Thursday, November 26, 2020

Alcohol News - 47/2020

The National (Scotland) - Drink-related deaths fall in Scotland as minimum unit pricing 'starts to save lives'
CHANGES to alcohol prices are starting to have an impact on public health as deaths from drink fall, a charity has suggested.
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Alcohol Focus Scotland - Alcohol Deaths and Minimum Unit Pricing
Yesterday the National Records for Scotland published data on alcohol-specific deaths in Scotland in 2019. These figures are of interest to anyone looking to prevent alcohol deaths. One of the most significant policies which has been put in place at a national level in Scotland to help reduce deaths and improve health is Minimum Unit Price. We asked Colin Angus, from the University of Sheffield team which developed the model for the 50p per unit MUP in place in Scotland since 2018, to look at what the alcohol-specific death stats tell us about MUP.
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CBS News (USA) - Pennsylvania limiting alcohol sales at bars and restaurants on Thanksgiving eve in effort to fight coronavirus
Pennsylvania officials on Monday issued a stay-at-home advisory and announced they will restrict alcohol sales in bars and restaurants starting at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving eve in an effort to combat the rise of new coronavirus cases and an alarming rate of hospitalizations in the state.
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Addiction Center (USA) - More Young Adults Are Abstaining From Alcohol
Historically, young adults and alcohol have meshed together like coffee and cream. Whether at a party or group outing, alcohol has always been a staple in American social events. Surprisingly, the trend seems to be changing. More Millennials and Gen Z are abstaining from alcohol more than ever before. They are cutting down or choosing not to drink at all.
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Stuff (New Zealand) - Emergency docs want tighter controls on alcohol, as snapshot shows EDs under pressure
Emergency doctors are calling for alcohol to be made less easily available and more expensive after their annual snapshot again found alcohol-related cases put pressure on hospital emergency departments.
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Metro (UK) - Millions drinking more heavily due to coronavirus pandemic
Millions of people are drinking more heavily due to the coronavirus pandemic, a leading charity has said. Alcohol Change UK surveyed drinkers to find out the effect of lockdown and the virus.
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NordAN (Iceland) - Dramstad and Juslin: Restricting foreign-based online alcohol retailers is better than allowing profit motives into alcohol sales
The proposal to allow online and producer sales of alcohol on Iceland risks clashing with EU-law and the Icelandic Minister of Justice should consider other options, write Kalle Dramstad and Emil Juslin, Brussels-based experts on EU alcohol policy.
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Health Policy and Planning - Drink, but don't drive? The alcohol industry’s involvement in global road safety
Drink-driving is a major cause of global road traffic fatalities, yet few countries have laws that meet international best practices. One possible reason is the alcohol industry’s opposition to meaningful policies that are perceived to directly threaten sales.
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CapeTalk (South Africa) - 6 booze restrictions proposed to govt, policy advisor reveals
The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance in South Africa (SAAPA SA) has advised the command council to introduce tougher restrictions on booze.
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Stuff - Excessive alcohol abuse identified as risk factor in dementsia
The Kiwi love affair with alcohol, including an entrenched binge drinking culture, could add to the rising rates of dementia forecast to hit the nation by 2050.
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Admac Oncology - An association between Alcohol consumption and Cancer
Extreme alcohol drinking in any way is injurious to health. It is said that drinking in moderate amounts can be beneficial for cardiovascular health. Moderation alcohol drinking defined as no more than 3 drinks a day for males (maximum 15 a week) and 2 drinks a day for females (maximum 10 a week). This amount is known as low-risk drinking.
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Balance NE - Alcohol and cancer: A consultant's perspective
NHS Consultant Peter Davis from the Northern Cancer Alliance explains how alcohol can increase the risk of developing seven different types of cancer.
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Euronews (Sweden) - Coronavirus: Sweden introduces alcohol curfew as 'superspreader events' are curbed
A nationwide ban on the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants after 10 p.m. comes into effect across Sweden from Friday. It's another measure being introduced by Stockholm to curb the rising spread of COVID-19 cases after gatherings were limited to eight people.
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Adelaide Now (Australia) - Fears Uber-style booze home delivery in SA will see spike in alcohol härm
A new plan to allow home delivery of booze may result in an increase of alcohol-related harm, SA’s peak drug and alcohol services organisation says.
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Alcohol Health Alliance (UK) - ‘It’s everywhere’ – alcohol’s public face and private harm: The report of the Commission on Alcohol Harm (2020)
The Commission on Alcohol Harm was established to examine the current evidence on alcohol harm, recent trends in alcohol harm and the changes needed to reduce the harm caused by alcohol.
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Great Lakes Advocate (Australia) - Time to reflect on role alcohol plays in lives
Being locked down during a global pandemic is a time we'll never forget. Home schooling, working from home, social distancing - our lives were on hold.
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The BMJ - Managing alcohol use in primary care
People who struggle with alcohol problems are stigmatised in extraordinary ways. The UK treatment system has been partly dismantled and cheaper provision outside the National Health Service accepted.
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The American Journal of Psychiatry - Why Timing Matters in Alcohol Use Disorder Recovery
Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a dynamic condition marked by changes in a constellation of brain structures and functional concomitants that evolve with chronically excessive consumption and that change again with alcohol abstinence.
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