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Monday, July 1, 2013

Alcohol News - 26/2013

University of Iceland (Iceland) - The financial crash reduced smoking and alcohol consumption
“The study aims to find out whether and how the economic crash influenced alcohol and tobacco consumption, specifically considering changes in the labour market, i.e. the reduction in the number of work hours and lowering of real income. Such labour market changes can influence health behaviour, i.e. how people invest in their present and future health,” says Þórhildur Ólafsdóttir, Doctoral Student of economics on a study that forms part of her doctoral thesis.
Daily Mail (Denmark) - People who have more than two alcoholic drinks a day may be TWICE as likely to die after surgery
People who have more than two alcoholic drinks a day are more likely to suffer complications after surgery than light drinkers. Infections and slow wound healing were the most common complications associated with heavy drinking, according to lead author Marie Eliasen of the National Institute of Public Health at the University of Southern Denmark in Copenhagen.
Jyllands Posten (Denmark) - Ferry operator revises alcohol policies after booze-related death
Fjord Line has moved to curb the drinking culture on its ferries after a young man died of alcohol poisoning while he was being held in detention on one of its vessels in April.
Sverige Radio (Sweden) - Sweden’s alcohol monopoly challenged
Buying wine online may get easier in Sweden. That's if grocery chain City Gross has its way. It wants to join forces with wine delivery service Winefinder to offer home deliveries to customers who order wine over the internet. (Finland) - Finnish food and drink pricier than EU average
Statistics Finland reports that a comparison of prices made in the spring of 2012 showed that Finnish prices were 19 percent higher than the EU average. In the European Union, Denmark has the highest price level while Poland is the cheapest.
Reitingi Latvijas (Latvia) - Saeima adopts in the final reading law amendments to reduce consumption of alcoholic beverages by young people
On Thursday, 20 June, the Saeima in the third and final reading supported amendments to the Handling of Alcoholic Beverages Law to limit the consumption of alcoholic beverages among children and young people.
BBC News (Wales) - Online shopping children drink worry, says Alcohol Concern Cymru
Significant numbers of children and young people in Wales are using online supermarket grocery services in order to buy alcohol, warns Alcohol Concern Cymru.
TVNZ (New Zealand) - Alcohol 'akin to asbestos in cancer stakes' – expert
New Zealand's excessive drinking culture is causing cancers with abysmally low survival rates, oncology experts say.
Medical Daily (USA) - A Third Of Kids Taste First Sips Of Alcohol As Early As Age 8, Study Says
In a study following adolescents from the Pittsburgh area, the majority kids admitted to trying alcohol before 18 years old, with 37 percent sipping alcohol as young as age 8, a study finds.
GlobalPost (Spain) - Spain raises taxes on alcohol, tobacco
The Spanish government, which is struggling to cut one of the eurozone's largest public deficits during a double-dip recession, on Friday raised taxes on tobacco and alcohol, except wine and beer.
Perth Now (Australia) - Push by health advocates to ban alcohol advertising online to protect children
HEALTH advocates want the Federal Government to ban the advertising of alcohol and other harmful products on websites that attract children.
Huffpost - Are Alcohol-Fuelled Arguments Ruining Your Friendships And Relationships?
We’ve all been there – you’ve both had a few too many drinks and somehow you end up rowing with your partner or your friend about the most inane thing. When it happens once in a while, it’s not too much of a concern, but when it starts happening regularly, you may need to do a stock take of whether alcohol is ruining your relationships.
Scientific American - Boozy Memory Blocking Reduces Risk of Relapse among Alcohol Abusers
Wiping out drinking-associated memories could help those with alcohol problems to stay sober, suggests a study in rats.
Daily Mail (UK) - Sunbathing and alcohol cause cancer rates to soar: Unhealthy lifestyles blamed for huge rises in past decade
Sunbathing has been blamed for a massive surge in cancer rates over the past ten years. Cancers caused by unhealthy lifestyles, such as drinking and smoking, have seen a rise of up to two-thirds in the last decade, official figures show.
Peru this Week (Peru) - Teenagers say it’s easy to buy alcohol in Peru
The last public opinion survey conducted by the Center for Education and Prevention of Drugs and Alcohol Abuse (Cedro) scared many parents in Peru. According to the survey four out of five youngster age 12 to 18 said it is easy for them to buy alcohol and cigarettes in this country.
IOL (South Africa) - This is your brain on alcohol
The human brain does not stop developing until a person’s mid-twenties – meaning heavy use of alcohol under the age of 21 can damage necessary growth processes. (New Zealand) - Sinking lid proposed in new alcohol policy
A sinking-lid for off-licence liquor outlets could be on the cards for the Hauraki district as part of its council's first local alcohol policy.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Too much alcohol will grind the body to a halt
We are a nation of complicit drinkers: Sure, go on, have another one! At any triathlon or road race, the prospect of racing within your own age group is always fun if you're not a contender for the podium. Usually it's a shoe-in for a prize if you're running in the bottom 18-19 and 20-24 age groups as they are always direly underrepresented.
Glasgow Evening Times (Wales) - Glasgow's poor are smoking and drinking less
PEOPLE in the most deprived areas of Greater Glasgow's health board are smoking and drinking less and eating healthier than a decade ago.
Edinburgh Evening News (Scotland) - Fears pensioners ‘drinking themselves to death’
PENSIONERS in Scotland are drinking themselves to death as doctors try to combat an “epidemic” of alcohol abuse amongst the elderly.