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Monday, February 20, 2012

Alcohol News - 8/2012

Scientific American - Deadly Alcohol Needs Global Regulation, Health Expert Says
Existing WHO recommendations on ads, pricing and driving laws could serve as the framework for a new international convention on alcohol regulation, yet even the U.S. would struggle to meet some of them.
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Helsinki Times (Finland) - Alcohol advertising ban under consideration
The Uutispäivä Demari, the official newspaper of the Social Democratic Party, reported today that the Minister of Health and Social Services Maria Guzenina-Richardson (Social Democrats) has put forward plans to restrict alcohol advertising.
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The Baltic Course (Estonia) - Estonian police distributes 10,000 breathalyzers
Estonia's North Prefecture is handing out 10,000 single-use alcohol breathalyzers to drivers in a framework of roadside sobriety checks in Tallinn, the Estonian news portal ERR reports.
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IceNews (Sweden) - Police struggle to stop teenage dial-a-drink service
Stockholm police have admitted they are making little progress in quelling the phenomenon known as “vodka-mobile”, which sees teens ordering alcohol deliveries via text message.
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BBC News (UK) - 210,000 people face alcohol death risk, warn doctors
Failure to reform alcohol laws could lead to 210,000 preventable deaths in England and Wales in the next 20 years, doctors have warned.
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The Guardian (UK) - David Cameron hints at minimum alcohol price
PM determined to deal with 'one of the scandals of our society', as figures show alcohol abuse is costing the NHS £2.7bn a year.
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Fox News (USA) - One in 10 U.S. kids have alcoholic parent, study finds
More than one in 10 U.S. children live with an alcoholic parent and are at increased risk of developing a host of health problems of their own, according to a new government study released on Thursday.
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Science Codex (Australia) - Comments by the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research
In 2008, the NHMRC commissioned the Dieticians Association of Australia to undertake systematic literature reviews to support the revision of the Dietary Guidelines for Australians. The primary aim was to undertake a series of systematic reviews of the national and international literature from the year 2002 on the food-diet-health-disease inter-relationship for different population subgroups. One of the 29 sections in the report (pp 613-678) covered the evidence for the risks and benefits of alcohol drinking. This critique is only of the alcohol section.
Read more - Deadly Alcohol Needs Global Regulation, Health Expert Says
When considering the world's worst killers, alcohol likely doesn't come to mind. Yet alcohol kills more than 2.5 million people annually, more than AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis.
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Daily Mail - Drinking alcohol really does shrink the brain as grey matter seeks to protect itself against alcohol-induced damage
Brain scans of mice given significant quantities of alcohol has revealed serious shrinkage in some regions of the brain.
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WalesOnline (Wales) - Report shows how interventions on tobacco and alcohol use ‘could save the NHS millions’
EXPERTS have advised the cash-strapped NHS to adopt a series of simple steps to improve patients’ health and save millions of pounds in treatment costs.
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eMaxHealth - Strict parental drinking rules can restrain teen drinking
Some parents are of the opinion that allowing their teens to sip a small glass of wine with dinner or have a swallow or two of beer at a family barbecue will introduce them to responsible drinking.
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BBC News (Wales) - Problem drinkers: Alcohol Concern Cymru call to remove stigma
People in Wales are being urged to be more honest about the role of alcohol in society, in an attempt to remove the stigma attached to drinking problems.
Read more (South Afica) - Motsoaledi targets alcohol ads
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is on a crusade and he expects to make no friends as he targets liquor advertising, tougher smoking laws and noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.
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New York Times (USA) - Drinking and Drugging
Remember that phrase? I heard many people repeat it last week as they appraised the waste of Whitney Houston’s later years and flashed back to her 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer, when she uttered those immortal words. She was bristling not at rumors that she abused drugs but at insinuations that she turned to cheap ones. With album sales like hers, you didn’t have to suck on a pipe.
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Wall Street Journal (USA) - The (Partial) Cost of Underage Drinking
Six-packs of beer come cheap, but the cost of underage drinking can add up. An analysis by researchers at the Mayo Clinic estimates hospitalization charges alone for incidents related to underage drinking at $755 million in 2008.
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This is South Wales (Wales) - 'Be honest, alcohol not someone else's problem'
PEOPLE in Wales need to be more honest about their relationship with alcohol, a leading charity has said. Alcohol Concern Cymru says it is easy to think that problems with alcohol are "someone else's problems" rather than something closer to home.
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AFP (South Africa) - South Africa grapples with toll of heavy drinking
Tisha Lourens suffered brain damage when her mother drank during pregnancy. Now the slight teenager who was abandoned as a baby in a Cape Town hospital battles with learning problems.
Read more (New Zealand) - Sallies call for changes to way alcohol is sold
Kiwis knocked back an extra 20 million ready-to-drink alcoholic drinks in the past year, prompting calls for supermarkets and dairies to be banned from selling liquor after 10pm.
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Czech Happenings (Czech Republic) - Czech teenagers increasingly drink alcohol - ESPAD study
The number of sixteen-year persons regularly drinking alcohol and getting drunk is on the rise in the Czech Republic, according to the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) for last year and unveiled today.
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Bangkok Post (Thailand) - Social media 'push youth to alcohol'
Alcoholic beverage companies are using social media outlets to recruit young drinkers, in some cases using cartoon characters and stuffed toys to promote their products, researchers say.
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The Voice of Russia (Russia) - Alcohol zero-tolerance policy for drivers questioned
Komsomolskaya Pravda reports that during the Monday session of Committee on Traffic Safety a proposal to abolish alcohol zero-tolerance policy for drivers was voiced.
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The Oncology Report - Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome Worsens Cancer Surgery Outcomes
Patients with head and neck cancers who develop alcohol withdrawal syndrome perioperatively experience significantly more complications after undergoing surgery, a large database analysis indicates.
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BusinessWeek (Europe/Asia) - Carlsberg Looks for Acquisitions in Asia as Europe Stagnates
Carlsberg A/S, the world’s fourth- biggest brewer, is seeking acquisition opportunities in Asia, including China, amid slowing growth in Europe.
Read more (Ireland) - Four in ten parents ‘binge drink’ at least once a month
JUST OVER FOUR in ten parents ‘binge drink’ at least once a month – with the majority of those drinking most often at home, according to a new survey.
Read more (Poland) - Health Ministry OKs controversial WHO alcohol proposals
Poland's Health Ministry has accepted a controversial raft of proposals from the World Health Organisation (WHO) designed to counter alcohol abuse in the EU.
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