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Monday, October 29, 2012

Alcohol News - 44/2012

Medical Daily (Finland) - Just One Alcoholic Drink a Day Could Lower Your Ability to Learn New Things
New study, from researchers at Rutgers University and the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland, has suggested that even moderate drinking could place drinkers at risk. Lead author Megan Anderson and her colleagues state that moderate drinking could place imbibers at risk for lower production of brain cells and decreased ability for certain types of learning.
Helsinki Times (Finland) - The disadvantages of alcohol increased five-fold in 20 years
“THE disadvantages for society caused by drinking in Finland have increased five-fold in 20 years, a yet unpublished study by the University of Eastern Finland reports. This year alone will result in a loss of a billion euro, as the loss is compared with Finland’s gross domestic product. In 1990 the drinking deficit amounted to 212 million euro.
Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Norway) - Alcohol plus medicine – a dangerous combination in traffic
The accident risk is very high if a driver combines alcohol with hypnotic or sedative medicines. This is the finding from a recent study by researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, in collaboration with Oslo University Hospital, Ullevaal and the Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research.
Baltimore Sun (USA) - Alcohol companies target African-American youth
It is no secret that for decades, tobacco companies have filled disadvantaged communities with advertising and marketing attracting generations of young people of color to the products they peddle. A new report from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that alcohol companies are taking a page from the tobacco industry's playbook.
BBC News (UK) - Norwich alcohol sales ban proposed after crime rise
Reductions to late-night drinking hours are a step closer in Norwich following a vote by a city council committee. (South Africa) - South Africa: Alcohol Advertising Ban Still a Hot Debate
The advertising industry, civil society, academia and government, earlier this week, deliberated on the issue of banning alcohol advertising in a heated debate held in Johannesburg.
The Australian (Australia) - Indigenous MPs call for choice on grog
ABORIGINAL members of the Northern Territory parliament have spoken out in support of returning control over grog restrictions to local communities.
GlobalPost (USA) - Drug and alcohol problems in US rose by 70% over past decade: study
The number of drug and alcohol problems diagnosed by doctors in the US has increased 70 percent between 2001 and 2009, according to new research. (New Zealand) - MP defends proposed changes to alcohol law
Invercargill MP Eric Roy has defended the Government's Alcohol Reform Bill but says it does not always go far enough. The debate over the bill is expected to take up to 27 hours, or three weeks, of Parliamentary time, and feature a succession of unwhipped votes, where MPs do not have to vote with their party.
The Independent (UK) - Cheap alcohol is 'devastating' life in the North East
Doctors in the North East of England have urged the Government to set a 50p minimum price per unit on alcohol following concerns about its “devastating impact” on the region's health.
BBC News (Scotland) - Scottish minimum price law for alcohol tested in court
The drinks industry is going to court to challenge Scottish government plans for a minimum price per unit of alcohol.
Scientific American - Alcoholism and Social Exclusion
Treating alcoholism is incredibly difficult on many levels. One of the most difficult areas to deal with is social interaction, how people with alcoholism can interact with others.
Coastal Times (Canada) - Minimum pricing benefits not just small beer – study
THE evidence in favour of minimum pricing for alcohol is so strong it is only a matter of time before it is introduced, says the author of new research finding the policy had drastic effects when it was implemented overseas.
The Conversation (Australia) - The government has it wrong on alcohol’s role in chronic diseases
The Commonwealth government looks set to lose its top position in preventative health measures. Despite its world-first efforts on tobacco control, when the government next steps onto the world stage, it will be not be as a leader – its position on alcohol is out of step with the World Health Organization and contrary to evidence.
RIA Novosti (Russia) - Russia May Ban Cheap Wine
The Russian government may set minimum prices for wines to compensate domestic winemakers for rising world prices due to poor grape harvests in Russia and Europe, Izvestia daily reported on Monday.
Fleet News Online (France) - Car breathalyser fine enforcement delayed in France until March 2013
Fines to enforce the new law, which was introduced earlier this year, were due to come into effect on 1st November, but this has now been delayed until March 2013. At present, drivers including visitors from the UK face caution if caught driving in France without the compulsory kit.
BBC News (Scotland) - Scotland requests more drink-drive powers from UK government
More powers over drink-driving should be devolved to Scotland, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has said.
Voxy (New Zealand) - Local alcohol policies 'must be made compulsory'
New Zealand First says the Government must make it compulsory for every district and city council to adopt local alcohol policies.