Thursday, June 27, 2019

Alcohol News - 26/2019

Washington Post - Millennials have sparked a sober revolution, and alcohol brands are starting to notice
It’s everywhere you look these days: #SoberCurious, #SoberIsSexy, #SoberLife and #SoberSaturday. There are sober nightclubs, sober early-morning dance parties, Instagram influencers who anchor their online identities with an eschewal of alcohol.
The BMJ - Alcohol complicates multimorbidity in older adults
Lower birth rates and higher life expectancy are transforming global population age profiles, such that the prevalence of long term health conditions in the general population is rising steeply, with more people living with multimorbidity as they age. (Australia) - Alcohol retail giant BWS accused of Dry July charity stunt
Alcohol retailer BWS has been criticised by health groups for sponsoring the sobriety challenge Dry July, accused of hijacking a good cause with an “empty, manipulative stunt”. - It's time we stopped basing tech events around alcohol
The partnership between journalism and alcohol is as old as the pubs on Fleet Street, and the tech press has been a keen participant in the tradition. But it's 2019, and way past time we stopped making alcohol the linchpin of our events.
Happy Mag (Australia) - Australian-first study names alcohol the most harmful drug to society
According to a recent Australian study, alcohol causes the most overall harm to the Australian community.
The Hindu BusinessLine - Just one glass of wine may impair sense of control: Study
Drinking only one pint of beer or a large glass of wine is enough to significantly compromise a person’s sense of agency -- the feeling of being in control of actions, according to a study. (Canada) - Stay safe around drugs and alcohol at summer festivals: Health Canada
With a lot of festivals and events planned for the summer, Health Canada wants you to be safe if you’re using substances like cannabis, other drugs or alcohol. (Latvia) - Saeima committee okays reducing excise tax on strong alcohol until end of February 2020
The Saeima Budget and Finance (Taxation) Committee today approved for the final reading the bill cutting the rate of excise tax on alcohol to 15 percent until February 29, 2020. (New Zealand) - Council adopts Kilbirnie alcohol ban
Wellington City Councillors have adopted a plan to implement an alcohol ban in Kilbirnie following a review and public consultation – effective immediately. (Ireland) - Scots' success paves way for alcohol price controls
Ireland will move quickly to implement a minimum price below which alcoholic drink cannot be sold, the Taoiseach has said.
Medical Xpress - Neuroscience research questions current alcohol limit
New research by neuroscientists from the University of Sussex shows that drinking only one pint of beer or a large glass of wine is enough to significantly compromise a person's sense of agency.
Stars and Stripes (Japan) - Japan outlaws flying drone aircraft while under the influence of alcohol
It will soon be illegal to fly drones while under the influence of alcohol in Japan, something that was already prohibited on U.S. military facilities, according to American and Japanese officials.
Noted - How 'wine mum' culture is harmful to both mothers and children
Attitudes to daily drinking are changing as more evidence emerges that the ideal level of consumption is probably none at all.
ERR News (Estonia) - Ratas: Excise duty debate across Baltic states, Finland would make sense
After Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš called for a pan-Baltic approach to alcohol excise policy, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) said on Thursday that Finland should be included in the discussion as well.
BBC News (UK) - Eurostar backtracks on train booze ban
Eurostar has updated its policy on how much alcohol passengers can carry, following a backlash on social media.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) - Hong Kong to ban under-18s buying alcohol in shops
Hong Kong youngsters will no longer be allowed to buy alcohol from shops when a new law kicks in on the last day of this month.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Alcohol News - 25/2019

Live Science - Alcohol Boosts the Risk of Breast Cancer. Many Women Have No Idea
Drinking alcohol is known to raise women's risk of developing breast cancer, but many women aren't aware of this link, a new study from the United Kingdom suggests.
The Independent (UK) - Alcohol sales in Scotland hit 25 year low after minimum unit pricing introduced
Alcohol sales in Scotland fell to their lowest level since records began in 1994 in the first year that ministers set a minimum price of 50p per alcoholic unit.
Japan Today (Japan) - Shibuya bans drinking alcohol on streets for Halloween, New Year
The assembly of Tokyo's Shibuya Ward approved an ordinance Wednesday banning the consumption of alcohol on some of its streets and parks during Halloween and New Year events to address an increasing number of incidents. (Latvia) - Saeima to slash alcohol tax as booze war with Estonia hots up
The Latvian parliament (Saeima) is set to respond rapidly to recent moves in neighboring Estonia by dramatically reducing the excise tax payable on alcoholic beverages as soon as June 20, reports LSM's Latvian service, citing information from the LETA newswire.
The Local Sweden (Sweden) - Booze to your doorstep? Sweden opens up alcohol home delivery to everyone
After a long trial period, Sweden's state-run Systembolaget chain will be able to deliver alcohol home to customers across the entire country.
Isle of Wight County Press (UK) - Alcohol labelling ‘would be mandatory under Labour government’
Strict labelling on alcohol products would be mandatory under a Labour government, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has said.
Vox (USA) - Prohibition worked better than you think
America’s anti-alcohol experiment cut down on drinking and drinking-related deaths — and it may have reduced crime and violence overall. (Canada) - Alcohol main cause of substance-related deaths in hospital
Heavy drinking landed Dawn Nickel in the emergency department four times — twice for alcohol poisoning and two more times when she took pills with alcohol to try and kill herself.
Mic - How to maintain sobriety at parties when alcohol is everywhere around you
The arrival of summer not only brings higher temperatures, but the onslaught of invites to seasonal outings like graduation parties, wedding receptions, backyard BBQs, and office happy hours.
Gateshead Council (UK) - Alcohol sponsorship of women's football questioned
Gateshead's director of Public Health has questioned the ethics of the Football Association for accepting alcohol sponsorship for the England Women's team.
EurekAlert - Alcohol advertisements influence intentions to intervene in sexual assault situations
College students who viewed alcohol advertisements that included objectified images of women were less likely than others to report intentions to intervene in alcohol-facilitated sexual assault situations in a study published in the Journal of Health Communication.
The New York Times - The New Sobriety
We all know what sobriety used to be: sober, in all meanings of the word.
Bloomberg (UK) - The City of London Finally Tackles Its Drink Problem
Lloyd’s of London and the London Metal Exchange are bastions of sexism and boorishness. It’s great that they’ve banned alcohol, but it’s only a start. (Estonia/Latvia) - Latvia and Estonia prepare for booze battle over alcohol tax
If Estonia has broken the agreement with Latvia regarding excise tax on alcoholic beverages and started a pricing war, Latvia will have no choice but to respond by reducing excise taxes accordingly, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) told reporters after a meeting of the government Cooperation Council June 17.
BBC News (UK) - The 'brutal reality' for alcohol-damaged children
A mother has laid bare the "brutal reality" of bringing up her adoptive son after he was left damaged by exposure to alcohol in the womb. (Canada) - Alcohol-related deaths remain a ‘silent epidemic’ in Canada: expert
Heavy drinking landed Dawn Nickel in the emergency department four times — twice for alcohol poisoning and two more times when she took pills with alcohol to try and kill herself. (UK) - Alcohol’s harm to others
There’s a lot of evidence about the relationship between alcohol consumption and harm experienced by drinkers such as ill health, disability and death.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Alcohol News - 24/2019

Open Access Government - More intense alcohol use by children with lenient parents
Researchers found that children are more likely to start drinking alcohol, drink more frequently and get drunk if their parents have a lenient attitude towards drinking.
BBC News (UK) - Latest health guidance missing from alcohol labels
The alcohol industry has not updated health information labelling three years after health experts issued new guidelines, the BBC has found.
The Local France (France) - Cigarettes and alcohol: How young French people differ from older generations
A new report in France looks at how the younger generation are smoking and drinking compared to their parents and there was some good news that means the national stereotypes about the French may no longer apply.
The Guardian (UK) - I’ve been honest about alcohol. But the drinks industry hasn’t
I’ve drunk more alcohol than is good for me all my life. Deep down, I knew it couldn’t be doing me much good, but I kept my lips to the glass and my head in the sand and ploughed right on. Mea culpa.
CNN - People are sick of drinking. Investors are betting on the 'sober curious'
Getaway in Brooklyn was comfortably full for a Saturday night, when I came in to try my first "shrub" — an acidic beverage made from vinegar, fruit, sugar, club soda and zero alcohol.
The Conversation UK - Drinking alcohol at conception shown to harm rats – new study
Drinking alcohol while pregnant can have a devastating impact on the developing baby, leading to poor cognition and behaviour. Alcohol is also known to increase the risk of miscarriages, stillbirth and other placental complications.
Medical Xpress - High-density of alcohol outlets and advertising affect youth drinking
Alcohol use among Tanzanian youth is rising and the high density of alcohol selling outlets and alcohol advertisements coupled with low enforcement of minimum drinking age laws are likely facilitating this uptick, according to a study by the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences.
POPSUGAR - I Stopped Drinking For 30 Days, and It Felt So Good That I'm Choosing to Change My Habits
To be clear, I enjoy having a drink with friends as much as anyone else. For most 20-somethings, alcohol is the common denominator in just about any event on your social calendar. So when I first decided to give it up for a month, I was more worried about navigating after-work happy hours and dinner plans than I was about how my body would feel during the adjustment. (New Zealand) - Auckland Council could get new powers to ban alcohol in streets around festivals and concerts
Local government may soon be able to enforce temporary alcohol bans on streets around music festivals and concerts without requiring evidence of alcohol-related problems taking place.
Jersey Evening Post - Parents want limits on alcohol advertising – survey
Some 71% of parents want alcohol ads restricted on television, social media and the internet, the Alcohol and Families Alliance said.
The Sun (UK) - One in three men turn to alcohol to ease depression – the 10 warning signs you are at risk
ONE in three men turn to alcohol to ease depression, according to a new report. Figures reveal that nearly two thirds of guys have experienced mental health problems in the last five years.
The Canberra Times (Australia) - Let's get alcohol strategy done: Hunt
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt expects a national plan to reduce the harm caused by alcohol will be released in the coming months amid calls for a campaign to improve public awareness.
Australian scientists conducted a study and confirmed what a lot of harm to the child is presented with alcohol both during pregnancy and immediately before conception. On the work of specialists from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, the newspaper “Evening Moscow”.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - HSE defends using children to catch retailers selling alcohol to minors
The HSE has defended using children in sting operations to catch retailers who are selling alcohol to underage customers.
Phys.Org (New Zealand) - Hidden cost of alcohol to workplaces estimated at $1.65 billion
Employees turning up to work hungover, or not turning up at all, cost New Zealand $1.65 billion per year, a University of Otago study has found.
Kyiv Post (Ukraine) - Economy ministry proposes increasing bottom prices of alcohol
The Economic Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine has proposed bottom wholesale and retail prices of vodka and liquors by 10.7 percent, whiskey, rum and gin – by 7.3 percent, cognac – by 9.1-9.5 percent, and win – by 7.4-10.2 percent.
Bloomberg (Oman) - Oman to Impose 100% Tax on Tobacco, Alcohol Starting Next Week
Oman will introduce 100% tax on tobacco, alcohol and pork meat from June 15, as the sultanate follows other Gulf governments in trying to pare its reliance on oil revenue.
Metro - How to help a friend with depression when they’re drinking booze
Everybody knows alcohol is a depressant (if you didn’t, you do now), but alcohol can also be a really rather enjoyable way to distract yourself from life’s miseries and make you think that karaoke and texting an old hookup are both brilliant ideas.
Public Health England (UK) - New evidence on alcohol-related harm to people other than the drinker
We all know about the harmful effects of alcohol to the drinker. However, evidence is emerging for the harm caused by the drinker to their families, co-workers, the community and society.
NDARC (Australia) - Alcopops tax cuts drinking and harm
A new NDARC study found that the introduction of an alcopop tax has significantly reduced alcohol-related harm among young Australians, writes Carleen Frost.
Pallium India (India) - Rising alcohol consumption threatens health in India and globally
A press release from the Healthy India Alliance (HIA) calls for multi-sectoral action for the increasing alcohol consumption in India. The growth in per capita consumption is a global phenomenon, but the increase in India is way out of proportion to the rest of the world.
NBC News (USA) - U.S. death rates from suicides, alcohol and drug overdoses reach all-time high
Rates of deaths from suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol have reached an all-time high in the United States, but some states have been hit far harder than others, according to a report released Wednesday by the Commonwealth Fund.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Alcohol News - 23/2019

Business Insider - Millennials are spending less money on alcohol than previous generations. Now, brands are marketing their booze as 'wellness' drinks in a desperate bid to capture the market.
Millennials are spending less money on alcohol than both baby boomers and Generation X, according to a Nerdwallet analysis of a 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Expenditure Survey.
ERR News (Estonia/Latvia) - Estonian, Latvian foreign ministers discuss alcohol excise policies
Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) discussed excise policy with his Latvian opposite number Edgars Rinkēvičs (Unity) on Monday. The two met after a Council of Baltic Sea States meeting, in Jūrmala, Latvia. (Canada) - What alcohol coming to corner stores means when you're an alcoholic
Two years, six months and four days. That's how long David Brace has been sober. It's been a long road, but he's making progress. Happiness is now tangible in a way it never was when he was drinking.
EurekAlert (USA) - State alcohol policies may affect aggression- and driving-related harms from someone else's drinking
New research suggests that state alcohol policies may be effective in reducing aggression-related and driving-related harms due to other drinkers, mainly in younger adults.
BBC News (Uganda) - Uganda bans alcohol sold in sachets
Uganda has banned the consumption and sale of alcohol in sachets, which officials say threaten public health.
The Japan Times (Japan) - Coming to Japan to escape alcohol is risky, but help is available
On Sept. 28, 2004, Casey “dropped dead” on his kitchen floor. He had been on a two-day bender, mixing alcohol and some drugs, returned home and promptly passed out. After regaining consciousness, he somehow managed to call his wife who, in turn, called an ambulance.
Belleville Intelligencer (Canada) - Health board opposes increased alcohol access
The Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Board of Health is asking the Ontario government to reconsider its plan to increase access to alcohol.
ERR News (Estonia) - Restrictions on alcohol point of sale displays come into force Saturday
Starting Saturday, June 1, restrictions are in place on displaying alcoholic drinks in Estonian stores, which will both separate them from other products, and restrict their visibility from outside the point of sale. (UK) - ‘We drink too much’, say millions of over-50s
More than four million Britons aged over 50 think they should cut back on the amount of alcohol they drink, according to new research.
BBC News (Northern-Ireland) - Alcohol misuse among over 50s costs NI health service £125m
Alcohol misuse among people over 50 in Northern Ireland is costing the health service £125m per year, according to a report by Queen's University Belfast.
The Lancet - Global alcohol targets unlikely to be met
Global targets for the reduction of harmful use of alcohol are unlikely to be met, according to a modelling study published in The Lancet.
The Scotsman (Scotland) - Scotland joins EU initiative to tackle underage and binge drinking
Focus on Youth, Football and Alcohol is a joint initiative by seven EU countries aiming to tackle underage and binge drinking by young people.
The Baltic Course (Finland/Latvia/Estonia) - Nordic-Baltic NGOs urge governments to cooperate on alcohol policy
Nordic Alcohol and Drug Policy Network sent today an open letter to the ministers and party leaders of Latvia, Estonia and Finland concerning alcohol taxes and cross-border trade in the region. The Nordic Alcohol and Drug Policy Network (NordAN) expresses grave concern over the developments that are taking place in Estonia and Latvia regarding alcohol taxation.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) - Almost half of the Hongkongers who consume alcohol go binge drinking, survey finds
Almost half of the Hongkongers who drank alcohol between August and November went binge drinking at least once, according to a survey by a cancer awareness group.
The more alcohol young women drink before becoming pregnant for the first time, the greater risk they have of future breast cancer.
The Moscow Times (Russia) - Drinking Up in Russia, Survey Says
More Russians drank alcohol so far this year than they did in 2018, a survey by the state-funded VTsIOM agency has said.