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Monday, December 3, 2012

Alcohol News - 49/2012


News2Biz (Latvia) - LATVIA: Stricter regulations for alcohol retail
The Latvian Saeima has supported new alcohol retail regulations. Although alcohol still can be purchased from 18 years, now the buyers aged 18-25 will have to present an ID to the cashier without being asked to do so.
Lunaticg Banknote (Latvia) - Latvia new coin bring controversy
Latvia new coin bring controversy when their own country health ministry write a protest letter to Bank of Latvia that the new coin is just a way to advertise alcohol. The Cupro-nickel coin was released earlier this month for Latvia solstice festival, where people will drink beers for the celebrations.
ERR News (Estonia) - 'Dry Days' Contemplated as Part of National Alcohol Policy
More details have emerged regarding the Social Affairs Ministry's vision of a national alcohol policy, painting a picture of a sharp change of course toward increased restrictions.
IOGT (Sweden) - Sweden calls for an end to alcohol advertising on national television
Today alcohol advertising is broadcasted on several Swedish TV channels even though there is a clear prohibition against alcohol advertising on radio and TV. By broadcasting from the UK, TV channels, so far, have managed to circumvent Swedish legislation.
GRETTE (Norway) - Alcohol brand owners might be allowed to advertise on Norwegian TV
Norway is on the verge of involuntarily allowing the advertising of alcoholic beverages on television, contrary to the country’s strict alcohol policy. This change, which may take place as a result of pressure from the EU Commission, would have a significant impact for owners of alcohol brands.
HaberMonitor (Denmark) - Excessive alcohol consumption of young people revolted NGOs in Denmark
Despite all the measures implemented in Denmark recently mitigated with a kind of alcohol consumption, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) brought to the point of rebellion.
BBC News (UK) - EC voice opposition to Scotland's alcohol price plan
Scotland's plans for minimum pricing on alcohol are a disproportionate response to the country's drink problems, the European Commission has said.
Fox News - Drug, alcohol abuse tied to early-life strokes
Younger adults who suffered a stroke were often smokers or had abused drugs or alcohol, according to a U.S. study that looked at over 1,000 patients.
Herald Scotland (Scotland) - Police issue alcohol warning to drivers
The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos) said that, while they support Scottish Government proposals to reduce the alcohol limit, people who plan to get behind the wheel should not drink any alcohol at all.
Wall Street Journal (USA) - After-Hours Prohibition: U.S. Military Tightens Drinking Rules in Japan
The U.S. military in Okinawa has now prohibited all personnel from consuming alcohol while off base and restricted purchases of alcohol on base, according to a statement released over the weekend.
Irish Health (Ireland) - Alcohol kills someone every seven hours
There are more retail outlets in Ireland where you can purchase alcohol than fruit, vegetables or milk, a public health specialist has said.
The Australian (Australia) - Police launch nationwide crackdown on alcohol-related violence
REVELLERS who refuse to leave a pub or a club or fail to obey police orders will be hit with minimum $550 on-the-spot fines as part of the biggest crackdown on alcohol-related violence in Australia's history.
IcelandReview (Iceland) - Higher Benefits and Tariffs on Alcohol and Tobacco
The Government of Iceland is planning to boost revenue for the treasury by ISK 8.3 billion (USD 66 million, EUR 51 million) next year, such as by higher tariffs on alcohol and tobacco. These actions are to finance the increase in child benefits, among other issues.
BBC (Scotland) - Scots drink deaths fall but rates still high, says NHS
Alcohol-related deaths in Scotland have fallen, but the rate is still one of the highest in western and central Europe, an NHS report has said.
ABC Local (Australia) - Winemakers strategy to combat anti-alcohol lobby
The Winemakers Federation has a fresh strategy to combat health messages that alcohol is bad for us. The Federation is aniticipating sustained volleys from a committed anti-alcohol lobby.
Science World Report - Excess alcohol can have lasting effects on brain: Research
Using fly larvae as models, a new study reveals how overuse of alcohol can cause lasting changes in the brain even after alcohol abuse stops. In this study, the fly larvae were fed alcohol- spiked food for a period of days and they noticed how the larvae grew dependent on the spirit.'
Independent Online (South Africa) - Sex, drugs, booze up students’ HIV risk
More high school pupils are having sex, drinking alcohol and taking drugs before going to university – putting themselves at risk of contracting HIV and Aids, a local study has revealed.
Irish Times (Ireland) - 15% off-sales alcohol tax proposed
Publicans have urged the Government to introduce a 15 per cent tax on off-licence alcohol sales in the budget.
WA today (Australia) - Alcohol warning labels by 2014: parliamentary inquiry
Health warning labels will be added to alcohol products and advertisements by January 2014 if the federal government adopts a recommendation by a parliamentary inquiry.
Times of India (India) - More Indian women dependent on alcohol
The 33-year-old married woman from Chandigarh had never imagined that her excessive clubbing and partying would one day push her to the brink of suicide. But it did. - Fetal alcohol syndrome affects on brain defined in new study
Researchers at the department of radiology at Jagiellonian University in Krakow Poland presented the most extensive definition to date of the affects on developing baby's brains by their mother’s consumption of alcohol during pregnancy at the November 25, 2012, session of the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Wall Street Journal (South Korea) - As South Korea Tackles Drinking Culture, Samsung Sets Guidelines
After kicking off the night guzzling soju, a rice-based liquor, over grilled pork or raw fish, he and his co-workers would move on to a pub or karaoke lounge, occasionally past midnight.
Kyiv Post (Ukraine) - Alcohol price rise comes into effect
The increase in the floor wholesale and retail prices of some type of alcohol foreseen in cabinet resolution No. 1017 took effect from November 26, 2012.
ITV News (Wales) - Minimum alcohol price plans don't go far enough - Welsh Government
Responding to the UK Government's plans to impose a minimum price for alcohol of 45p per unit, a Welsh Government spokesperson said:
CBS News - Alcohol in "Flight" puts trademark laws in focus
The use of brand-name beer and liquor in a hit movie about an alcoholic pilot has brought product placement practices into new focus.
The Daily Telegraph - Drink brands attract underage followers on Facebook
ALCOHOL companies are turning to social media to encourage teenagers to drink. A study has found that brands popular among youths are increasingly harnessing sites like Facebook to broaden their reach.
Fars News Agency (UK) - Alcohol Second Cause of Early Death in UK
Findings of a recent study blamed alcohol as the primary cause of liver disease and second cause of early death in the UK.
Statesman Journal - Kids need parents, not drinking buddies
Loud pulsing music muffles the sound of young voices. Teens clutching cups of beer are dancing, nestled in dark corners, or passed out on couches. Where are the parents?
Technorati - Women are Dying to Drink like Men
The English Chief Medical officer has warned that women are damaging their health by trying to drink like men. Prof Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England said women are damaging their livers and putting themselves at risk for alcohol abuse, obesity and a whole host of other problems.
MarketWatch (Canada) - Canada Needs Minimum Alcohol Prices to Reduce Harm: New Research Series
New alcohol pricing research upholds the call for minimum pricing and confirms that changes to price policy can reduce alcohol-related harm in Canada.