Thursday, March 18, 2021

Alcohol News - 11/2021

Forbes (USA) - Soaring Pandemic Alcohol Sales Cause Concern For Doctors
Alcohol and tobacco sales rose dramatically in the U.S. during the early stages of the pandemic, with possible major consequences for both physical and mental health, according to a new study.
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The Irish Times (Ireland) - Minimum unit pricing for alcohol set to be in place by Christmas
The Government intends to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol by Christmas, Minister of State at the Department of Health Frank Feighan has said.
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RTE (Ireland) - 'Drown the shamrock with water' not alcohol - O'Donovan
The Minister of State at the Office of Public Works has urged people to "drown the shamrock with water" on St Patrick's Day instead of alcohol.
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NPR (USA) - Sharp, 'Off The Charts' Rise In Alcoholic Liver Disease Among Young Women
For many years, Jessica Duenas led what she calls a double life. She was the first in her immigrant family to go to college. In 2019, she won Kentucky's Teacher of the Year award. That same year, Duenas typically downed nearly a liter of liquor every night.
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DATAC (Canada) - Experts warn alcohol harm is increasing in Saskatchewan
According to new data released by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), its wholesale operations across the province have increased by 7.9% in 2020 compared to 2019.
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HealthDay - Drinking, Drunk, Deadly: Know the Signs of Alcohol Overdose
Wednesday is St. Patrick's Day, a holiday often marked by one (or more) too many drinks. But experts warn that simple holiday fun can quickly turn deadly when alcohol is involved.
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Economic Times - No booze, more buzz: How bars without alcohol are creating a new wave around the world
There's something missing from a new wave of bars opening around the world: Alcohol. Aimed at the growing number of people exploring sobriety, the bars pour adult drinks like craft cocktails without the booze.
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Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - M&S refused permission to expand alcohol sales shelf space at Ayrshire store
Councillors refused Marks & Spencer permission to expand its alcohol offering at its Irvine store. The retail giant wanted to increase its booze display area by 16 square metres at the Simply Food shop in the town.
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Quartz - Giving up alcohol doesn’t mean sacrificing creativity
For years, David Sedaris drank while he wrote. “I never had to force myself to sit down at a typewriter because I had a drink right there, and that was my reward for sitting down,” the best-selling author of books like Me Talk Pretty One Day and Calypso said in a Fresh Air interview in 2013.
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The Slovak Spectator (Slovakia) - Binge drinking is the worst, yet typical of Slovaks
Many times, the lives of pub goers are exposed to danger on the way home from the bar. People will not quit drinking, claims Ľubomír Straka who heads the Institute of Forensic Medicine and Medical Expertise at the Jessenius Faculty of Medicine at Comenius University and University Hospital in Martin, but Slovaks need to end their binge drinking ‘culture’.
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SurvivotNet (USA) - Many Women Say They’re Drinking More During Pandemic, 70% Don’t Know Alcohol Increases Cancer Risk, According to SurvivorNet Survey
SurvivorNet surveyed 530 women across the U.S. about their knowledge of the associated risk between alcohol and breast cancer. The results were shocking.
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NHK World (Japan) - Study: Alcohol increases breast cancer risk
Researchers at a Japanese cancer center have found that the more alcohol premenopausal Japanese women drink, the more likely they are to develop breast cancer.
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Borgen Project (South Africa) - Challenging the Stigma Framing FASD in South Africa
South Africa has the highest rate of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the world, with some communities experiencing a prevalence of up to 28%. FASD encompasses a range of conditions that affect people who were exposed to alcohol before birth.
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NordAN (Norway) - Actis: New alcohol strategy has disappointingly few measures
On March 11, the national alcohol strategy was finally presented by the government. The strategy will follow up the government’s goal of reducing harmful alcohol consumption by 10 per cent by 2025. 
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Addiction Audio - Alcohol policy and gender with Petra Meier
Rob Calder speaks to Professor Petra Meier about her research using computer modelling to estimate how the impact of alcohol pricing policies might differ according to gender.
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Public Health Scotland (Scotland) - Updated estimates of population alcohol consumption
Public Health Scotland today published updated estimates of sales-based population level alcohol consumption.
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National Foundation for Cancer Research (USA) - Alcohol and Cancer: A Fine Line
Reducing alcoholic intake is one of the most important preventable risk factors in relation to cancer. Alcohol use accounts for about 6% of all cancers and 4% of all cancer deaths in the United States. Despite this, over half of Americans use alcohol frequently.
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Regjeringen (Norway) - Norway ramps up support to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
Norway has signed a two-year agreement with World Health Organization (WHO) for an amount of 220 Million NOK (US$ 26 million) to support activities aiming at reducing mortality and morbidity from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and mental health conditions in low- and middle-income countries.
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