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Monday, May 28, 2012

Alcohol News - 22/2012

ERR News (Estonia) - Poll: 75% Say Estonians Drink Too Much, 2% Admit It
In a recently published survey by the Institute of Economic Research, 75 percent of respondents said Estonians drink too much alcohol.
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Helsinki Times (Finland) - Debate on alcohol advertising ban rages on
THE debate on the draft bill to restrict alcohol advertising, put forward by Minister of Health and Social Services Maria Guzenina-Richardson (SDP), is heating up with sports bodies, media groups and industry federations all weighing in on the discussion.
Scotland Courier (Scotland) - Minimum alcohol pricing plans cleared in Parliament
Scots could face the highest alcohol prices in the UK as early as next April after MSPs approved legislation to crack down on problem drinkers.
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Fox News (USA) - Study: Nearly a quarter of US suicide victims intoxicated at time of death
A large-scale study has found that nearly a quarter of U.S. suicide victims are legally intoxicated when they die. These victims are also much more likely than their sober counterparts to commit suicide by violent means such as using a firearm, hanging themselves or falling to their deaths.
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Stock and Land (Australia) - Alcohol warning labels shunned by industry despite research
THE alcohol industry is putting ''booze before babies'' by making false and misleading claims to a parliamentary inquiry into fetal alcohol disorders, a publicly-funded research body says.
Read more (Canada) - Health Canada slow to move against alcoholic energy drinks
Health Canada isn't ready to crack down on pre-mixed alcoholic energy drinks, despite a long-standing request from government inspectors for direction on what "action can be taken against these products," internal records show.
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The Independent (Scotland) - Scottish Government set to lower drink-drive limit
The Scottish Government have today announced plans to almost half the drink-drive limit with a new scheme being implemented “as soon as possible”.
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Bloomberg (Russia) - Yakutia Restricted Alcohol Retail Sale Till Lunch Time, RIA Says
Authorities of the Republic of Yakutia, part of which lies in Russia’s Arctic zone, banned sales of spirits in stores from 8 p.m. till 2 p.m. to combat alcohol addiction, RIA Novosti said.
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Zee News (India) - Soon alcohol content in alcoholic beverages to be regulated
For the first time, India`s food regulator FSSAI has finalised draft standards for all categories of alcoholic beverages like wine, beer, whisky, rum, gin and vodka to set the maximum permissible limits of alcohol in these drinks and thus, mandate safety standards.
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TVNZ (New Zealand) - Hike alcohol price to target binge-drinking: Doctor
A Wellington doctor who is "sick" of dealing with drunk patients says raising the price of alcohol is the best way to combat New Zealand's binge-drinking culture.
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The Independent Florida Alligator (USA) - Diagnostic manual re-classifies alcohol abuse
Nearly 40 percent of college students at four-year U.S. institutions could be deemed alcoholics next year, according to the label in the newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
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The Hindu (India) - Ban sale of tobacco, alcohol: expert
Noted cardiologist G.K. Sinha on Sunday said it was high time to impose a ban on tobacco and alcohol to prevent life-threatening diseases claiming a heavy toll.
Read more (UK) - Booze shock: Alcohol puts a child under FIVE in hospital every week
The NHS says it is growing trend as every week three 10 and 11-year-olds are taken to hospital in England after drinking too much.
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Business Review Europe - Improving Accuracy in Roadside Breath Testing Use Breathalyzer Equalizer
Police officers use a variety of field sobriety tests to evaluate a driver's level of impairment. When making an arrest decision, officers rely heavily on the roadside handheld breathalyzer or PBT (Preliminary Breath Test) because it provides a direct digital reading of approximate blood alcohol level.
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The Independent (UK) - Deep concerns over government plans to cut benefits for alcoholics and drug addicts who refuse treatment
Doctors and addiction charities today expressed deep concerns over government plans to cut the benefits of people suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction who refuse treatment.
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China Daily (China) - Drunken driving law not consistently applied
Legal experts suggested that the Supreme People's Court should make a judicial interpretation to standardize the penalties for drunken driving, Beijing News reported.
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New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Drinking big concern in community, says survey
Auckland communities are becoming more aware of problems caused by alcohol, two out of three people surveyed saying liquor has a negative effect on life in the city.
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Various punishment measures were taken on drunkards. In the 13th century, the Ikh Zasag Law of the Great Mongol Empire stated “If a person arrives drunk at a workplace, the first time impose a fine of a weapon he is carrying with him, second time impose the fine of a horse he is riding, third time cut off an extremity of the body. If a fourth time occurs, expel him out of the territory.”
Read more (France) - Bordeaux hit by spate of binge drinking drownings
France's wine capital Bordeaux has been struck by spate of binge drinking drownings in its river Garonne, with five young men dying in the past ten months.
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