Samstag 30. April 2011 von htm
www.alkoholpolitik.ch Newsletter April 2011 (issued 04/30/11)
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This month brought a dramatic change in the scientific judgement of health aspects regarding alcohol consumption. A big EU-study showed that even small amounts of alcoholic beverages may cause cancer:
That means that with men 43% and with women 19% of the cases are connected to a small amount of daily alcohol consumption which is so far regarded as not dangerous and is even propagated by the alcohol industry as health positive.
The WHO report on non-communicable diseases—including diabetes, cancer and respiratory and heart diseases—says that a large percentage of these conditions could be prevented by reducing tobacco and alcohol use, eating a healthier diet and exercising more.
Maybe these two publications have changed the alcohol policy of the biggest Swiss newspaper, the Tages-Anzeiger which reported for the first time since a long time on a big alcohol theme. It didn’t even mention the WHO-Resolution in May 2010. The second big paper the Neue Zürcher Zeitung is still “abstaining”. At least it printed my last letter to the editor on an alcohol-debate in the Council of the Canton of Zurich. That’s how they misuse their power in favor of the alcohol industry. Maybe my ongoing protest has helped a little.
After ten full years of active work with my website I intend to finish it in this intensive way at the end of August 2011. It will be not easy for me, but there are several activities and duties, which I have been neglecting those years, that I want to do more. And I should like to enjoy holidays and trips without searching for a cheap internet connection.
It doesn’t mean that I shall leave this matter completely, e.g. I could imagine that
– a public health person would like to overtake my website and i should cooperate sometimes,
– an interested party would offer finances to start a half-time job with my supervision,
– I should let the website active in the web and should use it for occasional projects. It could serve as archive.
– I should continue working on the website, but only treating the most important news and mailing a newsletter with them on a non regular basis.
I’ll be glad to receive and discuss proposals till August.
Unexpected Consequences Of Adult-Supervised Drinking In Young Teens – 29. April 2011
Allowing adolescents to drink alcohol under adult supervision does not appear to teach responsible drinking as teens get older. In fact, such a “harm-minimization” approach may actually lead to more drinking and alcohol-related consequences, according to a new study in the May 2011 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
“Kids need parents to be parents and not drinking buddies,” according to the study’s lead researcher, Barbara J. McMorris, Ph.D., of the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Allowing adolescents to drink with adults present but not when unsupervised may send mixed signals. “Adults need to be clear about what messages they are sending.” … (Source: Medical News Today, 04/28/11) Comment: The second study in this article shows the same result. Probably prevention in schools by offering alcohol to the students will have the same effect.
WHO Report: Smoking and Drinking Cause Millions of Deaths Worldwide – 28. April 2011
Almost six million people die from tobacco use and 2.5 million from harmful use of alcohol each year worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports.
The WHO report on non-communicable diseases—including diabetes, cancer and respiratory and heart diseases—says that a large percentage of these conditions could be prevented by reducing tobacco and alcohol use, eating a healthier diet and exercising more. …
Alcohol-related deaths account for 3.8 percent of all deaths worldwide, according to the report. More than half of these deaths occur from non-communicable diseases including cancer, heart disease and liver cirrhosis. …
To reduce harmful alcohol use, WHO recommends a number of measures including increasing excise taxes on alcoholic beverages, regulating availability of alcoholic beverages (including minimum legal purchase age), restricting exposure to marketing of alcoholic beverages through marketing regulations or comprehensive advertising bans, and treatment of alcohol use disorders and brief interventions for hazardous and harmful drinking. (Source: Join Together, 04/27/11)
WHO – Consultation on action plan for non communicable diseases – 18. April 2011
The WHO has launched a consultation aiming to bring together national focal points from European Member States and other stakeholders to develop a five-year operational plan for implementation of the European Strategy for the Prevention and Control of non-communicable diseases.
The consultation has three main objectives:
• To review the responses to non-communicable diseases (NCD) across the European Region;
• To agree on a practical set of actions that can be taken by Member States, by WHO and by partners to address the NCD epidemic in the five years to 2016;
• To contribute to the development of a European position in advance of the First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and NCD Control (Moscow, Russian Federation, 27 April 2011). (Source: Eurocare Newsletter March-April 2011)
European Parliament discusses the EU budget – worrying developments for health – Montag 18. April 2011
The European Parliament rapporteur on the EU Budget recently released his draft report on the future EU Budget. Health and civil society are not mentioned in the report. This is worrying as this report will be the European Parliament position on what the priorities of the EU should be for the coming 5 to 7 years.
The health community can find below a summary of the report as well as the list of key MEPs to contact in order to advocate for public health to be taken into account by the European Parliament.
The rapporteur Salvador GARRIGA POLLEDO MEP (EPP Spain), states that the structure of the future EU Budget (‘Multi Annual Financial Perspectives MAFF’) should reflect the EU priorities, particularly the Europe 2020. …
(Source: Eurocare Newsletter March-April 2011/EPHA)
USA: Md. House gives preliminary OK to alcohol tax increase – 11. April 2011
The House of Delegates gave preliminary approval to a 50 percent increase to the sales tax on alcohol starting July 1.
The bill and companion legislation would raise $87 million for the state, to be split among mental health initiatives and education. Under the plan crafted by the House Ways and Means Committee earlier Saturday, the Developmental Disabilities Administration would receive $15 million from the boon. More than $47.5 million would be used for school construction and another $21 million was previously earmarked in the state budget for schools.
If approved by the Senate, the legislation would represent a major victory by health and education advocates, who have seen their efforts to raise alcohol taxes rebuffed for decades by the powerful state liquor lobby. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 04/10/11) thedailyrecord.com, 04/09/11
Alcohol Causes A Significant Burden Of Cancer In Eight Countries In Western Europe – 9. April 2011
Almost one in ten (9.6%) cancers in men and three in ten (3%) cancers in women in Western Europe is caused by former and current alcohol consumption, finds a paper published on bmj.com today.
The study focuses on France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Greece, Germany and Denmark. Source: Medical News Today, 04/07/11) our Online-Comment: The figure regarding women is not correct. Most probably it’s (as from an other source) one in 33 women, that’s 3%. But also in the BMJ-Text the total figures are questionable in the Abstract.
10% of cancers in men are due to alcohol consumption. Of those 57% are avoidable if men stick to the recommended amounts of daily consumption. 3% of cancers in women are alcohol related and 81% avoidable. That means that with men 43% and with women 19% of the cases are connected to a small amount of daily alcohol consumption which is regarded as not dangerous and is even propagated by the alcohol industry as health positive.
EU: Summary report of the 7th Meeting of the Science Group of the Alcohol and Health Forum – 29. April 2011
Please click here to access the summary report of the7th Meeting of the Science Group of the European Alcohol and Health Forum that took place in Brussels on 25 October 2010. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/28/11)
Royal Wedding: UK Citizens Want Extra Hours To Drink, Party – 29. April 2011
So Friday is the big day. In a highly anticipated wedding, not only in the United Kingdom but the world, there is some controversy if pubs and drinking establishments will be allowed to stay open longer and be a bit lax on the rules in the UK. Some will and some won’t as the nation prepares for a four day Bank Holiday where drinking is expected to go up a notch.
Early responses from the 44 licensing boards north of the Border show some are refusing to get in line with plans in England and Wales to award additional drinking time to pubs on Friday, April 29 and the following weekend. … (Source: Medical News Today, 04/28/11) Comment by Active: The Boozification of the Royal wedding. About Grownups who don’t know how to party: …
“The world doesn’t need more booze, Europe doesn’t need more booze and Britain surely doesn’t need more booze”, says Andrea Lavesson, who is the President of Active – sobriety, friendship and peace, and continues: “Every time there is a big event, we hear these calls for a suspension of existing rules, so that grownups could use more alcohol. But more alcohol means more violence, more road accidents, more suffering and deaths. And all that certainly doesn’t belong to festive occasions like today.” …
People Dependent On Drug And Alcohol Need Appropriate Support To Get Back To Work, UK – 27. April 2011
DrugScope, the national membership organisation representing the drug sector, has today responded to the release of figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which show that 79,360 people who claim Incapacity Benefit (IB) have either a drug or alcohol dependency.
The DWP figures show that of the total number of IB claimants (2,082,570, figures from August 2010), 1.8 per cent (37,000) have a drug dependency and 2 per cent (42,360) an alcohol dependency. … (Source: Medical News Today, 04/26/11)
SA: Alcohol advertising ban: media between a rock and a hard place – 26. April 2011
South African media’s indecision to support alcohol advertising ban could be linked to the fact that media companies stand to lose huge revenues if the legislation were to come into effect, one media analyst charged this week. Shepherd Mpofu, of Wits University’s Department of Media Studies, said there is no logical reason why the media have to support a move that will have a negative consequence on them. …It was reported last week that the media have agreed to support the proposed ban, but that statement has since been denied and corrected by the South African National Editor’s Forum (SANEF), which confirmed that it will instead throw its weight behind the campaign against alcohol abuse, as it does not have a position on the proposed alcohol advertising ban. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/25/11) bizcommunity.com, 04/19/11
NZ: Adults need to ‘let go of their love for alcohol’ – expert – 26. April 2011
There is growing pressure for the government to tighten up New Zealand’s alcohol laws following a report into the death of a teenager from binge drinking.
Sixteen-year-old James Webster died from acute alcohol poisoning after attending a party in Auckland’s Grey Lynn in May last year.
Coroner Gordon Matenga recommended in the report that parents and schools develop alcohol awareness programmes to improve education around the issue.
However principals and health promotion experts have said this morning that it will take more than education to tackle the problem. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/25/11) tvnz.co.nz, 04/21/11 Comment: This is what has to be said to most governments in the western world.
UK: Government “missing opportunity” to halt heavy drinking – 26. April 2011
A NORTH-EAST academic with a worldwide reputation in her field has criticised the Government for failing to back a cheap and effective method of curbing heavy drinking.
The UK is facing a deepening crisis over the availability of cheap booze but according to Professor Eileen Kaner of Newcastle University, the Government is missing a golden opportunity to start turning the tide.
It has been estimated that damage caused by drinking costs the country about £25bn every year in terms of costs to the NHS, the criminal justice system and the economy. …(Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/25/11) thenorthernecho.co.uk, 04/24/11
Sweden launches new strategy to combat narcotic, alcohol problems – 26. April 2011
The Swedish government Tuesday launched a new comprehensive strategy to deal with alcohol, drugs, doping and tobacco problems together, Xinhua informs.
“The overall objective is to make Swedish society free from illicit drugs and doping with fewer medical and social damage caused by alcohol and tobacco,” Maria Larsson, Swedish Minister for Children and Elderly, said in a statement. …
The strategy is proposed for 2011-2015 and was passed in the parliament at the end of March this year. The government will invest 260 million kronor (about 40 million U.S. dollars) per year to support effort such as parents whose children take drugs or children who are abused at home. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/25/11) focus-fen.net, 04/20/11
France riot police face beer and wine meal ban – 26. April 2011
French riot police are outraged over plans to end a long-cherished tradition of drinking alcohol with their meals.
Under the terms of an interior ministry decree, riot police will no longer be allowed to wash down their lunch with a glass or two of beer or wine.
Officials were angered in 2010 when photos emerged of riot police drinking beer while policing a demonstration. One police union has called for alcohol to be allowed if meals are taken out of the view of the public. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/25/11) bbc.co.uk, 04/22/11
UK: From crisis to renewal: hopes for the history of the pub – 26. April 2011
The politics of drinking.
Two and a half years ago I sat down to write a history of the pub industry since the 1989 Beer Orders. Trouble is, the bloody thing keeps moving. I can’t hold it down. I can see why historians write about things that happened in the distant past now, things that have ossified into something stable you can get a grip on.
Pub industry history has taken another lurch in the last few days with the conclusion of Punch Taverns’ strategic review. It’s just one company, but it’s a big deal. The end of an era in some ways. … (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 04/26/11) philmellows.com, 03/25/11
USA: 17 Attorneys General Call on Pabst to Stop Marketing Blast to Young Drinkers – 23. April 2011
Calling the new fruity alcoholic drink Blast by Colt 45 “binge-in-a-can,” 17 attorneys general are asking the drink’s maker, Pabst Brewing Co., to stop marketing the beverage to underage drinkers and to significantly reduce the number of servings of alcohol in each can.
The drink, being promoted by rapper Snoop Dogg, comes in a colorful can containing 23.5 ounces, with an alcohol content of 12 percent—more than most cans of beer, CNN reports. (Source: Join Togerther, 04/22/11)
USA: Privatizing Alcohol Increases Consumption – 22. April 2011
In a recent review, the CDC Task Force on Community Preventive Services concluded that privatizing alcohol sales is harmful to public health. The Task Force “recommends against the further privatization of alcohol sales in settings with current government control of retail sales, based on strong evidence that privatization results in increased per capita alcohol consumption, a well-established proxy for excessive consumption.” (Source: Marin Institute, 04/20/11)
Texas Senate Passes Bill Giving Immunity to Underage Drinkers – 22. April 2011
The Texas Senate this week passed a bill that would give immunity to underage drinkers who are seeking medical help in an emergency. The bill’s sponsor said it is aimed at minors who are afraid to seek help because they do not want to be charged with underage drinking.
The Houston Chronicle reports that the bill would give immunity from minor-in-possession and consumption of alcohol charges. The measure would require the minor to be the first person seeking medical assistance and to stay with the incapacitated person until help arrives. … (Source: Join Together, 04/21/11)
Phusion Projects and United Brands Skip Out on New York Alcopop Hearing – 21. April 2011
It may have been the most important public hearing on alcopops to date, and yet two major producers of these dangerous products couldn’t be bothered to show up.
The New York Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse held a public hearing on April 12 to discuss the need to restrict youth access to alcopops: sweet, fruit-flavored alcohol drinks, often with alcohol levels as high as 12%. Alcopops producers directly market them to underage drinkers, and cost hundreds of lives and billions of dollars of alcohol-related harm annually. (Source: Marin Institute, 04/20/11)
Teaching Children To Say ‘No’ To Their Peers – 21. April 2011
Their numbers are rising, but their age is dropping: children and young adults who drink so much that they have to go to the hospital. Binge-drinking is sadly fashionable amongst the under 20-year-olds. But how can adolescents be effectively protected from alcohol and substance abuse?
“Information alone is not good enough”, Dr Karina Weichold of the Jena University (Germany) knows. Because even children know that alcohol consumption and smoking can cause health damage. “Therefore prevention needs to start somewhere else.” This is what the developmental scientists, together with colleagues from the Institute of Psychology and the Center for Applied Developmental Science of the Jena University, are trying to achieve with their specially developed prevention programme IPSY. … (Source: Medical News Today, 04/21/11) our Online-Comment: The main problem will be to find teachers who are willing to reserve so many hours for the programme.
Cardiff: Tobacco and Alcohol: Learning From Each Other – 20. April 2011
International Conference: 12th and 13th October 2011, Parc Thistle Hotel, Cardiff, Wales
Cigarette smoking is highly prevalent among people with alcohol use disorders. People who are dependent on alcohol are three times more likely than those in the general population to be smokers, and people who are dependent on tobacco are four times more likely than the general population to be dependent on alcohol. Alcohol use problems are associated with higher levels of nicotine dependence and a lower likelihood -of smoking cessation. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/19/11)
THE GLOBE 1 – 2011 – 19. April 2011
Headline: Alcohol and Non-Communicable Diseases
Also in this issue:
Action needed to reduce health impact of harmful alcohol use – UK Government proposes deal with drinks industry to tackle alcohol harm – EU Focus on Alcohol and Cancer – Liver experts’ consensus: European citizens are drinking themselves to death – Medical Evidence ‘Shows Drinking Age Should Be 21’ … (Source: ias.org.uk)
Eurocare Newsletter March-April 2011 – 18. April 2011
With: News from Eurocare, News From the EU, News From the WHO, New Research and Publications, Alcohol Industry News,
Upcoming Events and Questions from MEPs. (Source: Eurocare, 04/17/11)
EU: 13th Drink Driving Monitor 18. April 2011
The European Transport Safety Council has published its 13th Drink Driving Monitor. The document brings news from across the EU on steps to further improve drink driving legislation and enforcement.
Updates on Cross-Border Enforcement Directive and the decision of the UK to delay its opt-in are presented, together with the Draft Report on Road Safety proposed by MEP Koch and the latest on TISPOL alcohol and drug campaign. An interview with Desiree Schaap, Ministry of Transport in the Netherlands, on the Dutch Alcolock Programme and the ETSC alcolock legislation barometer are also featured. To read more, please click here. (Source: Eurocare Newsletter March-April 2011)
Swedish parliament adopts new five-year strategy – 18. April 2011
The Swedish government proposed a new strategy to fight the use of alcohol, drugs, steroids and tobaco. The plan will result in yearly action plans and evaluations. The parliament agreed fully to the proposal but added a suggestion to ban alcohol use immediately after accidents. (Source: Eurocare Newsletter March-April 2011)
NL: Fine imposed for violating Dutch watershed ban on TV alcohol advertising – 18. April 2011
In February 2011 the Dutch Directorate for Media ruled that the STER (Stichting Ether Reklame), the organisation responsible for providing the commercials to public channels in the Netherlands, had violated the new Dutch Media Law. The STER received a fine of 35.000 euro for broadcasting TV alcohol commercials for Heineken and Bavaria beer before 9 p.m. in 2010. The complaints were filed by the Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy (STAP).
Since the 1st of January 2010 a legal watershed ban on alcohol advertising came into force in The Netherlands. Between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. alcohol commercials are not allowed to be broadcasted on radio and television. Sponsoring of programs by alcohol advertisers is still allowed. … (Source: Eurocare Newsletter March-April 2011)
UK: IAS Alcohol Alert 2011 Issue 1; In Focus Scottish election special – 18. April 2011
The latest IAS Alcohol Alert is available from the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS). The issue’s headline article attacks the Government’s alcohol policy, emphasising dissatisfaction over the Responsibility Deal, below cost ban and decision to stick with the current drink-drive limit. The Alert also reviews key alcohol policy news and developements over recent months including a slight fall in alcohol-related deaths, licensing act changes, and predicted rises in alcohol-related admissions. Full article index here.
Lesotho: Training session held on evidence-based alcohol policies – 16. April 2011
“Prevention of alcohol problems is a leadership issue for the whole nation. The issue must be brought to the top of our political agenda”, says Lesotho’s Honourable Minister of Tourism, M. Ramaili. Lesotho’s alcohol policy will now be revised.
In her closing address to an alcohol policy training course in Maseru Ms Ramaili made reference to the current situation of Lesotho: “Alcohol is readily available anywhere in this country, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is an essential part of all celebrations; births, traditional festivals, funerals, sports event. …(Source: add-recources.org, 04/14/11)
EU_Stakeholder meeting on Alcohol Labelling – 14. April 2011
In the framework of the PROTECT project, a meeting with all stakeholders involved in alcohol labelling policy was organized by the CRIOC and Eurocare on the 17th of March 2011 in the European Parliament in Brussels. The European institutions (European Commission – EC – and Parliament – EP), the beverage industry, consumer organisations, NGOs, media, youth organizations as well as the public were invited to exchange around measurable best practices on alcohol labelling.
The seminar was hosted by Alyn Smith (The Green /EFA Alliance in the EP), who said in his introductory speech that “even though the EU does not have direct competence in health matters, all members states could greatly benefit from such meetings, in order to exchange ideas and best practices”. He was in this sense “delighted to see representatives from all stakeholders, especially from the industry” since he does not believe in “digging trenches” but rather in “open and genuine debates”. The complete program, all the presentations as well as video recordings of the different speakers can be found here.(pdf) (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/13/11) Read Full Report (PDF)
USA: Drawing Vets In—Without Alcohol – 14. April 2011
Newer veterans’ groups are addressing alcohol abuse among young soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan by holding alcohol-free meetings. NPR reports that with alcohol abuse becoming a major problem with younger veterans, groups like Dryhootch in Milwaukee are trying to attract these vets with coffee instead of beer.
Dr. David Rudd, scientific director at the National Center for Veterans Studies, Utah University, tells NPR that nearly 20 percent of current vets suffer from anxiety disorder or depression, and many self-medicate with alcohol. This fact, coupled with the waning membership in traditional veteran groups such as Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, is driving the new alcohol-free approach. … (Source: Join Together, 04/14/11)
UK: Relaxation of licensing hours for the Royal Wedding have been confirmed – 12. April 2011
An order allows licensed premises in England and Wales to stay open between 11pm on Friday 29 April and 1am on Saturday 30 April, and between 11pm on Saturday 30 April and 1am on Sunday 1 May. More here. (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 04/12/11)
Easy for minors to buy alcohol in European Union – 9. April 2011
Copenhagen’s bars willingly sold alcohol to 15-year old Swedes.
The work of young members of UNF, The Swedish Youth Temperance Association, reveals the actual strength of actions by the alcohol industry in the European Alcohol and Health Forum. Young UNF members from Sweden’s border regions to Denmark went to Copenhagen to conduct mystery shopping and the results give a clear signal: of in total 7 tested bars and pubs, Swedish minors were without problems able to buy alcohol 11 times. 4 out of these 7 places are part of a project of City of Copenhagen and the alcohol industry. …(Source: Press release activeeurope.org, 04/08/11)
Scotland: SNP still seek minimum price – 9. April 2011
Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) have launched a new Manifesto which calls for the new Scottish Parliament to take decisive steps to reduce the harm caused by alcohol by:
Increasing the price and reducing the availability of alcohol – Specifically targeting supermarkets for increased regulation
Banning alcohol sports sponsorship – Reducing drink driving limits to 50mg – Awareness raising campaign on the harm alcohol causes to others – Improved treatment and support services for people in need.
See here for the full 8 calls to action. The Scottish National Party (SNP) recently announced they would revive their plans for a minimum price if they win the Scottish national elections on May 5th. A senior police officer has also backed the measure. (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 04/07/11)
USA: On Tap? Debate Continues on Alcohol Sales at TCF Bank Stadium – 7. April 2011
Minnesota lawmakers are coping with their three-year hangover: Whether to allow beer and alcohol sales at the University of Minnesota’s on-campus football stadium.
The latest bill leaves the matter entirely up to the school’s Board of Regents after previous legislative efforts to fashion a compromise left the stadium dry. The Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee advanced the bill Wednesday, but it has a ways to go. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 04/07/11) kstp.com, 04/06/11
USA: Alcohol Awareness Is Not Just for Teens – 7. April 2011
Many of the efforts associated with Alcohol Awareness Month each April are targeted at preventing underage drinking, especially during the prom and graduation celebration season. But there are other groups that are also practicing harmful alcohol consumption but may not be aware of the risks.
Prevention efforts have been increased around prom night events and graduation parties since the first Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987, but prevention efforts are also targeted at the following demographic groups. … (Source: alcoholism.about.com, 04/05/11)
USA: 11 businesses busted for selling alcohol to minors – 7. April 2011
Employees at 11 Plainfield businesses face $250 fines after police say they were witnessed selling alcohol to minors.
Officers conducted a compliance check on Wednesday of 39 Plainfield businesses licensed to sell alcohol, said Sgt. Kevin McQuaid. Two 18-year-olds were used in the blitz and were asked to present their own IDs when asked for them. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 04/02/11) triblocal.com, 04/01/11
Aldi Liquor License Opposed Due to Negative Alcohol Influence – 7. April 2011
The German supermarket giant Aldi, has applied for liquor licenses for its 102 stores across the New South Wales, including 9 stores in Illawarra. The Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council and New South Wales Health have made submission against the application for licenses by Aldi. They stated the high rate in the number of alcohol related crimes, accidents and their opposition to more alcohol licenses in the communities.
Sharralyn Robinson, CEO of the Illawarra Land Council has expressed that they are very much aware of the effects of alcohol in the community and they already had more than enough alcohol outlets. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 04/06/11) topnews.us, 04/06/11
Zambia: There is need to restrict alcohol – 6. April 2011
President Rupiah Banda says there is need for the country to find ways of restricting alcohol in public places. The President said this is because most of the crimes being committed are as a result of people spending long hours in drinking places.
He was speaking to Journalists shortly after he cast his vote at Mulungushi University in Kabwe on Wednesday.
The President said he is happy that alcohol has been banned at the MMD convention, which he said has contributed to the peaceful atmosphere. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 04/06/11) lusakatimes.com, 04/06/11
USA: Alcohol Awareness Month – 5. April 2011
The Century Council Kicks Off Alcohol Awareness Month By Releasing Ask, Listen, Learn PSAs with 23 Attorneys General.
Timed with April’s designation as Alcohol Awareness Month, The Century Council teamed up with 23 Attorneys General from around the country to release a fun and innovative Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix Public Service Announcement (PSA). In the animated and radio PSAs Attorneys General encourage kids to say ‘YES’ to a healthy lifestyle and ‘NO’ to underage drinking. The PSAs will begin airing around the country this month. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 04/05/11) trading-house.net, 04/04/11
Future of alcohol labels discussed in the European Parliament – 5. April 2011
What Is Not on The Bottle?
Brussels, 17 March 2011. Pick up just about any food or beverage product on store shelves and you’ll find on the package information about calories, ingredients etc. Unless that is, the product is alcohol. Alcohol is one of the leading risk factors for death and ill health in the EU, especially among young people. It increases the risk of developing several types of cancer including those of the liver, digestive tract as well as breast cancer, it is responsible for 25% of deaths among young men aged 15-29, causes depression etc…. Today politicians, public health experts and alcohol industry met at the European Parliament to discuss labelling of alcoholic beverages, what would be effective and why it should be done at the EU level. Click here to read more about the event and watch the video of the seminar. Comment: Article with details on alcohol harm in Europe.
Alcohol and sports don’t belong together – 4. April 2011
Friday night, 1st April, in St. Pauli district, Hamburg a football match of the highest German league (Bundesliga) was abandoned. The reason: the assistant referee was hit in the back of his head by a plastic cup full of beer thrown at him from the stands . The match had to be broken off and the referees had to be guided from the pitch by guards.
“Not many in Europe might have paid attention to this incident”, says Andrea Lavesson, President of Active – sobriety, friendship and peace. “But we think that the dramatic incident from Friday night stands a symbol for the fact that alcohol and sport does not belong together at all.” … (Source: active presscontact, 04/04/11)
Open Letter to President of EU-Parliament on “cash-for-amendments” scandal – 4. April 2011
My name is Andrea Lavesson and I am President of Active – sobriety, friendship and peace. Active is a European youth umbrella NGO with 38 member organizations in 27 countries from all over Europe.
In this letter I am sending you our thoughts and experiences as well as our wishes – in reaction to the most recent unveiling of the “cash-for-amendments” scandal that threatens the trust of young Europeans in the independence of their elected representatives. … (Source: OpenLetterActive110404) Comment: In Switzerland the Social Democrats just start with a people’s initiative which demands that all political parties have to declare the sources of their income. Most of the Swiss members of parliament are lobbyists.
Sweden: Ban on televised alcohol marketing circumvented since 2003 – 1. April 2011
Alcohol marketing on television is banned in Sweden, but since 2003 a number of TV channels have circumvented the Swedish Alcohol Act by broadcasting from the UK. It has been possible, but whether it is legal or not is not yet clear.
That is why IOGT-NTO has sent a complaint on the fourth of March, concerning 32 companies who have broadcasted or produced alcohol advertisement targeting a Swedish audience, to the Swedish Consumer Agency and the Swedish Broadcasting Authority. The list includes among others Carlsberg Sweden, TV3 and Kanal 5.
‘It is obviously a problem that a number of companies can ignore the Swedish legislation’, says Sara Heine, handling the complaint from IOGT-NTO. (Source: EUCAM, 03/04/11)
Psychiatrists Support MP’s Call To Limit Exposure Of Children To Alcohol Advertising, UK – 1. April 2011
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has praised a private member’s bill put forward in parliament today by Dr Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes. Dr Wollaston will put forward proposals to limit the exposure of children and young people to alcohol advertising as a Ten Minute Rule Motion. (Source: Medical News Today, 03/31/11)
USA: 24 Attorneys General Ask FTC To Do More To Keep Alcohol Advertising From Teens – 30. April 2011
Attorneys general from 24 states have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to do more to shield teenagers from alcohol advertising. A letter, written by Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and signed by colleagues from 23 other states, proposes a three-step plan to regulate teens’ exposure to alcohol ads, the Deseret News reports. (Source: Join Together, 04/29/11)
UK: under the influence what we know about binge-drinking – 28. April 2011
An interim report on binge drinking has been released by Demos:
Under_the_Influence By ‘binge-drinking’, the report refers not to the Government definition of drinking twice the recommended guidelines on one occasion, but as “young adults that drink to extreme excess, often in an intentionally reckless and very public way, putting themselves and others at risk of harm.” The report analyses the causes of, and possible responses to, binge-drinking among young adults aged 18-25 in the UK, including: Recommendations: …(Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 04/28/11) demos.co.uk, March 2011
NL: Alcohol-Speciﬁc Parenting and Adolescents’ Alcohol- Related Problems – 28. April 2011
The Interacting Role of Alcohol Availability at Home and Parental Rules
… Conclusions: The ﬁndings emphasize that parent interventions aiming at the prevention of adolescents’ alcohol use should include the advice to restrict the perceived presence of alcohol beverages at home. Moreover, to prevent alcohol problems, parents should be advised to enforce strict rules about drinking, particularly when a total absence of alcohol at home is not feasible. (J. Stud. Alcohol Drugs, 72, 408–417, 2011) (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/27/11) jsad.com, May 2011
USA: The “Gray Area” of Consumption Between Moderate and Risk Drinking – 28. April 2011
The objective of this study was to see whether levels of alcohol consumption newly included as “moderate” in proposed changes to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are associated with significant levels of alcohol-related harm. … Conclusions: We recommend two alternative approaches to rewording the proposed changes to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that would avoid suggesting that there are benefits associated with the gray area of alcohol consumption. (J. Stud. Alcohol Drugs, 72, 453–458, 2011) (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/27/11) jsad.com, May 2011
The Economic Impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – 25. April 2011
The objective of this study was to conduct a systematic review of the literature related to the measurement of the economic impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in different countries and to categorize the available literature. … Existing estimates of the economic impact of FASD demonstrate significant cost implications on the individual, the family and society. However, these estimates vary considerably due to the different methodologies used by different studies. Limitations and gaps in the existing methodologies of calculating the economic costs of FASD are discussed. It is evident that there is an urgent need to develop a comprehensive and sound methodology for calculating the economic impact of FASD to the society. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/22/11)
Alcohol and HIV/AIDS: Intertwining Stories – 24. April 2011
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)—the pathogen responsible for the current pandemic of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)—targets the body’s immune system. HIV infection puts a person at risk for a multitude of diseases that someone with a healthy immune system generally would fight off. When HIV was recognized in the 1980s, testing positive for HIV infection was, in fact, a death sentence. Now, however, the availability of anti-HIV medications has made living with the virus a reality… One of the many factors that thwarts efforts to prevent the spread of the infection and the treatment of infected patients is the use and abuse of alcohol by those who are at risk for infection or who already are infected. Scientists are gaining a better understanding of the complex relationship between alcohol consumption and HIV infection. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/23/11)
USA: The Financial Burden of Substance Abuse in West Virginia – 22. April 2011
Final Report in Series 1
The growing financial cost of drug and alcohol abuse puts tremendous pressure on every social sector. The present report, part of a larger Family Funding Study project, is final in the series that examined the cost of drug and alcohol abuse to West Virginia’s criminal justice, healthcare, education, welfare, and workforce systems. This final summative report incorporates estimates from all these sectors as well as includes data from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) and the Commission on Drunk Driving prevention (CDDP). … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/21/11) prevnet.org
Effects of Alcohol Cues in Movies on Young Adults’ Alcohol Drinking – 22. April 2011
Ample survey research has shown that alcohol portrayals in movies affect the development of alcohol consumption in youth. Hence, there is preliminary evidence that alcohol portrayals in movies also directly influence viewers’ drinking of alcohol while watching movies. One process that might account for these direct effects is imitation. …
The findings showed that participants were more likely to sip in accordance with the actors’ sipping than without such a cue. Further, we found that men were more likely to imitate actors’ sipping than females and that participants tended to respond to actors’ sipping at the beginning of the movie rather than at the end.
Exposure to actors sipping alcohol in a movie seems to have an immediate impact on the drinking behaviour of viewers, via the mechanism of imitation. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/21/11)
Age, Period and Cohort Analysis of Light and Binge Drinking in Finland, 1968–2008 – 22. April 2011
Aims: To analyse the effects of age, period and cohort (APC) on light and binge drinking in the general population of Finland over the past 40 years. …Conclusions: Light drinking has increased over time for each cohort, with no substantial differences between cohort profiles. Binge drinking has increased with more recent cohorts and there are distinct differences between cohort profiles, especially among women. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/21/11)
UK: White Cider and street drinkers – 21. April 2011
Recommendations to reduce harm
This research project seeks to examine the impact of white cider on dependent drinkers. It examines the history, production and taxation of white cider, and considers the implications for future taxation, health and homelessness policies. (Quelle: Alcohol Policy UK, 04/21/11)
The effect of previous-day excessive alcohol consumption on laparoscopic surgical performance. – 20. April 2011
Sixteen science students (laparoscopic novices) participated in study 1. Eight laparoscopic experts participated in study 2.
All participants were trained on the Minimally Invasive Surgical Trainer Virtual Reality (MIST-VR). The participants in study 1 were randomized to either abstain from alcohol or consume alcohol until intoxicated. All study 2 subjects freely consumed alcohol until intoxicated. Subjects were assessed the following day at 9 AM, 1 PM, and 4 PM on MIST-VR tasks.
Assessment measures included time, economy of diathermy use, and error scores. …(Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/19/11)
Patients with Alcohol Use Disorders at Greater Risk of Dying From Hospital Infections – 20. April 2011
Patients with alcohol use disorders who develop an infection while in the hospital are more likely to die from the infection, than patients without an alcohol disorder, a new study finds. These patients are also more likely to stay longer in the hospital and have higher costs.
Health care-associated infections, which patients pick up in the hospital or other health care setting, affect about 1.7 million Americans each year, according to the study, as reported in HealthDay. (Source: Join Together, 04/19/11)
Another Reason Not To Binge Drink Alcohol – 19. April 2011
A Loyola University Health System study has found another reason to not binge drink alcohol. Binge drinking, researchers found, could change the body’s immune system response to orthopaedic injury. “This tremendously complicates the trauma care of these patients,” said bone biologist John Callaci, PhD, senior author of the study. …
An earlier study in the American Journal of Orthopedics found that 41 percent of patients with fractures and dislocations had alcohol in their blood and 30 percent were legally drunk. (Source: Medical News Today, 04/18/11)
Hungover Surgeons’ Performance Today Undermined By Yesterday’s Booze – 19. April 2011
Doctors who had a lot to drink the previous day appear to have impaired skills when performing surgery, researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland, reported in the journal Archives of Surgery after carrying out simulation tests. The authors wrote that alterations in some surgical skills were observed in virtual reality simulator tests carried out one day after excessive alcohol consumption. (Source. Medical News Today, 04/18/11) our Online-Comment: This could be the content of one of the many medical TV-Series.
Can Ireland’s Increased Rates of Alcoholic Liver Disease Morbidity and Mortality be Explained by Per Capita Alcohol Consumption? – 19. April 2011
Analysis of data from Ireland’s Hospital In-Patient Enquiry (HIPE) scheme has revealed a considerable increase in alcohol liver disease (ALD) morbidity and mortality between 1995 and 2007. The rate/100,000 adults (aged ≥15) increased by 190% from 28.3 in 1995 to 28.2 in 2007.
Over two-fifths (43%) of all discharges were aged 50–64 years; 6% were 15–34 years old, 35% were 35–49 years old and 16% were aged ≥65 years. There were considerable increases in age-specific rates especially among younger age groups, albeit from a low base; the rate of ALD discharges increased by 247% for 15–34 year olds and by 224% for 35–49 year olds. This is a worrying trend but is not surprising as survey data have shown that 18–29-year-old drinkers have the highest … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/18/11) (Full text is payable)
Parental Alcoholism Carries Risk For Offspring To Develop The Same – 18. April 2011
Researchers know that there is a strong link between parental alcohol use disorders (AUDs) and the risk for developing an AUD among their offspring. This study looked at the risk of AUDs in the offspring of a large population-based sample of Danish parents. Findings confirmed that parental AUDs were associated with an increased risk of AUDs among the offspring. … Results showed that parental AUDs were associated with an increased risk of AUDs among the offspring, independent of other significant predictors such as gender, parental social status, and parental psychiatric hospitalization with other diagnoses. … (Source: Medical News Today, 04/17/11)
Energy Drink Plus Alcohol Cocktail Raises Risks Linked To Drinking More Than Alcohol By Itself – 18. April 2011
Mixing energy drinks, such as Red Bull with alcohol is probably more hazardous than consuming alcohol alone, researchers from Northern Kentucky University revealed in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. The authors explain that energy-drink cocktails have become fashionable and have been anecdotally associated with risky drinking practices, resulting in injuries and accidents. They add that there is not much research about comparing energy drinks plus alcohol with alcohol alone. … (Source: Medical News Today, 04/17/11)
The Gorbachev Anti-Alcohol Campaign and Russia’s Mortality Crisis – 15. April 2011
Political and economic transition is often blamed for Russia’s 40% surge in deaths between 1990 and 1994 (the Russian Mortality Crisis”). Highlighting that increases in mortality occurred primarily among alcohol-related causes and among working-age men (the heaviest drinkers), this paper investigates a different explanation: the demise of the 1985-1988 Gorbachev Anti-Alcohol Campaign. We use archival sources to build a new oblast-year data set spanning 1970-2000 and find that: (1) The campaign was associated with substantially fewer campaign year deaths,
(2) Oblasts with larger reductions in alcohol consumption and mortality during the campaign experienced larger transition era increases, and (3) Other former Soviet states and Eastern European countries exhibit similar mortality patterns commensurate with their campaign exposure. The campaign’s end explains between 32% and 49% of the mortality crisis, suggesting that Russia’s transition to capitalism and democracy was not as lethal as commonly suggested. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 15.4.11) iis-db.stanford.edu, March 2011) Comment: Amazing how clever Gorbachev and his staff reduced total consumption. Our governments could learn a lot.
Obesity and alcohol misuse costs NHS £140m in Wales – 12. April 2011
The Swansea University study warned the true cost of both could be even higher.
Those at the sharp end dealing with the effects of alcohol and obesity say they are growing problems, and affecting people at a younger age. Chief medical officer Dr Tony Jewell said both were “preventable health issues” and people had to take responsibility for their own actions. … (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 04/11/11) bbc.co.uk, 03/31/11 Comment: Total social cost will be much higher for alcohol.
Nearly All American Adults With Untreated Alcohol Use Disorders Don’t Think They Need Treatment – 9. April 2011
A new report based on a national survey shows that only 1.2 percent of the nation’s more than 7.4 million adults aged 21 to 64 with an untreated alcohol abuse disorder perceive they could benefit from treatment. The report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in conjunction with National Alcohol Screening Day, April 7, highlights the need to raise awareness about adult problem drinking, how to identify when someone has a problem, how to confront a problem drinker and how to get help. (Source: Medical News Today, 04/07/11)
Alcohol Tax Policy in Relation to Mortality from Alcohol Attributed Causes in Taiwan – 9. April 2011
It is known that taxation on alcohol products may effectively reduce the alcohol consumption. However, whether alcohol taxation may lead to a decrease in alcohol attributed disease mortality (ADM) has been inclusively.
We conducted this time-series analysis to assess the effect of alcohol tax policy intervention in 2002 on rate of ADM in Taiwan. … This study demonstrated that alcohol taxation policy may pose favorite influences on the time trend of ADM rate in Taiwan, and such influence was most noteworthy in young and middle aged men. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/06/11) springerlink.com, 04/01/11
USA: 2010 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study – 7. April 2011
sponsored by MetLife Foundation.
The annual study shows that teen drug and alcohol use is headed in the wrong direction, with marked increases in teen use of marijuana and Ecstasy over the past three years. The study confirms a disturbing trend that has emerged among American teens since 2008 and highlights that underage drinking has become more normalized among adolescents. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/07/11) PATS KEY FINDINGS: Released April 6, 2011
Alcohol transports to the emergency room continue to rise – 4. April 2011
Hospitalizations for alcohol have been trending upward on campus this year, with spikes at fraternity houses, freshman dorms and among the sophomore class. In fall quarter alone, there were 33 cases of Stanford students being transported to the emergency room for alcohol-related incidents, according to Ralph Castro, manager of the Substance Abuse Prevention Program at Vaden Health Center.
To date, a total of 48 students have been transported to the hospital, an increase from the 42 transports in the previous academic year. In winter quarter alone, there were 15 cases—six freshmen, three sophomores, five juniors and one senior. Transports were divided fairly evenly between men and women. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 04/04/11)
UK: Alcohol Harm Reduction National Support Team: Key Findings, … – 1. April 2011
… Recommendations and Case Studies. Supporting Partnerships to Reduce Alcohol Harm:
This document records the methodology and findings of the Alcohol Harm Reduction National Support Team. It provides collated and aggregated information about what the team have recommended in visited areas, with the intention to provide readers with helpful information to draw upon in their current work. It also contains signposting, case studies and examples of good practice. (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, March 31, 2011)
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