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Eurocare, the leading NGO on alcoholpolitics in the EU has modernised and extended its website. (some links do not yet work, on 9/5/08)

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Marin Institute's Michele Simon on NPR

Monday December 29, 2008

Michele SimonMichele Simon, JD, MPH, research and policy director at Marin Institute will be a featured guest on the National Public Radio (NPR) show "Talk of the Nation" this Monday December 29, 2008 from 3-4 PM (ET).

The live discussion and phone-in show, hosted by Neal Conan, will explore the topic of "Who is responsible when someone gets drunk?" Susan Cheever, author of "My Name Is Bill" will also be on the show.


Neil ConanSusan CheeverPlease join the national conversation on this important issue, listen and phone-in or email your question or comment.


CONTACT THE SHOW: Phone-in: (800) 989-8255
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Alarming Number Of Young Drink Drivers Think They Won't Get Caught, UK. To many young drivers think they will not get caught if they drink and drive during this Christmas holiday period, according to a report published today by Brake and Green Flag Motoring Assistance.  (Source: Medical News Today, 12/26/08
Comment: The British Government is awful lazy regarding the alcohol problem. (Others too)
Alarmierende Zahl von jungen Fahrern in England, die alkoholisiert unterwegs sind, glauben, nie erwischt zu werden. 12/27/2008
Mass. Program Credited with Cutting Underage Drinking, Tobacco Use. The city of Revere, Mass., USA, has witnessed significant shifts in community attitudes regarding minors and drug abuse over the last decade, and some credit the Revere CARES (Community Awareness, Resources, and Education to Prevent Substance Abuse) program for reducing alcohol and other drug use among adolescents. (Source: Join Together, 12/23/08) Einem Präventionsprogramm wird es zugeschrieben, dass der Alkoholkonsum Minderjähriger abgenommen hat. 12/26/2008
Oregon Partnership has asked Gap, Inc, the parent company of Old Navy, to stop selling holiday t-shirts promoting binge drinking. (Source: Join Together, 12/19/08)
Die Partnerschaft Oregon, USA, verlangt von Old Navy Stores den Verkauf von T-Shirts mit Binge Drinking Aufdrucken einzustellen. 12/23/2008
Agreement signed on alcohol and drug prevention in Malawi. The Government of Malawi and the Norwegian development NGO FORUT recently signed an agreement to cooperate on alcohol and drug prevention. (Source: ADD-Newsletter, 12/23/08) In Malawi, Afrika, wurde ein Abkommen über Alkohol- und Drogen-Prävention geschlossen. 12/23/2008

Register!   Create!   Submit! There are only 34 days left to enter your anti-beer ad to the first US Free the Bowl TM Video Contest! Year after year, the Super Bowl delivers the largest youth TV audience to the country's top beer seller, Anheuser-Busch.In 2008, an estimated 30 MILLION underage youth viewed more ads for beer than any other single product during the Super Bowl. Millions more viewed beer ads online after the big game.
The more youth are exposed to alcohol advertising, the more likely they are to drink, and drink to excess. 10.7 million underage youth drink; 7.2 million binge drink. Alcohol-related problems from underage drinking cost the country $60 billion annually. It’s time to tell beer companies to stop exploiting youth during the Super Bowl! Submissions are open to all U.S. residents ages 13-20. Deadline for video submissions is January 25th, 2009. Register online at:  (Source: Marin Institute)

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A spate of recent drunk-driving accidents which has inflamed public opinion is prompting the Italian government to consider plans that would effectively ban anyone who has drunk alcohol from driving. Under a bipartisan bill being discussed by the Chamber of Deputies transport committee, the legal blood-alcohol limit would be lowered to 0.2% (Source: Newsletter Eurocare December 08), 12/15/08 Die italienische Regierung diskutiert die Senkung der Promillegrenze auf 0,2‰. 12/22/2008
On 1 September 2009 various regulations regarding price promotions, mainly relating to on-premise sales of alcohol, will come into force (e.g. a ban on 'happy hours') in Scottland. A new set of regulations, relating to pricing and promotion, is currently discussed: e.g. the introduction of a minimum retail price for alcoholic beverages (linked to ABV), a ban on quantity discounts in off-premise sales, a ban on promotional materials on premises and separate alcohol display areas in stores. (Source: Newsletter Eurocare Dezember 08) Schottland wird auf den 1.9.09 verschiedene Regeln für Alkohol-Preise einführen. 12/22/2008
MillerCoors Agrees to Stop Selling Alcoholic Energy Drinks
A settlement between MillerCoors and a group of state attorneys general will spell the end of the brewer's foray into marketing alcoholic energy drinks. (Source: Join Together, 12/18/08)
Comment: Our congratulations to CSPI! We reported on 12/12/08.

Die amerikanische Brauerei MillerCoors sagt zu, keine alkoholische Energy-Drinks mehr zu verkaufen. 12/20/2008
Who will teach teenagers not to binge drink? Last night a radio documentary highlighted the increasing number of children who get regularly drunk. Apart from the social disorder that results, increasing medical evidence shows they are damaging their livers, brains, and teeth.
Research shows that 15- and 16- year-olds drink double the amount each week that their parents did 20 years ago – a worrying statistic. Among 11- to 13-year-olds the story is the same. The number of units they consume on average per week has doubled in five years to 12 units. To meet the challenge of tacking teenage drinking, we need to harness our top comedic and musical talent, not just rely on the heavy hand of the law. Put simply, drinking needs to become naff. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 12/18/08)
The Independent, 12/18/08 
Wer lehrt Jugendliche, sich nicht zu betrinken? Ein Hilferuf in England. 12/19/2008
All Patients Should Be Asked About Alcohol And Drug Abuse. Drug and alcohol abuse is a major health problem for American women, cutting across all income levels, ages, and races/ethnicities. In a committee opinion issued today, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is calling for ob-gyns to ask all of their patients about drug and alcohol use and to help women get the help they need. (Source: Medical News Today, 12/18/08 Alle Patienten sollten über Alkohol- und Drogenmissbrauch befragt werden. 12/19/2008
Alcohol And Licensing Policy Could Be Changing The Habits Of Young Drinkers. In a new report published online in the January issue of Addiction, researchers question whether current licensing policies have contributed to a rise in the phenomenon of "pre-drinking" amongst young people.  With some proposals. (Source: Medical News Today, 12/18/08
Comment: The proposals give the impression that only the barkeepers would have a profit. The young people could drink as much as before. In addition there must be a price policy that reduces consumption.
Alkohol- und Lizenzpolitik könnten Grund für Änderung im Trinkverhalten junger Konsumenten sein. 12/19/2008
MillerCoors Takes a Step Back from Santa. MillerCoors is backing off its sponsorship of the "world's naughtiest pub crawl" -- a drinking party with participants dressed as Santa Claus -- after critics charged that the event violated a voluntary industry advertising code. (Source: Join Together, 12/15/08) Die amerikanische Brauerei MillerCoors macht einen Rückzieher beim Nikolaus. 12/16/2008
Zero Tolerance Proposed for U.K. Drivers Under 21. A recommendation to make it illegal for drivers under the age of 21 to have any alcohol in their system will be presented to government officials in England, Scotland and Wales. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), an independent body that advises the government on drug-related issues in the U.K., said the recommendation sprung from concern about impairment among young people driving within existing drunk-driving limits. The legal blood-alcohol limit in the U.K. is .08 percent. (Source: Join Together, 12/12/08) Der beratende Rat betr. Drogenmissbrauch in England empfiehlt 0.0‰ für Junglenker unter 21. 12/16/2008
Senators Call Extending Bar Hours for Inauguration a Bad Idea. U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) and Robert Bennett (R-Utah) say they are "deeply concerned" about emergency legislation passed by the Washington, D.C., city council to extend bar and nightclub hours during the week of Barack Obama's inauguration next month.  (Source: Join Together, 12/11/08) US-Senatoren nennen die verlängerten Bar-Öffnungszeiten während der Inauguration des Präsidenten eine schlechte Idee. 12/12/2008
Alert: Now, you have another opportunity to help CSPI work on this important problem  threatening the health and safety of our young people. In its research for the MillerCoors lawsuit, CSPI has learned of dangerous experiences that consumers had when they mixed alcohol with the energy drink Red Bull. CSPI has expanded its fact-finding efforts to investigate this issue. If someone you know or a member of your community had a bad experience after mixing Red Bull and alcohol, please click here to send that information to CSPI. Aufruf zur Mithilfe durch CSPI: Wissen Sie von gefährlichen Erfahrung beim Mischen von Red Bull mit Alkohol? 12/12/2008
CSPI: Naughty Brewers Sully Santa in Beer Promos
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says that MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch deserve lumps of coal -- if not subpoenas -- in their stockings for using the image of Santa Claus to promote binge drinking events.  (Source: Join Together, 12/9/08)
CSPI: Unanständige Brauer in den USA missbrauchen den Nikolaus für Bier-Werbung. 12/12/2008

Drinkaware's Festive Viral Gives Christmas Cheer On Youtube, UK. The Drinkaware Trust (Drinkaware) - the UK charity which aims to reduce alcohol harm - is using a comedy video to deliver messages about surviving the Christmas season. Loaded on YouTube, it is entitled 'How to survive the office Christmas party' and the five minute funny has already had 13,000 views in just over three days. (Source: Medical News Today, 12/10/08)

Der Drinkaware Trust in England hat auf Youtube einen Videospot geladen. 12/12/2008
Make Holiday Parties Safe For Friends And Family; Don't Drink And Drive, Say Nebraska (USA) Authorities. If you're hosting a party this holiday season, take steps to keep your friends safe and make sure no one from your party drinks and drives.
(Source: Medical News Today, 12/9/08
Die Behörden von Nebraska, USA, sagen: "Macht Weihnachtsparties sicher für Freunde und Familie, fahrt nicht angetrunken." 12/10/2008
Guinness Premiership Rugby Players Support Responsible Drinking This Christmas, UK
The 12 Guinness Premiership clubs have teamed up with The Drinkaware Trust (Drinkaware), the UK charity which aims to reduce alcohol harm, to promote responsible drinking this Christmas. Players from London Irish, currently top of the Guinness Premiership, braved the rain to pose alongside a Drinkaware black cab, one of 300 taxis displaying advice to partygoers in London throughout December, to launch the campaign. (Source: Medical News Today, 12/9/08
Die Guinness Premiership Rugby Spieler unterstützen die "Verantwortliches Trinken"-Kampagne in London. 12/10/2008
UK Gyms To Make Members Aware Of Alcohol's Impact On Exercise And Health.
Fitness Industry Association and Department of Health partnership takes Know Your Limits campaign into fitness facilities  (Source: Medical News Today, 12/9/08


Fitness-Einrichtungen in England sind sich des Einflusses von Alkohol auf  Fitness und Gesundheit bewusst. 12/10/2008
Marin Institute Contest Seeks to Counter Super Bowl Beer Ads. Youths ages 13-20 can compete to create the most effective riposte to the annual barrage of Super Bowl beer ads in a new contest created by the industry watchdog Marin Institute. Billed as "the country's first anti-beer ad contest," the Free the Bowl competition will award prizes like an Apple MacBook and iPods to the creators of 30- to 60-second anti-beer ads. (Source: Join Together, 12/8/08) Wettbewerb des Marin Instituts, USA, sucht Gegenwerbespots zur Bierwerbung am Super Bowl. 12/09/2008
More Action Needed To Tackle Alcohol Misuse, Says British Medical Association.
The proposals to crack down on irresponsible drinking are positive but more action is needed say doctors' leaders in response to details released following the Queen's Speech. (Sourse: Medical News Today, 12/5/08)
Mehr Aktionen seien nötig, um den Alkoholmissbrauch zu bekämpfen, sagt die BMA, U.K. 12/06/2008
'Happy Hour' Ban Planned to Curb U.K. Binge Drinking.  "The U.K. government proposed a ban on 'happy hour' at bars and organized pub crawls in an effort to curb excessive drinking. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said the plans are among measures to tackle the U.K.’s binge-drinking culture and resulting crime and public disorder…Alcohol-fueled violent crime costs the U.K. 12 billion pounds ($18 billion) a year, according to the Home Office…Some 6,517 deaths were directly linked to alcohol in England in 2006, an increase of 19 percent over 2001, according to the U.K. National Health Service. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 12/4/08) Bloomberg News, 12/3/08 Die englische Regierung plant ein Verbot der "Happy Hour", als Massnahme gegen das Binge Drinking. 12/05/2008

Australia: Tougher Stance on Alcohol Will Protect Our Children
"It would be a pity if Australia spent its way out of recession solely through big infrastructure projects and pensioner shopping splurges. There is a huge unmet demand for mental health services, drug and alcohol treatment and intensive family support workers, and a great need for free preschool for disadvantaged children, and for regular nurse home-visiting programs to targeted families. These human services could help prevent children being harmed. As well, if governments were serious and brave, they would tackle one of the major causes of child abuse and neglect -- the nation's love affair with alcohol." Source: Harvard World Health News, 12/4/08) The Sidney Morning Herald, 11/29/08
Comment: In other countries as well.

Eine bestimmtere Haltung gegenüber dem Alkohol wird unsere Kinder beschützen. 12/05/2008
MADD: New Data Shows Disturbing Number of Repeat Drunk Drivers on America's Roadways. Nationally, an estimated two million drunk drivers with three or more convictions, including 400,000 drunk drivers with five or more convictions will share our roadways this holiday season. (Quelle: Join Together, 2.12.08); The Repeat Offense Data by State Neue Zahlen zeigen in den USA eine bedenkliche Zahl von Alkohol-Wiederholungs-Tätern auf den Strassen. 12/03/2008
Drinkaware Launches Campaign For A Christmas To Remember, UK. The Drinkaware Trust (Drinkaware), a UK charity which aims to reduce alcohol harm, has launched a new campaign to help partygoers have a merry - and memorable - Christmas. Entitled 'Tips for a Christmas to remember', Drinkaware is issuing guidance to the public on how to manage their consumption - and the effects of over- consumption - at a time when many will find themselves drinking more alcohol than usual. Up to a million business-card size Christmas 'tip cards' have been distributed to over 2000 pubs across the UK, containing practical tips, unit guidelines, and links to a 24 hour helpline and A further 10,000 tip cards will be given to taxi passengers in London, with 300 black cabs' supersides and tip seats displaying advice to partygoers.(Source: Medical News Today, 12/02/08) (with our comment)
Comment: This doesn't look effective. But it might be in the line of the government which is not able to decide measures which really could reduce alcohol problems. (in other countries the same problem.)
Eine Kampagne in England, um Alkoholprobleme in der Weihnachtszeit zu vermindern. 12/03/2008
Coalition Seeks Action on Chronic Wisconsin Alcohol Problems. A coalition called All-Wisconsin Alcohol Risk Education, led by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, has begun a campaign to push for stronger drunk-driving laws, increased screening for alcohol abuse at clinics and hospitals, and a stronger awareness of the alcohol-related problems that face the state. (Source: Join Together, 12/01/08) Eine Koalition will, dass etwas gegen die chronischen Alkohol- Probleme in Wisconsin, USA, getan wird. 12/02/2008
Lower Alcohol Limit Needed To Reduce Deaths On Our Roads, Says British Medical Association. Commenting on the launch of the Road Safety Compliance consultation published today (Thursday, 20th November 2008), BMA Head of Science and Ethics, Dr Vivienne Nathanson said: "The BMA will continue to lobby the Government strongly to reduce the current drink drive limit. The science is clear: a 50mg limit would lower the number of road crashes, deaths and serious injuries on our roads. (Source: Medical News Today, 11/20/08) Wir brauchen eine tiefere Alkohol-Limite, um die Anzahl der Toten auf unsern Strassen zu reduzieren, sagt die British Medical Association. 11/21/2008
Australia: Alcohol Sponsors Down the Tube  "The one-time star of a Toohey's beer commercial, the former Test cricketer Mike Whitney, believes sport will not be able to maintain close relationship with alcohol companies, predicting existing sponsorships will probably 'go the same way as cigarettes'. Speaking the day after university research directly linked athletes' drinking patterns with alcohol sponsorships of sport." (Source: Harvard World Health News, 11/20/08  The Sidney Morning Herald, 11/18/08 Australien: Die Alkohol-Sponsoren werden vom Sport weggehen. 11/21/2008

News from the European Alcohol and Health Forum:
Commitments for action by Forum members
Task Force on Youth-Specific aspects of Alcohol
Task Force Marketing Communication
Science Group of the European Alcohol and Health Forum

Neuheiten aus dem European Alcohol and Health Forum:


Draft Resolution on "Health and Well- being of Young People" adopted in the EU-Council, 2nd November 2008.
In particular, the Resolution notes that:
1. Although on the whole the health of young people in Europe is satisfactory, certain fields are of particular concern such as nutrition, physical activity, alcohol abuse, sexual and mental health;
2. Particular attention should be paid to promoting a healthy lifestyle and preventive measures, especially in the context of sexual activity, alcohol abuse and drug use, smoking, eating disorders, obesity, violence, gambling and addiction to information and communication technologies; Eurocare Newsletter Sept.-Nov. 08, 18.11.08 
EU-Resolution vom 2.11.08
Resolutions-Entwurf des Europarates zu "Gesundheit und Wohlbefinden von jungen Leuten." 11/20/2008
The European Commission launched a website giving details of the beneficiaries of EU funding publicly available for the first time. The ’Financial Transparency System’ search engine is part of the wider transparency initiative launched by Administration and Anti-Fraud Commissioner Siim Kallas in 2005 - gives "free access to details of who receives EU funds managed directly by the Commission" and the executive agencies it sets up to manage EU programmes. Newsletter Sept.-Nov. 08, 18.11.08 Die EU-Kommission startete eine Webseite mit Details der Nutzniesser von EU-Beiträgen. 11/20/2008
Europe relaxes rules on lower alcohol wines.  Experimental techniques used to reduce alcohol content in wines have been cleared by the EU. The EU has relaxed its stance on winemakers who take alcohol out of wine during production following pressure from Member States to relax strict rules on wine making, in order to make it easier for producers to sell wines with alcohol content as low as 6.5 per cent. Eurocare Newsletter Sept.-Nov. 08, 18.11.08             Europe relaxes rules, 6.11.08 Die EU hat Regeln betr. Wein mit niedrigem Alkoholgehalt gelockert. 11/20/2008
Alcohol will be on the agenda of the Swedish presidency of the EU in 2009.
From the 1st of July 2009, Sweden will for six moths hold the presidency of the EU. As it did in 2001, Sweden will have alcohol on the agenda. Sweden has announced that in addition to following up the progress made in the implementation of the EU Alcohol Strategy approved in 2006, the Swedish Presidency will explore opportunities to further the development of public health-oriented alcohol policies. During its presidency of the EU, Sweden will focus on four priority areas.  Eurocare Newsletter Sept.-Nov. 08, 18.11.08  Swedish Presidency of the EU
Alkohol wird ein Traktandum sein während Schwedens EU-Präsidentschaft ab 1.7.09 11/20/2008
Eurocare responds to WHO consultation on ways to reduce alcohol related harm
Ahead of the development of a global strategy to reduce alcohol related harm, the World Health Organization has launched a public consultation on effective ways to reduce alcohol related harm at global level in order to gather the views of all those interested. The submissions will be posted on the WHO website and may be part of the documents that will be discussed at the WHO round table meetings with the economic operators (6 November 2008), and the NGOs and health professionals (24-25 November 2008), as well as in the regional technical consultations with Member States (between January and April 2009).  Eurocare Newsletter Sept.-Nov. 08, 18.11.08
Eurocare hat auf die WHO-Konsultation zu Wegen um die Alkoholschäden zu reduzieren geantwortet. 11/20/2008
The Marin Institute repeats its alert on 11/10/08. A Nickel a Drink is the Change We Need! Please support Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed alcohol tax increase on wine, beer and distilled spirits to take effect January 1, 2009. A nickel a drink excise tax increase could raise $878 million over the next year and a half. These much-needed funds would help reduce the state's serious budget shortfall. More importantly, they would provide critical support to the state's programs that reduce alcohol-related problems. (Source: Marin Institute, 11/17/08) Das Marin Institute wiederholt seinen Aufruf vom 10.11.08 11/19/2008
A Kennesaw, Ga., USA, restaurant had its license to serve alcohol revoked after photos of minors drinking in the restaurant surfaced on the social-networking site Facebook. (Source: Join Together, 11/13/08) Alkohollizenz entzogen nach belastenden Fotos auf der Webseite Facebook. 11/15/2008
Nickel a Drink to Save State Budgets in USA. Marin Institute Calls on States with Budget Shortfalls to Follow California in Proposing an Alcohol Tax Increase. Long Overdue Tax Increases Could Ease Budget Deficits in 39 States and Mitigate Alcohol-Related Costs  (Source: Join Together, 11/9/08) Ein Fünfcent-Stück mehr Alkohol-Steuern pro Glas um staatliche Budgets auszugleichen. 11/10/2008
Calling For A Convention To Control Alcohol
According to an editorial published on, there is an urgent need for international regulation of alcohol akin to the 2005 framework convention on tobacco control. Professor Laura Schmidt (Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA) and colleagues from the USA, Canada, Finland, and Australia write that worldwide, alcohol is a significant component of disease, injury, and death, but it is the only commonly-used psychoactive substance that has yet to face international control. (Source: Medical News Today, 11/8/08), 11/6/08
Bedeutende Wissenschafter rufen nach einer internationalen Übereinkunft zur Kontrolle von Alkohol. 11/10/2008
Introducing the Healthy Nightlife Toolbox project. The HNT-project is an international EU-project focussing on the reduction of harm from alcohol and drug use among young people. To date, preventive actions towards these problems are sporadic, often not based on evidence and not evaluated. Therefore, the general objective of this project is to support the identification and implementation of effective interventions that address emerging trends in alcohol and drug use in nightlife settings( prevention, early intervention, treatment, ...). If you can contribute please go into this link:  and fill in, if you use/ or know any type of interventions related to that issue. It will take you 10 minutes. The development of the toolbox started this year and we expect the final resource to become available in 2010. (Source: Eurocare, 3.11.08) Internet-Projekt in der EU: Die Werkzeugkiste für ein gesundes Nachtleben. 11/04/2008
Alcohol Citations Drop at San Diego Beaches After Ban Imposed. A beach alcohol ban imposed last year, along with an education campaign, has resulted in a sharp drop in the number of alcohol citations written by San Diego police. (Source: Join Together, 10/30/08) Positives Ergebnis nach Alkoholverbot am Strand von San Diego, Kalifornien, USA. 11/03/2008

U.K.: NHS Alcohol Services Struggling. "The NHS is failing to get a grip on the growing alcohol problems in England, a watchdog says. The National Audit Office said local health bosses did not have a clear idea of the scale of the problem and as a result were not coordinating services… (Quelle: Harvard World Health News, 10/31/08   BBC News Online, October 29, 2008
Comment: As in Switzerland and in other countries the alcohol lobby hinders the government from implementing effective measures.

England: Das National Audit Office (NAO) kritisiert die Regierung. 11/03/2008
U.K.: More than 10m Drink Too Much, Says Watchdog.  "More than 10 million people are drinking more than they should, the Government's spending watchdog warned today. According to the National Audit Office (NAO), 31 per cent of men and 20 per cent of women regularly drink above recommended levels, putting their health at risk… Hospital admissions for alcohol-related liver disease, mental health disorders linked to alcohol and acute intoxication doubled in the 11 years between 1995-96 and 2006-07, while the number of deaths from alcohol-related causes doubled to 8,758 between 1991 and 2006, the NAO said."(Quelle: Harvard World Health News, 10/31/08 
The Independent, London, October 29, 2008)
England: Mehr al 10 Mio. trinken zu viel, sagt ein Watchdog. 11/03/2008
The deadline for submissions to the  WHO public hearing on ways of reducing harmful use of alcohol has been extended to 15th November 2008.  see WHO-Information, 2.10.08 Der Einsendetermin für das öffentliche Hearing der WHO ist verlängert worden. 10/31/2008
CASA’s Family Day Commemorated Nationwide. CASA’s eighth annual Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your ChildrenTM, celebrated nationwide on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, was an enormous success. The President, all 50 Governors and more than 800 Mayors and County Executives proclaimed or supported Family Day! Scores of non-profit groups, faith-based organizations, corporations and most importantly families celebrated Family Day this year. CASA-Inside, 10/29/08 Der CASA-Familientag wurde in den USA landesweit begangen. 10/29/2008
Help Vermont, USA, follow California and Utah's courageous lead in properly reclassifying and taxing alcopops as distilled spirits. In August 2007, the California Board of Equalization approved taxing alcopops as distilled spirits. Utah also recently passed legislation that has resulted in most alcopops makers pulling their dangerous products off the shelves completely. Alert by Marin Institute, 29.10.08 Helft Vermont, USA, Kalifornien und Utah's mutigem Beispiel zu folgen und Alcopops als Spirituosen zu klassieren und besteuern. 10/29/2008
US-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. With the 2008 general election one week away, voters with an interest in alcohol and other drug treatment, prevention and recovery can go to the polls knowing that both major-party candidates for president have been generally supportive of their issues. (Source: Join Together, 10/27/08)Voters Guide. Voters in a number of states also will have a chance to weigh in Nov. 4 on ballot initiatives tackling everything from medical marijuana to sweeping drug-policy reform. US-Präsidentschafts-Wahlen 10/27/2008
Alcohol: A Life Sentence. Every year, almost 4000 babies in Germany are born with alcohol-related defects. The mothers of these children have often drunk alcohol regularly during the pregnancy. The consequences are often devastating and commonly persist into adulthood. The various forms of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are presented by the pediatricians Hans-Ludwig Spohr and Hans-Christoph Steinhausen in the latest issue of Deutsches Arzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2008; 105[41]: 693-8). (Source: Medical News Today, 10/25/08) Alkohol: Lebenslänglich 10/27/2008
Alcohol Restrictions Fuel Bootlegging in Alaska. Local alcohol restrictions may be responsible for the rise of a bootleg culture in some Alaska towns.  (Source: Join Together, 10/23/08) Alkohol-Beschränkungen fördern Alkohol-Schmuggel in Alaska. 10/24/2008
U.K.: £1m Ad Campaign Targets 'Forgotten' Drinkers
"A recycling bin full of empty alcohol bottles may be a sign you are drinking too much, a UK charity warned today… The charity said people who drink more than the recommended limits at home are a 'forgotten group' as most health campaigns target young people. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 10/23/08 The Guardian, 10/20/08
Eine £1 Mio. Inseratekampagne in England richtet sich an "vergessene Alkoholiker" 10/24/2008

Series in USA  Puts Focus on Excessive Drinking.
"I never cease to be amazed by our culture of alcohol. From the tavern to the tailgate and beyond, we love alcohol and many of the activities we associate with it. But Wisconsin has a problem, and averting our eyes is no longer acceptable. How we as a statewide community address this problem depends first on our understanding of the phenomenon and its consequences, and second on our collective willingness to address painful questions and to demand change." (Source: Harvard World Health News, 23.10.08 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18.10.08   Following Articles: Drinking Deeply Ingrained in Wisconsin's Culture; For Pub Crawlers, Shuttle is a Safe Alternative to Driving; Drinkers Think They Can Drive

Eine Artikel-Serie in USA befasst sich eingehend mit dem Alkohol-Problem. 10/24/2008
New Mexico AG Proposes Alcoholic Energy Drink Ban. Alcoholic energy drinks would be banned in New Mexico under a proposal floated by state Attorney General Gary King.    Join Together, 10/22/08) Der General-Staatsanwalt von New Mexico, USA, will alkoholische Energy Drinks verbieten lassen. 10/23/2008
U.S. Department of Labor announces Drug-Free Work Week. The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that this year's national Drug-Free Work Week will take place Oct. 20 through 26. (Source: Join Together, 10/20/08) Das US-Departement für Arbeit kündigt eine drogenfreie Arbeitswoche an. 10/21/2008
Drinking By the Numbers: An Interactive U.S. Map  and a special page to Wisconsin(Source: Join Together, 10/17/08) Interaktive US-Karte mit Angaben zur Alkoholfrage in jedem Staat. 10/17/2008

Stop the Alcohol Industry from Fueling Presidential Campaigns. Tell Our Presidential Candidates to Return Big Alcohol Donations. In the 2008 presidential race, the alcohol industry has donated vast sums of money to Senators John McCain and Barak Obama.  Marin Institute, the alcohol industry watchdog, calls on both major party presidential candidates to return Big Alcohol donations. Contact: Marine Institute, 15.10.08

Stoppt die Alkoholindustrie beim Mitfinanzieren der US- Präsidentschafts-Kampagnen. 10/16/2008
Strong Public Policy Measures On Alcohol Price And Availability Would Be More Effective Than Clinical Treatments, say Experts in the U.K. Three of Britain's leading experts in alcohol policy and treatments say that strong public policy measures on price and availability of alcohol would be far more successful than clinical treatments or current Government initiatives in reducing alcohol-related harm. (Source: Medical News Today, 10/14/08) Starke Alkoholpolitik-Massnahmen bezüglich Preis und Erhältlichkeit wären viel effektiver als Spitalbehandlung. 10/15/2008
Task Force Offers Recommendations for Reforming Juvenile Justice System in USA. A national task force has recommended policy changes at all levels of government in order to improve alcohol and drug treatment for youth in the juvenile-justice system. Outlined in a new report, Model Policies for Juvenile Justice and Substance Abuse Treatment, the recommendations draw on lessons learned from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Reclaiming Futures initiative.  (Source: Join Together, 10/10/08)
Task Force in den USA bietet Empfehlungen für eine Reform des Justizsystems in Bezug auf  Jugendliche an. 10/15/2008
Experience, Science And The Drinking Age. Recently more than 100 college presidents surrendered their authority to do something meaningful about campus alcohol abuse by urging policymakers to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. There has not been so great a "hand-washing" of a significant problem since Pontius Pilate! Thankfully, this group did not include University of Wyoming leadership.  (Source: Medical News Today, 10/12/08) Erfahrung, Wissenschaft und das Mindestalter. Eine Meinung zur diskutierten Herabsetzung des Mindestalters in den USA 10/13/2008
Britain decides against a new lower limit for drink-driving.
The Times has learnt that the Government has changed its mind about reducing the limit from 80 to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, despite evidence that a lower limit would save 65 lives a year. The Republic of Ireland still has an 80mg limit but says that it will reduce it to 50mg next year. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 10/9/08)   Times Online, 10/6/08
Comment: In Switzerland the reduction was a success. But it is necessary to keep the level of controls high and to have random controls.
Die britische Regierung will die Promillegrenze immer noch nicht senken. 10/11/2008
Invitation to a WHO public hearing on strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm. We repeat our alert with links to the pages of WHO. ADD Bulletin 4/2008
WHO-Information, 2.10.08   (This link works.)  Our submission in Briefe an...(Letters to..)
Die WHO  veranstaltet öffentliche Hearings. Wiederholung unseres Hinweises mit Links. 10/11/2008


WHO To Hold Public Hearing On Ways Of Reducing The Harmful Use Of Alcohol
Each year, more than two million people die from alcohol-related causes which is why World Health Organization (WHO) was asked by its Member States in May at the World Health Assembly to develop a global strategy to combat the harmful use of alcohol. All parties with an interest in reducing the harmful use of alcohol are now invited to share their views in a public hearing being organized by the World Health Organization (WHO). The one month web-based hearing will run between 3 and 31 October.  (Quelle: Medical News Today, 6.10.08)
Die WHO  veranstaltet öffentliche Hearings. 10/08/2008
Alcohol Policy Information System Updated. The Alcohol Policy Information System, a project by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, announced its latest update of state-by-state alcohol policies. The update covers the period 1/2/2007 through 1/1/2008. (Source: Join Together, 10/3/08) Amerikanisches Informations-System zu Alkoholpolitik aufdatiert. 10/08/2008
Calif. Removes Barrier to Brief Intervention. A law that allowed insurers to deny coverage to hospital patients if they were under the influence of alcohol at the time of their injury has been repealed by the state of California. (Source: Join Together, 10/3/08 Kalifornien beseitigt Barriere für Kurz-Interventionen. 10/08/2008
BMA Scotland Calls For Compulsory Labelling Of Alcoholic Drinks
BMA Scotland today (Friday 3 October 2008) called on the Government to legislate for the introduction of compulsory labelling on all alcoholic products to help people understand and manage their drinking habits. The call comes in light of Scotland's Alcohol Awareness Week (5 - 11 October 2008).  (Source: Medical News Today, 10/3/08)
Die Britische Ärzteschaft in Schottland verlangt obligatorische Warnaufdrucke auf allen alkoholischen Getränken. 10/04/2008
Congress, Bush Approve Addiction and Mental Health Parity Legislation
The long-held dream of parity in behavioral healthcare is now a reality: The U.S. House of Representatives voted 263-171 to approve the Wall Street bailout bill, which includes a provision that mandates parity coverage for addiction and mental-health care, and President George Bush swiftly signed the measure into law. (Source: Join Together, 10/3/08)
Der Kongress und Präsident Bush haben die Addiction and Mental Health Parity Legislation akzeptiert. 10/04/2008
Senate Bailout Bill Includes Parity Amendment
The Wall Street bailout bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Oct. 1 was amended to include addiction and mental health parity legislation. (Re: Insurances) The bill passed by a 74-25 margin and now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration. (Where it was accepted on 3rd. Oct. ) (Source: Join Together, 10/2/08)
Der Finanzrettungsplan für die Wall Street hat den US- Senat am 1. Okt. passiert. 10/04/2008
Breath-alcohol test mandatory for drivers with two DUI records starting today in OHIO, USA. Ohio drivers with two prior offenses who are suspected of driving while drunk must take a breath-alcohol test. The catalyst for the law was the 2005 deaths of Hiram College students Grace Chamberlain and Andy Hopkins. The students' car was struck by a truck driven by James Cline, an 11-time convicted drunken driver. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 3.10.08), 30.9.08
Comment: We better don't visit a state where 11 convictions for drunk driving are possible. Scandal!
In Ohio, USA gilt eine neues Gesetz betr. Alkohol am Steuer. 10/04/2008
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has called on Wrigleyville bars to cut off alcohol sales after the 7th inning of Cubs home games, and some bar owners are going along with his directive, if reluctantly.  (Source: Join Together, 1.10.08)


Der Bürgermeister von Chicago, USA, ersucht Bareigentümer, den Alkoholverkauf bei Spielen einzuschränken. 10/02/2008
U.S. House of Representatives Joins in Support by passing the "We Don't Serve Teens Campaign" Resolution. Noting the dangers of underage drinking, Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-34) and Mary Bono Mack (R-CA-45) praised House passage of H. Res. 1042, supporting the We Don't Serve Teens campaign by voice vote on 9/23/08. They had indruduced this resolution to commend the united efforts of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and industry and community partners to raise awareness for the importance of preventing underage access to alcohol. (Source: Join Together, 9/30/08)
Das US-Repräsentantenhaus verabschiedete eine Resolution gegen den Alkoholkonsum Minderjähriger. 10/01/2008
Early Morning Drunk Driving on the Rise in the U.K. Later pub closing times have led to an increase in early morning drunk-driving accidents in the U.K.. While overall drunk-driving accidents have declined over the past decade, the increase in early-hour accidents may be the result of later pub closing, with more patrons remaining intoxicated when they get up and drive the morning after drinking. Government statistics show the number of drunk-driving accidents beginning to rise after 3 a.m.; at 10 a.m., the number of accidents is 50 percent higher than they were before extended pub hours were introduced. (Source: Join Together, 9/29/08) Alkohol am Steuer in den Morgenstunden nimmt in England zu. 10/01/2008
Hawaii Uses Newspaper Insert to Address Underage Drinking  A state-sponsored 12-page insert addressing underage drinking was included in most daily newspapers in Hawaii this week. The insert was provided by the Hawaii Partnership to Prevent Underage Drinking as part of a state-wide prevention campaign led by the lieutenant governor. (Source: Join Together,26.9.08) Hawaii startet Präventions-Kampagne gegen das Trinken Minderjähriger. 09/29/2008
Lower Drinking Age Opposed by Experts “With some of the nation's most prominent college leaders suggesting that the nation's drinking age be lowered, a group of researchers and safety experts told Maryland lawmakers yesterday that younger drinkers would bring more accidents and deaths. The experts told members of a special House of Delegates committee on drug and alcohol abuse holding a hearing on underage drinking that not only should the drinking age remain 21, but that legislators should consider even tougher penalties for teenagers who break the law.”(Source: Harvard World Health News, 9/25/08)   The Washington Post, 9/24/08 Experten sind gegen die Herabsetzung des Mindestalters in USA 09/26/2008
Parity Bill Passes Both Houses of Congress, But Final Approval Remains in Doubt
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives both passed consensus versions of the addiction and mental-health parity bill on Sept. 23, a historic vote that brings the goal of equal coverage for behavioral-health problems closer to reality than ever before.(Source:  Join Together, 9/24/08)
Das Gleichheits-Gesetz ist in den USA in beiden Parlamenten durchgekommen. 09/25/2008
More Than 80% Back 'Alcopops' And Tobacco Tax: Newspoll Survey, Australia.
Australians would overwhelmingly support increased 'alcopops' and tobacco tax if funds raised were used for preventive health programs, according to Newspoll research published today (24/9). A survey of more than 1200 Australian adults showed 84 per cent supported the Government's proposed 'alcopops' tax and 88 per cent backed increased tobacco tax, if most of the revenue funded programs to help prevent diseases such as heart disease and cancer. (Source: Medical News Today, 9/23/08)
In Australien sind mehr als 80% de Befragten für eine Alcopop- und eine Tabak-Steuer 09/25/2008
The American Brewer MillerCoors will delay the launch of its Sparks Red caffeinated alcohol drink after 25 state attorneys general asked the company to ditch the product. Sparks Red contains 8 percent alcohol, higher than the existing versions of Sparks. The company said it was "placing the brewing and distribution of the product on hold" to engage in talks with the states. (Source: Join Together, 9/22/08) Die amerikanische Brauerei MillerCoors wartet mit der Lancierung von Sparks Red. 09/24/2008
New York Panel Proposes Social-Host Law. New York's Advisory Council on Underage Alcohol Consumption wants to set first-offense fines at $250 for adults hosting an underage drinking party. (Source: Join Together,9/19/08) Strafen für Gastgeber von Alkoholparties Minderjähriger in New York. 09/22/2008
'Wizard Stick' Parties a Binge Drinking Concern
A drinking game that encourages young men to drink enough beer to make a stack of cans exceeding their own height has some experts concerned that it's contributing to rising binge drinking rates  (Source: Join Together, 9/19/08)
"Zauberstab-Parties" geben Anlass zu Besorgnis betr. Rauchschtrinken. 09/22/2008
Big Alcohol Can't Police Itself
Alcohol industry watchdog Marin Institute released today a revealing, first-ever systematic review of the distilled spirits industry's voluntary self-regulation system. The report, "Why Big Alcohol Can't Police Itself: A Review of Advertising Self-Regulation in the Distilled Spirits Industry," examines all seven Code of Responsible Marketing Practices reports issued by the industry trade group Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) from 2004-2007. Join Together, 17.9.08 YOUR TURN:  Stop Big Alcohol’s Irresponsible Advertising Tell the Federal Trade Commission that Self-Regulation Does Not Work
Marin Institute, USA: Die Alkoholindustrie kann nicht auf sich selbst aufpassen. 09/18/2008
Don't Drink and Post, Employers Say. If your resume doesn't leave an impression on your potential boss, the pictures from your most recent kegger certainly will, employment experts say. A study conducted by found that employers are turning to social networking pages to get information about job candidates. Employers said their top concern was candidates' use of alcohol and other drugs. (Source: Join Together, 16.9.08) Stelle keine Fotos deiner Alkoholparties ins Web, sagen Arbeitgeber. 09/17/2008
Few N.J. Residents Support Lower Drinking Age, Survey Finds. A new statewide poll found that only 18 percent of New Jersey residents approve of lowering the state's drinking age to 18. Seventy-six percent of those surveyed said the drinking age should remain at age 21.(Source: Join Together, 9/16/08) Nur wenige Einwohner des US-Staates New Jersey sind für eine Senkung des Mindestalters auf 18. 09/17/2008
CSPI Blasts MillerCoors for Sponsoring Racy Videos. A video spoofing the HBO series 'Entourage' featuring dwarves, illicit drug use and copious sexuality was sponsored by MillerCoors' Sparks energy drink, raising the ire of industry critics who succeeded in getting the videos pulled. CSPI wrote also letters to the Beer Institute and the Federal Trade Commission outlining concerns about the videos. (Source: Join Together, 9/12/08) CSPI attackiert die Brauerei MillerCoors wegen gewagter Videos mit Erfolg. 09/16/2008
Megabrewer MillerCoors Under Fire for Raunchy, Soft Porn Ads for 'Sparks'. Sponsored Videos on Aimed at 18+ Violate Industry's Voluntary Advertising Code. MillerCoors is coming under fresh fire for advertising its caffeinated alcoholic drink Sparks with web videos that portray drug use, explicit sexual content, misogyny, and that otherwise exude general raunchiness. (Source: Join Together, 9/11/08) Die US-Grossbrauerei MillerCoors wird wegen ihrer Werbung für den Energy Drink Sparks angegriffen. 09/13/2008
Call for England to aid youth drinks ban.
Scotland is calling on Westminster for help in implementing controversial plans to ban off-sale drinks to under-21s in an attempt to curb alcohol abuse across the country. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 9/12/08, 9/12/08
Schottland ruft England um Hilfe, um Verkaufsverbot durchbringen zu können. 09/13/2008
Raise Legal Driving Age, Insurance Group Says. While some advocates are proposing to lower the legal drinking age from 21 to 18, the Insurance Industry for Highway Safety says that states should raise the driving age from 16 to 17 or 18. (Source: Join Together, 9.9.08) Erhöht das legale Alter für den Führerschein, sagt eine US-Versicherungs-Gruppe. 09/10/2008

CSPI Sues MillerCoors Over Sparks. The nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest today filed suit against MillerCoors Brewing Company, formerly Miller, over its alcoholic energy drink, Sparks. The product has more alcohol than regular beer and contains unapproved additives, including the stimulants caffeine and guarana. The lawsuit is asking the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to stop MillerCoors from selling the controversial drink, which is also under scrutiny from state attorneys general.(Source: Join Together, 9/09/08)

CSPI klagt gegen die Brauerei MillerCoors, USA, wegen Sparks. 09/09/2008
UMass Claims Success with Social-Norms Campaign. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA, says that binge drinking and overall heavy drinking have declined two years after the school launched a social-norms campaign to combat its "Zoo Mass" reputation as a party campus. (Source: Join Together, 9/5/08) Die Universität von  Massachusetts, USA meldet Erfolg ihrer Präventionskampagne. 09/08/2008
Coalition Forms to Keep N.J. Drinking Age at 21. In response to a national campaign to reopen debate on lowering the legal drinking age from 21 to 18, a group of New Jersey agencies and organizations has formed the NJ21 Coalition .(Source: Join Together, 9/5/08 Eine Koalition hat sich gebildet, um in New Jersey, USA,  das Mindestalter 21 zu halten. 09/08/2008
SoberBulldog Launches Addiction Recovery Internet Broadcast in USA: SoberBulldog is excited to launch The Afflicted & Affected (A&A) Internet broadcast. Hosted by well-known radio personality and recovery lecturer Chris Schroeder, A&A adds dynamic webcasts for professionals and individuals in recovery.  (Quelle: Join Together, 9/5/08


SoberBulldog bringt eine neue Internet-Radiosendung für Fachleute und Abhängige in Rehabilitation in USA: 09/08/2008
Scotland Could Raise Drinking Age to 21. An epidemic of youth drinking and alcohol-related deaths has the Scottish legislature mulling a plan to raise the legal drinking age from 18 to 21. (Source: Join Together, 9/4/08 Schottland könnte das Mindestalter auf 21 anheben. 09/05/2008
International ‘Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders’ Awareness Day  on 9th September 2008. Eurocare, in cooperation with other NGO's, has prepared a press release.
Eurocare's Entwurf für eine Pressemitteilung zum Foetalen-Alkohol-Syndrom-Tag am 9.9.08 09/05/2008
Africans Must Curb Harmful Use Of Alcohol. African countries have been called upon to curb the harmful use of alcohol, a practice which experts say poses a serious threat to the Region's health and development efforts. (Source: Medical News Today, 09/05/08)
Comment: The European and American alcohol industry damages the success of our development aid.
Afrikaner sollten ihren schädlichen Alkoholkonsum reduzieren. 09/05/2008
New Toolkit to Influence Decision-Makers on Drinking Age in USA.
Last week's news of college presidents supporting the Amethyst Initiative, which seeks to revisit the debate on the legal drinking age and encourages lawmakers to lower it, generated media coverage in both national and local media outlets, and sparked a public debate on the merits of lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18. CADCA joined MADD in opposing the initiative and is urging grassroots prevention organizations to launch a community-wide educational campaign to shed light on the importance of keeping the drinking age at 21. (Source: Join Together, 9/4/08
Neue Handreichung, um die Entscheidungsträger betr. Mindestalter in USA zu beeinflussen. 09/04/2008
Fewer Drunk-Driving Fatalities Nationwide in USA.
Drunk-driving fatalities declined 3.7 percent nationally last year, according to a new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Journal reported Aug. 29 that alcohol-related traffic fatalities also declined in 32 of the 50 U.S. states. An estimated 12,998 people died in alcohol-related crashes last year, down from 13,491 in 2006, NHTSA reported.  (Source: Join Together, 09/02/08)
Weniger Todesfälle in den USA wegen Alkohol am Steuer. 09/03/2008
A lower legal drinking age? Health experts, college presidents debate in USA.
Both sides offer studies that support keeping or lowering the legal drinking age from 21 to 18. (Source: Los Angeles Times, 9/01/08
Niedrigeres Mindestalter in den USA? 09/03/2008
EU: 1st Meeting of the Science Group of the European Alcohol and Health Forum, Brussels, 30 june 2008 Summary report EU-Forum Alkohol und Gesundheit. 09/02/2008
September: National Alcohol And Drug Addiction Recovery Month, 2008. The American President says: Substance abuse is an unrelenting evil that destroys lives, ruins families, and endangers neighborhoods. During National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, we emphasize our commitment to alcohol and drug addiction prevention. This month is also an opportunity to recognize those who have had the courage to combat and overcome addiction." (Source: Medical News Today, 8/29/08) National Alcohol And Drug Addiction Recovery Month, 2008 in USA 09/01/2008
Let's Have a Sober Discussion of Campus Boozing. "College presidents generally are loath to take stands on hot-button issues. So it speaks volumes about the extent of underage alcohol use that 123 college presidents…are calling for a public debate on the effects of the 21-year-old drinking age.  Lowering the drinking age is not the answer to binge drinking in college. It would only push the problem down to high school, where some students drink even now, and increase the number of teens who die in car accidents. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 8/28/08) (San Jose Mercury News, August 25, 2008) Führen wir eïne nüchterne Diskussion über das Trinken auf Universitäten, meint ein Editorial. 08/29/2008
College presidents right to call attention to binge drinking. The college presidents are right about teen drinking. At least, they're right about this part: It's time to look in a clear-eyed way at underage drinking. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 8/28/08, 8/28/08 USA: Alkohol mit 18? Fakten zeigen, dass es eine schlechte Idee ist, sagt 08/29/2008
Pub Industry Issues Challenge To BMA On "Unjust" Tax, UK. The British Medical Association is wrong to argue that responsible drinkers are willing to pay more tax on alcohol to deal with the behaviour of an irresponsible minority, according to the British Beer and Pub Association. (Source: Medical News Today, 8/26/08)
That a population accepts higher alcohol taxes it should be informed beforehand why solidarity is worthwhile for everybody, especially for the moderate consumers.
Die Pub-Industrie in England wehrt sich gegen die Ärzte-Gesellschaft wegen "ungerechter" Steuern. 08/27/2008
US Beer Distributor Makes Nice, N.H. Youth Group Prevails.
A meeting between leaders of a New Hampshire youth group and a beer distributor whose employees reacted angrily to youths' placement of warning labels stuck on its products has led to amicable words about the groups working toward the same goal of preventing underage drinking. (Source: Join Together, 8/22/08)
Comment: The action of the youth group is very valuable as it makes publicity. The labels itself are unfortunately not very effective.
Eine Jugendgruppe in New Hampshire behauptet sich gegenüber Bierverteiler- Firma. 08/25/2008
Mobile Phones Offer Vehicle for Alcohol Prevention Messages
A project run by a charity in the Cornwall region of England has determined that alcohol prevention efforts can successfully reach youths through messages sent to their mobile phones.  (Source: Join Together, 8/21/08)
Das Natel als Vehikel für Alkohol-Präventions-Botschaften. 08/23/2008
BMA Scotland Response To The Scottish Government's Proposed Strategy To Tackle Alcohol Misuse. Doctors called for action, not words, to tackle alcohol misuse in Scotland.
The BMA Scotland response to the Scottish Government's proposed strategy to tackle alcohol misuse, argues that voluntary measures have failed and states that legislation and practical action is now required. (Sour e: Medical News Today, 8/21/08)
Comment: This simple truth should be learned by now all over the world.
Die britische Ärztegesellschaft in Schottland kritisiert die Regierung. 08/22/2008
THE GLOBE 2/2008 arrived:
Focus on European Youth
A new voice in the field of Alcohol Policy
Global advocacy safeguards the Integrity of Alcohol Strategy
European alcohol policy conference
Newly introduced alcohol marketing strategies: Thai experience
Statement of the Federation of Medical Students Associations at the WMA on the alcohol strategy
Alcohol marketing and youth Nitta Roonsem
UK launches Youth Alcohol Action Plan
Indian Alcohol Atlas
Alcopops in the United States: state by state battle to end corporate tax fraud,
THE GLOBE 2/2008 ist erschienen. 08/21/2008
College Presidents Seek Debate On Drinking Age. College presidents from about 100 of the nation's best-known universities, including Duke, Dartmouth and Ohio State, are calling on lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, saying current laws actually encourage dangerous binge drinking on campus. The movement called the Amethyst Initiative began quietly recruiting presidents more than a year ago to provoke national debate about the drinking age. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 8/21/08) Associated Press, 8/18/08 US-College-Präsidenten wollen eine Debate über das Mindestalter. 08/21/2008
U.K. Brewers Look to Women to Reverse Slumping Sales. Brewers in the United Kingdom are responding to declining beer sales by establishing brands that they believe will appeal to women. (Source: Join Together, 8/20/08) Englische Brauer wollen die Frauen mit neuen Produkten gewinnen. 08/20/2008
Penn. Reconsiders Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipments. Three years after a federal judge ruled unconstitutional a Pennsylvania ban on shipments of wine from out of state to local consumers, state legislators are considering a bill that would allow only small wineries to conduct direct-to-consumer shipments. (Source: Join Together, 8/18/08) In Pennsylvanien, USA, wird ein Gesetz diskutiert, das Direktlieferungen von Wein ermöglichen soll. 08/19/2008
England Broadens Estimate of Alcohol-Related Deaths. Researchers in England have discovered that by looking at the prevalence of deaths related to alcohol use in a different way, the national numbers they arrive at are close to double what officials in the country previously have cited. (Source: Join Together, 8/18/08) Die bisherigen Statistiken in England zu alkoholbedingten Todesfällen waren viel zu optimistisch. 08/19/2008
Public Opinion Sought on Grocery Store Alcohol Tastings
Washington state officials are seeking public comments on a controversial pilot program in which 30 grocery stores will be allowed to conduct wine and beer tastings for customers. (Source: Join Together, 8/15/08)
Im US-Staat Washington gibt es eine Umfrage zu Alkohol-Degustationen. 08/19/2008
Consumers Threaten Rebellion Over Alcohol Tax Hikes
Taxes on alcohol remain a popular option among legislators in revenue-strapped states because they don't affect all consumers, but those affected by increases recently imposed in several states appear to be pushing back. (Source: Join Together, 8/15/08)
Gegen die Erhöhung der Alkoholsteuern in Gebieten der USA erwächst Widerstand. 08/19/2008
Fall Semester - A Time For Parents To Discuss The Risks Of College Drinking.
As college students arrive on campus this fall, it's a time of new experiences, new friendships, and making memories that will last a lifetime. Unfortunately for many, it is also a time of excessive drinking and dealing with its aftermath-vandalism, violence, sexual aggression, and even death.(Source: Medical News Today, 8/13/08)
Beginn des Herbst-Semesters im College. Zeit für Eltern, das Risiko des College-Trinkens zu diskutieren. 08/15/2008
Colorado: Boaters Beware of BUI. A new Colorado law that took effect this month places blood alcohol limits for boating under the influence (BUI) in line with limits for drunk driving, while leaving existing penalties for violations intact. (Source: Join Together, 8/12/08) Bootsführer in Colorado, USA, und Alkohol am Steuer. 08/15/2008
Substance Use in Minnesota: A Minnesota State Epidemiological Profile.
A one-stop shop of data on alcohol, tobacco and drug consumption and consequences in Minnesota is now available at  The Substance Use in Minnesota Web site was designed to help communities make decisions about substance abuse prevention efforts based on 55 alcohol, tobacco and drug indicators. (Source: Join Together, 8/12/08)
Suchtmittelkonsum in Minnesota, USA: Ein epidemiologisches Profil des Staates Minnesota. 08/12/2008
University of Florida Launches Attack on Party Image.
Just days after a publication named it the nation's top party school, the University of Florida officially proposed dramatic changes to its campus code of conduct that include bans on kegs and drinking games. (Quelle: Join Together, 8/8/08)
Die Universität von Florida, USA, will ihr Party-Image ändern. 08/11/2008
College Coaches' Pleas for Ban on Alcohol Ads Fail to Move NCAA.
Members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA's) executive committee have decided not to move toward tougher restrictions on televised alcohol ads during college sports events. (Quelle: Join Together, 8/8/08)
Die Bitten der US-College-Trainer, Alkoholreklame zu verbieten haben die NCAA nicht umgestimmt. 08/11/2008
European Commission: - Communication on Interim evaluation of the implementation of the Public Health Programme (2003-2008)  24 July 2008, pdf
- Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - Implementation of the Public Health Programme in 2007 23 July 2008, pdf
More than 100 college athletic coaches are asking the US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to eliminate televised alcohol advertising during college sports broadcasts. (Quelle: Join Together, 8/7/08) College Coaches in USA hoffen, die Alkoholreklame einzudämmen. 08/09/2008
The Nebraska, USA, Liquor Control Commission has delayed until the fall a vote on the state's classification of flavored alcoholic beverages as distilled spirits or beer. The announced delay in the vote at a July 31 public hearing is intended to allow for a 30-day public comment period, according to commission executive director Hobert Rupe. (Source: Join Together, 8/6/08) Die Nebraska, USA,  Liquor Control Commission vertagt Entscheid zu Alcopops. 08/09/2008
DG SANCO is seeking views on priorities for the annual work plan 2009.
The Health Programme 2008-2013 entered into force on 1 January 2008. The Programme is intended to complement, support and add value to the policies of the Member States and contribute to increased solidarity and prosperity in the European Union by protecting and promoting human health and safety and by improving public health. Please send your views on priority areas to be included in 2009 to the following mailbox: by 30 September 2008
EU-DG SANCO sucht Meinungen zu Prioritäten für den jährlichen Arbeitsplan 09 08/06/2008
New Data Shows The Alcohol Industry Cannot Be Trusted, Australia
New data obtained by the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) shows the alcohol industry has been deliberately misleading the public about the impact of the Federal Government's alcopop tax. John Rogerson, CEO of the ADF, says: "These figures prove the alcohol industry has been trying to mislead the Australian community on the alcohol issue, just like the tobacco industry did in the 1980s: The alcohol industry can no longer be trusted and should have no role in developing more effective policy to reduce alcohol related harm in Australia.(Quelle: Medical News Today, 4.8.08)
Neue Daten zeigen: Der Alkoholindustrie kann man nicht trauen. Australien. 08/06/2008
Historic House Vote Will Protect Kids from Tobacco, Save Lives
The U.S. House of Representatives cast a truly historic vote to protect children from tobacco addiction and save lives by overwhelmingly approving legislation granting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products. This is the first time the House has ever approved such legislation. Today's vote by a clear veto-proof margin of 326 to 102 underscores the broad, bipartisan support for this legislation and provides powerful momentum for enacting it into law this year. (Source: Join Together, 7/31/08)
Historischer Beschluss des US-Repräsentantenhauses, der Kinder vor dem Tabak schützen, Leben retten will. 08/04/2008
Montana Democrats Call for Re-Examination of Drinking Age.
A resolution adopted at the party platform convention of Montana Democrats states that legislators should address the "double standard" of not allowing 18-year-olds who can fight in wars to drink alcohol legally. (Source: Join Together, 31.7.08)
Die demokratische Partei von Montana, USA, will eine Diskussion über das Mindestalter. 08/02/2008
Addiction Carries a $5.8 Billion Price Tag in Oklahoma, USA. Data from a 2005 task force report show that the direct and indirect costs associated with drug and alcohol addiction in Oklahoma outpace the entire cost of running the state government. (Quelle: Join Together, 31.7.08) Die Kosten für Alkohol- und andere Drogenabhängigkeiten in Oklahoma, USA. 08/02/2008
Ireland Ms Mary Wallace, T. D. Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children with special responsibility for Health Promotion and Food Safety today (29th July 2008) welcomed the introduction of new stricter laws governing the sale and possession of alcohol aimed at curbing anti-social behaviour. Source: Medical News Today, 31.7.08 Die irische Ministerin Mary Wallace begrüsst strengere Alkoholgesetze. 08/02/2008
Economy, Taxes Cited for Drop in U.K. Beer Sales. A group representing British pub operators says beer sales in the pubs are at their lowest level since the Depression, and both the general state of the economy and government tax policies are partly responsible.  (Source: Join Together, 7/29/08) Die Gründe für den Rückgang der Bierverkäufe in England. 07/30/2008
The Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) took aim at the liquor lobby for misleading the public about the Federal Government's tax increase on ready-to-drink beverages (RTDs).(Source: Medical News Today, 7/29/08) Die Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) wirft der Schnaps-Lobby Irreführung des Publikums vor. 07/30/2008
Tell Nebraska (USA) Liquor Control Commission: Protect Our Kids and Follow the Law
Classify Alcopops as Distilled Spirits  The time is now and the choice is clear. On July 31st, the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission will hear testimony to determine if products known as alcopops, also dubbed as "starter drinks" by the alcohol industry, will be classified as beer or distilled spirits. TAKE ACTION
Write to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission and Governor Dave Heineman, urging them that alcopops must be classified as distilled spirits according to state statute 53-103(2). Not only is it the right choice for kids, it is the only legal choice in Nebraska.    Join Together, 29.7.08
Sagt der Nebraska (USA)Liquor Control Commission: Schützt unsere Kinder und befolgt das Gesetz: Klassifiziert Alcopops als Schnaps. 07/30/2008

Tell NCAA President Myles Brand that Beer Ads Don't Belong in College Sports Television(Source: Join Together, 7/25/08)  CSPI-Alert, 7/25/08

Aufruf des Centers for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) 07/27/2008
Public health officials in England have warned establishments that sell alcohol that their lackluster performance on voluntary guidelines to restrict alcohol promotions could lead to tougher laws on sales. (S0urce: Join Together, 7/23/08)     See special page here. England könnte die Einschränkung der Alkoholwerbung in Betracht ziehen. 07/24/2008
New students arriving at the University of Virginia, USA, this summer have the option to participate in the university's first-ever orientation session devoted specifically to alcohol abuse. (Source: Join Together, 7/22/08 US-Universität empfängt neue Studenten mit Alkohol-Lektion 07/24/2008
Frontline Health Staff See Individual Tragedies Of Alcohol Misuse Problems In England
According to government figures published today, 811,000 people were admitted to hospital with alcohol misuse problems in 2006 in England. The figures hide the individual tragedies that hospital frontline staff see everyday, says the British Medical Association (BMA).  (Source: Medical News Today, 7/22/08)
Das Spitalpersonal  sieht die individuellen Tragödien des Alkoholpoblems in England. 07/24/2008
Anheuser-Busch Says Sale Will Not Slow Sports Marketing.  Company executives told that spending in the athletic arena could actually increase in the future. (Source: Join Together, 7/21/08 Anheuser-Busch sagt, der Verkauf werde das Sport-Marketing nicht bremsen. 07/24/2008
London Officials Ask Retailers Not to Sell Alcohol to Customers Under Age 21
Facing an epidemic of youth binge drinking, the mayor of London and other officials are backing a call for supermarkets and other "off-license" alcohol retailers to refrain from selling beer, wine and liquor to customers under age 21. (Source: Join Together, 7/18/08)
Hohe Offizielle in London wünschen, dass die Detaillisten keinen Alkohol an unter 21-Jährige verkaufen. 07/21/2008
Long Fight to Regulate Alcopops Faces Key Hearing in Nebraska. A Nebraska youth alcohol-prevention group has been grappling with state lawmakers, regulators and the alcohol industry for years to get alcopops classified as liquor, not beer, and the rollercoaster process will make a key stop on July 31 as the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission holds a hearing on the classification issue.  (Source: Join Together,7/18/08 In Nebraska, USA ist ein langer Kampf im Gange, damit Alcopops als Schnaps klassifiziert wird. 07/21/2008
Governor Cuts Substance Abuse Funding. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has cut $55 million in funding for addiction treatment as part of a $1.4 billion budget-trimming plan, prompting recovery advocates to hold a rally in downtown Chicago to denounce the cuts and call for the money to be restored. (Source: Join Together,7/18/08 Der Gouverneur von Illinois kürzt das Budget für die Rehabilitation von Suchtkranken. 07/21/2008

Since October 2007 in France the law imposes a warning label on every alcohol packaging mentioning : -       either a message saying: “consumption of alcoholic beverages during pregnancy even in small amounts can seriously damage the child's health” -       or a pictogram  (Source:, 7/18/08)
Comment: See also "Research", today, a new study on this subject.

Seit Okt. 2007 kennt Frankreich Warnhinweise auf den Etiketten aller alkoholischen Getränke. 07/21/2008
New Zealand:  Health Message Getting Through.
"Church ministers preaching a different sort of message have led to thousands of parishioners changing their old habits -- and becoming healthier.  Parish nurses have been offering services to around 10,000 Pacific Island churchgoers in the central Auckland area -- with many parishioners now fitter and more aware of adopting a healthy lifestyle.  The service is part of a programme dubbed Healthy Village Action Zones, an Auckland District Health Board initiative that began in 2002 and 2003, when it was piloted in Glen Innes and the Pacific Island Church in Newton." (Source: Harvard World Health News, 17.7.08), 14.7.08
Comment: What about the churches message and engagement on alcohol in Europe?
In Neuseeland haben Priester mit einer neuen Botschaft die Gesundheit ihrer Kirchgänger verbessert. 07/18/2008
Drink-driving? You'll be gone by lunchtime in New Zealand. Police have been setting up checkpoints in the middle of the day to breath-test drivers at one of New Zealand's busiest intersections. They say it's a warning to everyone that they could be breath-tested "anywhere, any time, any day". Source: Harvard World Health News, 7/17/08), 7/13/08 Alkohol am Steuer: In Neuseeland wird auch über Mittag getestet. 07/18/2008
U.K.: Medical Chief's Annual Report Highlights Drink Drive Limit.
"The legal blood alcohol limit for drivers aged 17 to 20 should be reduced to zero in England, the country's chief medical officer, Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, said today. It would save lives. An effective zero limit for young and novice drivers is in force in 14 European countries, as well as several Canadian provinces and Australian states. In 2005 drivers aged 17 to 19 had 1,080 drink-drive accidents, government statistics show…The report, On The State Of Public Health, noted that alcohol use increases the risk of a crash for a young driver two and a half times more than for an older driver." The Liberal Democrats' transport spokesman, Norman Baker, said: "There is a real argument to lower the drink-driving limit for all motorists to 50mg, in line with many European countries. But a zero limit risks criminalising those whose driving is not impaired.
(Source: Harvard World Health News, 7/17/08), 7/14/08

Comment: It's always like this: A proposed measure is countered by an other, "better " measure, to avoid that something happens at all.
Der höchste Arzt-Beamte in England spricht in seinem Jahresbericht die Promillegrenze an. 07/18/2008
New Report Details Innovative Ways to Help Teens Struggling with Drugs, Alcohol and Crime. A national group of project directors called on communities across the nation to better help teens beat drugs, alcohol and crime using a groundbreaking approach tested at 10 pilot sites. They have issued a national report which shares a six-step model to bring about change, reveals a road map for communities to plan for innovation, and offers step-by-step instructions and examples on how to implement this new way of helping teens in trouble. (Source: Join Together, 7/14/08) Einer neuer Bericht in USA zeigt innovative Wege zur Hilfe für Teens mit Problemen wegen Drogen, Alkohol und Kriminalität. 07/16/2008
Underage Overconsumption of Alcohol Targeted in France.
French youth are drinking more like their U.S. counterparts and bingeing with the intention of getting drunk. The French government has launched now a crackdown on underage binge drinking, including banning open bars (flat-rate drinking), drinking near schools, and the sale of alcohol to youth under age 18. (now 16) (Source: Join Together, 7/14/08
Das Rauschtrinken Jugendlicher in Frankreich wird nun von der Regierung bekämpft. 07/16/2008
Anheuser-Busch Agrees to InBev Buyout. The largest brewer in the U.S., iconic Anheuser-Busch, will sell out to Belgian rival InBev for $52 billion. The sale will create the world's largest brewery conglomerate and shift control of Anheuser-Busch from St. Louis, Mo., to Belgium. InBev also owns other worldwide brands like Stella Artois and Becks. According to an interesting comment on Join Together, St. Louis and Missouri can now implement effective alcohol control policies and generate revenue from the sale of beer that is equal to most of the rest of the country. Furthermore, the state and the city will not be run by a legal drug cartel intimidating people who take positions different than the 8 lobbyists they employ in Missouri alone. (Source: Join Together, 7/14/08 Die Übernahme von Anheuser-Busch durch InBev. 07/16/2008
U.K. Docs Want Graphic Warnings on Alcohol Packages. Alcoholic beverages should feature the same kind of graphic images and warnings found on tobacco products, according to members of the British Medical Association (BMA). Delegates at the BMA's annual meeting in Edinburgh said that images of diseased livers should be displayed on beer bottles and cans and wine and liquor bottles. They also called for images to be posted in bars and for packages to display how many units of alcohol they contain. The motion in support of the labels was approved by BMA delegates by a wide margin. (Source: Join Together, 7/11/08 Englische Ärzte wollen, dass Alkoholflaschen Warnaufdrucke erhalten. 07/14/2008
Far more bars and restaurants in Honolulu, Hawaii served alcohol to minors in recent sting operations than had in 2006. The Honolulu Liquor Commission said that 47 percent of licensed establishments sold alcohol to minors in 2007, up from 35 percent in 2006. The commission sent college students under age 21 into bars and restaurants to attempt to make purchases. (Source: Join Together, 7/11/08 Fast die Hälfte der Bars und Restaurants in Hawaii verkauften Alkohol an Minderjährige. 07/14/2008
The Center on Alcohol Marketing to Youth (CAMY) last month released a report stating that youth exposure to alcohol ads on TV has risen 38 percent between 2001 and 2007. Ironically, the FTC report (see below) was released just four days before CAMY shut its doors, its grant funding exhausted. Director Jernigan said the timing was "unfortunate, because the heat and the spotlight will be off" the industry. But he also expressed hope that the Department of Health and Human Services, with funds from the pending STOP Act in Congress, would take up the task of monitoring alcohol advertising to youth. (Source: Join Together, 7/14/08
Comment: We hope, that our friend David very soon will find a new and similar worthwile task.
Letzten Monat veröffentlichte das US-Center on Alcohol Marketing to Youth (CAMY) einen Bericht über die Jugend als Ziel der Alkoholreklame. Jetzt musste es mangels Finanzen schliessen. 07/14/2008
FTC Supports Self-Regulation of Alcohol Industry Ads. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says that 92 percent of alcohol advertising meets the industry's self-imposed threshold on limiting underage exposure to beer, wine and liquor ads and urged the industry to expand the self-regulatory standards to event sponsorships as well as TV and Internet ads. Some advocacy groups don't see the report as positively as th FTC. (Source: Join Together, 7/14/08 Die US-Federal Trade Commission (FTC) unterstützt die Selbstkontrolle der Alkohol-Werbung. 07/14/2008
New ad campaign Absolut Vodka huge success. The raise of the higher priced vodka brands as Grey Goose, Belvedere, Chopin and others has essentially moved Absolut Vodka to midshelf status which decreased it sales substantially. However, a completely new marketing campaign released in May 2007 has brought a turning point. The Marketing Newspaper AdAge reported on the success of this campaign on February 17, 2008.
As in many other alcohol advertising campaigns, consumers are seduced to purchase the brand on emotional instead of rational arguments. The results: according to the company, global case shipments jumped 9%, and Absolut, also broke the 5 million case mark last year for the first time - a status shared with only Bacardi, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan and Jack Daniels in the US spirits space. (Quelle: EUCAM-News, 2/18/08)
Neue Werbekampagne für Absolut Wodka grosser Erfolg. 07/14/2008
Spain Withdraws Law Curbing Wine Advertising. The Spanish government shelved a law which had sought to limit wine advertising after ministers and wine producers failed to reach a compromise. Health Minister Elena Salgado had wanted to curb advertising of alcoholic drinks including wine -- mainly out of a concern that Spanish children are drinking too much. (Quelle: EUCAM-News, 2/20/08)
Comment: This proofs again that alcohol prevention must not be planned in cooperation with the industry.
Die spanische Regierung schubladisierte einen Gesetzesentwurf betr. Wein-Werbung. 07/14/2008
Microsoft removes all French wine ads. Online advertising provider Microsoft AdCenter is removing all wine merchants from its client list in France, saying French legislation does not permit wine advertising online. (Quelle: EUCAM-News, 6/9/08) Microsoft entfernt alle Werbung für französischen Wein. 07/14/2008
An increasing number of alcohol producers promote their brand by sponsoring the fight against breast cancer. This can be seen as unethical marketing, since alcohol is a risk factor in the development of breast cancer. A cross-European marketing strategy of alcohol producers? New example from Denmark. (Quelle: EUCAM-News, 20.6.08) Unethisches Marketing?Alkoholindustrie wirbt mit sozialem Sponsoring. 07/14/2008
EUCAM-News, 07/14/08. Dies Newsletter brings a collection of news on alcohol promotion. 4 of them we show above. EUCAM-News, 14.7.08) 07/14/2008
Call from the Marine Institute: Help Pass the Alcopop Labeling Bill
This bill will ensure all flavored malt beverages are marked clearly with the phrase: "Attention: Contains Alcohol." Take Action>>
Aufruf des Marin Institutes in Kalifornien, USA: Helft, dass das Gesetz über die Alcopop-Etikettierung durchgeht. 07/11/2008
Call from the Marine Institute: Stop Giveaway Parties
This Diageo-backed bill would allow big alcohol producers to act as their own distributors, meaning they could throw their own parties and give their products away for free. Take Action!
Aufruf des Marin Institutes in Kalifornien, USA: Stoppt Alkohol-Gratis-Parties! 07/11/2008
Call from the Marine Institute: Stop the Beer Swag
This bill would allow Big Alcohol to offer endless freebies such as toys and t-shirts. Such promotional items are a great way for Big Alcohol to get its brand in front of very young eyes very early. Current law limits the cost of such gifts to 25 cents, but Anheuser-Busch wants to see this limit raised to five dollars. Take Action!
Aufruf des Marin Institutes in Kalifornien, USA: Stoppt die Bier-Werbeartikel! 07/11/2008
Call from the Marine Institute: Stop Self-Service Alcohol Sales 
This bill would keep underage youth from purchasing alcohol at the growing number of self-serve grocery checkout kiosks in Caliifornia. Take Action!
Aufruf des Marin Institutes in Kalifornien, USA: Stoppt Selbstbedienungs-Alkohol-Verkäufe! 07/11/2008
TV Alcohol Ads Skyrocket while FTC Commends Big Alcohol. Since the Center for Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) began collecting data on youth exposure to alcohol ads on TV, the numbers have risen dramatically, with ads increasing a full 38 percent in six years. (Source: Marin Institute, 7/10/08) TV-Alkoholwerbung in den USA steigt raketenhaft, während die staatliche Kontrollbehörde die Alkohol-Industrie lobt. 07/11/2008
A state-by-state comparison by a Wisconsin newspaper concluded that the Badger State is the most deeply affected by alcohol use in the U.S. The Appleton Post-Crescent reported July 6 that the analysis included 10 key measures of each state's drinking culture, including price, availability, consumption, and related criminal-justice, social and health impacts of use. "This state is so ingrained in the drinking culture that one is not allowed to touch anything that revolves around that culture," said Kari Kinnard, executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Wisconsin. (Source: Join Together, 7/9/08 Ein Vergleich der US-Bundes-Staaten zeigt: Wisconsin ist am stärksten von Alkohol-Schäden betroffen in den USA. 07/10/2008
Conn. AG Attacks Kid-Friendly Rating for Beer Pong Video Game
The Nintendo Wii version of the popular college drinking game Beer Pong has received a "T" rating -- meaning it is suitable for children over age 13 -- prompting criticism from Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. (Source: Join Together, 7/8/08
Der General-Staatsanwalt von Connecticut, USA, attackiert das Rating für ein Nintendo-Video-Bier-Spiel. 07/09/2008
Brazil Cracks Down on Drunk Driving. Brazil, where 45 percent of the 36,000 annual traffic deaths are alcohol-related, has imposed tough new penalties on drunk driving. A law that took effect last month sets the nation's blood-alcohol content standard for drunk driving at .02 percent; previously it was .06 percent. Violators face fines of $600 and higher, vehicle impoundment, and suspension of their drivers' licenses. Heavy drinkers can be arrested and imprisoned. (Source: Join Together, 7.7.08 Brasilien geht forsch gegen Alkohol am Steuer vor. 07/08/2008
EU: Science Group of the European Alcohol and Health Forum, 4.7.08, updated Die EU hat die Gruppe der Wissenschafter im Forum Alkohol und Gesundheit komplettiert. 07/05/2008
Miller Won't Drop Alcoholic Energy Drinks
Miller Brewing Company officials say they have no plans to pull the Sparks alcoholic energy drink from store shelves or even to review the marketing strategy for the product. A comment states: 3 Sparks = 18 cola's & 5 shots of hard liqour. (We reported July 1st 08)  (Source: Join Together, 07/02/08), 1.7.08
Die Miller Brewing Company in den USA will die alkoholischen Energy-Drinks nicht aus dem Sortiment nehmen. 07/04/2008
Ms Mary Wallace T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children with special responsibility for Health Promotion and Food Safety, Ireland, launched new strengthened Codes of Practice to control Alcohol Marketing, Communications and Sponsorship. Speaking at the Launch the Minister said that the Government was extremely concerned about theimpact of alcohol advertising on young people in particular. The revised Codes are a move to control the content and volume of alcohol advertising across all media in Ireland. (Source: Medical News Today, 7/2/08)
Kommentar: These Codes of Practice are so detailed and limited, that a uge controling system is necessary with very limited effect, as there are no real sanctions planed. It would make more sense to have a complete ban on alcohol advertising. But the alcohol industry might be too strong to allow it.
Die irische Ministerin für Gesundheit und Kinder erlässt neue strengere Richtlinien um Alkoholwerbung und
-Sponsoring zu kontrollieren.
According to the newly released report Underage Alcohol Use: Findings from the 2002-2006 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, lifetime alcohol consumption rates among 12 to 20 years olds have shown a statistically significant decrease of 4% from 56.2% in 2002 to 53.9% in 2006. The Century Council, a national not-for-profit funded by distillers, writes: "The SAMHSA research is a clear sign that our collective efforts are working. The significant decrease in lifetime alcohol consumption indicates that America's youth are delaying the consumption of their first alcoholic beverage. (Source: Medical News Today, 6/30/08Comment: The question, if it is mainly the result of the Century Council's programmes or not may still be open…. Neue USA-Statistik zeige, dass Minderjährige später mit dem Alkoholkonsum beginnen. Die Schnapsindustrie findet, es sei ihr Verdienst. 07/01/2008
Late last week, advocates for effective alcohol policy scored a major victory when Anheuser-Busch agreed to stop producing and marketing caffeinated alcoholic beverages such as Bud Extra and Tilt. The company acted in response to threats of litigation from the Center for Science in the Public Interest and an investigation by 11 state attorneys general, as well as mounting concern from other public health groups about these dangerous and deceptive products. Now is the perfect time to crank up the pressure on Miller Brewing Company, maker of the very popular Sparks line of alcohol-energy drinks. After Anheuser-Busch's move last week, Miller knows it's vulnerable. The company needs to hear right now from thousands of Americans who are watching to see what it does next. Send an email to the CEO of Miller demanding that he do the responsible thing and immediately stop making alcohol energy drinks. (Quelle: Join Together, 30.06.08 Letzte Woche erzielten  Advokaten für eine effektive Alkoholpolitik in den USA einen wichtigen Sieg, Als Anheuser-Busch einverstanden war, ihre Energy-Drinks zu stoppen. 07/01/2008
Anheuser-Busch Will Stop Selling Alcoholic Energy Drinks
Leading U.S. brewer Anheuser-Busch has agreed to stop selling energy drinks containing alcohol in response to an investigation by a group of state attorneys general. The brewer also reached a similar settlement with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), in which it pledged to call on other alcohol producers to also stop making pre-packaged caffeinated alcohol beverages, according to a June 26 CSPI press release.  (Source: Join Together, 06/26/08Comment: Congratulations to George Hacker, CSPI!
Anheuser-Busch, der grösste Brauer in den USA will den Verkauf von Energy-Drinks stoppen. 06/27/2008
Health care reform is one of the most important issues in this year's presidential election. But the presidential candidates and their political parties are not saying much about alcohol and drug problems or mental illness.
It is time for America to adopt health care reform that will save tens of thousands of lives and billions of dollars, while strengthening families and communities across the country. Join Together is one of 40 national organizations that have formed the Whole Health Campaign, calling on the presidential candidates and their parties to make addiction and mental illness part of any national health care reform. Now we are inviting you to stand with us. Please take one minute to sign the Whole Health Campaign petition, joining with many thousands of Americans asking the candidates and political parties to put addiction and mental illness squarely on the national health care agenda.
In Amerika wurde die WHOLE HEALTH CAMPAIGN gegründet, um im Präsidentschafts-Wahlkampf Abhängigkeit und Geisteskrankheit auf die Agenda zu bringen. 06/27/2008
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced a measure he wrote to reduce drunk driving crashes and make our nation's roads safer is now law. The measure will require states to change their laws so repeat drunk drivers will have ignition interlocks installed on their cars and trucks. These devices prevent a car or truck from starting if a tube connected to a sensor detects alcohol on the driver's breath. (Source: Medical News Today, 6/25/08) US-Präsident Bush unterzeichnete ein Gesetz, das die Verkehrssicherheit erhöht. 06/26/2008
Delaware, USA, Considers Raising Alcohol Tax. Facing a $217-million budget shortfall, Delaware lawmakers are considering an increase in the state's alcohol tax among a series of proposed remedies for the state's fiscal crisis. (Source: Join Together, 06/24/08) Der US-Staat Delaware überlegt die Erhöhung der Alkohol-Steuern. 06/26/2008
Think About That Third (or Fourth) Drink. (In Australia)"Binge drinking" is a useful term that indicates an excessive, unhealthy and dangerous level of drinking. "Binge" drinkers aim to get drunk, often as quickly as possible. It is disappointing to see the term misused in the current debate over the new National Health and Medical Research Centre (NHMRC) Guidelines (Sunday Age, 15 June 2008). These guidelines are not about defining what is or is not a "binge", but instead aim to inform the public about what risks they are taking when choosing to consume alcohol. (Source: Medical News Today, 6/24/08) In Australien wird der richtige Gebrauch des Begriffs "Binge Drinking" diskutiert. 06/26/2008
When Will It Be Time To Take Action On Alcohol? The Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) expressed disappointment that the Report from the Inquiry into the Alcohol Toll Reduction Bill from the Senate Community Affairs Committee (SCAC) recommended the Bill not be passed. (Source: Medical News Today, 6/24/08) In Australien empfiehlt eine Senatskommission, eine Alkoholvorlage nicht zu unterstützten. 06/26/2008

Currently, beer manufacturers in California can give away premiums, gifts, and free goods that cost no more than $.25 each. But Big Alcohol is working overtime to change that. A new bill, AB 1245, would raise the maximum giveaway cost to a whopping $5.00 per item. At that rate, beer makers would be able to give youth t-shirts, plush toys, glasses, and posters, as well as other high-ticket branded items.   
Youth are already overexposed to beer ads during sporting events, on television, radio, the Internet, and on billboards and other new forms of outdoor advertising. But Anheuser-Busch is lobbying hard for the bill. After all, research has shown that the more alcohol advertising messages young people see, the more likely they are to consume the products.
Tell California lawmakers to keep Big Alcohol swag out of kids' hands.     Take Action now!

Aufruf des Marin Institutes, USA,  zur Aktion! 06/24/2008
Students Falsely Told Classmates Died as Part of Prevention Stunt
Students at an Oceanside, Calif., high school were falsely informed by California Highway Patrol officers that some of their classmates were killed in drunk-driving crashes as part of a prevention program. The grim news was delivered in about 20 classrooms at El Camino High School on a recent Monday morning, sending some students into hysterics about the loss of their friends. Hours later, teachers told the students that the news had been a hoax designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. (Source: Join Together, 06/23/08)  Negatve critics.
Studenten in Kalifornien wurde fälschlicherweise gesagt, dass Klassenkameraden tödlich verunglückt seien - als Teil eines Präventions-Programmes. 06/23/2008
Reduce the Binge Drinking Risk:  Stop Corporations From Giving Away Alcohol, asks the Marin Institute.
Next Tuesday, California lawmakers will vote on a dangerous Big Alcohol-sponsored bill. AB 2293 would allow alcohol producers to bypass distributors and retailers and offer free unlimited product give-aways at their own promotional events. Take Action today!
Das Marin Institute in Kalifornien, USA ruft zur Mithilfe auf. 06/20/2008
EUCAM monitors alcohol advertising. The European Centre for Monitoring Alcohol Marketing (EUCAM) has now launched their new web site:  At this site professionals and NGOs in the alcohol field can find an overview of available information about the effects of alcohol marketing. This includes summaries of scientific articles, reports of NGOs, governmental and commercial organizations. Furthermore, information can be found about alcohol marketing regulations at national level in Europe, as well as on the EU level. The newest EUCAM report focuses a topic which definitely is of global relevance: “Women – The new market”. The report from the EUCAM web site here EUCAM beobachtet die Alkoholwerbung in Europa 06/19/2008
Global Hangover. Swedish journalist Pierre Andersson has investigated the effects of globalization of alcohol. His conclusion in the book “Global Hangover”  is simple: alcohol is an obstacle to development.   ADD-Bulletin 3/2008 "Globaler Kater" 06/19/2008
Study Slams Lack of Evaluation in Virginia's Addiction Treatment and Prevention Systems
A report from the Virginia legislature said that there has been little evaluation of the effectiveness of the state's $106 million investment in addiction treatment and prevention in 2006, even though programs are supposed to be legally bound to demonstrate their outcomes. (Source: Join Together, 06/13/08)
Studie in Virginia, USA , kritisiert, dass die Rehabilitations- und Präventions-Programme nicht evaluiert wurden. 06/16/2008
California Will Tax, Regulate Alcopops as Liquor
The decision by the California Board of Equalization (BOE) to regulate alcopop drinks as distilled spirits rather than beer has received final approval by the state Office of Administrative Law, meaning higher state taxes on drinks like Bacardi Breezers, Mikes Hard Lemonade, and Smirnoff Ice (Source: Join Together, 06/16/08)
In Kalifornien, USA, werden nun Alcopops als Schnaps besteuert. 06/16/2008
American Beer Brands Target Cell Phones and Facebook. As many as 81 percent of Americans ages 5 to 24 will own a cell phone by 2010, and many of the ways that young people interact via wireless devices are still both private and relatively free of branding and marketing. But Big Alcohol is working hard to change that.   (Source: Marin Institute News for June 2008) Amerikanische Biermarken zielen auf Handys und Facebook. 06/11/2008
In late April, the Australian government raised excise taxes on alcopops by 70 percent, to help reduce underage consumption (and in particular binge drinking) of the youth-friendly beverages. Last week, industry fired back. The Distilled Spirits Industry Council of Australia points out that, while the sales of alcopops have dipped dramatically, distilled spirit sales went up in the first two weeks after the new taxes took affect. (Source: Marin Institute News for June 2008)    , 6/10/08 Die australische Alkoholindustrie schiesst zurück. 06/11/2008
'Alcopop' Tax Not Enough, Australia
Alcohol is one of the most abused substances in the Australian community. Alcohol providers are targeting young people in particular in advertising and media, and through providing an increasing array of attractive ready-to-drink mixed drinks. A comprehensive and multi-faceted range of prevention and treatment approaches are needed to address this complex issue   (Quelle: Medical News Today, 10.6.08)
Alcopop-Steuern genügen nicht in Australien. 06/11/2008
Obama and McCain: Where They Stand on Addiction Issues. Based on their records, neither John McCain or Barack Obama can really be considered a leader in the drug-policy arena. Still, both appear to have a broader and more nuanced understanding of addiction issues than their White House predecessor, and William Cope Moyers, vice president of external affairs at Hazelden, says that he has "never been more hopeful that addiction treatment will begin to get the attention it deserves, because we at least have two candidates who are aware of the issue." (Source: Join Together, 06.06.08)  (very detailed) Obama und McCain: Wie stehen sie zum Thema Abhängigkeit? 06/10/2008
Ms Mary Wallace T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children with special responsibility for Health Promotion and Food Safety warned advertising executives for the main Irish alcohol brands of the need for full compliance with the revised Codes on Advertising, Marketing and Sponsorship. A significant element of the new Codes will be the placing of an upper limit of 25% on the volume of all alcohol advertising. (Source: Medical News Today, 6/6/08) Irische Ministerin warnte die Chefs der Werber für die Alkoholindustrie. 06/07/2008
Reality TV: Upcoming Segment on Alcohol on PBS' Teen Program 'In the Mix'
In the Mix, a national PBS reality program for teens and by teens, takes a hard look at drinking in "Alcohol: What You Don't Know," a new segment airing June 7-14, 2008 (check local listings). (Source: Join Together, 06/03/08

US-Reality-TV: Alkohol: Was du nicht weisst. Neue Serie im Teen-Programm. 06/04/2008
Act Now To Reduce Drink-related Harm, Says Faculty Of Public Health And Association Of Directors Of Public Health, UK.
A range of measures are needed to get to grips with the UK's ever-worsening problem with alcohol misuse, says the Faculty of Public Health and Association of Directors of Public Health. Both are calling for firm action at both national and local level to address the devastating impact of Britain's drinking habits on the nation's health and economy in its new Alcohol Position Statement launched at its annual conference in Cardiff today. (Source: Medical News Today, 6/3/08)
Comment: In the article included are statistical informations on alcohol harm and a range of necessary measures, which would be needed by other countries too, including Switzerland.
Die Fakultät und die Direktoren des öffentlichen Gesundheitswesens in England verlangen ein Massnahmenpaket gegen den Alkoholmissbrauch. 06/04/2008
Call for Establishing 'World No Alcohol Day'. A group of 11 Southeast Asian nations has proposed that the World Health Organization (WHO) establish Oct. 2 -- Mahatma Gandhi's birthday -- as World No Alcohol Day. The proposal was made by India and accepted by the World Health Assembly this week. A final vote on the plan would take place at the assembly's executive board meeting in January 2009. A Framework Convention on Alcohol Control also is being considered by WHO, and all 193 WHO member nations this week signed a resolution pledging to reduce alcohol-related harm. (Source: Join Together, 29.05.08 WHO: Aufruf für einen Welttag ohne Alkohol - Rahmenabkommen über Alkoholkontrolle - Resolution zur Alkoholschäden-Reduktion 05/30/2008
International expert meeting: Alcohol research must be protected from industry influence. An international group of alcohol policy researchers and public health and NGO experts met in Dublin, 15-16 May 2008, to discuss the positioning of science, knowledge and policy in relation to the alcohol industry. The meeting concluded by adopting the so-called Clarion declaration. The meeting agreed that there is an inherent incompatibility between protecting the public from the harm done by alcohol and the alcohol industry’s requirement to maximize profit by promoting the sale and consumption of its products. To protect the integrity and legitimacy of alcohol research, and the reputation of academic institutions, in the field of alcohol research, no funding relationships with the alcohol industry should be entered into. Read the full text of the declaration here. Internationales Expertentreffen: Alkohol-Forschung muss vor dem Einfluss der Alkoholindustrie geschützt werden. 05/28/2008

Drinks industry supplanting government role in alcohol policy formulation in Southern Africa. In a number of Sub-Saharan countries the drinks industry has usurped a governmental role by designing national alcohol policies. Its motive is clearly to safeguard its own vested interests – by directing the development of alcohol policies! Who would accept Philip Morris as the designer of the tobacco policy for a national government? Should McDonald’s or CocaCola be in charge of developing national nutritional standards? Unthinkable! Should the alcohol industry’s current proposals for national alcohol policies in several Southern African states be viewed any differently?  (Source: ADD-Bulletin 2/2008)

Die Alkoholindustrie hat in einigen Ländern des südlichen Afrikas für die Regierungen die Alkoholpolitik formuliert. 05/28/2008
WHO to Launch Campaign Against Harmful Drinking
Saying that the "harmful use of alcohol causes serious public-health problems," the World Health Organization (WHO) says it will devise an international plan to address issues like binge drinking and alcohol marketing, to be discussed at the World Health Assembly in 2010. (Source: Join Together, 05/27/08
Read more about the discussion at the World Health Assembly and download relevant documents here. (Source: ADD-Bulletin 2/2008)
Die WHO startet eine Kampagne gegen das Schäden verursachende Trinken. 05/28/2008
EU: Health determinants: European Alcohol and Health Forum. Science Group of the European Alcohol and Health Forum Updated
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nternational Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP), Dr. Marjana
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EU: Health determinants: European Alcohol and Health Forum 05/28/2008
Md. Gov. Won't Veto Alcopop Bill
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced this week that he would not veto a bill that will legally define so-called "alcopop" drinks as beer rather than liquor for taxation and regulatory purposes, tacitly endorsing a measure backed by the alcohol industry but strongly opposed by alcohol prevention advocates. Source: Join Together, 05/23/08
Der Goouverneur von Maryland, USA, will sein Veto nicht einlegen. 05/27/2008
Women Alcoholics Set To Match Men, UK
Leading alcohol treatment organisation, The Linwood Group, believes the number of women accessing rehab will soon equal men. The Group provides the only centres in the UK that focus exclusively on treating alcoholism and are seeing a marked rise in women patients of all ages and socio-economic groups. (Source: Medical News Today, 05/24/08)
In England werden die Frauen bald mit den Männern beim Alkoholismus gleichziehen. 05/24/2008
Beer Pong Game for Nintendo Wii
A Las Vegas company has announced a version of the popular drinking game Beer Pong for the Nintendo Wii gaming system. (Quelle: Join Together, 21.05.08)
Bier-Pong-Spiel für Nintendo Wii. 05/23/2008
A 10th-grade student from Wellington, Fla., died after reportedly drinking alcohol and energy drinks at a party. (Quelle: Join Together, 21.05.08) Jugendlicher stirbt in Florida, USA nach dem Konsum von Alkohol gemischt mit Energy Drinks. 05/23/2008
Binge Drinking Prompts French 'Happy Hour' Ban. Happy hours, open bars, and sales of bottles of strong liquor would be banned in France in order to prevent binge drinking under a new government plan, and beer taxes also would be raised. Half of 17-year-olds saying that they get excessively drunk on a monthly basis or more. (Source: Join Together, 05/20/08) Binge Drinking in Frankreich löst Massnahmen der Regierung aus. 05/23/2008
Few Drinkers Understand Alcohol Serving Units, Limits
British researchers say that drinkers often fail to understand how many units of alcohol are contained in the drinks they consume and don't know the government's daily recommended consumption limits. (Source: Join Together, 05/20/08)
Nur wenige Alkoholkonsumenten verstehen, was mit Standard-Drinks gemeint ist. 05/20/2008
With Economy in Decline, Drinkers Turn to Cheap Beer. Sales of premium beers are down and more drinkers are buying cheaper brands as economic woes hit Americans in the wallet, according to Miller Brewing Co.  (Source: Join Together, 05/20/08) Ist die Wirtschaft im Niedergang begriffen, wechseln die Alkoholkonsumenten zu billigem Bier. 05/20/2008
Health determinants: European Alcohol and Health Forum: Task Force on Youth-Specific aspects of Alcohol  Composition updated  EU 13.5.08 Health determinants: European Alcohol and Health Forum 05/18/2008
New EU-Document: Health determinants: AlcoholCommittee on National Alcohol Policy and Action, Second meeting, Barcelona, 02 april 2008 Summary report Neues EU-Dokument: Health determinants: Alcohol 05/12/2008
Conn. Fails to Pass Open-Container Law
Having open containers of alcohol in a motor vehicle is prohibited in most states, but Connecticut lawmakers recently failed in an attempt to add the Constitution State to that list. (Source: Join Together, 05/09/08)
Connecticut, USA verpasst es, offene Alkohol-Gebinde in Motorfahrzeugen zu verbieten. 05/12/2008
New EU document: Health determinants: Alcohol
European Alcohol and Health Forum, Second plenary meeting, Brussels, 16 April 2008 Plenary report
EU-Dokument zum Alkohol- und Gesundheits-Forum.
(nur englisch)

Miller’s Fake Blog. From product-branded videos on YouTube, to interactive games big beer and alcohol companies are spending a lot of dough entertaining potential customers online. This week, the Wall Street Journal spent some time documenting how Miller Brewing Company is also using the web to manipulate the news. Read more at: Marin Institute May 2008 News

Der betrügerische Blog der Brauerei Miller in den USA. 05/12/2008

Health determinants: Alcohol: Open Alcohol Forum, Brussels, 17 April 2008 Page updated (Source: EU, 5.5.08)

EU: Gesundheitsfaktoren: Alkohol 05/07/2008
Commissioner for Health Androulla Vassiliou speaks at the European Alcohol and Health Forum in Brussels. Curbing Alcohol Abuse in Europe
(Source: EU-News, 5.5.08
Rede der EU-Kommissärin für Gesundheit ... 05/07/2008
A Michigan man temporarily lost custody of his son after mistakenly buying the 7-year-old an alcoholic Mike's Hard Lemonade at a Detroit Tigers game last month.
(Source: Join Together, 05.05.08)   Read related letters to the editor of Marin Institute.
Vater verliert vorübergehend Erziehungsberechtigung, wegen Alcopop-Kauf für den 7-jährigen Sohn. 05/07/2008
Drunk Driving in Video Game Earns MADD Condemnation. 
Gamers playing the new "Grand Theft Auto IV" have the option of switching to drunk-driving mode, a gimmick condemned by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. (Source: Join Together, 05.05.08)
Die amerikanische Mütter-Organisation gegen Alkohol am Steuer "MADD" verurteilen ein Video-Spiel. 05/07/2008
The Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products recently conducted a series of statewide sting operations targeting sales of alcoholic energy drinks to underage youth and found that about one in four visits resulted in sales to buyers under age 21. (Source: Join Together, 05/05/08) Testkäufe von alkoholischen Energy-Drinks in Florida, USA 05/07/2008
British Pubs Hurt by Cheap Supermarket Alcohol, Other Changes
Going down to the pub on Friday night has long been a traditional part of British culture, but more Brits are now buying cheap alcohol at the supermarket and drinking it at home, causing many pubs to shut down. (Source: Join Together, 04/30/08)
Britische Pubs werden durch den billigen Alkohol aus dem Supermarkt geschädigt. 04/30/2008
Advocates Win Delay on Md. Alcopops Bill. After meeting with MADD officials and parents, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley backed off plans to sign a bill that would have allowed so-called alcopop drinks to continue to be taxed at the same rate as beer. O'Malley said he had "a lot to think about" in regards to the alcopops bill. O'Malley, has taken $230,000 in campaign donations from the liquor industry over the past decade, (Source: Join Together, 04/25/08) Gesundheitsaktivisten gewinnen Aufschub beim Alcopops-Gesetz in Maryland, USA. 04/28/2008
Mr Pat the Cope Gallagher T.D., Minister for Health Promotion and Food Safety, announced the Government's decision to strengthen the measures in place to control alcohol advertising. The Government has agreed to accept the strengthened Codes on Advertising and Sponsorship negotiated between the Department of Health and Children, representatives from the Irish Alcohol Industry and representatives from the Irish Advertising Industry. The Codes aim to reduce the exposure of young people to alcohol advertising and marketing. The revised Codes will further limit the volume and placement of alcohol advertisements across all media in Ireland. (Source: Medical News Today, 4/25/08) Der irische Minister für Gesundheitswerbung und Nahrungsmittelsicherheit gibt strengere Massnahmen betr. Alkoholwerbung bekannt. 04/26/2008
Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - Implementation of the Public Health Programme in 2006 (in 22 languages) and many earlier reports BERICHT DER KOMMISSION AN DAS EUROPÄISCHE PARLAMENT UND DEN RAT 04/25/2008
FUNDING TIP: New Website Features Database of Corporate Donations in USA
The NonProfit Times has launched a new online portal that includes free access to a database of corporate charitable contributions. (Source: Join Together, 04/25/08)
CSPI Applauds Maine's Taxes on Soda, Beer & Wine. Similar Increases Could Help Reduce Health Care Costs by Funding Prevention, Says CSPI.  Governors, state legislators, and members of Congress interested in simultaneously bridging budget gaps and improving public health should look north to Maine. There, the legislature passed and Governor John Baldacci signed a package of tax increases on soda, beer and wine to help pay for a state health insurance program for small businesses and the self-employed. The nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, which has long supported modest increases in taxes on soda and alcoholic beverages if the revenues are used to promote public health, applauded Maine policy makers. (Source: Join Together, 04/25/08) CSPI applaudiert der Steuererhöhung in Maine, USA, auf Soda, Bier und Wein. 04/25/2008
  •  Health determinants: Alcohol
    European Alcohol and Health Forum List of members updated
  •  Health determinants: Alcohol
    Open Alcohol Forum, Brussels, 17 April 2008 Programme and presentations
  • Die EU bringt die neuen Daten zum Alkohol- und Gesundheits-Forum.
    (nur englisch)
    Urgent: Give Maryland's Governor One More Push to Veto Alcopops Bill! Thanks to the hard work of parents and advocates like you, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has chosen to re-consider signing SB 745. The bill is the latest ploy by Big Alcohol to keep alcopops under-taxed and accessible to youth. But, we haven't won yet. O'Malley has 30 days to veto the bill, before it becomes law. Just today, he told the Associated Press "I had a meeting with some of the opponents and had a good talk with them, and I'm going to consider what they've said and kind of think on it overnight." The clock is ticking.
    Take action now!    (Quelle: Marin Institute, 25.4.08)
    Dringend: Geben Sie dem Gouverneur von Maryland, USA, einen weiteren Stoss. 04/25/2008
    ECJ: Different tax treatment of beer and wine in Sweden does not infringe Community Law (Case C-167/05)  

    8 April 2008. The European Court of Justice has dismissed the Commission action against Sweden on 14 April 2005 and considered that different tax treatment of beer and wine in Sweden does not infringe community law. The Court has dismissed the Commission action for considering that “given the difference in selling price between a litre of wine and a litre of beer, the difference in excise duty is not liable to influence consumer behaviour.” (Source: Eurocare Newsletter March-April 2008)

    Verschiedene Behandlung von Wein und Bier bei der Besteuerung in Schweden ist nicht gegen EU-Recht. 04/24/2008

    The European Parliament is preparing its report on the Commission’s proposal on labelling.  

    Last 30 January the European Commission adopted a proposal on the provision of food information to consumers. The proposal does however exempt alcoholic beverages from the obligation to list the ingredients. Only Mixed alcoholic beverages (alcopops) will have to provide information on their ingredients and nutrient content on the front of the bottle. (Source: Eurocare Newsletter March-April 2008) with links and a time-table of further discussions.

    Das Europ. Parlament bereitet seinen Bericht zum Vorschlag der Kommission betr. Etikettierung vor. 04/24/2008

    The European Commission on 14 February 2008 adopted a proposal to review the Directive on the general arrangements for products subject to excise duty (i.e. alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and mineral oils) which dates from 1992. The aim of the proposal is to liberalise existing rules for alcoholic beverages bought in one Member State and transported to another and to simplify rules on the commercial movement of excise goods.  

    Die EU-Kommission hat am 14.2.08 einen Vorschlag genehmigt, die  Direktive betr. die Handhabung der Warensteuern zu revidieren. 04/24/2008
    The Newsletter of Eurocare March-April 2008 is online available. Eurocare Newsletter March-April 2008  It brings many interesting information from Europe. Some of them we show here in a short way. Der Newsletter von Eurocare März-April 08 ist erschienen. 04/24/2008

    The first youth network on alcohol policy was established in Budapest, from 28-30 March: Alcohol Policy Youth Network (APYN). The Constitutive meeting gathered more than 30 people in the European Youth Centre of the Hungarian capital. One of the major’s goals of  the APYN is to capacitate young people to be active players at the definition, implementation and evaluation of alcohol policies and programmes at the local, national, European and international levels.  

      (Source: Eurocare Newsletter March-April 08

    Gründungs-Sitzung des Alcohol Policy Youth Network (APYN) in Budapest


    Here's what you can do. In a very rare move, the Joint Commission has invited public comment about its consideration of quality requirements for hospital SBI services. Your voice needs to be part of this discussion. A strong showing of public support has a very good chance of influencing what the Joint Commission does next.  The window of opportunity is short. Please do two important things now.  Click Here to Submit Your Comments Online. The Joint Commission has set up a website to accept public comments. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Register" to sign up for a free account, then return to the main page to post your comment. Even if you agree with comments already posted it's important to reinforce them, especially if you can cite your own experience. (Source: Join Together, 04/23/08) Aufruf für amerikanische Leser betr. Qualitätsverbesserungen an Spitälern. 04/24/2008
    Pope Offers Anti-Drug Message to Young Americans. On his first visit to the U.S., Pope Benedict told young Americans they should cherish their freedoms but also be wary of the temptations that freedom can bring, including addiction. (Source: Join Together, 04/22/08)
    Comment: It would be nice if the Pope would speak in Europe about addiction, too. Especially to his Bavarian people who are the leading fanatic alcohol lobbyists, keeping back necessary reforms in public health.
    Der Papst bietet den jungen Amerikanern eine Anti-Drogen-Botschaft. 04/22/2008
    EU Official To Alcohol Industry: Stop Marketing to Kids. The European Union Health Commissioner called on the alcohol industry to stop marketing to youth, but stopped short of recommending legislative action. Speaking at the European Alcohol and Health Forum in Brussels, Androulla Vassiliou, the health chief of the 27-country region, said that alcohol was a factor in 195,000 deaths in the EU annually. Given that over 5 percent of those deaths involved automobile accidents, she noted that youth were significantly at risk. Several industry leaders, among them Anheuser-Busch, Diageo, Heineken International, and Bacardi-Martini, have stated they are committed to limiting alcohol abuse. But Vassiliou said the companies need to do more. "Committing to action is one thing, delivering is another thing." Vassiliou said she would re-examine the results of any industry marketing changes next year. (Source: Join Together, 04/17/08) Die EU-Kommissarin für Gesundheit verlangte: Stoppt Alkoholmarketing Richtung Kinder. 04/22/2008

    Personal Battles Make Him a Better Advocate, Kennedy Says. Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), a leading figure in the effort to pass a House bill expanding coverage for people needing mental health and addiction treatment, says his personal struggles with depression, alcoholism and substance abuse provide a perspective that makes him a powerful advocate in Congress for improved mental health care coverage. (Source: Join Together, 04/16/08)   Associated Press, 04/16/08

    Mit sich selber durchgestandene Kämpfe machten ihn zum besseren Fürsprecher, sagt Kennedy. 04/18/2008
    Alcopops Market Spikes in Australia. Availability of high alcohol pre-mixed drinks is rising faster than any other alcohol beverage in Australia, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). (Source: Join Together, 15.04.08) Alcopop-Verkäufe nehmen in Australien rasant zu. 04/16/2008
    Exclusive Interview: Philip J. Cook.  Philip J. Cook is the ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Sociology at Duke University. He is also the author of Paying the Tab: The Costs and Benefits of Alcohol Control, (Princeton University Press, 2007). Cook spoke with Marin Institute recently about his book, the post-probition era, and research that shows how higher alcohol taxes are good public policy. (Source: Marin Institute, Alcohol News April 2008) Im Newsletter April 08 des Marin Institutes ist u.a. ein Exklusiv-Interview mit Philip J. Cook zu lesen. 04/15/2008
    A very sad message came through from Zagreb: Visnja Hudolin is dead. With her, the great initiators of the Clubs of Alcoholics in Treatment are in the past. Herself, being a professor of psychiatry and neurology, together with her late husband, prof. dr. Vladimir Hudolin of Zagreb, Croatia, did the pioneering work of developing the social-ecological approach to alcohol-related problems, and founded a great movement with affiliates in more than 30 nations. The funeral will take place in Zagreb on Thursday 17th April.
    Mit Visnja Hudolin ist eine grosse Pionierin der Alkohol-Rehabilitation gestorben. 04/14/2008
    End NCAA Alcohol Ads, College Officials Say
    In a letter to NCAA President Myles Brand, a group of more than 100 college presidents and athletic directors called for a ban on beer ads during broadcasts of NCAA basketball games, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). (Quelle: Join Together, 04/11/08)
    Stoppt NCAA Alkoholreklame, sagen amerikanische College-Offizielle. 04/14/2008
    Prevention Taskforce Misses Opportunities, Australian Medical Association.
    AMA President, Dr Rosanna Capolingua, said the Government's Prevention Health Taskforce has missed two opportunities - firstly, the chance to get on with the job and prevent the human damage and save money, and secondly, ignoring direct clinical involvement. At the centre of the strategy is the role of the doctor.
    "A great deal of prevention and management comes from GPs. It is incomprehensible that the Taskforce doesn't include a practising GP. (Source: Medical News Today, 04/10/08
    Die Taskforce für Prävention verpasse Gelegenheiten, sagt die Australische Ärzte-gesellschaft 04/13/2008
    The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) is an online resource that provides detailed information on a wide variety of alcohol-related policies in the United States at both State and Federal levels has updated till 1/1/07. (Quelle: Join Together, 04/11/08) The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) hat seine Daten bis 1.1.07 aktualisiert. 04/11/2008
    Doctors' leaders in Wales have set up a petition on the Downing Street website, to increase support for a reduction in the permitted blood alcohol level for driving. The BMA wants to see the maximum level reduced from 80mg per 100ml, to 50mg. (Source: Medical News Today, 04/08/08 BMA Cymru Wales, England, Puts Pressure On The Prime Minister To Cut The Drink Drive Limit 04/11/2008
    Beer Pong's Popularity Growing. The drinking game Beer Pong has become mainstream entertainment, moving from ad hoc games in college campuses to professional tables and tournaments in bars, At the World Series of Beer Pong, held in Las Vegas in January, 296 teams from the U.S. and Canada competed for a $50,000 grand prize. (Source: Join Together, 04/07/08) Bier-Pong's Popularität wächst in den USA. 04/09/2008
    Australian Parents Face Mandatory Classes When Kids are Caught Drinking. The state government of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia requires parents of underage drinkers to attend mandatory counseling sessions with their kids or face a $500 fine. (Source: Join Together, 04/08/08) Australische Eltern müssen mit Unterricht rechnen, wenn ihre Kinder beim Alkoholkonsum erwischt werden. 04/09/2008
    Bills to Lower Drinking Age Filed in Seven States
    Seven U.S. states are considering legislation that would lower the legal drinking age from 21 to 18 either for all residents or for members of the military. Lawmakers in Missouri, South Dakota, Vermont and Minnesota have introduced measures to lower the drinking age for everyone, while the military-only bills have been filed in Kentucky, Wisconsin, and South Carolina. (Source: Join Together, 04.04.08)
    Comment: It would be profitable for the alcohol industry, the automobile business and the health sector. All others would loose, many even their life.
    In 7 Staaten der USA kommen Gesetzesvorschläge, das Mindestalter von 21 auf 18 zu senken. 04/07/2008
    Open Alcohol Forum – Conference Announcement: On 17 April, in the framework of the European Alcohol and Health forum, the Commission will organise an ‘Open Forum’ in Brussels. The European Alcohol and Health Forum was established by the Commission as one of the cornerstones of the EU communication strategies to support Member States in reducing alcohol-related harm. The ‘Open Forum’ will provide a platform for general exchange of information and discussion with a broad range of interested parties. All organisations and individuals with a particular interest in the reduction of alcohol-related harm may participate in the Forum.   Further information      Registration is required Die EU lädt zum Open Alcohol Forum 04/07/2008

    Ban on Alcohol Ads in School Newspapers Voided. The state of Virginia cannot ban student newspapers from accepting alcohol ads, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge M. Hannah Lauck ruled that the ban in the Virginia Administrative Code on all but limited references to alcohol in restaurant ads violated the First Amendment rights of students.  (Source: Join Together, 04/03/08)

    Der Staat Virginia, USA, hat nicht das Recht, den Studenten-Zeitungen die Alkoholreklame zu verbieten. 04/06/2008
    U.K.: Toll of Teenage Drinking Revealed. "Teenagers are drinking an average of 44 bottles of wine or 177 pints of beer a year each, a study suggests. Almost 10,000 15-to-16-year-olds in the North West of England were questioned as part of the study into underage drinking and violence. The report, produced by Liverpool John Moores University, found as many as 40% of teenagers in poor areas binge drink. Recent high-profile murders in the region were carried out by teenagers who had been drinking heavily… The report also found that poor children were 45% more likely to be violent after drinking than children in affluent areas." (Source: Harvard World Health News, 4/03/08)     BBC News Online, March 28, 2008 Ausmass des Alkoholkonsums Minderjähriger in England enthüllt. 04/04/2008
    Help Stop NCAA Alcohol Advertising. The Campaign for Alcohol-Free Sports TV (a project of the Center for Science in the Public Interest) has circulated a letter from University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston and University of Rhode Island President Robert Carothers asking other college Presidents and Athletic Directors to sign onto a letter to NCAA President Myles Brand urging the organization to take action to end all alcohol advertising -- including beer ads -- on NCAA sports telecasts. So far, more than 40 college Presidents and Athletic Directors have signed onto the letter. We need your help: please contact your local college President asking him or her to add his/her name to the letter and help send a strong message to the NCAA that the beer ads must go!  (Source: Join Together, 04/02/08)
    Helft die Alkoholreklame bei NCCA (USA) zu stoppen. 04/04/2008
  • Health determinants: European Alcohol and Health Forum
    Task Force Marketing Communication - Chair's report Task Force meeting of 05/03/2008
  • Europ. Alkohol- und Gesundheits-Forum 04/02/2008
    Androulla Vassiliou, the new Commissioner for Health has opened a personal website. Alcohol and addiction are not mentioned on her list of priorities! She shows a quote of the month: "health is wealth". Androulla Vassiliou, die neue EU-Kommissarin für Gesundheit und Konsumentenschutz. 04/02/2008
    More Movie Theaters Selling Alcohol. More than 400 movie theaters nationwide now sell alcohol, up from only 14 in 1997, despite concerns about drinking by underage moviegoers. (Source: Join Together, 03/27/08) In den USA verkaufen immer mehr Kinos auch Alkohol. 03/28/2008

    In Maryland, USA, alcohol industry lobbyists are working overtime to ensure young people's easy access to alcopops. House Bill 879 would change state law to classify flavored malt beverages (aka alcopops) as "beer." If this change is enacted, it would keep tax rates on the products very low by locking in a 9-cent-per-gallon beer tax, as opposed to the state's $1.50 tax on distilled spirits. Higher taxes help keep the products out of the hands of youth. That's why we need you to act now. Lawmakers will vote on the bill this week. Please contact Michael Busch (D), Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates and urge him to stop House Bill 879 in committee. Maryland's youth can't wait. Take Action Today(Source: Marin Institute, 3/27/08

    Die Jugend von Maryland, USA kann nicht warten. Hilf mit, jetzt! Aufruf des Marin Institutes in Kalifornien. 03/28/2008
    U.K.: Trial Scheme to Breathalyse Children. "Children could be breathalysed under radical new plans to tackle underage drinking. Police officers will also use test strips to check to see if soft drinks have been mixed with alcohol. Under the new plans, which are to be piloted in North Wales, teenagers could be stopped in the street and tested for alcohol. Teens who are found with alcohol or who fail the test will be taken home to their parents…But the Children's Society warned that the new measures wouldn't be enough to tackle the problem." (Quelle: Harvard World Health News, 27.3.08)       The Guardian, 27.3.08 Versuch in England mit Alkoholtests für Kinder. 03/27/2008
    English shops defy attempt to curb binge drinking. Shops are defying attempts by the government to clamp down on cheap alcohol and binge drinking, according to a leaked letter seen by The Observer. Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, raised taxes on beer, wine and spirits in his Budget following warnings from doctors that supermarkets and corner shops were selling drink too cheaply and irresponsibly. Rather than putting their prices up, however, stores are attempting to force suppliers to absorb the cost of the rise so that they can carry on aggressively price-cutting. Brewers which refuse to co-operate have been warned their contracts may not be renewed. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 3/27/08), 3/23/08
    Comment: Rising alcohol taxation is not sufficient. There have to be fixed mininimal prices too.
    Englische Supermarkets sträuben sich gegen Preiserhöhungen durch erhöhte Steuern. 03/27/2008
    Maryland the Latest Target in Industry Bid to See Alcopops Classified as Beer
    Maryland's attorney general says that so-called "alcopops" should be treated like hard-liquor products under the law, but some members of the state legislature want sweetened alcoholic drinks like Smirnoff Ice and Mike's Hard Lemonade classified and taxed like beer.(Source: Join Together, 03/26/08)
    Maryland, USA ist das letzte Ziel der Alkoholindustrie, wo sie versucht, Alcopops als Bier klassifiziert zu erhalten. 03/27/2008
    1,600 Town Hall Meetings on Underage Drinking Scheduled in USA. The federal government is cosponsoring a series of more than 1,600 town-hall meetings nationwide in March and April focused on the problem of underage drinking. The intent of the meetings is to raise awareness of the dangers of underage drinking and educate parents, community leaders and others on how to combat the problem locally.  (Source: Join Together, 03/25/08) 1600 "Stadthaus-Meetings" in den USA zum Thema Alkoholkonsum Minderjähriger. 03/26/2008
    Utah Alcopop Restrictions Signed into Law. Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has signed a bill that bans sales of so-called "alcopop" drinks from grocery stores after initially objecting to the measure.(Quelle: Join Together, 03/21/08) Der Gouverneur von UTAH, USA unterschrieb ein Gesetz zur Einschränkung des Verkaufs von Alcopops. 03/24/2008
    Responding to the Australian prime minister's crackdown on binge drinking, Foster's Group Ltd. announced that it will cap the amount of alcohol in its premixed drink products, stop adding "energy" ingredients like caffeine and taurine to drinks, and drop brands like the high-alcohol Cougar XS, a mix of bourbon and cola. Single-serving containers of Foster's mixed drinks will be limited to 20 grams of alcohol, although that is still equivalent to the amount of alcohol in two standard drinks. (Source: Join Together, 03/24/08) Foster's Group Ltd. in Australien senkt den Alkoholgehalt in Alcopops. 03/24/2008
    Russian Vodka Designed to Appeal to Women. A Russian company is marketing new "Ladies" vodka strictly to appeal to women, but experts worry that the product will only make the nation's rampant alcohol problems worse. (Source: Join Together, 03/19/08) Nun kommt ein russischer Wodka speziell für Frauen. 03/20/2008
    Budweiser: The Official Beer of Missouri? Budweiser is the "official beer" of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and now some state legislators want to make the Anheuser-Busch brew the official beer of the state of Missouri, too.  (Source: Join Together, .03/19/08) Staatsparlamentarier in Missouri wollen, dass das Bier von Anheuser-Busch das Staats-Bier werde. 03/20/2008
    Calling time on young people's alcohol consumption: Editorial in "The Lancet", 2008; 371:871.  (payable, German version free
    Comment: Excellent article
    Eltern tragen größte Verantwortung zur Drosselung des jugendlichen Alkoholkonsums: Leitartikel in der britischen Fachzeitung "The Lancet" 03/16/2008
    Australian Medical Association Supports Growing Momentum To End Alcohol Abuse Among Australians.
    AMA President, Dr Rosanna Capolingua, said that the AMA is encouraged by the growing momentum by the Government to end alcohol abuse in all areas of the Australian community. She said that today's agreement by Australia's six major sporting bodies to work together to address binge drinking among young people is another important step.
    (Source: Medical News Today, 03/14/08)
    Die australische Ärztegesellschaft AMA unterstützt die wachsende Bewegung, die den Alkohol-Missbrauch bei Australiern stoppen will. 03/15/2008
    The Australian Prime Minister plan to show young binge drinkers the dangers. KEVIN Rudd wants to "scare the living daylights" out of binge-drinking teenagers with a graphic Grim Reaper-style advertising campaign warning of the health risks of excessive alcohol consumption. And the Federal Government will use its sports funding muscle to confront what it sees as a culture of binge drinking among young men at local football clubs. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 3/13/08         The Sidney Morning Herald, 3/11/08 Der australische Ministerpräsident will jungen Alkoholkonsumenten die Gefahren des Binge Drinking aufzeigen. 03/13/2008
    Maryland Lawmakers Back Off Criminal Penalties for Giving Alcohol to Minors.
    The Maryland Senate has approved a bill that calls for fines of up to $2,500 for a first offense of providing alcohol to a minor, but eliminated a provision that would have allowed prosecutors to call for up to 60 days in jail for offenders.(Source: Join Together, 03/12/08)
    Comment by a reader: It doesn't matter how heavy the penalties are in the law. The prosecuters only give $50 instead of $2500.
    Der Senat von Maryland, USA hat ein Gesetz betr. Abgabe von Alkohol an Minderjährige verabschiedet. 03/13/2008
    "HSCNews Bulletin, number 19-20, mid-February to mid-March 2008. Each Bulletin provides details about the latest activities of the 4,000 members of the Health and Social Campaigners’ Network International: The February 2008 newsletter of the Effretikon, Switzerland-based alkoholpolitik conducted a global roundup of the latest developments—good and bad--on the prevention of ‘binge drinking’. Included are the following: Chinese producers of alcoholic drinks lobbying for workers in the country to be able to drink alcohol during the working day; Hungary passing legislation to allow the licences of drivers who have any alcohol in their blood to be revoked; and a French court rules that all press articles about alcohol must contain a health warning. Hermann T. Meyer, head of alkoholpolitik, regards the latest activities with some pessimism: “Mostly authorities try to avoid evidence-based measures [aimed at reducing excessive drinking]. But, in France [things have gone further]. The government there wants to stop alcohol sales at petrol filling stations. Other countries are only discussing stopping alcohol sales at petrol stations at night-time”. []
    Comment: We are glad and thankful for the propaganda.
    HSCNews Bulletin, number 19-20, mid-February to mid-March 2008. Jedes Bulletin bringt Details über die letzten Aktivitäten der 4000 Mitglieder des Internat. Netzwerks der Gesundheits- und Sozial-Kampagnen-Aktivisten. 03/13/2008
    Tax Hike On Booze Is The Right Way Forward, Say Doctors, UK
    The BMA is pleased that one of the recommendations in its recent report on alcohol misuse, to increase taxation on alcohol, has been adopted by the Chancellor of Exchequer, Alistair Darling, in yesterday's budget. (Source: Medical News Today, 03/13/08)
    Alkoholsteuern erhöhen ist der richtige Weg, sagen die Ärzte in England. 03/13/2008
    EU: New financial mechanisms and funding opportunities in 2008.
    To ensure appropriate participation in the Second Programme of Community action in the field of Health (2008-13) and fulfilment of all the programme objectives, a wider variety of financing mechanisms are offered. Call for proposals, 3/12/08  Deadline to apply: 05/23/08
    Die EU ruft auf, Gesuche für finanzielle Beitrage zu stellen und offeriert neue Bedingungen. 03/12/2008
    Catholic Church Lists Drug Use as Sin
    A list of "new sins" enumerated by a top Vatican officials include use of mind-altering drugs, pollution and genetic experiments in addition to old standards like lust and greed. (Quelle: Join Together, 03/11/08)
    Comment: Does Vatican Officials know that alcohol is a mind-altering drug?
    Die Katholische Kirche verbreitet eine Liste "neuer Sünden". 03/12/2008
    McCain's Close Alcohol Ties Worry Advocates. Republican US-presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has close ties with the alcohol industry, including a wife who serves as chair of her family's Anheuser-Busch distributorship and a son who serves as the company's chief financial officer. McCain himself also once worked as the head publicist for the Arizona-based distributor, Hensley & Co. (Source: Join Together, 03/10/08) Die engen Beziehungen des republikanischen US- Präsidentschaftskandidaten McCain zur Alkoholindustrie. 03/11/2008

    In 2004 the international alcohol industry organized a conference in Warsaw just after the big Bridging the Gap Conference in the same place. Now happens the same story again. In Barcelona will take place in April "Building Capacity for Action", European Alcohol Policy conference (see "Events"); and now comes the announcement of the 4th International Conference on Alcohol and Harm Reduction. The conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday, May 11, 2008. The topic of the conference is ‘Alcohol and Youth’. It is organized by ICAP and its network.

    Die Alkohol-Industrie organisiert wie 2004 eine Tagung nach einer Tagung der Public Health Gemeinde am selben Ort. 03/10/2008
    "The Globe" Issue 3/2007 and Issue 1/2008 from Global Alcohol Alliance is online available: "Global Advocacy Grows". The Globe 3/2007 und 1/2008 ist erschienen. 03/08/2008
    Teen driving loses gas. Fewer licenses, fewer deaths: Since strict rules took effect in 1999 in Colorado, USA, the number of 16-year-old drivers has dropped. So have fatalities.
    Starker Rückgang der Zahl jugendlicher Lenker in Colorado, USA 03/07/2008
    Parity Bill Passed by U.S. House of Representatives
    In a major victory for addiction treatment and recovery advocates, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would mandate that insurers cover addiction and mental illness on par with other illnesses. (Source: Join Together, 03/06/08)
    Das "Parity" Gesetz wurde vom U.S. House of Representatives genehmigt. 03/07/2008
    Beer with an alcohol content of up to 13.9 percent could be sold in Alabama under a measure approved by the state House of Representatives. Previously, Alabama law prohibited sales of beer with an alcohol content higher than 6 percent. The bill passed by a narrow margin, 28-42, and now goes to the state Senate for consideration.  (Source: Join Together, 03/06.08)


    Das state House of Representatives von Alabama, USA genehmigt per Gesetz den Verkauf von Bier mit bis 13.9% Alkohol. 03/07/2008
    BMA comment on 24-hour licensing review. (U.K.)
    Commenting on the results of today’s review of licensing laws in England and Wales, the BMA’s Head of Science and Ethics, Dr Vivienne Nathanson, says: “It is essential that the government continues to review 24-hour licensing, not only for its effect on crime but also its impact on public health. Research has already indicated a possible link between 24-hour licensing and increases in alcohol-related cases in A&E units. If this is confirmed in larger studies, the government must act." (Quelle: Medical News Today, 3/05/08) BMA press release, 3/04/08 
    Die britische Ärztegesellschaft kommentiert den Bericht zu den Patentgesetzen in England und Wales. 03/06/2008
    Philip Morris to End Research Funding Program
    U.S. universities may no longer need to wrestle with the ethical dilemma of accepting funding from tobacco company Philip Morris: the firm has announced that it is ending its external research grant program.(Quelle: Join Together, 05.03.08)
    Comment: How wonderful it would be if the alcohol industry would give up its external research grant program!
    Philip Morris beendet Programm zur Finanzierung von auswärtiger Forschung. 03/06/2008
    Good Causes = the Best Promotion for Big Alcohol. In a classic industry move, P. Diddy and Diageo are collaborating with a charity for some shameless self-promotion. This time the cause is Dress for Success, an organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women. And the project at hand is the sale of a $30 scarf...
    (Source: Marin Institute, 5.3.08)
    Gutes tun - die beste Werbung für die Alkoholindustrie. 03/05/2008
    We succeeded at getting CBS to run a national story about alcoholic energy drinks. On Wednesday, February 27, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric aired a national exposé highlighting alcoholic energy drinks. Titled “Alcohol, Tobacco Products Aimed At Teens” the segment featured an interview with Connecticut Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal. The story addressed serious health risks associated with combining alcohol with caffeine and other energy ingredients.   (Source: Marin Institute, 3/05/08) Das Marin Institute meldet: Wir haben es geschafft. CBS hat national eine Story über alkoholische Energy-Drinks ausgestrahlt. 03/05/2008
    Higher Alcohol Taxes to Combat U.K. Drinking Problems. The British government is considering increases in wine and liquor taxes in order to curb the nation's appetite for alcohol. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, reportedly is considering a tax increase of about $2 per quart of liquor and 40 cents per bottle of wine. If included in the budget this week, the increase in the liquor tax would be Britain's first in a decade. British officials also are expected to report that the nation's experiment with allowing drinking 24 hours a day has not prevented alcohol-related crime as hoped. (Source: Join Together, 03/04/08) Die englische Regierung erwägt, die Steuern auf Wein und Schnaps zu erhöhen. 03/05/2008
    New Alcoholic Energy Drinks, Hangover 'Cures' Coming to Market.
    The beverage industry showed off a variety of new alcoholic energy drinks and products designed to prevent hangovers and other ill effects of alcohol overconsumption during a recent Las Vegas trade show. Anheuser-Busch, SABMiller and Fortune Brands were among the exhibitors at the Nightclub & Bar Show, which featured previews of a number of new products intended to help young drinkers stay up and drink all night without being incapacitated the next day. (Source: Join Together, 03/04/08)
    Die Alkohol-Industrie wird neue Energy-Drinks auf den Markt bringen, die den Kater verhindern sollen. 03/05/2008
    Second Infoday in Luxembourg on 17 March 2008 The Infoday in Luxembourg has attracted great interest and many applicants were put on the waiting list. Therefore, the PHEA decided to organise another infoday on 17 March 2008 in order to provide all interested persons with opportunity to obtain first-hand information on the new Health Programme and on the current Calls for proposals. Please note that you will have to register again if you want to participate in the event on 17 March. Deadline for registration is 10 March. Please fill out this form: Second information day registration and send it to        Consult the list of national information days organised in other countries Zweiter Informationstag in Luxembourg am 17.3.08 über das neue EU-Gesundheitsprogramm und zum Aufruf für Vorschläge. 03/04/2008
    Action Alert: Call your US Representative today and ask him or her to vote "Yes" on H.R. 1424, the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act, when it comes to the floor of the House for a vote. Ask him or her to vote "No" on any amendments to weaken the bill. Call today to end insurance discrimination!
    Call now here!
    The Portland City Council unanimously endorsed a sweeping blueprint for a five year, city-wide drug strategy designed to provide a "better life for all of Portland's children and families, neighborhoods, and businesses." "The culture of tolerating drugs needs to change," said Portland Mayor Tom Potter in touting the plan that he helped initiate. The plan is designed to change the public's knowledge and attitudes about the abuse of drugs and alcohol and would set the stage for taking direct action that would prevent substance abuse and change lives.  (Source: Join Together, 02/29/08) Der Stadtrat von Portland, OR, USA genehmigte eine Drogen-Strategie für die ganze Stadt. 03/03/2008
    Parents Blame Bar, Friends for Daughter's Drinking Death. The family of a Minnesota woman who died of an alcohol overdose after a night of drinking to celebrate her 21st birthday is suing the bar and friends who provided her with alcohol. Amanda Jax died with a .046 blood-alcohol content after a night of drinking with friends at the Sidelines Bar and Grill in Mankato, Minn.    (Source: Join Together, 02/29/08) Eltern klagen gegen Bar und Freunde wegen ihrer Tochter's Tod. 03/03/2008
    EU-Commission Decision No 2008/170/EC on the adoption of the work plan for 2008 for the implementation of the second programme of Community action in the field of health (2008-2013), and on the selection, award and other criteria for financial contributions to the actions of this programme   2/29/08 EU-Kommissions-Entscheid über den Arbeits-Plan 2008 usw. in vielen Sprachen abrufbar. 03/03/2008
    The EU Public Health Programme has published its 'Call for proposals 2008' which allows organisations to participate under a variety of financing mechanisms.
    The Programme makes a clear distinction between 'grants for an action' and 'operating grants'
    Specified at SANCO's website, the 2008 financing mechanisms include:

    - call for project proposals
    - operating grants
    - call for conference proposals
    - joint actions by the Community and Member States as well as other (third) countries participating in the Programme
    - tendering of actions to achieve a Programme objective

    The deadline to apply for funding is 5/23/08. More information can be found at DG SANCO website:
    Das EU Programm Öffentliche Gesundheit hat seinen "Aufruf für Vorschläge 2008" veröffentlicht. 03/01/2008
    CSPI to Sue Anheuser-Busch, Miller over Alcoholic Energy Drinks. Lawyers for the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest served Anheuser-Busch and Miller Brewing Company with notices of CSPI's intent to sue the companies over a new generation of caffeinated alcoholic drinks. Drinks such as Anheuser-Busch's Bud Extra and Tilt, and Miller's Sparks, have more alcohol than beer and contain stimulant additives that are not officially approved for use in alcoholic drinks, including caffeine, taurine, ginseng, or guarana. (Quelle: Join Together, 02/28/08) CSPI wird Anheuser-Busch, Miller wegen alkoholischen Energy Drinks verklagen. 03/01/2008
    Women Drinkers to Be Target of Ad Campaign. "Women in their thirties and forties are to be targeted in a government anti-drinking advertising campaign featuring graphic warnings that their behaviour could lead to breast cancer or liver failure. Ministers have approved the controversial move in a bid to try to persuade women, especially middle-aged wine drinkers, to cut down amid evidence that their excessive consumption is wrecking their health. We want to ensure that women know the consequences of drinking, and know more about units so they can decide how much they are going to drink,' the minister said." (Source: Harvard World Health News, 2/28/08)   The Observer/The Guardian, London, 2/24/08    Related story:
    Women: The Hidden Risks of Drinking (The Observer, London, February 24, 2008)
    Alkoholikerinnen in England sind das Ziel einer aufklärenden Inserate-Kampagne der Regierung 02/28/2008
    London Shops Remove High-Alcohol Brews to Cut Crime. Hoping to reduce drug dealing, panhandling, public urination, and other problems, some London stores have stopped selling high-alcohol brews like Tennants Extra, Diamond White, and Carlsberg Special Brew. The decision by 25 supermarkets and shops to stop selling the drinks was made in cooperation with the Westminster City Council. "Cheap, super-strength alcohol is aimed at alcoholics, drug users and some of the most vulnerable and needy members of society," said council member Audrey Lewis. (Source: Join Together, 02/26/08) Londoner Läden nehmen starke Alkoholika aus dem Gestell, um die Kriminalität zu senken. 02/27/2008

    Tell Landmark Theatres: Stop Showing Alcohol Ads. Landmark is the US largest theater chain dedicated to exhibiting independent film. That’s why parents and prevention experts have been disappointed to see the company resort to marketing alcohol. Landmark Theatres are showing alcohol ads to underage youth. Tell them to stop advertising products like Patron Tequila and Stella Artois beer in PG-13 and R-rated movies. Here is a prepared form for writing

    Das Marin Institute ruft zur Aktion auf: Sagt den Landmark Theatres, sie sollen mit Alkoholreklame aufhören! 02/27/2008
    Youth Binge Drinking Culture Must End, Australian Medical Association.
    The AMA is calling for a partnership between Government, industry, health professionals and the community to end the binge drinking culture that is damaging the health of young Australians. A report by the Australian National Council on Drugs has revealed that one in ten high school students had been binge drinking in the past week. AMA President, Dr Rosanna Capolingua, said urgent action was needed to end the binge drinking culture and change young Australians' attitudes towards alcohol.(Source: Medical News Today, 2/26/08)
    Die australische Ärzte-Gesellschaft sagt, die Binge Drinking Kultur müsse aufhören. 02/27/2008
    Australian Psychological Society Supports Call For Action Following Release Of Report On Youth Alcohol Abuse. The Australian Psychological Society (APS) called attention to the release of the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) report into Supporting the Families of Young People with Problematic Drug Use.
    This timely report coincides with concerns raised in the past weeks by the Prime Minister, Mr. Kevin Rudd, and his Health Minister, Ms Nicola Roxon, regarding the abuse of alcohol by young people. The report is a hard-hitting reminder of the effects of alcohol on our society, and particularly of the health and social effects on young people and their families. (Source: Medical News Today, 2/26/08)
    Die australische Psychologen-Gesellschaft unterstützt den Ruf für Aktion gegen den   Alkoholmissbrauch der Jungen. 02/27/2008
    Abuse of alcohol an epidemic, PM of Australia warns. BINGE drinking has reached "epidemic" proportions, the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has said, as he foreshadowed action to combat the growing problem of alcohol abuse. Mr Rudd said yesterday that police across Australia had expressed their concerns to him that alcohol abuse "lies at the core of increasing spates of urban violence around the country". (Source: Harvard World Health News, 2/22/08)   The Sidney Morning Herald, 2/21/08 Der Alkoholmissbrauch sei eine Epidemie, warnt der australische Premiermininister 02/25/2008
    The Task Force on 'Youth-specific aspects of Alcohol' organised a workshop on 20 February 2008. The workshop was intended to help focalizing and prioritising the work of the Task Force, by presenting examples of good practice in the priority areas of the Task Force. Workshop programme and Presentations Die Task Force on 'Youth-specific aspects of Alcohol' der EU. 02/25/2008
    Stronger Government Action Needed To Tackle The Epidemic Of Alcohol Misuse, Says New BMA Report, UK: A new hard-hitting report1 'Alcohol misuse: tackling the UK epidemic' launched yesterday by the BMA calls on the government to show leadership and implement a full range of effective control policies that will reduce the burden of alcohol misuse.
    (Source: Medical News Today, 2/22/08
    Stärkere Regierungs-Aktion nötig, um die Epidemie des Alkoholmissbrauchs zu bekämpfen, sagt neuer BMA-Bericht in England. 02/24/2008
    Professor Ian Gilmore, President of the Royal College of Physicians and Chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance responds to reports in the media that Tesco are willing to discuss legislation that would limit its ability to sell cut-price alcohol, and the new BMA report on alcohol misuse:"We welcome this change of stance from Tesco that they now accept the importance of price in alcohol consumption on health related harm." (Source: Medical News Today, 2/22/08 Das Royal College of Physicians kommentiert BMA Report und Tesco, UK 02/24/2008
    Chinese Alcohol Firms Lobby for Right to Drink During Work Day.
    A province in China has recently been cracking down on workers who drink alcohol on lunch breaks, raising protests from bars and the local alcohol industry. (Source: Join Together, 02/21/08)
    Chinesische Firmen lobbyieren für das Recht, dass während der Lunchzeit Alkohol konsumiert werden darf. 02/24/2008
    HSCNews International, issue 41, February 2008, ‘Winds of change: the patient as activist’,  seeks to make the case that patient activism is now part of the healthcare establishment. Issue 41 argues that patient activism will become more pervasive and influential, and will shape future healthcare systems.  (Source: HSCNews International, issue 41, February 2008)
    Very interesting text. But the movement of womens in the 19th centurey in response to the alcohol problem is not included.  This movement became the strong movement of womens rights and was a part or connected with the movements of abstainers.
    HSCNews International, issue 41, February 2008, ‘Winds of change: the patient as activist’, 02/24/2008

    State AGs in USA Demand Documents from Brewers on Energy Drinks. Anheuser-Busch and Miller Brewing Co. have been served with subpoenas by state attorneys general from New York, Maine, Maryland, Arizona, and Iowa  investigating the sales and marketing of alcoholic energy drinks. They are demanding documents related to products like Anheuser-Busch's Tilt and Bud Extra and Miller's Sparks drinks, which contain caffeine as well as alcohol. Critics say the products target underage drinkers and are dangerous because they mix stimulants (caffeine) and depressants (alcohol).  (Source: Join Together, 02/21/08)

    5 General-Staatsanwälte in USA verlangen von Anheuser-Busch und Miller Brewing Co. die Einreichung von Dokumenten.  02/24/2008
    Iran May Execute Man for Chronic Drinking. An Iranian man who has been punished three times for drinking alcohol in violation of Islamic strictures now faces the death penalty. The man, identified only as Moshen, was ruled to be a "hardened and incorrigible drinker" by a court in Tehran and sentenced to death. (Source: Join Together, 02/20/08) Iran könnte einen Mann wegen chronischem Alkohol-Konsum exekutieren. 02/24/2008
    Denmark bans binge-travel advertisements directed at young people. The Consumer Ombudsman has introduced a complete ban on pub crawls, body tequilas and booze games in travel marketing directed at young people.  As a result, travel agencies are no longer allowed to use alcohol as “bait” when advertising holidays.   (Quelle: Eurocare Newsletter Jan./Febr. 08) Dänemark verbietet Binge-Drinking-Reisewerbung, die sich an junge Leute richtet. 02/20/2008
    Hungary enacts tough anti-DUI legislation.  With the passing of new legislation, Hungarian drivers who have consumed any amount of alcohol at all will immediately have their licenses revoked.  Authorities are hoping that the new, zero-tolerance legislation will significantly reduce the number of traffic accidents and alcohol-related auto injuries.  For full article
    (Source: Eurocare Newsletter Jan./Fevr. 08)
    Ungarn führt strenges Gesetz betr. Alkohol am Steuer ein. 02/20/2008
    EU: Slovenian Presidency: Priorities for health (January 2008-June 2008): As from 1 January 2008, Slovenia is the first new EU member States to hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The presidency shall continue to strive for the implementation of joint priorities and commitments mutually developed within the framework of the 18-month programme of German-Portuguese-Slovenian Presidency.  Priorities are the promotion of health by encouraging a healthy lifestyle, particularly healthy nutrition and physical activity, prevention and control of communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS and flu pandemics, innovations in healthcare and accessibility of healthcare services.
    as the presiding country shall concentrate on:
    reducing the burden of cancer disease
    - the reduction of alcohol use and the damage associated with excessive consumption
    - the IT system development in healthcare
    (Source: Eurocare Newsletter Jan./Fevr. 08)
    Die slowenische Präsidentschaft in der EU: Prioritäten betr. Gesundheit (Jan.-Juni 2008) 02/20/2008
    French Court rules all press articles about alcohol must contain a health warning. After Le Parisien published an editorial article entitled, “The Triumph of Champagne,” which reviewed various brands of champagne, the National Association for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Addiction took the paper to court.  The court ruled that despite being an editorial, the article should have “conformed to advertising regulations and included a health warning on excessive drinking.”  This ruling reinforces the already established regulatory guidelines. For the full article
    (Source: Eurocare Newsletter Jan./Fevr. 08)
    Das Appellationsgericht in Paris bestätigt Urteile gegen Heineken.
    Finland - Minister of Health pushes for abandoning Alcohol Labelling.  The Minister of Health and Social Services, Paula Risikko, has suggested abandoning, as a whole, the proposal to provide all containers of alcoholic beverages with labels warning the consumers of the health hazards of alcohol. The introduction of alcohol warning labels was passed by the Finnish Parliament last year and intended to begin at the beginning of next year. It was proposed that the labels should contain two warnings: alcohol damages the foetus and your health. EU Commission informed Finland that the general warning is not compatible with the relevant EU legislation. 17 nation-wide NGOs are insisting that negotiations should be continued with the Commission. (Source: Eurocare Newsletter Jan./Fevr. 08) Die finnische Gesundheits-Ministerin ist gegen Warnhinweise auf Alkohol-Etiketten. 02/20/2008
    Online Alcohol Ads Illegal, French Court Rules
    Siding with France's National Association for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Addiction, a Paris court has ruled that alcohol ads on the Internet are illegal and ordered brewer Heineken to delete beer ads from its websites in France. (Source: Join Together, 02/5/08)
    Das Appellationsgericht in Paris bestätigt Urteile gegen Heineken.(15.2.08) 02/20/2008
    European Parliament adopts Strategy on Rights of the Child. Strasbourg, 16 January. After debating how to strengthen the European strategy to protect the rights of children, the European Parliament adopted a resolution based on the own-initiative report drawn up by Roberta Angelilli (UEN, IT), entitled “Towards an EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child.” The Strategy calls for children’s rights to be mainstreamed in all external policies and actions of the EU.  The resolution was adopted by 630 votes for, 26 against and 62 abstentions.
    EP Summary of the Report:
    Das Europäische Parlament genehmigt Strategie betr. Rechte des Kindes. 02/18/2008

    The European Commission, Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection and Public Health Executive Agency, L-Luxembourg
    calls for expressions of interest with a view to compiling a list of experts for support activities in connection with the second programme of Community action in the field of health (2008–2013)  General information 2008/S 28-036831


    Aufruf der Europäischen Kommission, Generaldirektion Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz und Exekutivagentur für Gesundheit 02/18/2008
    The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), USA, announces a new online course, Preventing Alcohol and Drug Problems: A Course for Clergy, which offers three  contact hours of education. This online course provides information on practical steps that can be taken to help the children and youth in the congregation and community (Source: Join Together, 02/14/08) Neuer Online-Kurs für Geistliche: Alkohol- und Drogen-Prävention in USA 02/15/2008

    Sparks and other alcoholic energy drinks pose a serious risk to young people all over America. Premixed alcoholic energy drinks are an emerging public health and safety threat. These dangerous beverages are alarming law enforcement, health professionals and parents because they combine alcohol with stimulants, such as caffeine. They’re also heavily marketed to young people. The Marin Institute alert:
    Urge CBS News to broadcast its "Powerful Potions" series to a national audience.

    Sparks und andere alkoholische Energy-Drinks stellen für die Jungen in ganz Amerika ein grosses Risiko dar. 02/15/2008
    The recent news story "Can Pregnant Women Drink Alcohol in Moderation?", which aired on ABC's Good Morning America Weekend, has created tremendous confusion among women about the safety of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) strongly urges women not to ignore the public health warnings associated with consuming alcohol while pregnant. ACOG reiterates its long-standing position that no amount of alcohol consumption can be considered safe during pregnancy. (Source: Medical News Today, 2/8/08 Informationssendung über "Dürfen schwangere Frauen Alkohol konsumieren", hat in Amerika grosse Konfusion verursacht. 02/09/2008
    Bush's 2009 Budget Cuts $198 Million from SAMHSA
    Drug-prevention advocates and others are raising the alarm over President Bush's FY2009 budget plan, which slashed $198 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and calls for elimination of the Recovery Community Support Programs and the STOP Underage Drinking program. (Source: Join Together, 2/8/08With comments.
    US-Präsident Bush will im Budget 2009 $198 Mio. im Suchtbereich streichen. 02/09/2008
    Mormons Favor Restriction of Alcopop Sales. Recently, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) came out in support of a proposal restricting alcopop sales in Utah to state liquor stores, a move that would put the products further out of reach of youth. In a state that is about 60 percent Mormon, this endorsement could seal the deal. If the proposal from the alcohol-control board goes through, it would make Utah the first state to restrict alcopops sales to liquor stores. As a result, the beverages would also be marked up by about 85 percent. Not mincing words, the church stated that “spirits in grocery and convenience stores promotes underage drinking and undermines the state system of alcohol control."   (Source: The Marin Institute, Monthly Alcohol News & Analysis, Februar 2008)    The Salt Lake Tribune, 1/18/08 Mormonen in den USA sind für die Einschränkung des Alcopop-Verkaufs 02/09/2008
    Alcohol Tax Increase in California Long Overdue: As Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger works to fill a $14.5 billion hole in the California state budget, Marin Institute is posing a crucial question to policymakers. What if, rather than drastically cutting funding to education, state parks, and other social programs, the state raised alcohol taxes? Marin Institute estimates that a tax raise of merely 25 cents per drink would result in $3 billion in extra revenue to the state.(Source: The Marin Institute, Monthly Alcohol News & Analysis, Februar 2008) Read the press release, 2/7/08 Eine Erhöhung der Alkohol-Steuern wäre in Kalifornien, USA schon lange überfällig. 02/09/2008
    Super Bowl Viewers Demand End to Beer Ads: With 97.5 million viewers, this year’s game was the most watched Super Bowl ever. And the top-rated Super Bowl ad was for, you guessed it, Budweiser. The Disney-inspired spot features a lovable Dalmatian training a Clydesdale to make the Budweiser wagon team. The pair is shown bonding and, while beer itself is nowhere to be seen the connection to the brand is made. Of course, ad execs know that kids love animals and Budweiser is no stranger to kid-friendly marketing techniques.
    That's why more than 470 parents, health advocates, and others tired of seeing this family-oriented event used to sell beer, sent letters to the National Football League asking the company to stop the irresponsible marketing. (Source: The Marin Institute, Monthly Alcohol News & Analysis, February 2008) With excerpts of letters.
    Super Bowl Zuschauer verlangen eine Ende der Bierreklame 02/09/2008
    New Fears Over Boozy Britain. "Super-sized servings of sauvignon blanc, giant goblets of grenache: wine glasses in Britain's bars are larger than ever and deepening the country's problematic relationship with alcohol, lawmakers and health officials warn. Huge measures of wine and a glut of cheap alcohol on sale at supermarkets are fueling a worrying rise in problem drinking among adults, particularly women, authorities say." (Source: Harvard World Health News, 2/7/08)   Associated Press, 2/4/08 Neue Befürchtungen betr. britischem Alkoholproblem. 02/07/2008
    U.K. Considers Fines for Parents Who Let Kids Drink in Public: Great Britain's Home Office plans to announce a new policy calling for fines of up to 1,000 pounds for parents of children repeatedly caught drinking alcohol. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is proposing that parents of kids caught drinking be compelled to sign "parenting contracts" in which they agree to ban their children from visiting certain areas and makes parents accountable for children's drinking behavior. If kids are again caught drinking or in a prohibited area, parents could be hauled into court and fined. (Source: Join Together, 2/6/08) England überlegt Bussen für Eltern, deren Kinder mehrmals mit Alkohol angetroffen werden. 02/07/2008
    EU-DG SANCO: COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL POLICY AND ACTION: 1. Meeting, LUXEMBOURG, 5. November 2007, Summary Report, 2/5/08   02/06/2008
    EU-Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection has issued a fact sheet on "Harmful drinking" 2007, key data and measures.
    Further Information
    • DG SANCO pages on Alcohol
    • The EU Public Health Portal
    • Community Public Health Programme 2003-2008
    • Television Without Frontiers Directive
    • Commission Recommendation on maximum permitted blood alcohol content, January 2001
    • Council Recommendation on the drinking of alcohol by young people, in particular children and adolescents, 2001
    • European Commission Road Safety Action Programme 2003-2010
    Die EU, Generaldirektion Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz bringt Fact-Sheet über Alkohol "Schädliche Trinkgewohnheiten" 2007: Grundlagen, Massnahmen und diese Links:
    The EU-Commission is proposing new legislation on food labelling. Unfortunately alcoholic beverages are not included, except alcopops.
    Eurocare comment, 01/31/08       Press release EU, 1/30/08 (engl./fr)
    Comment: It is obvious that the alcohol industry believes in the success of labeling, otherwise its opposition wouldn't be so strong.
    EU- Verordnungsentwurf für die Etikettierung von abgepackten Lebensmitteln. 01/31/2008
    Alcohol-related deaths among adults in the U.K. doubled between 1991 and 2006, according to research from the Office of National Statistics.(Source: Join Together, 1/28/08 Rasanter Anstieg der alkoholbedingten Todesfälle in England. 01/30/2008
    With the cost of alcohol-related problems impacting underage youth measuring in the billions of dollars, it's time to send a strong message to Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) demanding they stop running beer ads and make the Super Bowl truly family-friendly. Send an email to the NFL (Mit Anleitung) (Quelle: Marin Institute Newsletter   The Marin Institute Das Marin Institute ruft auf: Tell the NFL: Stop  the Beer Ads! 01/30/2008
    Advocates Call for Changes to Proposed Alcohol Labels: A proposed new nutrition information panel for alcoholic beverages should include alcohol-content information instead of relegating such disclosures to a smaller and less-visible part of drink packaging, and producers also should be required to provide a list of ingredients in their products, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says.  (Source: Join Together, 1/25/08) US-Fachleute verlangen Änderung der vorgeschlagenen Alkohol-Etiketten. 01/28/2008
    Alcohol Killing More Brits Every Year: In 1991 the alcohol-related death rate in the United Kingdom stood at 6.9 per 100,000, it rose to 12.9 per 100,000 in 2005, and then to 13.4 per 100,000 deaths in 2006, The male alcohol-related death rate in 2006 was more than double the female rate - 18.3 per 100,000 for males compared to 8.8 per 100,000 for females. Two-thirds of alcohol-related deaths in 2006 were among males.according to the Office for National Statistics.26 Jan 2008. (Source: Medical News Today, 1/26/08) Alkohol tötet jedes Jahr mehr Engländer. 01/27/2008
    WHO Executive did adopt an important resolution on behalf of the Sixty-first World Health Assembly requesting a Global Alcohol Strategy.The resolution was adopted unanimously after 3 amendments initiated by Cuba. Text of Resolution of 1/23/08: "Strategies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol"   (Source: Eurocare, 1/23/08)   Join Together, 01/28/08 Die WHO-Exekutive hat eine wichtige Resolution verabschiedet. 01/25/2008
    Liquor Prices Could Be Pegged to Alcohol Content: The University of Victoria's Centre for Addictions Research has proposed that the Canadian province of British Columbia set prices for beer, wine and liquor based on each product's alcohol content.  (Source: Join Together, 1/25/08) Die Preise für alkoholische Getränke könnten nach Alkoholgehalt abgestuft werden. 01/25/2008
    Health determinants: Alcohol

    European Alcohol and Health Forum, 1/25/08 Task Forces section updated
    Das Europäische Alkohol- und Gesundheits-Forum der EU hat Dokumente herausgebracht. 01/25/2008

    Take Action to Label Alcopops: Last year, the California State Board of Equalization (BOE)made a groundbreaking decision to properly tax flavored malt beverages or "alcopops" as hard alcohol. The Marin Institute in California  asks you now to call on Governor Schwarzenegger and Renee Zito, his director of the state Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP),  to support AB 346, a bill that would require clear labeling of alcopops. (Source: Marin Institute Newsletter, 1/24/08)         Take Action Now       Read More About AB 346

    Das Marin Institute in Kalifornien ruft auf, mitzuhelfen, damit Alcopops also solche klar etikettiert werden. 01/24/2008
    MP Calls For Tougher Online Retail Age Checks, UK: An MP is calling for a change in the law to force online retailers to introduce tougher age verification to prevent children being able to buy alcohol, cigarettes or pornography on the internet. The Ten Minute Rule Bill proposed by Labour MP for Luton South, Margaret Moran, seeks to make it a statutory requirement for retailers to verify the ages of consumers who attempt to purchase age-restricted goods such as alcohol, cigarettes, pornography, or try to gamble online. She wants to see any retailer who fails to do this face a hefty fine or even imprisonment.
    (Source: Medical News Today, 1/24/08)
    Englisches Parlamentsmitglied verlangt strengere Alterskontrollen bei Käufen im Internet. 01/24/2008
  • Health Programme  Health Programme Page now available in 11 languages
     Overview of health strategy  Health strategy Page updated
  • Die EU hat neue Übersetzungen angeboten. 01/22/2008
    Drink Specials Attacked After Minn. Deaths. Minnesota lawmakers are considering restrictions on cheap drink specials after the deaths of four college-age people from alcohol-related causes over the last few months. (Source: Join Together, 1/22/08) In Minnesota sollen billige Trinkangebote (-Aktionen) verboten werden. 01/22/2008
    Licenses, Scanners Could Be Used to Track Drinking Habits. The rising practice of scanning electronic drivers' licenses at bars and restaurants could be used to track drinking and dining habits. (Source: Join Together, 1/22/08


    Fahrausweise scannen könnte verwendet werden, um Trinkgewohnheiten festzustellen. 01/22/2008
    Alcohol Tax Plan Dies in S.D. Senate. Faced with strong opposition from the liquor industry, a measure that would have raised the alcohol tax in South Dakota was killed in a Senate committee. Backers, including the South Dakota County Commissioners Association, vowed to gather enough petitions to put the measure before voters in November.   
    (Source: Join Together,1/18/08)    Associated Press 01/16/08.
    Der Plan, die Alkoholsteuern in Süd-Dakota, USA zu erhöhen, scheiterte im Senat. 01/18/2008
    The Tennessee Senate voted 24-6 to allow individuals with handgun permits to carry their weapons into establishments that serve alcohol, including bars and restaurants. (Source: Join Together,1/18/08)   WTVF-5 in Nashville,   1/16/08. Der Senat von Tennessee, USA, erlaubt Schusswaffen in Bars. 01/18/2008
    Book Traces History of Alcohol and Tobacco Marketing. University of Michigan professor Pamela Pennock has penned "Advertising Sin and Sickness," which explores the history of alcohol and tobacco marketing between 1950 and 1990. (Source: Join Together, 1/16/08) Ein neues Buch verfolgt die Geschichte des Alkohol- und Tabak-Marketings in USA 01/17/2008
    Alcohol Content of California Wines Rising. The alcohol content of California wines has been creeping upward, a trend that some winemakers would like to see reversed. (Source: Join Together, 1/16/08) Der Alkoholgehalt der kalifornischen Weine steigt. 01/17/2008
    S.D. Lawmakers Urged to Raise Alcohol Tax to Address Related Problems. A dime-a-drink increase in South Dakota's alcohol tax would raise $35 million to help pay for policing, jails, and other programs to address problems related to alcohol abuse, county officials told state lawmakers. (Source: Join Together, 1/8/08)


    In Süd-Dakota, USA, haben County-Offizielle die Parlamentarier aufgefordert, die Alkohol-Steuer zu erhöhen. 01/16/2008
    The EU has published new documents, 01/14/08 on the European Alcohol and Health Forum European Alcohol and Health Forum Update mit neuen  Dokumenten. 01/14/2008
    The EU has published some material in other languages:

    Harmful Drinking    Publication available electronically fr fr fr (300 Kb)   June 2007

    Attitudes towards alcohol   Special Eurobarometer 272b fr (7 Mb) EUROBAROMETER 66.2
    All Eurobarometers about health issues

    Alcohol-related harm in Europe - Key data  Publication available electronically pdf1 Mb) Oct. 2006

    Alcohol in Europe - A public health perspective Publication available electronically fr pdf (6.7 Mb)  June 2006  ISBN: 92-79-02241-5   How to order this publication


    Die EU hat einige Veröffentlichungen übersetzt. 01/10/2008
    Drinkers Drawn to Absinthe's Mystique. Absinthe, a long-banned liquor that recently became legal for sale in the U.S., is attracting new fans with its legendary reputation and air of exclusivity. (Source: Join Together, 8.1.08) Alkoholkonsumenten werden in den USA von der Mystik des Absinths angezogen. 01/09/2008
    School Pays to Increase Friday Classes, Curb Student Drinking. The University of Iowa is offering extra funding to departments that schedule more Friday classes, as part of an initiative to curb student partying that increasingly begins on Thursday nights and continues through the weekend.  (Source: Join Together, 8.1.08) Die Universität von Iowa, USA, zahlt Beiträge an Abteilungen, die mehr Freitagsklassen führen. 01/09/2008
    Physician Screening for Alcohol Cost-Effective but Underutilized
    Screening and brief intervention for alcohol problems, delivered during routine patient visits to their doctor's office, can be just as effective as common preventative measures like childhood immunizations and advising patients to take aspirin to reduce the risk of stroke or heart attacks.(Source: Join Together, 01/08/08)
    Das Ansprechen auf Alkoholprobleme bei ärztlichen  Routineuntersuchungen. 01/09/2008

    Subsidizing Big Alcohol in USA (as elsewhere). While we know that raising alcohol taxes is one of the most effective policies available to reduce alcohol harm, industry has been a master at manipulating the media against the idea. Each of the three taxes (Wine, Beer, Spirits) is now effectively 33 percent lower than it was in 1992. (Source: Marin Institute News January 2008)

    Die Alkohol-Industrie wird in den USA wie auch anderswo subventioniert. 01/08/2008
    According to a recent report from the Center on Alcohol Marketing to Youth (CAMY), the number of alcohol ads that young people see on TV and in print has declined since 2001. This may sound like good news, but in fact ad dollars are simply shifting to new media. Indeed, when it came to harnessing the web and other new media to reach Generation Y, 2007 was a big year for the nation's largest alcohol corporations. (Source: Marin Institute News January 2008) Alkohol-Werbung in USA, die von Jugendlichen gesehen wird. 01/08/2008

    Big Alcohol Gets what it Pays for in California: From the Wine Institute to Anheuser-Busch, alcohol corporations and trade associations donated more than $3.5 million to California politicians in 2006, making the sector one of the most prolific political spenders. Couple that with roughly $3 million in lobbying efforts that same year spent directly on influencing policy and it's easy to see why the alcohol industry usually gets its way. (Source: Marin Institute News January 2008)         Report: You get what you pay for.

    Die Alkoholindustrie in Kalifornien, USA erhält, wofür sie bezahlt. 01/08/2008
    New Alcohol Tax Could Ease California's Budget Deficit by 20 Percent. Marin Institute recommends that Governor Schwarzenegger and state legislators raise taxes on wine, beer and distilled spirits to help reduce the state's $14 billion budget shortfall. "A simple 25 cents per drink increase would generate almost $3 billion in revenue," said Bruce Livingston, MPP, executive director of Marin Institute. "Raising the alcohol tax for the first time in 16 years is a common sense and fiscally responsible option to help close the budget gap." (Source: Marin Institute News January 2008)   Neue Alkoholsteuern könnten Kaliforniens Budget-Defizit um 20% senken. 01/08/2008

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