Thursday, March 4, 2021

Alcohol News - 9/2021

University of Stirling - Young drinkers believe prominent health warnings on alcohol could boost risk awareness
Introducing prominent health warnings on alcohol products could be effective in increasing awareness of the potential harms of drinking, according to a new study involving young adult drinkers.
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Healio - Incentives program may reduce alcohol dependence in American Indian, Alaska Native adults
Providing tangible incentives for abstaining from alcohol may reduce alcohol dependence among American Indian and Alaska Native adults, according to results of a randomized clinical trial published in JAMA Psychiatry.
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Battlefords Now (Canada) - Sask. alcohol sales increase leading to jump in harms: Expert
An increase in liquor sales is getting the attention of addiction experts in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Association (SLGA) reported a 7.9 per cent increase in wholesale operations sales to retailers across the province in 2020.
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Gov.UK (UK) - Proposed changes for calculating alcohol-related mortality
This is a consultation to gather views on our proposed changes to the methods used to calculate and update attributable fractions for alcohol-related mortality and hospital admissions.
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Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) - No spike in Kiwis' alcohol consumption during pandemic
New Zealanders may have swapped beers for wine and spirits during the Covid-19 pandemic, but there was no spike in drinking consumption overall, new Stats NZ data reveals.
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Independent Online (South Africa) - Mixed reactions to easing alcohol sales restrictions during level 1
There have been mixed reactions to the easing of restrictions on the sale and trade of alcohol under the return to alert Level 1 regulations. Alcohol can now be sold according to normal liquor licence provisions, except during the new curfew hours of midnight to 4am.
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EurekAlert - Mobile app helps young adults talk with friends about risky drug, alcohol use
A smartphone app called Harbor, currently under development by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, teaches young adults how to talk to a peer if they are concerned about that other person's drinking or drug use.
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Metro (UK) - Beer and wine tax to stay the same for the second year running
Alcohol duty will stay frozen for pubs, bars and breweries as the UK eases Covid-19 restrictions, the chancellor has announced.
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Mirage News (Australia) - New campaign highlights there’s no safe amount of alcohol when pregnant
Alcohol use during pregnancy is the leading cause of preventable birth defects in Australia, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), with an estimated 340 to 680 WA babies born with the disability each year.
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Public Broadcasting of Latvia (Latvia) - Deputy proposes setting zero alcohol limit for drivers in Latvia
Saeima deputy Kaspars Ģirģens (faction of KPV LV) has called for a reduction in the permissible alcohol rate for drivers to zero, according to the Saeima Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee March 2.
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Daily Mail (UK) - People who taste alcohol at a young age are more likely to drink heavily as adults
Children who are given a sip of alcohol by their parents at a young age are more likely to booze heavily later in life, a new study suggests.
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BMJ Opinion (UK) - UK budget: Why is public health being left solely in the hands of our Chancellor?
A new and crucial budget is happening this week in the UK. The Alcohol Health Alliance UK has submitted evidence to the Treasury about the urgent need to increase alcohol duty in order to protect our nation’s health.
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The New York Times (USA) - Should Your Cocktail Carry a Cancer Warning?
When the pandemic struck last year, many Americans rushed to stock up on alcohol, causing retail sales of wine, beer and liquor to surge across the country.
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Herald Scotland (Scotland) - Scotland minimum alcohol pricing affects men and women differently
Minimum alcohol pricing targets men’s drinking habits more effectively than women’s, a new study has concluded.
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The Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol and minimum-unit pricing
It is a matter of deep regret that Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has decided to defer the introduction of minimum-unit pricing for alcohol by 18 months.
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Z Lane - Drinking Alcohol and Cancer: Should Your Cocktail Carry a Cancer Warning?
Scientists have known that alcohol promotes cancer for several decades. The World Health Organization first classified alcohol consumption as cancer-causing in 1987.
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NordAN - Nordic and Baltic Charter on alcohol and cancer: People have the right to know
At its meeting on 25 February, NordAN board adopted the Nordic and Baltic Charter on Alcohol and Cancer, which aims to formulate the network’s activities and goals for cancer risk prevention in the coming years.
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