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Monday, November 19, 2012

Alcohol News - 47/2012

Baltic Course (Latvia) - Two truckloads bootleg alcohol sold in Latvia daily
The black market for alcoholic beverages in Latvia is about five million liters annually or 2,200 cases of half-liter bottles (40% strong) daily, as Valters Kaze, Latvian Alcoholic Beverage Producers and Distributors Association board member, informed the portal.
Latvijas Saeima (Latvia) - Defence Committee supports amendments to decrease alcohol consumption among youths
On Tuesday, 13 November, the Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee of the Saeima supported in principle amendments to several laws which aim to decrease alcohol consumption among children and youths; amendments also state that individuals purchasing alcohol for youths, as well as sellers of illegal alcohol, will be held accountable.
YLE (Finland) - Dentists: Cut alcohol for healthy mouth
Drinking more than recommended daily levels significantly raises the risk of developing oral cancer, says the Finnish Dental Association.
YLE (Finland) - Fewer drunken drivers on Finnish roads
The daily Helsingin Sanomat reported on Saturday that a fresh police study shows that 11 in every 10,000 drivers on the road in Finland are over the legal limit, less than half the number seen in some past years.
BBC News (Wales) - Alcohol Concern Cymru claims white collar workers at risk
Professional people may be up to four times more likely to develop drink problems than the unemployed or blue-collar workers, campaigners claim.
Chicago Tribune - Even moderate drinking in pregnancy may affect child's IQ
Women who drink even moderate amounts of alcohol while pregnant may risk lowering child's intelligence levels, according to a study by British scientists. (UK) - Alcohol pricing should be set at minimum of 50p per unit
A group of leading medical bodies has called on the Government to set a minimum alcohol price of 50p per unit to tackle ''head on'' the problems caused by cheap drink and protect the next generation.
ABC Online (Australia) - Indigenous alcohol abuse hits 'crisis point'
A forum has been told that alcohol abuse among Indigenous Territorians has hit a crisis point. Stakeholders have met to discuss alcohol policy and its impact on Aboriginal communities.
Food Consumer - Alcoholic beverage consumption may boost recurrence of breast cancer
Alcoholic beverage consumption increases risk of developing breast cancer, which is a fact. Now a study in Cancer Epidemiologgy, Biomarkers & Prevention suggests that drinking some alcohol daily after diagnosis of breast cancer did not seem to increase risk of death from the disease, but may increase recurrence risk, particularly in postmenopausal women.
Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - Fire figures show alcohol more likely factor than smoking
DRUGS and alcohol were thought to be a factor in twice as many house fires as smoking last year, figures show. The Scottish Government and fire service chiefs have warned people not to cook while inebriated amid figures showing that alcohol and drugs were a factor in one in six house fires.
Medical Xpress - Effects of alcohol on lymphoma, leukemia, and other types of hematological cancers
Many observational epidemiologic studies have found an inverse association between alcohol consumption and hematological cancers (such as lymphoma and leukemia). This study, based on the Million Women's Study in the UK, is large enough to permit an evaluation of associations with various types of such cancers. - Why having that one relaxed drink could lead to alcohol problems
People who have a drink to cope with stress could face to potential future drinking problems, a study has suggested. (Zambia) - Minister Raises Red Flag On Alcohol Abuse
Health Minister Joseph Kasonde has urged Zambians to reduce on consumption of alcohol and instead ensure a balanced diet to reduce the risk of contracting non-communicable diseases such as diabetes.
South African Broadcasting Corporation (South Africa) - Anti-alcohol ads campaign still on the cards: Motsoaledi
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has reiterated that a campaign against the advertisement of alcohol in public spaces is still very much on the cards. He was addressing delegates at the 3rd All Africa Environmental Health Congress in Durban.
Metro (UK) - Medical leaders call for alcohol price hike as UK's under 13s hit the bottle
Health chiefs are calling for a minimum alcohol price of 50p per unit to combat the medical problems linked to binge drinking, while a survey has found that the UK's young people are among the most likely to get drunk by 13 years old.
AFP (UK) - Cheap alcohol drives young Britons to drink – report
Young Britons are more likely to have been drunk by the time they reach their teens than their European peers and are spurred on by cheap alcohol promotions, a study says. (new Zealand) - Police get tough on drink-drivers
Invercargill police have issued a stern warning, after a number of alcohol-related arrests during the weekend. Senior sergeant Maggie Windle said this morning there had been 22 arrests between Friday evening and this morning, including 11 on Saturday night. (canada) - Should warning labels be required on products other than cigarettes?
The Canadian Cancer Society says that Canada's cigarette package warnings, now covering 75 per cent of the package, rank fourth in the world behind Australia and other countries that prohibit company colours and logos. (Russia) - Russia cracks down on drunk air passengers
Russia is cracking down on drunken air passengers by forcing travellers to hand over duty free alcohol for the duration of their flight.