Thursday, September 24, 2020

Alcohol News - 38/2020

News Medical - Combination of alcohol and nicotine during pregnancy increases health risk in newborns
University of Houston researchers have found that during early pregnancy, the mix of alcohol and nicotine significantly alters the gene regulatory pathways of the developing fetus, which can lead to major deficiencies in brain development.
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CBS Baltimore (USA) - Study Finds Alcohol, Drug-Related Deaths Up In Maryland Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to claim the lives of thousands of people, new data shows a dramatic jump in drug and alcohol-related deaths across the state.
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Scoop (New Zealand) - Alcohol Detection Anklets Showing Promise In NZ
Alcohol Detection Anklets (ADA) are garnering a lot of attention in New Zealand and Australia for helping alcohol-involved clients refrain from drinking. The anklets use transdermal technology to detect alcohol use in individuals who have been ordered by court or parole to refrain from consumption as a condition of release.
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Ekathimerini (Greece) - Four in 10 15-year-olds have tried alcoholic drink
Nearly four in 10 Greek adolescents have tried alcohol before the age of 15 while 6.8 percent had their first taste before their 10th birthday, according to the findings of a new study.
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Australian Dental Association - Dentist’s message: Alcohol harms mouth as much as rest of body
Having a couple of glasses of wine at home every evening may sound harmless during these troubled times – but the nation’s pandemic drinking habits are potenially setting us up for serious oral health issues down the track.
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The Points Guy - Unpopular opinion: Why airlines shouldn’t be serving alcohol on flights right now
If airlines genuinely want to prioritize safety, alcohol needs to stay on the “no fly” list until wearing a face mask isn’t necessary.
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Inverse - SCIENTISTS FIND A TROUBLING LINK BETWEEN BINGE DRINKING AND BRAIN DYSFUNCTION
Heavy drinking can take a toll on the body, heightening the risk of health issues like high blood pressure and cancer. Excessive imbibing can also dangerously affect the brain, capable of driving cognitive-behavioral issues like anxiety.
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South Wales Argus (Wales) - Alcohol sale restrictions in Wales lockdown areas 'too lenient'
ALCOHOL sales from off licences in lockdown areas such as Newport and Blaenau Gwent should be stopped from 6pm, says Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price.
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Futurity - COVID-19 STRESS COULD BOOST ALCOHOL ABUSE RISK
The COVID-19 pandemic has likely caused increases in the risk of alcohol and drug abuse while also making treatment harder to access, Denis M. McCarthy argues.
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ERR News (Estonia) - Health Board: Limiting alcohol sales is the right choice
The head of the Health Board's Emergency Department Ragnar Vaiknemets has said the government's decision to impose nationwide alcohol sales restrictions is the right thing to do.
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The Conversation (Canada) - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder amid COVID-19: Fewer services, potential boost in rates
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the leading developmental disability in Canada. Despite its preventable nature, there is concern among FASD researchers about a potential increase in FASD prevalence rates as a result of COVID-19, in addition to the impact the pandemic is having on the community.
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Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - Alcohol sale controls lowered assaults: study
Former Dunedin epidemiologist and alcohol harm researcher Jennie Connor is heartened by a drop in hospitalisation from assaults, after alcohol sale restrictions.
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Insider (Scotland) - Almost half of Scots are in favour of minimum alcohol unit price - survey finds
Almost half of Scots are in favour of the minimum unit pricing (MUP) of alcohol, a new survey suggests. Analysis by Public Health Scotland of the 2019 Scottish social attitudes survey found 49.8% of the 1,022 people asked supported the measure, compared to 27.6% who did not.
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Helsinki Times (Finland) - Restrictions to late-night alcohol sales warranted in Finland, says boss at HUS
RESTRICTIONS to the late-night sales of alcohol could be warranted also in Finland, estimates Lasse Lehtonen, the director of diagnostic services at the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS).
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The Financial - Alcohol industry funded organisations undermining health information through ‘dark nudge’ and ‘sludge’
Alcohol industry corporate social responsibility (AI-CSR) bodies are promoting mixed messages about alcohol harms and undermining scientific evidence by using consumers’ cognitive biases, according to new research published in The Milbank Quarterly.
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Centre for Ageing Better (UK) - Alcohol and ageing: the hidden harms
Our Senior Programme Manager for Healthy Ageing, Jess Kuehne, summarises a new report out this week about the changes needed to reduce the harm caused by alcohol and highlights how harmful levels of alcohol consumption are actually highest among those in mid to later life.
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