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Monday, April 9, 2012

Alcohol News - 15/2012

YLE News (Finland) - 80 years since end of prohibition — happy birthday ALKO
Thursday marks 80 years since the first state-operated liquor stores opened their doors in Finland. The first 48 ALKO shops welcomed thirsty customers on April 5, 1932, following a government decision to end prohibition.
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The Foreigner (Norway) - Norwegians descend on Swedish town
True to tradition, Norwegians are in Sweden this year to celebrate Maundy Thursday and the Easter weekend joined by alcohol.
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The Nordic Page (Norway) - Six out of Ten Norwegians Think Wine is Healthy
In the Norwegian Health Directorate's recent population survey, nearly 1300 men and women were interviewed. According tothe results of the survey, 58 percent of the respondents believe drinking wine regularly is healthy. Also, 63 percent of the participants believe that red wine is healthier than other alcohols.
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The Local (Sweden) - Carers can help alcoholic buy booze: agency
Swedish home-help service workers have recently been instructed to assist a disabled man who suffers from alcohol addiction to purchase drink.
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Reuters - Most alcohol, drug abuse starts in teen years-study
A survey of U.S. teenagers found that most have used alcohol and drugs by the time they reach adulthood, and researchers said this could be setting many of those kids up for a lifetime of substance abuse.
Read more (Turkmenistan) - Turkmenistan bans alcohol during 'Happiness Week'
Authorities in Turkmenistan have put a dampener on so-called "Happiness Week" by quietly banning the sale of alcohol.
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U.S. News & World Report (USA) - Drug, Alcohol Abuse Common Among U.S. Teens, Study Finds
Alcohol and drug use is common among American teens and more than 15 percent of them meet the criteria for substance abuse, a new study finds.
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U.S. News & World Report - Teen Drinking May Boost Odds of Precancerous Breast Changes
Teenage girls and young adult women who drink even moderate amounts of alcohol appear to increase their risk of developing breast changes that can lead to cancer, according to a large new study.
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CBS News - Study proves "beer goggles" phenomenon does exist
We often joke that alcohol can make a person look more attractive. But do these rumored "beer goggles" exist? According to a new study published on April 4 in Addiction, alcohol can make the heart grow fonder - or at least make people look more attractive.
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MSN Health & Fitness - ER Docs Can Help Curb Patient Alcohol Abuse, Drunk Driving
Problem drinkers are more likely to reduce their alcohol consumption after receiving counseling from an emergency room physician, according to a new study. ER doctors can also deter heavy drinkers from driving while under the influence, the study found.
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Prague Post (Chech Republic) - ČR tops alcohol rankings
Europeans drink the most of any region in the world, and Czechs drink the most of any Europeans, according to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) study - and there are health problems that follow.
Read more - Dentists 'should screen patients for alcohol abuse'
Dentists should screen patients for unhealthy drinking habits during routine appointments to help promote general health, experts have claimed.
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Irish Times (Ireland) - Independent off-licences blame closure rate on below-cost alcohol sales by supermarkets
THE SPECIALIST off-licence sector will “die a death within five years” unless the Government “urgently” implements key Department of Health recommendations to address alcohol abuse, its representative group has claimed.
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National Business Review (New Zealand) - EXECUTIVE HEALTH: Alcohol lifts breast cancer risk
Alcohol is known to increase the risk of several cancers, in both sexes, including bowel cancer. But breast tissue is thought to be particularly sensitive to its carcinogenic effects, according to a review of research by Helmut Seiz, of the University of Heidelberg and colleagues.
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BBC News (UK) - Illegal sales of alcohol in Suffolk reach record low
Illegal sales of alcohol to underage teenagers in Suffolk have reached a record low as "traders are becoming more vigilant."
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Herald Sun (Australia) - Professor warns of dangers of cheap alcohol
CHEAP booze and disposable income have contributed to a quarter of Australians drinking at dangerous levels, an addiction expert claims.
Read more - Research and Markets: Analyzing the Global Premium Alcohol Market 2012
Alcohol consumption is declining in most of the developed countries, and rising in many of the developing countries and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
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This is Bristol (UK) - Health chief calls for higher alcohol prices in South Gloucestershire
A HEALTH expert is calling for alcohol-free venues in South Gloucestershire to help combat soaring alcohol consumption. They would help to change the drinking culture by providing an alternative place for people to socialise, according to Dr Chris Payne, director of public health for NHS South Gloucestershire, in his annual report.
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