Thursday, April 16, 2020

Alcohol News - 15/2020


The Guardian (UK) - One in three drinking less in lockdown, UK survey finds
The coronavirus lockdown is transforming Britons’ relationship with alcohol, as research reveals that some have increased their consumption, but an even larger number are drinking less or have stopped entirely.
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CNBC - Drinking alcohol can make the coronavirus worse, the WHO says in recommending restricting access
Drinking alcohol can increase the risk of catching Covid-19 and make it worse if you do get it, the World Health Organization said, recommending that government leaders around the world limit access to alcohol during coronavirus lockdowns.
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Vox (USA) - This is how America drinks now
It’s 9:30 in the morning and Ina Garten is emptying a bottle of Grey Goose into a giant cocktail pitcher. “Just what everybody needs, right?” she asks her audience on Instagram, where she has posted a video of herself preparing a Cosmopolitan for breakfast.
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ERR News (Estonia) - Tartu to ban alcohol consumption in Pirogov Park during emergency situation
The city of Tartu wants to ban alcohol consumption in Pirogov Park until the end of the emergency situation. Based on public interest, the city government plans to introduce the right to ban the activity in the symbolic place for students at other times.
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World Health Organization - Alcohol does not protect against COVID-19; access should be restricted during lockdown
Alcohol is known to be harmful to health in general, and is well understood to increase the risk of injury and violence, including intimate partner violence, and can cause alcohol poisoning.
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The New York Times (Russia) - In Pandemic’s Grip, Russia Sees Spike in Age-Old Bane: Drinking
The widespread, false belief that alcohol will protect drinkers from the coronavirus is helping drive an increase in liquor sales and domestic violence.
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Essex Live (UK) - The people who may be more prone to alcohol addiction during social distancing
Social distancing could lead to a surge in harmful drinking, a charity has warned. The necessary social distancing measures in place to slow down the spread of coronavirus mean many people are staying at home and becoming more socially isolated.
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bnn-news.com (Latvia) - Latvian government supports proposal to permit online alcohol trade
Amendments to the law are intended to permit retail sale of alcoholic beverages over the internet, preserving all the existing restrictions on handling of alcoholic beverages. Amendments were developed by Economy Ministry following the request of Saeima’s National Economy Committee. The parliament needs to decide on approval of amendments.
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HeraldLIVE (South Africa) - Amanda Black: Alcohol is not essential
Singer Amanda Black has made it clear she is against the calls to have the ban on alcohol lifted during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19.
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Ottawa Sun (Canada) - Canadians' alcohol consumption increases during pandemic, poll shows
The “quarantini,” a portmanteau drawn from the words “quarantine” and “martini,” is more than just a bit of idle cleverness resulting from having too much time on our hands during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Alcohol Justice (USA) - COVID-19 Alcohol Regulatory Relief Questioned
Alcohol Justice made public today an open letter to Jacob Appelsmith, Director of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The letter outlines eleven serious concerns associated with the agency's two recent "regulatory relief" actions that clearly place alcohol industry profits above public health and safety concerns.
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YLE News (Finland) - Poll: Alcohol consumption in Finland remains steady despite pandemic
Social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines have not significantly affected alcohol consumption in Finland, according to a new survey by pollster Taloustutkimus for Yle.
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NL Times (Sint Maarten) - SINT MAARTEN BANS ALCOHOL SALES IN ATTEMPT TO REDUCE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
The government of Sint Maarten temporarily banned the sale and purchase of alcohol while the island is in lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. This measure follows reports that incidents of domestic violence on the island was increasing under lockdown, local newspaper The Daily Herald reports.
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Washington Examiner (USA) - Surgeon general tells Americans to 'avoid alcohol' during coronavirus pandemic
The U.S. surgeon general encouraged the public to pursue sobriety during the coronavirus pandemic.
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YLE News (Finland) - Bunkered-down Finns bought more booze last month
As the novel coronavirus spread across the country in March and Finnish consumers hoarded groceries and isolated themselves at home, they also bought more alcohol, according to sales figures from state booze monopoly Alko.
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The Phuket News (Thailand) - Phuket Governor bans sale of alcohol ‘until further notice’
Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana has ordered a ban on the sale of alcohol in Phuket. The order comes into effect at 00:01am April 11 and will remain in effect until further notice.
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Newswise - Large Study Highlights Impact of Drinking in Pregnancy in Four US Communities
The consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure have been highlighted by three new reports on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in a virtual issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
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