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Monday, February 27, 2012

Alcohol News - 9/2012

YLE News (Finland) - Justice Minister: Lower limits won't solve DUI problem
Justice Minister Anna-Maja Henriksson says that lowering the legal limit of blood levels of alcohol will not solve the drinking and driving problem. She argues that lower limits will not keep drunken drivers off the roads.
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7thSpace Interactive (Estonia) - Alcohol and premature death in Estonian men: a study of forensic autopsies using novel biomarkers and proxy informants
Alcohol makes an important contribution to premature mortality in many countries in Eastern Europe, including Estonia. However, the full extent of its impact, and the mechanisms underlying it, are challenging issues to research.
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Helsingin Sanomat (Finland) - National Police Commissioner and alcohol inspector would shorten Finland’s licensing hours
Some of the alcohol inspectors monitoring Finland’s restaurants and bars would gladly shorten the country’s licensing hours, a suggestion put forward by Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen (Christian Democrats) in Monday’s Finnish edition of Helsingin Sanomat.
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Helsingin Sanomat (Finland) - Ministry planning coerced treatment for substance-abusing pregnant women
Women who abuse intoxicants while pregnant could soon face the possibility of being put into treatment against their will - possibly through the entire duration of their pregnancy.
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IceNews (Sweden) - ‘Drunkoreoxia’ on the rise in Sweden
Young Swedes are increasingly starving themselves by day so they can binge drink by night, in a phenomenon dubbed “drunkorexia”, experts say.
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IceNews (Iceland) - Three more controversial alcohol sale cases for Iceland state monopoly
Following last week’s mudslinging over the banning of Motörhead wine, Iceland’s state alcohol monopoly has been in the headlines again for making controversial decisions — not once, not twice, but three times.
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Reuters - Alcohol problems not uncommon among surgeons: study
About 15 percent of surgeons have alcohol abuse or dependency problems, a rate that is somewhat higher than the general population, according to a U.S. study.
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Washington Post - Alcohol in movies can nudge teens toward drinking
Want to keep your teen from becoming a drinker? Keep an eye on what movies she’s watching — and the clothes she’s wearing, too.
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The Press Association (USA) - Youths 'underestimate alcohol unit'
Many young people underestimate how much alcohol they drink even if they have some knowledge of the Government's guidelines on sensible consumption, a study says.
Read more (UK) - Alcohol abuse could kill around 210,000 people over the next 20 years, warns Southampton academic
A University of Southampton academic has warned the UK is on the ‘potential tipping point’ in the war against alcohol abuse and says failure to reform alcohol laws will result in 210,000 avoidable alcohol-related deaths over the next 20 years.
Read more (Canada) - Alcohol, drug abuse the dirty secret of returning Afghan veterans
Stuart Langridge was a poster boy for the Canadian military. The triathlete served in Bosnia and Afghanistan, where he won two commander's coins.
Read more (USA) - Underreporting of alcohol's role in crime and accidents decreases public support for liquor laws
Reading a newspaper article about the role alcohol played in an injury accident or violent crime makes people more supportive of enforcing alcohol laws, a new study suggests.
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Wesleyan Argus (USA) - Changes in Alcohol Policies Spread Across New England
Over the past few years, it has become apparent to many college students that an increasing number of universities are tightening their substance policies and regulations, most often in an attempt to reduce the rising number of alcohol-related accidents. When comparing the regulations between Wesleyan University and its peer institutions, it becomes clear that there is no consensus how to deal with underage drinking.
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Fox Business (France) - France says drivers must carry alcohol breath tests
Starting July 1, you'll have to carry a portable blood-alcohol test kit with you if you want to drive in France. You'll be fined 11 euros -- about $15 -- if you can't produce one when the gendarmes ask.
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Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - New guidelines could define one in 10 as having an alcohol disorder
"I'LL JUST have one after work." Those words, often a prelude to drinking more than intended, could contribute to nearly one in 10 people being diagnosed with alcohol use disorder under proposed changes to the condition.
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Globe and Mail (UK) - Parliamentary bar brawl spotlights culture of drinking in Britain
Take nine bars, add 650 members of Parliament and an equal number of journalists, lobbyists and staff, multiply by a vast quantity of taxpayer-subsidized booze, and what do you get? One giant political hangover.
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Ninemsn (Australia) - Reports on alcohol warnings ignored: FARE
An advocacy group concerned about dangerous drinking has criticised the federal government for not releasing two reports examining the impact of warning labels on the alcohol-consumption habits of pregnant women.
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Alaska Native News (USA) - Senate Passes Bill Establishing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day
Today, the Alaska State Senate passedSenate Bill 127, which establishes September 9th each year as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day. FASD Awareness Day is recognized worldwide and raises awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy as well as the difficulties for individuals and families who struggle with FASD.
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EurekAlert (Scotland) - England 'should look to the Scots' to solve alcohol problem, says Nottingham academic
England should look to Scotland to solve its drinking culture, which has seen having a pint of lager become as cheap and freely accessible as downing a pint of milk, an expert at The University of Nottingham has said.
Read more (Angola) - Angola: Exaggerated Consumption of Alcohol Contributes to Social Identity Loss
The sociologist Memória Eculica said last Sunday, in this city, that the exaggerated consumption of alcoholic drinks has contributed to social identity loss of Angolan citizens, promoting delinquency, violence in homes and prostitution.
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Huffington Post (USA) - Dealing With Alcoholism in America
Whitney Houston's death has reignited the conversation about the prevalence and dangers of substance abuse. In 2009, drugs and alcohol accounted for at least 60,684 deaths around the country -- one death every 9 minutes.
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WalesOnline (Wales) - Action plan to tackle alcohol-fuelled crime
AN action plan to crack down on alcohol-fuelled violence, crime and anti-social behaviour in the Vale of Glamorgan has been put out for public consultation.
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Czech Position (Czech Republic) - Survey shows Czech teens turn off dope and onto drink
The number of 16-year-old Czechs who have tried cannabis (marihuana) by that tender age has fallen, according to figures from a European survey — although the country is still among the leaders for youth familiarity with the soft drug.
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Panorama (Gibraltar) - Under age drinking new concerns!
Over the past few months, but particularly since last Christmas quite a few people have contacted me or stopped me in the streets to voice again their concern regarding under age drinking, this as many people will know is a social issue that does go a way.
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