Thursday, May 6, 2021

Alcohol News - 18/2021

BBC (UK) - Alcohol deaths highest for 20 years in England and Wales
Alcohol killed more people in 2020 in England and Wales than in any of the previous 20 years, official data shows.
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BBC (Ireland) - Republic of Ireland to push ahead with alcohol minimum pricing
The Republic of Ireland's cabinet is expected to push ahead with alcohol minimum unit pricing, despite opposition from retailers.
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Futurity - SOME PARENTS ARE LAX ABOUT ALCOHOL WHEN TEENS HIT PUBERTY EARLY
Parents of teens who go through puberty early may be more lenient when it comes to letting them drink alcohol, according to a new study.
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DW (Turkey) - Turkey bans alcohol sales as coronavirus pandemic measure
As Turkey begins a strict three-week lockdown, many people are particularly angry about a nationwide ban on alcohol sales. Dissidents say the measure has nothing to do with the pandemic and fear a long-term prohibition.
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The Times (France) - How we gave up alcohol — despite France’s teetotaller taboo
When two French writers both published books about giving up alcohol, the reaction in France was incredulity. Then they discovered a subculture of secret non-drinkers shamed into silence by their country’s wine-lovers – including their president.
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Irish Examiner - Why women's love affair with booze is killing them
I read the fourth Health Research Board (HRB) overview on the alcohol situation in Ireland (Alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harm and alcohol policy in Ireland, 2021) with enthusiasm, wondering if it would or could possibly surprise me in any way.
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ABC (Australia) - Woolworths has abandoned its plan for a Dan Murphy’s in Darwin. But is that the end of the story?
Liquor giant Dan Murphy's likes to spruik the story of its namesake. "One man built his reputation on a handshake," the company says in promotional material.
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Stuff (New Zealand) - Intoxicated patients a risk to all in emergency room, senior clinician says
Intoxicated patients are putting pressure on emergency rooms and are a risk to themselves, staff and other patients, a clinical lead says.
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Daily Record (Scotland) - Minimum price of alcohol in Scotland should increase to 65p, say campaigners
A campaign group who work to reduce alcohol harm in Scotland have called for the minimum price to be upped to 65p per unit.
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The Daily Blog (New Zealand) - Kiwis Want Bigger Fines For Drunk And Disorderly Behaviour
Almost three-quarters (74%) of New Zealanders support tougher penalties for drunk and disorderly behaviour according to industry research. Furthermore, nearly two-thirds (65%) support on-the-spot fines minor alcohol-related offences, says the NZ Alcohol Beverages Council (NZABC).
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Alcoholism Drug Abuse Weekly - The effect of pandemic‐related alcohol marketing: No data yet
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has a page devoted to updates on state alcohol policies adopted in response to the pandemic, but it has no information on the effects of these policies, which include expanded home delivery, curbside pickup, to‐go cocktails and more.
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Movendi (Sweden) - Alcohol-Related Cancer Causes 1500 Deaths
Alcohol caused 1500 cancer deaths in Sweden in 2019. Despite the high rate of harm, Swedes remain largely unaware of alcohol’s cancer risk.
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Oman Observer (Oman) - Alcohol cause of one in 20 deaths
Alcohol kills three million people worldwide each year — more than AIDS, violence and road accidents combined, the World Health Organization said on Friday, adding that men are particularly at risk.
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Alcohol Health Alliance (UK) - AHA responds to highest alcohol death figures for England and Wales in 20 years
There were 7,423 alcohol-specific deaths last year – a rise of 20% from 2019, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
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SHAAP (Scotland) - Scottish Parliament election 2021- what do the manifestos say about alcohol?
Ahead of this year’s election to the Scottish Parliament, SHAAP has analysed the policy proposals on alcohol put forward in each of the main political parties’ election manifestos.
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