Friday, May 19, 2023

Alcohol News - 20/2023

Helsinki Times (Finland) - Minors obtain alcohol through intermediaries
90% of Finnish youth obtain alcohol through intermediaries. The majority of young people find it easy to access alcohol.
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NordAN (Estonia) - In Estonia, every second youth obtains alcoholic beverages without proving their age
A study conducted by The National Institute for Health Development (TAI) in 2022 showed that in less than half of the sales outlets, young people intending to buy alcohol were asked for identification.
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Notes From Poland (Poland) - Kraków bans alcohol sales in shops at night
Councillors in Kraków, Poland’s second-largest city, have voted to ban the sale of alcohol in shops between midnight and 5.30 a.m. The new measures, which will go into force on 1 July, will still allow alcohol to be sold in bars and restaurants.
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The Conversation (Australia) - To reduce harm from alcohol, we need Indigenous-led responses
Alcohol management in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities has been a deeply divisive issue, as seen recently in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.
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News Medical (Germany) - Experts identify key measures to reduce alcohol consumption in Germany
In a recent article published in the journal Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, researchers identify measures that improve alcohol health literacy (AHL) and lower alcohol consumption in Germany.
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Wisconsin Public Radio (USA) - Bipartisan bill would outlaw open containers of alcohol on ATVs, UTVs
As the popularity of four-wheelers and multi-seat utility terrain vehicles grows in Wisconsin, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers hope to make it illegal to carry open containers of alcohol while driving them on trails, roads and highways.
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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (USA) - New Report Offers Policy Recommendations to Address Alcohol Use as Risk Factor for Gun Violence
Researchers from the Center for Gun Violence Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a set of state-based policy recommendations to address the intersection of alcohol use and firearms.
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American Physical Society - Opinion: It’s Time to Rethink Alcohol at Work Events
Drinking in professional settings comes with risks and can alienate colleagues. There are better ways for physicists to socialize.
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Prague Morning (Czech Republic) - New Annual Report: One in Ten Czech Adults Drink Alcohol Every Day
Almost one-tenth of adults in the Czech Republic, around 900,000 people, drink alcohol every day, and around 1.5 million drink hazardously.
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Croakey Health Media (Australia) - Review of Australia’s alcohol marketing code slammed as superficial and ineffective
Cancer Council WA says a review of the Responsible Alcohol Marketing Code overseen by the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code (ABAC) scheme is ineffective and only underscores the failures of the voluntary and industry-led approach which seems to even confuse its own independent panel.
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PsyPost - Individuals with anxiety or depression experience more alcohol-related symptoms than those who drink at the same level
People with internalizing mental health disorders like anxiety and depression tend to experience more symptoms related to drinking alcohol, even if they drink the same amount as people without these disorders, according to new research published in the journal Alcohol: Clinical & Experimental Research.
Read more (New Zealand) - 'Unprecedented' number of objectors to speak against liquor store bid in coastal village
More than 30 people are due to speak against a plan for a liquor store in Māpua – an unprecedented number for an off-licence application in the district.
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Public Health Association (Australia) - New study busts myths on alcohol pricing
New research published today sheds light on the effects of minimum alcohol pricing, debunking the industry argument that it penalises all drinkers.
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WHO Europe - Lessons from the Baltic Alcohol Control Policy Project: policies that contribute to decreasing burden of mortality and disease
This short brief describes the main findings and the key lessons learned from the research project "Evaluation of the impact of alcohol control policies on morbidity and mortality in Lithuania and other Baltic states", funded by the United States National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for the period 2000–2025.
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ADF (Australia) - Alcohol ads on social media target teens and young people
Young people are exposed to a lot of alcohol advertisements. In fact, over 40,000 ads per year on social media platforms, such as Instagram and Facebook, alone.
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IAS Blog - Using counter-ads to kick alcohol sponsorship out of sport
A new study published in BMC Public Health found that counter-advertising exposing and critiquing alcohol sports sponsorship bolstered public support for restrictions on this harmful marketing.
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