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Monday, August 26, 2013

Alcohol News - 34/2013 (Finland) - Ministry memo: Tighter controls, higher taxes for alcohol

Finland's Ministry of Social Affairs and Health issued a memorandum on Wednesday intended as the basis for revisions to alcohol legislation. Among the measures proposed are shorter sales hours, higher taxes on alcohol, and possibly lowering the permitted alcohol content of beers, ciders and pre-mixed drinks.

ScienceNordic (Sweden) - Alcohol intoxication major risk factor for dementia

Young-onset dementia has usually been blamed on genetic causes, but a Swedish study has revealed nine other risk factors for the illness – with alcohol intoxication being the worst.

The Copenhagen Post (Denmark) - Children trained to binge drink

After newspaper reveals that nightclubs are holding 'Young Club' events that teach children drinking games, children's minister calls for a stop.

IceNews (Finland/Estonia) - Finnish alcohol purchasing helps fund Estonian cultural activities

Finns taking the short boat ride to Estonia to stock up on alcohol is helping fund Estonian cultural activities and literature, as a percentage of alcohol taxes in the nearby country is put towards culture foundations.

The Moscow Times (Russia) - Alcohol Sales Could Be Restricted to Card-Only-Payments, Report Says

A State Duma Deputy has drafted a bill that would only allow alcohol to be purchased using bank cards, a news report said Monday. "Russia remains one of the world leaders in per capita alcohol consumption," said Oleg Mikheyev in an explanatory letter accompanying the bill. Mikheyev said the measure would allow the sale of alcohol to be better controlled, hindering sales to minors, Izvestia reported.

BG News - Alcohol abuse in college can cause brain damage, memory loss

While some freshmen may look forward to drinking during college weekends, they should be aware of the damage they will be doing to their brain.

National Institutes of Health - NIH study finds chronic alcohol use shifts brain’s control of behavior

Chronic alcohol exposure leads to brain adaptations that shift behavior control away from an area of the brain involved in complex decision-making and toward a region associated with habit formation, according to a new study conducted in mice by scientists at the National Institutes of Health.

Xinhua (Netherlands) - Feature: Dutch organization fights alcoholism troubles with alcohol

A volunteer organization in Amsterdam has found a new, unorthodox method to deal with alcohol addicts causing trouble in public parks, by providing beer in exchange for cleaning public spaces.

Independent Online (South Africa) - Ministers clash over alcohol ad bill

A proposed bill banning alcohol advertising has pitted two ministers against each other, triggering the Cabinet to intervene. The low-intensity war between Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula is brewing, as the latter argues that the government may lose half a billion rand if alcohol advertising is banned, as proposed in the bill.

International Business Times (USA) - 1 Out Of 3 ER Visits Are Alcohol Related: Here’s What The Patients Drank

Nearly one-third of all emergency-room visits for injuries in the U.S. are alcohol related. And a new study has found that certain types and brands of alcohol are more likely to be implicated. (Uganda) - Uganda: Activists Want Another Five Percent Tax On Alcohol

Uganda Alcohol Policy Alliance (UAPA) wants a 5% tax increase on alcohol and the proceeds set aside as a rehabilitation fund for victims of alcoholism.

Payvand (Iran) - Tehran Allows Test Run Of Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center

Tehran has issued a licence for the establishment of the city's first alcohol rehabilitation centre. ISNA reports that the head of the Public Health Department's Addiction Prevention Centre announced that the licence is for a pilot project for the treatment of alcoholics.

Irish Health (Ireland) - Concern on alcohol spend figures

Alcohol Action Ireland has called on the Government to address our harmful relationship with alcohol. The call came after Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures revealed an increase in Ireland's alcohol spend in 2012.

The Costa Rica Star (Costa Rica) - Costa Ricans Not Able To Consume Alcohol In Moderation, Study Reveals

7 out of 10 Costa Ricans believe that Ticos are not able to consume alcohol in moderation, is the conclusion of a study by Educalcohol Costa Rica, for the Escuela de Estadística de la Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) РSchool of Statistics at the University of Costa Rica.

Southeast European Times - Alcohol a large growing problem in the region

According to a recent report, people in the EU drink 10.2 litres of alcohol per year, while the average in Serbia is even higher, 11 litres per inhabitant annually. Experts in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) warn that consumption in that country ranges from 9.6 to 40 litres, as there is no solid data. Macedonia treats only one tenth of its addicts.