Friday, September 18, 2020

Alcohol News - 37/2020

BBC - The impact of banning alcohol during Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic has left people across the globe holed up inside for months, many worried about job security and health issues. It’s clear that in many nations, some people have turned to alcoholic beverages to take the edge off. An April survey revealed that 21% of Brits started drinking more after they entered quarantine, with similar numbers in Canada.
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The Guardian (UK) - Plans to record pregnant women's alcohol consumption in England criticised
Pregnant women’s alcohol consumption could be recorded on their child’s medical records under plans for England being considered by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), prompting criticism from pregnancy rights advocates.
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ERR News (Estonia) - Tallinn city government late-night alcohol sales ban may pass this week
Tallinn city government's legal affairs committee has proposed postponing for nearly a year the entry into force of city-wide regulations which would restrict the late-night sale of alcohol, and also more clearly define what constitutes a nightclub, versus a bar, pub etc. However, daily Postimees reports that the law, already postponed from spring, is likely to come into effect this year.
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The Conversation UK - Alcohol and your brain: study finds even moderate drinking is damaging
It’s a well-known fact that drinking too much alcohol can have a serious impact on your health, including damaging your liver. But how much is too much? For conditions such as liver cirrhosis, that’s usually more than 21 units of alcohol a week – around two bottles of wine a week or one and a half pints of beer a day.
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Waterloo Chronicle (Canada) - Teens binge drink more often because of alcohol being available in grocery stores, University of Waterloo study finds
A policy change that allowed alcohol to be sold in grocery stores in Ontario has led some teens to go from abstaining from alcohol to binge-drinking multiple times per week, a new study has found.
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ERR News (Estonia) - Late-night alcohol sales ban to be implemented nationally from next weekend
Late-night alcohol sales will be banned nationwide, including in hotels as well as bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes from midnight next Friday, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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Medical Xpress - Increase in alcohol-industry funded research is a cause for concern, study suggests
The alcohol industry is increasingly funding academic research into the impacts of alcohol consumption—with some studies making claims about the health benefits of alcohol, new research suggests.
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Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland) - Minimum alcohol price for NI 'a step in right direction'
Medical professionals have welcomed a report recommending the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol.
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Holyrood (Scotland) - Associate feature: Putting prevention first on alcohol
Personal choice versus the nanny state. That’s the way that public health prevention is characterised by opponents. But with one quarter of Scots regularly drinking more than recommended, surely there’s more to it?
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The Independent (UK) - Alcohol consumption is spiralling out of control – we need to seriously address addiction
I’m a doctor and, with my team, I help a lot of very unwell people recover from illness, often saving their lives. Covid-19 has heightened their needs and the demand for our help has rocketed, meaning that many people go without support or face long waits.
Read more (Ireland) - Unrestricted sales of alcohol fuel the spread of Covid-19
The recent roadmap for the future does not explicitly blame alcohol for the spread of Covid-19, but it is, it seems, at the heart of many of the activities that carry most of the blame.
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OnMedica (UK) - NICE calls for formal alcohol screening at every antenatal appointment
Midwives warn mandatory screening could break down trust, stigmatise women and cause them to conceal drinking.
Read more (Ireland) - More spent on alcohol despite Covid-19 closure of pubs as people switch from beer to wine
IRISH people spent more on alcohol in the first seven months of the year despite the closure of pubs due to Covid-19 restrictions.
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Alcohol Change (UK) - 'It's everywhere' - alcohol's public face and private harm: our response
Alcohol Change UK welcomes the publication today [14 September 2020] of the report of the Commission on Alcohol Harm, ‘It’s everywhere’ – alcohol’s public face and private harm.
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RC Psych (UK) - Addiction services not equipped to treat the 8 million people drinking at high risk during pandemic, warns Royal College
Addiction services in England are not equipped to treat the soaring numbers of people drinking at high risk during the pandemic and must receive a multi-million-pound funding boost in the upcoming spending review, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
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