Thursday, February 27, 2020

Alcohol News - 8/2020 (Latvia) - Latvian ministers disagree on proposal for online alcohol trade
As ministers disagree, Latvian government decides not to push to the Saeima amendments to the Handling of Alcoholic Beverages Law that provide permitting alcohol trade in Latvia over the internet.
PRNewswire - Alcohol Ads Lead to Youth Drinking, Should Be More Regulated, Experts Say
The marketing of alcoholic beverages is one cause of underage drinking, according to new research in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
The Conversation AU - If you’re ageing and on medication, it might be time to re-assess your alcohol intake
Drinking patterns tend to change as we age. The older we get, the more likely we are to drink on a daily basis. But older adults often perceive that drinking is only a problem if a person appears drunk. (Wales) - Welsh Government to impose new minimum price on alcohol from next month
A new minimum price on alcohol will come into force on March 2 for all retailers in Wales, the government has announced.
Medical Xpress (Australia) - Alcohol too easy for minors to buy online
In an Australian first, public health researchers examined the sales, marketing and delivery practices of the 65 most popular online alcohol retailers in Australia, and the easy access to liquor—for anybody willing to buy it—shocked them.
Nairametrics (Nigeria) - Presidential committee wants alcohol adverts banned to reduce consumption
Adverts of alcohol products might soon be banned from Nigerian airwaves as Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse is canvassing for its exclusion among aired contents.
TimesLIVE (South Africa) - SA to cough up more for fuel, alcohol and tobacco, old age grants up by R80
South Africans will pay even more for alcohol and tobacco following yet another increase on sin taxes, announced by finance minister Tito Mboweni on Wednesday.
Independent Online (South Africa) - Report shows alcohol dependence is a massive problem in the Western Cape
Half of all homicide victims in the province tested positive for alcohol consumption and 45% had blood concentration higher than the legal driving limit, according to the Rapid Review of Burden of Diseases report by Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo.
ERR News (Estonia/Latvia) - Ministry: Border trade continues despite Latvian excise hike
Looming changes to the alcohol excise duty rate in Latvia will render trips to the south to buy strong alcohol meaningless, while beer will remain noticeably cheaper. The Ministry of Finance does not perceive border trade ending just yet. - Weight-Based Bullying Linked to More Alcohol, Cannabis Use in Teens
Teens who are bullied about their weight may be more likely to use alcohol or cannabis compared to their non-bullied peers, according to a new study published online in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
Medical Xpress (Norway) - Mental health problems combined with high alcohol intake increase risk of premature death
The risk of premature death doubles if you have mental health problems and drink more than the equivalent of two units per day, on average. This a shown in a study conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. (Latvia) - Latvian Saeima decides to reduce planned excise tax rise for alcohol
The increase of excise tax rate for alcoholic beverages planned for 1 March will be more moderate. This much is provided by amendments to the Law on Excise Duties approved in the final reading by the Saeima on Thursday, 20 February, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.
Anchorage Daily News - Why I came around to support the alcohol tax
I am not someone who gets excited about taxes. Initially, I was not in favor of the alcohol tax. But I have changed my mind, will vote yes on Proposition 13, and would like to explain why.
CBS Pittsburgh (USA) - Study: 8 Percent Of West Virginia Babies Exposed To Alcohol Before Birth
About eight percent of West Virginia babies are exposed to alcohol before birth, according to a study.
Helsinki Times (Finland) - Finnish court delivers possible landmark ruling on distance sales of alcohol
THE DISTRICT COURT of Helsinki has dismissed all charges in a case related to Vironviina, a website allowing consumers to order alcohol from Estonia and Latvia.
ABC News (Australia) - New labels warning pregnant women about alcohol anger wine industry
Small wineries in regional Australia are fighting back against a "prohibitive" move to explicitly warn pregnant women about the dangers of drinking alcohol.
Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema asked the government to come up with new legislation so that the capital can limit the sale of alcohol around entertainment areas. She hopes that this will help decrease the problems caused by partying tourists.
STAP (Netherlands) - Dutch doctors can contribute more to tackling the alcohol problem
The Dutch Ministry of Health has stated that it wants the number of problem drinkers in 2040 to be half of the current estimate of 1.5 million. One of the key groups in achieving this goal will be the medical profession, but what are the prospects of Dutch doctors taking on this task, which they may fear is an unpopular one?
IAS (Lithuania) - Alcohol control policies and alcohol-related traffic harm in Lithuania: a short summary of a success story
Lithuania joined the European Union (EU) on May 1st 2004 and has experienced significant economic growth since then. Despite some setbacks since then (notably, the economic crisis of 2008-2010), Lithuania maintains a rapid growth rate, is a high-income country and has made significant progress in many social and economic areas.

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