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Monday, April 15, 2013

Alcohol News - 15/2013

Xinhua - Alcohol, drugs cause low birth weight: Australian study

Women with drug or alcohol related mental disorders are up to four times more likely to have a low- birth weight baby, an Australian study revealed. (Helsinki) - Yle: Government planning outright ban on public alcohol advertising

Government is considering an outright ban on public alcohol advertising, Yle reports. The ban would also affect advertisements in media such as radio and the social networking site Facebook . However ads would still be permitted in sports sponsorships and will remain visible in stadia and on sports gear. (Finland) - Finnish government says NO to alcohol advertising

According to a recent news from Helsingin Sanomat, a Finnish government is planning to ban all alcohol outdoor advertising. While this would sound a good and educational solution for any modern nation who has already took steps towards more healthier world, especially in Finland where excess alcohol usage is a common health problem, plans do not fit for everyone.

The Local (Sweden) - Alcohol seizures down despite tough new law

Despite the introduction of a new law strengthening the powers of customs officials, the number of seizures of alcohol ordered online has declined dramatically in 2013.

Daily Nation (Kenya) - Governors urged to curb alcohol abuse, insecurity

County governments in Central region have an uphill task of curbing insecurity and alcoholism. “Alcoholism is expected to pose a great challenge to the new leaders,” said outgoing Central Provincial Commissioner Japhter Rugut. (USA) - Report outlines role of health departments, community coalitions in regulating alcohol outlet density

Regulating alcohol outlet density, or the number of physical locations in which alcoholic beverages are available for purchase in a geographic area, is an effective strategy for reducing excessive alcohol consumption and associated harms.

Vibe Ghana (Ghana) - Check excessive alcohol ads on TV and radio

Reverend Joseph Bosomah, Acting Chairman of the Central Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, has expressed concern about the excessive alcohol ads on television and radio. (UK) - Pubs demand minimum alcohol price

The heads of pubs, nightclubs and breweries are pleading with David Cameron to stick to his plans to introduce a mininum alcohol price.

Irish Times (Ireland) - Gastroenterologists call for action on cheap alcohol

The Irish Society of Gastroenterology has called on the Government to introduce a 1 per cent levy on alcohol advertising and sponsorship expenditure.

EPHA (EU) - Evening reception - alcohol & cancer: a report from the Royal College of Physicians & the Alcohol Health Alliance UK

The current EU framework in the area of alcohol - the EU Strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm - came to an end in 2012 but Europe still remains the world heaviest drinker.

Thanh Nien Daily (Vietnam) - HCMC gov’t rejects police proposal to limit alcohol trade

The Ho Chi Minh City municipal administration has rejected a suggestion made by its police to place limits on the trade of alcoholic drinks after 10 p.m. as an attempt to reduce traffic accidents. - Baylor University study shows acute dose of alcohol may cause greater impairment in elderly

An acute dose of alcohol may cause greater impairment in coordination, learning and memory in the elderly than in young people, according to a study by Baylor University.

Guardian (Russia) - The Last Man in Russia, and the Struggle to Save a Dying Nation by Oliver Bullough – review

If Russia is dying, Bullough suggests one doesn't have to look far to find the cause. Russians are literally drinking themselves to death. If Bullough is right, then the staggering figure of Boris Yeltsin is a more accurate symbol for the nation that Putin's gung-ho, karate black-belt.

Haringey Independent (UK) - Annual Health Report ‘Is Haringey over the limit?’ sets out Haringey Borough Council plans to tackle alcohol

A senior doctor says harm from alcohol is one of the biggest challenges facing the borough. This year’s Annual Health Report, entitled ‘Is Haringey over the limit?’, sets out how Haringey Borough Council plans to tackle drink-related harm in the borough.

Legalbrief (South Africa) - Alcohol adverts Bill will curb misuse, says Minister

Anti-alcohol organisations argue Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's announcement that a Bill restricting alcohol advertising is likely to be presented to the Cabinet this week is a step in the right direction to curb alcohol misuse, says a report in The Mercury. (New Zealand) - Teens avoid harm from relaxed booze laws

Lowering the drinking age to 18 has not led to more binge-drinking or alcohol-related road accidents among young people, researchers have found.

Times of India - Reduced alcohol intake cuts dependency

A potential new treatment for alcoholism called nalmefene has been found to be effective and safe for reducing alcohol consumption in alcohol dependent individuals.