Thursday, March 26, 2020

Alcohol News - 12/2020

Healthline - Resist Using Pot, Alcohol to Ease Fears During COVID-19 Outbreak
As feelings of anxiety, depression, or sheer boredom mount due to the growing pandemic of the coronavirus and COVID-19, the desire to turn to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism could become more problematic.
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ABC Local (Australia) - Coronavirus anxiety and self-isolation leading to higher use of alcohol, cannabis, experts say
Health advocates are urging Australians cooped up indoors to maintain a daily routine and drink in moderation, after reports of people stockpiling alcohol surfaced online.
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The Local France (France) - Halt on French local authority's alcohol ban during lockdown
A French local authority has been forced into something of a U-turn just 24 hours after banning the sale of alcohol during the coronavirus lockdown.
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Business Insider South Africa (South Africa) - Sale, transport of alcohol banned. ‘For 21 days, please stay sober.’
South Africans won’t be able to buy alcohol during lockdown, including not from supermarkets.
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What's On (Dubai) - All licensed venues in Dubai to stop serving alcohol until further notice
Dubai Police has issued a directive to all Dubai hotels stating that alcohol must not be served. All venues which are licensed to serve alcohol must cease operation immediately, until further notice.
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INSIDER - What to do if you are (or know) an alcoholic in quarantine
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, everyone is experiencing new challenges and struggles. This is equally true if you, or someone you know, is an alcoholic.
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The Japan Times (Japan) - Why are Japan’s millennials shunning alcohol?
Some time before the coronavirus outbreak put a damper on this year’s hanami (blossom viewing) parties and other social activities, the media had already noted that the decline in alcohol consumption by younger Japanese has been accelerating.
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National Institutes of Health (USA) - National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week celebrates 10 years
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) marks its 10th anniversary March 30 through April 5, 2020, encouraging communities around the country to SHATTER THE MYTHS®about substance use and addiction.
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ERR News (Estonia/Latvia) - Estonians stop buying alcohol in Latvia after border controls reintroduced
After the reintroduction of border control, the number of Estonian customers visiting alcohol shops operating along the Latvian border has dropped dramatically. Some shops have reduced their opening hours and some have even stopped trading altogether.
Read more (New Zealand) - Domestic violence likely to increase as lock-down goes into effect
Those who work at the frontline of domestic violence are bracing for a surge in the number of people needing help as New Zealand goes into lock-down, but have to work around a cut to safe house capacity.
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The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is concerned lobbying by the alcohol industry has hindered efforts to introduce clearer pregnancy warning labels, aimed at protecting the health of unborn babies.
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ERR News (Estonia) - Government to weigh up raft of anti-drink-driving measures
The coalition cabinet is meeting Thursday do discuss drink driving counter-measures, including suspendng medical certificates for those convicted, harsher penalties, longer addiction treatment periods, a points system for offenders and the use of alcohol ignition interlock devices.
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USA News (USA) - From depression and binge drinking to big success
It is many years ago, that the unnatural was natural for the 35-year-old Nicolas Dalby. When he sits calm and relaxed and enjoys her sugar-free drinks caffe latte at Fisketorvet, there are probably not many who thinks that he lives by to beat and be beaten on by other adult men.
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Monday, March 23, 2020

FASD News - 11/2020

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News - Scorpion Venom May Serve as Novel Therapy for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Scientists led by the Children’s National Hospital faculty were able to “rescue” a preclinical model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in juvenile models, reversing motor skill deficits with the help of a novel drug derived from scorpion venom.
Anishinabek News (Canada) - Changing the language around FASD will help people live with their strengths and challenges
Victim. Villain. A lifelong sentence. These are words and negative perceptions that people working in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are trying to dispel from the complex conversation around the brain-based, lifelong physical disability.
The Conversation AU (Australia) - Alcohol warning labels need to inform women of the true harms of drinking during pregnancy
Federal and state ministers will meet tomorrow to decide whether to compel alcohol manufacturers to include clear labels on all alcohol products that warn against the harms of drinking while pregnant.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Yes, ministers, warning labels will save women and their unborn children from alcohol harm
Each week in my assessment clinic for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder I see children struggling with learning, behaviour and development, with physical disability and intellectual impairment – the result of a brain injury caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol.
CafeMom - Husband Gets Slammed Online for Refusing To Buy Wine for His Pregnant Wife
For one couple this debate isn't just a hypothetical. Taking to Reddit this week, a dad-to-be explained how he recently refused to pick up wine for his very pregnant wife, for fear it might harm their baby -- even though she felt like one little sip wouldn't do any harm.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Alcohol labelling: Poll shows many still in dark over risk during pregnancy
If health experts win ministerial support on Friday, all alcoholic drinks will carry red and black labels, saying "health warning" and showing a pregnant woman in silhouette lifting a wine glass to her mouth.
Wellington Faculty of Science - A disorder falling through the cracks
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is all too common, particularly among young people who end up in the criminal justice system, so why is there so little support for people suffering from it, asks Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington's Dr Dougal Sutherland.
University of Auckland (New Zealand) - Courts no place for fetal alcohol victims
People with fetal alcohol syndrome are still being punished by the criminal justice system, despite the Teina Pora case, writes MBChB student Emma Espiner.

UW Medicine - Finding a Treatment for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
When developing fetuses are exposed to alcohol, they are at risk for a variety of irreversible birth defects, and it seems that any amount of alcohol could lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
The WHOot - How Alcohol Affects Unborn Babies
The dangers of Alcohol are becoming more pronounced by the day. Drinking has become a National sport and addiction is all too real.
Bethany Christian Services - Parenting a Child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
NOFAS-UK - Stay-at-Home-Guide for Kids with FASD
Young people with FASD can help plan for days when they may need to be at home. This guide offers some suggestions – but it’s only a start to help get everyone thinking of some fun and calming home activities.
The FASD Success Show - Dr. Ira Chasnoff Talks FASD and The Online World
Meet Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff. In this episode, we speak with Dr. Chasnoff about his work and his book: FASD and the Online World, a hot topic for many caregivers.
The FASD Success Show - Elizabeth Anne Russell Helping Birth Moms Heal
Meet Elizabeth (Anne) Russell. She is the founder of The Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Association. Anne is also the birth mother of two individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorder(FASD).

Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health - A Qualitative Investigation into Barriers and Enablers for the Development of a Clinical Pathway for Individuals Living with FASD and Mental Disorder/Addictions
It is common for individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) to require support for mental health and addictions but there are challenges associated with receiving appropriate care in Canada.
Alcohol - Proceedings of the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group.
The 2019 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group (FASDSG) meeting was entitled "Computational Approaches to Studying Behavioral Control and Individual Change."
Alcohol Clin Exp Res - Characterizing Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND): Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and the Spectrum of Outcomes.
ARND has been a subject of debate. This analysis suggests effects of alcohol on behavior and cognition even in the absence of the characteristic facial features and growth deficiency that can be identified.
Nature Neuroscience - Kcnn2 blockade reverses learning deficits in a mouse model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Pharmacologic blockade of Kcnn2 improves these learning deficits, suggesting Kcnn2 blockers as a new intervention for learning disabilities in FASD.
bioRxiv - Increased Ethanol Intake is Associated with Social Anxiety in Offspring Exposed to Ethanol on Gestational Day 12
Taken together, these data indicate that PAE differentially affects the interactions between social anxiety, ethanol intake, and drinking context in males and females. These findings extend our understanding of the complexity and persistence of PAE’s sex-dependent effects into adulthood.
International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology - Postnatal Ethanol Exposure Activates HDAC-Mediated Histone Deacetylation, Impairs Synaptic Plasticity Gene Expression and Behavior in Mice
These findings demonstrate that CB1R/HDAC-mediated epigenetic remodeling disrupts gene expression and is a critical step in FASD-associated cognitive decline but is reversed by restoration of histone acetylation in the brain.
Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders - Four-year follow-up of a randomized controlled trial of choline for neurodevelopment in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
These data support choline as a potential neurodevelopmental intervention for FASD and highlight the need for long-term follow-up to capture treatment effects on neurodevelopmental trajectories.
Journal of Pediatric Urology - Incontinence in persons with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): a Polish cohort
Children and adolescents with FAS, pFAS, ARND, GKA, and GKG are affected by incontinence. Highest rates were observed in pFAS and ARND. Persons with FAS were mostly affected by DUI, pFAS by NE, and ARND by FI.
NeuroToxicology - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders model alters the functionality of glutamatergic neurotransmission in adult zebrafish
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) describe a wide range of ethanol-induced developmental disabilities, including craniofacial dysmorphology, and neurochemical and behavioral impairments.
Addiction - Alcohol use in pregnancy and its impact on the mother and child
This review discusses the history, epidemiology and clinical presentations of prenatal alcohol exposure, focusing on FASD and FAS, and the impact of evidence on future research, practice and policy directions.
Journal of law and medicine - Warning Labels about Alcohol Consumption and Pregnancy: Moving from Industry Self-regulation to Law.
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy carries known risks to the foetus in the form of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). One of the interventions for the prevention of FASD is the application of warning labels to packaged alcoholic beverages.
Alcohol consumption in pregnant women was higher than the estimated for most Latin- American countries, and of the considered characteristics, was almost exclusively related to consumption patterns before pregnancy.
Addictive Behaviors - Changes in alcohol use and heavy episodic drinking in U.S. women of childbearing-age and peripartum between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013
Alcohol use and HED increased in last 10 years in both childbearing age and pregnant and postpartum US women. That questions the impact of implemented laws, policies and alcohol guidelines in this population within the last 10 years.
Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology - Smoke, alcohol and drug addiction and female fertility
Currently, the most consistent evidences of a detrimental effect of smoke, alcohol and addictive drugs on specific domains of the female reproductive function are provided by experimental studies in animals.
Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs - Maternal alcohol intakes before and during pregnancy: Impact on the mother and infant outcome to 18 months
Maternal alcohol consumption exceeding 50 g per session both before and during pregnancy was associated with decreasing vocal ability in the 18-month old infant.
Pediatric Research - Drinking at the end of pregnancy: why don’t we see it?
Prenatal alcohol exposure in late pregnancy is rarely studied and this makes the contribution by Umer et al. very useful.1 Their study adds to the accumulating data demonstrating that screening dried blood spots can identify biomarkers of prenatal alcohol exposure at the end of pregnancy, which may be more common than previously thought.

Rynek Zdrowia (Poland) - Badania: odkrycie leku na problemy neurorozwojowe wywołane przez FASD
Lek powstały z jadu skorpiona eliminuje opóźnienia w rozwoju motorycznym u myszy ze Spektrum Alkoholowych Uszkodzeń Płodu (FASD) - wynika z badania opublikowanego na łamach czasopisma „Nature Neuroscience”. (Austria) - Diagnose Fetales Alkoholsyndrom: „Wie ein Gewitter im Kopf“
Fetales Alkoholsyndrom. Ingrid kümmert sich um Pflegeenkel Michael, er hat FAS. Es fehlt an adäquater Betreuung
ZARLLOR (Italy) - Álcool na gravidez: o grande perigo para a gestante e o bebé
Gestantes que bebem álcool durante a gravidez colocam em risco o bebé. A criança e os pais precisam lidar com os danos tardios pelo resto das suas vidas.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Alcohol News - 11/2020

Metro - Drinking alcohol can weaken your immune system and leave you more vulnerable to viruses
Not only is using alcohol as an anxiety antidote really bad for your mental health, experts also say that too much booze can weaken your immune system. (Ireland) - Irish people drinking less alcohol, figures show
Irish people are now drinking less alcohol than in previous years, according to new provisional figures from Revenue.
The Conversation AU (Australia) - Alcohol warning labels need to inform women of the true harms of drinking during pregnancy
Federal and state ministers will meet tomorrow to decide whether to compel alcohol manufacturers to include clear labels on all alcohol products that warn against the harms of drinking while pregnant.
Deutsche Welle (Germany) - East Germans drink more alcohol, eat better
Germans in former East Germany engage in risky alcohol consumption more than their western peers do — but they also eat more nutritiously, a scientific study has found. Researchers also did a south-north comparison.
Brisbane Times (Australia) - Alcohol labelling: Poll shows many still in dark over risk during pregnancy
If health experts win ministerial support on Friday, all alcoholic drinks will carry red and black labels, saying "health warning" and showing a pregnant woman in silhouette lifting a wine glass to her mouth.
BBC News (UK) - Alcohol-related brain damage: 'I was paid in lager to babysit'
A woman who was paid in lager to babysit as a teenager went on to develop alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD) following 20 years of drinking.
Technology Networks - Why Does Alcohol Kill So Many Men in Eastern Europe?
In some former Soviet bloc countries, men often die early due to alcohol abuse. Alcoholism-related mortality varies considerably from one region to another, according to a study in the European part of Russia, Belarus, Lithuania and Poland.
Movendi - Myths and Truths About Alcohol and COVID-19
Last week at least 44 people have died in Iran due to alcohol poisoning as they believed myths about alcohol’s properties to kill the coronavirus. In an attempt to protect themselves from COVID-19, they consumed large amounts of home-made liquor.
Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - Hundreds of children get A&E help after taking drink or drugs
Almost 200 children aged 14 and under have been treated for drug or alcohol issues at Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital.
Eurekalert - Sobering new data on drinking and driving: 15% of US alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities involve alcohol under the legal limit
Accidents involving drivers testing below legal blood alcohol concentration limits are more likely to cause harm to others than drivers with levels at or above the limit, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
IAS - Does the size of a wine glass affect how much we drink?
The size of wine glasses that are used in bars and restaurants varies considerably – from the modest 'Paris Goblet' holding 190ml, to glasses for red wine capable of holding half a litre, that are often favoured in restaurants.
ERR News - Government bans nighttime sales of alcohol
Alcohol will not be sold in Estonia between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. until the end of the emergency situation after the government approved measures at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday. The new restrictions include all food outlets and accommodation facilities.
STAP (Netherlands) - No Holland Heineken House at the Olympics in Tokyo
For the first time since 1992, there will be no Holland Heineken House at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Dutch Olympic Committee (NOC*NSF) took this decision given the consequences of the spread of the coronavirus.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Alcohol News - 10/2020

More and more people in the Netherlands do not drink alcohol at all or at most one glass per day, thereby complying with the Health Council guideline on alcohol use. Women and older people are most likely to comply with this guideline, according to the Lifestyle Monitor by Statistics Netherlands in collaboration with public health institute RIVM and the Trimbos Institute.
ERR News (Estonia) - Economics affairs minister: Alcohol sales limits won't harm businesses
Economic affairs minister Taavi Aas (Center) says that he supports the city government's plan to restrcit alcohol sales in the capital's bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues.
NDTV - Drinking Alcohol Will Not Protect You From Coronavirus: WHO
Coronavirus outbreak: Several myths regarding the novel coronavirus are doing the rounds. One of them is that drinking alcohol can kill the deadly virus. The World Health Organization busts this myth. Read here to know what it has to say.
ERR News (Estonia) - Study: Proportion of Estonians buying alcohol in Latvia down to 33 percent
A study by the Estonian Institute of Economic Research indicates that cross-border trade began declining immediately after cuts to the excise duty rate on alcohol were implemented in Estonia in July 2019.
Mental Daily - Excessive Alcohol Consumption Linked To Decreased Bone Formation Among HIV Patients
Excessive alcohol use could result in decreased bone formation among people suffering from HIV, a new study suggests, as published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
The Moscow Times (Russia) - Alcohol Deaths Plummet as ‘Warmest Winter’ Hits Russia
Experts are attributing a sharp drop in the number of deaths from alcohol poisoning in Russia to the unseasonably warm winter.
Country News (Australia) - Alcohol ‘too easy’ for minors to buy online
New research has found alcohol is too easy to buy online for under-18s and people with an alcohol dependency. (Spain) - Spain holidays: Majorca alcohol crackdown ramps up as Magaluf bars flout new ban
SPAIN holidays are hugely popular with British tourists with many flooding to the country's islands in search of sun, sea and sand. Alcohol is a big part of holidays to Majorca and Ibiza for many - but the government is now cracking down on boozing. (New Zealand) - Alcohol permanently banned at Christchurch rugby league games
Alcohol will be permanently banned from rugby league games played at Christchurch parks. Canterbury Rugby League (CRL) called for the ban after the 2018 season when 70 per cent of clubs indicated they were dealing with alcohol-related misconduct each week.
FM104 (Ireland) - Health experts call for crackdown on alcohol ads
There's a call from health professionals to deal with booze the same way we did with smoking. They believe we need to be tougher on ads about alcohol.
The Irish Times (Ireland) - Drinks industry lobbyists met Government members and officials 361 times in 2018
Drinks industry lobbyists met Government ministers, senior officials and Oireachtas members more than 350 times the year the Dáil debated legislation aimed at combating harmful alcohol consumption.
Balance North East - Alcohol industry misleading consumers about drinking guidelines
Balance is calling for mandatory health information to be included on all alcohol product labels, as a new investigation reveals that alcohol companies are still keeping consumers in the dark.
IAS (UK) - MUP – let’s not lose another decade to alcohol harm
Like a warning bell from times past, Michael Marmot’s ten-year review on widening health inequalities underlined a lost decade of health and the consequences of inaction, with our most deprived communities bearing the brunt. And at the same time, we have seen publication of some of the compelling and most shocking evidence yet to expose how cheap alcohol is widening this chasm between North and South.
PAHO - Webinar: Global Alcohol Policy Conference: what happened and what lessons can be used in the Region
The outcomes and of the Conference will be disscused on a webinar on Wednesday, 18 March, 2020, titled "Global Alcohol Policy Conference: what happened and what lessons can be used in the Region".
IEG Policy - The next DGA should advise that even light drinking can increase cancer risk, CFA says
After pushing last year for cancer warning labels on alcohol, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) has now brought a similar request to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).
As a global policy conference on alcohol convenes in Dublin this Monday (9th March), the CEOs of Mental Health Ireland and Alcohol Action Ireland say that lives are being lost due to the stalling of implementation of the Public Health Alcohol Act (PHAA).

Sunday, March 8, 2020

FASD News - 9/2020

Ottawa Citizen (Canada) - Students with fetal alcohol disorder need unique, tailored supports, say parents
A Winchester couple with two adopted boys who have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) say those with the condition require unique, carefully tailored supports in the classroom.
The Telegram (Canada) - GUEST COLUMN: Ignoring an invisible problem: FASD in Newfoundland and Labrador
In 2018, updated prevalence estimates were released based on two studies, indicating fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) impacts about four per cent of the general Canadian population. (Canada) - New approach to FASD in N.W.T. focuses on accommodation, not behaviour
A new wave of thinking on how to work with those who live with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) has arrived in the Northwest Territories. (Canada) - People living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder share their stories
People living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder are getting the chance to tell their stories. A conference wraps up in Sudbury Friday highlighting some of the life challenges people with FASD face.
Belfast Newsletter (Northern Ireland) - ‘Our adopted sons were brain damaged by mum’s drinking’
A music gig on March 13 at the Pavilion Bar, Belfast, featuring Brian Houston, among others, will raise funds for a support group for families affected by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Germiston City News (South Africa) - Consuming alcohol is unsafe during pregnancy
There is no amount of alcohol that’s known to be safe to consume during pregnancy. If you drink during pregnancy, you place your baby at risk of foetal alcohol syndrome.

Ottawa Citizen - Students with fetal alcohol need unique tailored supports say parents
Michigan House Republicans - Rep. Whiteford - Mental Health Minute: FASD
Rep. Whiteford talks FASD in her Mental Health Minute
Calgary John Howard Society - Living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
A client-focused story about living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the Extended FASD Support Program offered at the Calgary John Howard Society.
CJJA - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum
Behavioral Health Committee presents information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Calgary John Howard Society - Appreciation for Our Work from the Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network
Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network (CFAN)'s recognition of 13 years of support from the Calgary John Howard Society.

Early Human Development - Dermatoglyphic fluctuating asymmetry and total a-b ridge count as biomarkers of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome: Analysis in children adopted from Eastern Europe
Dermatoglyphic pattern and FASD are related. The validation of dermatoglyphics as an associated marker with FASD together with the currently diagnostic tools would help clinicians to an early FASD diagnosis in children.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Collaborative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevalence
In 2012, a collaborative research program was initiated to assess the prevalence of the full range of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in representative populations from four distinct regions of the United States.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Understanding the Relationship between Predictors of Alcohol Consumption in Pregnancy: Towards Effective Prevention of FASD
Prenatal alcohol exposure can produce serious changes in neurodevelopment that last a lifetime, as well as a wide range of congenital abnormalities, and is the main non-hereditary, avoidable cause of intellectual disability in developed countries.
Alcohol - Prenatal alcohol exposure in the second trimester-equivalent increases the seizure susceptibility in developing rats
We have previously reported that prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) in the 2nd trimester-equivalent of gestation is associated with increased N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-induced generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCSs) prevalence in postpartum developing rats.
Journal of Public Health - Assessing the prevalence of alcohol consumption in early pregnancy using blood biomarker analysis: a consistent pattern across north-east England?
These data support our earlier work. Prevalence rates according to CDT and GGT analysis were similar in both areas, suggesting similar patterns of sustained alcohol use in pregnancy across the region.
Genetics and Genomic Medicine - 18q12.3‐q21.1 microdeletion detected in the prenatally alcohol‐exposed dizygotic twin with discordant fetal alcohol syndrome phenotype
The microdeletion emphasizes the importance of adequate chromosomal testing in examining the etiology of complex alcohol‐induced developmental disorders. Furthermore, the genotype‐specific decreased DNA methylation at the IGF2/H19 locus cannot be considered as a biological mark for PAE in adult WBCs.
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry - Curcumin treatment attenuates alcohol-induced alterations in a mouse model of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Alcohol exposure during development produces physical and mental abnormalities in the foetus that result in long-term molecular adjustments in the brain, which could underlie the neurobehavioural deficits observed in individuals suffering from foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
There rate of alcohol use and misuse among women in Nigeria and beyond is worrisome with several social and health implications. This paper which is an empirical review of literature focuses primarily on female related issues with regard to drinking.
Pediatrics - Maternal Alcohol-Use Disorder and Child Outcomes
The effects of maternal alcohol-use disorder are experienced by the majority of exposed children rather than a vulnerable subgroup of this population. - Everyday Executive Function in Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder
As expected, participants with both FAS and ASD were rated by parents as having deficits in everyday executive function. Areas of weakness were distinct for FAS and ASD. In line with existing literature, participants with FAS had elevated scores for working memory and plan/organize; participants with ASD had elevated scores for shift (Rasmussen et al., 2007;
Rosenthal et al., 2013).
Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease - Prenatal alcohol exposure and developmental programming of mental illness
This review will discuss the evidence that indicates low-dose and early prenatal alcohol exposure can increase the risk of mental illness in offspring and discuss the mechanistic pathways that may be involved.
Scientific Reports - Embryonic ethanol exposure alters expression of sox2 and other early transcripts in zebrafish, producing gastrulation defects
Ethanol exposure during prenatal development causes fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), the most frequent preventable birth defect and neurodevelopmental disability syndrome.
Chronic ingestion of alcohol in high percentages had deleterious effect on the male sex hormones, testes and epididymis which could affect fertility potential. A careful use of high concentrations of alcohol is suggested.
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - Likelihood of Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Receipt among Pregnant Women in the USA
To explore predictors of mental health and substance use treatment receipt in pregnant women in the USA. Secondary analysis of data from the 2008–2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health was conducted.
Journal of Dental Research - Prenatal Substance Use Disorders and Dental Caries in Children
Maternal substance use is associated with the future risk of dental caries hospitalization in children. Targeting substance use early in the lives of women may contribute to dental caries prevention in offspring.

Pharmazeutische Zeitung online (Germany) - 0,0 Promille in der Schwangerschaft
Alkoholkonsum während der Schwangerschaft kann das Ungeborene vielfältig und irreparabel schädigen. Fetale Alkoholspektrumstörungen (FASD) können sich als körperliche und geistige Behinderungen sowie Schäden des Zentralnervensystems (ZNS) äußern. Eine unbedenkliche Schwellendosis für den Alkoholkonsum gibt es nicht. (Poland) - Dzieci osób uzależnionych
„Pijana urodziła”. Wyszukiwarka internetowa znajduje ponad 2 mln informacji z taką frazą. Z miast, miasteczek i wsi. Wiadomo, jak bardzo pijana była matka. Wiadomo, ile promili miał noworodek. Ale jak wyglądało jego życie później? Tu jest próżnia.
Interia (Poland) - Lampka czerwonego wina w ciąży – „dla zdrowotności”? Uważaj!
Marzec 2019, Miastko na Pomorzu, pijana kobieta rodzi córkę z 1 promilem alkoholu we krwi. Sierpień 2019, Ostrów Wielkopolski, kobieta (3,5 promila alkoholu we krwi) rodzi dziecko z 1,7 promila alkoholu we krwi. Grudzień 2019, Nowy Dwór, 44-letnia pijana kobieta rodzi upojone alkoholem dziecko.
Verneri TV (Finland) - FASD - materiaalia ja tuotoksi
Tällä sivulla on Kehitysvammaliiton FASD-työssä kehitettyä materiaalia. Useita näistä materiaaleista voi tilata myös kotiin. Painettujen materiaalien tilausohjeet löydät "lisätietoja" -kohdasta.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Alcohol News - 9/2020

ERR News (Estonia) - Tallinn to impose alcohol sales restrictions on casinos as well
While a previous plan by Tallinn city government foresaw new restrictions on late-night alcohol sales at bars and nightclubs, a new bill will see the late-night bans on the sale of alcohol be extended to casinos located in the capital city as well.
SciTechDaily - Drinking Alcohol Weakens Bones of People Living With HIV
For people living with HIV, any level of alcohol consumption is associated with lower levels of a protein involved in bone formation, raising the risk of osteoporosis, according to a new study by researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and School of Medicine (BUSM) and published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
BBC News (Scotland) - Campaigners want a ban on alcohol sponsorship in Scottish sport
Campaigners are calling for alcohol sponsorship to be banned in Scottish sport. An academic study found drink advertising features every 15 seconds at some high-level fixtures.
Harvard Health - Cutting down on alcohol helps if you have atrial fibrillation
In medical school, there are lots of cutesy names that help us learn and remember things. “Holiday heart” is one of these — it reminds doctors-in-training that binge drinking alcohol can lead to an episode of atrial fibrillation (afib). (USA) - U.S. teens waiting longer to try alcohol, drugs
It's never good news that kids are using drugs and alcohol, but fewer U.S. teens are starting before their 16th birthday, a new study finds.
U.S. News & World Report (USA) - Alcohol Is Increasingly a Women’s Health Issue
LANDREE SARATA WAS 31 years old when her hair started falling out, her feet and belly became swollen and she began feeling tired all the time. In May 2015, she says, she finally hit "rock bottom" and had to go to the emergency department, where she was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis.
Scientific American - An Alcoholic Parent Can Affect How a Child’s Brain Switches Tasks
One of the strongest predictors of becoming an alcoholic is family history: the offspring of people with the disorder are four times more likely than others to develop it, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
University of Sheffield News (England) - New research shows alcohol minimum unit price could save almost 8,000 lives in north of England
Civic leaders are calling for the urgent introduction of a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol in England after new evidence from the University of Sheffield’s Alcohol Research Group revealed that it could save almost 8,000 lives across the North over the next 20 years.
Contemporary Pediatrics - Weight-based bullying linked to adolescent substance use
Adolescents who are bullied about their weight may be more likely to use alcohol or marijuana than non-bullied peers, according to a new study from the American Psychological Association’s journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. This link between appearance-based teasing and substance use was strongest among overweight girls.
IcelandReview (Iceland) - Minister of Justice Wants to Legalize Alcohol Ads
Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir wants to legalize ads for alcohol, saying banning them isn’t working and discriminates against Icelandic producers. RÚV reports that a parliamentary bill is currently being drafted which, if passed, would make alcohol advertisements legal in Iceland.
YLE News (Finland) - Finnish pension funds linked to alcohol, weapons and tax havens
Finnish pension funds have not purged so-called sin stocks from their portfolios. Those who run Finland's pension funds largely decide for themselves what responsible investments are, according to an Yle investigation.
Economic Times - The size of the wine glass can influence the amount of alcohol you drink
The size of glass used for serving wine can influence the amount of wine you drink in restaurants, according to a Cambridge study.
IAS blog - Parental supply of alcohol across adolescence increases risk of alcohol-related harms in early adulthood
Alcohol is a leading cause of harm among young people worldwide, yet there is a common belief among parents that giving alcohol to their adolescent children teaches responsible drinking and reduces the risk of alcohol misuse later in life.
The Lancet - Alcohol: global health's blind spot
Non-communicable diseases constitute more than 72% of annual global deaths and are now rightfully receiving increased attention in the global health agenda. However, one of the primary risk factors for non-communicable diseases continues to be neglected: alcohol.
Sky News (UK) - 400 cancer cases a day in the UK could be avoided by healthier lifestyles, says charity
But it estimated that 147,000 cases, or around 40%, could have been avoided if people people stopped smoking, drank less alcohol, ate healthy foods, were active and maintained a healthy weight.