Thursday, February 4, 2021

Alcohol News - 5/2021

WHO Europe - World Cancer Day: know the facts – tobacco and alcohol both cause cancer
On World Cancer Day, marked on 4 February, WHO/Europe is focusing on the need to minimize exposure to both alcohol and tobacco. While many people understand the risks of developing cancer associated with smoking, many remain unaware that alcohol also causes cancer.
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EU Observer (EU) - EU Commission targets tobacco and alcohol in cancer fight
The European Commission unveiled on Wednesday (3 February) a €4bn plan to improve the fight against cancer - a leading cause of death with a substantial economic burden in the EU.
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EU Reporter (EU) - Commission publishes public consultation on the taxation of cross-border alcohol and tobacco purchases in the EU
The Commission has launched a public consultation on the taxation of cross-border alcohol and tobacco purchases in the EU.
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BBC News (UK) - Alcohol deaths hit record high during Covid pandemic
Deaths caused by alcohol hit a new high during the first nine months of 2020, provisional figures for England and Wales show.
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The Dominion Post (USA) - COVID-19, misconceptions about alcohol could lead to increased winter drinking
A recent study conducted by Rehabs.com, a website facilitated by American Addiction Centers, says 50% of West Virginians reported increased alcohol consumption during winter months.
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Forbes - Should There Be Calorie Labels On Alcohol? Experts Say Yes
While just about everything in the grocery store has nutritional and calorie information printed on it, one item has somehow avoided being labelled. That item being alcohol.
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News Medical - Greater retail availability of marijuana and alcohol associated with co-use among teens
New research from the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation examines whether recreational marijuana legalization in Oregon and marijuana and alcohol retail outlet density levels are associated with co-use and beliefs supportive of use of each among teens.
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Pulse Ghana (Ghana) - Alcohol is the second biggest cause of cancer – Ghanaians warned
In a statement, the non-governmental organisation said science has proven that alcohol is the second biggest cause of cancer.
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The South African (South Africa) - ‘Additional alcohol tax’ proposed to limit hospital admissions
Could raising the cost of liquor in South Africa help bring down the number of hospitalisations linked to consumption? Medical experts are proposing the introduction of a new ‘alcohol tax’, which would initiate a substantial increase in what we’d have to pay for our favourite boozy beverages.
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Psychiatric Times - Don't Raise a Glass: Alcohol Dependence Complicates Bipolar Disorder
There is evidence for an increased prevalence of comorbid substance use disorders (SUDs) in patients with bipolar disorder (BD), even when compared with other psychiatric disorders.
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Prague Morning (Czech Republic) - Czechs Third in the World in Alcohol per Capita
According to the Czech Statistical Office, an average Czech consumes 292 beers, 100 glasses of wine, and 175 shots of hard alcohol annually.
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My New Orleans - Teetotally on Trend: Are alcohol-free challenges the new black?
Raise your hand if you are finishing up Dry January this week. Chances are hardly any of you raised your hand as you read this, not because you think it’s weird to put your hand in the air for a computer or phone screen, but rather because not a lot of Louisianians are down with putting down their favorite libations the first month of the year.
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Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - Call for minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland to increase to curb lockdown drinking
SNP ministers have been called on to review minimum alcohol pricing as problem drinking rocketed across the UK during lockdown.
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Newswire (Canada) - Government of Canada supports first national guideline on high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder
High-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder (AUD) can have significant health, social and economic consequences for individuals and communities. However, a lack of research, limited access to substance use specialists, and insufficient training resources mean that AUD can frequently go unrecognized or untreated in Canada.   
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Reuters (France) - France's Macron aims to tackle tobacco and alcohol in 10-year cancer plan
French President Emmanuel Macron wants the generation that will turn 20 in 2030 to be the first tobacco-free one, and also promised on Thursday to do more to warn about the dangers of alcohol, as part of a 10-year strategy to fight cancer.
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