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Monday, August 5, 2013

Alcohol News - 31/2013


The Local (Norway) - Norway risks even higher booze taxes

Norway is considering imposing even higher taxes on alcoholic drinks, a move that would bring it within a whisker of becoming world's most expensive place for a tipple.Read more

The Foreigner (Norway) - Norway government alcohol monopoly eyes tax free

Vinmonopolet is considering moving into the airport alcohol business as drink sales figures decline.

Finland Times (Finland) - No tax hike on alcohol in budget likely

The government is likely not to increase tax on alcohol in the upcoming budget for the year 2014 as the tax hike might increase the import of the alcoholic products from the neighbouring countries of Russia and Estonia by the travellers.

THL (Finland) - Pekka Puska: Health should be prioritized over business interests

Pekka Puska’s speech at the Savonlinna Opera Festival public meeting on 30 July, 2013. The World Health Organization WHO held a major international conference in Helsinki in June. In the summit, the WHO appealed to world decision makers to put health in focus in all policy making.

WalesOnline (Wales) - Wales could go it alone over cigarette packaging and minimum alcohol pricing, says health minister

Health Minister Mark Drakeford has revealed he is giving serious consideration as to whether Wales could go it alone on major public health issues such as plain cigarette packaging and a minimum price for alcohol.

Globe and Mail (Canada) - Mothers Against Drunk Driving take aim at Tory plan for alcohol in Nova Scotia corner stores

The CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving says Nova Scotia’s opposition Progressive Conservatives have engaged in “dirty politics” by suggesting the group supports the party’s proposal to introduce the sale of beer and wine in corner stores.

The Guardian (UK) - Channel 4 rapped for airing alcohol ads when kids were likely to be watching

Channel 4 has been rapped on the knuckles for running alcohol ads during shows likely to appeal to children, including hit US comedy import The Big Bang Theory.

StatesChronicle - New Studys Suggests Relation Between Brain Hyderactivity to Alcohol Consumption

A new study conducted in Canada by McGill University’s Professor Marco Leyton from the Department of Psychiatry can help in diagnosing and treating patients undergoing treatment caused by alcoholism.

The Daily Progress (USA) - Gifts to ABC from alcohol industry a 'gray area'

State Alcoholic Beverage Control employees reported more than $50,000 in gifts and entertainment from 2008 to 2011, primarily to pay for conference trips but also including tickets to car races, comedy shows and a Washington Redskins game as well as "spa service."

Health-e (South Africa) - Govt moves to stop alcohol ads

South Africans like to drink. In fact, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), we are some of the biggest drinkers in the world. But, alcohol kills around 130 South Africans every day and well over half of all road accidents are caused by drunk drivers.

IrishCentral (Ireland) - Alcohol fuels many of Ireland’s fatal assaults research finds

Deputy State Pathologist Michael Curtis has found that alcohol is a major factor when it comes to the cause of violent crimes in Ireland.

EurekAlert (USA) - Fewer states holding alcohol retailers responsible for harms from illegal service

Fewer states are holding alcohol retailers liable for harms caused by customers who were served illegally, according to a new report from researchers at Alcohol Policy Consultations and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Independent Online (South Africa) - ‘We’ll fight alcohol with bare knuckles’

South Africans like to drink. In fact, according to the World Health Organisation, we are some of the biggest drinkers in the world. But, alcohol kills around 130 South Africans every day and well over half of all road accidents are caused by drunk drivers.

Bury Times (UK) - Hospitals seeing large numbers of drunk children in A&E departments

ALMOST one in seven people admitted to local accident and emergency departments with alcohol problems are children, new figures have revealed.

FRANCE 24 (France) - 'Le binge drinking' on the rise in France

France on Sunday officially replaced the English term “binge drinking” with the French alternative “beuverie express”, a move that may reflect how drinking habits in the country have changed in recent years.

TIME (France) - France Finally Finds the Right Words to Describe Binge Drinking

The French Ministry of Culture and Communication, better known as the language police, added a decidedly un-French term to its approved lexicon on Sunday. From now on, chugging alcohol with the sole motive of getting smashed is no longer “le binge drinking” — it’s la beuverie express (literally, fast drinking).