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Monday, July 25, 2011

Alcohol News - 30/2011

Baltic Times (Lithuania) - Alcohol advertising supporters and foes to face off in bid to overturn law this fall
Since regaining its independence in 1990, Lithuania has been struggling under tremendous alcohol damage, catapulting the country onto the top of EU countries in booze consumption and among the leaders in alcohol-related suicides, psychoses and car accidents.
Belfast Telegraph (Ireland) - Minister backs alcohol pricing move
Setting minimum prices for alcohol could help cut the near £700 million wasted each year tackling its misuse, the health minister has said. Edwin Poots said the Stormont Executive is still considering its options on the abuse of alcohol.
Sky News (UK) - Fake Alcohol 'Is Putting Lives At Risk'
Fake alcohol for sale in shops, bars and clubs is putting lives at risk as counterfeiters try to make money, Sky News has found.
NPR (Russia) - Russian Law Aims At Curbing Appetite For Alcohol
Beer is marketed in Russia as a healthy alternative to vodka. And it's working. Beer sales are up more than 40 percent in the last decade. Now President Dmitri Medvedev has signed a bill aimed at curbing the use of alcohol.
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Drinkwise 'used' by alcohol companies
Controversial new research argues the industry-funded DrinkWise organisation is being used as a puppet by alcohol companies to boost profits.
The Moscow Times (Russia) - Selling Alcohol to Minors Now Carries Jail Time
Selling alcohol to underage customers could result in a prison sentence under a raft of laws aimed at protecting children that President Dmitry Medvedev signed Thursday.
Herald Sun (Australia) - Transient binge drinkers dying too young
TRANSIENT Aboriginal binge drinkers are dying young in Third World squalor in South Australia more than 20 years after a royal commission called for urgent action on alcohol addiction.
Medscape (USA) - ACOG Calls for Alcohol Screen Annually and at Prenatal Visit
Women should be screened for alcohol use at least annually and during the first trimester of pregnancy, according to new recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
Daily Nation (Kenya) - Traders ask court to scrap new alcohol law
Two businessmen have asked the High Court to strike down the Muthutho law. Mr Simon Mukura Kibe and Mr Gilvasio Mutoma Kinoti filed an application under a certificate of urgency, saying the Alcoholic Drinks Control Regulation infringed on their rights and freedoms.
7thSpace Interactive (South Africa) - South Africa: Motsoaledi set to drive ban on alcohol ads
Despite being criticized for his call to ban alcohol adverts, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has vowed not to back down until his mission is fulfilled.
The Voice of Russia (Ecuador) - Ecuador mulls extension of alcohol ban
Ecuador considers an extension of a temporary nationwide ban on the sale of alcohol after 25 people died from drinking tainted liquor.
The Guardian (France) - France's young binge drinkers upset cafe society with their 'British boozing'
Midnight on the Left Bank and the cafes and bars on Place St-Michel are, on the surface at least, unchanged from the 1920s, when Ernest Hemingway immortalised one in the opening chapter of A Moveable Feast.
GhanaWeb (Ghana) - Alcoholism is Dangerous, Kills and Devastates Homes – Bitter Experience
How unfortunate it is for one to begin the journey that will lead them to the sunset of their life by towing that path of gratuitous alcoholism?
Irish Times (Ireland) - Alcohol-related fatalities
With over 4,000 alcohol-related deaths in a five-year period, mostly among people in the prime of their life, the serious threat to public health posed by alcohol is yet again all too apparent.