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Monday, June 3, 2013

Alcohol News - 23/2013

USA TODAY - Coming soon? Nutritional labels on alcohol

Alcohol beverages soon could have nutritional labels like those on food packaging, but only if the producers want to put them there.

YLE News (Finland) - Paper: Alcohol deaths cost a billion annually

Alcohol-related deaths cost society some one billion euros annually. Every year alcohol costs Finns about 25,000 years of life, according to a report in the regional Sunday supplement Sunnuntaisuomalainen.

Lithuania Tribune (Lithuania) - Sale of low-alcohol drinks to be allowed in the Seimas as of June

On Wednesday, the Seimas board approved a resolution, allowing sale of alcoholic beverages containing up to 18 per cent of alcohol in the parliament’s cafes. The decision is linked to Lithuania’s presidency over the European Union (EU) Council in the second half of this year.

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - Call for MPs to be bound by alcohol code of conduct

There are calls for an alcohol code of conduct for MPs after the finance minister, Greg Pearce, was warned by Premier Barry O'Farrell over allegations he was so drunk he was unable to participate in a parliamentary debate.

The Guardian (UK) - Older people are abusing alcohol more than the young

In her two-bedroom flat close to the centre of Brighton, Ann, 72, has not yet cleared out her late husband's clothes, but she's given away his wine. (UK) - Rich 'ladies who lunch' more likely to have alcohol problem, says study

Women who live in exclusive areas such as Esher in Surrey, Merchiston in Edinburgh, and Knightsbridge in London, where many residents often earn six-figure sums, are more also more likely to suffer from mental illness or depression than those living in more modest areas, research has found. (Ireland) - Minister Leo Varadkar supports alcohol strategy proposals

The Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has said that he is supportive of the vast majority of proposals in Junior Minister Alex White's alcohol strategy.

Daily Mail (UK) - Prescriptions for alcohol addiction soar by 70% in the last decade

The use of drugs to treat alcohol addiction increased by 70 per cent in the past decade. Doctors last year prescribed almost £3million worth of drugs, up from £1.72million in 2003. (Hungary) - Hungary's Economy Ministry Will Not Re-Regulate Alcohol Retail

A working draft of the Economy Ministry indicates that the government is considering changes in the sale of alcohol, but without causing serious shortfalls in excise tax and VAT revenues, left-leaning weekly Magyar Narancs reports.

Warc - Alcohol advertising under pressure

Alcohol advertising is coming under increasing regulatory pressure in several markets, with a review in the UK, a ban in Turkey and, in the US, a limited ban proposed in Los Angeles.

PoliceProffesional (UK) - National Twitter campaign highlights alcohol issues

Police forces nationwide took part in an online campaign over the Bank Holiday to raise awareness of the policing problems caused by alcohol abuse. (UK) - Drinkers put strain on NHS

New figures published yesterday revealed just under 26,000 people were admitted to hospital 38,724 times last year with conditions relating to alcohol abuse.

The Moscow Times (Russia) - How to Reduce Harmful Drinking

Harmful drinking features prominently in Russia's public policy for good reason: The country has the world's fourth-highest rate of per capita alcohol consumption. Alcohol misuse has been a major social, economic and public health problem for decades, and the prevailing drinking pattern has been characterized as "most risky" by the World Health Organization, or WHO.