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Monday, April 22, 2013

Alcohol News - 16/2013

The Foreigner (Norway) - Norway Liberals liberate supermarket wine sales

It looks as though Norway might be moving towards a more (foreign) shopper-oriented alcohol policy just over five months before the general election. Last weekend’s national Party congress saw a majority vote in favour of wine and beer over 4.75 per cent alcohol by volume gracing the shelves of ordinary supermarkets and shops.

The Local (Denmark/Sweden) - Danish beer bottles 'too sexy' for Sweden

A cartoon depiction of a topless woman has been deemed too sexy for Sweden's state run liquor store monopoly Systembolaget, forcing a brewery in Denmark to change the beer bottle's label for the Swedish stores.

The Foriegner (Norway) - Supermarket wine will never work, says Norway trade organisation

Norwegian alcohol industry players think politicians and consumers will have a hangover after buying wine and strong beer in supermarkets. (Finland) - Alcohol industry claims higher taxes will mean tax losses

Finland's alcohol beverage industry says that a planned tax hike for its products will lead to more people buying cheaper drink in Estonia, depriving Finland of hundreds of millions in tax revenues.

MedPage Today - Excess Alcohol Tied to Diabetes Precursor

Prediabetes in younger patients with early-stage hypertension may be one more risk to add to the list for heavy drinking, a study showed. (UK) - Minimum alcohol pricing may not happen over 'big, bossy government' fears

Minimum alcohol pricing may be scrapped over fears the Coalition would seem like a "big bossy government cracking down on people who don't have a problem", a health minister has admitted.

U.S. News & World Report (USA) - Drunk Driving Not the Only Way Alcohol Leads to Teen Deaths: Study

Less than one-third of the 4,700 annual underage drinking-related deaths in the United States result from road crashes, according to a new study.

Science Daily - Parents Can Help Their Children Avoid Alcohol Pitfalls During Transition from High School to College

Prior research has shown that the transition from high school to college is a particularly vulnerable time, associated with increased alcohol use and risk of negative alcohol-related consequences.

Medical Xpress (Australia) - Australians drink to get drunk but want alcohol reforms

Australians are increasingly drinking alcohol to get drunk but just one in five believe they drink too much. - Taste of beer, not alcohol, said trigger of urge to drink more

Just the taste of beer, even without alcohol, causes the release of brain chemicals that make us want to drink more and become intoxicated, U.S. scientists say.

New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Alcohol most available in Chch's poorest suburbs

People living in Christchurch's poorest suburbs have the easiest access to booze and cause the most alcohol related harm.

KYW Newsradio - Study: People Consume More Calories When Drinking Alcohol

If you feel like you’re eating more when you drink alcohol, you’re probably right. According to a study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, people consume more calories on days they drink than on days when they don’t imbibe.

Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Expert: Ireland operates as ‘conveyor belt’ for alcohol industry

Ireland operates as a “conveyor belt” for the alcohol industry with 60,000 children starting to drink every single year, an Oireachtas committee has heard.

aidsmap (EU) - Liver disease a major cause of illness and death across the EU: action needed to save lives

Liver disease is the cause of a considerable burden of illness across the European Union (EU), investigators report in The Journal of Hepatology. The authors calculate that 170,000 deaths each year are attributable to liver cirrhosis, with 47,000 of these caused by liver cancer. The main causes of liver disease were excess alcohol consumption, viral infections and obesity, all of which are “amenable to prevention and treatment”.

Irish Independent (Ireland) - Doctors warn alcohol sponsorship of sports 'grooming' child drinkers

DOCTORS today demanded a ban on alcohol sponsorship of sporting events warning the drinks industry is “grooming” child drinkers.