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Monday, April 2, 2012

Alcohol News - 14/2012

Reuters (Europe) - Europeans are world's heaviest drinkers: WHO report
People in Europe drink more alcohol than in any other part of the world, downing the equivalent of 12.5 litres of pure alcohol a year or almost three glasses of wine a day, according to report by the World Health Organisation and the European Commission.
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The Copenhagen Post (Denmark) - Booze next in line for sin tax
Danes are set to raid the German border shops once again as government eyes new sin tax. After already being handed a sin tax on fat and bracing for a similar one on sugar, consumers could soon also be paying more to consume alcohol.
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Deccan Chronicle (Sweden) - Alcohol consumption and diabetes 'associated'
For the study, subjects in a cohort in Sweden, some of whom had been exposed to a community intervention program to prevent diabetes, were evaluated 8-10 years after baseline for the presence of diabetes mellitus or impaired glucose metabolism ('pre-diabetes') in relation to a baseline report of alcohol consumption.
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Alcohol and Alcoholism (Norway) - Dutch and Norwegian Support of Alcohol Policy Measures to Prevent Young People from Problematic Drinking: A Cross-National Comparison
To examine whether Dutch and Norwegian adults differ in their opinion on policy measures that may prevent young people from problematic drinking.
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Alcohol and Alcoholism (Lithuania) - Alcohol-Related Injuries and Alcohol Control Policy in Lithuania: Effect of the Year of Sobriety, 2008
To evaluate the changes in mortality and the years of potential life lost (YPLL) due to alcohol-related injuries, as well as the impact of alcohol-related injuries on life expectancy during the period of the implementation of comprehensive alcohol control policy in Lithuania.
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International Business Times - One Alcoholic Drink A Day: Breast Cancer Increased Plus 10 Other Reported Effects
One alcoholic drink per day increases the risk of breast cancer, according to new research. Epidemiologists attributed 2 percent of European and North American breast cancer cases to light drinking and 50,000 instances of breast cancer throughout the world to heavy drinking, according to the study.
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CampaignLive (UK) - Govt threatens alcohol ad ban to protect young people
The Government has warned that it will consider a ban on alcohol advertising unless more action is taken to reduce young people's exposure to it.
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Medscape - Even Light Alcohol Drinking Ups Breast Cancer Risk
Women should not exceed 1 drink of alcohol a day, concludes a new meta-analysis of 113 studies of light drinking and breast cancer. However, even such light drinking is a little risky, say the authors.
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Newsday (UK) - Review targets alcohol in Britain's House
British lawmakers have been known to get rowdy during debates. They also have been known to fall down drunk during a vote, head-butt colleagues in a drunken brawl, and run up $80,000 tabs for food and drink.
Read more (France) - French researchers find alcohol’s self regard boosting properties
French researchers have confirmed the folklore that a glass in your hand will make you feel sexier, smarter and funnier, even when others disagree.
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EurActiv (EU/UK) - Commission prefers higher alcohol tax to combat binge drinking
The European Commission is more favourable to raising taxes on alcohol over setting a minimum price level following intense debate in Britain over Prime Minister David Cameron's proposed crackdown on binge drinking, a Commission official told EurActiv.
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Futurity: Research News - Alcohol images may prompt racial bias
Recent research by University of Missouri Professor of Psychological Sciences Bruce D. Bartholow has shown that consuming alcohol can lead to increased expression of racial bias. His latest study, conducted with colleague Elena Stepanova of Florida Gulf Coast University, shows that images can have the same effect, even when no alcohol is consumed.
Read more - Alcohol, Marijuana Linked to Online Gambling
Gambling over the Internet is a common practice and with the spread of smart phones, an individual can gamble in practically any setting.
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Newswise - Sedatives and Alcohol Increase Risk for Pain Medication Adverse Events
Adverse events associated with taking opioid pain medications increase in patients who concurrently use sedatives and alcohol. A study in The Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society,, advises physicians to use caution in prescribing sedatives for patients taking opioids, even if there is no history of substance abuse.
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MarketWatch - No Kidding, Kids Are Actually Listening to Their Parents When It Comes to Talking About Underage Drinking
In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, The Century Council, the leading national not-for-profit funded by distillers dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking, released new survey results today which reveal that parents continue to be the leading influence on their kid's decisions to not drink alcohol. Additionally, the survey demonstrates when it comes to talking about underage drinking, kids are actually listening to their parents when they discuss this serious, important, and sometimes awkward topic.
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Bloomberg (China) - China to Ban Public Purchases of ‘High-End’ Alcohol
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledged to ban the use of public funds to buy cigarettes and “high- end” alcohol, warning that corruption may endanger the ruling Communist Party’s survival.
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Ninemsn (Australia) - WA government ads link alcohol to cancer
A new government health campaign is warning West Australians that alcohol is in the same cancer-causing category as tobacco and asbestos.
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ABC Online (Australia) - Call for mandatory alcohol education
Alcohol and drug education would become mandatory in West Australian schools under a strategy launched in Perth today.
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MaltaToday (Malta) - Malta with lowest alcohol consumption rate in the EU
A report on alcohol consumption within the EU, compiled by the World Health Organsiation (WHO), Malta’s alcohol consumption stands at 8.1 litres per capita, which turns out to be the lowest in all the EU.
Read more (EU) - EU urged to tackle excessive alcohol consumption
EU lawmakers have been urged to follow the UK's example in helping people to "turn their back" on potentially harmful excessive binge drinking. The call by the European public health alliance (EPHA) comes in the wake of UK plans to impose minimum prices for alcohol.
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Airport Business (EU) - ETRC Alcohol Code of Conduct signals commitment to responsible retailing
Several EU countries are currently considering the implementation of stricter conditions regarding the taxation, marketing, promotion and labelling of alcohol products to combat the harmful use of alcohol.
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