Thursday, October 29, 2020

Alcohol News - 43/2020

ERR News (Estonia) - Alcohol sales ban could be supplemented by consumption restriction
If a freshly prepared economic affairs ministry draft law were to enter into force, the government could start to restrict alcohol consumption in addition to sales, meaning bar managers would be obligated to ensure that consumption stops at an establishment from a certain point of time at night.
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Global News (Canada) - Coronavirus outbreaks at Saskatoon nightclubs force government to restrict alcohol consumption
The consumption of alcohol is being restricted at Saskatoon nightclubs after multiple coronavirus outbreaks at some locations in the city.
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Salon (USA) - Why the pandemic is inspiring many to give up alcohol
As states descended into lockdowns, closing bars and restaurants, everyday people stockpiled toilet paper, cleaning supplies—and booze.
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The Wanaka Sun (New Zealand) - Alcohol affects our emergency departments
Reports released by Southern DHB have found almost 1 in 25 patient attendances to Southern DHB Emergency Departments are alcohol-related.
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Science Daily - PTSD and alcohol abuse go hand-in-hand, but males and females exhibit symptoms differently
Through intricate experiments designed to account for sex-specific differences, scientists have zeroed-in on certain changes in the brain that may be responsible for driving alcohol abuse among people with PTSD.
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Extra.ie (Ireland) - Women advised to moderate alcohol consumption over breast cancer fears
Women have been asked to moderate how much alcohol they drink as the more consumed, the higher the risk of breast cancer.
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Psychiatry Advisor - Extreme Drinking Occurrence During Emerging Adulthood Impacts Brain Volume
A single episode of heavy drinking in emerging adulthood may be associated with immediate structural changes of the corpus callosum, according to results of a prospective study published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
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The Copenhagen Post (Denmark) - Majority of Danes: Ban alcohol when the underaged and adults party together
Over the past few weeks, ex-Radikale head Morten Østergaard and former Copenhagen mayor Frank Jensen have been forced to resign from their positions due to #MeToo revelations.
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The London Economic (UK) - Campaign to end subsidised food and alcohol in Parliament reignited following free school meal snub
The campaign to end subsidised food and alcohol in Parliament has been reignited after MPs voted down a motion to see the free school meal scheme extended over the school holidays.
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NET Nebraska (USA) - Public Health Experts Urge The Governor To Roll Back Alcohol-Focused Executive Orders
A group of local public health experts and advocates are joining the American Public Health Association to urge governors to roll back alcohol-focused executive orders established during the pandemic. Governor Ricketts issued emergency measures allowing curbside pickup, delivery, drive through and drinks to go since March.
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Medical Brief - Managing older people’s perceptions of alcohol-related risk
A Newcastle University study suggests that older people may struggle to recognise risks associated with drinking, unless ill health or screening results indicate that they may be experiencing alcohol-related harm. Primary care practitioners can help, the study reports in the British Journal of General Practice.
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Frontiers for Young Minds - How Does Adolescent Alcohol Use Affect the Developing Brain?
What does it mean to have a developing brain and why do drugs, including alcohol, impact adolescents differently than adults? It is a common misconception that drugs have the same effects on everyone, however the truth is, the biological playing field is not level—we all have a different susceptibility to drug-related harm.
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Holyrood (Scotland) - On the rocks: Scotland's relationship with alcohol
We’re conditioned to believe that alcohol is pertinent to every moment. Celebrate, commiserate, congratulate. It brings us success, it brings us happiness, it brings us our partners, it brings us entertainment, fun. It is the source of all things. Removing it may as well be the end of your life.”
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LRT.lt (Lithuania) - Lithuania's conservatives pledge changes in alcohol policies but no 'revolution'
The new conservative-led government may revise some policies introduced by the current one, including on stimulus spending, but there will not be any overnight “revolutions”, according to prime minister candidate Ingrida Šimonytė.
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FoodDive - Alcohol needs to carry a cancer warning, public health groups urge government
The campaign to put a cancer label warning on alcohol is not new, but industry lobbying has prevented this repeated scientific finding from becoming a statement of caution on bottles and cans in the U.S.
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Hello Sunday Morning (Australia) - When the chemist is promoting alcohol, do we have a problem?
This week’s guest blog is from Cancer Council Western Australia, and it questions whether the existing system of regulation for alcohol advertising strikes the right balance between a company’s desire to promote its products and society’s need to protect its vulnerable members.
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Drug and Alcohol Review - Alcohol marketing and social media: A challenge for public health Control
In public health terms, alcohol is no ordinary commodity. It accounts not only for a substantial portion of the world's burden of disease but also for much social härm.
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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Alcohol News - 42/2020

Deutche Welle (Germany) - Alcohol-free bars get a foothold in beer-loving Germany
Many people were trending towards non-alcoholic drinks before the pandemic. But in an environment where health authorities are seeking to impose curfews and alcohol bans, "alcohol-free" is gaining popularity. And it's not just beer on the menu, with alcohol-free wine and spirits also available.
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The Sidney Morning Herald (Australia) - The 'aha' moment that made me quit booze seven years ago
My name’s Odette Barry and I haven’t had a drink in seven years. And yet, in that time, I also haven’t fallen under any of the stereotyped titles for choosing the non-drinking life, such as recovering alcoholic, cult member, pregnant, seriously ill or just straight-up antisocial.
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NBC10 Boston (USA) - Why Talking About Drug and Alcohol Addiction is Crucial During the Pandemic
Drug and alcohol-related overdoses have been on the rise since the onset of the pandemic. Addiction specialist Dr. Kevin Gilliland joins LX News to explain why talking about addiction is so important to help understand the root of the problem.
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GOV.uk (UK) - Sobriety tags launched to tackle alcohol-fuelled crime
Criminals in Wales who commit alcohol-fuelled crimes can be banned from drinking and ordered to wear a ‘sobriety tag’ by judges from today (Wednesday 21 October) and will be extended to England early next year.
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ERR News - Scientific council recommends alcohol sales ban continues
The head of the government's scientific advisory council Professor Irja Lutsar believes the nighttime alcohol sales ban should stay in place as it has been useful for controlling the spread of coronavirus.
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Science Magazine - Alcoholism disrupted my scientific career. This is how I got sõber
I was looking back in my diary, trying to find clues to why I was struggling with severe insomnia. I had just begun to take new antidepression medications, and something wasn’t right. I’d experienced insomnia before, and now I saw the common thread.
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The Guardians (UK) - Sale of alcohol to be banned in House of Commons
The Speaker has announced that the sale of alcohol is to be banned in all House of Commons bars and restaurants despite London’s coronavirus restrictions still allowing licensed premises to operate freely.
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Yahoo Finance (Canada) - MADD Canada Calls On Health Minister To Put Warning Labels On Alcohol Products Amidst Increase In Public Alcohol Consumption
With Canadians’ alcohol consumption increasing during the COVID-19 pandemic, MADD Canada is calling on Canada’s Health Minister, The Honourable Patty Hajdu, to require alcohol products to have warning labels.
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Yahoo Finance (USA) - Consumers Demand Alcohol Cancer Warning Labels
Alcohol Justice joined public health and consumer protection advocates from around the country today in submitting a petition to the Treasury Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).
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Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Learning Points: Teens' alcohol attitudes are deadly serious
We must stop normalising its use and come out of the shadow of propaganda we have been fed for so many years. We did it with cigarettes, we can do it with alcohol too. Our children deserve it.
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BNN News (Latvia) - Alcohol trade may be restricted and people may be obligated to wear masks at work
Failing to contain the spread of COVID-19, it may be necessary to limit alcohol trade and make it compulsory to wear masks at work, according to Healthcare Ministry’s information on planned measures to contain COVID-19 presented to the Crisis Management Council.
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The Irish Time (Ireland) - Public Health Alcohol Act – time for action
It is now two years (October 17th, 2018) since the enactment of the Public Health Alcohol Act. While some aspects of the Act have been implemented, much remains to be done.
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BBC News (Scotland) - Covid in Scotland: ScotRail 'considering' alcohol ban on trains
A blanket ban on alcohol on ScotRail services could be imposed as part of Covid safety measures. The travel operator told BBC Scotland the measure is being considered, although the firm said they were "not in a position" to confirm details.
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Science Daily - Changes in blood metabolite profile are visible years before diagnosis of alcohol-related disease
A new study has shown that the serum metabolite profile can be used to identify individuals likely at risk of developing an alcohol-related disease in the future. The finding also opens up new avenues for preventing alcohol-related adverse effects.
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New Scientist (Canada) - Minimum alcohol pricing could reduce alcohol-linked deaths in Canada
Minimum pricing for alcoholic drinks could substantially reduce hospital stays and deaths related to alcohol, a study in Canada has found.
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Newsroom (New Zealand) - A consistent and worrying mental health failure
Despite links to mental ill health and suicide, the government* has failed to progress a recommendation from its own mental health and addiction inquiry to take a stricter regulatory approach to alcohol. Experts have described the lack of action as a missed opportunity.
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Medical Xpress - Under the influence: How COVID has affected our drinking
COVID-19 has changed our alcohol purchasing and consumption patterns in individual and unexpected ways, demonstrating resilience and a focus on self-care, according to a new UNSW study.
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Her.ie (Ireland) - Most women not aware drinking more can increase breast cancer risk
Most women are not aware that drinking more alcohol than recommended weekly guidelines can increase the risk of breast cancer.
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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Alcohol News - 41/2020

CNN (USA) - Sigmund Freud, un Juif sans Dieu
Call them Generation Dry. More college-age Americans are choosing not to drink alcohol than they did nearly two decades ago, according to a new study.
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The Conversation (Australia) - COVID changed the way we use drugs and alcohol — now it’s time to properly invest in treatment
During crises and disasters, alcohol and other drug use often changes. But the changes are not straightforward and impacts may be different for different groups of people.
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Financial Review - One drink a day raises risk of alcohol-linked cancers by 10pc
For every seven drinks Australians have a week, their risk of developing an alcohol-related cancer rises by 10 per cent, according to a sobering new study.
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Business Tech (South Africa) - New rules proposed for ‘junk food’ and alcohol in South Africa
The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has proposed stricter regulations around the advertising of alcohol and unhealthy food in South Africa.
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ERR News (Estonia) - Alcohol sales ban continues, no agreement reached on shortening quarantine
The government also decided to extend the restriction on nighttime alcohol sales for another month. The current ban restricts the sales of alcohol from midnight until 7 a.m. across the whole country and was due to end on October 24, but will now be extended until November 29.
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The Brussels Times (Belgium) - Antwerp University Hospital will tackle alcohol abuse among youth
A ‘Youth and Alcohol’ chair will start in January at the University of Antwerp to better map and reduce excessive alcohol consumption among young people.
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The Irish Times (Ireland) - No starting date set for minimum unit pricing on alcohol
Two years after legislation to combat harmful drinking was passed, the implementation of one of its main provisions, minimum unit pricing (MUP), could take a further two years.
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Divorce Online (UK) - 1 in 4 Behaviour Divorces Caused By Alcohol During The UK’s Lockdown
Research carried by UK online divorce company Divorce-online.co.uk has found that during the key part of the UK national lockdown, nearly 1 in 4 behaviour-based divorce petitions prepared by the company mentioned alcohol abuse as a key reason for the divorce being filed.
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NL Times (Netherlands) - Police union calls for total alcohol ban during partial lockdown
The government must impose a complete ban on the sale of alcohol for the duration of partial lockdown, according to police union ANPV. Only banning the sale between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. will do nothing to curb the large number of home parties, the union said to newspaper AD.
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Macau Business (Portugal) - Portugal: One in three autopsied drivers in 2019 had alcohol in their blood, 13% had drugs
One in three autopsied drivers in Portugal last year had blood alcohol rates of 0.5 g/l or more and 13.3% revealed the presence of drugs, according to a report released on Friday.
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Star News (New Zealand) - Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Hungover for life
Ignorance and disbelief is causing thousands of New Zealanders each year to be incarcerated, placed in care or left to fend for themselves without proper support. Bruce Munro speaks to researcher Anita Gibbs about her campaign for change and hears from distraught parents pleading for help for their children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
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UNSW Sidney (Australia) - Under the influence: how COVID has affected our drinking
Changes to our drinking habits could be a surprising “good news story” with the lockdown providing a catalyst for positive behaviour change, a new study has found.
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The University of Sheffield (UK) - Does minimum unit pricing affect all alcohol? The biggest alcohol policy myths busted
Under a 50p MUP, moderate drinkers will hardly notice the difference, spending just £2.50 extra per year on alcohol. Research from Scotland, following MUP’s introduction there in 2018, found that the vast majority of change in consumption is from the 20% of households that were purchasing the most alcohol.
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Alcohol Action Ireland (Ireland) - JUST HOW WIDESPREAD AND PERVASIVE IS ALCOHOL IN CHILDREN’S LIVES?
Over the past number of months, Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI) has contributed to a range of consultations, media articles, research initiatives and other advocacy efforts in relation to children and the harm that alcohol causes in their lives.
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AARP (USA) - How Your Pandemic Habits Could Raise Your Breast Cancer Risk
Last spring, when Americans rushed to stockpile essentials, toilet paper and hand sanitizer weren't the only items being tossed into virtual and real-life shopping carts with abandon: Sales of packaged cookies and crackers shot up substantially, as did online purchases of alcoholic beverages — while baking supplies such as yeast all but vanished from shelves.
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Sunday, October 11, 2020

FASD News - 40/2020

CBC (Canada) - Manitoba launches FASD pilot program to help young adults get diagnosed
Manitoba is launching a pilot program to help young adults get access to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder assessment and diagnoses, starting with those who have been involved in the criminal justice system but unable to access special supports that require a diagnosis.
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Kitchener Today (Canada) - Fewer services for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder amid COVID-19
Canadians with disabilities have drawn attention to their exclusion from COVID-19 messaging, as well to program cancellations and experiences of social isolation.
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Deadline News (Scotland) - Vulnerable children in Scotland face crisis due to missed opportunities for support, report finds
The lives of some of the UK‘s most vulnerable children are being devastated by a string of missed opportunities to provide them with timely and adequate support, a new report has revealed.
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Metro (UK) - After we adopted we discovered our kids had Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Routine is the key to calmness. Even something tiny – like cutting our breakfast toast into rectangles instead of triangles, or leaving the crusts on – could cause a meltdown.
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Minneapolis Star Tribune (USA) - Minnesota's Proof Alliance leader wants all pregnancies to be alcohol-free
Research has shown since 1974 that alcohol during pregnancy harms a developing fetus, but she learned most people "did not have the facts."
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The Independent (UK) - Improve recording of alcohol consumption in pregnant women to reduce foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, says adoption charity
The UK should develop strategies to reduce prenatal exposure to alcohol and improve recording of alcohol consumption in pregnant women to tackle foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), Adoption UK has said.
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The Scotsman - 'This is permanent brain damage' - Scottish mother who adopted child warns about effect of alcohol on unborn babies
A Scottish mother has warned parents about the perilous effects drinking during pregnancy can have on a baby after her adopted daughter was diagnosed with permanent brain damage.
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The Lawyer´s Daily (Canada) - Manitoba increases eligibility age for fetal alcohol justice program
Praise is being given to Manitoba’s government for expanding a specialized justice program to include young adult offenders with fetal alcohol disorders.
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Forbes - Drinking A Small Amount Of Alcohol During Pregnancy Can Impact A Child’s Brain Development, Says Study

The first few weeks after you find out you’re pregnant can be exciting but stressful. Making changes to your lifestyle with your child in mind can be tough.
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Fox 35 Orlando (USA) - Couple raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Lindsey and Spencer Munns are parents to four little ones, ages one to six, and you'd never know it from looking at the children, but two of their four -- twins adopted at birth -- have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Haven't heard of it? Neither have a lot of people.
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Mirage News - Cross-national collaboration shows negative effects of low levels of alcohol in pregnancy
Even low levels of alcohol use during early pregnancy are associated with greater risks of anxiety, depression and behavior problems in children.
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Daily Hawker - The Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment Of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
With a baby on the way, expectant mothers are required to make several changes to their lifestyle to prepare for the baby. Other than keeping to a healthy diet, going for prenatal care, and spending time planning for the arrival of the baby, it’s widely known that pregnant women have to give up drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
SHAAP - Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD): everybody's business
This presentation covered the cultural context of alcohol use in pregnancy in Scotland, the variety of effects that FASD can have for individuals and the implications of FASD in an everyday context, as well as the difficulties of making a diagnosis and the absence of adult pathways for this diagnosis.
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Parents Helping Parents - FASD: Things to Know about Living or Working with an Affected Individual
Parents Helping Parents and the Inclusion Collaborative created this webinar for parents, families, and professionals who live and/or work with an individual who has a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and a history of trauma. 
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CanFASD - Refreshing our Conversations About Alcohol as a Key Component of FASD Prevention
n this presentation, Dr. Nancy Poole and Lindsay Wolfson of the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health discuss the importance of reframing how we talk about alcohol and substance use with women and girls to improve fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) prevention efforts.
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Bogin Munns & Munns, P.A. - Chasing Hope - FASD Awareness
Attorney Spencer Munns speaks about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder and how it impacts so many families.
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Nudge Education - Nudge Education Presents: A spotlight on FASD - #5
Check Out Our Website www.nudgeeducation.co.uk
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Visual TEAF - Video FASD English
So better no drinks at all during 9 months. FASD prevention
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FASD Hub - FASD Virtual Seminar - September 2020
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RESEARCH
SSM - Population Health - Prenatal substance exposure, adverse childhood experiences and diagnosed mental and behavioral disorders – A longitudinal register-based matched cohort study in Finland
This longitudinal register-based cohort study 1) compared the nature and extent of diagnosed mental and behavioral disorders among youth with PSE and matched unexposed controls, and 2) investigated the influence of PSE, health in infancy and ACEs (maternal risk factors and out-of-home care, OHC) on diagnoses of mental and behavioral disorders.
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Journal of Pharmaceutical Research International - The Significance of Tetrogenic Effect of Alcohol on the Fetus within the Educational Programs of Physicians and Its Practical Application
The result of the study showed that most doctors were not sufficiently informed about the teratogenic effects of alcohol on the developing fetus, and in particular, its relation to FAS / FASD.
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Neuroscience - Covariation Between Brain Function (MEG) and Structure (DTI) Differentiates Adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder from Typically Developing Controls
The behavioral, cognitive, and sensory difficulties experienced by individuals exposed to alcohol prenatally currently fail to provide early identification for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
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International Journal of Population Data Science - Community Priority setting for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research in Australia
A diverse range of priorities was identified within key areas of prevention, diagnosis, and therapy. On request from participants, separate priority lists were developed by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal participants.
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Taylor and Francis Group - Decolonising Justice for Aboriginal youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
This book reflects multidisciplinary and cross-jurisdictional analysis of issues surrounding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and the criminal justice system, and the impact on Aboriginal children, young people and their families.
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The University of British Columbia - Health, health related quality of life and executive functioning in young adults diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a disorder caused by prenatal alcohol exposure which leads to neurobehavioral, psychological, and adaptive functioning impairments. It has been well established that executive functioning in this population is significantly impaired.
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Journal of Pharmaceutical Research International - Social and Economic Effect of Comprehensive Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Children: A Review
There is a need for additional economic calculations to scale up a comprehensive prevention program throughout the country. It is also important to note that the implementation of preventive measures does not eliminate the need for organizing assistance programs for families raising children with FAS/FASD.
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Developmental Psychobiology - The association between prenatal alcohol consumption and preschool child stress system disturbance
The present study showed both the biological association of intrauterine alcohol exposure with the cortisol stress system, partly dose‐dependent, and the functional association with emotional and behavioral symptoms.
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Nutrients - GC-TOF-MS-Based Metabolomic Analysis and Evaluation of the Effects of HX106, a Nutraceutical, on ADHD-Like Symptoms in Prenatal Alcohol Exposed Mice
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can disrupt fetal neuronal development and cause an ADHD-like hyperactive behavior in the offspring. In this study, we hypothesized that metabolic disturbance would involve in ADHD neuropathology and aimed to investigate the changes in metabolite profile in PAE-induced ADHD-like model and the effects of HX106, a nutraceutical, on ADHD-like pathophysiology and metabolite changes.
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American Journal of Psychiatry - Association of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure With Psychological, Behavioral, and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Children From the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study
Any alcohol use during pregnancy is associated with subtle yet significant psychological and behavioral effects in children. Women should continue to be advised to abstain from alcohol consumption from conception throughout pregnancy.
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Psychoneuroendocrinology - Periconceptional ethanol exposure alters hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function, signalling elements and associated behaviours in a rodent model
This study suggests that alcohol exposure, even when limited to a short period around conception, can program mental illness-like phenotypes, and this was associated with alterations in HPA responsiveness. This study further highlights that consumption of alcohol even prior to implantation may impact the long-term health of offspring.
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ournal of Pharmaceutical Research International - Metabolic Changes in Newborns and Women Who Consumed Small Doses of Alcohol in the Prenatal Period
Analyzing the data, in distant perspective the negative role of even small doses of low alcohol (beer, champagne and wine) on pregnant women and their newborns metabolism was established.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Detektor (Germany) - Steht Kindern Entschädigung zu?
Trinken Frauen in der Schwangerschaft Alkohol, kann das für das Kind schwere Folgen haben. Das Bundessozialgericht hat nun entschieden, dass den Betroffenen grundsätzlich eine Entschädigung zustehen kann – schränkt den Zugang aber auch direkt strikt ein.
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eLuban (Poland) - Ciąża to czas, kiedy bezwzględnie trzeba odstawić alkohol
Picie alkoholu przez kobiety w ciąży nadal nie jest problemem marginalnym – mówi Katarzyna Łukowska kierująca Państwową Agencją Rozwiązywania Problemów Alkoholowych. W efekcie rodzą się dzieci z FASD - wrodzonymi zaburzeniami rozwojowymi będącymi pokłosiem toksycznego wpływu etanolu na płód.
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Contilnet Noticias (Brazil) - Casal relata drama familiar e pede aprovação da lei da síndrome alcoólica fetal
Na manhã de terça-feira (6), o deputado federal Alan Rick (DEM) recebeu em seu gabinete, em Brasília, a visita do casal de administradores Cleiver Lima e Cleísa Brasil, que foram ao local em busca de ajuda para realizar uma campanha de conscientização da Síndrome Alcoólica Fetal, a SAF, doença que acomete crianças cuja gestante ingere bebida alcoólica durante os nove meses de gravidez.
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Gravidanza Online (Italy) - Sindrome alcolica fetale: bere in gravidanza fa male
La cosiddetta sindrome alcolica fetale è la conferma medico-scientifica che bere bevande alcoliche in gravidanza fa male. Sempre. Con conseguenze molto gravi per il bambino.
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RAMPA (Poland) - Jak postępować z dzieckiem z FASD? Katarzyna Kałamajska-Liszcz i Katarzyna Liszcz
Umówiłyśmy się z Kasią, że po moim wystąpieniu zostawimy czas na pytania, tak aby ona z perspektywy osoby, która przeszła rehabilitację oraz kolejne etapy nauczania, mogła powiedzieć Państwu, co jest dla niej najważniejsze z tych doświadczeń i które okoliczności były dla niej wspierające, a które wręcz przeciwnie.
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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Alcohol News - 40/2020

USA Today (USA) - Drowning our sorrows? American adults are drinking more alcohol amid COVID-19, study finds
A new study shows that American adults, particularly women, are drinking more amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Guardian (Scotland) - Scotland's pubs banned from serving alcohol inside for 16 days
Nicola Sturgeon has announced a nationwide ban on drinking indoors in pubs, bars and restaurants across Scotland for more than two weeks, and a full shutdown of all licensed premises across the central belt where infection rates are accelerating most rapidly.
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Fox2 Detroit - Minimizing obesity and alcohol intake can change risk for breast cancer
In October, we are reminded that this year alone about 40,000 American women will die from breast cancer. We know the mammogram is the gold standard when it comes to finding breast cancer early. But what can we do in our daily lives to lower our risk?
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Jamaica Gleaner (Jamaica) - Alcohol Abuse Cries Surge
A quadrupling of reports of alcohol excesses in the last four months has raised concerns among substance-abuse experts that stress and anxiety caused by COVID-19 may be driving more people to the bottle.
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Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Limits may be put on amount of alcohol people can buy, minister says
A Government minister has warned that limiting off-licence opening hours and the volumes of alcohol people can buy could be looked at as part of efforts to halt the spread of Covid-19.
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Daily Mail - Drinking alcohol and smoking are found to significantly increase your chances of getting skin cancer
Australians who are found to be excessively drinking and smoking are increasing their chances of getting skin cancer.
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Daily Mail (China) - China bans government workers from drinking alcohol AFTER office hours to 'help them concentrate on work'
Chinese authorities have released regulations to ban civil servants from drinking alcohol outside their working hours to boost their work performance and improve the government's image.
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3BA (Australia) - Risky alcohol use link to boyhood drinking
Boys who drink alcohol when youths are more likely to be risky consumers in early adulthood, potentially resulting in injury, a new study has found.
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Study Finds - Drinking even a small amount of alcohol while pregnant can put baby’s brain in danger
Is there any “safe” amount of alcohol a pregnant woman can drink without possibly doing harm to her unborn child? It doesn’t look like it, according to a new study from the University of Sydney. Researchers say even low levels of alcohol use while pregnant can potentially have a “significant impact” on the child’s brain and behavior after birth.
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Ladders (USA) - This group of women is more likely to abuse alcohol
Drinking could have devastating consquences on your health, but that isn’t stopping older women, according to a new report. Women in their 50s and 60s are more likely to drink at levels that exceed drinking guidelines compared to younger women, according to a new study.
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ABC Message Stick (Australia) - Indigenous community leader pleas for Darwin emergency alcohol law to become permanent
An Aboriginal community leader is calling for emergency takeaway alcohol restrictions — enacted last month to crack down on grog-running — to be made permanent in greater Darwin.
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Medical Daily - COVID-Drinking Trends Are No Laughing Matter
As COVID-19 forces American families into their homes, a light-hearted phenomenon has popped up online: Wine Fairies. Hundreds of Wine Fairy groups across the country now exist on Facebook, and the idea is simple: Collect addresses from local women looking for -- or willing to deliver -- free booze (sometimes in fancy gift baskets) anonymously, like a grown-up version of knock-and-run.
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Brussels Times (Belgium) - Brussels bans public drinking in city centre
Drinking alcohol on the streets is now banned in a large section of the Brussels city centre, according to new rules which came into effect on Monday.
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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Alcohol News - 39/2020

RAND (USA) - Alcohol Consumption Rises Sharply During Pandemic Shutdown; Heavy Drinking by Women Rises 41%
American adults have sharply increased their consumption of alcohol during the shutdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, with women increasing their heavy drinking episodes (four or more drinks within a couple of hours) by 41%, according to a new RAND Corporation study.
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EPHA - Alcohol and Cancer – What’s at stake for Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan?
To discuss the role of alcohol consumption in cancer prevention, with a special focus on Europe’s Beating Cancer plan, EPHA members IOGT-NTO, European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) and The Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) organised a webinar together with United European Gastroenterology (UEG) on Tuesday, 22nd  September.
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The Japan Times (Japan) - Some alcohol and tobacco prices to rise in Japan next month
Changes to the tax system starting October spells bad news for drinkers in Japan, as tax rates will be hiked for some alcoholic drinks.
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BBC News - The feminisation of alcohol marketing
Blue means boy, pink means girl. Gendered signals like these begin the second we’re born and continue through the course of our lives. From childhood to adulthood, marketers use gendered stereotypes and tropes to convince us to buy their products – and it does seem to work.
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The Guardian - Sober October: 17 ways to unwind after a stressful day – without hitting the booze
Thousands of people will attempt to give up alcohol next month and for many it will be the hour after work that ruins their plans. Here’s how to relax without reaching for alcohol.
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Otagho Daily Times (New Zealand) - Reducing alcohol härm
Some may take a cynical and simplistic view of the University of Otago's efforts to reduce the harm from students' alcohol use.
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New York Post - Coca-Cola launching its first alcoholic beverage next year
There will be more than just fizz when Coca-Cola launches the alcoholic version of its Topo Chico sparkling water along with beer giant Molson Coors Beverage in the United States. It will be the beverage giant’s first alcoholic drink in the country.
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RACGP (Australia) - No safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy: Study
‘This confirms for me what I’ve long suspected: that there isn’t a safe level of alcohol in pregnancy.’ That is Dr Wendy Burton, Chair of the RACGP Specific Interests Antenatal/Postnatal Care network.
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Swissinfo (Switzerland) - One in five attempts by Swiss minors to buy alcohol succeeds
Despite a decrease in the success rate, 20.3% of alcohol purchase tests by minors were successful last year.
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Kitchener Today - Availability of alcohol in grocery stores may lead some teens to binge-drink: UW study
With alcohol widely available in Ontario grocery stores, many Ontarians have enjoyed the convenience offered in having a one-stop-shop to pick up necessities on their grocery runs.
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Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - Scots reached for alcohol as a crutch as the country went into lockdown
Lockdown had Scots reaching for the bottle with alcohol consumption rising sharply. A new report, led by the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing, found the proportion of people drinking four or more times per week increased, as did binge drinking.
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Shropshire Star (Wales) - Alcohol consumption drops in Wales after pricing changes
Six months after minimum unit pricing for alcohol was introduced in Wales, one in ten drinkers say they have been drinking less as a result.
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Bustle - What Happens To Your Brain When You Stop Drinking Alcohol
Going sober for a while, whether it's a month, a season, or permanently, can seem intimidating, but the head-to-toe benefits, people say, are worth it. How exactly does quitting drinking impact your body?
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The Brussels Times (Belgium) - Brussels extends night-time alcohol ban in city centre
The current ban on drinking alcohol in public, in force in the pedestrian zone in Brussels city centre, will be extended to other neighbouring areas, and last for a year, Brussels-City mayor Philippe Close has announced.
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Metro (UK) - Alcohol sales could be banned in shops after 9pm to stop post-pub parties
Alcohol shouldn’t be sold in shops after 9pm to prevent huge crowds packing streets and houses after pubs close, the mayor of Manchester has suggested.
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ERR News (Estonia) - Nationwide alcohol sales ban in force from midnight Thursday
From midnight Thursday, a ban on alcohol sales will apply across Estonia, meaning alcohol sales are off until 10 a.m. the next morning. The regulation, aimed at curbing rising COVID-19 rates, applies where alcohol is sold for consumption in situ, such as bars, nightclubs, restaurants, theater buffets and hotels.
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Bristol Live (UK) - Two thirds of under 18s admitted to hospital for alcohol are girls - as drive is launched to tackle probleem
A major drive to tackle problem-drinking has been launched in South Gloucestershire amid a surge in hospital admissions, especially girls.
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Independent (Ireland) - Alcohol-free: Why we're embracing sobriety after a boozy lockdown
On the day lockdown was announced, Lisa Downey added something unusual to her shopping basket - 12 cans of Guinness. "I don't even normally drink Guinness," says the 32-year-old Dublin marketing executive. "I enjoy a pint sometimes, but I don't know what made me do it."
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Business Tech (South Africa) - South Africa’s new alcohol and driving rules being considered by parliament
The Road Traffic Amendment Bill is currently being considered by parliament and must still be subjected to necessary parliamentary processes – including public consultations – before being signed into law.
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WION (Norway) - Norway to stop 'sin tax' on alcohol, sodas due to travel restrictions amid pandemic
The Nordic country's ruling party has proposed cutting its famously high "sin" taxes on alcohol, cigarettes and sweets and other consumer goods after the coronavirus lockdown showed how much business is lost every year to Norwegians flocking to neighbouring Sweden to snap up such items at cheaper prices.
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Vietnam Plus (Vietnam) - Health official calls for end to workplace drinking
Alcohol harm prevention content should be included in workplace regulations by banning drinking before and during working hours and driving vehicles, a top health official has said.
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Cancer Council (Australia) - Working to reduce alcohol-related cancer risk
The best way to reduce the impact of cancer in Australia is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. By changing behaviour and lifestyle people can greatly reduce their risk of a cancer diagnosis.
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Cancer Council - New study shows alcohol harm reduction ads made by industry could undermine health messages
Harm reduction campaigns funded by the alcohol industry could undermine public health messages, a peer-reviewed study published today in the BMJ Open has revealed.
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