Thursday, August 6, 2020

Alcohol News - 31/2020

Irish Examiner (Ireland) - 'Alcohol is the virus' best friend': Keeping pubs closed is safe thing to do, says expert
Public health expert Dr Gabriel Scally has warned that “alcohol is the virus' best friend” and that the only safe thing to do was to keep the wet pubs closed.
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Healthline (USA) - The Death Toll from Excessive Alcohol Consumption: What You Need to Know
Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 93,000 deaths and 2.7 million years of potential life lost every year in the United States.
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CGTN (Botswana) - Botswana bans sale of alcohol, suspends liquor licences in COVID-19 battle
The government of Botswana banned the sale and consumption of alcohol in public places and suspended all liquor licences as part of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
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Forbes - Boozy Topo Chico Is Coming, But Coke’s Alcohol Strategy Remains A Secret
It’s been 37 years since Coca-Cola KO +1.1% has sold an alcoholic beverage in the U.S., but that will change in 2021 when the soda giant enters a crowded hard seltzer market through its Topo Chico brand.
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ABC News (Australia) - Australians tell us: Why I don't drink alcohol
Alcohol may be ingrained in Australian culture, but the stereotype of a nation of hard drinkers doesn't reflect reality. There's no one, homogeneous Australian drinking culture, says alcohol researcher and sociologist Amy Pennay of La Trobe University.
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Traveller - Plane travel and coronavirus: US passengers are (illegally) bringing their own alcohol on board
Airline passengers have long tucked those miniature bottles of booze into their carry-on bags or filled a to-go cup with cocktails so they don't ring up an in-flight bar tab, federal regulations against it be damned.
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BBC - 'The most important thing to me was alcohol'
Journalist and author Bryony Gordon has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live about her addiction to alcohol. Speaking to Nihal Arthanayake, she said: "It destroys people's lives and it destroys the lives of the people around them, and we need to talk about it way more."
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Alcohol Change UK - Drinking to cope? Stress, boredom and alcohol use during COVID-19 lockdown
In this blog, Dr Matt Parker, Neuroscientist and Alcohol Researcher at the University of Portsmouth, discusses the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on alcohol use.
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News24 (South Africa) - Booze ban: SAMRC professor hits back at alcohol industry critics of lockdown law
Professor Charles Parry of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has hit back at the alcohol industry following a review they commissioned on a report which informed government’s ban on the sale of liquor.
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Dentistry Online (UK) - Alcohol led to higher loss of working years in the UK than cancer, study shows
Using mortality data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the report calculated the potential working years of life lost for individuals who died before the age of 65 years.
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It can be argued that alcohol holds a huge impact within Australia’s culture. Relaxing, work celebrations, sporting matches, social gatherings and parties, it’s not uncommon to expect alcohol in one form or another.
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NordAN - Why don’t people know that alcohol causes cancer?
Alcohol is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a Group 1 carcinogen. And we have known it more than 30 years now. The overall awareness of that fact is worryingly low, everywhere.
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