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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Alcohol News - 5/2012

Irish Times (Ireland) - Minimum alcohol price across island planned to tackle abuse
HEALTH AUTHORITIES on both sides of the Border are planning to introduce a minimum price for alcohol on the island in an effort to combat alcohol abuse.
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Wall Street Journal (USA) - Stricter Thinking on Alcohol During Pregnancy
In the sixth to 12th week of pregnancy, a fetus's bones, brain and central nervous system are forming. Buds blossom into arms and legs, and internal organs start to function. A face with eyelids, lips and other features appears.
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Huffington Post (USA) - Illinois Alcohol Abuse: Midwest 'Binge Drinking Belt,' By The Numbers
Data released Monday shows that some of the highest rates of binge drinking in the nation can be found in the Midwest -- specifically in Illinois.
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BBC News (UK) - Alcohol deaths increase slightly
Alcohol related deaths in the UK have increased slightly between 2009 and 2010, according to official figures. The number of deaths linked to drinking has gone from 8,664 to 8,790 - a rise of 126.
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BBC News (Ireland) - New plans for all-Ireland minimum alcohol price
Health authorities have decided upon a cross-border strategy on a minimum price for alcohol. The proposals were outlined at the first formal North/South conference on alcohol misuse, held in Armagh on Thursday.
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Scotsman (Scotland) - Scots alcohol-related deaths double during last 30 years
THE number of alcohol-related deaths in Scotland has more than doubled in the past three decades, latest figures show.
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PRWeb - Is Alcohol a Bigger Threat to Male Sexual Health than Smoking?
Men who drink what is considered to be above the normal amount of alcohol on a weekly basis are at higher risk of developing erection problems than those who smoke and do not drink as regularly, reports QuitFullStop.
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Irish Times (Ireland) - Ban on selling alcohol in shops urged
A BAN on the sale of alcohol in supermarkets and garages should be considered by Government, a new report on alcohol and drugs has said.
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The Canberra Times (Australia) - Alcohol incidents 'double' on Aust Day
Heavy drinking is the Australian way for many, and Australia Day is the day more young people are involved in harmful alcohol-related incidents, such as assaults and car accidents, than on any other public holiday, research has found.
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Medscape (USA) - Prevalence of HIV Risk Behaviors Between Binge Drinkers and Non-binge Drinkers Aged 18- to 64-Years in US, 2008
Using data from the 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System on 281,303 adults aged 18–64 years in the United States, we examined the relationship between HIV risk behaviors and binge drinking of alcoholic beverages and the frequency of binge drinking among a subgroup of 41,073 respondents who were acknowledged binge drinkers (bingers), based on reported drinking behavior in the year preceding survey.
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Mayo Advertiser (Ireland) - Oireachtas alcohol report will tackle drink problem – O’Mahony
Fine Gael Mayo TD, John O’Mahony, has said that the report on alcohol and drug misuse published by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children, “provides a blueprint on how we can tackle our national drink problem”.
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Irish Times (UK) - UK and Republic top European binge-drinking list
SOME 80 per cent of drinking takes place around a meal table in Italy, Spain and France, while in Britain and Ireland 80 per cent of drinking happens away from the meal table, the first North-South conference on alcohol heard yesterday.
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The Guardian (Poland) - Polish stereotypes: hard-drinking Catholic zealots? Nie!
These stereotypes of Poles are true but only partly. Poles drink average amounts of alcohol, they are Catholic but not really bothered by what the church says, and they dislike Jews just slightly more than the average European.
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RAPSI (Russia) - Lawsuit against watchdog to register Russian Alcohol brand to be heard Jan. 31
A commercial court will start reconsidering on January 31 the Russian Alcohol (Russky Alkogol) distributor's lawsuit disputing the patent watchdog's refusal to register the Russian Alcohol trademark, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/ on Monday.
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dailyRx (Netherlands) - Binge Drinking Linked to Explicit Thoughts
Widely accepted patterns of alcohol consumption suggest that both explicit and implicit behaviors influence the way people drink. A recent research study debunked that frame of thought. A study done by scientific investigators in the Netherlands implies that our social thoughts, such as excitement to see friends or anticipation to meet someone new, encourage excess alcohol consumption.
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Irish Times (France/Ireland) - French law on breath test kits to affect Irish tourists
THOUSANDS OF Irish tourists who will take their car with them to France this summer will face fines unless they are carrying a breathalyser with them in their vehicle.
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