Friday, April 24, 2020

Alcohol News - 16/2020

Denverite (USA) - Denver’s banning booze in parks until July 23
It’s come to this: Denver is banning alcohol from parks from April 24 through July 23, 2020 to keep people from getting too touchy-feely and thereby possibly more exposed to COVID-19.
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Newshub (New Zealand) - Coronavirus: Hotel limits amount of alcohol quarantine guests can have after Ministry of Health suggestion
The Ministry of Health has recommended hotels acting as managed isolation facilities limit the amount of alcohol that can be brought onto their premises.
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The Local Italy (Italy) - Drinking alcohol won't boost coronavirus immunity, Italians warned
Italy's Higher Health Institute (ISS) published a report this week debunking false claims that consuming wine, beer and spirits could protect people from the viral disease.
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PBS NewsHour - Why COVID-19 can be ‘toxic’ for people in alcohol recovery
For millions of people in recovery or looking for help for alcohol use, in-person group meetings can be a source of relief. But social distancing measures that were put in place to help curb the coronavirus have disrupted the support networks people rely upon for help.
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The Conversation UK (UK) - How the coronavirus is putting our relationship with alcohol to the test
It is not surprising to hear that sales of alcohol are rising during this COVID-19 pandemic. Retail sales data for the United Kingdom reported an additional £104 million was spent in the last week of March, which is when lockdown measures were introduced, compared to the week before. Lager is where the greatest spend was found, although sales of rum rose by 92.4%.
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Yahoo News - Alcohol ‘fuelling rise in violence' in over-50s, study suggests
The number of people in their 50s and 60s requiring emergency hospital treatment for assault has reached its highest level in nine years, research shows.
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Offaly Express (Ireland) - REVEALED: Irish people spent an obscene amount on alcohol in lead-up to Easter
Irish shoppers spent €371m on groceries during the week ending April 12, 2020, the highest sales week of the year so far, and an increase of 14% compared to the same week ending on Easter Sunday in 2019, reveals new data released today by Nielsen.
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The Slovak Spectator (Slovakia) - Alcohol consumption is on the rise
The average Slovak drinks about 12 litres of alcohol every year. The Eurostat data show people in Slovakia spend 2.5 percent of their overall monthly expenses on alcohol, noted Slovenská Sporiteľňa bank analyst Lenka Buchláková.
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The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Boost to drug and alcohol service funding during COVID-19 pandemic
The federal government has boosted funding for online drug and alcohol services as the sector prepares for a sharp increase in people seeking help to manage their drug or alcohol use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read more - Drinking alcohol in pregnancy is linked to depression in teenagers, study suggests
Children born to mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy are up to 17 per cent more likely to develop depression once they reach adulthood, a University of Bristol study has found.
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Bangkok Post (Thailand) - Bangkok alcohol ban extended to end of April
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has extended the ban on sales of alcoholic beverages until the end of the month, with the capital still the leading hotspot for coronavirus infections.
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HeraldLIVE (South Africa) - How the lockdown alcohol ban has improved road safety
For some South Africans, one of the contentious regulations during lockdown has been the ban on alcohol sales. Following the extension of the lockdown, many were hoping this ban would be relaxed but they were disappointed on April 16 when this was firmly denied.
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Harvard Health - Reducing alcohol intake lowers risk of irregular heartbeats
Moderate and heavy drinkers with atrial fibrillation (afib), a quivering or irregular heartbeat, can reduce their episodes by cutting out most alcohol, says a study published Jan. 2, 2020, in The New England Journal of Medicine.
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Euro Weekly News (Spain) - Experts in Spain Worry About Shockingly High Levels of Alcohol Consumption During Coronavirus Lockdown
DURING the third week of lockdown, alcoholic beverages such as wine, beer and spirits increased by 50 per cent.
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