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Sonntag 31. Oktober 2010 von htm

www.alkoholpolitik.ch Newsletter October 2010 (issued 10/31/10)

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Health policy researchers at the University of Florida in Gainesville analyzed data from 50 studies examining the relationship between alcohol taxes, mortality, and risky behaviors. They found, doubling taxes on alcohol products could lead to substantial reductions in alcohol-related deaths, STD rates, and crime.

This could be an argument for those states which are discussing a tax increase for budget reasons. But in most cases the percentage of increase is only small and won’t effect consumption very much. A reduction in consumption is often needed to reduce binge drinking which has become a real obstacle for the development of a part of our young generations.

To reduce the legal age as it is discussed in the USA is for sure the wrong alternative. The leaders of colleges have to find better solutions; e.g. they could influence politicians to introduce control measures according to the WHO-resolution in May. And they should get rid of alcohol sponsoring and alcohol advertising.

It looks as if the time has come that researchers now can explain the myth of positive alcohol effects in studies. It is really high time that this awful game is over. Will the newspapers report on this correctly?

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Yours passive-drinker
Hermann T. Meyer
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TOP NEWS

Alcohol is not like oat – the European Commission of all should know! – 28. Oktober 2010
Today, in reaction to calls from their Thai partners and friends, young Europeans send an urgent call to the European Commission, the Member States of the EU and the broader public: alcohol is no ordinary commodity!
Andrea Lavesson, president of Active – sobriety, friendship and peace, explains the background: “We have received calls for support from our Thai friends in protecting the health and social safety of young people in Thailand, where right now the European Commission is conducting negotiations with the Thai government about mutual Free Trade Agreement. The problem is, and that bothers many young people in Thailand, that the European Commission puts pressure on the Thais to include alcohol into the Free Trade Agreement even though the Thai government is against it for the simple reason – to protect public health.” …

Is the protective effect of alcohol a myth? - 5. Oktober 2010
Higher social status, better overall health could explain the link, researchers say.
A major French study links moderate drinking to a lower risk for cardiovascular disease, but challenges the notion that moderate drinking is the cause of the benefit. Instead, the researchers say, people who drink moderately tend to have a higher social status, exercise more, suffer less depression and enjoy superior health overall compared to both heavy drinkers and lifetime abstainers. … (Source: The Globe 2/2010) Comment: This is one side. The other is the uncorrect use of the group of abstainers.

Increasing Alcohol Taxes Saves Lives, Reduces Crime – 1. Oktober 2010
Doubling taxes on alcohol products could lead to substantial reductions in alcohol-related deaths, STD rates, and crime.
Health policy researchers at the University of Florida in Gainesville analyzed data from 50 studies examining the relationship between alcohol taxes, mortality, and risky behaviors. (The studies took place between 1955 and 2004, and most were conducted in the U.S.) Statistical estimates based on the findings showed a 50 percent alcohol tax increase could effectively reduce alcohol-related mortality by 35 percent, automobile fatalities by 11 percent, STD rates by 6 percent, violence by 2 percent, and crime by 1.4 percent. The only measure in which higher taxes did not significantly reduce alcohol-related harms was for suicide. (Source: Join Together, 9/29/10)

GLOBAL

Open Letter of support for Thailand’s plans for heatlh warning messages on acoholic beverages – 29. Oktober 2010
Eurocare (European Alcohol Policy Alliance) has issued today an open letter of support for the Thai government for its plans to introduce alcohol health warnings labels on packages of alcoholic beverages.
In January this year Thailand has notified the WTO (Committee on Technical Barrier to Trade) about plans to introduce rotating pictorial warnings on alcoholic beverages contained in different types of containers. The proposal includes:
* picture printed in 4 colours and 6 types of which one of them is required to be rotated at 1,000 package intervals. …   (Source: Eurocare, 10/28/10)

New Zealand: Drink Driving — Time for Action – 29. Oktober 2010
“In August, the Government ruled out lowering the blood-alcohol limit from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg, despite unambiguous advice from its officials that such a move would significantly reduce the number of people killed by drunk drivers. The Transport Ministry says that reducing the level could save 33 lives, prevent up to 680 injuries and save up to $238 million every year. The ‘could’ is the important word here, of course: the figures are based not on research conducted in this country, but extrapolated from an aggregation of more than 300 international studies and from the experience of other developed countries that have cut the limit… Yet, in line with the Key administration’s policy of never making a move without scenting the air, the Government has gutlessly decided it will wait for New Zealand-specific research before making a call. That will take two years: before the research can even begin. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 10/28/10) The New Zealand Herald, October 24, 2010 Comment: It is unbelievable that there are still some few countries, that keep to the old limit. Those governments should be accused for murder.

Alcohol is not like oat – the European Commission of all should know! – 28. Oktober 2010
Today, in reaction to calls from their Thai partners and friends, young Europeans send an urgent call to the European Commission, the Member States of the EU and the broader public: alcohol is no ordinary commodity!
Andrea Lavesson, president of Active – sobriety, friendship and peace, explains the background: “We have received calls for support from our Thai friends in protecting the health and social safety of young people in Thailand, where right now the European Commission is conducting negotiations with the Thai government about mutual Free Trade Agreement. The problem is, and that bothers many young people in Thailand, that the European Commission puts pressure on the Thais to include alcohol into the Free Trade Agreement even though the Thai government is against it for the simple reason – to protect public health.” …

More Iraqi Security Personnel Using Drugs, Alcohol on Duty – 27. Oktober 2010
Increasing numbers of Iraqi military and police personnel are using drugs and alcohol while on duty, raising questions about their ability to maintain order once American troops leave in 2011, the New York Times reported Oct. 24. According to the Times’ sources, in high-risk areas of the country, as many as 50 percent of soldiers and police, including their commanders, use drugs and alcohol to cope with fear, stress, and boredom. (Source: Join Together, 10/26/10)

UK Charity Calls for Ban on Primetime Alcohol Ads – 27. Oktober 2010
A United Kingdom charity group has asked the government to ban alcohol ads from television prior to 9 p.m. and to remove them entirely from the internet, the Guardian reported Oct. 20.
The government-funded agency, Alcohol Concern, proposed the ban after research found more than a million four- to 15-year-olds were exposed to alcohol promotions during England’s participation in World Cup soccer. The total could go as high as five million if all live games, not just England’s, are taken into account. (Source: Join Together, 10/27/10)

New Trend on Campus? ‘Drunkorexia’ – 27. Oktober 2010
What the heck is “drunkorexia?” That’s when you cut down on food calories and replace them with alcohol, a practice that some college students engage in, according to the Denver Post.
Experts don’t like the term “drunkorexia” much, but seem resigned to it: Dr. Kenneth L. Weiner, who directs Denver’s Eating Recovery Center, said, “The term ‘drunkorexia’ is not my favorite, but as it brings awareness to the problem, it’s probably fine.” (Source: Join Together, 10/26/10)

USA: Worries about high-alcohol energy drinks – 27. Oktober 2010
The revelation this week that sugary, high-alcohol energy drinks helped send nine Washington state college freshmen to the hospital after an off-campus party has renewed public attention on the hazards of the beverages. Several states have enacted or are considering limits or bans on the drinks, and at least two universities have banned them from campus while the Food and Drug Administration reviews their safety. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 27.10.10) The Washington Post/quedit.com, 10/27/10
Tell the head of the FDA, Commissioner Margaret Hamburg (a medical doctor), and her boss, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that it’s time to ban these products once and for all.
Click the link below to log in and send your message:
http://action.marininstitute.org/link/target/mi/REE4448G.aspx

Eurocare congratulates the Thai government on health warning labels – 27. Oktober 2010
Thailand has been planning on implementation of health warning messages on alcoholic beverages, and has notified World Trade Organisation about this proposal, since it is requested to do so as health warning labels might be perceived as an obstacle in trade. Eurocare is sending an Open Letter of Support for the Thailand’s initiative: …”Eurocare would like to take this opportunity to express our enthusiasm for this initiative and congratulate the Thai government for its willingness to take this bold step forward in the fight to tackle alcohol related harm. We send you our support for your ongoing negotiations in the meeting with the World Trade Organisation (Technical Barriers to Trade Committee, scheduled for 3-4 November 2010). …

USA: Football & Beer are not the same thing – 27. Oktober 2010
Anheuser-Busch InBev wants kids to think so. Help Marin Institute fight back against Big Alcohol advertising during TV Sports events with our Free The Bowl contest. The more alcohol ads kids see, the more likely they are to drink. 10.7 Million underage youth drink; 7.2 million binge drink. The Free the Bowl video contest empowers youth (ages 10-20) to make original “counter-beer-ads” to speak out against bombarding youth with beer ads during TV sports events like the Super Bowl. (Alert by Marin Institute, 10/27/10)

USA: Doctors Say Alcoholic Energy Drinks Dangerous – 26. Oktober 2010
Some doctors are saying drinks that combine alcohol with caffeine should be banned because they’re dangerous, ABC News reported Oct. 20.
Marketed in large, colorful cans under names like Four Loko, Joose, and Torque, the drinks are popular among college students. The 23.5-ounce canned drinks can contain 12 percent alcohol and 156 milligrams of caffeine, and have encountered increasing criticism. Attorneys general in more than one state are concerned that they’re being marketed to minors, a New Jersey college banned them, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is deciding whether or not the drinks are legal. (Source: Join Together, 10/26/10)

NZ Docs: Tackle Cheap Booze with Tax Hike – 26. Oktober 2010
New research showing that some alcohol in New Zealand (NZ) costs less than bottled water spurred a leading medical organization to come out against the NZ government’s decision not to raises taxes on alcohol.
In a related news release, the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) called on the NZ government to reconsider its recent decision not raise the excise tax on alcohol — a decision that ran counter to the evidence provided by the NZ Law Commission (pdf), the government-funded agency charged with making informed policy recommendations.
“One of the consequences of alcohol being promoted and sold at pocket-money prices is that we risk losing sight of its status as a legal drug, capable of causing serious harm to others,” said Law Commission President Geoffrey Palmer. (Source: Join Together, 10/22/10)

Where’s the Superman to Tackle Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Our Schools and Colleges? – 22. Oktober 2010
If we are serious about educating our children at every level from elementary school through college, we’d better recognize that money alone will not solve the problem. We can fill our schools with all the modern gadgetry — computers, great graphics, television screens in every classroom, internet tutoring — and we can pay teachers, principals, professors and college presidents more and more money. That’s the easy stuff.
The tough stuff is revamping communities, strengthening parents and families, and getting rid of the drugs and the alcohol abuse that infect so many schools and campuses. If we don’t tackle the tough stuff, these high ticket investments are not likely to have more than a marginal impact and we’ll still be “Waiting for ‘Superman’”. (by Joseph A. Califano, Jr., The Chairmans Corner, 10/21/10)

USA: EAPs Think BIG to Identify More Problem Drinking – 22. Oktober 2010
A broad coalition of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), employers, federal officials, researchers, and behavioral health care providers wants to see EAPs screen and provide brief intervention for problem drinking on a routine basis by October 2011.
The BIG initiative (named for the Brief Intervention Group) set the ambitious goal of increasing the number of people identified by EAPs as having alcohol problems by 100% between October 2008 and October 2011. (Source: Join Together, 10/21/10)

City Revenues Threatened by Wash. Liquor Deregulation Initiatives – 22. Oktober 2010
Local officials in Washington state say that two proposed initiatives to deregulate the state’s liquor industry would shrink their budgets, the Columbian reported Oct. 12.
The state collects monies from excise taxes and from permits, licenses, and retail sales paid to the state’s liquor control board. Those funds are distributed to the state’s cities and counties each year. (Source: Join Together, 10/21/10)

NJ College Bans Alcoholic Energy Drinks – 22. Oktober 2010
Peter Mercer, president of New Jersey’s Ramapo College, has banned caffeinated alcoholic beverages on campus after a rash of hospitalizations among students consuming them, the Associated Press reported Oct. 19.
One brand of the beverages, Four Loko, is gaining popularity among high school and college students due to its low cost, high alcohol content, and fruity, easy-to-drink flavors. A 23.5-ounce can of Four Loko contains as much alcohol as four beers. (Source: Join Together, 10/21/10)

USA: New ‘Roadmap’ for Integrating Substance Abuse Treatment into Primary Care – 22. Oktober 2010
The Treatment Research Institute (TRI) released on Sept. 13 a white paper outlining the successes and challenges faced by model programs aimed at integrating substance abuse services into primary care. The institute believes the paper can serve as a much-needed “roadmap” for new integration projects across the country.
The report, entitled “Integrating Substance Use Services into Health Care Settings: An Issue Brief on Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead,” summarizes the results of the 2010 Forum on Integration, a conference hosted by TRI in April. (Source: Join Together, 10/19/10)

USA: Starbucks Selling Beer, Wine – 22. Oktober 2010
Starbucks will be offering regional beer and wine in some of its stores. TIME reported Oct. 19 that the addition of alcohol on the menu is meant to increase evening traffic; 70 percent of Starbucks customers visit the shops before 2 pm.
A remodeled store in Seattle is the first to offer alcohol. “What we’ve done is we’ve tried to create a variety of options that you might find in more of a restaurant at night,” said Kris Engskov, regional vice president at Starbucks. (Source: Join Together, 10/20/10)

Anheuser-Busch InBev Resorting to Beer Giveaways – 22. Oktober 2010
As if beer weren’t cheap enough, in deliberate attempt to woo younger drinkers to the Budweiser brand, Anheuser-Busch InBev recently announced a plan to give away half a million free beers. With slogans promoting over-consumption like “Grab Some Buds” and the “Budweiser National Happy Hour,” the beer behemoth says the goal is getting new drinkers onboard. (Source: Marin Institute, 10/20/10)

USA: Okla. Officials Propose Alcohol Tax Hike – 22. Oktober 2010
Three Oklahoma officials urged state lawmakers to raise the alcohol tax to help address a 2012 fiscal year budget deficit that could be as large as $800 million, the Associated Press reported Oct. 14.
Health Commissioner Terry Cline and Mental Health Commissioner Terri White were joined by Department of Human Services director Howard Hendrick in advocating for the alcohol tax increase.
Cline said that his agency cut employees and services to meet a 15 percent cut for the past two years. “One or two years of cuts to that infrastructure could result in decades of loss in terms of well-being for constituents in our system,” he said. (Source: Join Together, 10/18/10)

USA: Protect State-Based Alcohol Regulation – 22. Oktober 2010
State Authority to Regulate Alcohol Is Under Attack by Industry.
H.R. 5034 (Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act) supports strong state alcohol regulation and protects public health and safety.
Tell Your Member of Congress to Co-Sponsor and Pass H.R. 5034
Read Marin Institute’s Recent Testimony to Congress on H.R. 5034 (Source: Marin Institute – Take Action)

UK: Councils to lead new crackdown on cheap alcohol deals – 18. Oktober 2010
Local authorities are to be given new powers to stop supermarkets and off licences offering cheap alcohol deals, The Sunday Telegraph has learned. Among the most eye-catching is the new power to put a stop to cheap alcohol offers at supermarkets if such deals seriously undercut prices charged at local pubs.
Ministers will act to put the responsibility for tackling binge drinking much more firmly on to councils as a part of a big drive towards “localism” this week. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 10/17/10) quedit.com, 10/16/10

Crusader Against Substance Abuse Receives Institute Of Medicine’s 2010 Lienhard Award – 13. Oktober 2010
The Institute of Medicine has presented the 2010 Gustav O. Lienhard Award to Joseph A. Califano Jr., founder and chairman of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University and former U.S. secretary of health, education, and welfare. The award honors Califano for his leadership in catalyzing federal action to curb smoking and his broader efforts to reduce the toll of addiction and substance abuse, as well as for his contributions to improving public health in general. (Source: Medical News Today, 10/12/10)

SAMHSA Seeks Public Comment on Eight Strategic Initiatives – 13. Oktober 2010
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) seeks public feedback by Oct. 22 on its plan to focus on eight strategic initiatives.
SAMHSA released a paper that details its plans, titled, Leading Change: A Plan for SAMHSA’s Roles and Actions 2011 – 2014 (PDF). It was developed with input from leaders at the federal, state and local levels; SAMHSA’s advisory councils; constituency groups; and people in recovery and their family members.
“This paper outlines the immediate and future priorities for SAMHSA, and to deliver the best results to the American people, we are seeking help and assistance from the world outside of government,” said Pamela S. Hyde J.D., SAMHSA administrator. (Source: Join Together, 10.12.10)

Experts Mull Impact of Proposed ‘National Institute on Addictions’ – 8. Oktober 2010
Opponents of a proposed union between the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the smaller National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) worry, in part, that combining these two National Institutes of Health (NIH) agencies as part of a new ‘National Institute on Addictions’ could result in a lack of focus or funding for alcohol research. However, at least one researcher says the plan could actually result in more funding for alcohol-addiction research. (Source: Join Together, 10/6/10)

What Makes an Ad Pornahol? – 7. Oktober 2010
When Chris Rock says something provocative he follows it with: “Yup, I said it.”
When Bruce Horovitz of USA Today sent me the ad copy for the new SKYY Vodka advertising campaign and asked what I thought of it, I opened the file and blurted “It’s porn-a-hol.”
Yup, I said it. The word appropriately describes a type of advertising for alcoholic beverages that is exploitive and soft-porn. Unfortunately, that’s not a rare practice in the world of Big Alcohol. …The messaging is simple: “drink the booze, get the girl.” (And for young women: “be the girl,” since they’ve placed the latest ads in Cosmopolitan and InStyle magazines, as well as Rolling Stone and Maxim.) (Source: Marin Institute News, 10/6/10-9/30/10)

Big Alcohol a Big Funder of Prop 26 In California – 7. Oktober 2010
Put on the ballot by the Wine Institute (along with Chevron and the California Chamber of Commerce), Proposition 26 will prevent the alcohol industry from being held accountable for the harm it causes in California. So far, Big Alcohol has donated more than $700,000 to the measure. – Read More – Take Action (Source: Marin INstitute News, 10/7/10)

USA: Marin Institute Testifies Before Congress – 7. Oktober 2010
On September 29th, Marin Institute’s Research and Policy Director Michele Simon testified before Congress in support of House Resolution 5034 – the Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness (CARE) Act of 2010. In the wake of ongoing litigation that threatens the ability of states to properly regulate alcohol, the CARE Act reaffirms the state‘s authority to protect the public. Michele Simon’s testimony highlighted the critical role that state regulation plays in curbing potential harm from alcohol sales and over-consumption. Read her full testimony here. (Source: Marin Institute News, 10/7/10)

Big Alcohol Opposes Graphic Health Warnings for Thai Alcohol – 7. Oktober 2010
Alcohol makers worldwide don’t want Thailand to set a precedent by requiring large, graphic warning labels on all wine, beer, and liquor sold there, the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reported Sept. 27.
If the Thai government approves the plan, 30 percent of every alcohol bottle’s surface would be covered by a label warning about health impacts. Pictures of diseased livers, a bloody traffic accident, a suicide, and a man hitting his wife have been proposed, along with text such as, “Alcohol consumption could harm yourself, children and family.” (Source: Join Together, 10/5/10)

US Navy Launches Online Addiction Treatment Support for Sailors – 5. Oktober 2010
The Navy has signed a five-year contract with Hazelden to provide online recovery support services for sailors, the Associated Press reported Oct. 3.
The new, $3.25 million program was developed in partnership with Hazelden for the 10,000 patients in the Navy’s Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Services program. Although the program is tailored for younger sailors and those on active duty, retired Navy personnel and family members will also be able to access it. (Source: Join Together, 10/04/10)

EU Public Health Infos – 5. Oktober 2010
Alcohol: 3rd Open Forum on Alcohol and Health; Announcement and draft agenda
Alcohol: RAYPRO: Resource on Alcohol and Youth Projects

US: Debate on minimum legal drinking age – 5. Oktober 2010
135 university presidents and chancellors have opened a debate on the minimum legal drinking age in the U.S. Should it be lowered? Researchers say decades of data make the answer clear as gin. (Source: THE GLOBE, 2/2010)

The Globe issue 2/2010 – 5. Oktober 2010
Journal of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) ist online erhältlich. Form the list of content:
* Proof? Article reprinted by kind permission of the magazine of Johns Hopkins Public Health
* Row over new US Dietary Guidelines on Alcohol
* UK licensing reform ‘a mistake’
etc.

NL: STAP conference Alcohol and Health, 9/23/10, Reports – 5. Oktober 2010
The STAP conference on Alcohol and Health took place on the 23rd of September. It was an inspiring and informative day! Please find the speakers’ presentations at www.stap.nl/nl/nieuws/presentaties.html

AA Original Manuscript Shows Debate Over Religion – 3. Oktober 2010
The original manuscript of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Big Book is being published for the first time, along with edits that changed its references to religion, the Washington Post reported Sept. 22.
The first AA manual, called: “Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism,” was published in 1939, the Associated Press (AP) reported Sept. 28. (Source: Join Together, 10/1/10)

News from the European Alcohol and Health Forum – 1. Oktober 2010
7th Meeting of the Science Group of the European Alcohol and Health Forum, Brussels, 25 October 2010 – Draft Agenda

A Guide For Parents On Talking To Kids About Alcohol 1. Oktober
Science can be a powerful tool for parents and educators seeking to persuade middle-school students not to drink alcohol, says a new book from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
“Delaying That First Drink: A Parents’ Guide” was produced by the AAAS Science Inside Alcohol Project, which is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It discusses research on the impact of alcohol on the growing body and offers tips on how to talk to kids about drinking. (Source: Medical News Today, 9/29/10)

RESEARCH

Dopamine Model Could Play Role In Treating Schizophrenia And Drug Addiction – 23. Oktober 2010
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have succeeded in creating a model of the way the brain releases dopamine, an important chemical involved in transmitting signals between nerve cells. The model, the product of an interdisciplinary collaboration, will be an important tool in helping scientists understand how we learn and how the brain perceives reward and punishment. It is hoped that the model can be used to understand drug addiction and in the treatment of schizophrenia. (Source: Medical News Today, 10/22/10)

First Direct Evidence That Response To Alcohol Depends On Genes – 23. Oktober 2010
Many studies have suggested that genetic differences make some individuals more susceptible to the addictive effects of alcohol and other drugs. Now scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory provide the first experimental evidence to directly support this idea in a study in mice reported in the October 19, 2010, issue of Alcoholism Clinical Experimental Research. (Source: Medical News Today, 10/21/10)

Attention Processing And Perception May Be Involved In Fetal Alcohol-Related Learning Difficulties – 23. Oktober 2010
It has been known for many years that drinking alcohol while pregnant can cause serious and irreversible damage to the fetus. However, new research exploring memory deficits in children diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) or fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) may be able to aid in the creation of new therapies and treatments. (Source: Medical News Today, 10/21/10)

Severe Alcohol Abuse May Damage The Normal Course Of Neural Development In Adolescents – 23. Oktober 2010
Alcohol, to an adolescent, is often seen as a rite of passage. Many teenagers view alcohol (as well as other drugs) as a gateway to adulthood, but are often blissfully unaware of the damage that it can cause to their bodies. A new study of the effects of excessive alcohol and other drugs in adolescents has shown that both alcohol and marijuana overuse can cause serious detrimental effects on the development of the teenage mind. (Source: Medical News Today, 10/21/10)

Alcohol Increases Reaction Time And Errors During Decision Making – 23. Oktober 2010
There has been an abundance of research on the effects of alcohol on the brain, but many questions regarding how alcohol impairs the built-in control systems are still unknown. A new study released in the January 2011 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, which is currently available at Early View, explores that subject in detail and found that certain brain regions involved in error processing are affected more by alcohol than others. (Source: Medical News Today, 10/21/10)

Research Targets New Drugs To Treat Addictions – 23. Oktober 2010
South Dakota State University researchers have demonstrated for the first time that a plant-derived compound used to treat nicotine addiction also has significant effects against alcohol addiction.
SDSU scientists are now investigating whether the compound may offer lasting treatment against alcohol relapse, craving, and perhaps alcohol-nicotine co-addiction as well. (Source: Medical News Today, 10/21/10)

Scientists Find Gene Linked To Alcoholism – 22. Oktober 2010
Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have discovered a gene variant that may protect against alcoholism.
The variant, in a gene called CYP2E1, is associated with a person’s response to alcohol. For the ten to twenty percent of people that possess this variant, those first few drinks leave them feeling more inebriated than the rest of the human population, who harbor a different version of the gene. (Source: Medical News Today, 10.20.10)

Why Are Men More Susceptible To Alcoholism? – 22. Oktober 2010
Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances, and men are up to twice as likely to develop alcoholism as women. Until now, the underlying biology contributing to this difference in vulnerability has remained unclear.
A new study published in Biological Psychiatry reveals that dopamine may be an important factor. (Source: Medical News Today, 10/19/10)

What’s Wrong with Binge Drinking? Plenty – 22. Oktober 2010
Let’s start with the bad news: binge drinking is strongly correlated with dangerous driving, assault, risky sex and long-term illness. That’s according to TIME magazine, which got its information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
So what’s the good news? Some of the time, people aren’t binge drinking when they consume alcohol.
If that sounds weak to you, it is: 90 percent of the alcohol teenagers drink — and more than half of the alcohol adults drink — is consumed during binges. Furthermore, binge drinking rates haven’t declined in fifteen years. (Source: Join Together, 10/15/10)

Raising Alcohol Price Essential To Address Binge Drinking – 16. Oktober 2010
Research showing that some alcohol is now cheaper than bottled water, published in today’s New Zealand Medical Journal, is very concerning and backs the view that price rises are an essential part of addressing binge drinking, says the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA).
“We were disappointed when the Government ruled out raising excise tax on alcohol, as recommended by the Law Commission report. International evidence shows that cheap alcohol leads to increased consumption,” says NZMA Chair Dr Peter Foley. (Source: Medical News Today, 10/15/10)

Investments to Curb Substance Abuse Paying Off – 15. Oktober 2010
National efforts to curb substance abuse in Canada are seeing a return on investment, according to a recent report, Marketwire reported Oct. 12. The report was prepared by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), the only nongovernmental agency in the country with a legislative mandate to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harm. The CCSA receives a significant amount of public funding through Health Canada. (Source: Join Together, 10/14/10)

Study Protocol. The reduction of intoxication and disorder in premises licensed to serve alcohol – 15. Oktober 2010
An exploratory randomised controlled trial
Licensed premises offer a valuable point of intervention to reduce alcohol-related harm.
Conclusion: The methodology of an exploratory trial is presented and despite challenges presented by the study environment it is argued an exploratory trial is warranted. Initial investigations in recruitment methods suggest that study premises should be recruited with the assistance of police officers. Police data were of sufficient quality to identify disorder and street surveys are a feasible method for measuring intoxication at the individual level. (Source: BMC Public Health 2010, 10:607doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-607; Published: 14 October 2010

Most Postdisaster Alcohol Abuse Reflects Preexisting Problem – 14. Oktober 2010
More than 80 percent of alcohol problems that occur following disasters are among people with a preexisting or ongoing drinking problem, Internal Medicine News reported Oct. 4.
Researchers at the VA North Texas Health Care System examined data from 10 disaster studies and identified nearly 700 survivors who had undergone both pre- and post-disaster alcohol assessments. All subjects had been directly affected by the disaster: More than one-third had been injured, and 20 percent had disaster-related post-traumatic stress disorder. (Source: Join Together, 10/12/10)

US Students Tend To Booze More When Abroad – 13. Oktober 2010
When American students go abroad they have the opportunity to experience a new culture, learn a foreign language, and in many cases end up consuming much more alcohol, researchers from the University of Washington reveal in a report published in the medical journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Some people wonder whether the increased drinking is just due to the excitement of travel – most tourists tend to behave in a more daring way when away from home – or are other factors at play? Could it be simply that in a large part of the world the minimum drinking age is 18, rather than 21? A 19-year-old student from the USA will not be refused service from a pub in England or a bar in Paris or Rome. (Source: Medical News Today, 10/12/10)

Rise in Drunkenness Among Eastern European Teens – 13. Oktober 2010
Eastern European teenagers, particularly girls, are closing the drinking gap with their Western European and American counterparts, Reuters Health reported Oct. 4. According to a new study, the number of adolescents in Eastern Europe who reported getting drunk rose by 40 percent between 1998 and 2006. Although the increase was seen in both genders, the rate was higher among girls. (Source: Join Together, 10/12/10) with our online-comment: J.P. tells us the arguments of the alcohol industry. They won’t become better by reproducing them always again. Alcohol taxes on alcopops have dropped the sales in Switzerland by 75%. Binge drinking is still rising. The effect of advertising is clearly shown by recent research. You can hardly find any government in Western Europe which started new alcohol taxes or has risen existing ones. The pressure of the industry is just too strong.

USA: 25% of Teens and Young Adults Report Binge Drinking – 8. Oktober 2010
One-quarter of American teens and young adults engage in binge drinking, new statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate, HealthDay News reported Oct. 5.
Although binge drinking was also widespread among adults, the CDC said the findings for young people are particularly troubling, since their brains may be more susceptible to damage from heavy drinking than those of older drinkers. (Source: Join Together, 10/6/10)

UK: No Evidence That Light Drinking In Pregnancy Harms Children’s Development(?) – 7. Oktober 2010
A new UK study that tracked children up to the age of 5, found no evidence that light drinking during pregnancy, that is when their mothers drank no more than one or two units of alcohol a week, harmed their behavioural or intellectual development. However, government advice that women should avoid alcohol altogether in pregnancy remains in place. (Source: Medical News Today, 10/7/10) our Online-Comment: It is really remarkable how often researchers and institutes “find” money to create studies in order to proof that moderate alcohol consumption is healthier than no alcohol at all. They just want to get a positive title in magazines and newspapers. At the end of the text they write of critical, not so positive aspects, but who wants to read this? Everybody is happy to be confirmed in his drinking behavior. But in the case of pregnancy it is criminal, because the child cannot defend himself.

USA: Alcohol Consumers Are Becoming The Norm, Analysis Finds ä 1. Oktober 2010
More people are drinking than 20 years ago, according to a UT Southwestern Medical Center analysis of national alcohol consumption patterns. Gathered from more than 85,000 respondents, the data suggests that a variety of factors, including social, economic and ethnic influences and pressures, are involved in the increase. (Source: Medical News Today, 9/30/10)

Popularity Affects Drug And Alcohol Consumption – 1. Oktober 2010
The consumption of drugs and alcohol by teenagers is not just about rebellion or emotional troubles. It’s about being one of the cool kids, according to a study led by researchers at the Universite de Montreal.
“Our study highlights a correlation between popularity and consumption,” says Jean-Sébastien Fallu, lead researcher and professor at the Université de Montréal’s School of Psychoeducation. “The teenagers we studied were well-accepted, very sensitive to social codes, and understood the compromises that it takes to be popular.” (Source: Medical News Today, 9/30/10)
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