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Join Together, USA,  has presented the top-ten for 2007: e.g.
New HBO 'Addiction' Series Will Be Springboard for Community Education, Action
Surgeon General Calls for Action on Underage Drinking
Addiction Community's Influence Over Corporate Responsibility Grows
Nordstrom Agrees to Stop Selling Sandals After Complaint About Secret Flask
Die Top-Ten-Meldungen von Join Together 2007 12/27/2007
Massive Federal Budget Plan Passes Congress, Heads to Bush
An omnibus federal budget for FY2008 has been passed by the U.S. Senate and House and is headed for the president's desk; the bill includes funding for addiction treatment and prevention programs as part of $555 billion in appropriations. (Quelle: Join Together, 12/21/07)
Das 2008-Budget der USA geht zur Genehmigung an den Präsidenten G.W. Bush. 12/26/2007
Raise Alcohol Prices to Prevent Abuse, U.K. Doctors Say
The president of Great Britain's Royal College of Physicians said that alcohol education efforts have failed and that the only way to prevent excessive drinking is to raise alcohol prices, ban alcohol advertising, and reduce availability. (Quelle: Join Together, 12/21/07)
Erhöht die Alkoholpreise, um dem Missbrauch vorzubeugen, sagen die englischen Ärzte. 12/26/2007

Beer for the poor – a new poverty reduction strategy from Diageo! According to a recent news item in The Guardian, the world’s biggest multinational drinks company Diageo has suggested that the solution to problem drinking in some of the poorest parts of Africa is to flood troublesome districts with ultra-low-cost beer. The idea is to offer affordable alternatives to the high-strength and often toxic home-made alcohol that is commonly consumed in such areas. This strategy has been tested in some areas in Kenya, and now Diageo is working to convince other African governments to follow the same line. Diageo has also met with WHO officials to introduce their strategy. (Quelle: ADD Bulletin 8/2007)  The Guardian unlimited, 21.12.07
Comment: That would be out of the frying pan into the fire. A wonderful occasion to spread out the own beer. An alternative would be to use high alcohol taxes to reduce poverty directly. (Without helping corruption.) Let's hope the WHO stands to its policy!

Bier für die Armen - eine neue Strategie von Diageo, um die Armut zu reduzieren! 12/21/2007

Alcohol Ravages South Africa’s Children. Some 25.000 children are born in South Africa every year with the Foetal Alcohol Syndrom (FAS). This has brought South Africa to the top of the world statistics of this condition. The press agency AFP has in an article described the FAS problem in the poverty-stricken town De Aar in South Africa. Read the article here (Quelle: ADD Bulletin 8/2007)

Alkohol wirkt verheerend unter Südafrikas Kindern. 12/21/2007

New report from the WHO Expert Committee on Problems Related to Alcohol Consumption
“The Committee recommends that WHO continue its practice of no collaboration with the various sectors of the alcohol industry. Any interaction should be confined to discussion of the contribution the alcohol industry can make to the reduction of alcohol-related harm only in the context of their roles as producers, distributors and marketers of alcohol, and not in terms of alcohol policy development or health promotion.” This one of the many interesting recommendations in the newly published report from the WHO Expert Committee on Problems Related to Alcohol Consumption. (Quelle: ADD Bulletin 8/2007) The report of the Expert Committee can be downloaded here.

Neuer Bericht des WHO-Experten-Komitees zu Problemen im Zusammenhang mit dem Alkoholkonsum. 12/21/2007
Briefing note from Uganda: “Drinking into deeper poverty” - The time is ripe to elevate the discussion on excessive alcohol consumption from the back-seat of what is considered to be “personal choices” to the frontline of public policy. This is one of the conclusions from a newly published briefing note from Uganda in East Africa. – Excessive alcohol consumption is a growing problem – one which, if not addressed, could seriously limit Uganda’s social and economic progress thereby plunging the country into deeper poverty, says the note which has been developed and published by the Chronic Poverty Research Centre in Uganda. (Source: ADD Bulletin 8/2007)  Chronic Poverty Research Centre web site or via the ADD web site. Kurznachricht aus Uganda: "In tiefere Armut hineintrinken" 12/21/2007
Australia: Illicit Drug Use, Drinking Starting at Twelve
"The average age of first-time drug users in NSW has dropped to 12½ and alcohol problems have outstripped illicit drug problems for the first time in 30 years, according to Odyssey House's annual report, to be released today. Odyssey's chief executive, James Pitts, said many 'tweens' and teenagers entering its rehabilitation centre in Sydney had developed addictions as a way of coping with a difficult family life because illegal drugs had become easier to obtain…Children as young as 10 had been admitted to the program for alcohol abuse, which was a strong predictor for cannabis use a few years later." (Quelle: Harvard World Health News, 12/20/07The Sidney Morning Herald, 12/18/07
Australien: Illegaler Drogenkonsum, Alkoholkonsum Start mit 12 Jahren. 12/21/2007
Baby risk labels proposed on alcohol: Alcohol bottles could be slapped with new labels warning pregnant women to steer clear under a new proposal floated by the trans-Tasman food regulator. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is inviting comment on the concept of putting baby risk warning labels on beers, wines and spirits.(Source: Harvard World Health News, 12/20/07)   The New Zealand Herald online, 12/21/07 Für Australien, Tasmanien und Neuseeland wird vorgeschlagen, Alkoholgebinde mit Warnung wegen Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft zu versehen. 12/21/2007
Australia: Alcohol is Destroying Aboriginal Babies' Lives
"The former Australian of the year and child health expert Fiona Stanley yesterday fought back tears as she revealed her fears that high rates of foetal alcohol syndrome in Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley could lead to another lost Aboriginal generation. Giving evidence to a West Australian inquest into Aboriginal youth suicides, Professor Stanley warned that as many as one in four Aboriginal children could have foetal alcohol syndrome -- making them more likely to fall into a life of behavioural and health problems, neglect, educational failures, substance abuse and juvenile crime." (Source: Harvard World Health News, 12/20/07 The Sidney Morning Herald, 12/18/07
Australien: Alkohol zerstört das Leben von Babies der Aborigines 12/21/2007
News from the European Union:
  •  Overview of health strategy: Health Policy Forum
    EU Health Policy Forum meeting, Brussels, 28 november 2007 Contributions
  •  Health determinants: Alcohol
    European Alcohol and Health Forum: 2nd series of commitments
  • News von der Europäischen Union 12/21/2007
    Welcome to the DG SANCO Stakeholder Dialogue Group webpage: Die EU stellt die neue Webseite DG SANCO Stakeholder Dialogue Group vor. 12/20/2007
    European Alcohol and Health Forum: 1st series of commitments:
    A first series of commitments aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm has been put forward by the members of European Alcohol and Health Forum. An overview of the 73 commitments introduced so far under the scheme described in the Charter establishing the European Alcohol and Health Forum is contained in the following document (266 KB)
    Europäisches Forum Alkohol und Gesundheit: 1. Serie von Verpflichtungen 12/17/2007
    CASAConference to Explore Link Between Substance Abuse and Public Policy
    The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University will hold a CASAConference to explore the findings and recommendations in CASA Chairman Joseph A. Califano, Jr.'s book, High Society: How Substance Abuse Ravages America and What to Do About It.   See Events      (Source: Join Together, 12/14/07)
    Comment: This book could be of help in discussions of other countries too. You may copy the frontpicture of the book and create a gift token for christmas. (and order it)
    "CasaKonferenz" sucht Zusammenhang zwischen Drogenmissbrauch und öffentlicher Politik. 12/17/2007
    Facebook Group Celebrates Drunk Young Women. A Facebook group that features photos and videos of women getting drunk has attracted more than 172,000 members and about 5,000 photos, CNN reported Dec. 10. The group is part discussion forum, part bulletin board. (Source: Join Together, 12.12.07)   Webseite mit Bildern von sich betrinkenden jungen Frauen. 12/13/2007
    Eurocare has issued Newsletter November 2007 Eurocare Newsletter November 2007 12/10/2007
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced that it will spend $1 million to open the Native American Center for Excellence, Prevention Technical Assistance Resource Center -- described as "a first-of-its-kind national Native American-run project to promote effective substance abuse prevention programs in Native American communities throughout the United States." (Source: Join Together,12/07/07)   SAMHSA finanziert Drogenabhängigkeits-Zentrum für die Unrbevölkerung 12/10/2007

    'Air Rage' Blamed on Alcohol, Tobacco. A British study concludes that a 62 percent increase in "air-rage" incidents among airline passengers can largely be traced to misbehavior among drinkers and smokers. (Source: Join Together, 12/07/07)  

    Zwischenfälle in Flugzeugen unterwegs werden Alkohol und Tabak zugeschrieben. 12/10/2007

    NH Holds First-Ever Presidential Town Hall Addressing Addiction, Recovery.  Hundreds of New Hampshire residents came together on December 2, 2007, to press Presidential campaigns to advance and support policies that effectively address the many alcohol and drug problems facing the state and the nation. (Source: Join Together, 12/07/07)  

     

    In New Hampshire, USA, fand das erste je abgehaltene Stadthaus-Meeting mit den Präsidentschaftskandidaten  zu Abhängigkeit und Rehabilitation statt. 12/10/2007
    Today we sent a letter to the European Commission, DG Health and Consumer Protection in Brussels regarding Media-Agreement between Switzerland and the EU which would force Switzerland to accept alcohol advertising on TV from EU-countries. (Television without frontiers directives) We ask the Commission to help in order to avoid this condition which is against Swiss law.  See: Letters to ... (in English) Heute sandten wir einen Brief an den EU-Kommissär betr. das Media-Abkommen Schweiz:EU. 12/07/2007
    Forbes reported Nov. 28 that the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development's study on the World's 15 Heaviest-Drinking Countries found that per-capita alcohol consumption was highest in Luxembourg, where residents consume an average of 15.5 liters of alcohol annually. Following closely were France, Ireland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Switzerland on 9th position with 11.2 liters. 14 of the 15 countries are in Europe, having low minimal age and low or no alcohol taxes. (Source: Join Together, 12/06/07)   Forbes, 11/28/07
    Comment: Swiss figures show 9.0 liters for Switzerland. (depending on the origin of figures?)
    Die OECD listet die 15 am stärksten Alkohol konsumierenden Länder auf. 12/06/2007
    NIAAA is beginning an exciting new VideoConference Series on Wednesday, December 12, 2007. Please join us! Each VideoConference will consist of an engaging 20 minute presentation on a specific alcohol-research topic, designed specifically for our liaison community, led by an expert NIAAA scientist.  An interactive Q & A Session will follow where you can: Das National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), USA, startet eine Serie von Video-Konferenzen im Internet. 12/06/2007
    EU Commission agrees Stakeholder Dialogue Membership:
    On 29 November 2007, the European Commission appointed the members of the newly-created DG SANCO 'Stakeholder Dialogue Group' (SDG).  The first meeting of the Group took place on 30 November 2007. (Source: EU Health and Consumer e-News, 12/03/07)
    EU SANCO Dialoggruppe der Interessenvertreter 12/05/2007
    The European Alcohol and Health Forum has brought a new form:
    Submission form for commitment ######### (100 KB)
    Das Europäische Forum Alkohol und Gesundheit hat ein neues Formular. 12/05/2007

    August Busch IV: "Stop Genocide? We'd Rather Watch Synchronized Swimming": As a major sponsor of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the king of beer Anheuser-Busch could play a role in stopping the genocide in Darfur. China is being called "the single most important supporter, economically and diplomatically, of the regime in Sudan," where hundreds of thousands of people have been killed or displaced. And as 2008 draws near, the Olympics represents an important opportunity to put pressure on the Chinese government. But August Busch has refused to speak out against a crisis that even the Bush administration calls genocide. (Quelle: Marin Institute News, December 2007)             STLtoday, 27.11.07 Darfur advocates press A-B to drop Olympics            Beverage daily.com, 3.12.07 Anheuser-Busch looks to China

    Anheuser-Busch, der US-Bierkönig, will nicht in China  politisch intervenieren. 12/05/2007
    The American Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released findings from the 2006 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS). N-SSATS is an annual census of substance abuse treatment facilities that provides data on the location and characteristics of alcohol and drug abuse treatment services throughout the United States. It also provides information on how widely these facilities and programs are used.
    (Source: Join Together, 11/30/07)  
    Die amerikanische Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) veröffentlichte Ergebnisse der Untersuchung 2006. 12/03/2007
    On 23 October 2007 the European Commission adopted a new Health Strategy, 'Together for Health: A Strategic Approach for the EU 2008-2013'. Building on current work, this Strategy aims to provide, for the first time, an overarching strategic framework spanning core issues in health as well as health in all policies and global health issues.   Now in many languages available.
    Health strategy as per 11/23/07
    Eu-Gesundheits-Strategie 2008 2013. Alle Unterlagen sind jetzt in vielen Sprachen abrufbar. 11/23/2007
    Professor Ian Gilmore was pleased to represent both the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) as its President and the Alcohol Health Alliance UK as its Chairman at a meeting arranged by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street this morning to tackle alcohol misuse, particularly in the young. (Source: Medical News Today, 11/22/07) Alkohol-Seminar am Sitz des englischen Premier-Ministers. 11/23/2007
    New Mexico officials denied a liquor license to US Airways after witnesses said they saw flight attendants serving alcohol to a visibly intoxicated passenger.  (Source: Join Together, 11/19/07) Mexicos Behörden haben US-Airways die Alkohol-Lizenz wieder entzogen. 11/20/2007
    Bush Vetoes HHS Spending Bill
    As expected, President Bush has vetoed the spending bill for the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Education, claiming the measure is full of "pork." The bill includes the bulk of federal funding for alcohol and other drug programs. 
    (Source: Join Together, 11/16/07)      CNN, 11/13/07
    Präsident Bush legt sein Veto gegen ein Ausgaben-Gesetz ein. 11/20/2007

    Nordstrom Agrees to Stop Selling Sandals After Complaint About Secret Flask
    Officials at retail giant Nordstrom have agreed to stop selling sandals with a built-in flask after receiving complaints from the Oregon Partnership, a community-based prevention and treatment organization. (Source: Join Together, 11/16/07)          Nordstrom           Oregon Partnership

    USA: Nordstrom zieht die Sandalen mit eingebauter Flasche zurück. 11/20/2007
    In the wake of a new national report from Marin Institute that finds the Massachusetts Bay Area Transportation Authority (MBTA) is one of only two major public transit systems that explicitly allow alcohol advertising, a coalition of local organizations, community leaders, activists, parents and youth are stepping up their call for an end to alcohol ads on the T in Boston, USA.
    (Source: Join Together, 11/16/07)
    Eine lokale Koalition will, dass die Alkoholwerbung im öffentlichen Transport-System MBTA  in Boston, USA verschwindet. 11/16/2007
    U.K.: Alcohol Disease 'Hits Young Hard'   "Doctors are seeing rising numbers of patients in their late teens and early twenties with severe alcohol-related disease, many of them women...Many said the social acceptability of heavy drinking was the most important influence on young people.
    (Source: Harvard World Health News, 11/14/07)   BBC online, 11/13/07
    U.K.: Die Alkoholkrankheit trifft die Jungen hart. 11/15/2007

    Call for price of drink to double to cut bingeing: A new coalition of medical experts will demand tough action this week on the sale of alcohol, including a 10 per cent rise in taxation and a ban on advertising drink products on TV before 9pm.  (Quelle: Harvard World Health News, 11/14/07)
    The Observer, 11/11/07

    Alkoholpreise sollen in England verdoppelt werden, um das Binge Drinking einzudämmen. 11/15/2007

    House and Senate Agree on Addiction Budget. A US-House-Senate conference committee has approved a FY2008 budget plan that calls for spending $1.779 billion on the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and increasing the budgets of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). President Bush is expected to veto the measure, however. (Source: Join Together, 11/09/07)

    Ein Komitee der beiden Kammern im US-Kongress hat ein Budget für 2008 genehmigt. 11/14/2007
    A new coalition launched today is calling on the Government to do more to prevent the rise in alcohol-related diseases. The Alcohol Health Alliance UK is a ground-breaking coalition of 24 organisations whose mission is to reduce the damage caused to health by alcohol misuse and who will work together to:
    - Highlight the rising levels of alcohol-related health harm
    - Propose evidence-based solutions to reduce this harm
    - Influence decision makers to take positive action to address the damage caused by alcohol misuse  (Source: Medical News Today, 11/13/07)
    Comment: Congratulations and best wishes!
    In England haben 24 Organisationen eine neue Koalition im Kampf gegen die Alkohol-Schäden gebildet. 11/14/2007
    European Alcohol and Health Forum (EU): Page updatet.
    http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_determinants/life_style/alcohol/Forum/alcohol_forum_en.htm
    European Alcohol and Health Forum (EU) 11/13/2007

    Chinese-Made Toys Containing 'Date Rape' Drug are Pulled: "Millions of Chinese-made children's toys have been pulled from shelves in North America and Australia after scientists found it contained a chemical that converts into a powerful 'date rape' drug when ingested."  (Source: Harvard World Health News, 11/7/07)    YAHOO NEWS, 11/8/07

    In China hergestellte Spielzeuge, welche die "Vergewaltigungs-Droge" GHB enthielten, werden zurückgezogen. 11/09/2007
    Children & Alcohol: Britain's Deadly Cocktail: "Record numbers of children are in treatment for alcohol abuse. Britain's drinking culture, combined with the sheer availability and affordability of alcohol, is taking a heavy toll of those most vulnerable to its effects...The new statistics, obtained from the National Treatment Agency, and published for the first time by the IoS, reveal a devastating picture of Britain's young people and children suffering from alcohol-related illness and self-destruction."  (Source: Harvard World Health News,11/7/07 The Independent, London, Nov. 4, 2007 Kinder und Alkohol: Englands tödlicher Cocktail. 11/09/2007

    Alcohol Tax Increase Proposed in Alaska: Lawwmakers in Fairbanks, Alaska are proposing to double the tax on alcoholic drinks, beer, wine, and liquor, raising it from 5 to 10 percent. The tax is intended to fill a gap in the city's budget; more importantly, Mayor Steve Thompson, who proposed the measure, is making the connection between taxes and alcohol-related costs. (Source: Marin Institute News 11/01/07)       Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 10/18/07

    In Alaska wird vorgeschlagen, die Alkoholsteuern anzuheben. 11/05/2007

    From the Eurocare Newsletter October 2007:
    ·    The Parliament’s report on the EU Alcohol Strategy calls for further action
    ·         First meeting of the Alcohol and Health Forum
    ·         European Parliament prepares its report on the Community Strategy on health and safety at work
    ·         Eurostat report: comparative price levels of alcoholic beverages in 37 European countries
    ·         Parliament endorses reduced excise duty on rum from French overseas departments
    ·         Council agrees on Programme of Community Action in the field of Health 2008-2013
    ·         Gastein 10th event

    Neuigkeiten von der EU, aus dem Eurocare Newsletter Oktober 2007 10/30/2007
    ELSA Project: Alcohol advertisement regulations in Europe do not protect minors. Comment by Eurocare Die Regeln für die Alkohol- Reklame in Europa schützen Jugendliche nicht 10/30/2007
    DHS: Innovative practices to tackle drink driving, binge drinking and Consumer information. The German member of Eurocare, the German Centre for Addiction (DHS), has recently published the results of the EU funded project, Pathways for Health. The project has collected a wealth of information on innovative practices aimed at tackling binge drinking, drinking and driving and consumer information through labelling. All the information can be found at http://www.dhs.de/web/dhs_international/pathways.php
    For a catalogue of innovative projects, from 24 of the EU Member States visit
    http://www.dhs.de/web/dhs_international/php-project.php
     
    DHS: Innovative Praktiken, um Alkohol am Steuer und Binge Drinking zu bekämpfen. 10/30/2007
    High compliance of alcohol ads proves shortcomings rather than effectiveness self regulation. Reaction of STAP, Netherlands, to Advertising Compliance Monitoring Report 2007 by the EFRD.
    (Source: From Eurocare Newsletter Oktober 2007)
    Reaktion von STAP auf den Advertising Compliance Monitoring Report 2007 der EFRD 10/30/2007
    Alcohol in Europe - A public health perspective Publication now available in french Alcohol in Europe - A public health perspective 10/29/2007
    Undercover agents found that underage buyers were able to obtain alcohol on about 15 percent of attempts in 2007, down from 20 percent in 2006 and 50 percent in 2004. Tough penalties and efforts by the alcohol industry to cut down on sales to underage drinkers also were credited. Fines of up to 10,000 pounds, three-month alcohol sales bans and license reviews are among the penalties faced by establishments that sell alcohol to youths under age 18. (Source: Join Together, 10/23/07)   Testkäufe in England haben Erfolg. 10/29/2007
    Alcohol Party Grants at Harvard Continue. The Harvard Undergraduate Council continues to make grants of $100 or more that can be spent on alcohol at student parties despite a dean's order to stop funding alcohol purchases on in-dorm events, Bloomberg News reported Oct. 15. The grant program began in 2003 as part of an initiative to improve student social activities that also included the opening of an on-campus pub.  (Source: Join Together, 10/23/07)  
    Comment: You can't believe it.
    Beiträge für Alkohol an Studenten-Parties in der Harvard Universität. 10/29/2007
    National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Focuses Campus Attention On Alcohol Abuse
    In October, college and university students will join with their peers on more than 1,000 campuses across the country to promote National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, October 21-27. During NCAAW, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events, all designed by the campus to reinforce personal responsibility and respect for current state laws and school policies when it comes to the consumption of alcohol beverages.(Source: Medical News Today, 10/20/07)
    Nationale Alkohol-Besinnungs-Woche der Colleges und Universitäten in USA. 10/28/2007
    BMA Scotland today called for new legislation to introduce compulsory labelling on all alcoholic products to help people understand and manage their drinking habits better. The call comes on the eve of Scotland's first Alcohol Awareness Week (21 - 27 October 2007).  (Quelle: Medical News Today,10/20/07) Schottland führt zum ersten Mal eine Alkohol-Besinnungswoche durch. 10/28/2007
    Australians Consider Raising Drinking Age to 21: While some in the U.S. are calling for the legal drinking age to be lowered from 21 to 18, officials in Western Australia are suggesting a move in the opposite direction. (Source: Join Together, 10/16/07)   Australische Polizei empfiehlt die Anhebung des Mindestalters von 18 auf 21. 10/28/2007

    Anheuser-Busch is the largest buyer of rice in USA,  purchasing between six and ten percent of the entire annual U.S. rice harvest. The company uses rice in the beer manufacturing process, they say, for flavor. Recently, Greenpeace International conducted a series of independent laboratory tests at an Arkansas-based Anheuser-Busch rice mill that showed the presence of an experimental genetically-engineered (GE) strain of rice. Back in 2006, this same strain was the source of a major contamination of at least 30 percent of the rice stocks in the United States. The contamination had a massive negative economic impact on the U.S. rice industry as many countries subsequently stopped or significantly restricted the import of U.S. rice. 
    Send a letter to Anheuser-Busch demanding that the company commit to barring all GE ingredients from their products.   (Source: Marin Institute News, Oct. 07) Greenpeace International, October 8, 2007

    Anheuser-Busch verwendet Gen-Reis. Greenpeace protestiert. 10/28/2007
    Fewer Beer Giants Bring More Layoffs, Bigger Profits
    When the second and third largest brewers, (behind Anheuser-Busch) SABMiller and Molson Coors, announced their intent to combine their U.S. operations last week, the motivation was clear: to better compete with the King of Beer. The new "MillerCoors" is expected to sell 69 million U.S. barrels annually, cut as much as $500 million in costs, and bring their net revenue to approximately $6.6 billion. Comment by Marin Institute: Isn't it funny how beer companies complain that raising taxes will result in job losses, but won't hesitate to lay off workers just to boost profits? (Source: Marin Institute News, Oct. 07)  International Tribune Herald, 10/10/07
    Weniger Bier-Giganten bringt mehr Profit. 10/28/2007
    Underage Alcopop Consumption: Cost Data for 27 States
    In California, Marin Institute estimated the enormous costs of underage alcopop consumption; they used this data to educate policymakers, the media, and others. Now they have made similar estimates for the other 27 states where current law indicates that alcopops should be classified as distilled spirits. Doing so would make these products less available to youth (depending on the state law), either by removing them from grocery and convenience stores, raising the taxes (and hence prices), or both. Look up your state here.
    (Source: Marin Institute News, Oct. 07)
    Das Marin Institute in Kalifornien hat in 27 US-Staaten die sozialen Kosten des Alcopop-Konsums geschätzt. 10/28/2007
    Utah, a state already known for strong alcohol policies, could be the next to make alcopops less accessible to youth. The state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission recently voted unanimously to consider limiting the sales of all alcopops or "flavored malt beverages" to state liquor stores. The decision could mean removing the products from hundreds of grocery stores and convenience stores.  Final regulations are expected in early 2008. (Source: Marin Institute News, Oct. 07)
    kutv.com
    Das Marin Institute in Kalifornien hat in 27 US-Staaten die sozialen Kosten des Alcopop-Konsums geschätzt. 10/28/2007
    Illinois has become the first state to pass a law prohibiting alcohol companies from advertising, promoting, or marketing alcopops to youth. State policymakers likened the marketing of alcopops to using the cartoon character Joe Camel to sell cigarettes. State Representative Greg Harris explained: "We must protect children from the dangers of underage drinking by putting a stop to ads that make it look 'cool'."   (Source: Marin Institute News, Oct. 07) Illinois ist der erste US-Staat, der die Werbung für Alcopops, gezielt auf Jugendliche, verboten hat. 10/28/2007
    U.K.: Big Problems with Early Drinking. A disproportionate number of people treated for alcohol overdoses in emergency rooms in Great Britain are under age 14, the Telegraph reported Oct. 8.
    (Quelle: Join Together, 10/15/07)  
    England hat grosse Probleme mit dem Alkoholkonsum von Kindern. 10/27/2007
    FORUT (Organiz. for development aid in Norway): Plan for Alcohol and Drug Prevention in Malawi: The first plan for FORUT’s cooperation with Malawi has now been approved. Prevention of alcohol and drug problems is the main focus of the plan, linked to critical issues in Malawi like HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence. Four areas of action have been defined in the new plan: Research and documentation, competence-building, policy development and mobilization/awareness-raising. (Source: ADD-bulletin, 10/15/07)
    Read more and download the plan here.
    FORUT, die norwegische Entwicklungshilfe-Organisation startet einen Plan für Alkohol- und Drogen-Prävention in Malawi. 10/27/2007
    Join Together issued a new report, Prevention Education in America's Schools: Findings and Recommendations from a Survey of Educators.                             Now they want to hear from you.
    -
    What is happening in schools in your community?
    - What are your reactions to the report's recommendations?
    - How have you used the report?         Tell us what you think.
    Join Together's neuer Bericht: Prevention Education in America's Schools: Findings and Recommendations from a Survey of Educators. 10/27/2007
    New Campaign Opposes Lower Drinking Age
    The new Support 21 coalition, launched by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the American Medical Association, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, is aimed at countering growing calls for lowering the national drinking age from 21 to 18. (Source: Join Together, 10/9/07)  
    Eine neue Kampagne in den USA bekämpft die Bestrebungen, das Mindestalter zu senken. 10/27/2007
    Youth Encouraged to Host Community Briefings on Alcohol
    As part of a national effort to inform communities about alcohol issues that are affecting youth access and underage drinking, youth groups from across the country are urged to host Community Briefings on March 5th or 6th, 2008.   (Source: Join Together, 10/9/07)  
    Die Jugend wird ermuntert, Gemeinde-Veranstaltungen über Alkohol durchzuführen. 10/27/2007
    Council approves EU Health Programme for 2008-2013
    On 9 October the Council adopted a Decision establishing the Second Programme of Community Action in the Field of Health for the period 2008-2013. Building on the Public Health Programme 2003-2008, the new Programme sets the framework for funding European projects and other actions related to health for 2008-2013.  
    The Programme's objectives are: to improve citizens' health security; to promote health, including the reduction of health inequalities and to generate and disseminate health information and knowledge. The new Programme will come into force on 1 January 2008. The budget for the Programme is €321.5 million.
    Der EU-Rat genehmigt das EU-Gesundheits-Programm 2008-2013 10/27/2007
    South Africa: Banks Say State is Passing Buck on Drunken Driving
    "Benjamin Kleinbooi became the first South African drunk driver to have his car confiscated, almost three years ago. Now his case could have major implications for vehicle-finance institutions.  Banks might be forced to turn away customers applying for vehicle finance if they have been convicted of drunken driving."  (Source: Harvard World Health News, 10/25/07)  The Sunday Times, SA, 10/21/07
    Banken in Südafrika sagen, der Staat schiebe ihnen den Schwarzpeter zu 10/27/2007
    Miller Brewing Co. Slammed by Catholic Group
    The Catholic League is blasting Miller Brewing Co. for sponsoring what the group calls "an incredibly outrageous and palpably anti-Christian event" -- a San Francisco street fair -- Fox News reported Sept. 27.  (Source: Join Together, 10/01/07)  
    Miller Brewing Co., USA, wird von einer katholischen Gruppe angegriffen. 10/26/2007
    Most Protestants Say Drinking No Sin
    Most Protestant pastors and lay people say that drinking alcohol is not a sin even through the Bible prohibits drunkenness, the Christian Post reported Sept. 26. A survey by LifeWay Research found that 29 percent of lay Protestants and 24 percent of pastors said that people should never drink alcohol, but more pastors (68 percent) than laity (54 percent) believe that the Bible allows drinking. (Source: Join Together, 9/27/07)  
    Die meisten Protestanten in den USA sagen, dass Alkohol konsumieren keine Sünde sei. 10/25/2007
    Loophole Hinders Enforcement of R.I. Social Host Law
    Rhode Island's (USA) social-host law, designed to prevent underage drinking parties, has been hobbled by language that limits its application to the host's "residence," thus excluding drinking in backyards or other locations on private property. (Quelle: Join Together, 9/26/07)  
    Lücke im Gesetz verhindert die Durchsetzung des Social Host Law in Rhode Island, USA 10/25/2007
    24-Hour Drinking Could Be Curtailed in U.K. Citing the growing problem of binge drinking, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said his government would consider reversing a controversial decision to allow pubs to serve alcohol around the clock. (Source: Join Together, 9/25/07)   Die 24h-Öffnungszeiten in England könnten wieder beschnitten werden. 10/25/2007
    Disorderly Wisconsin Football Fans Breath-Tested, Banned. Fans attending University of Wisconsin football games are being given breath tests for alcohol use before being allowed into the stadium if they previously have been kicked out for disruptive behavior, the Green Bay Press Gazette reported Sept. 22.   (Source: Join Together, 9/25/07)   Atemluft-Test für Football-Fans in Wisconsin, USA 10/25/2007
    Finland to Add Alcohol Warning Labels in 2009.
    Labels on all alcoholic beverages sold in Finland will include a warning that states "alcohol endangers the development of a fetus and your health" beginning in 2009.
    Finnland beginnt 2009 mit Warnaufschriften auf allen Alkohol-Etiketten. 10/25/2007
    Drinking Games a Growth Business
    An ever-growing number of drinking games aimed at college-age drinkers are hitting the marketplace, and more entrepreneurs are looking to cash in, ABC News reported Sept. 21.
    (Source: Join Together, 9/24/07)  
    Trinkspiele, ein wachsendes Geschäft in USA 10/25/2007
    After Student Death, School Cracks Down on Student Drinking.
    A hazing death that led to criminal charges being filed against administrations and other students at Rider University also has prompted a major crackdown on alcohol use at the New Jersey school, the New York Times reported Sept. 23. (Source: Join Together, 9/20/07)  
    Nach dem Tod eines Studenten kämpft die Schule gegen den Alkohol-Konsum der Studenten an. 10/25/2007
    The Alcohol Industry: Partner or Foe? "Children don't profit from the production, sale or distribution of alcohol, adults do. When we ask who profits from the sale of alcohol to children it is clear that the alcohol industry benefits when children drink, and only the alcohol industry," says Richard Yoast Ph.D., Director of the American Medical Association Office of Alcohol and other Drug Abuse, announcing the release of The Alcohol Industry: Partner or Foe? The newly released policy brief examines techniques used by the alcohol industry to undermine prevention efforts and recruit a new generation of drinkers. James Mosher, J.D. a leading expert in the field of alcohol policy and analysis, wrote the policy brief for the American Medical Association. (Source: Join Together, 9/20/07)  
    http://www.ama-assn.org/ama1/pub/upload/mm/388/partner_foe_brief.pdf  246K, Publication Year: 2002
    Zur Erinnerung: Die Alkoholindustrie: Partner oder Widersacher? 10/25/2007
    Employers Estimate Big Losses from Workers' Drinking. A British study finds that 40 percent of employers believe that employee drinking is a major cause of absenteeism and poor productivity, and one-third feel the same is true of illicit drugs, the BBC reported Sept. 16.  (Quelle: Join Together, 9/20/07)   Die Arbeitgeber in England schätzen, dass durch das Trinken der Arbeitnehmer grosse Verluste entstehen. 10/25/2007
    Anheuser-Busch Asked to Fund Indian Treatment Center. Officials at the alcohol-plagued Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota are calling on brewer Anheuser-Busch to fund an addiction treatment center, the Associated Press reported Sept. 19.  Four small stores in Whiteclay, Neb., near the technically "dry" reservation sell 4 million cans of beer each year, mostly to reservation residents. (Source: Join Together, 9/20/07) Anheuser-Busch wurde angefragt, ein Alkohol-Behandlungszentrum für Indianer zu finanzieren. 10/25/2007
    Parity Bills Clear Full Senate, House Subcommittee. In a major step forward for equal medical treatment and insurance coverage for addictive and mental-health disorders, the U.S. Senate voted this week to approve the Mental Health Parity Act, while the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee voted 10-3 to approve the more comprehensive Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007.                (Source: Join Together, 9/20/07) US Senat und Repräsentantenhaus stimmen für Gesetz. 10/25/2007
    Measure to raise bar on drinking. Iowa (USA)college town split over ordinance aimed at students. The proposed ordinance wants to prevent anyone younger than 21 from being in a bar after 10 p.m. Bars have become a big economic engine in downtown Iowa City, replacing some of the retail establishments that left when a new mega-mall was built in nearby Coralville. In the past 20 years, the number of bar and restaurant liquor licenses has leaped fourfold, to about 50. Those numbers are viewed in different lights. Rick Dobyns, a physician and supporter of the ordinance, said it is proof that there are too many bars in Iowa City. "Increased [alcohol] access leads to increased use. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out," Dobyns said. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 9/24/07 chicagotribune.com, 9/22/07 In Iowa City, USA wird als Massnahme gegen das Binge Drinking der Studenten erwogen, das Zutrittsalter für Bars nach 22 Uhr auf 21 anzuheben. 10/25/2007

    Radio Alcohol Ads Reach Too Many Youth, Watchdog Says: The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) says that while alcohol companies are spending less on radio ads, more ads for beer, wine and liquor are being broadcast during "youth-oriented" programs, the Associated Press reported Sept. 18. A new CAMY report estimated that 36 percent of alcohol radio ads are placed on shows where per-capita youth audiences are higher than adult audiences. (Source: Join Together, 9/19/07)

    Alkoholwerbung am Radio erreicht zu viele Jugendliche, sagt Konsumentenschutz-Organisation. 10/25/2007

    An Easthampton, Mass., USA man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after allegedly buying alcohol for his daughter and her friends, one of whom died after drinking, the Boston Globe reported Sept. 14. Timothy E. Parent, 46, pled not guilty to the manslaughter charge and two counts of procuring alcohol for a minor. Police say Parent bought a 1.75-liter bottle of vodka for his 15-year-old daughter, who drank it with friend Alexis E. Garcia, also 15. Garcia was later found dead in her bathtub; authorities ruled that she died from drowning and alcohol poisoning, with a blood-alcohol content of between .28 percent and .33 percent. (Source: Join Together, 09/17/07)

    In Easthampton, Mass., USA ist ein Mann des unbeabsichtigten Totschlags angeklagt. 10/25/2007
    More Women in England Dying from Alcohol
    Alcohol-related deaths among women in England have nearly doubled in the past 15 years as drinking rates also have risen, according to a new government report.
    (Source: Join Together, 10/23/07)
    In England sterben mehr Frauen durch Alkohol 10/24/2007
    Better interlocks to detect drunken drivers in USA: "It's better to prevent somebody from breaking the law, and maybe killing or injuring someone, than to arrest them after the fact and try to prevent them from doing that again," said Anne McCartt, senior vice president for research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.The institute estimates that 9000 lives could be saved if drivers with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or more were prevented from driving.
    (Source: The New York Times, 21.10.07)
    In den USA wird die Alkohol-Zündschloss-Sicherung propagiert. 10/24/2007
    Former Kiwi league star Henry Paul lurched, clutching a pint of beer, onto the stage at "Old Trafford", the home of Manchester United to accept a good behaviour award on behalf of his Harlequins league club. He had three attempts at his acceptance speech before ushered away by the master of ceremonies. (Source: THE PRESS, Christchurch, NZ, 10/12/07) Betrunken bei der Entgegennahme einer Auszeichnung für gutes Benehmen. 10/24/2007
    Wisconsin Faces Stubborn Drinking Problems. For more than a decade, Wisconsin has had the dubious honor of leading the nation in binge drinking and the percentage of adults who drink. Chicago Sun-Times reported Sept. 17. A new study by the University of Wisconsin (UW) Population Health Institute also noted that Wisconsin has the nation's highest rates of underage drinking and alcohol use among high-school students, 49 percent of whom drink.(Source: Join Together, 10/18/07) Der US-Staat Wisconsin hat ein hartnäckiges Alkoholproblem. 10/24/2007
    About 1500 fans greeted at Christchurch (New Zealand) International Airport 17 All Blacks, returning from the Rugby World Cup in Europe, where they had lost in the quarter-final against France. Doug Howlett was left back in England. He was drinking with team mates and nine members of the management team at the London bar, where a £12500 tab was run up, before he was arrested by the police for smashing up two cars. Howlett released a video-statement later, apologising to his friends, family, the New Zealand public, rugby fans and fellow All Blacks. "There was drink involved and it's not an excuse," he said. (Source: THE PRESS, Christchurch, NZ, 10/12/07) Alkohol beim Rugby World Cup in Frankreich/England. 10/23/2007
    Drunk driving in New Zealand: Four died and drunk driver can't remember. He had a blood-alcohol reading of 2.27‰. The legal limit is 0.8‰. The crash happened on June 23 last year and the case is now in court in Wellington. (Source: THE DOMINION POST, Neuseeland, 10/02/07) Fahren in angetrunkenem Zustand in Neuseeland. 10/23/2007
    N.C. Launches Media Literacy Classes on Alcohol
    Middle-school students in North Carolina will receive media-literacy education on alcohol ads and other media that promote underage drinking under a new state initiative. The program, called "Media Ready," features 10 lessons designed to be delivered in school and was unveiled this week by First Lady Mary Easley and acting U.S. Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu.
    Quelle: Join Together, 9/14/07)     Raleigh News & Observer, 9/12/07
    Mittelstufen-Schüler in Nord-Carolina, USA werden Medienerziehung in Bezug auf Alkohol erhalten. 09/17/2007
    EU-Forum to battle alcohol-related harm. Documents      07/06/2007   HTML:  EN  FR  DE  EL EU-Forum zur Bekämpfung der Alkoholschäden. 09/17/2007
    NIH Wins Two Emmy Awards For The Addiction Project: Two Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been honored with the prestigious Governors Award by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their work with HBO on the Addiction Project. "Addiction" is a 14-part documentary television series and multimedia initiative revealing the science of addiction, its treatment, recovery, and its costs to families and society.
    (Source: Medical News Today, 9/16/07)
    NIH gewinnt zwei Emmy-Auszeichnungen für das "Abhängigkeits-Projekt" 09/17/2007
    First Minn. Town Passes Social-Host Law
    Chaska, Minn., has become the first community in Minnesota to pass a social-host law that makes it a crime to knowingly provide alcohol to a minor, the Chaska Herald reported Sept. 11. The Chaska City Council unanimously approved the social-host ordinance this week. "What this does is to clarify that it is illegal to permit consumption of alcohol on the premises," said City Administrator David Pokorney.  (Source: Join Together, 9/12/07)    
    Der Stadtrat von Chaska, Minn., USA genehmigte einstimmig eine Social Host Ordinance. 09/13/2007
    The Health-EU Portal started issuing last week a multilingual newsletter, which aims to better inform European citizens on what is going on in the field of health at European and international level. Order here: http://health.europa.eu/newsletter/1/newsletter_en.htm Der EU-Gesundheits-Newsletter ist da. 09/13/2007
    Ban on Alcohol Specials Proposed in Scotland. The Scottish government is considering banning "two-fer" specials and other cut-price alcohol promotions at liquor shops as part of a plan to curb binge drinking.  (Source: Join Together, 9/10/07)                      Financial Times, 9/5/07 Verbot von Alkohol-Verbilligungs-Aktionen in Schottland geplant. 09/11/2007
    Online Alcohol Test Precedes College Admission. Incoming Cornell University freshman must log onto a website and complete an online alcohol-prevention course before moving onto campus. Cornell is one of more than 1,000 colleges that now require students to complete online courses about the dangers of drinking. (Source: Join Together, 9/10/07)       CNN, 9/5/07 Online-Alkohol-Tests vor dem Eintritt in die Universität. 09/11/2007

    South Africa's universities say alcohol abuse among students has reached alarming proportions. They are employing drastic measures such as expelling students found guilty of disorderly behaviour or slapping them with stiff fines in an attempt to curb the scourge.  Student alcoholics are also being made to undergo counselling -- or face expulsion. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 9/6/07)    Sunday Times, 9/2/07

    Südafrikanische Universitäten melden, der Alkoholmissbrauch unter Studenten habe alarmierendes Ausmass. 09/06/2007

    A persistent hardcore of pre-teen binge drinkers - almost one in 10 of all 11- to 13-year-olds - are consuming more alcohol than ever before, according to new government figures in the U.K. They have doubled their weekly intake over five years - to more than 10 units a week, the equivalent of a bottle and a half of wine or five pints of beer, according to an NHS report which surveyed more than 8,000 secondary school pupils. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 9/6/07)
    Guardian Unlimited, 9/1/07

    In England hat sich der Alkoholkonsum der 11-13-Jährigen in 5 Jahren verdoppelt. 09/06/2007

    A federally funded, state-administered screening and assistance program to fight alcohol and drug problems is now being piloted at 20 clinics around Wisconsin. The program, called the Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL), is being coordinated by the Department of Family Medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. The program is simple and effective in early detection of at-risk or harmful substance abuse, numerous studies show.
    (Source: Join Together, 9/5/07)

    In Wisconsin, USA wird ein Pilotprogramm an 20 Kliniken ausprobiert. 09/06/2007
    Alcohol a Big Factor in Traffic Deaths in Hawaii, R.I., S.C., Wisconsin
    More than half of all traffic deaths in Hawaii, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Wisconsin involve alcohol, according to a new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
    (Source: Join Together, 9/05/07)  
    In Hawaii, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Wisconsin ist Alkohol ein bedeutender Faktor im Verkehr. 09/06/2007
    Marin Institute News - September 2007: Content:
    - Alcoholic Energy Drinks - - AG Support, An Expert Opinion
    - One Step Forward, One Step Back in Youth Marketing
    - Action Alert: Tell Congress to Oppose Industry Bills to Slash Beer Taxes  http://www.marininstitute.org/
    Marin Institute News - September 2007

     

    09/06/2007
    Sacking the Wrong Health Minister
    "The long-serving health minister, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, who was largely behind the earlier, ineffective response to the [AIDS] epidemic, remains in post, although she has been ill and unable to work much. Yet her deputy, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge...who is active and well-informed, and who with her boss absent helped to develop the treatment programme, has just been sacked."
    (Source: Harvard World Health News, 8/22/07)  Economist.com, 16.8.07
    Südafrika hat eine umstrittene Gesundheits-Ministerin 08/24/2007

    Mandatory BAC Tests Approved by Maine's Top Court
    The Maine Supreme Judicial Court voted 4-2 to approve a state statute requiring drivers involved in fatal motor-vehicle crashes to submit to blood tests for alcohol and other drugs.
    (Source: Join Together, 8/17/07)    Associated Press, 8/15/07  

    Obligatorische Alkoholtests bei Verkehrsunfällen vom höchsten Gericht in Main, USA akzeptiert. 08/21/2007

    Anti-drunk driving technology could become a major factor in reducing the 13,000 deaths and half-million injuries caused by drunk driving crashes each year - but only if courts start widely using these proven devices. Researchers from around the world, along with law enforcement and criminal justice officials, did showcase the new and emerging technologies that can reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities at a two-day conference on June 19 and 20 in Albuquerque. Sponsored by MADD, the International DUI Technology Symposium did highlight the latest innovations, including alcohol-detecting sensors, anklet devices that test alcohol levels in skin and ignition interlock programs for repeat DUI offenders. The theme for the symposium is "A Nation without Drunk Driving."
    (Source: Join Together, 6/16/07 Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)
     Calverton, MD 2

    Konferenz über den Einsatz von technischen Hilfsmitteln zur Prävention von Alkohol am Steuer. 08/21/2007
    Philadelphia: Tougher Measure Eyed For 1st-time DUIs
    “Since 2003, Pennsylvania has forced repeat drunk drivers to breathe into a cell-phone-size device to start their cars.  Now a bipartisan group of state senators says that's not enough -- no more second chances.  The senators are backing legislation, already in place in 15 states, that would mandate these ignition-interlock devices in the cars of first-time offenders.”
    (Source: Harvard World Health News, 8/16/07    The Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/15/07
    Härtere Massnahmen in Pennsilvanien, USA beim ersten Fall von Alkohol am Steuer gefordert. 08/17/2007
    British Ministers consider higher taxes to curb youth drinking problem. As one of his first acts after becoming Prime Minister, Gordon Brown ordered a review of 24-hour drinking by the Home Office. A separate review led by the Department of Health is also looking into the relationship between price, promotion and harm caused by alcohol. A third Home Office review is looking at the effectiveness of the alcohol industry's Social Responsibility Standards in contributing to a reduction in alcohol harm. The debate was sparked by the killing of father-of-three Garry Newlove, who died of head injuries on Sunday after he confronted a gang outside his home last Friday. Three youths, two aged 15 and one aged 16, appeared in court charged with Mr Newlove's murder. A fourth, Adam William Swellings, 18, from Crewe, was also charged with his murder yesterday.
    Source: Harvard World Health News, 16.8.07       The Independent, 16.8.07 
    Britische Minister ziehen höhere Alkoholsteuern in Betracht. 08/17/2007

    Call for 21 Drinking Age in U.K.  A leading police official is calling for the drinking age in Great Britain to be raised to 21 and for a ban on public alcohol consumption. "Alcohol is too cheap and too readily available and is too strong. Young people cannot handle it," said Peter Fahey, chief constable of the Cheshire police. The current legal drinking age in the U.K. is 18, although even that is loosely enforced in many instances. (Source: Join Together, 8/15/07)    BBC, 8/15/07 
    The Independent, 17.8.07

    Ruf nach Mindestalter 18 in England. 08/16/2007

    Lowering Drinking Age to 18 Gets Consideration.
    Several states, including Florida, Wisconsin, Vermont and Missouri, have studied the idea of lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, as some experts are suggesting. The National Youth Rights Association has launched a petition drive to lower the drinking age, and some Missouri advocates are organizing a ballot initiative. John McCardell, former president of Middlebury College in Vermont, has become the most visible advocate for the change.
    However, 77 percent of Americans recently surveyed by Gallup said they opposed lowering the drinking age. (Source: Join Together, 8/15/07)    MSNBC, 8/14/07
    Comment: In Europe, Public Health Professionals in several countries would be very glad to be able to raise the drinking age against the strong power of the alcohol industry. Especially in the United Kingdom with an extreem high binge drinking rate. New Zealand had lowered the limit some years ago and wants to reverse that decision again.

    Das Begehren, das Mindestalter in den USA auf 18 zu senken, findet Beachtung. 08/16/2007
    MADD Urges You to Help Stop Underage Drinking. One of the most studied, most effective anti-drunk driving laws ever -- the 21 minimum drinking age -- is under attack. Opponents of the law have been appearing in Parade magazine, on MSNBC and Fox News, and in newspapers trying to discredit the law and its effectiveness. (Source: Join Together, 8/15/07)       send this alert to a friend     www.madd.org Aufruf zur Aktion:
    MADD bittet dringend zu helfen, das Trinken Minderjähriger zu stoppen.
    08/16/2007
    CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION (BOE) MAKES HISTORIC DECISION
    Alcopops To Be Taxed As Distilled Spirits
    The California State Board of Equalization (BOE), under the strong leadership of State Controller John Chiang, made history today when they set in motion a rulemaking procedure to tax alcopops as distilled spirits, instead of the current "beer" classification. The decision was immediately applauded by alcohol activists and youth from the California Youth and Alcopops Coalition, the group that initiated the drive with a petition to the BOE last fall. Marin Institute, Homepage with orderform for Newsletter
    CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION (BOE) fällt historischen Entscheid: Alcopops werden als Sprirituosen besteuert. 08/16/2007
    Federal Agency Proposes Mandatory Alcohol Content Labels
    Responding to calls by prevention and consumer groups, the U.S. Treasury Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is proposing new rules that would require a variety of content information to be posted on the labels of alcoholic beverages, including alcohol content, serving size, and nutritional information. (Source: Join Together, 8/10/07)   New Rules, 7/31/07
    Amerikanische Amtsstelle schlägt obligatorische Inhalte für Alkohol-Etiketten vor. 08/14/2007

    Chinese Drink Nearly $60 Billion Worth of Alcohol. Chinese drinkers consume 20 percent of the world's alcohol products, drinking $59.5 billion worth of alcoholic beverages in 2006.
    (Source: Join Together, 8/10/07)       Bloomberg, 8/09/07 

    Die Chinesen konsumieren für fast 60 Mia.$ Alkohol. 08/14/2007

    Teens to rally against Alcopops outside lawmakers' offices, August 13, 2007 in Sacramento, USA.   Young people and coalition members delivering thousands of postcards to the California State Board of Equalization supporting a measure to re-classify the drinks as distilled spirits instead of beer. Pressrelease, Marin Institute, 8/11/07

    Jugendliche versammeln sich im Einsatz gegen Alcopops in Kalifornien. 08/11/2007
    Binge drinking poses serious health danger in Britain.
    Britain's taste for binge drinking, driven by a pub culture in which a good night out means packing in as many pints as possible before closing time, could lead to a liver disease epidemic within two decades unless Britons learn to drink more responsibly, experts warn. Deaths from cirrhosis in Britain increased dramatically over the past two decades, while they fell steadily everywhere else in the Western world, according to government statistics. In England and Wales, 17.5 deaths of every 100,000 men were due to cirrhosis in 2002, up from 8.3 in 1987. And in Scotland, the increase was even more dramatic: 16.9 cirrhosis deaths per every 100,000 men in 1987 to 45.2 per 100,000 in 2002. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 8.8.07)       
    The Houston Chronicle, August 7, 2007
    Binge Drinking bedeutet grosse gesundheitliche Gefahr für England. 08/10/2007

    Drinking, Smoking Share Blame for Rising U.K. Cancer Rates
    Rates of a variety of cancers have increased dramatically in recent years in the U.K., and health officials blame bad lifestyle choices for the trend. The BBC reported Aug. 9 that Cancer Research UK said that mouth cancer rates have risen by about 25 percent in the past decade, largely due to smoking and drinking. (Source: Join Together, 8/9/07)

    Rauchen und Alkoholkonsum sind mitschuldig an den steigenden Krebsraten in England. 08/10/2007
    NAADAC, NAATP Join Forces to Lobby
    Two major addiction treatment organizations representing counselors and providers are combining their advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., and nationally, the groups announced recently. NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, and the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) will jointly fund a lobbying staff, including a full-time legislative liaison. A single Department of Public Policy and Government Relations will serve both groups.
    (Source: Join Together, 8/9/07)
    NAADAC und NAATP verbinden ihre Kräfte in Washington, D.C. und national. 08/10/2007
    Doctors' leaders in Wales renewed their call for a reduction in the permitted blood alcohol level for driving. The BMA's call comes as this summer's Police Drink and Drug Driving Campaign to target irresponsible and dangerous drivers began in all 43 police forces across England and Wales was unveiled. The BMA wants to see the maximum level reduced from 80 mg per 100 ml to 50mg.
    (Source: Medical News Today, 8/7/07)
    Senkt die Promillegrenze, verlangt die Britische Ärztegesellschaft in Wales 08/09/2007
    Justice Department Awards $17 Million to Fight Underage Drinking
    States will receive a total of $17 million from the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce underage-drinking laws, the Office of Justice Programs announced Aug. 2. (Source: Join Together, 8/08/07)
    Das amerikanische Justiz-Departement vergibt $17 Mio., damit die Staaten den Alkoholkonsum Minderjähriger bekämpfen. 08/08/2007
    Fewer Youths Exposed to Alcohol Ads, CAMY Reports
    The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY), an industry watchdog, offered rare praise for alcohol companies in reporting that youth exposure to alcohol ads in magazine fell 49 percent between 2001 and 2005. "The alcohol industry has done a good job of following its voluntary standard when it comes to advertising in magazines, but the standard itself is not strong enough to adequately protect youth from needless exposure to this advertising," said CAMY director David Jernigan.  (Source: Join Together, 8/03/07)
    CAMY, USA berichtet, dass weniger Jugendliche der Alkoholreklame in Magazinen ausgesetzt waren. 08/08/2007
    The Australian Drug Foundation applauds the Australian Football League's plans to curb excessive and binge drinking among its players, during both the on and off seasons. After the release of a report commissioned by the AFL, conducted by John Fitzgerald of the University of Melbourne, the AFL will support the Player's Association to conduct player workshops on excessive drinking at the end of the year, before the Christmas/New Year period, rather than in February, as has been done in previous years. (Source: Google Alcohol-Alert, 8/06/07)   Medical News Today, 8/05/07 AFL Kicking Goals On Alcohol, Australia 08/08/2007
    The Finnish mininster of finance has announced to rise alcohol taxes three and a half years after Finland had to lower it because of the baltic states and EU rules. His proposal is to rise taxes on spirits by 15% and on beer and wine by 10% in the budget 2008.  (Source: Google Alcohol-Alert, 8/2/07)  (DiePresse.com, 08/02/07) Finnland verteuert Alkohol 08/08/2007

    Last week, Marin Institute released its groundbreaking report, The Cost of Alcopops to Youth and California at an event in downtown San Francisco. The auditorium was filled with experts and policymakers, as well as a number of youth advocates. The event was covered by several local news media. The report and event were both part of a larger effort on the part of Marin Institute and many other groups to encourage the California Board of Equalization (BOE) to tax Alcopops correctly (as Spirits not as beer)

    Letzte Woche veröffentlichte das Marin Institute in Kalifornien ihren bahnbrechenden Bericht zu Alcopops. 08/01/2007
    The European Union has issued a Factsheet: Harmful Drinking Die EU hat ein Fact-Sheet zum Alkoholproblem herausgegeben. 08/01/2007
    Celebrity Recovery Misadventures Hurt Treatment's Image
    In and out of rehab and all over the tabloids, celebrity addicts like Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears are damaging the image of addiction treatment programs, some observers say.
    (Source: Join Together, 07/27/07)
    Die Stories über die Misserfolge von Rehabilitations-Kuren der Berühmtheiten schaden dem Image der Rehabilitation. 07/30/2007
    U.S. Mayors Do Not Understand Addiction
    'It is not surprising that the DPA could manipulate the Mayors of America,' writes Roger Morgan. 'Most Mayors do not understand the root causes of the problem of addiction, they just bear the burden from our collective failure to protect young people.'  (Quelle: Join Together, 7/25/07)
    Amerikanischde Bürgermeister verstehen nicht, was Abhängigkeit bedeutet. 07/30/2007
    Report Finds Fewer U.S. Highway Deaths
    Alcohol-related traffic deaths stayed at about the same level in 2006 as 2005, but overall traffic deaths fell to a five-year low last year. (Source: Join Together,7/25/07)
    Die Zahl alkoholbedingter Toten auf amerikanischen Highways blieb 2005 und 2006 etwa gleich hoch. 07/30/2007
    House Committee Approves Addiction/Mental Health Parity Bill
    In a historic move, the House Education and Labor Committee voted 33-9 to approve a strong mental-health and addiction parity bill, setting the stage for a possible House floor vote on the measure this fall. (Source: Join Together, 7/24/07)
    Komitee des US-Repräsentantenhauses genehmigt starkes Gesetz. 07/30/2007
    New State Laws Focus on Underage Drinking
    The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that states have taken a variety of approaches to prevent underage drinking, including passing laws that punish adults who provide alcohol to teens, universal ID requirements, and establishing underage-drinking hotlines.
    (Source: Join Together, 07/27/07)
    Die Nationale Konferenz der Legislativen der amerikanischen Bundes-Staaten berichtet: 07/27/2007
    Royal College Of Physicians Responds To Alcohol Tax Speculation, UK
    Professor Ian Gilmore, RCP President and a liver expert, responds to reports over the weekend that the Conservative Party social justice policy group is recommending an increase in tax on alcohol: "Increased taxation on alcoholic drinks could be used to inject badly-needed resources into alcohol services across the NHS, which currently remain woefully inadequate.
    (Source: Medical News Today, 07/22/.07)
    Erhöhung der Alkoholsteuer in England im Gespräch 07/24/2007
    On 17 July, EU-Commissioner for Consumer Protection, Mrs Meglena Kuneva, delivered a speech before the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Brussels, on the Review of the EU body of Consumer legislation or the Consumer Acquis. The public consultation of the Green Paper being now closed, the revision of the feedback has begun with 330 replies now being analyzed.  Commissioner Kuneva stated however that whilst some Member States will have to introduce stricter rules, others will have to lower their protection level in the interest of harmonization. Overall the outcome of the consultation has shown that a majority of stakeholders prefer a mixed approach with a preference for a targeted full harmonization. The earliest a proposal can be foreseen is in the second half of 2008.
    EU-Kommissarin für Konsumentenschutz sprach über Gesetzes-Revision. 07/23/2007
    There was an Alcopops Rally in San Francisco this Wednesday, July 18.  
    Below are links to two 1 minute videos that visualize a couple of key findings from the report...please take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87NkUVum1sY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDDN34y-jt0
    Gestern fand in San Francisco ein Alcopops- Rally statt 07/19/2007

    India under attack from the drinks industry. There has been a series of news releases the last weeks showing that India is probably no 1 on the priority list of the multinational drinks industry in their rally to capture new markets and new consumers. See three examples below.
    1.
    Carlsberg to compete with Kingfisher and SABMiller. The Danish and multinational beer giant Carlsberg is ready to launch its first beer in in India. Carlsberg’s local arm, South Asia Breweries, has chosen its east European brand of strong beer, Okocim Palone, to compete with leading strong beers, like UB’s Kingfisher Strong and SABMiller’s Haywards 5000.  Article in India Time here.
    2. Local Budweiser launched in India. Budweiser is entering the Indian market with a locally-produced Budweiser launched by India Crown Beers India, the joint venture between Anheuser-Busch and Crown International. The new beer will be available in southern and western India. Stephen Burrows, CEO of Anheuser-Busch Asia Pacific Operations observes that "the Indian beer market continues to experience tremendous growth”. Article in Drinks Business Review.
    3. Diageo tries out new marketing method in the UKIndia next. Drinks giant Diageo has launched an innovative mobile internet marketing initiative for the Smirnoff brand in the UK, intending to “"bring the world of Smirnoff to the palm of the consumer's hand through leading-edge technology". Following the launch in the UK, the platform will next be rolled out in India, according to a company statement.                         (Source: ADD-Newsletter)

    Indien ist Zielscheibe der globalen Alkoholindustrie 07/12/2007
    Today (July 10) the US House Education and Labor committee is holding hearings on H.R. 1424, the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007. The bill would require mental health and addiction treatment services to be covered at the same level as other illnesses in insurance plans.  (Source: AddictionAction.org, 7/10/07) In den USA ist ein Gesetz in Bearbeitung, das Versicherungsleistungen bei Geistes- und Suchtkrankheiten regelt. 07/10/2007
    Many jurisdictions have ordered convicted drunk drivers to install ignition-interlock systems to prevent them from getting behind the wheel again with any alcohol in their system. But now Nissan has rolled out a prototype vehicle with a multi-layer alcohol-testing system already built in.
    (Source: Join Together, 8/8/07)
    Nissan-Navigationssystem warnt vor Alkohol am Steuer 07/10/2007
    Alcopops Labeling Bill Moves to California Senate Introduced by Assembly members Jim Beall (D-San Jose), and Lori Saldana (D-San Diego), AB 346 would require alcopops, sweetened alcoholic drinks that appeal to youth, to contain the label: "Attention: Contains Alcohol". It’s headed to the Senate Government Organization Committee on Tuesday, July 10. The bill received strong bipartisan support as it passed through the California Assembly last month. Now, we need your help to get this bill out of committee and onto the Senate floor for a full vote. Please call, email, or fax members of the Senate Government Organization Committee and voice your strong support for AB 346 – a significant step to reduce youth access to alcohol.  (Source: Marin Institute Alert) Gesetz 346 über die Etikettierung von Alcopops kommt am 10.7.07 in die Kommission des Senats von Kalifornien. 07/07/2007
    Iowa: Booze and Boating Equals Danger "Iowa instituted a law on boating while intoxicated because of pressure put on the Legislature after a boating accident on Saylorville Lake in Polk County in 1999 that killed Donna Sanders...The Legislature last session considered changing the blood-alcohol limit for boating to .08. That would have put boating rules in line with the limit for operating a motor vehicle. The bill passed the Senate on a unanimous vote, but it failed to move past the House." (Source: Harvard World Health News, 7/06/07)   DesMoinesRegister.com,7/01/07 Iowa, USA: Alkohol und Bootfahren gleichbedeutend mit Gefahr. 07/07/2007
    New Zealand: Women hit the bottle like men. More young women like to have a drink but the increasing binge-drinking culture is starting to take its toll. Are women starting to overtake men in the alcohol stakes? The latest survey says yes, and they could be gambling with their health. Jared Savage and Michelle Coursey investigate. Startling new figures show that more women have been hospitalised with alcohol poisoning than men since the drinking age was lowered in 1999 - prompting calls for a Government crackdown on alcohol retailers and advertisers.  (Quelle: Harvard World Health News, 6.7.07)      The New Zealand Herald, 7.7.07 Neuseland: Frauen greifen zur Flasche wie Männer. 07/06/2007
    Health-EU launches e-newsletter
    From September 2007, the EU's Health Portal will be producing an online newsletter. Complementing the wealth of information on the portal itself, the newsletter will give you a selection of the latest news and activities in the field of public health at both European and international level.  comment and order
    Die Gesundheit-EU startet im Sept. 07 mit einem Newsletter. 07/06/2007

    Our Founding Brewers? While many of us (in USA) associate the 4th of July with values such as democracy and freedom from tyranny, Anheuser Busch is set on painting a whole different picture. Just as with Cinco De Mayo and St. Patrick’s Day, the world’s largest beer maker hopes to insinuate itself into popular culture at every opportunity. This time, August A. Busch IV has implicated our founding fathers, as well. “Independence Day is the perfect time to celebrate America's rich brewing"     (Source: Marin Institute News, 5.7.07) 
    Earth Times  http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/news_press_release,128978.shtml

    Die Brauer - unsere Gründerväter? (USA) 07/06/2007

    Viral Energy Drinks Alcoholic energy drinks are the new jewel in the crown of Big Alcohol. Key to their success, most companies believe, is the fact that they’re a natural fit with new technology and lend themselves well to viral marketing – two essential factors in hooking a young audience.
    (Sources: Marin Institute News, 5.7.07) 
    BrewBlog:   http://www.brewblog.com/brew/2007/06/talking-innovat.html

    Alkoholische Energy Drinks, der neue Renner in Amerika. 07/06/2007
    "THE GLOBE" 1 & 2 2007 has been issued. Some content: E.g. World Health Assembly 2007; WHO global assessment of public-health problems caused by harmful use of alcohol for 2002; Formation of a European Alcohol and Health Forum; European Youth Forum agrees a Position Paper on Alcohol Related Harm; Carcinogenicity of alcoholic beverages; some info from Thailand and Japan.
    (not yet online available)
    "THE GLOBE 1& 2 2007 2007 ist erschienen. Hauptthema: Global developments of alcohol policies 07/06/2007

    Call for expression of interest in the SANCO Stakeholder Dialogue Group: The European Commission's Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General (DG SANCO) has opened a call for expression of interest for the Stakeholder Dialogue Group that will close on 27 July 2007. The Group's objective is to help SANCO improve its contacts with stakeholders. The participants will be selected on the basis of their overall working experience in the field of DG SANCO consultation processes. The group will include 20 experts from different policy areas and across Member States.
    EU-Call, 7/4/07

    Aufruf der EU an solche, die Interesse haben, in der SANCO-Intessenvertreter-Dialog-Gruppe mitzumachen. 07/04/2007
    Alcohol Related Hospital Admissions Doubled In Last 10 Years According To Latest Official Figures, UK. The latest compendium of figures issued recently by the independent provider of official health and social care statistics, the Information Centre (The IC) show how hospital admissions specifically related to alcohol consumption have more than doubled in the last 10 years.30 June 2007  (Source: Medical News Today, 06/30/07) In England hat sich die Zahl der alkoholbedingten Spital-Einweisungen innert 10 Jahren mehr als verdoppelt. 07/01/2007
    More than 40 businesses and non-governmental organisations, responding to a European Commission initiative, agreed on 7 June 2007 to take action to protect European citizens from the harmful use of alcohol. EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou and representatives of the businesses and NGO's signed in Brussels the Charter establishing the European Alcohol and Health Forum pdf.     EU-news with several links Die EU veröffentlicht Dokumente zum Europäischen Forum Alkohol und Gesundheit. 06/28/2007

    AMA Won't Call Compulsive Gaming 'Addictive'
    There's not enough evidence to suggest that compulsive video-game playing rises to the level of addiction as with alcohol or other drugs, according to the American Medical Association (AMA). (Source: Join Together, 6/25/07)    Reuters, 6/24/07

    Die amerikanische Ärzte-Gesellschaft AMA will das übermässige Video-Spielen nicht als Sucht bezeichnen. (Addictive") 06/26/2007
    Health aspects of the Portuguese Presidency agenda: The draft agenda for the health aspects of the EU Presidency of Portugal from July to December includes:
    • A Round Table on health strategies in Europe, Lisbon 12-13 July
    • A Conference on evaluation of policies and programmes in the field of drugs, Lisbon
          19-20 September
    • Meeting on health impact assessments, Lisbon 5-6 November
    • Council of health ministers, Brussels, 5-6 December
    (Source: EUROCARE Newsletter Mai-Juni 2007)
    Gesundheits-Aspekte der portugiesischen Präsidentschaft in der EU im 2. Sem. 2007 06/23/2007

    UK – Government to propose reducing BAC level to 50 mg  
    Road Safety Minister Stephen Ladyman said the government, which has already been reviewing the law, was in favour of adopting a 50 mg limits, and that this proposal is to form part of a Government consultation later this year. But he said that ministers wanted first to see evidence that the police are able to enforce the current level.
    The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/crime/article/0,,2091061,00.html
    Alcohol Policy UK: http://www.alcoholpolicy.net/2007/06/index.html

      06/22/2007

    Alcohol and tobacco tax to rise in Estonia next year
    The government of Estonia decided on 24 May to increase its alcohol excise duties by 30%. The increase was motivated by public health concerns, said the Estonian Finance Minister Ivari Padar.
    Estonia's decision to hike its duty on alcohol by 30 per cent will have a bearing on Finnish alcohol taxation.
    Cheap alcohol has been a major draw for Finnish travellers visiting Estonia, and was a key reason why Finland felt forced to lower its taxation of alcohol by an average 33% in March 2004 before Estonia joined the EU. The unprecedented alcohol tax cut in Finland was followed by a sharp rise in consumption and alcohol-related problems. The Finnish government is to discuss possible higher taxation of alcoholic beverages in the autumn. Mr Hannes Manninen, the chairman of the Finnish parliamentary Finance Committee, said that Estonia's decision would lay the groundwork for a hike in Finnish alcohol duties, to be implemented already next year. Finnish Prime Minister, Matti Vanhanen, praised Estonia's decision.
    (Source: EUROCARE Newsletter Mai-Juni 07)
    http://newsroom.finland.fi/stt/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=15837&group=Politic
    http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Alcohol+and+tobacco+tax+to+rise+in+Estonia+next+year/1135227499218

    Die Regierung von Estland hat die Anhebung der Alkoholsteuern um 30% beschlossen. 06/22/2007
    Eurocare and Members join the European Commission’s Alcohol and Health Forum
    The Forum, hosted by DG Sanco, is modelled on the EU Platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, launched in March 2005. It focuses on concrete commitments for action, which will be assessed, monitored and evaluated with the assistance of a Science Group. The ‘Committee on National Policy and Action’, a structure separate to the Forum composed of Member States representatives, will coordinate national alcohol policies and ensure translational exchange of good practice. From EUROCARE Newsletter Mai-Juni 2007
    Eurocare und Mitglieder treten dem Alkohol- und Gesundheitsforum der EU-Kommission bei. 06/22/2007

    GB-Drinks companies are being told to change the labelling and packaging on some products as part of a crackdown on speed drinking and downing alcoholic drinks in one. Spirit-based products described and promoted as "shooters" or "slammers" are likely to fall foul of a revised code of practice published yesterday by the drinks industry body the Portman Group. A spokesman for Alcohol Concern is critical.   (Quelle: Harvard World Health News, 6/21/07)      The Guardian, 6/20/07

    Das Ex-Trinken und Wett-trinken mit Spirituosen soll in England bekämpft werden. 06/22/2007

    STD Rise in U.K. Tied to Teen Drinking
    The rate of sexually transmitted diseases is rising rapidly in Great Britain, and researchers say that alcohol -- particularly teen drinking -- plays a major role in the trend. The Independent reported June 15 that a report from the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV found that about 40 percent of sexually active 13- to 14-year-olds said they were drunk or high when they first had sex, and that about 10 percent of 15- and 16-year-olds said they had sex after drinking that they later regretted. Rates of HIV and chlymidia have risen 300 percent over the past 12 years in the U.K., while the gonorrhea rate has risen 200 percent and the syphilis rate has increased 2,000 percent.
    (Source: Join Together, 6/20/07)    The Independent, 6/15/07

    Die Zahl der sexuell übertragenen Krankheiten ist in England in starkem Ansteigen begriffen. 06/21/2007

    Big  Brewers Pour Into Emerging Markets
    This is the conclusion of a broad article in recent issue of the magazine BusinessWeek, analyzing resent trends in the multinational brewing industry. The drinks industry’s scramble for new markets in the South has been a major concern for health NGOs and researchers for several years. The article in BusinessWeek reconfirms that there are good reasons for concern
    (Source: ADD-Newsletter, 6/21/07)  BusinessWeek, 6/4/07

    Die grossen Brauereien verbreiten sich in den aufstrebenden Märkten. 06/21/2007

    Beer Featuring Baseball Mascot Appeals to Kids, Critics Say
    A Wyoming minor-league baseball team is selling beer named after its furry purple mascot, prompting a letter-writing campaign by local addiction-prevention groups.
    The Casper Star-Tribune reported June 13 that the Casper Rockies platypus mascot, Hobart, is the inspiration for Hobart's Duckbill Draft. The mascot''s picture appears on the beer bottle. "Hobart beer appeals to small children," said coalition chair Melissa Stahley-Cummings.   (Source: Join Together, 6/18/07)

    Das Baseball-Team einer unteren Liga in den USA verkauft Bier mit dem Namen seines Maskottchens Hobart. 06/18/2007
    On 13 March 2007 the EU-Commission adopted a “Consumer Policy Strategy" for the years 2007-2013.
    Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee on the EU Consumer Policy strategy 2007-2013
    Am 13.3.07 hat die EU-Kommission eine Konsumentenschutz-Strategie für die Jahre 2007-2013 angenommen. 16/15/2007
    What happened at the WHA (World Health Assembly)? Before the WHA, the WHO Secretariat presented only the tow documents to the Assembly, and not any draft resolution. However a draft of the resolution was tabled at the WHA by Sweden and was immediately co-sponsored by many other Member States.
    The draft of the resolution was focused on the process, calling for developing a global strategy and presenting the draft for consideration in 2 years time. After lengthy discussions the delegates decided to consider this issue again at the Executive Board in January 2008.
    A norwegian observator of the Global alcohol Policy Alliance said to a Swedish paper: "The alcohol question is real dynamite at WHO".
    (Source: Newsletter for IOGT International, May 2007)  Decision of committee A: A60/63   
    Report by Øystein Bakke, Forut Norway
    Was geschah nun an der WHO-Generalversammlung mit der Alkoholfrage? 06/14/2007
    New Toolkit for Development Agencies  FORUT now offers a toolkit for development agencies which plan to integrate alcohol and drug prevention in their programs. Many development NGOs experience problems with substance abuse in the project areas, but lack competence and tools to address the challenge. The new tools from FORUT will make it easier for non-specialist agencies to start their involvement in such issues and to give a sound knowledge base for their planning of interventions.  ADD, 12.6.07 (order bulletin) Neue Hilfsmittel für Entwicklungshilfe-Organisationen. ADD-Newsletter, 12.6.07 06/13/2007

    A new government alcohol strategy, unveiled today, will target for the first time not only under-age and binge-drinking youths but the middle-aged who regularly drink over the limit at home and end up with health problems. The strategy, launched jointly by the Home Office and the Department of Health, will aim for a cultural shift to make excessive drinking as unacceptable as drink-driving has become.
    Comment: If drink-driving has become unacceptable, why is there still a limit of 0.8‰?
    To make excessive drinking unacceptable is the credo of the alcohol industry. But information campains alone will not be successful.
    (Source: Harvard World Health News, 6/7/07           Guardian Unlimited, 6/5/07
    Join Together, 6/7/07     BBC News 6/5/07    Government-Campaign

    In England ist eine neue Alkoholstrategie veröffentlicht worden: "Safe. Sensible. Social" 06/08/2007

    Powdered Alcohol Marketed to Youth
    A group of Dutch students has invented a form of powdered alcohol that they say will appeal primarily to youth. Twenty-gram packets of Booze2Go are being sold for less than $2 in the Netherlands. When the powder is mixed with water, it yields a lime-flavored beverage with a 3-percent alcohol content. "Because the alcohol is not in liquid form, we can sell it to people below 16 [under Dutch law]," said project member Martyn van Nierop. The product also may dodge alcohol taxes for the same reason. 
    (Source: Join Together, 6/6/07)   CNN.com/Reuters, 6/6/07

    Alkohol in Puderform für die Jugend. 06/07/2007
    More than 40 businesses and non-governmental organisations, responding to a European Commission initiative, agreed today to take action to protect European citizens from the harmful use of alcohol. EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou and representatives of the businesses and NGO's signed in Brussels the Charter establishing the European Alcohol and Health Forum.
    The Forum, scheduled to meet twice a year, is to focus especially on concrete actions to protect children and young people and to prevent irresponsible commercial alcohol communication and sales. The move comes at a time when an estimated 200,000 Europeans die every year because of harmful alcohol use. More than one out of four deaths among young men is attributed to alcohol.
    (Source: EU-Press Release, 6/7/07)  Charter establishing the European Alcohol and Health Forum .
    In Bruxelles wurde die Charter establishing the European Alcohol and Health Forum unterzeichnet. 06/07/2007
    "TAKE ACTION TODAY TO CONTROL ALCOHOL MARKETING TO YOUTH
    California AB 346, a simple measure that would require alert labels for all alcoholic beverages that have special youth appeal, will be brought to the floor for a vote by the California State Assembly as early as today.   As well-paid alcohol lobbyists pressure Assembly Members to kill the bill, we need your help to see that doesn’t happen and that the bill gets passed. Please call, email, or fax your California Assembly Member and voice your strong support for AB 346 - a small but significant step to reduce youth access to alcohol.
    Find your Assembly Member here:
    http://www.assembly.ca.gov/clerk/MEMBERINFORMATION/memberdir_1.asp
    Contact their Sacramento office, urging their support for AB 346.
    Don’t know who your Assembly Member is? Click here:
    http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html and enter your zip code
    Ask them to do the right thing and vote YES on AB 346!
    Action Alert by the Marin Institute in California, USA 06/05/2007

    Busch Seeks to Revive 'Bud TV'
    Anheuser-Busch's expensive experiment with interactive Internet marketing, Bud TV, has attracted more controversy than viewers, so the company is working to try to revive its $30-million online venture. The brewer has hired consulting firm New Media Strategies to try to get a better handle on what Internet users want from Bud TV, which launched three months ago. Unique users of the site fell 40 percent in March, to 152,000, while April site traffic was too low to be measured.
    (Source: Join Together, 6/5/07)           Bud TV,         Online Media Daily, 6/1/07

    Anheuser-Busch sieht sich gezwungen, ihr Bud-TV-Projekt zu überarbeiten. 06/05/2007
    Overview of health strategy in EU, Executive summary of the summary report of the consultation Available in 22 languagesThis reportpdf summarises the 153 responses to the European Commission's consultation 'Health in Europe: A Strategic Approach - Discussion Document for a Health Strategy'. The Commission thanks all the national, regional and local authorities, NGOs, universities, individual citizens, companies and associations who participated to the consultation process. The contributions will be taken into account during the elaboration of the Strategy, planned to be adopted later in 2007.  
    This reportpdf       
    Übersicht über die Gesundheitsstrategie der EU. Zusammenfassung der 153 Antworten auf die Konsultation. 06/04/2007

    Addiction Community's Influence Over Corporate Responsibility Grows
    Anheuser-Busch's recent decision to pull its fruity Spykes drink mixers from the market represents the latest in a series of significant victories by the addiction field in confronting what advocates consider irresponsible marketing by big corporations. After weeks of escalating complaints by public-health groups such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the Marin Institute, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and the Oregon Partnership, as well as a coalition of state attorneys general, Anheuser-Busch announced on May 17 that it was withdrawing Spykes from the market.
    Source: Join Together, 6/1/07

    Überlegungen der amerikanischen "Watchdogs" nachdem Anheuser-Busch ihr Spykes zurückgezogen hat. 06/04/2007
    "New Zealand's highest ever drink-drive level was recorded yesterday when a female motorist measured almost five times the legal limit, in a police blitz that targeted more than 80,000 drivers...The weekend blitz follows a terrible start to the year's road toll, which is sitting at 156; 13 more than were killed at the same time last year."(Quelle: Harvard World Health News, 6/1/07 
    New Zealand: Our Drunk-Driving Shame  (The New Zealand Herald, May 27, 2007)
    Neuseeland meldet: Unsere Schande betr. Fahren im alkoholisierten Zustand. 06/01/2007
    Drink labels to warn of safe alcohol levels:
    In England all alcoholic drinks will carry new warning labels by the end of next year under a government scheme announced yesterday. The labels, the result of a voluntary agreement between ministers and the drinks industry, will give the number of units of alcohol per glass or bottle and the recommended safe drinking levels. They will be accompanied by a new campaign to raise awareness of unit measurements. At present, bottles and cans carry information on the alcohol percentage and most also have details of units.
    (Source: Harvard World Health News, 6/1/07   (The Guardian, London, May 28, 2007)
    In England sollen die Trinkeinheiten auf den Flaschen/Büchsenetiketten angegeben werden. 06/01/2007
    Tobacco Industry Document Awards (USA): Individuals who have used tobacco industry documents to advance public health can apply for the Sybil G. Jacobs Adult Award for Outstanding Use of Tobacco Industry Documents or the Christine O. Gregiore Youth/Young Adult Award for Outstanding Use of Tobacco Industry Documents.
    (Source: Join Together, 5/31/07)        American Legacy Foundation
    Comment: We are looking forward very much hearing of the first secret documents of the Alcohol Industry made available for Public Health. They would be invaluable.
    Preise winken denen, die Dokumente der Tabak-Industrie der Öffentlichkeit zugänglich gemacht haben.  06/01/2007

    Owners, Not Clerks Should Be Accountable for Underage Alcohol Sales, City Says
    The city of Racine, Wis., has announced a policy change that will see liquor outlet owners -- not clerks -- slapped with hefty fines when alcohol is sold to minors. Previously, clerks who sold alcohol to underage buyers were hit with a $536 fine, but now the Racine Police Department will issue the ticket to the store or bar owners, instead.
    (Source: Join Together, 5/31/07)   Racine Journal Times, May 26, 2007

    Die Stadt Racine, Wis, USA will in Zukunft die Eigentümer statt die Angestellten von fehlbaren Geschäften büssen. 06/01/2007
    The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) (USA) announced today the results of a series of compliance checks conducted over the weekend to identify stores that would sell alcohol to persons under the legal age of 21. On Friday, May 25th, agents from the DCP Liquor Control Division and officers from the Wolcott Police Department checked all eight package stores and grocery stores that sell beer in Wolcott. Three stores failed the compliance check and face possible administrative action before the Liquor Control Commission. On Saturday, May 26th, a similar compliance check conducted on all 24 package stores and grocery stores that sell been in Stratford identified six stores that sold alcoholic liquor to a minor. (Source: Medical News Today, 5/29/07) Testkäufe auch in USA 05/30/2007
    The Members of the European Parliament have today voted against the adoption of the report prepared by the vice-chairman of the Beer group in the European Parliament, the MEP from Luxembourg, Ms Astrid Lulling, on minimum excise duties on alcohol.  
    The report by Astrid Lulling (EPP-ED, LU), argued that minimum levels should be scrapped and instead a code of conduct which would encourage Member States with duties above the EU average to freeze and gradually lower them, and those with duties below the average to consider raising them by an appropriate amount. 
    Following its rejection the report will now go back to the ECON committee. As is usually the case for taxation policy, parliament's view is consultative and any decision on whether to increase, reduce or scrap the minimum levels of duty will require unanimous agreement between the Member States in the Council.
    (Source: Eurocare, 5/23/07)  Pressebulletin Eurocare, 5/23/07
    Das Europäische Parlament hat am 23.5.07 einen Bericht der Vizevorsitzenden der Bier-Gruppe im Europ. Parlament, Frau Astrid Lulling, (EPP-ED, LU) betr. minimaler Alkoholsteuern abgelehnt. 05/28/2007
    New Guide on Preventing Underage Drinking
    Using Getting To Outcomes with the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework to Achieve Results Underage drinking is a significant problem in the United States: Alcohol is the primary contributor to the leading causes of death among adolescents. As a result, communitywide strategies to prevent underage drinking are more important than ever. Such strategies depend on the involvement and education of adolescents, parents, law enforcement officials, merchants, and other stakeholders. This guide is designed to take communities through the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating strategies to prevent underage drinking and youth access to alcohol.
    (Source: Join Together, 5/24/07)
     Full Document (File size 3.1 MB, pdf
     Summary Only (File size 0.7 MB, pdf
    Neues Handbuch der Alkohol-Prävention für Jugendliche. (USA) 05/25/2007
    As graduation and prom season approaches, more communities are expanding their  underage drinking prevention strategies to include parental behavior. In Deerfield. Ill., USA, where a deadly car crash last Oct. 13 killed two high school students, police sent a letter to all parents of junior and senior students reminding them of a zero-tolerance policy on underage drinking and on parents allowing students to drink in their home. 
    (Source: Join Together, 5/17/07) Chicago Tribune, May 15, 2007
    Zur Zeit von Semester-Ende und -Anfang verstärken Gemeinden ihre Präventionsbemühungen. 05/19/2007

    U.S. Supreme Court Allows Virginia Alcohol Law to Stand
    The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that upheld Virginia's ability to limit the sale of out-of-state alcohol and wine. The state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Act only allows Virginia-made wine to be sold in state-run liquor stores and limits the amount of alcohol consumers can bring into the state for personal consumption. The lower federal court had ruled that the act's provisions unconstitutionally impeded interstate commerce, but the appeals court reversed the lower court's decision.
    (Source: Join Together, 5/16/07)        Associated Press, May 14, 2007

    Das US-Supreme-Gericht weist einen Versuch zurück, das Recht des Staates Virginia zu beschränken. 05/18/2007
    United Kingdom-based Diageo PLC has introduced a new citrus-flavored alcohol drink called Smirnoff Source. It is a sixteen-ounce mix of alcohol and carbonated water that resembles Sprite in taste and costs about $10 for a four-pack. The Source beverage is clearly labeled as containing alcohol. However, some advocates are still concerned. Kim Crump, manager of federal relations for the Center for Science in the Public Interest's Alcohol Policies Project, said that while she is encouraged that Diageo clearly labeled the Source bottles as alcoholic drinks, she was concerned that it's "pure drinking water" attribute will lure younger drinkers believing it to be a healthier alternative to beer or liquor. 
    (Source: Join Together, 5/16/07)          Associated Press, May 11, 2007
    Diageo kommt mit einem neuen Alcopop: Smirnoff Source 05/18/2007
    Australia: Teens in Mass Binge-Drinking Arranged Over the Internet
    "Young girls are the new face of underage drinking, lured to hastily organised booze sessions in parks and beaches by Internet sites such as MySpace."
     (Source: Harvard World Health News, 5/17/07)   The Sydney Morning Herald, May 13, 2007
    In Australien wird Massen-Rauschtrinken via Internet organisiert. 05/18/2007

    African Journal: The African HIV/AIDS epidemic and the role of alcohol and drugs
    The latest issue of the African Journal of Drug and Alcohol studies is devoted to broadening the knowledge base on the role of alcohol and drugs in the spreading of HIV/AIDS in Africa.
    New research material is presented from Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. pdf-version of the journal      (Source: ADD-Bulletin 3/2007) 

    African Journal: Die afrikanische HIV/Aids-Epidemie und die Rolle von Alkohol und Drogen. 05/17/2007

    New recommendation from WHO Expert Committee
    The WHO Expert Committee on Problems Related to Alcohol Consumption has presented its report The Committee urges the World Health Organization to continue to play a leading role in coordinating a global response to the global nature of alcohol problems. It also recommends that WHO continue its practice of no collaboration with the alcohol industry.
    Download the report here.  
    (Source: ADD-Bulletin 3/2007) 

    Das Expertenkomitee der WHO für Probleme im Zusammenhang mit Alkoholkonsum hat seinen Bericht vorgestellt. 05/17/2007

    The World Health Assembly is right now in session in Geneva. This is the 60th Assembly, and prevention of alcohol-related problems is on the agenda as item 12.7 “Evidence-based strategies and interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm” under Technical and Health Matters.
    The basis for the discussion is two documents prepared by the Secretary General, summarizing the evidence base on alcohol-related harm and on effective interventions to reduce such harm. The outcome of the discussion is of great importance for the future of effective alcohol prevention in many countries, not the least in developing societies.
    The documents to the Assembly on alcohol policies can be downloaded here:
    A60/14 Evidence-based strategies and interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm

    A60/14 Add.1 Global assessment of public-health problems caused by harmful use of alcohol    (Source: ADD-Bulletin 3/2007) 

    Die Weltgesundheits Organisation debatiert heute das Alkohol Problem 05/17/2007

    THE WINE CONTRIBUTION TO HEALTH - AN EU PROJECT. Remarks by Robert Madelin, Director General for Health and Consumer Protection, European Commission at the Assemblée des Régions Européennes Viticoles, Stuttgart, 21 April 2007
    The wine contribution to health - an EU project
    Comment: In October of last year a Communication on a European strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm was adopted. Now on 7 June 2007 the EU "Alcohol and Health Forum" is to be launched in Brussels. Members will be the alcohol industry and stakeholders. We say "the mountain will give birth to a mouse". Because the industry will never accept effective measures. 

    Der Beitrag der Wein-Branche an die Gesundheit - Ein EU-Projekt 05/15/2007

    Beer Money In Congress
    In the 2005-2006 election cycle, beer-, wine- and liquor-industry interests gave federal candidates a combined total of more than $10 million. Of that amount, beer industry money accounted for more than two-thirds (70%). The two largest sources of beer money in Congress are the political action committee of the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and mega-brewer Anheuser-Busch (AB). Those two sources together account for more than two-thirds of all beer money flowing to Congressional campaign coffers and about half of all alcohol-industry money. (Source with Details: CSPI, 5/8/07)

    Bier-(Schmier-)Geld im amerikanischen Kongress 05/14/2007
    Alcohol Banned in Cards Clubhouse After Pitcher's DWI Death
    The St. Louis Cardinals play in Busch Stadium, and the facility is adorned with Budweiser ads, but you'll no longer find beer -- or any other alcohol -- in the team's clubhouse. The Cardinals banned alcohol from the clubhouse and on team flights days after pitcher Josh Hancock died in an alcohol-related car crash. Hancock's blood-alcohol limit was more than twice the legal limit when he smashed into a parked tow truck on I-64.
    (Source: Join Together, 5/8/07)       ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/06/2007
     
    Die Baseball-Mannschaft Cardinal in St. Louis, USA, hat in ihrem Clubhaus den Alkohol ausgesperrt. 05/13/2007
    New web page: www.add-resources.org
    At the conference in Oslo FORUT Norway launched a new web site focusing on alcohol and drugs as a development issue. As indicated through the web address, the web site shall provide resources for organizations which plan to involve in alcohol and drug issues as a part of their development strategies.
    Neue Webseite:

    www.add-resources.org

    05/13/2007

    Dr. Neo Morojele at two conferences on alcohol as a development issue, held in Oslo and Stockholm: "In South Africa we have one of the highest levels of alcohol consumption in the world, combined with very risky patterns of drinking. There is an urgent need to raise awareness about the threat of alcohol consumption to development in the Southern African region."  Dr. Morojele is the Deputy Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit at the Medical Research Council of South Africa. (Source: Forut, Norway, ADD-Bulletin, 5/7/07)
    A brief presentation of the key introductions can be found here,

    An Konferenzen in Oslo und Stockholm gab ein Fachmann aus Südafrika Einblick ins grosse Alkoholproblem im Süden von Afrika. 05/13/2007
    CADCA Says Most States Support Coalitions
    A new report from Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America concludes that 33 of the 50 U.S. states actively promote the role of community-based coalitions in fighting alcohol and other drug problems. (Source: Join Together, 5/2/07)
    Die Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America berichten über aktive Bundesstaaten. 05/12/2007
    CSPI complained to the Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) in an April 16 letter that the warning labels on "Spykes," a new malt beverage from Anheuser-Busch (A-B) do not comply with TTB regulations because they are too small and unreadable.  TTB responded in an April 30 letter to CSPI that they agreed with their complaint.  As a result of consultation with TTB, A-B has agreed to temporarily halt Spykes shipments and replace the labels on Spykes bottles at wholesalers and A-B warehouses with labels that comply with regulations. 
    (Source: CSPI, 5/2/07)
    CSPI erhielt Recht. Wir berichteten am 17.4.07 über die Warn-Etiketten auf den "Spykes". 05/12/2007
    STEALTH ALCOHOL SUFFERS A BLOW
    Labels for Deceptive Alcohol Products Clear First Legislative Hurdle.
    A bill to require labels clearly distinguishing alcoholic beverages from non-alcoholic beverages won approval today from the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee.
    AB 346 presented a straightforward response to an urgent problem. AB 346 now goes to the Appropriations Committee before heading to the full Assembly.
    (Source: Marin Institute, Press Release, 4/27/07)
    Im kalifornischen Parlament ist ein Gesetz in Arbeit, das klare Etiketten für alkoholische Getränke vorschreibt. 05/11/2007
    What can we do about repeat DUI cases? Confiscate more cars? More licenses? More prison? With 36,000 Ohio drivers stacking up five or more DUI offenses, the obvious problem seems to be how to keep them from drinking and driving. But the essential issue, for the repeat offenders themselves, isn't the driving. It's the drinking.
    (Quelle:Harvard World Health News, 10.5.07)    The Enquirer, 5/6/07
    Artikel in The Enquirer, Cincinnati, USA über die Behandlung Rückfälliger mit Alkohol am Steuer. 05/11/2007

    eyes tougher teen driving laws
    Trying to make the streets safer for teenagers, legislators advanced bills Tuesday that would make Illinois one of the toughest in the nation when it comes to licensing young drivers and take driving rights away if teens are caught drinking or possessing alcohol.
    (Source:Harvard World Health News, 5/10/07)                   Chicago Tribune, 5/8/07
     

    Das Parlament im Staat Illinois, USA hat in der ersten Kammer ein Gesetz zum Führerschein für Jugendliche angenommen. 05/11/2007

    Advertising: Liquor Maker Ups the Ante a Bit in Discouraging Young Drinkers
    There was another round yesterday in the continuing sparring over alcohol advertising, as Beam Global Spirits and Wine — which makes brands like Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon and Canadian Club whiskey — announced it would voluntarily adopt stricter rules to keep messages away from young people.
    (Source:Harvard World Health News, 5/10/07)       The New York Times, May 8, 2007)

    Beam Global Spirits and Wine, USA kündeten an, dass sie striktere Regeln einhalten wollen, um ihre Werbung von Jugendlichen fernzuhalten. 05/11/2007
    Australia: 'Drink Till You Drop' a Health Time Bomb
    Jill Stark in The Sydney Morning Herald, May 5, 2007
    "Australia's binge-drinking culture is a time bomb that threatens to overload the public health system within decades, experts have warned."
    (Source:Harvard World Health News, 10.5.07
    Australien: Trink, bis du umfällst - eine Gesundheits-Zeitbombe 05/11/2007

    Critics bash sneaky ‘BYOB’ trinkets
    Anti-teen drinking advocates are speaking out this prom season against cunning new products they charge are designed to help teens hide alcohol.
    (Source:Harvard World Health News, 10.5.07)          Boston Herald.com, 6.5.07)
     

    Auf Beginn des neuen Semesters kritisieren Fachleute die neuen Produkte, mit denen Alkohol versteckt werden kann. 05/11/2007
    Company Touts Hair Test for Alcohol
    Trimega Laboratories, a London-based company, has developed a test that can determine an individual's alcohol-use history through analysis of hair samples. The $692 test can provide information on alcohol use going back months or even years through analysis of fatty-acid derivatives absorbed by the hair after alcohol use, the company claims.
    (Source: Join Together, 4/23/07)    UPI, 4/22/07
    Londoner Firma propagiert einen Haar-Test für Alkohol-Nachweis 04/24/2007
    Las Vegas Court Uses Ankle Bracelet to Detect Alcohol Use
    Sixty residents of Clark County, Nev., convicted of alcohol-related offenses have been sentenced to wear an ankle bracelet that monitors their alcohol use and reports results back to the courts. (Source: Join Together, 4/23/07)      Las Vegas Sun, 4/22/07    The Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM)
    Das Gericht von Las Vegas, USA verwendet Fussknöchel-Bänder, um Alkoholkonsum zu kontrollieren. 04/24/2007
    The Alcohol Policies Project at CSPI is looking for an experienced advocate to manage the Campaign for Alcohol-Free Sports TV in their Washington, D.C. office. Offene Stelle bei CSPI in Washington D.C., USA 04/24/2007
    Thailand: Liquor Stores Flout Alcohol Sales Ban
    "According to a Public Health Ministry survey released yesterday, 15% of liquor shops are breaching regulations banning the sale of alcohol. They say the customers' needs must come first, so they are prepared to flout the ban."
    (Source: Harvard World Health News, 4/20/07    The Bangkok Post, April 15, 2007
    In Thailand missachten die Schnapsläden teilweise das Alkohol-Verkaufsverbot. 04/21/2007
    Drinking Age Paradox
    Opinion: George F. Will (The Washington Post, Apr. 19, 2007)

    "Public policy often illustrates the law of unintended consequences. Society's complexity -- multiple variables with myriad connections -- often causes the consequences of a policy to be contrary to, and larger than, the intended ones. So, when assessing government actions, one should be receptive to counterintuitive ideas. One such is John McCardell's theory that a way to lower the incidence of illness, mayhem and death from alcohol abuse by young people is to lower the drinking age." (Source: Harvard World Health News, 4/20/07
    "Das paradoxe Alkohol-Mindestalter in den USA"

     

    04/21/2007
    Editorial: 'Dominion of Death' (The Guardian, London) --
    "The U.S. is not the only country in which random acts of gun violence have erupted in seemingly everyday circumstances to destroy lives, families and communities. But the U.S. is one of the few countries that seems collectively unwilling and politically incapable of doing anything serious to stop such things happening again."
    Comment: In many industrialized countries we can see the same situation regarding alcohol. And in some way it's a weapon too.
    Nachtrag zur Bemerkung zum Amoklauf in den USA, 19.4.07. 04/21/2007

    One in Four NYC Men Are Binge Drinkers, Study Finds. Adult men are three times more likely to be binge drinkers than women, with one in four saying they consumed five or more drinks at one sitting in the past month, according the a study from the New York City Department of Health. The department's annual community health study found that white and Hispanic men were more likely to be binge drinkers than blacks or Asians, and that white women were bigger binge drinkers than Hispanics, blacks or Asians. Women were half as likely to binge drink as men, however. Still, binge-drinking rates in New York were lower than in other parts of the country: nationally, 31 percent of men are monthly binge drinkers, and the city's overall binge-drinking rate -- 14 percent -- was lower than the national average of 24 percent. (Source: Join Together, 4/19/07)   
    New York City Department of Health         ABC-7 News, 4/18/07

    Eine Studie fand, dass einer von vier Männer in New York City Rauschtrinker sei. 04/20/2007
    DG SANCO is looking to collect a wide number of TV commercials related to alcohol related harm prevention campaigns in order to develop a website which aims to provide an overview of video material produced in the Member States for various public health campaigns. The aim of this project is to share ideas and best practice, to show what has been done in the EU Member states on a number of public health issues (alcohol prevention, infectious diseases, nutrition and physical activity, etc.), and to allow various actors (authorities, health NGOs or journalists) to use these videos, provided this is for the same prevention or information reasons and not for commercial purposes. 
    In charge:
    Michele Grenier from Mostra, Phone +32(0)2.533.95.51 (direct line)Fax: +32(0)2.537.21.67
    DG SANCO sucht TV- Werbespots mit Alkohol-Präventionsinhalten.

    (Quelle: Eurocare, 20.4.07)

     

    04/20/2007
    The biggest breweries in the Netherlands, Heineken, Grolsch and Bavaria got big fines from the EU-Commission because of illegal price agreements. Of a total of 274 Mio.€, 219 Mio.€ are for Heineken. The worldwide Nr. 1, Inbev, was fined 84 Mio.€, but as state witness it was released from paying. Now they all await actions for damages. Millionenbussen für Hollands grösste Bierbrauer. (Quelle: Tages-Anzeiger, 19.4.07) 04/20/2007
    Eurocare has issued its Newsletter Jan. - April 2007 with the following headlines:
    Eurocare News / News from the European Union / News from the Member States / Events
    (Not yet on its website)
    Eurocare hat ihren Newsletter Jan.-März 07 verbreitet. 04/20/2007

    Fewer Dry Towns in Bible Belt
    The number of alcohol-free "dry" towns in the Texas "Bible Belt" is declining, with observers saying that religious conservatives are too busy with issues like abortion and same-sex marriage to keep the alcohol bans on the books. Even some Southern Baptists who don't drink themselves are backing local ballot measures to revoke alcohol bans, hoping to give communities a boost from new businesses and increased tax revenues.
    (Quelle: Join Together, 4/18/07)      Reuters, 4/13/07

    Im US-"Bibel-Gürtel" nimmt die Zahl der "trockenen" Städte ab. 04/19/2007
    Anheuser-Busch's "Spykes" Labels Illegal, Group Says. Warning Label Too Small on Controversial Kid-Friendly Shots The government-required health warning labels on Spykes, the controversial shot-sized malt liquor drinks produced by Anheuser-Busch, are unreadable, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is calling on the federal government to seek civil penalties against the brewer. CSPI had previously called on Anheuser-Busch to cease marketing the drinks, which it says are clearly designed to appeal to underage drinkers, and had called on state attorneys general to investigate.
    (Source: CSPI, 16.4.07)
    Das Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) verlangt, dass Anheuser-Busch bestraft werde. 04/17/2007
    Adults Who Give Alcohol to Kids Could Lose Licenses
    Adults in North Carolina, USA caught providing alcohol to youths under age 21 could lose their driver's licenses under a measure under consideration in the state legislature. The bill, approved on a voice vote, must be heard by a second committee before the full House will consider it.
    (Source: Join Together, 4/12/07)          The Fayetteville Observer, 4/11/07
    Eine Kommission des Parlaments von North-Carolina, USA hat eine Gesetz betr. Alkoholabgabe an Jugendliche befürwortet. 04/13/2007
    South Africa: Wine Country Fights Alcoholism Scourge
    "South Africa's cape region has the highest recorded levels of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in the world...And while some health care professionals estimate that up to 70 percent of South Africa's hospital cases may be attributed to alcohol -- from domestic abuse and traffic accidents to rape and murder -- it is children born to alcoholic parents who suffer the most." Even winefarmers start to react. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 4/12/07)    The Christian Science Monitor, 4/12/07
    Comment: The same is true for industrialized wine-countries in Europe, USA and Australia, - except for the percentage and the last sentence.
    Das Wein-Land Südafrika kämpft gegen die Geissel Alkoholismus. 04/13/2007

    Sticky Solution Sought for Underage Drinking
    Utah prevention agencies are distributing preprinted sticky notes that parents can slap on liquor bottles at home as a warning to children against underage drinking. The notes, available free at the state's Parents Empowered website, are printed with the message, "At your age, drinking is dangerous. So are really angry parents." The stickers also can be affixed to liquor cabinets or refrigerators. A different set of sticky notes are available at Utah state liquor stores, with no-drinking pledges intended to be signed by youths before they go out with friends. (Source: Join Together, 4/11/07)    Salt Lake Tribune, 4/9/07

    Im US Staat Utah verteilen Präventions-Stellen Warnkleber. 04/12/2007
    CSPI Urges Nationwide Recall of Spykes 'Liquid Lunchables'
    The nonprofit watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest is urging Anheuser-Busch to launch a nationwide recall of Spykes -- malt liquor with more than twice the alcohol concentration of beer that comes in colorful two-ounce containers with kid-friendly flavors like Spicy Mango and Hot Melons. CSPI also is calling on state attorneys general to investigate and alerts the public for action.
    (Source: Join Together, 4/12/07)        CSPI-Alert, 4/4/07
             Join Together, 04/13/07
    Die US nonprofit Konsumentenschutz-Organisation Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) verlangt den Rückzug von "Spykes". 04/12/2007

    Flip-Flops Have Hidden Alcohol Compartment
    Footwear maker Reef recently introduced a line of flip-flops that include secret compartments for hiding alcohol, the Baltimore Examiner reported March 29.
    Each flip-flop has a compartment that can hold a one-ounce bottle of alcohol; the sandals also come with a miniature funnel and measuring bar. The built-in flask is included in several styles of sandals for men, including "Dram" and "BYOB," and are priced at about $45. The flip-flops have the image of a mixer stamped on the sole.
    (Source: Join Together, 4/10/07)

    In den USA bringt der Schuhfabrikant Reef Sandalen auf den Markt mit einem Geheimfach für ein Fläschchen Alkohol. 04/11/2007
    The Alcohol Industry: Partner or Foe? Text by the American Medical Association Office of Alcohol and other Drug Abuse, 2002. pdf, 16 p. 247KB.
    "Children don't profit from the production, sale or distribution of alcohol, adults do. When we ask who profits from the sale of alcohol to children it is clear that the alcohol industry benefits when children drink, and only the alcohol industry." says Richard Yoast Ph.D., Director of the American Medical Association Office of Alcohol and other Drug Abuse, announcing the release of The Alcohol Industry: Partner or Foe?. The newly released policy brief examines techniques used by the alcohol industry to undermine prevention efforts and recruit a new generation of drinkers. James Mosher, J.D. a leading expert in the field of alcohol policy and analysis, wrote the policy brief for the American Medical Association.
    (Source: Join Together, 4/11/07)  We have a link for the text on our homepage at the left.
    Die amerikanische Ärztegesellschaft hat 2002 eine interessante Schrift herausgegeben. 04/11/2007
    Bill Calls for Name Changes at NIDA, NIAAA The National Institute on Drug Abuse would become the National Institute on Disease of Addiction, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism would be renamed the National Institute on Alcohol Disorders and Health under legislation introduced into Congress by Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.).  "This bill is a small but important step towards stripping away the social stigma surrounding the treatment of diseases of addiction," Biden said.  (Source: Join Together, 4/10/07) Im amerikanischen Kongress kommt eine Vorlage, die verschiedene Namensänderungen bei Alkohol-Instituten bringen soll. 04/10/2007

    Europeans support alcohol health warnings to protect vulnerable groups
    Seventy-seven percent of Europeans agree with putting warnings on alcohol bottles and adverts in order to warn pregnant women and drivers of the dangers of alcohol. This was revealed in a special Eurobarometer on alcohol presented on 14 March. (See here 3/14/07)
    Source: Health & Consumer Voice - March - 2007 Edition       List of different Newsletters

    Health & Consumer Voice - March - 2007 Edition ein Newsletter der EU zu Gesundheit und Konsumentenschutz 04/10/2007
    Foundations Gave 11.7 Percent More in 2006, Study Says
    Foundation giving in the U.S. rose to $40.7 billion between 2005 and 2006, representing an 11.7-percent year-over-year increase.
    Eine Studie besagt, dass 2006 in den USA 11,7% mehr Spenden von Stiftungen geleistet wurden. 04/10/2007
    President Chavez of Venezuela wants to reduce the risks which are very high on festival days. Thursday, Friday and Easter Sunday alcohol sales are forbidden completely, on the other days of the Easter week sales have to stop between 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. next morning.
    (Source: NZZ, 7.4.07)
    Der venezolanische Präsident verfügt weitgehendes Alkoholverkaufsverbot über Ostern. 04/07/2007

    NIDA Library Shuts Down
    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) library, which contained up to 12,000 journal volumes and 8,000 books, has been shut down due to budget cuts. The library primarily served NIDA's 400-person staff but also archived many historic documents, including every research article published by program staff since the original Addiction Research Center (ARC) was founded in Lexington, Ky., in 1935, and the minutes of every Committee on Problems of Drug Dependence meeting held since 1929. (Source: Join Together, 4/4/07)
    National Institute on Drug Abuse    SALIS News, Winter 2007 issue

    Das National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in den USA musste seine Bibliothek schliessen. 04/05/2007
    Message to Congress: Increase Alcohol Taxes, Don't Cut Them Big Beer is at it again, pushing a self-serving bill (H.R. 1610) to enrich its bottom line by slashing the federal excise tax on beer by 50%, to its 1951 level! Action Alert by CSPINET, Center for Science in the Public Interest.           See details here with sample letter and further links. In den USA liegt eine Gesetzesvorlage vor, die die Biersteuer um 50% senken will. 04/05/2007

    Atlas, Athena Programs Address Drugs in Sports
    The ATLAS and ATHENA anti-drug programs developed at Oregon Health and Sciences University address alcohol and other drug use among athletes, so it's no surprise that the curriculum is based on a team approach. The Athletes Targeting Healthy Exercise and Nutrition Alternatives (ATHENA) program is designed for girls, while ATLAS, (Athletes Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids) is intended for boys. The programs are meant to be implemented during regular team meetings: student athletes are broken into six squads with squad leaders. Each squad "might deconstruct ads or play Jeopardy about the effects of drugs on an athlete," said Diane Elliott, M.D., who helped design the programs. The programs are currently being implemented in schools in Florida, Oregon, Michigan and Virginia, thanks to a donation from Sports Illustrated. (Source: Join Together, 3/30/07)    CNN.com, 3/20/07  Oregon Health and Sciences University: ATHENA   
                               Oregon Health and Sciences University: ATLAS

    Die Health and Sciences University in Oregon, USA hat zwei Anti-Drogen-Programme für Sportler und Sportlerinnen entwickelt. Lernen im Team. 04/02/2007
    Canada: Alcoholics Accelerated
    "Health Canada" is set to unveil a proposed National Strategy on Alcohol that will include 41 recommendations drafted by experts in alcohol treatment, addiction research, provincial liquor monopolies -- even distillers and breweries -- to shift alcohol's innocent image as a benign indulgence and curb dangerous drinking."
       (detailled article, 5 pages)
    (Source:  Harvard World Health News, 3/29/07)     Globe and Mail, 24.3.07 (With big chat)
    See also the report Comparing the Perceived Seriousness and Actual Costs of Substance Abuse in Canada.
    "Gesundheit Kanada" ist daran, eine nationale Alkohol-Strategie zu veröffentlichen. 03/30/2007
    Thailand: Expectations High for Alcohol Bill
    "Anti-drinking groups are pinning their hopes on a proposed alcohol consumption control bill in their fight to cut down the number of new drinkers. Chuwit Chantaros, coordinator of the network for prevention of alcohol-induced harm, said the draft law will undermine alcohol producers' plans to attract young drinkers."
    (Source:  Harvard World Health News, 3/29/07   The Bangkok Post, 3/25/07
    In Thailand sind die Erwartungen im Zusammenhang mit dem neuen Alkoholgesetz hoch. 03/30/2007
    University of California To Review the Tobacco Industry's Funding of Research
    "For more than three decades, epidemiologist James Enstrom has labored quietly at UCLA, studying the effect of tobacco smoke on human health. In recent years, his work has challenged the conventional view that secondhand smoke poses a serious health risk...Enstrom once worked closely with the American Cancer Society, but today his sponsor is the tobacco industry...Now Enstrom has become a symbol of industry influence for activists who support a proposal to bar University of California researchers from receiving tobacco industry money." (Source:  Harvard World Health News, 3/29/07     Los Angeles Times, 3/28/07
    Comment: If the legal drugs were charged with heavy taxes there would be enough money to pay independent researchers. This is one more example of research paid by the industry.
    Die Universität überprüft die Finanzierung von Forschungsarbeiten durch die Tabakindustrie. 03/30/2007
    Sports sponsorships encourage pro-drinking attitudes in Ireland and increase heavy drinking, according to a report from the Irish parliament. The report from the Joint Committee on Arts, Sport, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs said that sports-related ads repeatedly expose young people to pro-drinking attitudes and increase the likelihood of heavier drinking. "The correlation between the onset of drinks sponsorship and the rapid rise in alcohol consumption in this country is too strong to be ignored," the report said. The authors did not call for a ban on sports sponsorship by alcohol companies, but urged the government and others to acknowledge the role that they play in alcohol abuse and take steps to reduce such sponsorships. "The evidence indicates that there is no causal link between alcohol advertising and individual drinking levels," the report said. "A ban on the advertising and sponsorship by alcohol companies on its own will not achieve the desired results and could indeed be counter productive if the other measures are not implemented."

    The trade group Drinks Manufacturing of Ireland criticized the report, saying that it "fails to provide any conclusive evidence linking sports sponsorship by drinks companies and alcohol misuse.   (Source: Join Together, 3/28/07)    Irish Times, 3/27/07

    Ein Bericht des irischen Parlaments befasst sich mit dem Sport-Sponsoring durch die Alkoholindustrie 03/29/2007
    European Commission and WHO/Europe boost cooperation for health
    Contracts for seven new joint projects are being signed today in Brussels by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection (DG SANCO) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe).
    The jointly funded projects will be implemented by WHO/Europe over a period of three years. They cover European health policy priorities on environment and health, injuries, equity in health, health security, health services, alcohol and emergency medical services. The overall budget of the package is €4,232,963. The European Union's Public Health Programme will cover 60% of the cost.
    The two organizations increase their cooperation in areas of European public health around common interests and challenges. They also identify potential for policy improvements through joint action. This cooperation on concrete issues also benefits national health policy makers, because the 27 EU Member States are also members of the European Region of WHO. Partnership between these two international public health actors, which is smoothly coordinated at political, technical and operational levels, means that all EU Member States' public health policies can be better supported.
    "The cooperation between WHO/Europe and DG SANCO generates a range of benefits for both organizations and for EU citizens" said Dr Andrzej Rys, Director for Public Health at DG SANCO. "The new joint public health projects will contribute to important policy improvements in key areas relevant for EU and global health."
    (Source: EU-Newsletter,3/28/07)
    Die Europäische Kommission und WHO/Europa verstärken die Zusammenarbeit
    im Gesundheitswesen
    03/28/2007
    Massachusetts: Promgoer Drinking Spurs Some Schools To Take the Wheel
    "Lexington's attempt to take away students' wheels on prom night mirrors what only a few schools are trying, officials of state and national organizations say. But it is part of a broad movement by schools in recent years to prevent drinking at pre-prom parties."
    (Source: World Health News, 3/23/07)   The Boston Globe, 03/21/07 Free registration requ.
    Studenten, die zum High-School oder College-Ball fahren, müssen in Lexington, MA, USA den Bus nehmen. 03/24/2007
    Evaluation of Health-EU - The Public Health Portal of the European Union
    The European Commission is carrying out a review of The Public Health Portal of the EU and invites you to have your say. To participate, please complete the online survey in the language of your choice
    Die EU führt eine Umfrage zu ihrem Internet Gesundheits-Portal durch. 03/22/2007
    European Voice (EV) is asking European Institutions to participate in a research project that EV is doing on behalf of Diageo. The subject of the project is “Stakeholders Expectations of the Alcoholic Drinks Industry”.
    Comment: Last year in February Diageo started in Switzerland a similar project. The results were reported in a Newsletter in May 06. We made a comment in German. The results presented were only those which fitted in their view of alcohol politics. A participation in this new project is really not recommended.
    Diageo hat eine europäische Umfrage in Auftrag gegeben. 03/20/2007
    Anheuser-Busch Funds University of Mississippi 'Social Norms' Campaign
    A "social-norms" campaign targeting drinking among University of Mississippi students will be funded with a new $300,000 grant from brewer Anheuser-Busch, the Associated Press reported March 12. But J. Edward Hill, M.D., past president of the American Medical Association, called the school's partnership with the alcohol industry "extremely disappointing." Hill said that the alcohol industry likes social-norms campaigns because they boost their market share. (Quelle: Join Together, 3/16/07)    Associated Press, 3/12/07
    Anheuser-Busch sponsert eine "Soziale Normen"-Kampagne an der Universität von Mississippi, USA 03/19/2007
    HBO's documentary series "Addiction" premiered last night to generally positive reviews, with critics calling the production "extraordinary" and "sobering."
    Reports in: San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Newsweek, Los Angeles Daily News     
    Die Dokumentarserie "Abhängigkeit" auf dem US-TV-Kanal HBO hatte gestern Nacht Premiere. 03/19/2007
    A new report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) finds that 49 percent of U.S. college students ages 18-24 are binge drinkers and that growing numbers of students are misusing prescription drugs. The report said that 23 percent of students meet the criteria for substance abuse or dependence. (Source: Join Together, 3/16/07)   National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)     Reuters, 3/15/07 Binge Drinking und Medikamentenmissbrauch an amerikanischen Colleges. 03/16/2007

    The BBC reported that the new Eurobarometer study found that Finland (27 percent) had the second-highest rate of binge drinking -- defined as consuming five or more alcoholic drinks at a sitting -- followed by Great Britain (24 percent) and Denmark (23 percent). The binge-drinking rate in Ireland was 34 percent. Only 2 percent of residents of Italy and Greece reported bingeing, however, and the binge-drinking rate in Portugal was just 4 percent. Binge drinking was more prevalent among men and among 15- to 24-year-olds. 
    (Source: Join Together, 3/16/07)     BBC, 3/14/07

    Die BBC berichtete über Details in der neuen Eurobarometer Studie. 03/16/2007

    Eurocare Press Release: European Commission releases Eurobarometer Special Report on attitudes towards alcohol
    Eurocare welcomes public support for Alcohol Strategy
    Eurocare welcomes the Eurobarometer Special Report on attitudes towards alcohol, released today by the European Commission, and hopes the survey will be repeated at regular intervals in order to, amongst other things, measure the success of the EU Alcohol Strategy in reducing the harm done by alcohol in Europe. The low awareness among EU citizens of the permitted blood alcohol levels or the trend among the youngest respondents to drink 3- 4 drinks or more on any given drinking occasion, show that the EU has still a long way to go in this field. Andrew McNeil, Honorary Secretary of Eurocare, the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, welcomed the findings in the report and said that  “although the results of the survey show that there is still much work that needs to be done, there is also a considerable public support for tackling drink driving and underage drinking, which bodes well for the Commission Strategy”. Around three quarters of EU citizens would agree with putting warnings on the containers of alcoholic beverages, introducing lower blood alcohol level for young drivers or banning alcohol advertising which targets young people. Banning the sale and serving of alcohol to people under the age of 18 was regarded as an important measure by 87% of the Europeans surveyed.   (Not yet online)

    EUROCARE gibt aus Anlass des Eurobarometers eine Pressemitteilung heraus. 03/14/2007
    Europeans support alcohol health warnings to protect vulnerable, Eurobarometer reveals
    Almost eight out of ten Europeans (77%) agree with putting warnings on alcohol bottles and adverts in order to warn pregnant women and drivers of the dangers of drinking alcohol, according to the results of the special Eurobarometer on Alcohol presented by the European Commission today. The survey reveals that European public opinion is, in general, supportive of measures aiming to protect vulnerable groups in society and to reduce alcohol-related road accidents. According to the data, men drink more than women, and one in ten Europeans usually drink five or more drinks in one session, which is the widely used definition of binge drinking. Binge drinking is a particular problem among young people, with 19% of the 15-24 age group usually binge drinking when consuming alcohol.
    Eurobarometer Alcohol, 3/14/07, pdf, 7MB, 76 S.               EU-Press Release, 3/14/07
    Eurobarometer-Umfrage ergibt Unterstützung in Europa für die gesundheitlichen Warnhinweise vor Alkohol zum Schutz gefährdeter Gruppen 03/14/2007

    Alcohol Problems Among U.S. Soldiers in Iraq Tied to Violence
    Some of the most violent crimes committed by U.S. troops in Iraq were fueled in part by alcohol. The 2005 rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl by 101st Airborne Division troops in Mahmudiya involved soldiers who drank locally distilled whiskey before the attack; a 2004 murder of one 3rd Infantry Division soldier by another also followed a drinking binge. U.S. soldiers are barred from drinking alcohol while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, but alcohol and other drugs were involved in 240 of 665 Army criminal prosecutions that resulted in convictions in the two war zones. Crimes involving alcohol and other drugs included murder, rape, armed robbery, and assault. Meanwhile, the military has cut spending on alcohol prevention, from $12.6 million in 2005 to $7.74 this year. 
    (Source: Join Together, 3/14/07)          New York Times, 3/13/07

    Gewalt und Alkohol bei den amerikansischen Truppen in Irak. 03/14/2007
    The American Medical Association is paying for a series of ads in college newspapers calling on schools to stop accepting alcohol advertising during college sports events.
    (Source: Join Together, 3/12/07)
    Die amerikanische Ärzte-Gesellschaft verlangt Alkohol-Werbestop. 03/13/2007

    Responsible Alcohol Use' Group Launches First Community Project
    The Foundation for Alcohol Responsibility (FAR), an alcohol-industry supported group that advocates for responsible use of alcohol and seeks to "prevent intoxication, drunk driving and other alcohol-related problems," has launched its first community-based project in Harrisonburg, Va. - FAR -- founded by the head of Health Communications, Inc., the company that produces the TIPS server-training curriculum -- will conduct alcohol-education outreach to local community members and leaders "while arming them with the information to both consume and serve alcohol responsibly and to intervene in instances of intoxication," according to a press release.  (Source: Join Together, 38..07)
    Comment: Wonderful propaganda as we had already: "drink responsibly, but drink!"

    Die amerikanische Stiftung  für Alkohol-Verantwortung (Foundation for Alcohol Responsibility (FAR)) startet ihr erstes Gemeindeprojekt. 03/09/2007
    Acting Surgeon General Issues National Call To Action On Underage Drinking
    In its first Call to Action against underage drinking, the U.S. Surgeon General's Office appealed today to Americans to do more to stop America's 11 million current underage drinkers from using alcohol, and to keep other young people from starting.

    Acting Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu, M.D., M.P.H., laid out recommendations for government and school officials, parents, other adults and the young people.

    "Too many Americans consider underage drinking a rite of passage to adulthood," said Dr. Moritsugu. "Research shows that young people who start drinking before the age of 15 are five times more likely to have alcohol- related problems later in life. New research also indicates that alcohol may harm the developing adolescent brain. The availability of this research provides more reasons than ever before for parents and other adults to protect the health and safety of our nation's children." (Source: Medical News Today, 3/7/07)
    Join Together, 3/7/07
    Der oberste amerikanische Arzt ruft zur Aktion gegen das Trinken Minderjähriger auf 03/08/2007
    New HBO 'Addiction' Series Will Be Springboard for Community Education, Action
    March 2, 2007. An upcoming HBO series on addiction is being viewed as a unique opportunity to educate the public about a disease that affects more than 22 million Americans -- and many more family members -- but is widely misunderstood. 
    Join Together, 3/2/07
    Neue HBO "Abhängigkeit"-Serien werden ein Sprungbrett für Aufklärung in den Gemeinden. 03/05/2007

    New SAMHSA Report Provides State-Level View of Substance Use and Mental Health. State Estimates of Substance Use from the 2004-2005 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides state-level rates for 23 measures of substance use and mental health problems, including underage drinking, binge drinking, use of illegal drugs, serious mental illness and tobacco use.  The SAMHSA report combined two years of data (2004-2005) from the annual NSDUH surveys to enhance the precision of estimates for less populous states.
    Past month underage drinking (age 12 to 20) was lowest in Utah (21.3 percent) and highest in Wisconsin (39.5 percent). (Source: Harvard World Health News, 3/5/07)      
    USA Today, 2/28/07     SAMSHA News Release, 2/28/07     Join Together, 3/2/07

    Der neue Bericht der US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) über Drogenkonsum und psychische Gesundheit 2004-2005 wurde am 28.2.07 veröffentlicht. 03/05/2007
    What is the social reality of Europe?
    The European Commission launched a public consultation on February 26 to take stock of present social realities and trends in European societies.
    The aim is to provide a snapshot of Europe’s changing social reality, examining social trends and their implications and drawing out key issues and challenges for Europe at all levels. (Source: EU-Newsletter)
    Am 26.2.07 startete die EU eine öffentliche Konsultation: "Wie ist die soziale Realität in Europa"? 03/05/2007

    Abandon "Idiotarod" Beer Promotion

    "Idiotarod" is a Pub Crawl in Shopping Carts
    Anheuser-Busch should drop its sponsorship of a Washington, D.C. charity event called the "Idiotarod," organized by a local group that goes by the acronym "SMASHED," according to the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). The March 3 event, in which young people are urged to acquire shopping carts and drink beer in one bar after another, is in clear violation of the Beer Institute's Advertising and Marketing Code, which prohibits marketing which encourages rapid or excessive beer drinking or drinking games, according to the group.
    The Anheuser-Busch brand Bud Light has apparently dropped its sponsorship of this event after CSPI complained to the president of the company, August A. Busch IV, in a letter sent yesterday.  (Source: CSPINET, 2/28/07)

    Anheuser-Busch hat sich aus einem Wett-Trink-Spiel in Washington zurückgezogen. 03/05/2007
    The EU issued on Febr. 27, 2007: Health determinants: Alcohol
    Reducing alcohol-related harm across the EU - Factsheet Publication now available in DE and FR
    Am 27.2.07 veröffentlichte die  EU ein Informationsblatt "Alkohol", Dezember 06 03/05/2007
    'End Ridiculous Pricing Of Alcohol' Says Doctors' Leader
    The BMA has welcomed the publication of a new action plan to tackle alcohol problems in Scotland. Dr Peter Terry, chairman of the BMA in Scotland said: "We welcome the concerted efforts of the Scottish Executive to tackle Scotland's drinking problem. Alcohol costs our economy around £1 billion every year, but the human cost is much higher. Around one in 30 of all deaths in Scotland are caused by alcohol related illness. "It is clear that alcohol misuse doesn't just have an impact on our health, but it affects society as a whole and we must do what we can to change the culture where Scots believe they can drink to excess without any thought to the consequences for their health.
    (Source: Medical News Today, 2/24/07)
    Die britischen Ärzte begrüssen den neuen Alkohol-Aktionsplan für Schottland. 03/04/2007
    You've already generated significant momentum around HBO's ADDICTION. Across the country, word is spreading fast about this groundbreaking HBO series and its message of hope for effective treatment and long-term recovery. Now, bring together your friends and neighbors to watch the show - and discuss what's happening in your community around addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery. Hosting an Addiction Action House Party is a great way to meet people, have fun, and build on your advocacy efforts to increase treatment and recovery opportunities in your town. You can host a party in your home, a house of worship, recovery center, treatment center - any place that people can gather.  Click here to see if your cable company is participating
    Click here now to be a host on Saturday March 17th - our national house party day.
    For more information about ADDICTION and organizing activities in your community, remember to visit our website at
    http://www.addictionaction.org/ 
    In den USA wird aufgerufen, eine Abhängigkeits-Hausparty zu organisieren. 02/27/2007

    The head of Great Britain's Royal College of Physicians is calling for a complete ban on alcohol advertising to stem a rising tide of alcohol problem in the country.
    (Source: Join Together, 2/27/07)

    Ein Experte verlangt in England ein totales Alkohol-Werbeverbot.

    02/27/2007

    Drinking-related deaths among 15- to 34-year-olds in the U.K. have doubled between 1991 and 2004, according to the Office for National Statistics.
    (Source: Join Together, 2/26/07)

    Alkoholbezogene Todesfälle in England verdoppelt.

    02/27/2007

    The Spanish  government has decided to put the new Alcohol Law on hold
    The government has decided to put the bill for a new law on underage drinking on hold for the moment: they say it has become a source of electoral and political confrontation, and that the health of teenagers must not be used as a tool for electioneering.
    The announcement came from Health Minister, Elena Salgado, on Tuesday afternoon. She said the bill will remain on hold until after the local elections this May.

    The wine industry had suspended negotiations on the bill just a few hours earlier, when the Health Ministry refused to amend the text in favour of the sector. The sector wanted wine excluded from the proposed restrictions.

    Salgado said at a press conference on Tuesday that, before political in-fighting became part of the equation, she believed it was possible to reach a balance between economic interests and protecting health.

    She referred to a recent statement from the leader of the Partido Popular, Mariano Rajoy, who described the inclusion of wine as a ‘colossal blunder.’

    The Minister gave worrying figures for underage drinking: 65% of 14-18 year olds drink at the weekends, and 34% will have drunk to excess at least once during the past month. She said the neurological damage it causes them is more serious than in adults.

     
    Die spanische Regierung hat beschlossen, das neue Alkoholgesetz noch nicht in Kraft zu setzen.

    (Source: Eurocare, 23.2.07)

     

    02/23/2007
    On March 1st, US-Representatives Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and Jim Ramstad (R-MN) are joining HBO, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a preview screening of HBO's ADDICTION on Capitol Hill. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with leading experts on drug and alcohol addiction and recovery. This is a one-time chance for your US Senators and US Representative to see clips from HBO's groundbreaking documentary and learn about the promise of effective new treatments and the reality of long-term recovery. Make sure your elected officials are there.
    See: http://members.jointogether.org/campaign/hillscreening
    Am 1. März wird auf dem Capitol Hill eine Vorpremiere der  HBO's Show ADDICTION stattfinden. 02/23/07
    The European Union presents its Health-EU- Portal in 20 languages. Die EU stellt ihr Gesundheitsportal online vor. 02/21/2007
    Alcohol use is involved in a remarkable 62 percent of all arrests in the state of Wyoming, from drunk driving to domestic assaults, according to a study by the Wyoming Sheriffs and Chiefs Association. (Source: Join Together, 2/20/07)  Star Tribune, Casper, 2/18/07 Bei 62% aller Arrestfälle im Staate Wyoming, USA ist Alkohol im Spiel. 02/21/2007
    NIAAA Grants for Alcohol Treatment, Services, Recovery Research

    Local Initiative Funding Partners 2008 Grants

    Alcohol Abuse Reduction Program for Middle, Jr. and Sr. High Schools
    Join Together meldet Ausschreibungen von Subventionsmöglichkeiten in den USA   (Source: Join Together, 20.2.07) 02/20/2007

    Thai festivals have become drinking occasions  ThaiHealth have registered a development where traditional festivals have been replaced by binge drinking. Now 30 million Thai Bath will be used to encourage communities to celebrate festivals, funerals and other important events the traditional way, without alcohol.
    The ThaiHealth foundation blames marketing efforts by alcohol producers for this development, writes the national Thai newspaper, The Nation. To the newspaper the ThaiHealth vice chairman Prof Udomsil Srisangnam reports that in the past few decades alcohol has dramatically ruined the value of traditional festivals: "People of younger generations don't even know the essence of festivals because all they've seen year after year was people getting wildly drunk. Drinking is not a Thai tradition. Alcohol companies have long tried to mislead society on that one," Udomsil added. 
    (Source: ADD Bulletin 1-2007)
    See article in The Nation.

    Feste in Thailand sind in den letzten Jahrzehnten zu Trinkfesten geworden. 02/19/2007

    National summit on prevention of substance abuse in South Africa  According to the latest statistics by the South African Risk Survey, more and more young people are getting hooked on drugs and alcohol. Almost 50% of SA teenagers drink alcohol, a little over 30% are smokers while another 13% smoke dagga on a regular basis. This has been the backdrop for a national conference in South Africa last week; the first Biennial Substance Abuse Summit. The summit has brought together government, civil society, private sector and drug experts to discuss how to reduce the demand for drugs and substance, and how to effectively combat drug and substance abuse. - Statistics show that drugs and alcohol abuse cost the South African economy an estimated R10 billion per annum, said the Minister of Social Development, Dr Zola Skweyiya, in his opening address 
    (Source: ADD Bulletin 1-2007)
    National Drug Master Plan 2006 - 2011 from the Department of Social Development.

    In Südafrika fand letzte Woche der erste alle zwei Jahre geplante Gipfel zum Drogenmissbrauch statt.

     

     

    02/19/2007

    India to back down on spirits duties?  Several industry sources are now assuming that the Indian government will back down on their high import duties for spirits and wine, following international pressure, both via bilateral channels and through WTO. India has for months been under heavy international pressure to reduce its import duties on spirits and wine, ranging up to 550% for spirits. Towards the end of 2006 the European Union appealed to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to intervene to open up the Indian alcohol market for imported alcohol, and later both the US and Australia have their added their weight to the demand from the EU. The World Economic Forum in Davos was also used to put pressure on India. Industry sources now are expecting India to give in for the pressure and step by step reduce their tax level. The industry is preparing for the new opportunities expected to open up in India. One commentator says: “Despite all the hype surrounding potentially enormous emerging markets in South America and the Far East, they still pale into insignificance compared with that of India”.(Source: ADD Bulletin 1-2007)
    See news report in Business Scotsman.com
    Comment: It looks as if India gets a new colonialization - with very grave consequences for the people. How wonderful is free trade! We are so proud in Switzerland that the WEF in Davos could be of some help!

    Mehrere Quellen nehmen an, dass Indien seine hohen Importzölle auf Schnaps und Wein reduzieren wird.

     

     

    02/19/2007
    Alcohol on Health Assembly agenda  The agenda for the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA) has alcohol as a separate technical matter. Committee A will discuss “Evidence-based strategies and interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm” as one of several “Technical and Health Matters” (item 12.7). This is following up on the decision at the WHA in 2005, resolution 58.26 Public health problems caused by harmful use of alcohol, which ask the Director General to report back to the WHA in 2007. The agenda for the coming WHA was adopted by the WHO Executive Board meeting which was held in Geneva 22-30 January. The Health Assembly will be held in Geneva 14-23 May.
    (Source: ADDBulletin 1-2007)
    Die Traktandenliste der kommenden WHO-Generalversammlung führt "Alkohol" als separaten Punkt auf. 02/19/2007
    It is now the turn of the European Parliament to give its opinion on the EU Alcohol Strategy. Here is the link to the list of Parlamentarians that make up the Public Health Committee in the European Parliament and their e mail addresses. It will of course be useful if you could contact all those from your home country. (Source: Eurocare) In der EU ist das Parlament daran, sich zur EU-Alkohol-Strategie zu äussern. 02/17/2007
    The 1989 Television without Frontiers Directive is currently being revised and updated to deal with the digital media environment. The legislation sets the rules for media service providers on advertising, sponsorship, product placement. Some NGOs have been tracking the updated version of the TV without Frontiers Directive, now known as the Audiovisual Directive. One of the key principles in the proposed Directive is protection of children and minors from harmful content. Eurocare and other NGOs active on alcohol policy have worked hard for an amendment to ban all alcohol advertising between 06.00 am and 09.00 pm. The European Parliament voted upon the amendment on 12 December 2006. Unfortunately, the amendment did not get the necessary support, 185 MEPs voted to block alcohol adverts before 9.00 pm, 430 MEPs decided that alcohol adverts should be permitted during the early evening programming. Perhaps some MS will raise the issue again. If you are in the position to give inputs to your ministry/health minister it could be of great value. The amendment is:
    "Television advertising for alcoholic beverages should not be broadcast between 6.00 a.m. and 9.00 p.m."

     

    In der EU ist man daran, die Direktive von 1989, Fernsehen ohne Grenzen der digitalen Zeit anzupassen. 02/17/2007
    Die Direktion für Öffentliche Gesundheit der EU ruft auf, Vorschläge einzureichen. Die nebenstehenden Links führen auch zu deutschsprachigen Links. 02/17/2007
    In German, Englisch and French The EU issues an overlook on its Health Policy Forum 02/17/2007

    A media critique by Wayne Friedman on ads during the Super Bowl brings a press review: USA Today suggested in its annual poll that Anheuser-Busch's spots were once again rated the best.     (Source: TV Watch, 2/5/07)

    Eine Medien-Kritik nach der Super Bowl in den USA 02/17/2007

    N.J. School to Test Students for Alcohol
    Random urine tests will be administered to students at Pequannock Township High School in New Jersey, USA, starting next month.School officials will be able to tell whether students were drinking over the weekend. Positive tests won't result in disciplinary action, but parents will be informed. The measure is critisized.
    (Source: Join Together, 1/31/07)    ABC News, 1/29/07

    Zufällige Urintests werden ab nächsten Monat an der Pequannock Township High School in New Jersey, USA eingeführt. 02/17/2007

    After Fatal Crash, N.M. Demands Airlines Get Liquor Licenses
    Dana Papst, 44, downed two single-serving bottles of Jack Daniels on a US Airways fight, then got off the plane, got into a car, and got into a head-on crash that killed five members of a New Mexico family. Now, the state of New Mexico is barring US Airways from selling alcohol on its flights into and out of the state because the airline does not have a New Mexico liquor license. (Source: Join Together, 1/31/07)            
    Santa Fe New Mexican, 1/30/07

    Nach einem tödlichen Vekehrsunfall verlangt der US-Staat New Mexico, dass die Airlines eine Alkohol-Lizenz beantragen. 02/17/2007

    Significant cuts to the budgets of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) were some of the lowlights of the Bush administration's budget for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) -- part of an FY2008 spending plan that trims or eliminates a number of prominent federal discretionary programs. "Bush's proposal would provide a big increase in military spending to fight the war in Iraq while squeezing federal health-care programs and cutting most domestic agencies to below fiscal 2006 levels to meet his goal of eliminating the deficit in five years," noted the American Counseling Association.
    (Source: Join Together, 2/9/07)

    Der Budget-Plan von US- Präsident Bush für 2008 sieht massive Kürzungen bei Alkoholprogrammen vor, zugunsten von Militär-Ausgaben für den Irak-Krieg. 02/15/2007

    Soldiers in the 2nd Infantry Division (2nd ID) who are found to have a blood-alcohol level of .10 percent or higher -- even when they are not driving -- could face disciplinary action. The policy comes after a recent spike in alcohol-related incidents among 2nd ID soldiers, including a number of underage-drinking reports. Soldiers who exceed the .10-percent limit face discipline under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
    (Source: Join Together, 2/12/07Stars and Stripes, 2/12/07

    In der 2. Infanterie-Division der US-Streitkräfte wurde die Promillegrenze neu bestimmt: 1.0 Promille! 02/14/2007

    The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that adults who intentionally serve alcohol to underage youth can be sued for damages. The ruling stated that hosts can be held liable if they know that they are serving alcohol to a minor. "While underage persons have full social and civil rights, we find the public policy of this State treats these individuals as lacking full adult capacity to make informed decisions concerning the ingestion of alcoholic beverages," the court ruled. The court was ruling on a pair of cases: one in which a 19-year-old drank at a cookout and later died in a car crash with a blood-alcohol level of .291 percent, and another where a 19-year-old drank at a company Christmas party and crashed, killing himself and a passenger. (Source: Join Together, 2/6/07
    Associated Press, Feb. 5, 2007

    Das Obergericht des US-Bundesstaates South Carolina macht Erwachsene, die absichtlich Minderjährigen Alkohol servieren, haftpflichtig für Folgeschäden. 02/10/2007
    Marin Institute encourages concerned Super Bowl viewers to use TalkBack! , the Marin
    Institute's online consumer complaint system to register their concerns about
    Anheuser-Busch’s exploitation of the Super Bowl to target youth. Complaints go to the Beer Institute, an industry trade group, with a copy to the Federal Trade Commission, the federal agency that oversees the alcohol industry’s compliance with its voluntary ad standards, and a copy will come to the Marin Institute.
    Professional Sports, Alcohol and Kids Are a Bad Mix – Talkback to AB about these ads
    here: http://www.marininstitute.org/talkback/superbowl/
    Das Marin Institute in Kalifornien ruft auf, bei ihr Reklamationen betr. Anheuser-Busch zu deponieren. 02/07/2007
    Anheuser-Busch, which has stressed themes like 'refreshment,'
    'quality' and 'heritage' in its Super Bowl beer ads of recent
    years, will return to an old staple this Sunday to sell more
    Budweiser: comedy. (Source: Join Together, http://members.jointogether.org/ct/w1S7HDY1fX0I/
    Anheuser-Busch wird dieses Jahr "lustige" Reklame zur Super Bowl bringen. 02/07/2007
    Addiction advocates in Maine say that state alcohol taxes should
    be raised in order to pay for more treatment services, and are
    pointing to recommendations in Join Together's Blueprint for the
    States to bolster their case.
    (Source: Join Together, http://members.jointogether.org/ct/w7S7HDY1fX0u/    WCSH-TV6
    Im amerikanischen Bundesstaat Maine verlangen Suchtfachleute, dass die Alkoholsteuern hinaufgesetzt werden. 02/07/2007

    Social host" laws, which allow police to enter private homes to break up underage drinking parties and impose fines on adults who allow parties to take place, are being adopted by more and more U.S. communities. Hundreds of communities have passed social-host ordinances, according to the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center, including recent actions by cities in Oklahoma, California, New Jersey, and Wisconsin.
    (Source: Join Together, 1/24/07)           USA TODAY, 1/04/07

    "Social Host"-Gesetze vermehren sich in den USA stark. 01/26/2007
    South Africa: Youth Commission Admits It Is Highly Ineffective
    "The South African Youth Commission has accepted as accurate a damning report by a former employee describing the organisation as highly ineffective and lacking policy, measurable objectives and data on youth practices...Implementing measures in response to challenges such as the addiction of young people to drugs and alcohol should be one of the commission’s core functions, said [review committee chairperson Kader Asmal]."
    (Source: Harvard World Health News, 1/25/07
    South African Press Association, Jan. 24, 2007
    Die südafrikanische Jugend Kommission hat schwere Mängel zugegeben. 01/26/2007

    In an effort to curb underage drinking, two state legislators are proposing to hit minors where the lawmakers think it might really hurt: in the driver’s license. Under a bill filed by Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, and Sen. Joey Pendleton, D-Hopkinsville, anyone under 21 who buys or possesses alcohol could be penalized with a three-month license suspension. Subsequent offenses could result in suspensions of six months to a year under the measure, Senate Bill 45. Current law provides for a fine of up to $250 for such violations. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 1/25/07)   courier-journal.com, 1/21/07

    Im US-Staat Kentucky wird ein Gesetz eingebracht, das Minderjährigen den Kauf und Besitz von alkoholischen Getränken verbietet. 01/26/2007
    Marin Institute Report Prompts Removal of CBS Outdoor Alcohol Ads
    Reaction to the release of a study on egregious CBS Outdoor alcohol ads on San Francisco bus shelters was swift and decisive. CBS Outdoor crews “scrambled” about the city, tearing down the offending ads even as the report was being released at a January 17, 2007 press event on the steps of San Francisco City Hall.
    See slide show          Report of Marin Institute (pdf)
    Ein Bericht des Marin Institutes hat zur Folge, dass die Alkohol-Plakate der CBS entfernt wurden. 01/20/2007
    Chicago Rates No. 1 in Binge Drinking. "There are no beakers or Bunsen burners in the University of Chicago's 'King Lab.' A leather couch, an ottoman, a TV. Not a bad place to kick back and have a drink. Or two or three or more. That's what happens there, as researchers with the Chicago Social Drinking Project try to crack some of the mysteries of alcohol, in particular why some people binge on booze and others don't."
    (Source Harvard World Health News, 1/18/07)      Chicago Sun-Times, Jan. 14, 2007
    Chicago sei die US-Stadt mit dem grössten Anteil an Binge-Trinkern. 01/19/2007
    U.S. retailer Linens 'n Things has removed drinking games from its stores and website, Join Together has learned. The move late Thursday came in response to a national letter-writing campaign organized by Join Together and other groups.Letter-writing campaigns resulted in Target announcing this week that it is no longer selling games like Drinko in its stores or on its website. Kohl's made a similar decision prior to Christmas. Each store received thousands of emails from customers across the U.S. Linens 'n Things spokesperson Toni Vardiman wrote, "Thank you for creating such awareness and bringing this matter to our attention."  (Source: Join Together, 01/12/07) Als dritte Detaillistenkette in den USA hat Linens'n Things die Trinkspiele aus den Regalen und vom Internet genommen. 01/16/2007
    A year-long look by the Chicago Tribune with 30 reporters at teen driving crashes finds pain and grief, scientific insight and state shortcomings -- and promising answers.

    (Source: Harvard World Health News, 1/11/07, Kurzfassung Chicago Tribune, 1/07/07
    Die Chicago Tribune hat fast ein Jahr lang Verkehrsunfälle von Jugendlichen im ganzen Land untersucht. 01/12/2007
    Join Together writes: Too often, our efforts on alcohol and other drugs go unnoticed. But not today. Today, USA Today ran a prominent story on your success with Kohl's and Target, highlighting the national letter-writing campaign that prompted quick and decisive action to stop selling drinking games. It heads the National section on page 3 of the print edition, and you can click here to read it online. CBS News radio also did a story this morning, and we're fielding additional press calls. Join Together meldet, dass der Aufruf wegen des Verkaufs von Trinkspielen Erfolg hat. 01/12/2007
    In a move one industry observer called "usual practice," the former top alcohol regulatory official for the state of California, Jerry Jolly, who retired from the state in August, has taken a consulting job with the San Francisco law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman that advises the alcohol industry. "This is the usual practice and it's really unfortunate, this revolving door between regulators and the alcohol industry," said James Mosher, director of the Center for the Study of Law and Enforcement. "It certainly creates the impression that the industry has additional ways of influencing the regulators."
    (Source: Join Together, 01/08/07)     Los Angeles Times, 01/05/07
    Der ehemals oberste Beamte der kalifornischen Alkohol-Kontroll-Behörde Jerry Jolly geht zu einer Anwaltskanzlei, die die Alkoholindustrie berät. 01/10/2007

    TV business reporters are guessing each year what's the average price for a 30-seconds commercial in the Super Bowl. 4 years ago it was about $2.1 million, this year it will be about $2.6 million. Anheuser-Busch will buy 10 commercials.
    (Source: MediaPost's TVWATCH, 8.1.07)   M Marketing Facts, 14.1.03   New York Times, 5.1.07

    In Amerika wird spekuliert, wie viel während der Super Bowl dieses Jahr für 30 Sek. TV-Werbung bezahlt werde. 01/09/2007

    Binge-drinking among women has doubled. The number of girls and young women drinking to excess has risen dramatically in a decade. In 1993 only nine per cent of women aged 16 to 24 drank more than 21 units of alcohol a week, according to the Health Survey for England trend tables from the NHS Information Centre. By 2002, this had leapt to 21 per cent.      (Source: Marin Institute Alcohol News - 1/02/07)  Telegraph, 12/21/06

    Das Rauschtrinken bei jungen Frauen in England hat sich in 10 Jahren mehr als verdoppelt. 01/04/2007
    An advocacy group has expelled New Mexico State University from its membership, saying the school doesn't do enough to prevent drinking by minors. The expulsion is due in part because to last week's decision by the NMSU Board of Regents to move forward with acquiring a governmental liquor license for the Pan Am Center to provide alcohol sales during university athletic events.
    (Source: Marin Institute Alcohol News - 1/02/07)   Las Cruces Sun News, 12/21/06
    Eine Konsumentenschutz-Gruppe hat die Staats-Universität von New Mexico USA ausgeschlossen. 01/03/2007

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