents.
Health & Place - My partner and my neighbourhood: The built environment and social networks’ impact on alcohol consumption during early pregnancy
Interventions and recommendations should include an ecological perspective on prenatal community-health programs – focusing on individual, social, and natural factors as well as the built environment.
Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Effects of maternal binge alcohol consumption on emotional, cognitive and addictive behaviour in mice
Maternal alcohol binge drinking during pregnancy can be deleterious for the developing foetus, leading to a wide range of long-lasting morphological and neurobehavioural disabilities known as foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, associated with a higher risk of developing substance use disorders later in life.
Midwifery - Barriers and facilitators in antenatal settings to screening and referral of pregnant women who use alcohol or other drugs: A qualitative study of midwives’ experience
Availability of a multidisciplinary team, funds and specialised care facilities such as detoxification and mental health services, especially in regional and rural areas, are necessary to effectively support at-risk pregnant women.
SMAD, Rev. Eletrônica Saúde Mental Álcool Drog. - The use of alcoholic beverage among pregnant teens
The need for actions to prevent alcohol use during gestation and the relevance of the role of nurses in the integral follow-up during prenatal care is reafirmed.
The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine - In utero teratogen exposure and cardiometabolic risk in 5-year-old children: a prospective pediatric study
Children exposed to both maternal smoking and alcohol consumption during pregnancy presented with cardiometabolic risk factors 5 years after birth. In addition, maternal adiposity, male sex, and low birth weight were associated with higher IMT at age 5 years.
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - Alcohol use, pregnancy and associated risk factors: a pilot cross-sectional study of pregnant women attending prenatal care in an urban city
Alcohol consumption is prevalent in the periconceptional period and during pregnancy in pregnant women attending prenatal care in Zambia. Findings underscore the need for targeted alcohol use screening and intervention for pregnant women.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence - Alcohol use and binge drinking among U.S. men, pregnant and non-pregnant women ages 18–44: 2002–2017
Drinking increased in U.S. women ages 21–44, but not those who were pregnant. Increases in women and continuing high rates in men indicate the need for better public health efforts.

Healthnews (Germany) - Alkohol ist schuld an zahlreichen angeborenen Behinderungen
Der Deutsche Verband der Ergotherapeuten (DVE) warnt vor Alkoholkonsum, denn dieser gehört in Deutschland zu den häufigsten Ursachen für geistige Beeinträchtigungen bei Nachkommen.
Wirtualna Bogatynia (Poland) - Wernisaż wystawy "Ciąża bez alkoholu"
W ramach bogatyńskich działań, związanych z Gminnym Programem Profilaktyki i Rozwiązywania Problemów Alkoholowych, Gminna Komisja Rozwiązywania Problemów Alkoholowych, Biblioteka Publiczna oraz Grupa BG Flesh włączyła się w kampanię opracowując ulotki, bilbordy, plakaty oraz wystawę, której wernisaż odbędzie się 17 stycznia 2020 roku o godzinie 17:00 w Bibliotece Publicznej Miasta i Gminy w Bogatyni.
RP ONLINE (Germany) - Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft - die große Gefahr für werdende Mütter
Trinken werdende Mütter während der Schwangerschaft Alkohol, gefährden sie ihr Baby massiv. Mit den Spätschäden müssen sich Kind und Eltern für den Rest ihres Lebens auseinandersetzen.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Alcohol News - 49/2019

Reuters - Instagram to collect ages in leap for youth safety, alcohol ads
Facebook Inc’s Instagram said it will require birthdates from all new users starting on Wednesday, expanding the audience for ads for alcohol and other age-restricted products while offering new safety measures for younger users.
EurekAlert - Stricter alcohol policies related to lower risk of cancer
In a new study, researchers at Boston Medical Center and Boston University have uncovered a new association between more restrictive alcohol policies and lower rates of cancer mortality.
The Conversation UK (UK) - Alcohol deaths in the UK – second highest since records began
It’s easy to forget how toxic alcohol is, although this collective lapse of memory is not accidental as the alcohol industry does all it can to curate a positive image of drink. In the UK, the industry depends on heavy drinkers and spends around £800 million a year on marketing.
More than 1,000 Britons a day get injured on skiing holidays after consuming alcohol, according to new research.
Iowa State Daily - Study finds alcohol ads lead to an increase in underage drinking
Advertising strategies used by beer companies appear to influence underage drinking, according to new research from Iowa State.
Medical Xpress - The influence of alcohol consumption among cohabitating partners
Research has linked a partner's or spouse's drinking with changes in alcohol-related behaviours, but few studies have considered only cohabiting relationships.
BBC News (Scotland) - Alcohol death rates dropping in Scotland
Death rates caused by alcohol have dropped in Scotland in the past 10 years, according to new figures.
ERR News (Estonia) - Minister of Finance says alcohol tax cuts increased economic growth
Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) speculated that the government's decision to reduce the alcohol excise duty was behind the 4.2 percent economic growth in the third quarter announced on Friday. (Australia) - Alcohol health strategy 'lacks ambition'
A new national strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm lacks ambition, health advocates say. The Public Health Association of Australia said the strategy had been too long in the making and too influenced by the alcohol industry.
ERR News (Estonia) - Tallinn removes alcohol sale restrictions from city council agenda
Though the Tallinn city council was set to approve the capital's alcohol sales restrictions bill during its sitting on Thursday, the city government withdrew the bill from the agenda.
Medical Xpress - New report exposes 'pink and pretty' alcohol marketing tactics to women
A new report has uncovered the tactics the alcohol industry is using to make their products more appealing to women and calls on the Australian Government to introduce stronger controls on alcohol marketing, independent of the alcohol industry.
msnNOW - This is the Amount of Alcohol That Increases Breast Cancer Risk
Alcohol has long been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, but how much is enough to make a difference? It seems even a moderate intake—drinking one glass of wine, beer, or any other type of alcohol a day—may raise your risk of breast cancer, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund. - How to survive Christmas when you're a recovering alcoholic
For years, Catherine Renton relied on alcohol to get her through social situations. When she turned her back on drinking in her mid 30s, Catherine had to endure isolation and panic attacks but she's now looking forward to a clear-headed party season — and here's how you can too.
The Brussels Times (Belgium) - Green light for alcohol ban in Brussels pedestrian zone
The Brussels city council approved an alcohol ban on the downtown pedestrian zone on Monday, following in the footsteps of other districts and municipalities due to numerous nuisance complaints.
Isle of Wight County Press (Isle of Wight) - Almost 1,500 Isle of Wight people dependent on alcohol
ALMOST 1,500 people on the Isle of Wight are dependent on alcohol — but numbers have fallen.
Budapest Business Journal (Hungary) - Food, alcohol spending well above EU average
Research by Eurostat on household expenditures across the European Union in 2018 reveals that Hungarians spend a larger than average proportion of their expenses on food; alcohol and tobacco; fuel and maintenance of personal transport; and communications.
Flux Magazine - How to inform your children about drug and alcohol addiction
There are a few reasons why parents should definitely talk to their children about drug or alcohol addiction. The first reason is that D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Reinforcement Education) programs that were at schools some time ago didn’t have any positive results.
Irish Post (Ireland) - Over 75% of young people in Ireland have tried alcohol while 24% have tried marijuana
OVER THREE-QUARTERS (78%) of young Irish people have tried alcohol, a new study has revealed. It's also emerged that almost one in four (24%) young people in the country have smoked marijuana at least once.
While student associations like Vindicat in Groningen made agreements to reduce excessive alcohol use among its members, doing so in practice will prove to be difficult. Because student associations are financially rewarded by beer breweries and other alcohol providers for selling more alcohol to their members, RTV Noord reports based on its own research.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Alcohol lobby says new pregnancy warning labels 'too expensive'
The alcohol lobby has launched a fresh offensive against the regulator's mandatory pregnancy warning labels, claiming it will cost manufacturers $600 million to redesign their products.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Alcohol News - 48/2019

Irish Times (Ireland) - Harris criticises drinks industry role in educating schoolchildren about alcohol
The involvement of the drinks industry in educating young people on the dangers of alcohol is “completely and utterly bizarre”, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.
ERR News (Estonia/Latvia) - Estonians' drive to buy alcohol in Latvia subsiding
Last year, nearly one in three adults in Estonia had purchased alcohol in Latvia. While in earlier years, Estonians frequently made dedicated trips to Latvia to purchase alcohol, nowadays they are more likely to buy alcohol when already traveling through. - Even modest alcohol consumption can still pose risks for teens, study suggests
A survey from a team of Ontario researchers suggests even modest amounts of alcohol consumption during someone's high school years can lead to more problematic drinking habits.
The Brussels Times (Belgium) - Public alcohol consumption in central Brussels to be banned from February 2020
The consumption of alcohol during the night in central Brussels will be banned from 1 February over a six-month test phase.
Medical Xpress - Alcohol and tobacco policies can reduce cancer deaths: study
Policies aimed at cutting alcohol and tobacco consumption, including the introduction of random breath testing programs and bans on cigarette advertising, have resulted in a significant reduction in Australian cancer death rates, new research shows. (Czech Republic) - Alcohol advertisements should not depict living people, says Czech Health Minister
Alcohol advertisements should not depict living beings and the health sector is preparing a bill to limit how long they can be displayed, Czech Health Minister Adam Vojtech (for ANO) said at the expert Alcohol and Tobacco 2019 conference today.
BBC News (Northern Ireland) - New unit for 'forgotten' patients with alcohol related brain damage
Patients with alcohol related brain damage (ARBD) have been referred to as a forgotten group - and Heather Magee is one of them.
BBC News (UK) - Alcohol-related brain damage: 'I've realised there's more to life than drink'
Heather Magee showed symptoms of dementia - but these were caused by her alcohol abuse. Now, she has found a way back to a better life.
Medical Xpress - Patterns of youth alcohol use show need for early intervention
Youth who drink a few times per month in grade 9 are likely to become weekly—and even binge—drinkers in the following years, says a recent University of Waterloo study.
Euro Weekly News (Spain) - Increase in alcohol poisoning in Spain
ALCOHOL abuse in Catalonia, Spain has led to emergency services caring for a large number of young people every weekend.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Whanganui alcohol policy limits entry to premises with late licences
Some of Whanganui's licensed premises are about to lose their revolving doors - for one hour before their closing time anyway.
Newswise - How your drinking co-workers affect the workplace
Excessive drinking by workers can place a burden on colleagues, whether through absenteeism, reduced productivity or alcohol-related accidents in the workplace.
This report (PDF) goes beyond the cost of alcohol-related impaired driving to consider the full range of alcohol-related costs imposed on Wisconsin’s taxpayers and residents.
Taipei Times - Drinking once a week can increase cancer risk: study
People who drink alcoholic drinks at least once per week are 19 times more likely to develop hypopharyngeal cancer than those who do not drink, researchers with the National Health Research Institute (NHRI) said yesterday.
Baltic News Network (Lithuania) - OECD: Lithuanians, among rich nations, having highest alcohol consumption
Alcohol consumption in Lithuania is the highest compared to other 43 countries in the world, found the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), also referred to as the «rich-nations club».

Sunday, November 24, 2019

FASD News - 47/2019

Cowichan Valley Citizen (Canada) - FASD has huge impact on homelessness
Reading such descriptions leads one to contemplate circumstances leading up to the Lewis Street raid, and the causes for homelessness. One wonders, also, about application of the adage “to turn off the tap as well as to mop the floor”. Provision of housing and other supports is important.
2 Minute Medicine - Developmental assessment at 9 months of age can predict fetal alcohol syndrome
In this prospective cohort study, infants underwent developmental and dysmorphologic assessments at various times throughout early life.
BBC News (UK) - Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Mum's fight for diagnosis
An adoptive mum has spoken of her "lonely and isolating" journey to getting a diagnosis for her children's Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. (Canada) - Fetal alcohol disorder advocate calls for inquiry into inmate's death
A Canadian advocate for people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is calling for a public inquiry into a recent prison death.
My Yellowknife Now (Canada) - Recent workshop focuses on preventing FASD and reducing harms related to polysubstance use in pregnancy
The Department of Health and Social Services recently hosted a workshop in Yellowknife titled “Doorways to Conversation: Substance Use with Girls and Women in Pregnancy and Beyond” featuring keynote speakers Dr. Nancy Poole and Dr. Lorraine Greaves.
BabyGaga - The Painful Reality Of Living With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) can have an immense impact on an individual's lifestyle and can also leave a child with lifelong disabilities.
The Irish Sun (Northern-Ireland) - Local heroes from all walks of Northern Ireland life set to be celebrated at SuperValu SuperStars awards night
Brothers Reece and Jordan McNamara from Dromore have been instrumental in helping their parents to set up of local charity FASD Aware NI, which raises awareness of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
This week #DRYMESTER is supporting the annual Alcohol Awareness Week. This year’s theme is ‘Alcohol and Me’, providing a chance for people right across the UK to get thinking about their own drinking.
NOFAS - New Senate Bill Will Help Children and Adults Living with FASD
New legislation to authorize comprehensive Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) support services, public health prevention, and research programs across agencies within the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, and Justice has been introduced this week in the U.S. Senate.
Beacon (UK) - How FASD Can Affect Pupil Behaviour (And What You Can Do About It)
Teachers often teach pupils with a range of diagnoses. In fact, it's highly likely you have children with a clinical diagnosis of some form in your classroom.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland - SIGN Guideline on Fetal alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
The clinical guideline was published in 2019. It is based on what we know from current research. Some parts of the clinical guideline were adapted from the Canadian guideline for diagnosing FASD.
CAMP- A FASD Community - We are CAMP | Summer Camp Video
Learn more about the only summer camp in the nation specialized for children (ages 9 to 18) with FASD! Dates and rates for our 2019 programs to be announced this fall.
ThinkTech Hawaii - The lasting effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (Finding Respect in the Chaos)
American Academy of Pediatrics - Alcohol and Pregnancy: It’s Just Not Worth the Risk
There's no guarantee that a baby will be born healthy or grow up healthy. However, there is an absolute guarantee that a child will not have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) if a mother does not drink alcohol while pregnant.
All Wales Forum - 'Think brain, not blame' A short film about FASD
This is a short film that offers an introduction to FASD and provides an insight into what life is like for one child who is living with it.
Connecting Foster & Kinship Carers SA CF&KC-SA - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - Stewart McDougall – CFKC
Researcher Stewart McDougall shares his findings on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and is joined by Alice Wilson who relates some of her experiences of caring for a young person with FASD.
Werry Workforce Whāraurau - Champions’ Forum - Michelle Brewerton, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui, FASD
Hosted by Werry Workforce Whāraurau, SPHC: Supporting Parents Healthy Children Champions' Forum 2019
BRAD!BRYAN Multimedia - It’s Not Worth the Risk
This public service announcement aims to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, or FASD. It was created for the Florida Center for Early Childhood, a not-for-profit organization specializing in child development.
Teachers pay teachers - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Pack (FASD) - Child Development
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Pack provides great resources for teaching high school students about the dangers of consuming alcohol while pregnant.

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - The impact of paternal alcohol consumption on offspring brain and behavioral development
These results demonstrate that the developmental impact of preconception PatEE is more harmful than previously thought and provide additional insights into the biological mechanisms that may underlie atypical behavior observed in children of alcoholic fathers.
Pediatrics - Early-Life Predictors of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Assessment of a combination of growth, dysmorphology, and neurobehavioral characteristics allows for accurate identification of most children with FASD as early as 9 to 18 months.
Pediatrics - Early Detection of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: An Elusive but Critical Goal
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) comprise the most common preventable cause of neurodevelopmental disabilities worldwide, with prevalence estimates of 1.1% to 5.0% in the United States and Western Europe1 and 13.6% to 20.9% in South Africa.
Human Brain Mapping - Multivariate models of brain volume for identification of children and adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) have shown reductions of brain volume associated with prenatal exposure to alcohol.
Alcohol - Maternal Iron Nutriture Modulates Placental Development in a Rat Model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) causes developmental abnormalities known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Maternal iron status modulates the severity of these defects in the offspring. Because the placenta is central in supporting fetal development, we investigated if maternal iron status similarly modulates alcohol’s effects in the placenta.
Advances Inpediatric Research - Comparison of the 4-Digit Code, Canadian 2015, Australian 2016 and Hoyme 2016 fetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnostic guidelines
The needs of individuals with FASD are best met when diagnostic systems provide accurate, validated diagnoses across the lifespan, the full spectrum of outcome, the full continuum of alcohol exposure; and utilize diagnostic nomenclature that accurately reflects the association between outcome and alcohol exposure.
British Journal of Pharmacology - Prenatal and postnatal alcohol exposure increases vulnerability to cocaine addiction in adult mice
Our findings demonstrate that maternal binge‐like alcohol consumption during gestation and lactation alters sensitivity to the reinforcing effects of cocaine in adult offspring mice.
Universitat Duisburg Essen - Substance use and psychiatric comorbidities in adult FASD patients
In Germany, data on adult FASD patients and their mental health are rare. The study aims
to describe substance use patterns and psychiatric comorbidities in adult FASD patients.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in a Pacific Southwest City: Maternal and Child Characteristics
Data from this general population sample in a large urban region in the United States demonstrate the variability of expression of FASD and point to risk and protective factors for mothers in this setting.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Prenatal alcohol exposure alters error detection during simple arithmetic processing: An EEG study
Arithmetical error‐related theta activity is altered by PAE and can be used to distinguish between exposed and nonexposed individuals and within diagnostic groups, supporting the use of numerical and quantitative processing patterns to derive a neurocognitive profile that could facilitate diagnosis and treatment of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
European Journal of Public Health - Monitoring Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder during the neonatal period in France
This study is the first to produce a national estimate of the frequency of neonatal diagnosis of FAS. It shows a stability of the frequency of pFASD cases recorded over the 2006-2013 period which is certainly underestimated but gives a first minimal estimate of the burden of alcohol use during pregnancy in France.
Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology - Factors associated with atypical brain development in preterm infants: insights from magnetic resonance imaging
Future challenges are to analyse quantitative brain MRI data with collateral biological and environmental data in study designs that support causal inference, and ultimately to use the output of such analyses to stratify infants for clinical trials of therapies designed to improve outcome.
Frontiers in Psychiatry - Parents with Mental and/or Substance Use Disorders and their Children
Families living with parental mental and substance use disorders face considerable biopsychosocial and, oftentimes, socioeconomic challenges, with complex pathways to mitigating risk, enhancing resilience in children and youth, and supporting recovery in adults who are parents.
Nursing Problems - Students’ knowledge about foetal alcohol syndrome and their alcohol drinking habits
It has been shown that the field of study significantly affects the level of knowledge about FAS. Sex significantly influences drinking habits. The type and the amount of alcohol consumed by the students was related with their opinions about abstinence during pregnancy.
European Journal of Public Health - Pregnancy warning labels on alcohol packaging: results of an exploratory study
This study highlights the need for changes to pictogram currently used on alcohol packaging in France. Our results show that recent changes proposed by the French government (a slight increase in the size of the current pictogram) will most likely have little effect on preventing alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence - Co-use of alcohol, tobacco, and licit and illicit controlled substances among pregnant and non-pregnant women in the United States: Findings from 2006 to 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data
Co-use of several substances, including and especially of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis, persists among pregnant women in the United States.
Journal of addiction medicine - Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for Prenatal Alcohol Use and Cigarette Smoking
Healthcare providers report universal screening for prenatal alcohol and cigarette smoking; however, brief intervention and referral to treatment are more limited practices.

Regenbogen (Germany) - Enissa leidet unter ADHS, ADS und FASD - ihr Mutter ist drogenabhängig
Mit ausgestreckten Armen und einem breiten Lächeln werde ich von Heike und Frank empfangen. Dann kommt Enissa um die Ecke in den Hausgang geflitzt und mustert mich mit ihren dunkelbraunen Augen. Aufgeweckt sieht sie aus. Wir verstehen uns auf Anhieb! Sie fragt wer ich sei und als ich ihr sage, dass ich vom Radio komme, werden ihre Augen groß!
BBC Afrique - Leur maman avait bu l'alcool pendant ses grossesses, les enfants en paient le prix
Reece, 11 ans, et son frère Jordan, 10 ans, n'aiment pas le changement. Leur mère, Alison, dit que chaque jour est comme le jour de la marmotte, obligeant la famille McNamara à suivre une routine stricte.
La Vanguardia (Granada) - Conferencia aborda los problemas del consumo de alcohol durante el embarazo
La Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública (EASP), con sede en Granada y dependiente de la Consejería de Salud y Familias, acogerá los días 22 y 23 de noviembre la I Conferencia Nacional sobre el Trastorno del Espectro Alcohólico Fetal, primera causa de trastorno del neurodesarrollo.
ConSalud (Spain) - La exposición al alcohol en el embarazo aumenta la vulnerabilidad al consumo de cocaína en ratones
Los ratones que han tenido una exposición prenatal al alcohol reportan alteraciones en el circuito de su cerebro que los hace más susceptibles a desarrollar adicción por la cocaína.
Verneri (Finland) - FASD eri ikäkausina
Alkoholille altistunut lapsi saattaa syntyessään kärsiä alkoholin aiheuttamista vieroitusoireista: vastasyntynyt tärisee ja hänellä on kouristuksia.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Alcohol News - 47/2019

Twice as many baby-boomer men are being admitted to hospitals for alcohol-related conditions as millennials.
CGTN America (USA) - ‘Sober curious’ millennials cutting back on alcohol consumption
It’s been called a ‘sober revolution.’ Younger people are paying more attention to their health, and consuming much less alcohol. Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, are driving this trend and disrupting a powerful industry, the alcoholic beverage market. - Parental permissibility for alcohol associated with risky drinking in adolescence
Many parents permit their adolescent children to drink alcohol, believing this helps teach them responsible use and avoids the appeal of 'forbidden fruit'. In research studies, greater parental permissibility for alcohol has been linked to earlier and heavier drinking in adolescence.
NDTV Food - Alcohol Ads On Television May Influence Underage Drinking, Experts Reveal
The researchers of the study found out that teenagers are heavy consumers of media and therefore exposed to more advertising.
Medical News Today - Alcohol intake and reduced brain volume: What explains the link?
Does drinking more alcohol shrink the brain, or does a smaller brain volume actually predispose individuals to drink more alcohol?
ERR News (Estonia) - Rural affairs minister not in favor of local alcohol sales restrictions
Members of the Reform Party are interested in making changes to the Alcohol Act that would grant cities, towns and municipalities the right to ban the sale of alcohol at entertainment establishments until 10 a.m. Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Järvik (EKRE) does not support the bill, saying that different restrictions throughout the country would only cause confusion and lead to unfair competition. According to a proposal of the Ministry of Rural Affairs, the same time-related restrictions should apply nationwide.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Children buying alcohol and cigarettes online without ID checks
Children as young as 12 are exploiting online delivery systems to have alcohol and cigarettes sent straight to their homes or local post offices, with one in three getting booze delivered without an ID check.
Newshub (New Zealand) - New Zealand's alcohol problem getting worse – survey
Raising the price and not the glass is being seen as the only way to curb our alcohol problems. Data from the Ministry of Health's annual survey has found the number of 18- to 24-year-olds who consume six or more drinks on occasion is at 21.1 percent, up from 16.5. (Ireland) - Over 54,000 treated for alcohol abuse since 2012, figures reveal
More than 54,000 people were treated for alcohol abuse between 2012 and 2018. The Health Research Board says there were 7,464 treated cases last year, with men making up almost two-thirds of the figures. - What Triggers Harsh Parenting Among Alcoholic Moms?
Alcohol dependence among mothers is a significant predictor of harsh parenting over time, according to a new study published in the journal Development and Psychopathology. - Pernod Ricard accused of putting 'constant pressure' on staff to drink on the job
French drinks giant Pernod Ricard is facing court action for piling “constant pressure” on staff to consume alcohol on the job.
YLE News - Romantic relationships reduce alcohol abuse, study finds
The study, which drew on the longitudinal Finnish Twin Study (FinnTwin12), found that being in a romantic relationship reduced the association between genetic predisposition and drinking.
World Health Organization (Czechia) - Alcohol reduction, human resources for health and drug policy on the agenda as Dr Östlin meets Czech Prime Minister and V4 health ministers
Dr Piroska Östlin, WHO/Europe’s Regional Director ad interim, met with the Prime Minister of Czechia, Andrej Babiš, and Minister of Health, Adam Vojtěch in Prague to discuss cooperation on policies to reduce harmful use of alcohol.
RNZ (New Zealand) - Cannabis reform debate overshadows alcohol-related harm - addiction specialist
A leading addictions specialist says the political focus on cannabis reform is drowning out debate on the bigger problem of alcohol-related harm.
News Medical - Report investigates impact of smoking, alcohol on cerebellum and related cognitive function
There is consistent evidence that having an alcohol use disorder is associated with abnormalities in the cerebellum, a structure attached to the bottom of the brain that is involved in coordinating posture and balance but also in supporting some cognitive functions.
Reuters - Even moderate drinking by parents may impact kids
Roughly half of UK adolescents have seen a parent who’s not an alcoholic get drunk or tipsy, and
more than one in three can name at least one downside to parents’ drinking, a study suggests.
The Journal (Ireland) - Nearly 55,000 cases of problem alcohol use treated in Ireland over seven years
THERE WERE 54,263 cases of problem alcohol use treated in Ireland between 2012 and 2018, according to new figures from the Health Research Board (HRB).
Euronews (France) - 'Non' to Dry January in France, says President Emmanuel Macron
When the clocks strike midnight on December 31 to usher in the new year, professionals from France's wine sector will no doubt raise a glass to President Emmanuel Macron.
Voice of America (Russia) - Bucking Stereotypes, A More Sober Russia Emerges
Alcohol consumption by Russians has dropped by half over the past decade and now sits at levels that are lower than those of Western countries such as France and Germany, a recent study shows.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Alcohol News - 46/2019

Medical Xpress - Gamblers under the influence of alcohol place higher bets after losses
Gamblers don't always make rational decisions. Their approach to any given bet is often influenced by the bets, wins and losses that have come before it—even when those things have no bearing whatsoever on the outcome.
The Star Online - How alcohol addiction occurs: the brain 'learns' alcohol
Running into a former drinking buddy or passing a once-favourite bar can cause recovering alcoholics to relapse. But the biology behind why those setbacks happen was a mystery to scientists until just recently.
ERR News (Estonia) - OECD: Alcohol consumption in Estonia fell by almost a third in 10 years
Alcohol consumption in Estonia has declined significantly over the last decade, according to the latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) health report, but is still above average. (Ireland) - New rules to curb alcohol adverts near young people
New advertising rules introduced under the Public Health Alcohol Act of 2018 will prevent drinks companies from promoting their products near schools, playgrounds or on public transport.
ITV News (Wales) - Minimum alcohol pricing to be introduced in Wales next year
The Welsh Government will introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol of 50p from March next year after it was approved by the National Assembly.
News Now Finland (Finland) - Study: more young people trying cannabis, but not alcohol or cigarettes
Young people in Finland are drinking less alcohol and smoking fewer cigarettes, but they’re experimenting more regularly with cannabis.
Voxy (New Zealand) - New drinking stats show extra cause for concern - Alcohol Healthwatch
Alcohol Healthwatch warns that data released from New Zealand’s largest annual health survey show that our drinking culture is continuing to move in the wrong direction. More New Zealanders are drinking and more are drinking heavily and frequently.
BBC News (UK) - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: The 'heartbreaking' reality
The brothers, from Dromore, in County Down, are living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), meaning that exposure to alcohol in the womb has left them with life-long disabilities. (New Zealand) - Alcohol & regret: consequences and lessons learned
Stuff is again partnering with the Global Drug Survey, an international online effort to educate and reduce harm caused by alcohol and recreational drugs. The 2020 survey is now open.
Total Slovenia News (Slovenia) - Youth Say No to Cigarettes & Alcohol, Yes to Marijuana & Social Media
Tobacco and alcohol seem to be losing appeal among Slovenian youth, according to a survey presented at a round table debate in Otočec on Wednesday. However, the use of cannabis is on the rise along with social media and video games addictions.
RNZ (New Zealand) - E-scooter injury study: surgeons call for alcohol ban, curfew
A study has found 180 people ended up in Auckland City Hospital with an e-scooter injury in the first 19 weeks the scooters were on the road.
Surrey Live (UK) - Burden of booze in Surrey: Funding cuts, surge in deaths, and more shops selling alcohol
A data investigation has found funding for alcohol treatment is being stripped as councils pick and choose which services get cash following government cuts.
IAS - A question of intent: Alcohol advertising campaign case studies make for sobering reading
Producing and selling alcohol remains very good business in the UK, contributing around 2.5% of total UK GDP in 2014, around £46 billion. However, it also remains a business associated with a wide range of acute and chronic physical and mental health burdens for consumers, and for those around them.
Health Insurance and Protection (UK) - Half of London workers binge drink at least once a month
The survey of 26,000 workers for Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace reveals 36% of Londoners drink more than the NHS recommended 14 units of alcohol per week (the equivalent of six pints of lager or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine.)