Thursday, September 30, 2021

Alcohol News - 39/2021

ERR News (Estonia) - Alcohol consumption among young people falling, little gender difference
Between 2003 and 2015, monthly alcohol consumption among young people fell in the Baltic States, as well as in Finland and Sweden. Young people in Lithuania now consume half as much alcohol as at the beginning of the century. While alcohol consumption among young people in all these countries studied has decreased, at times, the consumption levels are bigger among girls, according to a study by Estonian health researchers.
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News Medical - Legal consumption of alcohol and tobacco may increase the use of illicit drugs
The use of legal drugs (tobacco and alcohol) may lead to the use of cannabis, a new study led by the University of Bristol and published in the journal Addiction has found.
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Alcohol Action Ireland - NEW REPORT REVEALS SCALE OF ALCOHOL PROMOTION THROUGHOUT SIX NATIONS RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, in partnership with the Institute of Alcohol Studies (London) and Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems – SHAAP (Edinburgh), today (Thursday, 30 September) have published a new frequency analysis study into alcohol marketing during the 2020 Six Nations Rugby Championship.
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Mamamia - 'Everyday I drank at "wine o'clock". It almost destroyed my mental health.'
I thought alcohol was the solution to my anxiety – turns out it was the cause. As the clock approached 5pm, I could feel the physical changes in my body begin as the anticipation of pouring that first glass of wine began to take hold.
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Irish Mirror (Ireland) - The price hike coming for alcohol in shops like Tesco regardless of what happens in Budget 2022
It was revealed today that the cost of alcohol and cigarettes would unlikely be hiked in the upcoming Budget despite pubs and restaurants struggling to make up time lost to Covid.
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iNews (UK) - Covid lockdowns may have changed the way we drink alcohol for ever, from solo drinking to the new sobriety
It was called “the big lockdown lock-in”. Spirits sales rose by £566.8m during 2020, as so-called “ginfluencers” on Instagram sparked a trend of muddling-from-home. “Quarantine rules are airport rules, start drinking at 11am if you want to!” crowed the memes.
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NZ Herald (New Zealand) - Last wine at nine? Supermarkets shot down in latest twist over Auckland alcohol sales
Supermarket chains have been shot down in a long-running court battle over Auckland's liquor sales policies. A new Court of Appeal decision in Auckland Council's favour has been delivered during intense national debate about alcohol policy and alcohol abuse.
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ABC News - Alcohol use in children, and how parents can make a difference
Research indicates parents have a strong influence over their children's choices when they become adolescents.
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Sidney Morning Herald (Australia) - Fewer suicides, but alcohol-related deaths rose in first pandemic year
Australia’s suicide rate fell to its lowest level in years in 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic, with experts pointing to increased government support payments keeping people out of poverty and more people being able to get help before they hit crisis points.
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The Times (UK) - Police oppose move to lift alcohol ban at football matches
A move to allow football fans to drink alcohol during matches is likely to be blocked by the Home Office because of fierce opposition from the police.
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Harvard Health (USA) - Rising alcohol use among older adults
As the baby boomer generation moves into retirement age, it is expected that by the year 2034, older adults (ages 65 and up) will outnumber children in the United States for the first time in history.
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Stuff - Human rights of people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder breached — report
The human rights of people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) are being breached because the government does not consider it a disability, a new report says.
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The Irish Times - Alcohol and your gut: disrupting the balance of good vs bad bacteria
Unexplained digestive problems are common, even if we lead a healthy lifestyle, because the gut is a such a complex part of our body.
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I Am Expat (Netherlands) - Dutch government told to introduce sugar tax and increase cost of alcohol
An advisory report published by the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) states that, in order to reduce national healthcare costs in the future, more must be done to improve the overall health of people in the Netherlands - for example, introduce a sugar tax and raise alcohol prices in order to encourage a healthier lifestyle.
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Marin Independent Journal (USA) - Marin Voice: Alcohol ads teach teens lessons no one should have to learn
Study after study has linked exposure to alcohol advertising with youth drinking. Kids who are exposed to more ads are more comfortable with peers drinking, more likely to binge drink and more likely to drink dangerously later in adolescence.
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The Charlatan (Canada) - ‘It’s more than just not drinking’: A closer look at addiction and complete mental health
Andrea Howard, a psychology professor at Carleton, launched a new study this September called Plan to Drink that looks into Carleton students’ drinking habits.
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The Pharmaceutical Journal - Building on hepatitis C testing: the potential to identify alcohol-related liver disease through community pharmacy
Community pharmacy can identify people who may have alcohol-related liver disease, but research is needed to ascertain the best approach.
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Society for the Study on Addiction - Quick read: Alcohol-related harm in pregnancy and the role of the placenta
When women drink during pregnancy, alcohol is passed to the embryo or fetus through the placenta. Could this fleshy structure that provides oxygen and nutrients be the key to understanding why alcohol can sometimes cause irreversible harm, and other times cause no discernible harm?
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The Bhutanese (Bhutan) - MoH tells MoEA to not issue bar licenses till its alcohol policy is in place
Bar owners are still waiting for new bar licenses to be issued after the Economic Affairs Ministry proposed lifting the ban of issuance of new bar licenses after a decade.
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Yorkshire Cancer Research - It’s time to make the link between alcohol and cancer clearer
New research has revealed how many cases of cancer can be linked to drinking alcohol across the world. Dr Stuart Griffiths, our Director of Research & Services, explains how better labelling could help reduce the impact of alcohol on cancer in Yorkshire.
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Henry Ford Health System - The Climbing Rates of Alcohol Use In Women, Especially Moms
Since COVID-19 began, alcohol use among Americans has skyrocketed. Alarmingly, a recent study from RTI International found that women with children under age five seem to be the most vulnerable to excessive drinking--with rates that increased 323% during the pandemic.
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