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Monday, September 16, 2013

Alcohol News - 37/2013

NCD Alliance (Norway) - Norway first to launch a national NCD strategy
100 years ago communicable diseases were the main causes of premature death. Poverty was the major risk factor. Today 80 % of Norwegians die from NCDs, many prematurely. The majorrisk factors are tobacco, alcohol, sugar, fat and physical inactivity.
Scanomark (Sweden) - Tax increases expected on alcohol in Sweden in line with the new budget
Sweden to increase taxes on alcohol - that is, taxes on wine and beer to go up by seven percent and the tax on spirits and very strong alcohol is to increased by a percentage point according to components of the governments upcoming autumn budge.
Medscape (Sweden) - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Prevalence High in Child Care Systems
Russia and Sweden had the highest prevalence of FAS (42.7% - 68.0%) in orphanages for children with special needs. The highest reported prevalences for FASD were 39.7% for Russian orphanages and 52.1% for adoptees from Eastern Europe in Sweden.
Time (Finland) - Smarter Kids Are Smart Enough to Avoid Alcohol and Drugs, Right?
The researchers followed 3000 healthy identical or fraternal twins in Finland, focusing on the group who had significant differences in verbal development as children and who also turned out to have varied drinking behavior as adults.
ABC Online (Australia) - Police Commissioner likens parents who give alcohol to kids 'drug dealers'
Western Australia's Police Commissioner has likened parents who supply alcohol to their children as drug dealers.
BBC News (Pakistan) - Pakistan battles growing alcohol addiction
Alcoholism is a growing problem in Pakistan despite it being illegal for the Muslim majority to drink. The BBC's Charles Haviland finds lives ruined and clinics and therapy groups trying to overcome a taboo subject.
Daily Mail - Why Red Bull and vodka is a recipe for trouble: Mixing alcohol and energy drinks could be even more harmful than previously thought
Mixing alcohol with energy drinks to get a bigger hit could be more harmful than research currently suggests, claims a leading psychologist.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Not all is gloomy in alcohol's 'dark markets'
WE are in the midst of a very interesting debate in this country about the wisdom of allowing sports sponsorship by the makers of alcoholic beverages. As usual we tend to think that the issue is entirely a domestic one, but of course it is not.
The Guardian (UK) - Alcohol marketing in TV football should be restricted, say scientists
Researchers have called for much tighter government restrictions or even a ban on the marketing of alcohol during televised football matches, arguing that the messages are seen by and affect millions of children.
Myanmar Times (Myanmar) - Experts report sharp rise in alcohol-related mental disorders
Alcohol-related mental health disorders are on the rise, experts warn. The number of patients admitted to Yangon Mental Health Hospital has risen more than 60 percent – from 1600 to 2600 a year – since 2008, says the hospital’s medical superintendent Dr Kyaw Soe. (Bulgaria) - 2014 Bulgarian Excise Rate For Cigarettes And Alcohol Confirmed
Bulgaria's Deputy Finance Minister Lyudmila Petkova has confirmed that there will be no excise tax increases on cigarettes and alcohol in 2014, despite a European Union directive that cigarette excise rates must reach a minimum of EUR90 per 1,000 by the start of 2018.
Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey) - Turkish PM refutes charge of intervention in lifestyles through alcohol restrictions
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today refuted claims that the government was interfering in people’s lifestyles with the restrictions on the sale of alcohol that came into effect on Sept. 9.
Newcastle Herald (Australia) - EDITORIAL: Children drinking alcohol
MAKING parents and guardians more accountable for alcohol consumption by minors under their care seems a reasonable enough idea. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that some adults aren't as careful or responsible as they should be when it comes to alcohol and young people.
Irish Independent (Ireland) - Move to tackle cheap alcohol sales 'on way'
NEW government policy is being drawn up to tackle the type of alcohol that is "too freely available at too low a cost", said Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney. (USA) - Chicago bans guns in bars and restaurants serving alcohol
According to an NBC News report on Wednesday, Chicago’s City Council took a swipe at the new Illinois gun laws and approved the ban of guns in all city restaurants that serve alcohol and all bars and nightclubs. The notion that a lawsuit will arise from the new City Council ruling hasn’t stopped the lawmakers who obviously have a mind of their own when it comes to guns in the city that has been pegged the murder capital for over a year now.
RedOrbit - Sober Drinking Knowledge Often Fails ‘In The Moment’ Of Intoxication
Approximately one-third of all fatal crashes each year in the U.S. involve an alcohol-impaired driver. Prior research has shown that alcohol alters perceptions of risky behaviors such as drinking and driving.
BBC News - Bradford study finds binge drinkers increased 'small baby' risk
Women who binge drink in the second three months of pregnancy are 68% more likely to have a small baby, research has shown.