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Monday, July 29, 2013

Alcohol News - 30/2013


YLE Uutiset (Finland/Estonia) - Special researcher proposes measures to reduce cross-Gulf booze running
Special researcher from the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) Esa Österberg claims that the best way to control the “spirit rally” between Estonia and Finland is to ensure that people are informed about what is legal and what is not.
BBC (Denmark/Scotland) - Minimum alcohol pricing: Position of Denmark
Opinions of European Union member states on Scottish government plans for minimum alcohol pricing have been released to BBC Scotland. Position of Denmark on Notification 2012/0394/UK on the draft Alcohol (minimum price per unit).
The Norway Post (Norway) - Increased smuggling of alcohol
Increasing amounts of illegal alcohol are being smuggled into Norway. So far this year, police has confiscated 54 per cent more beer and 59 per cent more liquor than in the same period in 2012.
Radio Sweden (Sweden) - Fraught history behind iconic Swedish vodka
The Museum of Spirits in Stockholm just opened an exhibit telling the odd story behind one of Sweden's most successful exports. For as much as the Absolut Vodka brand is iconic, its story is also ironic: even as Sweden was busy producing it, the country was also ramping up restrictions on alcohol as it struggled to keep its people from drinking too much.
YLE uutiset (Finland) - Hashi’s comments fuel alcohol debate
Turku security guard and freelance journalist Wali Hashi has touched a soft spot with the Finnish public. His opinion, published in an Yle online column, that the Finnish way of consuming alcohol is extraordinary and disgraceful, has sparked heated discussion. Hashi believes that alcohol is Finland’s greatest problem.
Finland Times (Finland) - Minister suggests discussions for alcohol law amendment
The Health and Social Services Minister, Susanna Huovinen on Mondayunderscored the necessity for detail discussions to bring amendment in the alcohol law.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Ministers favouring alcohol sports ban told to find new funds
Government Ministers remain deadlocked over banning alcohol sponsorship in sport, with those pushing for the move being told they will have to come up with alternative sources of funding. (UK) - Government U-turn on 'guilt lanes' follows that on alcohol and cigarettes
First the Government backed down over minimum pricing for alcohol. Then it retreated on plain packaging for cigarettes. Now ministers have thought twice about a proposed ban on confectionery and fattening foods being displayed at supermarket checkouts – the ''guilt lanes’’ aimed at luring in shoppers as they head to the till. - Drunk or not, alcohol causes damage over time
My question is regarding my husband. We have argued several times about his drinking habits, so I have decided to enlist your help in determining whether I am making a mountain out of a molehill.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Alcohol is a factor in many fatal assaults, says forensics expert
ALCOHOL plays a significant role in many fatal assaults that occur on the street, in licensed premises and at house parties, according to the Deputy State Pathologist Michael Curtis.
Scotsman (Scotland) - Alcohol syndrome babies slip through safety net
LARGE numbers of children in Scotland affected by their mothers drinking alcohol during pregnancy have not been diagnosed, experts suspect. (UK) - Europe's wine producers fight alcohol minimum pricing in Scotland
France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Bulgaria have said the policy is illegal and ineffective and would have the effect of unfairly protecting Scotland’s drinks producers from competition.
Scotsman (Scotland) - Labour in bid to tackle Scotland’s alcohol problem
A FRESH bid is to be launched to tackle Scotland’s alcohol problem by tagging bottles, cracking down on drink adverts near schools and banning tonic wines with a high caffeine content. (New Zealand) - Debate looms on city's alcohol policy
The Christchurch City Council's draft local alcohol policy (LAP) - a provision of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 - seeks to minimise alcohol-related harm in our community, but some fear it could also kill Christchurch's nightlife and drive young people out of the city.
The Guardian (USA) - College culture? An alcohol-fueled frenzy of sexual harassment
It's freshman year. I'm at a new student orientation party at the University of Pennsylvania, wondering what exactly is in my cup. "Jungle juice", I'm told, as if that should explain things.
98FM (Ireland) - Ban On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sports May Be On The Way
Alcohol Action has welcomed reports today that the Government has agreed in principle to ban alcohol sponsorship of sports. (China) - China austerity affecting corporate alcohol spending, says study
Chinese companies are cutting their spending on alcohol in response to a govenment initiative, but fine wine has not yet been seriously affected, says a new study.
When Floridians go out for a night on the town, it is common these days for them to arrange for a designated driver to take them home at the end of the evening. In such cases, people tend to assume that the designated driver will not consume alcohol during the night.
China Daily (EU/China) - EU, China step up fight against fake alcohol
The European Union and China signed a letter of intent on Tuesday to fight the trade in fake alcohol. (Australia) - Attorney General's Department suggests raising drinking age to Citizens' Jury to help reduce alcohol-related violence
RAISING the legal drinking age, introducing minimum alcohol pricing and restricting the number of liquor outlets are some of the ideas put forward by the Attorney General's Department to help reduce alcohol-related violence in the city.
The Canberra Times (Australia) - Push to ban alcohol ads on the field
Alcohol commercials should be banned from television before 8.30pm and the alcohol industry prohibited from sponsoring sporting and cultural events under far-reaching proposals designed to curb the ''control'' of the companies.
The Conversation (Australia) - Trans-Pacific Partnership rules could block alcohol warnings
New rules for alcohol labelling were discussed in Malaysia earlier this week by countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The proposed rules could stymie the introduction of effective health warnings on alcohol products in all the countries involved.