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Newsletter November 2009 – e –

Montag 30. November 2009 von htm

www.alkoholpolitik.ch Newsletter November 2009 (issued 11/30/09)

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Introduction for mailed Newsletter:

Dear reader,

The President of the EU-Commission, Barroso, has just announced the names of the new Commissioners. As Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection is nominated John Dalli from Malta. According to Wikipedia he had jobs in the Industry and in Marketing and served on several posts as Mnister, since 2008 for Social Politics. We hope he will continue the politics of the present Commissioner.

Since WHO and EU are working hard on a new alcohol strategy and the Swedish presidency of the EU has called the alcohol problem as one of its priorities the alcohol industry is getting very nervous. There are new studies where you can smell the alcohol industry behind it and even with ridiculous results. But still they get in the massmedia with it and those who feel confirmed, like to read it. In Germany a „Society for Prevention and Aging“ brought such a study into the medias. But many comments show amusement. On the other hand there was a study from London: Moderate drinking doesn’t sharpen thinking skills of older people. Researchers said that moderate drinkers likely have better mental skills as they get older because their superior social, economic, and educational status helped them improve their thinking skills throughout their lifetime, not because of drinking. Quite sure this is one of the reasons why positive health results were found in so many studies. The other criteria is the trick with the abstainers. When will those researchers be accused for fraud like the tobacco industry?

An interesting information comes from Australia and the UK where scientists have called for a new approach to the debate over whether alcohol industry sponsorship of sports increases drinking among sports participants. They want to shift the burden of proof to the alcohol industry.

The WHO-Report „Global Health Risks“ is a good answer to the numerous studies about healthy alcohol too. Global life expectancy could be increased by nearly five years by addressing five factors affecting health – childhood underweight, unsafe sex, alcohol use, lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene, and high blood pressure.

Now let’s hope WHO and EU will be successful, although many national governments wouldn’t follow the proposals.

Best regards
Yours passive-drinker
Hermann T. Meyer

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PS The next Newsletter will be issued end of December 2009


Call for stricter EU-coordinated alcohol policies 27. November 2009
Twelve European health and safety umbrella organisations call for stricter EU-coordinated alcohol policies. In a joint policy statement released today, the twelve organisations urge the EU Council of Ministers of Health:
– to ensure minimum pricing policies, sales restrictions and discount bans in all Member States;
– to introduce a EU- labelling system for alcohol products informing consumers of the specific risks related to alcohol consumption; and
– to adopt the principle of zero tolerance to alcohol consumption before driving or at work and to reduce BAC- levels to 0,2 maximum throughout Europe. (Source: Google Alkohol Alert, 11/27/09) pr.euractiv.com, 11/25/09

Europe’s brewers in 11th-hour plea on alcohol policy 27. November 2009
Europe’s brewers are on a direct collision course with the EU over possible plans for a new Europe-wide alcohol policy. The warning comes ahead of a crunch meeting of EU health ministers on 30 November. At the health and consumer affairs ministerial, the EU’s Swedish presidency is widely expected to come forward with proposals designed to cut alcohol consumption. These are likely to include minimum pricing policies, sales restrictions and discount bans in all member states. (Source: Google Alkohol Alert, 11/27/09) fighthangover.blogspot.com, 11/26/09

Study: Moderate Drinking Doesn’t Sharpen Thinking Skills 25. November 2009
Having a drink or two a day may not help maintain a sharp mind as people age, according to a new report.
Reuters reported Nov. 16 that researchers from University College London studied the alcohol use; social, economic and physical conditions; and thinking skills of 1,985 men and women ages 60 to 74. Data on the 87 percent of participants who said they drank moderately or didn’t drink at all were analyzed in further detail. … Researchers said that moderate drinkers likely have better mental skills as they get older because their superior social, economic, and educational status helped them improve their thinking skills throughout their lifetime, not because of drinking. (Source: Join Together, 11/24/09) Online-Comment: Now let’s see if the media report this study the same way they welcomed previous studies with the opposite result.

Alcohol Industry Should Prove No Harm In Funding Of Sports 11. November 2009
Researchers from Australia and the UK are calling for a new approach to the debate over whether alcohol industry sponsorship of sports increases drinking among sports participants. They want to shift the burden of proof to the alcohol industry.
The debate over sports sponsorship saw renewed activity last year when the findings of a 2008 New Zealand study among sports participants showed that those who received alcohol industry sponsorship – especially in the form of free or discounted alcohol -drank more heavily than those not in receipt …(Source: Medical News Today, 11/10/09) Online-Comment: Yes, but such studies should be done by a neutral university, not paid by the alcohol industry, as most studies, paid by an industry get a positive result for the industry.

WHO Report: Global Health Risks 4. November 2009
Global life expectancy could be increased by nearly five years by addressing five factors affecting health – childhood underweight, unsafe sex, alcohol use, lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene, and high blood pressure, according to a report published by WHO on 27 October.
“Global health risks” is a comprehensive assessment of leading risks to global health. It provides detailed global and regional estimates of premature mortality, disability and loss of health attributable to 24 global risk factors.
In a press release WHO draws attention to the combined effect of multiple risk factors. Many deaths and diseases are caused by more than one risk factor and may be prevented by reducing any of the risk factors responsible for them. WHO press release // Full report


Cracking Down on Drunken Driving in New York State 27. November 2009
“The national effort to reduce death and injuries from drunken driving has received a major boost from New York State. Gov. David Paterson signed a law that made New York among the first states to make it a felony to drive while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle. The new law also made New York one of a dozen states to require all convicted drunken drivers to use an ignition interlock device that prevents them from driving their cars if they are drunk.” (Source: Harvard World Health News, 11/25/09) The New York Times, 11/22/09 (We reported on 11/20/09)

Super-strong imported beers in New Zealand 27. November 2009
“Super-strong imported beers are fuelling New Zealand’s binge drinking culture and a surge in violent behaviour, alcohol watchdogs warn. Brews with alcohol content of up to 12 per cent are on the shelves of supermarkets and bottle stores, prompting calls for higher taxes and prices. Alcohol Advisory Council chief executive Gerard Vaughan said he had noticed high-strength beers in supermarkets much more in the past month. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 11/25/09) The New Zealand Herald, 11/22/09

EU: European Alcohol and Health Forum 25. November 2009
List of members updated

USA: NFL Seeks Limits on Tailgating to Curb Drinking 24. November 2009
The National Football League (NFL) would like teams to limit tailgating to 3-1/2 hours prior to kickoff, but so far only the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have adopted such a policy. The NFL has adopted a “Fan Code of Conduct” in hopes of deterring behavior that league officials worry is scaring families away from games. The code includes 43 recommendations, and a league auditor is checking the NFL’s 32 teams for compliance. (Source: Join Together, 11/23/09))

USA: Breath Tests to Curb Rowdy Behavior at Football Games 23. November 2009
The University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota are requiring season-ticket holders with a history of alcohol offenses to submit to game-day breath tests in order to attend future football games, the New York Times reported Nov. 19. (Source: Join Together, 11/20/09)

KU students reject university’s proposed new alcohol policy 21. November 2009
A panel of Kansas University students has rejected a proposed policy change that would have allowed housing staffers to enter students’ rooms after knocking and being denied entry if they had probable cause — something like hearing students chanting “Chug! Chug!” or detecting an odor of marijuana. Members of Student Senate’s Student Rights Committee unanimously voted against the proposal, with many citing privacy concerns as the main reasoning behind their vote. (Source: Google Alkohol Alert, 11/21/09) ktka.com, 11/19/09

Drunk Drivers with Kids in Car Could Face Felonies in N.Y. 20. November 2009
The New York state Assembly has passed a bill that would make it a felony offense to drive while intoxicated if children under age 16 are in the vehicle, the New York Times reported Nov. 18.
The bill also would require first-time convicted drunk drivers to install ignition-interlock devices on their cars to prevent repeat offenses. …New Yorkers convicted of felony drunk driving would face up to four years in prison under the bill. (Source: Join Together, 11/19/09)

Big Beer Profits Persist 18. November 2009
Beer giant MillerCoors just reported its third-quarter profits increased a hefty 37 percent to $229.7 million, up from $168 million a year ago. Its biggest competitor, Anheuser-Busch InBev, also just announced it had a successful third quarter, with its profits more than doubling to $1.55 billion from $690 million. (Source: Marin Institut, 11/15/09)

Drunk-Driving Victims’ Kin Seek Roadside Memorial Signs 17. November 2009
Makeshift roadside memorials have sprung up nationwide at the site of fatal alcohol crashes, and now advocates in New Hampshire say a similar concept could raise public awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, the Associated Press reported Nov. 9. A bill in the state legislature would allow families of drunk-driving crash victims to apply to the New Hampshire highway department to place signs at accident sites reading, “Please Don’t Drink and Drive,” with the victims’ names underneath. (Source: Join Together, 11/16/09)

Call for mandatory declaration of alcohol advertising spent 17. November 2009
In a move which could set international precedents, the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) is calling for mandatory declarations of alcohol industry advertising and promotional expenditure.
Accordingly European NGOs in the European Alcohol & Health Forum have asked the European alcohol industry for openness in alcohol advertising expenditures. No initiatives of the alcohol industry have been taken yet. (Source: EUCAM Newsletter, 11/17/09) Public Health Association of Australia

No more “Happy Hour” in Catalonia, Spain 17. November 2009
The Catalan government has outlawed “happy hour” and other special offers that entice Catalans and tourists in the Costa Brava and Barcelona. The aim of the prohibition is to curb youth alcohol consumption. It is one of many preventive health measures outlined in a new law which also makes provisions for government subsidies to help people quit smoking. According to Joan Colom, Director of the Program on Substance Abuse of the Catalonian Department of Health, the regulation has been in place since 1985. “But it was never possible to enforce it due to misinterpretation of the wording,” she said.
(Source: EUCAM Newsletter, 11/17/09) The Independent, 11/16/09

New Zealand: University bans alcohol advertising 17. November 2009
Otago University has banned alcohol advertising and sponsorship from its events. The ban, believed to be the first of its type in New Zealand, took effect immediately. According to the university the move was a step towards addressing the “grim and chronic national problem” of binge drinking. “These facts about the wider environment need to be acknowledged by critics who demand that the University of Otago should instantly solve its student behaviour problems.” “Our problems cannot be solved until the culture of binge drinking among New Zealand youth is radically altered,” professor Skegg said. (Source: EUCAM Newsletter, 11/17/09) The New Zealand Herald, 10/14/09

Call On The Scottish Parliament 17. November 2009
Public Health Experts Call On The Scottish Parliament To Do The Right Thing And Introduce Minimum Pricing For Alcohol. At the Faculty of Public Health Scottish conference in Peebles, delegates called on the Scottish and UK governments to introduce new measures to curb binge drinking, anti-social behaviour and to tackle Scotland’s increasing alcohol-related health problems. (Source: Medical News Today, 11/16/09)

More US-States Allowing High-Alcohol Beer 11. November 2009
Beer with alcohol levels two or three times higher than your typical Budweiser or Coors are being sold in a growing number of states. North Carolina, Alabama and West Virginia are among the states that have raised or removed caps on beer’s alcohol content in recent years, and Mississippi and Iowa are considering similar legislation. The average beer has about 4.65 percent alcohol, but states like Alabama now allow beer with up to 13.9 percent alcohol, and brews sold in other states may have as much as 16 percent alcohol by volume. (Source: Join Together, 11/10/09)

Pilot arrested at Heathrow before takeoff on alcohol charges 11. November 2009
A United Airlines pilot has been charged with being over the alcohol limit to fly a plane after police at Heathrow arrested him just before his aircraft took off bound for Chicago with 124 passengers and 11 crew on board. (Source: Google Alkohol Alert, 11/11/09) guardian.co.uk, 11/10/09

Europe’s brewers warn against non-targeted alcohol policies 11. November 2009
Three weeks before a scheduled review by EU Health Ministers of the bloc’s strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol-related harm, The Brewers of Europe have called for an approach which is targeted at the problems and avoids additional restrictions hitting all drinkers regardless of their behaviour. BREWERS OF EUROPE, 11/10/09 Comment: We are all Passive-Drinkers. Any reduction of consumption will be to the profit of the moderate drinkers too. They have the biggest profit of higher prices by taxes as they don’t drink much but get all the profit in higher life-quality and less income taxes and insurance premiums.

USA: Underage drinking on campus 7. November 2009
As we come down from National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, now would be an ideal occasion to evaluate the University’s role in implementing its stated alcohol policy — both with regard to preventing underage drinking on campus and facilitating an environment in which drinking is not seen as the only recreational option for students on weekend nights. Yet while at the beginning of last year University President James W. Wagner declined to sign on to the Amethyst Initiative, a petition that gained national attention as it called for the lowering of the drinking age, and instead called for a renewed and reinvigorated campuswide discourse and approach to the issue, the University seems to be falling short with regard to many of the key policy implementations its approach requires. (Source: Google Alkohol Alert, 11/6/09) emorywheel.com, 11/5/09 with our online comment

Program To Help Parents Influence Teen Alcohol Behavior 7. November 2009
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Nationwide Insurance have launched “The Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence by MADD(™)” to give parents of high school students the communication tools they need to stop teen alcohol use. The program features resources at www.thepowerofparents.org.
A GfK Roper Youth Report showed 74% of kids (age 8-17) said their parents are the leading influence on their decisions about drinking. Data also shows that a zero tolerance message from parents to teens is the most effective in deterring underage drinking and it also supports the lifesaving 21 drinking age law, which is in all 50 states. (View the multimedia news release) (Source: Join Together, 11/5/09)

Alcohol politics, policies and public health in India 5. November 2009
Alcohol consumption is a significant contributor to the burden of disease in India and is a major public health concern. Extreme policies of prohibition and the current permissive strategies are both counter-productive. A nuanced approach involving the regulation of alcohol availability and a rigorous enforcement of public health perspectives and legislation is needed. (Source: Google Alkohol Alert, 11/5/09) morungexpress.com

Web Site Aims to Educate Hoosiers on State Alcohol Policies 5. November 2009
Engaged Community Partners Represent Diverse Interests and Viewpoints.
Hoosiers who want the facts about Indiana’s alcohol policies are invited to join the community coalition
building efforts of Project RAD, a statewide initiative emphasizing responsible alcohol distribution in the state. … (Source: Google Alkohol Alert, 11/5/09) reuters.com, 11/3/09 Comment: Prevention by the alcohol industry

USA: Swim team violations spark debate over alcohol rules 3. November 2009
A month ago, the North Carolina varsity swimming and diving team had no written or formal alcohol policy.
Five alcohol-related player suspensions later, that approach is a thing of the past. “When we had some abuses, we began to sanction people,” coach Rich DeSelm said. “For some people that was enough. For others it wasn’t.” The result is a zero-tolerance policy for drinking violations that carries a threat of suspension, giving the swimming and diving team one of UNC’s strictest policies. (Source: Google Alkohol Alert, 11/3/09) dailytarheel.com, 11/2/09

New Brews Sacrifice Alcohol, Flavor to Save Calories 2. November 2009
U.S. brewers are promoting a new class of ultra-low calorie beers that have lower alcohol content than typical mass-marketed full-strength and light brews, the Associated Press reported Oct. 27.
Budweiser has about 150 calories and 5 percent alcohol, while typical light beers have 100 calories and 4 percent alcohol. However, the new Miller Genuine Draft 64 has only 64 calories, while Anheuser-Busch’s Select 55 has just 55 calories. Both contain less than 3 percent alcohol. (Source: Join Together, 30.10.09)

Mixing Alcohol And Sex Puts Young People At Risk 30. November 2009
Drinking alcohol increases the chances of young people taking risks, including with their sexual health, according to new research from alcohol charity Drinkaware and sexual health charity Brook. One in four (25%) 16 and 17 year olds had been drinking alcohol the first time they had sex without a condom and more than half (51%) have friends who have had sex without a condom because they were drunk. (Source: Medical News Today, 11/29/09)

U.K.: Teenage Girls – Violence by Feuds, Drink and Jealousy 27. November 2009
“A UK-wide survey by the group of 14- to 21-year-olds found that one in three girls and one in two boys thought there were circumstances in which it could be acceptable to hit a woman or force her to have sex. While young women aged 16 to 24 still have the highest risk of becoming victims of aggressive crime in this country, recent statistics show that there has been a significant rise in the numbers turning to violence themselves.… (Source: Harvard World Health News, 11/25/09) The Observer, London, 11/22/09 Related story: Labour Cracks Down on Teenage Violence (The Observer, London, November 22, 2009)

Study: Kids Watching Hours of TV at Home Daycare 27. November 2009
“Parents who thought their preschoolers were spending time in home-based day cares, taking naps, eating healthy snacks and learning to play nicely with others may be surprised to discover they are sitting as many as two hours a day in front of a TV, according to a study published Monday. When added to the two to three hours many parents already admit to allowing at home, preschoolers in child care may be spending …(Source: Harvard World Health News, 11/25/09) Associated Press, November 23, 2009 Comment: And how many hours out of it are alcohol advertising?

UK: Young Drink And Drug Driving Shockingly High 27. November 2009
Young Drink And Drug Driving Shockingly High Finds Road Safety Week Report – Brake Pleads ‘Not A Drop, Not A Drag’, England
More than 1 in 4 young people (28%) admit to drink or drug driving, or both, or being a passenger with a young drink or drug driver, finds a shocking new report released at the start of Road Safety Week by Brake, the road safety charity behind the Week, in partnership with companies 3M and Alcosense. (Source: Medical News Today, 11/26/09) Comment: When will the government reduce the BAC limit and control it?

Alcohol In Pregnancy And Child Behaviour Problems Linked 26. November 2009
A new study from Perth’s Telethon Institute for Child Health Research has found evidence that the amount and timing of alcohol consumption in pregnancy affects child behaviour in different ways. (Source: Medical News Today, 11/25/09)

Older Problem Drinkers Use More Alcohol Than Younger Ones 23. November 2009
Older adults who have alcohol dependence problems drink significantly more than do younger adults who have similar problems, a new study has found. The findings suggest that older problem drinkers may have developed a tolerance for alcohol and need to drink even more than younger abusers to achieve the effects they seek. (Source: Medical News Today, 11/22/09) Comment: Not surprising.

To Reduce Hostile Perceptions In Children With PAE 22. November 2009
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) has been linked to a wide array of developmental deficits, including significant impairments in social skills. An examination of a social- skills intervention called Children’s Friendship Training found that it led to a decrease in hostile attributions or perceptions of children with PAE. (Source: Medical News Today, 11/21/09)

Linking The Treatment Of Alcohol-Use Disorders And TB 22. November 2009
The integration of alcohol screening, treatment and referral into primary care and other medical settings is not routinely done. Nor are there any studies evaluating the effectiveness of integrating care for alcohol use disorders (AUDs) into routine treatment for tuberculosis (TB), despite the high co-occurrence and mortality associated with these two diseases. Accordingly, researchers have designed a trial study to determine the effectiveness of integrating pharmacotherapy and behavioral treatments for AUDs into routine care for TB. (Source: Medical News Today, 11/21/09)

For Drivers Who Persist In Driving While Intoxicated 22. November 2009
Driving while impaired (DWI) contributes significantly to road-traffic crashes, and is involved in more than one-third of all fatalities. Many DWI recidivists – drinking drivers who re-offend – do not participate in mandated alcohol-evaluation and intervention programs or else continue to drink problematically after their licenses have been re-issued. A comparison of the effects of two interventions on DWI recidivists with alcohol problems found that one – Brief Motivational Interviewing (BMI) – was more effective. (Source: Medical News Today, 11/21/09)

“Study”: Alcohol ‘protects men’s hearts’ 22. November 2009
The type of drink did not appear to change the results. Drinking alcohol every day cuts the risk of heart disease in men by more than a third, a major study suggests. The Spanish research involving more than 15,500 men and 26,000 women found large quantities of alcohol could be even more beneficial for men.
Female drinkers did not benefit to the same extent, the study in Heart found. Experts are critical, warning heavy drinking can increase the risk of other diseases, with alcohol responsible for 1.8 million deaths globally per year. (Source: Google Alkohol Alert, 11/21/09) Source: BBC NEWS, 11/19/09 Comment: An unbelievable study. It is contradictory to previous studies about positive health aspects for the heart. After the French paradox we have now the Spanish paradox. BBC presents the opinion of critical experts, but many medias bring only the positive news in order to make propaganda for alcoholic beverages. That’s exactly the reason, why such studies come out.

Mathematical Abilities of Children With FASD 21. November 2009
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) have a number of cognitive deficits, but mathematical ability seems particularly damaged. Little is known about the brain structures related to mathematical deficits in children with FASD. A new study that used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to investigate the relationship between mathematical skills and brain white matter structure in children with FASD supports the importance of the left parietal area for mathematical tasks. (Source: Medical News Today, 11/20/09)

You can cut back on alcohol 20. November 2009
“‘We’re on the cusp of some major advances in how we conceptualize alcoholism,’ says Dr. Mark Willenbring, director of treatment and recovery research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The institute is the nation’s leading authority on alcoholism and the major provider of funds for alcohol research. ‘The focus now is on the large group of people who are not yet dependent. But they are at risk for developing dependence.’ Many of these people need not give up alcohol altogether. The concept of so-called controlled drinking — that people with alcohol-use disorders could simply curb, or control, their drinking — has existed for many years…. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 11/19/09) Los Angeles Times, 11/16/09

Research On College Students’ Drinking Beliefs And Behavior 19. November 2009
Unrealistic optimism about drinking behavior can lead to later alcohol-related problems, according to research published in the current issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (PSPB), the official monthly journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
Researchers interviewed 800 college students several times over the course of two years about whether their drinking resulted in hangovers, memory loss or trouble with police. They found that those who believed that they had a smaller chance than other students of having a drinking problem were actually the ones most likely to later experience problems. (Source: Medical News Today, 11/18/09)

Coed College Housing Connected To Frequent Binge Drinking 19. November 2009
A new study in the Journal of American College Health finds that students placed by their universities in coed housing are 2.5 times more likely to binge drink each week than students placed in all-male or all-female housing. More than 500 students from five college campuses around the country participated in the study: * 42 percent of students in coed housing reported binge drinking on a weekly basis. * 18 percent of students in gender-specific housing reported binge drinking weekly. (Source: Medical News Today, 11/18/09)

AMMIE: Alcohol Marketing Monitoring In Europe 17. November 2009
A systematical way for monitoring alcohol marketing will be developed in order to get insight in alcohol marketing practices in different European countries and to enable policymakers and other stakeholders to improve the existing alcohol marketing regulations within the framework of the self regulation systems.
NGOs in the participating countries, Bulgaria, Italy, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, will monitor the
volume and content of alcohol marketing practices for one year. … The AMMIE project, which is funded by the European Union, has started in July 2009 and is coordinated by the Dutch institute for alcohol policy (STAP). (Quelle: EUCAM Newsletter, 11/17/09)

Österreich: Alle zweieinhalb Stunden ein Alkoholunfall 16. November 2009
53 Tote und 3.653 Verletzte bei 2.646 Verkehrsunfällen durch Alkohol am Steuer. Laut Statistik passieren solche Unfälle vor allem nachts und an Wochenenden. Vor allem junge Männer verursachen laut Statistik häufig Unfälle im betrunkenen Zustand: 88 Prozent der Alkolenker sind männlich, jeder vierte ist zwischen 18 und 24 Jahre alt. …Da bei Toten oder Bewusstlosen meist keine Alkoholprobe genommen wird, ist die Dunkelziffer recht hoch. Es wird mit 20% statt 6,8% der Unfälle gerechnet. Die Strafen wurden erst kürzlich erhöht. (Quelle: Google Alkohol Alert, 14.11.09) derstandard.at, 15.11.09

Expert On Risks Of Alcoholic Energy Drinks Available 15. November 2009
Emergency physician Mary Claire O’Brien, M.D., of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has done extensive research on the risks and dangers of alcoholic energy drinks (AEDs). She is available to comment on her research which has been cited in the ongoing effort by state attorneys general to ban the drinks. On Nov. 13, the FDA asked 30 munaufacturers of AEDs to provide safety data related to adding caffeine and other stimulants to their products. O’Brien’s research found that college students who reported consuming alcohol mixed with energy drinks had significantly higher prevalence of alcohol-related consequences such as sexual assault and injury. Source: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (Source: Medical News Today, 11/14/09) (Source: Medical News Today, 11/14/09) newscientist, 11/21/09

US-Study Explores Action of Alcohol-Related Metabolic ‘Switch’ 13. November 2009
A study of fruit flies finds that heavy drinking may initiate a genetic process that increases alcohol tolerance but also switches the body from metabolizing alcohol to forming fat in the liver — the underpinning of the deadly disease cirrhosis.
North Carolina State University researchers said the findings could have implications for human drinkers: the genes that help fruit flies adapt to alcohol consumption have a corollary in the human ME1 gene, which is known to be related to alcohol use. (Source: Join Together, 11/9/09)

Use Of Performance Enhancers By Athletes: Consequences 13. November 2009
College athletes who use performance-enhancing substances may be at heightened risk of misusing alcohol and using recreational drugs as well, according to new research in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The study, of 234 male athletes at one university, found that those who used performance enhancers — ranging from steroids to stimulants to weight-loss supplements — were more likely to admit to heavy drinking and using drugs like marijuana and cocaine. (Source: Medical News Today, 11/12/09)

Shock Figures Highlight Alcohol-Related Problems, UK 13. November 2009
Millions of people across the UK could be putting themselves at risk of alcohol related violence, casual sex or blackouts, according to an ICM poll carried out on behalf of the Priory Group. 61% of people questioned had been adversely affected following a night’s heavy drinking. The most common occurrence was not being able to remember what had happened the night before. The research shows that alcohol can negatively affect behaviour in a number of ways… (Source: Medical News Today, 11/12/09)

Study: “Alcohol, Social Development and Infectious Disease” 13. November 2009
A ground breaking new study establishing the link between alcohol use and the risk of contracting TB and pneumonia, as well as its influence on the progression of TB and HIV is now available. The report also explores the pathways involved, the role of development, impact of alcohol-attributable infectious diseases on the Global Burden of Disease figures, and policy implications.
The report by Jürgen Rehm, P. Anderson, F. Kanteres, C.D. Parry, A.V. Samokhvalov and J. Patra was presented during the Global Expert Meeting on Alcohol hosted by Sweden in Stockholm 22-23 October. The report is now available along with other documentation from the Expert Meeting at the web site for the Swedish Presidency of the European Union: http://www.se2009.eu/en/meetings_news/2009/9/23/global_expert_meeting_on_alcohol

Extra Heart Dangers from Mixing Cocaine and Alcohol 13. November 2009
“Drug addiction clinics say they are becoming increasingly concerned by the health risks associated with the chemical — the only known example of the body forming a third drug following the ingestion of two others. For not only is cocaethylene toxic in the liver, it is also blamed for heart attacks in the under-40s and a surge in social problems. But because so little is known about the drug, few experts can agree on the nature of the threat to users, and indeed society as a whole. Many who consider themselves social users — for whom a line or two of cocaine coupled with a few drinks in a bar or a club is a weekly or monthly event — do not consider the health implications of their drug taking.” (Source: Harvard World Health News, 11/12/09) The Observer, London, 11/8/09

Alcohol Use Hinders In-Vitro Fertilization, Study Finds 11. November 2009
The odds of achieving a live birth through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) fell by 26 percent if either sex partner consumed four or more alcoholic drinks weekly, according to a new study. Time magazine reported Oct. 27 that a study of more than 2,500 couples attempting IVF found that success rates fell by 16 percent if women drank and 14 percent if men drank. Wine seemed to affect IVF success the most among women, while beer drinking had the biggest negative impact among men. (Source: Join Together, 11/10/09)

Study Shows How Alcohol Can Spread Cancer 5. November 2009
Researchers from Rush University Medical Center may have discovered how alcohol transforms regular cancer cells into a more aggressive form of the disease that can spread to other areas of the body.
Researchers added alcohol to colon and breast cancer cells and found that the alcohol activated the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition, a process that causes cancer cells to become metastatic. (Source: Join Together, 11/4/09)

Study: Cheap Alcohol Appeals to Problem Drinkers 4. November 2009
About 70 percent of the alcohol consumed by a group of problem drinkers in Scotland had been bought at a discount, according to a study that concluded that heavy drinkers actively seek out cheap alcohol and that setting minimum alcohol prices could cut overconsumption. (Source: Join Together, 11/3/09) Comment: This means that higher alcohol taxes reduce the consumption of alcoholics too. Minimum prices should be combined with alcohol taxes in order to pay for treatment and prevention.
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