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Freitag 15. Juli 2011 von htm

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Several articles during this periode show the unbroken will of Big Alcohol to stop any attempt of curbing its influence and market power. e.g. Lithuania would become the first EU country to have a total ban on alcohol advertising in 2012. As this year is approaching different stakeholders are getting more active to reverse this decision. Even the Vice President of the Carlsberg Group traveled to Lithuania to convince the prime minister why the total ban must be stopped.

On top level 79 NGOs from various sectors have issued a statement of concern to the President of the UN General Assembly. The NGOs are concerned about the lack of clarity of roles for the industry sector in the recently held UN interactive hearing for civil society and the UN High Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCD) in September.

The British Government is still cooperating with the alcohol industry that even a churchman,the Bishop of Stafford, has criticised the government for “doing little” to prevent alcohol abuse. At this time we get informed that the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions in England has topped one million for the first time, according to official statistics. An NHS Information Centre report said admissions had increased by 12% between 2008-09 and 2009-10.

The alcohol industry, in its efforts in social marketing, has started an information campaign: Global Actions, your briefing on our efforts around the world as part of Global Actions on Harmful Drinking.

On the other hand it is amazing how many efforts are necessary and on the way worldwide in order to fight the harm done by Big Alcohol. Fortunately science is more and more on the side of Public Health. And politicians will have to accept where their responsibilities are.



Alcohol consumption guidelines inadequate for cancer prevention – 13. Juli 2011
Current alcohol consumption guidelines are inadequate for the prevention of cancer and new international guidelines are needed, states an analysis in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/site/embargo/cmaj110363.pdf.
Guidelines in some countries are not currently based on evidence for long-term harm. Most guidelines are based on studies that assessed the short-term effects of alcohol, such as social and psychological issues and hospital admissions, and were not designed to prevent chronic diseases. As well, in some countries, alcohol producers were either part of working groups defining sensible drinking or instrumental in dissemination of the guidelines. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/11/11)

Alcohol marketing regulations in Europe: How effective are they? – 21. Juni 2011
Key points of the fact sheet are:
* Effective alcohol marketing regulations are an essential control measure in a comprehensive alcohol policy that aims to decrease alcohol-related harm and to protect young people.
* Effective alcohol marketing regulations are recommended to restrict the volume of alcohol marketing practices to protect harmful exposure to alcohol advertising among young people. …(Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/20/11) eucam.info, 06/17/11

USA: Buzz kills. No amount of alcohol safe to drive – 21. Juni 2011
In the United States, the blood-alcohol limit may be 0.08 percent, but no amount of alcohol seems to be safe for driving, according to a University of California, San Diego sociologist. A study led by David Phillips and published in the journal Addiction finds that blood-alcohol levels well below the U.S. legal limit are associated with incapacitating injury and death.
Phillips, with coauthor Kimberly M. Brewer, also of UC San Diego, examined official data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). This dataset includes information on all persons in the U.S. who were involved in fatal car accidents – 1,495,667 people in the years 1994 to 2008….. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/20/11) eurekalert.org, 06/20/11

The Alcohol Industry Needs More Scrutiny – 1. Juni 2011
The influence of “Big Alcohol” in the health arena deserves as much scrutiny as Big Pharma and Big Tobacco, especially in light of evidence of bias in funded research, unsupported claims of benefit, and inappropriate promotion and marketing by the alcohol industry, says a new editorial in this week’s PLoS Medicine. The PLoS Medicine editors argue that the statistics about problem drinking are troubling enough, but what also demands more attention and research is the influence of the alcohol industry on health research, government policy, and public perceptions of the harms and benefits of alcohol. … (Source: Medical News Today, 05/31/11)


Questionable Health Claims by Alcohol Companies – 15. Juli 2011
For years, food companies have used advertising, packaging, and brand image to lead people to believe certain products are healthier than they really are. Whether it’s putting a sports star’s face on a Coca-Cola ad, labeling junk food as a “smart choice,” or attaching arbitrary designations such as “all natural” to foods high in fat, sugar, and salt, the food industry knows it must attract health-conscious shoppers. Over the past few years, alcohol companies have begun appropriating many of these misleading advertising techniques. Spirits companies are positioning their vodka as “all natural,” even though the products haven’t changed. Beer companies are sponsoring marathons and running ads showing toned drinkers meeting up at a bar after a work-out. Superstars of grueling, high-endurance sports are being tapped to promote alcoholic beverages. These advertising practices are legally tenuous, morally unsound, and potentially dangerous. Alcohol consumption costs society billions of dollars annually while causing immeasurable human suffering every day. Using health messages to sell products that can cause such widespread harm is not only unethical, it’s illegal, and yet the regulatory system has failed miserably to protect the American public. Because market research shows purchase intent and consumption of a brand increase
when people believe alcoholic products are all-natural or fitness-friendly, intense scrutiny and strict regulation of such misleading claims is essential. This report examines this disturbing trend to promote alcohol as a health and fitness product, analyzes the potential legal implications, and makes policy recommendations. … (Source: Marine Institute, June 2011)

AU: Alcohol products to carry warnings – 15. Juli 2011
HEALTH warnings will appear on most beer, wine and spirit products as a result of a liquor industry decision to take voluntary measures after years of government dithering.
The warnings, aimed at young people, pregnant women and problem drinkers will be carried by alcohol products representing 80 per cent of the market, including supermarket chain brands. The interchangeable warnings are: ”Is your drinking harming yourself or others?”, ”Kids and alcohol don’t mix” and ”It is safest not to drink while pregnant”. An image discouraging drink when pregnant is also available. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/13/11) theage.com.au, 07/11/11

USA: Non-Communicable Diseases – 15. Juli 2011
“Once viewed as afflictions limited to the developed world, non-communicable diseases are rising quickly in low- and middle-income countries.
“If we are effectively to reverse the increased global rates of NCDs, we will need to use all the tools at our disposal, including multi-lateral diplomacy.” — Deputy Assistant Secretary Nerissa Cook
“Once viewed as afflictions limited to the developed world, non-communicable diseases, or NCDs, – including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, diabetes, and cancers – are rising quickly in low- and middle-income countries. This growing prevalence of NCDs has significant health, economic and social implications on the individual, national, and global levels,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary Nerissa Cook at a recent Global Health Council meeting at the United Nations.
Nearly two-thirds of deaths in the world are now caused by non-communicable diseases. In the United States, NCDs account for 70 percent of deaths, limit the activities of tens of millions more Americans, and cost the economy billions each year. … (Source: (Harvard World Health News, 07/14/11) voanews.com, 07/11/11

Aussies Will Warning Label Liquor To Curb Youth, Binge Drinking – 13. Juli 2011
Since 2006, Australia has had graphic image warnings on cigarette packages. Now announced this week, the liquor industry is volunteering to label its products with health warnings also. About 80% of alcohol sold in the country will carry the warnings.
According to government statistics, the proportion of people drinking at high risk level has increased from 8.2% in 1995 to 13.4% in 2005, when the last National Health Survey was conducted. The increase has been greater for women. … (Source: Medical News Today, 07/12/11)

USA: Calif Assembly bans caffeine-laced beer drinks – 13. Juli 2011
The California Assembly moved Monday to prohibit the production and sale of beer laced with caffeine and join other states concerned the beverages are aimed at young people and make it easy to drink too much.
The ban was approved on a 43-24 vote. It passed the state Senate in April but that chamber must now reconsider changes made by the Assembly before the bill can be sent to the governor.
The bill, SB39, would ban the import, production, distribution or retail sale of beer and related alcoholic beverages that have caffeine added. At least six other states have passed similar bans. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/11/11) sacbee.com, 07/11/11

USA: Alcohol Involved in Half of Water Recreation-Related Deaths – 13. Juli 2011
Drinking and engaging in water sports can be a deadly mix, warns the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Half of all water recreation-related deaths of teens and adults involve alcohol, the NIAAA says.
HealthDay reports that the institute is warning against a number of dangerous scenarios as the weather heats up and more people take to the water. For example, swimmers who drink alcohol may have impaired judgment, and swim out farther than they should. Drunk swimmers in a pool can jump into too-shallow water, or crash into the diving board. Surfers who have been drinking may try to ride a wave that is too difficult for them to handle. Drinking and boating is an especially dangerous combination. The NIAAA says that alcohol may be involved in up to 60 percent of boating deaths. … (Source: Join Together, 07/12/11)

Aurelijus Veryga on alcohol ad ban in Lithuania – 12. Juli 2011
In 2012 Lithuania was supposed to ban all alcohol advertising. With this it would become the first EU country to have a total ban on alcohol advertising. As the year 2012 is approaching different stakeholders are getting more active to reverse this decision. Aurelijus Veryga, President of the Lithuanian National Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition, explains what this small Baltic country is going through. (Source: activeeurope.org, 7/11/11 press release) nordan.org, 7/11/11

Big Alcohol informs: Global Actions on Harmful Drinking – 9. Juli 2011
Welcome to Global Actions, your briefing on our efforts around the world as part of Global Actions on Harmful Drinking. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/07/11) Comment: Active social marketing by the alcohol industry.

South Africa: Alcohol advertising ban ‘no matter what’ – 7. Juli 2011
The government is forging ahead with legislation that will crack down on alcohol advertising despite warnings of massive revenue and job losses.
According to a preliminary study by Chris Moerdyk, an independent marketing analyst, a total ban on the advertising of alcoholic beverages could cost media companies revenue of as much as R1.8-billion a year. …
About R800-million would be lost to sports sponsorships and development grants, and forfeited marketing expenditure.
Though the government does not plan to ban alcohol advertising outright, several state departments are determined to win the war on alcohol and drug abuse and have spearheaded a campaign that will enforce stringent restrictions on alcohol advertising. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 07/07/11) timeslive.co.za, 07/5/11

USA: Several Fast Food Chains Try Selling Alcohol – 7. Juli 2011
Burger King, Sonic and Starbucks are among the fast food chains experimenting with selling alcohol, according to USA Today.
Two Sonic restaurants in South Florida will soon be selling beer and wine along with burgers, the newspaper reports. Burger King “Whopper Bars” that sell beer have opened in Miami, Kansas City and Los Angeles. Several Seattle Starbucks are now selling local wine and beer. These chains are adding alcohol to the menu in an attempt to boost sales during evening hours, the article notes. … (Source: Join Together, 07/5/11)

Alcohol News 27/2011 by Alcohol Reports – 7. Juli 2011
International News on alcohol politics, 07/04/11

Church of England reviews alcohol investment policy – 7. Juli 2011
The Church of England could threaten to pull its investments from British-listed supermarkets that fail to meet its minimum ethical standards on the sale of alcohol, in an attempt to stem the sale of cheap alcohol and reduce binge drinking.
The Ethical Investment Advisory Group, the investment body that makes recommendations to the Church’s three national investing bodies, said it wants to tighten its policy because of concerns about ‘corporate complicity in the misuse of alcohol, including through inappropriate pricing and promotions.’ (Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/04/11) lse.co.uk, 06/29/11

Swedes drink less alcohol – 7. Juli 2011
Swedes are drinking less alcohol than before. The trend is visible among the younger generation; older people drink as much
The alcohol consumption in Sweden was 13% lower in 2010 compared with 2004 when the consumption peaked. This development has come as a surprise for many researchers since the import restrictions for private use was liberalized in 2004.
-When the quotas were liberalized in 2004 and the alcohol consumption reached record levels, not many people foresaw this development. It seems like the mechanisms are more complex than we thought; said Mats Ramstedt, researcher about alcohol at SoRAD (Centre for research on Drugs and Alcohol) to the news site forskning.se. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/04/11) stockholmnews.com, 06/27/11

THE GLOBE – Issue No 2 2011 – 4. Juli 2011
Online with many important articles:
* Alcohol and Cancer in the spotlight – * Alcohol and cancer – the forgotten link – * New WHO report: deaths from noncommunicable diseases on the rise, with developing world hit hardest – * Countries endorse a resolution on noncommunicable diseases at the World Health Assembly – * Is the cardio-protective action of alcohol a myth? – * Teaching responsible drinking ‘doesn’t work’ ….

Alcohol: A Major Public Health Problem-South Asian Perspective – 2. Juli 2011
Over the years, use of alcohol, excessive and prolonged, has been associated with various health hazards.
With increasing clinical experience and research in the area, the association has become stronger and progressively more alarming. The evidence from different treatment settings viz. the outpatient department, inpatient setup, emergency department, and the consultation liaison services has linked the use of alcohol with a wide array of hazards to the physical and the psychological health of the users. The impact on psychological health extends beyond the users of alcohol to involve caregivers and other family members of users.
Alcohol consumption is the leading risk factor for disease burden in low-mortality developing countries and the third largest risk factor in developed countries. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/30/11)

USA: APIS Announces Update of Alcohol Policy Information – 30. Juni 2011
The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS), a project by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, announces its latest update of state-by-state alcohol policies. The update reports developments in 29 current APIS policy topics, for the period 1/2/2009 through 1/1/2010. Visit the APIS website to obtain details on these and other important policy developments across the country. Many of these changes are consistent with the goal of reducing underage drinking and its consequences as well as alcohol-related death and injury in the general population. (Source: Marin Institute, 06/29/11)

USA: Gasolina “Party in a Pouch” Adds New Fuel to the Booze Fire Targeting Urban Kids – 30. Juni 2011
Gasolina-CapriSun Following in the footsteps of brands like Four Loko and Blast who use colorful, youth-oriented packaging and pop-culture icons to market their products to an underage, urban demographic, newcomer Gasolina Urban Blends has upped the ante with its “Party in a Pouch” line: Brightly colored, 200-ml aluminum pouches complete with little straws inside to suck up the vodka, tequila, and rum, plus some fruit juice.
These pouches look remarkably similar to Capri Sun. Yes, the same packaging you see at youth soccer games across the country has now been repurposed for easy-access, take-anywhere alcohol. … (Source: Marin Institute, 06/29/11)

NL: First European network conference on reducing youth drinking by law enforcement – 28. Juni 2011
On October the 27th the Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy (STAP) will host the first European network conference on reducing youth drinking by law enforcement. Law enforcement experts and professionals from all over Europe will be able to exchange knowledge and experiences during a conference specifically focussed on enforcing alcohol legislation. … Because the knowledge about law enforcement in Europe has grown substantially over the last decades it is the right moment to organise the first European alcohol enforcement meeting. … (Source: stap.nl, 6/27/11)

NGOs express concern over conflict of interest at the UN General Assembly – 26. Juni 2011
79 NGOs from various sectors have issued a statement of concern to the President of the UN General Assembly. The NGOs are concerned about the lack of clarity of roles for the industry sector in the recently held UN interactive hearing for civil society and the UN High Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCD) in September. The statement was addressed to Dr. Joseph Deiss, President of the UN General Assembly, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas, Permanent Representative of Luxembourg, and Ambassador Raymond Wolfe, Permanent Representative of Jamaica. All are key actors in the ongoing process on NCD in UN. … (Source: add-resources.org, 06/23/11)

UK: Older people advised to drink less than adult guidelines – 24. Juni 2011
A report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists advises people over 65 should not drink more than 1.5 units of alcohol a day – at least half the standard adult daily guidelines. The reduced amount advised for older adults is the equivalent of about half a pint of lager (5%) or a small glass of wine. See the full RCP report Our Invisible Addicts. ….(Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 06/22/11)

Eurocare Newsletter May – June 2011 – 20. Juni 2011
Important informations on alcohol politics. Issued June 19, 2011 Content:
News From Eurocare Members – News From the EU – News From the WHO – News from across Europe – News From Around the World – Upcoming events – Questions from MEPs

Eurocare Annual General Assembly (24th- 25th May, Brussels): New president and Board – 20. Juni 2011
After 21 years of valuable service to Eurocare, Dr. Michel Craplet from ANPAA resigned from his post as Chairman of the organization. The former vice Chairman of Eurocare, Ms. Tiziana Codenotti was elected to be the new president. The General Assembly elected as well a new Board. … (Source: Eurocare Newsletter May – June 2011)

Alcohol-Industry declares war on proposed alcohol advertising ban in Lithuania – 20. Juni 2011
In 2008 the Lithuanian Parliament accepted an amendment to the Alcohol Control Law that would install a comprehensive ban on alcohol advertising in the year 2012. Now with only 6 months left the pressure to withdraw the ban is steadily rising. The alcohol industry has stepped up its lobbying activities and politicians are backing out. The Lithuanian National Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition reports that Sven Langeneckert, Vice President of the Carlsberg Group traveled to Lithuania to convince the prime minister why the total ban must be stopped. …. (Source: Eucam, 06/17/11) Comment: In other countries the parliament not even dares to accept such a law.

Better alcohol control policy means less injuries, more safety and money saved – 16. Juni 2011
Budapest, Hungary, June 16, 2011- The European Union is the heaviest drinking region in the world. Therefore, in Europe we suffer from the highest alcohol related problems. It is estimated that 58 million adults in the EU drink at risky levels, and 23 million are alcohol addicted. Alcohol constitutes the primary risk factor for accidents, injuries and violence. Approximately half of the deaths attributable to alcohol are from injuries.
This issue is being addressed at the 3rd European injury prevention conference, organised by EuroSafe in cooperation with the Hungarian Presidency of the European Council. Today stakeholders in the prevention of accidents and injuries from Europe and other continents meet in Budapest to exchange, debate and discuss the latest results in injury research, policies and practices. … (Source: Eurocare, Active Press Release, 06/16/11)

UK: Diageo funding for midwife training sparks controversy – 14. Juni 2011
Drinks giant Diageo is to fund alcohol training for 10,000 midwives as part of the Government’s controversial Responsibility Deal. The training programme will be run by the National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome UK (Nofas-UK) to encourage midwives to highlight the risks of drinking during pregnancy.
But the news made the headlines amidst criticism that the alcohol industry be funding such initiatives, with reports from the BBC, Guardian, Independent and The Daily Mail. … (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 06/13/11)

Alcohol News 24/2011 by Alcohol Reports – 14. Juni 2011
More international informations. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/13/11)

Victory on Stopping Bus Bench Alcohol Ads in Los Angeles – 14. Juni 2011
The Coalition to Ban Alcohol Ads from Public Property organized a lively grassroots rally in Los Angeles City Hall Plaza this morning to send a message to the L.A. Board of Public Works that promoting alcohol on city-owned bus benches was a really bad idea. The Board heard the concerns and agreed by asking for a full ban on all alcohol ads in the new contract. The contractor, Martin Outdoor Media, LLC quickly agreed. There will be no alcohol ads on 6,000 L.A. city-owned bus benches. This will reduce youth exposure to messages that are feeding an epidemic of underage alcohol consumption and harm. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/13/11) prnewswire.com, 06/10/11

AU: Parents’ plans to supply their adolescents with alcohol – 14. Juni 2011
The aim was to determine the extent to which parent and adolescent characteristics and patterns of alcohol use influence parents’ plans to supply their adolescent aged 14–16 years with full serves of alcohol (i.e. not necessarily initiation) in the next 6 months. A cross-sectional sample of parents from Victoria, Australia, completed an online survey. Parents’ plans to supply alcohol in the next 6 months was significantly associated with their reports of supplying alcohol in the previous 3 months, perceptions that their adolescent drinks, reports of not practising religion, and Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test scores. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/13/11)

USA: WV Students Create Public Service Announcements To Prevent Underage Drinking – 14. Juni 2011
More than two dozen West Virginia youth from Cabell, Greenbrier and Kanawha counties will star in new public service announcements (PSAs)
designed to raise awareness of and prevent underage drinking. Earlier this year, the teams of youth from Cabell County’s Substance Abuse
Prevention Coalition, the Marshall University Ad Club, Greenbrier East High School and the South Charleston Housing Authority submitted draft scripts for this year’s 2011 PSA Challenge. This month, the youth will fine-tune their scripts and work with the Tri-State CW and WV Radio Corporation to produce the television and radio spots. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/13/11) prevnet.org, 06/13/11 Comment: This could be an idea for other regions too.

Scotland: Alcohol’s harm to others conference – Beyond the drinker – 11. Juni 2011
Our “Alcohol’s harm to others” conference took place on 3 June in Edinburgh. Around 100 delegates attended to hear from expert speakers and workshop leaders on the impact of excessive drinking on people other than the drinker, with a particular focus on children and young people.
Presentations can be downloaded below and the conference report will be available soon. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/10/11)

Northern Ireland consultation on minimum pricing – 10. Juni 2011
A consultation on minimum pricing and other options for Northern Ireland is currently open.
Northern Ireland’s Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety are seeking views on setting a minimum price per unit of alcohol. A press release and BBC report announced the move earlier this year.
The survey “forms part of the stakeholder consultation process on minimum pricing of alcohol in Northern Ireland and provides an opportunity for comment on plans to crack down on the availability of cheap alcohol.” It also includes questions on: … (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 06/09/11)

AU: Roxon approves national plan for minimum alcohol price – 10. Juni 2011
THE cost of some cask wine could quadruple, with Health Minister Nicola Roxon signing off on a plan to develop a nationwide minimum floor price for alcohol. The National Preventive Health Agency has been asked to “develop the concept” as part of a plan approved by Ms Roxon but yet to be approved by her state counterparts.
The interim chief executive of the agency, Rhonda Galbally, said that while she wasn’t at liberty to reveal everything in the strategic plan approved by Ms Roxon, she was prepared to confirm that it included developing the concept of a uniform alcohol floor price that would apply nationwide. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/08/11) theage.com, 06/08/11

In-School Drug and Alcohol Abuse Clinic Opens in New York State – 10. Juni 2011
A public high school in Long Island, New York is opening an in-house drug and alcohol abuse clinic. According to Daytop Treatment Services, which will run the clinic, it is the first such facility in New York State and possibly in the United States.
Reuters reports that the clinic is opening in response to a jump in substance abuse among students. It will be housed at the William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, NY, and will open in August. The clinic will provide counseling, but will not dispense methadone or other medications. (Source: Join Together, 06/09/11)

USA: Growing Alcohol Sales Defy Sluggish Economy – 10. Juni 2011
A sluggish economy has not stopped alcohol sales, according to industry analysts who say alcoholic beverage sales grew by nearly 10 percent from May 2010 to May 2011.
During that period, the unemployment rate was more than 9 percent, CNNMoney reports. Esther Kwon, an alcohol industry analyst for Standard & Poor’s, said that in a recession, people continue to drink, although they tend to drink more at home instead of in a bar. … (Source: Join Together, 06/09/11)

California Bill Would Ban Retailers From Selling Alcohol Through Self-Service Checkouts – 9. Juni 2011
A bill under consideration by the California Senate would ban retailers from selling alcohol through self-service checkouts. The bill has already been approved by the state Assembly.
The bill aims to make it more difficult for minors or already-intoxicated customers to purchase alcohol. Supporters say it would also reduce theft. Similar bills have been considered twice before by the California Legislature, the Oakland Tribune reports. In 2009, a similar bill was approved by the Legislature but vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. … (Source: Join Together, 06/08/11)

Turkish regulatory agency chief defends alcohol ordinance – 8. Juni 2011
A regulation partly overruled by the Council of State would have helped prevent the recent deaths of several Russian tour guides from consuming unlicensed alcohol, the president of Turkey’s alcohol regulatory agency has said.
The decision of the Council of State was only an interim judgment and did not reflect the final verdict, said the Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Agency, or TAPDK, chief. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/07/11) hurriyetdailynews.com, 06/06/11

Police begin week-long alcohol and drug operation on Europe’s roads – 8. Juni 2011
Police officers across more than 25 European countries, including the UK, today begin a seven-day crackdown on drink driving and drugged driving. The operation is co-ordinated by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network.
Chief Superintendent Pasi Kemppainen, chairman of TISPOL’s strategic alcohol and drugs working group, commented: “We know that driving while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs remains one of the ‘big three’ killers on Europe’s roads, along with speeding and non-wearing of seatbelts. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/07/11) fleetnews.co.uk, 06/06/11

UK: Stafford bishop accuses government over alcohol abuse – 8. Juni 2011
The Bishop of Stafford has criticised the government for “doing little” to prevent alcohol abuse. The Rt Rev Geoff Annas has described alcohol misuse as “one of the major sins of our time”. Writing in a pastoral letter, published in parish magazines across the Diocese of Lichfield, he called for a “seismic shift” in attitudes towards drinking. The government has said it is tackling alcohol-related crime “at its source” through a variety of measures.
He said charities were left to tackle the effects of “this drug abuse”, with government action not going far enough.
… (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/07/11) bbc.co.uk, 06/01/11 Comment: It is far too seldom we here from a Churchman such words. To be drunk means the human dignity has gone.

India: Mumbai votes to increase alcohol age limit – 8. Juni 2011
Mumbai has voted to raise the age limit for buying spirits from 21 to 25 and beer 18 to 21, sparking concern from the drinks industry and fury among young people.
Politicians agreed to change the minimum age as part of moves to discourage under-age consumption and problem drinking.
The measures – which include fines for illegal drinking, a ban on serving alcohol at public functions and ceremonies and more “dry days” when the sale of alcohol is banned – will apply in Mumbai and across the state of Maharashtra…. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/07/11) telegraph.co.uk, 06/02/11

Iceland: Call for Stricter Laws on Alcohol and Tobacco – 8. Juni 2011
Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson submitted a bill in parliament yesterday evening on amendments to the law on alcohol with the purpose of making the ban on advertising alcoholic beverages clearer and more efficient.
It is suggested that the supervision of the ban be moved from the police to the Consumer Agency and that administrative fines can be issued in the case of violations. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/08/11) icelandreview.com, 06/01/11

Fetal alcohol syndrome: dashed hopes, damaged lives – 7. Juni 2011
Since the term was coined about 40 years ago, fetal alcohol syndrome has slowly become recognized as a public health issue. Alicestine October reports from South Africa’s Western Cape province, which has the highest reported rate in the world.
“When I was pregnant with my son I drank a lot – mostly on weekends,” says Marion Williams, a 45-year-old mother who lost two of her five children in childbirth.
Williams lives in one of South Africa’s famous wine-growing areas in the Western Cape. She started drinking as a teenager and was taken out of school, she suspects, to work to buy wine for her parents. … (Source: Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2011;89:398–399. doi:10.2471/BLT.11.020611)

Hidden harm? Alcohol and older people in Wales – 7. Juni 2011
Alcohol Concern Cymru have released a briefing paper on alcohol and older people: Hidden harm? Alcohol and older people in Wales [pdf]
An Alcohol Concern page states: ‘To make sure older people in Wales receive the support they need to enjoy alcohol healthily, Alcohol Concern is recommending that professionals working with older people need to be aware of alcohol misuse; better joint working is needed between local older people’s services and alcohol treatment services; and research is needed into whether current unit guidance and screening methods for alcohol misuse are relevant to older people.’ (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 06/06/11)

EU: European Alcohol and health Forum – COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL ALCOHOL POLICY AND ACTION – 7. Juni 2011
Eighth plenary meeting of the European Alcohol and health Forum, Brussels, 8 April 2011 – Summary report available, Released 06 June 2011
European Alcohol and Health Forum – List of members updated, Released 24 May 2011
8th meeting of the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action, Luxembourg, 1-2 March 2011 – Summary report and presentations available. (Source: EU, 06/06/11)

UK: Drink Drive crackdown throughout June 2011 – 4. Juni 2011
Police officers will be out in force throughout June to detect drink and drug drivers across the country, reports the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). A similar 30 day scheme ran last year in which just under 101,000 people were stopped and tested, with 5.6% testing positive or refusing a test. (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 6/2/11) Also: Minimum pricing posed to BBC Question Time panel – Trade and industry news – Local Authorities in Scotland could soon be taking measures to ban under 21s from purchasing alcohol from supermarket and off-licenses

New Guide Safeguards Children Affected By Substance Misuse, UK – 2. Juni 2011
A third of drug addicts or problem drinkers in treatment have childcare responsibilities and the lives of these children are much improved when providers and children’s services get together early on to ensure the whole family gets the support it may need.
A new practical guide issued today (Wednesday, 1st June) by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) says those responsible for drink and drug treatment must take a wider, more preventative approach, identifying early on when families need help as well as protecting children from neglect and harm. (Source: Medical News Today, 06/01/11)

Sweden: State liquor stores moot higher tax on wine – 1. Juni 2011
Sweden’s state-run alcohol retail monopoly Systembolaget has demanded an extra tax on box wine equating a price hike of up to 25-30 percent in order to curb the thirst for bag-in-box wines.
A wine box typically contains the equivalent of four bottles of wine, but typically costs as much as three – a discount that the Systembolaget wants to see removed. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 05/30/11) thelocal.se, 5/26/11 our online-comment: I am sure, many public health specialists in other countries would be glad if they could have such a system which reduces alcohol consumption to such an extent. In any case cheap alcohol by special sales reductions should be avoided.

Alcohol Reports – Alcohol News 22/2011 – 1. Juni 2011
International News from Sweden, UK, USA, Canada, Malaysia, India etc. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 05/30/11)

UK: Alcohol-related hospital admissions reach record level – 1. Juni 2011
The number of alcohol-related hospital admissions in England has topped one million for the first time, according to official statistics. An NHS Information Centre report said admissions had increased by 12% between 2008-09 and 2009-10. That includes liver disease and mental disorders due to alcohol abuse as well as some cancers, accidents and injuries. The Department of Health will publish a new alcohol strategy later this year. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 05/30/11) bbc.co.uk, 05/26/11

Alcohol ban threat for Scotland’s under 21s – 1. Juni 2011
Local authorities have been given the green light to ban individual outlets from selling alcohol to people aged between 18 and 21 where the stores have previously fallen foul of the law by selling to under 18s, or where there is a problem with teenage drinking.
The move comes as the majority SNP Government signals its intent to tackle Scotland’s unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Power to restrict sales only to those drinkers aged 21 and over would be a powerful tool in the arsenal of the local licensing boards who police the retailers. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 5/30/11)


The Distribution of Alcohol Consumption and the Prevention Paradox in Brazil – 15. Juli 2011
To examine the proportion of self-reported alcohol consumed by different gender and age groups in Brazil over the past year, and to examine whether the “prevention paradox” applies to Brazilian data on alcohol-related problems.
A multistage cluster sample, representative of the Brazilian household population 14 years of age or older (N=3007). The response rate was 66.4%.
The top 2.5% of the drinkers by volume consume 14.9%, the top 5% consume 27.4%, and the top 10% consume 44.2% of all alcohol consumed in Brazil. Men consume 77.8% of the total alcohol, and 18 to 29 year olds consume 40.3%. Individuals below risky drinking guidelines for weekly volumetric intake account for 49-50% of all problem drinkers and 45-47% of all problem types reported. Individuals who do not binge or who binge infrequently (1-3 times/year) account for 50-51% of all problem drinkers and 45-46% of all reported problem types. Most binge drinkers are low volume drinkers. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/13/11)

Pre-Teen Alcohol Use as a Risk Factor for Victimization and Perpetration of Bullying – 14. Juli 2011
We examined the association between pre-teen alcohol use initiation and the victimization and perpetration of bullying among middle and high school students in Georgia. …
Pre-teen alcohol use initiation is an important risk factor for both the perpetration and victimization of bullying among boys and girls in Georgia. Increased efforts to delay and reduce early alcohol use through clinical interventions, education and policies may also positively impact other health risk behaviors, including bullying. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/12/11)

Alcohol damages DNA of unborn children beyond repair, says study – 9. Juli 2011
Binge drinking can cause permanent genetic damage especially to the unborn children of women in the earliest stage of pregnancy, according to a study which shows for the first time how alcohol destroys DNA.
Scientists have identified the precise molecular mechanism leading to the breakdown of the body’s natural defences that protect DNA against damage from excessive alcohol in the bloodstream. They believe the results demonstrate that binge drinking causes a build-up of toxins within the body, causing irreversible genetic damage, which may explain the phenomenon known as foetal-alcohol syndrome, when babies of mothers who drink during pregnancy are born with congenital learning problems. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/08/11)

Attitudes as Mediators of the Longitudinal Association Between Alcohol Advertising and Youth Drinking – 9. Juli 2011
Objective: To test the hypothesis that changes in alcohol-related attitudes and expectancies mediate the effect of alcohol advertising on youth drinking. Design: Longitudinal survey with a 9-month interval. Setting: Twenty-nine public schools in 3 German states….
Results:  A total of 581 of the students (28%) started to drink alcohol during the observation period. Alcohol use initiation was positively related to baseline alcohol advertisement exposure. This effect of alcohol advertisement exposure on alcohol use was partially mediated by a change in alcohol-related attitudes, which explained about 35% of the total effect after controlling for baseline covariates and exposure to other advertising contents. The analysis revealed similar results for binge-drinking initiation. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/07/11) archpedi.ama-assn.org, July 2011

USA: The Minimum Legal Drinking Age and Public Health – 9. Juli 2011
The Amethyst Initiative, signed by more than 100 college presidents and other higher education officials calls for a reexamination of the minimum legal drinking age in the United States. A central argument of the initiative is that the U.S. minimum legal drinking age policy results in more dangerous drinking than would occur if the legal drinking age were lower…. Does the age-21 drinking limit in the United States reduce alcohol consumption by young adults and its harms, or as the signatories of the Amethyst Initiative contend, is it “not working”?
In this paper, we summarize a large and compelling body of empirical evidence which shows that one of the central claims of the signatories of the Amethyst Initiative is incorrect: setting the minimum legal drinking age at 21 clearly reduces alcohol consumption and its major harms. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/06/11)

USA: Researchers Link Deaths to Social Ills – 9. Juli 2011
Poverty is often cited as contributing to poor health. Now, in an unusual approach, researchers have calculated how many people poverty kills and presented their findings, along with an argument that social factors can cause death the same way that behavior like smoking cigarettes does.
In an article published online for the June 16 issue of The American Journal of Public Health, scientists calculated the number of deaths attributable to each of six social factors, including low income.
To estimate the number of deaths caused by each factor, the scientists reviewed 47 earlier studies on the subject, combining the data in a meta-analysis. The studies were generally based on large national surveys like the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a continuing study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 07/08/11) nytimes.com, 07/04/11 Comment: Regularly moderate wine drinkers do not belong to this group. Many abstainers do. One more reason why studies with positive health results for moderate drinkers vs. abstainers are not correct.

Correlation between driving-related skill and alcohol use in young-adults … – 2. Juli 2011
..from six European countries: the TEN-D by Night Project.
Only few studies with small experimental samples investigated the impact of psychoactive substances on driving performance. We conducted a multicenter international cross-sectional study to evaluate the correlation between alcohol use and driving-related skill as measured by brake reaction time (RT). …
This field study confirms previous experimental data on the negative impact of alcohol use on driving-related skill, supporting regulations and educational campaigns aimed at discouraging driving after consumption of psychoactive substances. (Source: biomedcentral.com, 07/1/11

USA: Are Alcohol Companies Making Illegal Health Claims? – 30. Juni 2011
Marin Institute, the alcohol industry watchdog, released a new study today: Questionable Health Claims by Alcohol Companies: From Protein Vodka to Weight-Loss Beer. The report analyzes Big Alcohol’s latest marketing scheme to jump on the healthy product bandwagon made popular by the food industry. But, the report concludes, when it comes to alcoholic beverages, such marketing messages are “legally tenuous, morally unsound, and potentially dangerous.”
“The wine industry has been exaggerating wine’s health benefits for years. Now Big Alcohol is taking such messages to a whole new level,” said Marin Institute’s Research and Policy Director Michele Simon, JD, MPH and coauthor of the report. “Major alcohol companies are exploiting ineffective or non-existent regulatory oversight with deceptive marketing and potentially dangerous products.” … (Source: Marin Institute, 06/29/11)

Adolescent Substance Use: America’s #1 Public Health Problem – 30. Juni 2011
Nine out of 10 Americans who meet the medical criteria for addiction started smoking, drinking, or using other drugs before age 18, according to a national study released today by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. …. (Source: CASA press release, 06/29/11)

UK: Supermarkets promote alcopops more than any other drink – 30. Juni 2011
– reports the Telegraph. A survey found 47 per cent of alcopops had been on offer in the past year, compared to only 20 per cent of red wines and 10 per cent of after-dinner tipples such as port. The Health Secretary recently called on supermarkets to take further action on front of store sales as part of the controversial Responsibilty Deal. (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 06/29/11) telegraph.co.uk, 06/05/11

UK: The Risks And Benefits Of Alcohol Drinking In The Elderly – 30. Juni 2011
The Royal College of Psychiatrists of London has published a report related primarily to problems of unrecognized alcohol misuse among the elderly. The report provides guidelines for psychiatrists and family physicians on how to find and how to treat elderly people with misuse of alcohol and drugs. Forum members consider it very important to identify abusive drinking among the elderly and this report provides specific and very reasonable recommendations to assist practitioners in both the identification and treatment of such problems. … (Source: Medical News Today, 06/28/11)

Young Adult Binge-Drinkers May Be Damaging Their Brains – 30. Juni 2011
It’s considered a rite of passage among young people – acting out their independence through heavy, episodic drinking. But a new University of Cincinnati study, the first of its kind nationally, is showing how binge drinking among adolescents and young adults could be causing serious damage to a brain that’s still under development at this age.
Researcher Tim McQueeny, a doctoral student in the UC Department of Psychology, is presenting the findings this week at the 34th annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism in Atlanta. … (Source: Medical News Today, 06/28/11)

USA: Numbers from ABC Show Where Minors Really Buy Alcohol – 30. Juni 2011
An analysis of three years worth of data from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) shows that the vast majority of alcohol sales to minors occur at locations other than the full-service supermarkets and specialty grocers that use assisted self-checkout stands….. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 06/28/11) trading-house.net, 06/28/11

Contextual Determinants of Alcohol Consumption Changes and Preventive Alcohol Policies – 24. Juni 2011
A 12-Country European Study in Progress.
Beginning with France in the 1950s, alcohol consumption has decreased in Southern European countries with few or no preventive alcohol policy measures being implemented, while alcohol consumption has been increasing in Northern European countries where historically more restrictive alcohol control policies were in place, even though more recently they were loosened. At the same time, Central and Eastern Europe have shown an intermediate behavior. We propose that country-specific changes in alcohol consumption between 1960 and 2008 are explained by a combination of a number of factors:…This article describes the methodology of a research study designed to understand the complex interactions that have occurred throughout Europe over the past five decades. … Read More (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/22/11)

Monitoring Alcohol Marketing in Africa – 21. Juni 2011
Monitoring Alcohol Marketing in Africa – MAMPA Project is a new report released by the Africa Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO). The study on alcohol marketing was commissioned by the WHO Regional Office for Africa in 2010. The background was an intention to support governments decide on what measures to take regarding alcohol advertising. In order to inform such decisions insight into the impact of advertising, specifically in terms of volume, frequency, and content of alcohol advertising and promotion is essential. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/20/11) WHO-Report, 06/20/11

The Australian National Binge Drinking Campaign – 21. Juni 2011
Campaign recognition among young people at a music festival who report risky drinking.
The Australian Government launched a mass media campaign in 2009 to raise awareness of the harms and costs associated risky drinking among young Australians. The aim of this study was to assess if young people attending a music festival who report frequent risky single occasions of drinking (RSOD) recognise the key message of the campaign, “Binge drinking can lead to injuries and regrets”, compared to young people who report less frequent RSOD.
Conclusions: Whilst a high proportion of the target group recognised the campaign, our analysis suggests that participants that reported frequent RSOD – and thus the most important group to target – had statistically significantly lower odds of recognising the campaign message. (Source: BMC, Public Health, 06/20/11) Comment: Who wonders?

Use and Correlates of Protective Drinking Behaviors During the Transition to College – 20. Juni 2011
Analysis of a National Samplestar.
This study examined patterns and correlates of protective drinking behaviors among incoming first-year college students.
Incoming first-year students (N = 76,882) from 258 colleges across the U.S. provided baseline data on demographics, drinking practices, and protective behaviors as part of a web-based alcohol education program. Across the several colleges, responses to protective behavior questions were collected from seven weeks before the start of the school year to five weeks after. … Conclusions: College students increase risky drinking after the start of school while progressively using fewer behaviors that might mitigate the consequences of drinking. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/18/11) sciencedirect.com, 06/15/11

Recent Heavy Alcohol Consumption at Death Certified as Ischaemic Heart Disease – 20. Juni 2011
Correcting Mortality Data from Kaunas (Lithuania).
To assess the proportion of deaths assigned to ischaemic heart disease (IHD) which in fact were caused by the toxic effects of alcohol, and how this may affect the official statistics of mortality from IHD in Lithuania. …
A significant number of alcohol-attributable deaths in Lithuania were misclassified as coronary deaths, accounting for almost one-tenth of officially registered deaths from IHD in ages 25–64. A high prevalence of positive post-mortem blood or urine alcohol tests suggests that the proportion of alcohol-related deaths among out-of-hospital IHD deaths may be actually even higher. A similar situation may be present in some other countries where high levels of alcohol consumption and binge drinking patterns are observed. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/18/11)

UK: Young people, alcohol and influences – 19. Juni 2011
This study differs from other research: it develops evidence of how different domains of influence work together, understanding their relative importance in tackling different patterns of drinking among different groups.
The study involved a survey of 5,700 teenagers aged 13–14 (Year 9) and 15–16 (Year 11) in schools in England and data was statistically modelled to highlight the strongest influences on and predictors of young people’s drinking. (Source: Alcohol Reports: 06/17/11)

S: The Örebro prevention program revisited – 19. Juni 2011
This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of the Örebro prevention program (ÖPP), an alcohol misuse prevention programme that aims to reduce youth drinking by changing parental behaviour. Cluster-randomized trial, with schools randomly assigned to the ÖPP or no intervention.
Forty municipal schools in 13 counties in Sweden. 1752 students in the 7th grade and 1314 parents were assessed at baseline. Students’ follow-up rates in the 8th and 9th grades were 92.1% and 88.4% respectively. …
The Örebro prevention programme as currently delivered in Sweden does not appear to reduce or delay youth drunkenness. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/17/11)

Alcohol use, heavy episodic drinking, and subsequent problems among adolescents in 23 European countries – 19. Juni 2011
– does the prevention paradox apply?
According to the prevention paradox a majority of alcohol-related problems in a population can be attributed to low to moderate drinkers simply because they are more numerous than heavy drinkers, who have a higher individual risk of adverse outcomes. We examined the prevention paradox in annual alcohol consumption, heavy episodic drinking (HED), and alcohol-related problems among adolescents in 23 European countries. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/18/11)

Alcoholism Drug Shows Promise in Three Danish Studies – 17. Juni 2011
An experimental drug to treat alcohol dependence has shown promising results in three clinical trials in Denmark. The company is now submitting the drug for approval in Europe, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The drug, nalmefene, was tested for its effectiveness in reducing a person’s craving for alcohol. Unlike current drug treatments for alcoholism, nalmefene can be taken with alcohol. Nalmefene blocks a craving mechanism that is regulated by the brain’s opioid receptors, according to the article. Other currently available drugs that treat alcoholism discourage drinking by causing unpleasant side effects when a person drinks even a little bit of alcohol. … (Source: Join Together, 06/16/11)

USA: Gun Owners Twice as Likely to Binge Drink as Those Without Firearms – 17. Juni 2011
People who own guns are twice as likely to binge drink and to drink and drive, compared with those who don’t own firearms, a new study finds.
Researchers at the University of California, Davis found that heavy alcohol use was most common among firearm owners who also engaged in behaviors such as carrying a firearm for protection against other people, and keeping a firearm at home that was both loaded and not locked away. The study included the results of a telephone survey of more than 15,000 people in eight states.
In the journal Injury Prevention, the researchers conclude that firearm ownership and specific firearm-related behaviors are associated with alcohol-related risk behaviors. … (Source: Join Together, 06/16/11)

Canada: Drinking, cannabis use and psychological distress increase – 15. Juni 2011
The latest survey of Ontario adults from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows increasing rates of daily drinking and cannabis use and high levels of psychological distress. The results of the 2009 CAMH Monitor survey, the longest running survey tracking mental health and addiction indicators among adults in Ontario, were published today.
The proportion of adults reporting daily drinking increased from 5.3% in 2002 to over 9% in 2009. The average number of drinks consumed weekly among drinkers has also increased from 3 drinks to 4.6 drinks, and the proportion of adults exceeding low-risk drinking guidelines remains at elevated levels (22%). However, there were also some encouraging findings: there was a significant decline in binge drinking from 12.6% in 2006 to 7.1% in 2009, and the decline was evident especially among young adults, from 24% to 11.5%. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/13/11)

Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs Volume 28, 2011 – 15. Juni 2011
Number 1 / 2011 (Alcohol Reports, 06/13/11)
Alcohol policy is becoming a truly global issue (PDF) — The rise of the total abstinence model. Recommendations regarding alcohol use during pregnancy in Finland and Denmark (PDF) — The effects of missing data when surveying alcohol habits (PDF) — Alcohol-related mishaps on weekends in Reykjavík (PDF)
A window to alcohol problems and politics in Africa. Kettil Bruun Society Meeting in Uganda (PDF)

Number 2 / 2011 (Alcohol Reports, 06/13/11)
In control and out of control. The discourse on intoxication among young Finnish women in the 1980s and 2000s (PDF) — Risky drinking of alcohol in Sweden: A randomized population survey comparing web- and paper-based self-reports (PDF) — The Drinking Habit Survey revival (PDF)

The Association Of Alcohol Drinking With Migraine Headache – 14. Juni 2011
Migraine is a neurovascular disease that affects about 15% of the western population. Compounds in foods and beverages (chocolate, wine, citrus, etc) considered as migraine triggers include tyramine, phenylethylamine and possibly histamine and phenolic compounds. Avoiding those triggers may significantly reduce the frequency of migraines in some patients. However, only a small percentage of patients in one study became headache-free simply by excluding those foods, epidemiological studies are pointing out that genetic factors may be an underlying cause. … (Source: Medical News Today, 06/13/11)

The effects of alcohol and dosage-set on risk-seeking behavior in groups and individuals – 14. Juni 2011
A great deal of risky activity occurs in social contexts, yet only recently have studies begun to examine the impact of drinking on risk-seeking behavior in groups. The present study sought to extend this work by examining both pharmacological and expectancy (dosage-set) effects of drinking. In addition, by using a much larger sample than in prior studies we aimed to increase the power to examine how drinking affects the decision-making process (i.e., Does the initial proposed decision stand, or does it shift during discussion to a safer or riskier final decision?). … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/13/11)

Contributions of alcohol use to teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection rates – 13. Juni 2011
A report from the Centre for Public Health, UK, found expected higher alcohol related hospital admissions amongst areas with higher teenage pregnancy and STI rates: Contributions of Alcohol Use to Teenage Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/10/11)

Is the Demand for Alcoholic Beverages in Developing Countries Sensitive to Price? – 13. Juni 2011
Evidence from China.
Economic literature in developed countries suggests that demand for alcoholic beverages is sensitive to price, with an estimated price elasticity ranging from −0.38 for beer and −0.7 for liquor. However, few studies have been conducted in developing countries. …
The central implication of this study is, while alcohol tax increases can raise government revenue, it alone is not an effective policy to reduce alcohol related problems in China. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/11/11)

Low Levels of Awareness, Knowledge and Use in the Swedish Population – 13. Juni 2011
Hazardous Drinking Concepts, Limits and Methods.
To investigate the awareness and knowledge of hazardous drinking limits among the general population in Sweden and the extent to which people estimate their alcohol consumption in standard drinks to assess their level of drinking.
A population-based study involving 6000 individuals selected from the total Swedish population was performed. Data were collected by means of a postal questionnaire. The mail survey response rate was 54.3% (n = 3200) of the net sample of 5891 persons. …
The results can be seen as a major challenge for the health-care system and public health authorities because they imply that a large proportion of the Swedish population does not know when alcohol consumption becomes a threat to their health. The current strategy to disseminate knowledge about sensible drinking limits to the population through the health-care system seems to have failed and new means of informing the population are warranted. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/11/11)

On the Margins. Nordic Alcohol and Drug Treatment 1885-2007 – 13. Juni 2011
During the last ten years a number of doctoral dissertations and other thorough studies of alcohol and drug treatment organisations, ideas and innovations have been published in the Nordic countries. They have been produced within historical or social science frameworks, covering various periods of the last 120 years and both alcohol and drug treatment. Most of them are written in the Scandinavian languages or Finnish and as a consequence are not accessible to an international audience. This fact was the first reason behind this book: there was a body of new Nordic research on the history of treatment that has produced new knowledge about the system and that could merit an international audience. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/11/11)

Report: Contributions of Alcohol Use to Teenage Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates – 10. Juni 2011
However the report also finds some variations, suggesting further research and monitoring. Findings and recommendations include:
* The relationship between alcohol misuse and poor sexual health outcomes means there is an urgent need for the integration of health services for young people. It should be routine for professionals to address sexual health and alcohol issues simultaneously.
* Campaigns/services that aim to address teenage conception should include alcohol consumption in young men as well as young women, since alcohol misuse in both sexes independently predicts teenage pregnancy and sexual infections
* Attention needs to be paid to local factors that may play a role in enhancing risk of conception among groups of young people. (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 06/09/11)

Alcohol Use Among Top Causes of Disability in Young People Worldwide – 9. Juni 2011
Alcohol use, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder together account for 45 percent of disabilities among young people ages 10 to 24 worldwide, about four times as much as that caused by unintentional injuries, according to a study of data from the World Health Organization.
The study researchers added up years of healthy living that were lost due to a disability and death. The Los Angeles Times reports that the study found alcohol accounted for 7 percent of lost healthy years. The article notes that the study is the first of its kind to give a comprehensive picture of young people’s global health. (Source: Join Together, 06/08/11)

To drink or not to drink: Motives and expectancies for use and nonuse in adolescence – 5. Juni 2011
Drinking motives have a prominent role in cognitive models of adolescent and adult alcohol decision-making … The complementary construct of motivation not to drink has received less attention. … We examined how abstinence motives interacted with drinking motives and alcohol expectancies to predict alcohol consumption in samples of US high school students (N > 2,500). … This work not only supports the utility of this construct in developing models of youth alcohol-related decision-making but also has implications for prevention programming. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/04/11)

Reducing the legal blood alcohol concentration limit for driving in developing countries – 3. Juni 2011
…a time for change? Results and implications derived from a time series analysis (2001-2010) conducted in Brazil.
Aims: In Brazil, a new law introduced in 2008 has lowered the blood alcohol concentration limit for drivers from 0.06 to 0.02, but the effectiveness in reducing traffic accidents remains uncertain. This study evaluated the effects of this enactment on road traffic fatalities and injuries…
Conclusions: Lowering the blood alcohol concentration limit in Brazil had a greater impact on traffic fatalities than injuries, with a higher effect in the capital where presumably the police enforcement was enhanced. Comment: Effectiveness uncertain? But “responsible for significant reductions in traffic injuries and fatalities rates in both localities”?

UK: Teenage drinking and interethnic friendships – 2. Juni 2011
Findings: Informing change. Although concerns are growing about young people’s drinking habits in the UK, recent studies suggest that having peers from minority ethnic backgrounds is related to lower drinking rates. However, little is known about how young people in multicultural societies experience interethnic contact within friendship groups or the potential effect of this on drinking attitudes and behaviours. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/01/11) jrf.org.uk, May 2011

Alcohol Harms The Brain Immediately – 1. Juni 2011
A nice drink cannot do any harm? Brain says no. A new study by a Chinese research group shows that even low doses of alcohol can harm the brain immediately though not permanently. “We were investigating the acute effects of low and high doses of alcohol by diffusion tensor imaging, wondering whether the consequences of alcohol administration can be observed by the measurement of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and fractional anisotropy (FA)”, said Dr. Lingmei Kong (Shantou University Medical College, China) at the 21st Annual Meeting of the European Neurological Society (ENS) in Lisbon. They could. The participants of the study did not only show reactions in their behaviour. The research group could also show that frontal lobes and thalamus are more vulnerable to the effects of acute alcohol consumption. And: DTI is capable to detect changes in the brain after acute alcohol consumption not visible on conventional MRI. … (Source: Medical News Today, 5/31/11)

The influence of behavioural and health problems on alcohol and drug use in late adolescence – 1. Juni 2011
– a follow up study of 2 399 young Norwegians.
Both early alcohol debut, behavioural and health problems are reported to enhance adolescence substance use. This prospective study investigate the influence of behavioural and health problems on adolescents’ alcohol and drug use. …
Conduct problems in high-school more than doubles the risk for both frequent alcohol use and initiation of drug use later in adolescence. The combination of health problems and alcohol intoxication in early adolescence was closely associated with more frequent drinking later in adolescence among girls. Overall, early alcohol intoxication was closely associated with both frequent alcohol use and drug use at follow up in both genders. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 05/30/11)

The relevance of societal factors in the association between social roles and alcohol use among mothers in 16 industrialised countries – 1. Juni 2011
Housewife or working mum – each to her own?
Aims: To investigate whether differences in gender-income equity at country level explain national differences in the links between alcohol use, and the combination of motherhood and paid labour.
Conclusion: In countries which facilitate working mothers, daily alcohol use decreases as female social roles increase; in contrast, in countries where there are fewer incentives for mothers to remain in work, the protective effect of being a working mother (with partner) on alcohol use is weaker. These data suggest that a country’s investment in measures to improve the compatibility of motherhood and paid labour may reduce women’s alcohol use. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 05/30/11) onlinelibrary.wiley.com, 2011

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Eurocare Newsletter May – June 2011

Montag 20. Juni 2011 von htm

Important informations on alcohol politics. Issued June 19, 2011 Content:
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Newsletter April 2011 – e –

Samstag 30. April 2011 von htm

www.alkoholpolitik.ch Newsletter April 2011  (issued 04/30/11)

Dear English speaking reader, dear friends,

I am glad to send you examples of the new entries on my website. See the website for more entries.
After modernising the website we had to alter the look of this newsletter too. We have split the articles in two separate language newsletters, German and English. With a mouseclick on the titles you come to the original article where you find also the links to the source. We hope to meet your requirements. It is now much shorter and better to read. Anyhow we are willing to improve it when you give us a feedback with proposals. Please check, if you have included our address in your list of accepted addresses that your SPAM-filter doesn’t exclude our newsletter.

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Text with mailed Newsletter April 2011

This month brought a dramatic change in the scientific judgement of health aspects regarding alcohol consumption. A big EU-study showed that even small amounts of alcoholic beverages may cause cancer:

That means that with men 43% and with women 19% of the cases are connected to a small amount of daily alcohol consumption which is so far regarded as not dangerous and is even propagated by the alcohol industry as health positive.

The WHO report on non-communicable diseases—including diabetes, cancer and respiratory and heart diseases—says that a large percentage of these conditions could be prevented by reducing tobacco and alcohol use, eating a healthier diet and exercising more.

Maybe these two publications have changed the alcohol policy of the biggest Swiss newspaper, the Tages-Anzeiger which reported for the first time since a long time on a big alcohol theme. It didn’t even mention the WHO-Resolution in May 2010. The second big paper the Neue Zürcher Zeitung is still “abstaining”. At least it printed my last letter to the editor on an alcohol-debate in the Council of the Canton of Zurich. That’s how they misuse their power in favor of the alcohol industry. Maybe my ongoing protest has helped a little.

Looking forward
After ten full years of active work with my website I intend to finish it in this intensive way at the end of August 2011. It will be not easy for me, but there are several activities and duties, which I have been neglecting those years, that I want to do more. And I should like to enjoy holidays and trips without searching for a cheap internet connection.

It doesn’t mean that I shall leave this matter completely, e.g. I could imagine that

– a public health person would like to overtake my website and i should cooperate sometimes,

– an interested party would offer finances to start a half-time job with my supervision,

– I should let the website active in the web and should use it for occasional projects. It could serve as archive.

– I should continue working on the website, but only treating the most important news and mailing a newsletter with them on a non regular basis.

I’ll be glad to receive and discuss proposals till August.



Unexpected Consequences Of Adult-Supervised Drinking In Young Teens – 29. April 2011
Allowing adolescents to drink alcohol under adult supervision does not appear to teach responsible drinking as teens get older. In fact, such a “harm-minimization” approach may actually lead to more drinking and alcohol-related consequences, according to a new study in the May 2011 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
“Kids need parents to be parents and not drinking buddies,” according to the study’s lead researcher, Barbara J. McMorris, Ph.D., of the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Allowing adolescents to drink with adults present but not when unsupervised may send mixed signals. “Adults need to be clear about what messages they are sending.” … (Source: Medical News Today, 04/28/11) Comment: The second study in this article shows the same result. Probably prevention in schools by offering alcohol to the students will have the same effect.

WHO Report: Smoking and Drinking Cause Millions of Deaths Worldwide – 28. April 2011
Almost six million people die from tobacco use and 2.5 million from harmful use of alcohol each year worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports.
The WHO report on non-communicable diseases—including diabetes, cancer and respiratory and heart diseases—says that a large percentage of these conditions could be prevented by reducing tobacco and alcohol use, eating a healthier diet and exercising more. …
Alcohol-related deaths account for 3.8 percent of all deaths worldwide, according to the report. More than half of these deaths occur from non-communicable diseases including cancer, heart disease and liver cirrhosis. …
To reduce harmful alcohol use, WHO recommends a number of measures including increasing excise taxes on alcoholic beverages, regulating availability of alcoholic beverages (including minimum legal purchase age), restricting exposure to marketing of alcoholic beverages through marketing regulations or comprehensive advertising bans, and treatment of alcohol use disorders and brief interventions for hazardous and harmful drinking. (Source: Join Together, 04/27/11)

WHO – Consultation on action plan for non communicable diseases – 18. April 2011
The WHO has launched a consultation aiming to bring together national focal points from European Member States and other stakeholders to develop a five-year operational plan for implementation of the European Strategy for the Prevention and Control of non-communicable diseases.
The consultation has three main objectives:
• To review the responses to non-communicable diseases (NCD) across the European Region;
• To agree on a practical set of actions that can be taken by Member States, by WHO and by partners to address the NCD epidemic in the five years to 2016;
• To contribute to the development of a European position in advance of the First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and NCD Control (Moscow, Russian Federation, 27 April 2011). (Source: Eurocare Newsletter March-April 2011)

European Parliament discusses the EU budget – worrying developments for health – Montag 18. April 2011
The European Parliament rapporteur on the EU Budget recently released his draft report on the future EU Budget. Health and civil society are not mentioned in the report. This is worrying as this report will be the European Parliament position on what the priorities of the EU should be for the coming 5 to 7 years.
The health community can find below a summary of the report as well as the list of key MEPs to contact in order to advocate for public health to be taken into account by the European Parliament.
The rapporteur Salvador GARRIGA POLLEDO MEP (EPP Spain), states that the structure of the future EU Budget (‘Multi Annual Financial Perspectives MAFF’) should reflect the EU priorities, particularly the Europe 2020. …
(Source: Eurocare Newsletter March-April 2011/EPHA)

USA: Md. House gives preliminary OK to alcohol tax increase – 11. April 2011
The House of Delegates gave preliminary approval to a 50 percent increase to the sales tax on alcohol starting July 1.
The bill and companion legislation would raise $87 million for the state, to be split among mental health initiatives and education. Under the plan crafted by the House Ways and Means Committee earlier Saturday, the Developmental Disabilities Administration would receive $15 million from the boon. More than $47.5 million would be used for school construction and another $21 million was previously earmarked in the state budget for schools.
If approved by the Senate, the legislation would represent a major victory by health and education advocates, who have seen their efforts to raise alcohol taxes rebuffed for decades by the powerful state liquor lobby. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 04/10/11) thedailyrecord.com, 04/09/11

Alcohol Causes A Significant Burden Of Cancer In Eight Countries In Western Europe – 9. April 2011
Almost one in ten (9.6%) cancers in men and three in ten (3%) cancers in women in Western Europe is caused by former and current alcohol consumption, finds a paper published on bmj.com today.
The study focuses on France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Greece, Germany and Denmark. Source: Medical News Today, 04/07/11) our Online-Comment: The figure regarding women is not correct. Most probably it’s (as from an other source) one in 33 women, that’s 3%. But also in the BMJ-Text the total figures are questionable in the Abstract.
10% of cancers in men are due to alcohol consumption. Of those 57% are avoidable if men stick to the recommended amounts of daily consumption. 3% of cancers in women are alcohol related and 81% avoidable. That means that with men 43% and with women 19% of the cases are connected to a small amount of daily alcohol consumption which is regarded as not dangerous and is even propagated by the alcohol industry as health positive.


EU: Summary report of the 7th Meeting of the Science Group of the Alcohol and Health Forum – 29. April 2011
Please click here to access the summary report of the7th Meeting of the Science Group of the European Alcohol and Health Forum that took place in Brussels on 25 October 2010. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/28/11)

Royal Wedding: UK Citizens Want Extra Hours To Drink, Party – 29. April 2011
So Friday is the big day. In a highly anticipated wedding, not only in the United Kingdom but the world, there is some controversy if pubs and drinking establishments will be allowed to stay open longer and be a bit lax on the rules in the UK. Some will and some won’t as the nation prepares for a four day Bank Holiday where drinking is expected to go up a notch.
Early responses from the 44 licensing boards north of the Border show some are refusing to get in line with plans in England and Wales to award additional drinking time to pubs on Friday, April 29 and the following weekend. … (Source: Medical News Today, 04/28/11) Comment by Active: The Boozification of the Royal wedding. About Grownups who don’t know how to party: …
“The world doesn’t need more booze, Europe doesn’t need more booze and Britain surely doesn’t need more booze”, says Andrea Lavesson, who is the President of Active – sobriety, friendship and peace, and continues: “Every time there is a big event, we hear these calls for a suspension of existing rules, so that grownups could use more alcohol. But more alcohol means more violence, more road accidents, more suffering and deaths. And all that certainly doesn’t belong to festive occasions like today.” …

People Dependent On Drug And Alcohol Need Appropriate Support To Get Back To Work, UK – 27. April 2011
DrugScope, the national membership organisation representing the drug sector, has today responded to the release of figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which show that 79,360 people who claim Incapacity Benefit (IB) have either a drug or alcohol dependency.
The DWP figures show that of the total number of IB claimants (2,082,570, figures from August 2010), 1.8 per cent (37,000) have a drug dependency and 2 per cent (42,360) an alcohol dependency. … (Source: Medical News Today, 04/26/11)

SA: Alcohol advertising ban: media between a rock and a hard place – 26. April 2011
South African media’s indecision to support alcohol advertising ban could be linked to the fact that media companies stand to lose huge revenues if the legislation were to come into effect, one media analyst charged this week. Shepherd Mpofu, of Wits University’s Department of Media Studies, said there is no logical reason why the media have to support a move that will have a negative consequence on them. …It was reported last week that the media have agreed to support the proposed ban, but that statement has since been denied and corrected by the South African National Editor’s Forum (SANEF), which confirmed that it will instead throw its weight behind the campaign against alcohol abuse, as it does not have a position on the proposed alcohol advertising ban. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/25/11) bizcommunity.com, 04/19/11

NZ: Adults need to ‘let go of their love for alcohol’ – expert – 26. April 2011
There is growing pressure for the government to tighten up New Zealand’s alcohol laws following a report into the death of a teenager from binge drinking.
Sixteen-year-old James Webster died from acute alcohol poisoning after attending a party in Auckland’s Grey Lynn in May last year.
Coroner Gordon Matenga recommended in the report that parents and schools develop alcohol awareness programmes to improve education around the issue.
However principals and health promotion experts have said this morning that it will take more than education to tackle the problem. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/25/11) tvnz.co.nz, 04/21/11 Comment: This is what has to be said to most governments in the western world.

UK: Government “missing opportunity” to halt heavy drinking – 26. April 2011
A NORTH-EAST academic with a worldwide reputation in her field has criticised the Government for failing to back a cheap and effective method of curbing heavy drinking.
The UK is facing a deepening crisis over the availability of cheap booze but according to Professor Eileen Kaner of Newcastle University, the Government is missing a golden opportunity to start turning the tide.
It has been estimated that damage caused by drinking costs the country about £25bn every year in terms of costs to the NHS, the criminal justice system and the economy. …(Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/25/11) thenorthernecho.co.uk, 04/24/11

Sweden launches new strategy to combat narcotic, alcohol problems – 26. April 2011
The Swedish government Tuesday launched a new comprehensive strategy to deal with alcohol, drugs, doping and tobacco problems together, Xinhua informs.
“The overall objective is to make Swedish society free from illicit drugs and doping with fewer medical and social damage caused by alcohol and tobacco,” Maria Larsson, Swedish Minister for Children and Elderly, said in a statement. …
The strategy is proposed for 2011-2015 and was passed in the parliament at the end of March this year. The government will invest 260 million kronor (about 40 million U.S. dollars) per year to support effort such as parents whose children take drugs or children who are abused at home. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/25/11) focus-fen.net, 04/20/11

France riot police face beer and wine meal ban – 26. April 2011
French riot police are outraged over plans to end a long-cherished tradition of drinking alcohol with their meals.
Under the terms of an interior ministry decree, riot police will no longer be allowed to wash down their lunch with a glass or two of beer or wine.
Officials were angered in 2010 when photos emerged of riot police drinking beer while policing a demonstration. One police union has called for alcohol to be allowed if meals are taken out of the view of the public. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/25/11) bbc.co.uk, 04/22/11

UK: From crisis to renewal: hopes for the history of the pub – 26. April 2011
The politics of drinking.
Two and a half years ago I sat down to write a history of the pub industry since the 1989 Beer Orders. Trouble is, the bloody thing keeps moving. I can’t hold it down. I can see why historians write about things that happened in the distant past now, things that have ossified into something stable you can get a grip on.
Pub industry history has taken another lurch in the last few days with the conclusion of Punch Taverns’ strategic review. It’s just one company, but it’s a big deal. The end of an era in some ways. … (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 04/26/11) philmellows.com, 03/25/11

USA: 17 Attorneys General Call on Pabst to Stop Marketing Blast to Young Drinkers – 23. April 2011
Calling the new fruity alcoholic drink Blast by Colt 45 “binge-in-a-can,” 17 attorneys general are asking the drink’s maker, Pabst Brewing Co., to stop marketing the beverage to underage drinkers and to significantly reduce the number of servings of alcohol in each can.
The drink, being promoted by rapper Snoop Dogg, comes in a colorful can containing 23.5 ounces, with an alcohol content of 12 percent—more than most cans of beer, CNN reports. (Source: Join Togerther, 04/22/11)

USA: Privatizing Alcohol Increases Consumption – 22. April 2011
In a recent review, the CDC Task Force on Community Preventive Services concluded that privatizing alcohol sales is harmful to public health. The Task Force “recommends against the further privatization of alcohol sales in settings with current government control of retail sales, based on strong evidence that privatization results in increased per capita alcohol consumption, a well-established proxy for excessive consumption.” (Source: Marin Institute, 04/20/11)

Texas Senate Passes Bill Giving Immunity to Underage Drinkers – 22. April 2011
The Texas Senate this week passed a bill that would give immunity to underage drinkers who are seeking medical help in an emergency. The bill’s sponsor said it is aimed at minors who are afraid to seek help because they do not want to be charged with underage drinking.
The Houston Chronicle reports that the bill would give immunity from minor-in-possession and consumption of alcohol charges. The measure would require the minor to be the first person seeking medical assistance and to stay with the incapacitated person until help arrives. … (Source: Join Together, 04/21/11)

Phusion Projects and United Brands Skip Out on New York Alcopop Hearing – 21. April 2011
It may have been the most important public hearing on alcopops to date, and yet two major producers of these dangerous products couldn’t be bothered to show up.
The New York Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse held a public hearing on April 12 to discuss the need to restrict youth access to alcopops: sweet, fruit-flavored alcohol drinks, often with alcohol levels as high as 12%. Alcopops producers directly market them to underage drinkers, and cost hundreds of lives and billions of dollars of alcohol-related harm annually. (Source: Marin Institute, 04/20/11)

Teaching Children To Say ‘No’ To Their Peers – 21. April 2011
Their numbers are rising, but their age is dropping: children and young adults who drink so much that they have to go to the hospital. Binge-drinking is sadly fashionable amongst the under 20-year-olds. But how can adolescents be effectively protected from alcohol and substance abuse?
“Information alone is not good enough”, Dr Karina Weichold of the Jena University (Germany) knows. Because even children know that alcohol consumption and smoking can cause health damage. “Therefore prevention needs to start somewhere else.” This is what the developmental scientists, together with colleagues from the Institute of Psychology and the Center for Applied Developmental Science of the Jena University, are trying to achieve with their specially developed prevention programme IPSY. … (Source: Medical News Today, 04/21/11) our Online-Comment: The main problem will be to find teachers who are willing to reserve so many hours for the programme.

Cardiff: Tobacco and Alcohol: Learning From Each Other – 20. April 2011
International Conference: 12th and 13th October 2011, Parc Thistle Hotel, Cardiff, Wales
Cigarette smoking is highly prevalent among people with alcohol use disorders. People who are dependent on alcohol are three times more likely than those in the general population to be smokers, and people who are dependent on tobacco are four times more likely than the general population to be dependent on alcohol. Alcohol use problems are associated with higher levels of nicotine dependence and a lower likelihood -of smoking cessation. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/19/11)

THE GLOBE 1 – 2011 – 19. April 2011
Headline: Alcohol and Non-Communicable Diseases
Also in this issue:
Action needed to reduce health impact of harmful alcohol use – UK Government proposes deal with drinks industry to tackle alcohol harm – EU Focus on Alcohol and Cancer – Liver experts’ consensus: European citizens are drinking themselves to death – Medical Evidence ‘Shows Drinking Age Should Be 21’ … (Source: ias.org.uk)

Eurocare Newsletter March-April 2011 – 18. April 2011
With: News from Eurocare, News From the EU, News From the WHO, New Research and Publications, Alcohol Industry News,
Upcoming Events and Questions from MEPs. (Source: Eurocare, 04/17/11)

EU: 13th Drink Driving Monitor 18. April 2011
The European Transport Safety Council has published its 13th Drink Driving Monitor. The document brings news from across the EU on steps to further improve drink driving legislation and enforcement.
Updates on Cross-Border Enforcement Directive and the decision of the UK to delay its opt-in are presented, together with the Draft Report on Road Safety proposed by MEP Koch and the latest on TISPOL alcohol and drug campaign. An interview with Desiree Schaap, Ministry of Transport in the Netherlands, on the Dutch Alcolock Programme and the ETSC alcolock legislation barometer are also featured. To read more, please click here. (Source: Eurocare Newsletter March-April 2011)

Swedish parliament adopts new five-year strategy – 18. April 2011
The Swedish government proposed a new strategy to fight the use of alcohol, drugs, steroids and tobaco. The plan will result in yearly action plans and evaluations. The parliament agreed fully to the proposal but added a suggestion to ban alcohol use immediately after accidents. (Source: Eurocare Newsletter March-April 2011)

NL: Fine imposed for violating Dutch watershed ban on TV alcohol advertising – 18. April 2011
In February 2011 the Dutch Directorate for Media ruled that the STER (Stichting Ether Reklame), the organisation responsible for providing the commercials to public channels in the Netherlands, had violated the new Dutch Media Law. The STER received a fine of 35.000 euro for broadcasting TV alcohol commercials for Heineken and Bavaria beer before 9 p.m. in 2010. The complaints were filed by the Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy (STAP).
Since the 1st of January 2010 a legal watershed ban on alcohol advertising came into force in The Netherlands. Between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. alcohol commercials are not allowed to be broadcasted on radio and television. Sponsoring of programs by alcohol advertisers is still allowed. … (Source: Eurocare Newsletter March-April 2011)

UK: IAS Alcohol Alert 2011 Issue 1; In Focus Scottish election special – 18. April 2011
The latest IAS Alcohol Alert is available from the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS). The issue’s headline article attacks the Government’s alcohol policy, emphasising dissatisfaction over the Responsibility Deal, below cost ban and decision to stick with the current drink-drive limit. The Alert also reviews key alcohol policy news and developements over recent months including a slight fall in alcohol-related deaths, licensing act changes, and predicted rises in alcohol-related admissions. Full article index here.

Lesotho: Training session held on evidence-based alcohol policies – 16. April 2011
“Prevention of alcohol problems is a leadership issue for the whole nation. The issue must be brought to the top of our political agenda”, says Lesotho’s Honourable Minister of Tourism, M. Ramaili. Lesotho’s alcohol policy will now be revised.
In her closing address to an alcohol policy training course in Maseru Ms Ramaili made reference to the current situation of Lesotho: “Alcohol is readily available anywhere in this country, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is an essential part of all celebrations; births, traditional festivals, funerals, sports event. …(Source: add-recources.org, 04/14/11)

EU_Stakeholder meeting on Alcohol Labelling – 14. April 2011
In the framework of the PROTECT project, a meeting with all stakeholders involved in alcohol labelling policy was organized by the CRIOC and Eurocare on the 17th of March 2011 in the European Parliament in Brussels. The European institutions (European Commission – EC – and Parliament – EP), the beverage industry, consumer organisations, NGOs, media, youth organizations as well as the public were invited to exchange around measurable best practices on alcohol labelling.
The seminar was hosted by Alyn Smith (The Green /EFA Alliance in the EP), who said in his introductory speech that “even though the EU does not have direct competence in health matters, all members states could greatly benefit from such meetings, in order to exchange ideas and best practices”. He was in this sense “delighted to see representatives from all stakeholders, especially from the industry” since he does not believe in “digging trenches” but rather in “open and genuine debates”. The complete program, all the presentations as well as video recordings of the different speakers can be found here.(pdf) (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/13/11) Read Full Report (PDF)

USA: Drawing Vets In—Without Alcohol – 14. April 2011
Newer veterans’ groups are addressing alcohol abuse among young soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan by holding alcohol-free meetings. NPR reports that with alcohol abuse becoming a major problem with younger veterans, groups like Dryhootch in Milwaukee are trying to attract these vets with coffee instead of beer.
Dr. David Rudd, scientific director at the National Center for Veterans Studies, Utah University, tells NPR that nearly 20 percent of current vets suffer from anxiety disorder or depression, and many self-medicate with alcohol. This fact, coupled with the waning membership in traditional veteran groups such as Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, is driving the new alcohol-free approach. … (Source: Join Together, 04/14/11)

UK: Relaxation of licensing hours for the Royal Wedding have been confirmed – 12. April 2011
An order allows licensed premises in England and Wales to stay open between 11pm on Friday 29 April and 1am on Saturday 30 April, and between 11pm on Saturday 30 April and 1am on Sunday 1 May. More here. (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 04/12/11)

Easy for minors to buy alcohol in European Union – 9. April 2011
Copenhagen’s bars willingly sold alcohol to 15-year old Swedes.
The work of young members of UNF, The Swedish Youth Temperance Association, reveals the actual strength of actions by the alcohol industry in the European Alcohol and Health Forum. Young UNF members from Sweden’s border regions to Denmark went to Copenhagen to conduct mystery shopping and the results give a clear signal: of in total 7 tested bars and pubs, Swedish minors were without problems able to buy alcohol 11 times. 4 out of these 7 places are part of a project of City of Copenhagen and the alcohol industry. …(Source: Press release activeeurope.org, 04/08/11)

Scotland: SNP still seek minimum price – 9. April 2011
Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) have launched a new Manifesto which calls for the new Scottish Parliament to take decisive steps to reduce the harm caused by alcohol by:
Increasing the price and reducing the availability of alcohol – Specifically targeting supermarkets for increased regulation
Banning alcohol sports sponsorship – Reducing drink driving limits to 50mg – Awareness raising campaign on the harm alcohol causes to others – Improved treatment and support services for people in need.
See here for the full 8 calls to action. The Scottish National Party (SNP) recently announced they would revive their plans for a minimum price if they win the Scottish national elections on May 5th. A senior police officer has also backed the measure. (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 04/07/11)

USA: On Tap? Debate Continues on Alcohol Sales at TCF Bank Stadium – 7. April 2011
Minnesota lawmakers are coping with their three-year hangover: Whether to allow beer and alcohol sales at the University of Minnesota’s on-campus football stadium.
The latest bill leaves the matter entirely up to the school’s Board of Regents after previous legislative efforts to fashion a compromise left the stadium dry. The Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee advanced the bill Wednesday, but it has a ways to go. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 04/07/11) kstp.com, 04/06/11

USA: Alcohol Awareness Is Not Just for Teens – 7. April 2011
Many of the efforts associated with Alcohol Awareness Month each April are targeted at preventing underage drinking, especially during the prom and graduation celebration season. But there are other groups that are also practicing harmful alcohol consumption but may not be aware of the risks.
Prevention efforts have been increased around prom night events and graduation parties since the first Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987, but prevention efforts are also targeted at the following demographic groups. … (Source: alcoholism.about.com, 04/05/11)

USA: 11 businesses busted for selling alcohol to minors – 7. April 2011
Employees at 11 Plainfield businesses face $250 fines after police say they were witnessed selling alcohol to minors.
Officers conducted a compliance check on Wednesday of 39 Plainfield businesses licensed to sell alcohol, said Sgt. Kevin McQuaid. Two 18-year-olds were used in the blitz and were asked to present their own IDs when asked for them. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 04/02/11) triblocal.com, 04/01/11

Aldi Liquor License Opposed Due to Negative Alcohol Influence – 7. April 2011
The German supermarket giant Aldi, has applied for liquor licenses for its 102 stores across the New South Wales, including 9 stores in Illawarra. The Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council and New South Wales Health have made submission against the application for licenses by Aldi. They stated the high rate in the number of alcohol related crimes, accidents and their opposition to more alcohol licenses in the communities.
Sharralyn Robinson, CEO of the Illawarra Land Council has expressed that they are very much aware of the effects of alcohol in the community and they already had more than enough alcohol outlets. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 04/06/11) topnews.us, 04/06/11

Zambia: There is need to restrict alcohol – 6. April 2011
President Rupiah Banda says there is need for the country to find ways of restricting alcohol in public places. The President said this is because most of the crimes being committed are as a result of people spending long hours in drinking places.
He was speaking to Journalists shortly after he cast his vote at Mulungushi University in Kabwe on Wednesday.
The President said he is happy that alcohol has been banned at the MMD convention, which he said has contributed to the peaceful atmosphere. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 04/06/11) lusakatimes.com, 04/06/11

USA: Alcohol Awareness Month – 5. April 2011
The Century Council Kicks Off Alcohol Awareness Month By Releasing Ask, Listen, Learn PSAs with 23 Attorneys General.
Timed with April’s designation as Alcohol Awareness Month, The Century Council teamed up with 23 Attorneys General from around the country to release a fun and innovative Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix Public Service Announcement (PSA). In the animated and radio PSAs Attorneys General encourage kids to say ‘YES’ to a healthy lifestyle and ‘NO’ to underage drinking. The PSAs will begin airing around the country this month. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 04/05/11) trading-house.net, 04/04/11

Future of alcohol labels discussed in the European Parliament – 5. April 2011
What Is Not on The Bottle?
Brussels, 17 March 2011. Pick up just about any food or beverage product on store shelves and you’ll find on the package information about calories, ingredients etc. Unless that is, the product is alcohol. Alcohol is one of the leading risk factors for death and ill health in the EU, especially among young people. It increases the risk of developing several types of cancer including those of the liver, digestive tract as well as breast cancer, it is responsible for 25% of deaths among young men aged 15-29, causes depression etc…. Today politicians, public health experts and alcohol industry met at the European Parliament to discuss labelling of alcoholic beverages, what would be effective and why it should be done at the EU level. Click here to read more about the event and watch the video of the seminar. Comment: Article with details on alcohol harm in Europe.

Alcohol and sports don’t belong together – 4. April 2011
Friday night, 1st April, in St. Pauli district, Hamburg a football match of the highest German league (Bundesliga) was abandoned. The reason: the assistant referee was hit in the back of his head by a plastic cup full of beer thrown at him from the stands . The match had to be broken off and the referees had to be guided from the pitch by guards.
“Not many in Europe might have paid attention to this incident”, says Andrea Lavesson, President of Active – sobriety, friendship and peace. “But we think that the dramatic incident from Friday night stands a symbol for the fact that alcohol and sport does not belong together at all.” … (Source: active presscontact, 04/04/11)

Open Letter to President of EU-Parliament on “cash-for-amendments” scandal – 4. April 2011
My name is Andrea Lavesson and I am President of Active – sobriety, friendship and peace. Active is a European youth umbrella NGO with 38 member organizations in 27 countries from all over Europe.
In this letter I am sending you our thoughts and experiences as well as our wishes – in reaction to the most recent unveiling of the “cash-for-amendments” scandal that threatens the trust of young Europeans in the independence of their elected representatives. … (Source: OpenLetterActive110404) Comment: In Switzerland the Social Democrats just start with a people’s initiative which demands that all political parties have to declare the sources of their income. Most of the Swiss members of parliament are lobbyists.

Sweden: Ban on televised alcohol marketing circumvented since 2003 – 1. April 2011
Alcohol marketing on television is banned in Sweden, but since 2003 a number of TV channels have circumvented the Swedish Alcohol Act by broadcasting from the UK. It has been possible, but whether it is legal or not is not yet clear.
That is why IOGT-NTO has sent a complaint on the fourth of March, concerning 32 companies who have broadcasted or produced alcohol advertisement targeting a Swedish audience, to the Swedish Consumer Agency and the Swedish Broadcasting Authority. The list includes among others Carlsberg Sweden, TV3 and Kanal 5.
‘It is obviously a problem that a number of companies can ignore the Swedish legislation’, says Sara Heine, handling the complaint from IOGT-NTO. (Source: EUCAM, 03/04/11)

Psychiatrists Support MP’s Call To Limit Exposure Of Children To Alcohol Advertising, UK – 1. April 2011
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has praised a private member’s bill put forward in parliament today by Dr Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes. Dr Wollaston will put forward proposals to limit the exposure of children and young people to alcohol advertising as a Ten Minute Rule Motion. (Source: Medical News Today, 03/31/11)

USA: 24 Attorneys General Ask FTC To Do More To Keep Alcohol Advertising From Teens – 30. April 2011
Attorneys general from 24 states have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to do more to shield teenagers from alcohol advertising. A letter, written by Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and signed by colleagues from 23 other states, proposes a three-step plan to regulate teens’ exposure to alcohol ads, the Deseret News reports. (Source: Join Together, 04/29/11)


UK: under the influence what we know about binge-drinking – 28. April 2011
An interim report on binge drinking has been released by Demos:
Under_the_Influence By ‘binge-drinking’, the report refers not to the Government definition of drinking twice the recommended guidelines on one occasion, but as “young adults that drink to extreme excess, often in an intentionally reckless and very public way, putting themselves and others at risk of harm.” The report analyses the causes of, and possible responses to, binge-drinking among young adults aged 18-25 in the UK, including: Recommendations: …(Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 04/28/11) demos.co.uk, March 2011

NL: Alcohol-Specific Parenting and Adolescents’ Alcohol- Related Problems – 28. April 2011
The Interacting Role of Alcohol Availability at Home and Parental Rules
Conclusions: The findings emphasize that parent interventions aiming at the prevention of adolescents’ alcohol use should include the advice to restrict the perceived presence of alcohol beverages at home. Moreover, to prevent alcohol problems, parents should be advised to enforce strict rules about drinking, particularly when a total absence of alcohol at home is not feasible. (J. Stud. Alcohol Drugs, 72, 408–417, 2011) (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/27/11) jsad.com, May 2011

USA: The “Gray Area” of Consumption Between Moderate and Risk Drinking – 28. April 2011
The objective of this study was to see whether levels of alcohol consumption newly included as “moderate” in proposed changes to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are associated with significant levels of alcohol-related harm. … Conclusions: We recommend two alternative approaches to rewording the proposed changes to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that would avoid suggesting that there are benefits associated with the gray area of alcohol consumption. (J. Stud. Alcohol Drugs, 72, 453–458, 2011) (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/27/11) jsad.com, May 2011

The Economic Impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – 25. April 2011
The objective of this study was to conduct a systematic review of the literature related to the measurement of the economic impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in different countries and to categorize the available literature. … Existing estimates of the economic impact of FASD demonstrate significant cost implications on the individual, the family and society. However, these estimates vary considerably due to the different methodologies used by different studies. Limitations and gaps in the existing methodologies of calculating the economic costs of FASD are discussed. It is evident that there is an urgent need to develop a comprehensive and sound methodology for calculating the economic impact of FASD to the society. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/22/11)

Alcohol and HIV/AIDS: Intertwining Stories – 24. April 2011
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)—the pathogen responsible for the current pandemic of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)—targets the body’s immune system. HIV infection puts a person at risk for a multitude of diseases that someone with a healthy immune system generally would fight off. When HIV was recognized in the 1980s, testing positive for HIV infection was, in fact, a death sentence. Now, however, the availability of anti-HIV medications has made living with the virus a reality… One of the many factors that thwarts efforts to prevent the spread of the infection and the treatment of infected patients is the use and abuse of alcohol by those who are at risk for infection or who already are infected. Scientists are gaining a better understanding of the complex relationship between alcohol consumption and HIV infection. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/23/11)

USA: The Financial Burden of Substance Abuse in West Virginia – 22. April 2011
Final Report in Series 1
The growing financial cost of drug and alcohol abuse puts tremendous pressure on every social sector. The present report, part of a larger Family Funding Study project, is final in the series that examined the cost of drug and alcohol abuse to West Virginia’s criminal justice, healthcare, education, welfare, and workforce systems. This final summative report incorporates estimates from all these sectors as well as includes data from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) and the Commission on Drunk Driving prevention (CDDP). … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/21/11) prevnet.org

Effects of Alcohol Cues in Movies on Young Adults’ Alcohol Drinking – 22. April 2011
Ample survey research has shown that alcohol portrayals in movies affect the development of alcohol consumption in youth. Hence, there is preliminary evidence that alcohol portrayals in movies also directly influence viewers’ drinking of alcohol while watching movies. One process that might account for these direct effects is imitation. …
The findings showed that participants were more likely to sip in accordance with the actors’ sipping than without such a cue. Further, we found that men were more likely to imitate actors’ sipping than females and that participants tended to respond to actors’ sipping at the beginning of the movie rather than at the end.
Exposure to actors sipping alcohol in a movie seems to have an immediate impact on the drinking behaviour of viewers, via the mechanism of imitation. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/21/11)

Age, Period and Cohort Analysis of Light and Binge Drinking in Finland, 1968–2008 – 22. April 2011
Aims: To analyse the effects of age, period and cohort (APC) on light and binge drinking in the general population of Finland over the past 40 years. …Conclusions: Light drinking has increased over time for each cohort, with no substantial differences between cohort profiles. Binge drinking has increased with more recent cohorts and there are distinct differences between cohort profiles, especially among women. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/21/11)

UK: White Cider and street drinkers – 21. April 2011
Recommendations to reduce harm
This research project seeks to examine the impact of white cider on dependent drinkers. It examines the history, production and taxation of white cider, and considers the implications for future taxation, health and homelessness policies. (Quelle: Alcohol Policy UK, 04/21/11)

The effect of previous-day excessive alcohol consumption on laparoscopic surgical performance. – 20. April 2011
Sixteen science students (laparoscopic novices) participated in study 1. Eight laparoscopic experts participated in study 2.
All participants were trained on the Minimally Invasive Surgical Trainer Virtual Reality (MIST-VR). The participants in study 1 were randomized to either abstain from alcohol or consume alcohol until intoxicated. All study 2 subjects freely consumed alcohol until intoxicated. Subjects were assessed the following day at 9 AM, 1 PM, and 4 PM on MIST-VR tasks.
Assessment measures included time, economy of diathermy use, and error scores. …(Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/19/11)

Patients with Alcohol Use Disorders at Greater Risk of Dying From Hospital Infections – 20. April 2011
Patients with alcohol use disorders who develop an infection while in the hospital are more likely to die from the infection, than patients without an alcohol disorder, a new study finds. These patients are also more likely to stay longer in the hospital and have higher costs.
Health care-associated infections, which patients pick up in the hospital or other health care setting, affect about 1.7 million Americans each year, according to the study, as reported in HealthDay. (Source: Join Together, 04/19/11)

Another Reason Not To Binge Drink Alcohol – 19. April 2011
A Loyola University Health System study has found another reason to not binge drink alcohol. Binge drinking, researchers found, could change the body’s immune system response to orthopaedic injury. “This tremendously complicates the trauma care of these patients,” said bone biologist John Callaci, PhD, senior author of the study. …
An earlier study in the American Journal of Orthopedics found that 41 percent of patients with fractures and dislocations had alcohol in their blood and 30 percent were legally drunk. (Source: Medical News Today, 04/18/11)

Hungover Surgeons’ Performance Today Undermined By Yesterday’s Booze – 19. April 2011
Doctors who had a lot to drink the previous day appear to have impaired skills when performing surgery, researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland, reported in the journal Archives of Surgery after carrying out simulation tests. The authors wrote that alterations in some surgical skills were observed in virtual reality simulator tests carried out one day after excessive alcohol consumption. (Source. Medical News Today, 04/18/11) our Online-Comment: This could be the content of one of the many medical TV-Series.

Can Ireland’s Increased Rates of Alcoholic Liver Disease Morbidity and Mortality be Explained by Per Capita Alcohol Consumption? – 19. April 2011
Analysis of data from Ireland’s Hospital In-Patient Enquiry (HIPE) scheme has revealed a considerable increase in alcohol liver disease (ALD) morbidity and mortality between 1995 and 2007. The rate/100,000 adults (aged ≥15) increased by 190% from 28.3 in 1995 to 28.2 in 2007.
Over two-fifths (43%) of all discharges were aged 50–64 years; 6% were 15–34 years old, 35% were 35–49 years old and 16% were aged ≥65 years. There were considerable increases in age-specific rates especially among younger age groups, albeit from a low base; the rate of ALD discharges increased by 247% for 15–34 year olds and by 224% for 35–49 year olds. This is a worrying trend but is not surprising as survey data have shown that 18–29-year-old drinkers have the highest … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/18/11) (Full text is payable)

Parental Alcoholism Carries Risk For Offspring To Develop The Same – 18. April 2011
Researchers know that there is a strong link between parental alcohol use disorders (AUDs) and the risk for developing an AUD among their offspring. This study looked at the risk of AUDs in the offspring of a large population-based sample of Danish parents. Findings confirmed that parental AUDs were associated with an increased risk of AUDs among the offspring. … Results showed that parental AUDs were associated with an increased risk of AUDs among the offspring, independent of other significant predictors such as gender, parental social status, and parental psychiatric hospitalization with other diagnoses. … (Source: Medical News Today, 04/17/11)

Energy Drink Plus Alcohol Cocktail Raises Risks Linked To Drinking More Than Alcohol By Itself – 18. April 2011
Mixing energy drinks, such as Red Bull with alcohol is probably more hazardous than consuming alcohol alone, researchers from Northern Kentucky University revealed in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. The authors explain that energy-drink cocktails have become fashionable and have been anecdotally associated with risky drinking practices, resulting in injuries and accidents. They add that there is not much research about comparing energy drinks plus alcohol with alcohol alone. … (Source: Medical News Today, 04/17/11)

The Gorbachev Anti-Alcohol Campaign and Russia’s Mortality Crisis – 15. April 2011
Political and economic transition is often blamed for Russia’s 40% surge in deaths between 1990 and 1994 (the Russian Mortality Crisis”). Highlighting that increases in mortality occurred primarily among alcohol-related causes and among working-age men (the heaviest drinkers), this paper investigates a different explanation: the demise of the 1985-1988 Gorbachev Anti-Alcohol Campaign. We use archival sources to build a new oblast-year data set spanning 1970-2000 and find that: (1) The campaign was associated with substantially fewer campaign year deaths,
(2) Oblasts with larger reductions in alcohol consumption and mortality during the campaign experienced larger transition era increases, and (3) Other former Soviet states and Eastern European countries exhibit similar mortality patterns commensurate with their campaign exposure. The campaign’s end explains between 32% and 49% of the mortality crisis, suggesting that Russia’s transition to capitalism and democracy was not as lethal as commonly suggested. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 15.4.11) iis-db.stanford.edu, March 2011) Comment: Amazing how clever Gorbachev and his staff reduced total consumption. Our governments could learn a lot.

Obesity and alcohol misuse costs NHS £140m in Wales – 12. April 2011
The Swansea University study warned the true cost of both could be even higher.
Those at the sharp end dealing with the effects of alcohol and obesity say they are growing problems, and affecting people at a younger age. Chief medical officer Dr Tony Jewell said both were “preventable health issues” and people had to take responsibility for their own actions. … (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 04/11/11) bbc.co.uk, 03/31/11 Comment: Total social cost will be much higher for alcohol.

Nearly All American Adults With Untreated Alcohol Use Disorders Don’t Think They Need Treatment – 9. April 2011
A new report based on a national survey shows that only 1.2 percent of the nation’s more than 7.4 million adults aged 21 to 64 with an untreated alcohol abuse disorder perceive they could benefit from treatment. The report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in conjunction with National Alcohol Screening Day, April 7, highlights the need to raise awareness about adult problem drinking, how to identify when someone has a problem, how to confront a problem drinker and how to get help. (Source: Medical News Today, 04/07/11)

Alcohol Tax Policy in Relation to Mortality from Alcohol Attributed Causes in Taiwan – 9. April 2011
It is known that taxation on alcohol products may effectively reduce the alcohol consumption. However, whether alcohol taxation may lead to a decrease in alcohol attributed disease mortality (ADM) has been inclusively.
We conducted this time-series analysis to assess the effect of alcohol tax policy intervention in 2002 on rate of ADM in Taiwan. … This study demonstrated that alcohol taxation policy may pose favorite influences on the time trend of ADM rate in Taiwan, and such influence was most noteworthy in young and middle aged men. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/06/11) springerlink.com, 04/01/11

USA: 2010 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study – 7. April 2011
sponsored by MetLife Foundation.
The annual study shows that teen drug and alcohol use is headed in the wrong direction, with marked increases in teen use of marijuana and Ecstasy over the past three years. The study confirms a disturbing trend that has emerged among American teens since 2008 and highlights that underage drinking has become more normalized among adolescents. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 04/07/11) PATS KEY FINDINGS: Released April 6, 2011

Alcohol transports to the emergency room continue to rise – 4. April 2011
Hospitalizations for alcohol have been trending upward on campus this year, with spikes at fraternity houses, freshman dorms and among the sophomore class. In fall quarter alone, there were 33 cases of Stanford students being transported to the emergency room for alcohol-related incidents, according to Ralph Castro, manager of the Substance Abuse Prevention Program at Vaden Health Center.
To date, a total of 48 students have been transported to the hospital, an increase from the 42 transports in the previous academic year. In winter quarter alone, there were 15 cases—six freshmen, three sophomores, five juniors and one senior. Transports were divided fairly evenly between men and women. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 04/04/11)

UK: Alcohol Harm Reduction National Support Team: Key Findings, … – 1. April 2011
… Recommendations and Case Studies. Supporting Partnerships to Reduce Alcohol Harm:
This document records the methodology and findings of the Alcohol Harm Reduction National Support Team. It provides collated and aggregated information about what the team have recommended in visited areas, with the intention to provide readers with helpful information to draw upon in their current work. It also contains signposting, case studies and examples of good practice. (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, March 31, 2011)


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USA: Thank you, from the Director of Join Together

Freitag 1. April 2011 von htm

Mar 31, 2011 01:22 PM CDT by David Rosenbloom

Dear Join Together Friend,

Since today is the last time Join Together Online will be published under my direction, I am going to break one of my own rules. We have never used Join Together publications to toot our own horn. From day one, Join Together has been about you and what you do in America’s communities to prevent and reduce substance use problems. We didn’t waste your time with newsletters that had our pictures and told stories of all the wonderful things we were doing. Join Together’s leadership and technical assistance programs, policy panel reports, advocacy campaigns and online news all spoke for themselves.
Now, on your behalf and mine, I want to recognize and thank the remarkable people who joined together on our staff over the past twenty years to change the way the nation’s communities deal with alcohol, tobacco and drug problems. (Source: Join Together, 03/31/11) Comment: We thank David Rosenbloom and his team for this impressing work they have done and of which we could profit all these years long.

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Donnerstag 31. März 2011 von htm

www.alkoholpolitik.ch Newsletter March 2011  (issued 03/31/11)

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Japan and the Arabian World have taken most of the news space during the last weeks. But anyhow, the alcohol problem has seldom been on top of the news.  But it is really frustrating to see how the people of Arabian states are fighting for freedom, also freedom of information and we are for example in Switzerland not allowed to get relevant alcohol related informations from the government and from the media. Our freedom is limited by the alcohol lobby. The people doesn’t know and cannot react.

In many parts of the world there are on the other hand many good initiatives on the way with a strong intention to curb alcohol problems. This month we read about South Africa, Tanzania, Australia, New Zealand. In the USA Maryland has got an alcohol tax bill accepted by the Senate.

In the Federal State Vermont a Bill was introduced to ban the sale of flavored malt beverages in containers larger than 12 ounces. These supersize Alcopops are a new effort of the alcohol industry targetting youth.

The UK-Government has taken a deadly decision by not introducing a new BAC standard of 0.05%. It will cost lives. A reduction could save 15 to 20% less fatal accidents.


USA: Senate Decides On Maryland Alcohol Tax Bill – 30. März 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — An increase in Maryland’s alcohol tax advanced in the Maryland Senate on Tuesday, with a significant portion of the first year’s proceeds set aside for Prince George’s County and Baltimore schools.
The Senate measure would raise Maryland’s sales tax on alcohol from 6 percent to 9 percent over three years by 1 percent a year. Fiscal analysts said they estimate that it would raise about $29 million in fiscal year 2012, $58 million the following year and $85 million in the third year. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/30/11) wbaltv.com, 03/29/11

TOP NEWS: UK: Drink-Drive limit to remain 80mg – 22. März 2011
The legal drink-drive limit will remain at 80mg per 100ml of blood, the transport secretary Philip Hammond has announced. A Government press release said the focus would instead be on “improving enforcement and education to tackle the drink and drug drivers who put lives at risk.”
However the decision drew criticism after an independent report last year called for the legal limit to be reduced. In the report Sir Peter North proposed a reduced 50mg limit, arguing it would save lives and bring the level in line with most of Europe. … (Source: Alcohol Policies UK, 03/21/11) Comment: If there are not 15% to 20% less alcohol related accidents and deaths during the next year the government must revise its attitude immediately. Or it should resign because it had caused many deaths and injured people by listening to the alcohol industry instead of following the advice of public health specialists.

South Africa: State declares war on alcohol abuse – 12. März 2011
The government is waging war on the alarming increase in the abuse of alcohol and drugs, and has warned of stricter legislation – including raising the legal age for alcohol consumption from 18 to 21.
In a hard-hitting statement, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said yesterday that the devastating effects of alcohol abuse had spurred the government to “prioritise this as a matter of urgency”.
“Alcohol and substance abuse is destroying families and the fabric of society. The shocking reality of the situation has strengthened our resolve to tackle the problem head-on,” Dlamini told The Times. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/12/11) timeslive.co.za, 03/11/11 Comment: Good luck, my beloved South Africa. You have the political power to succeed. But do it without the alcohol industry! Take the WHO Global Alcohol Strategy.

‘No such thing as a safe level of alcohol consumption’ says Nutt – 10. März 2011
The outspoken addictions Professor David Nutt has written a controversial piece claiming ‘There is no such thing as a safe level of alcohol consumption’. Nutt asserts a number of factors to argue that the ‘myth of a safe level of drinking’ has no real evidence. These include that alcohol is toxin which kills cells, that a small minority of people may become addicted to alcohol at first drink, and that the claimed cardiovascular benefits of moderate consumption have not sufficient proof. (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 03/10/11)


USA: Petition Pabst: Stop Targeting Youth, Give Snoop the Boot – 29. März 2011
Sign the Petition to Tell Pabst Execs to Stop Targeting Youth with Supersized Alcopops.
Pabst Brewing Company is attempting to revive the Colt 45 brand name with a dangerous new supersized, high-alcohol alcopop called Blast. …Source: Marin Institute, 03/28/11)

USA: Alcohol board chairman’s relationship with lawyer getting close look – 29. März 2011
The relationship between a lawyer representing a D.C. liquor wholesale company and the chairman of the city’s alcohol control board is getting a close look by Mayor Vincent Gray’s office, a source close to that assessment told The Washington Examiner. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/28/11) the Washington Examiner, 03/27/11

UK: Alcohol policy comment: determinants, influences and the media – 29. März 2011
James Nicholls, an alcohol policy and history researcher from Bath Spa University, has contributed the following guest post. It explores recent news and developments in the alcohol field within the context of policy making and journalism. (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 03/28/11)

USA: MS students suspended for alcohol – 27. März 2011
SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Five students from Kings Fork Middle School were suspended Friday and recommended for expulsion after officials say they violated the school system’s alcohol policy. The students involved were three 7th Graders and two 8th Graders.
According to a school spokesperson, the incident involving alcohol took place Friday morning as the students were riding on a school bus on their way to school. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/26/11) fox43tv.com, 03/25/11

USA: Alcohol tax increase advances to full Senate – 25. März 2011
For the first time in more than four decades, a Maryland legislative committee has approved an alcohol tax increase.
The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee today advanced a plan to bump tax on alcohol from 6 to 9 percent over the next three years. Alcohol taxes would go up by one percentage point per year.
Budget Chairman Edward Kasemeyer noted the historic nature of the committee’s move, saying most Marylanders “probably wonder why it has taken so long.” … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/25/11) weblogs.baltimoresun.com, 03/24/11

UK: MP Calls For New Measures To Protect Children From Alcohol Advertising – 25. März 2011
Next week, Sarah Wollaston MP will put forward a private member’s bill urging the government to adopt a new approach to protect UK children from alcohol advertising.
In an editorial published on bmj.com today, Professor Gerard Hastings and Dr Nick Sheron set out why we urgently need to tackle the excessive drinking of our young people and their massive exposure to alcohol advertising.
The bill will call on the government to adapt French legislation … (Source: Medical News Today, 03/24/11)

USA: Alcohol Producers Pour Out Campaign Cash for Parties – 24. März 2011
Whether you prefer your wine red or white, your spirits on the rocks or your beer frosty cold, chances are your bartender is pouring a drink infused with politics.
Many of the most recognizable brands lining store shelves are made by companies that contribute heavily to federal-level politics, according to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis of campaign finance data. And many are ensuring the cup of only one party overfloweth. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/23/11) opensecrets.org, 03/23/11 our Online-Comment: It is hard to believe that lawmakers may establish laws to the benefit of the public if they are paid like this by the alcohol industry. At least these figures are available. But who takes care?

USA: New Alcohol Tax Considered Compromise – 24. März 2011
Some Say New Tax Less Painful Than Dime-A-Drink Tax
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A Senate committee has heard a bill that would phase in a special new tax on beer, wine and liquor over a three-year period.
The alcohol tax proposal is considered a compromise to the dime-a-drink proposal. Supporters said because it would be phased in, they think that it will be a less painful approach. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/23/11) wbaltv.com, 03/23/11

UK: Budget 2011: alcohol duty escalator stays as pub trade speaks out – 24. März 2011
The 2011 budget today confirmed that the alcohol duty escalator will continue with alcohol taxed at 2% above the rate of inflation. The Treasury stated this would add four pence to the price of a pint of beer, 15 pence to the price of a bottle of wine, and 54 pence to the price of a bottle of spirits. … (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 03/23/11)

USA: Vermont Introduces Bill to Ban Supersize Alcopops – 24. März 2011
In Vermont, Representatives Tom Stevens (D-Waterbury) and Diane Lanpher (D-Addison) introduced House Bill 260: Legislation that will ban the sale of flavored malt beverages in containers larger than 12 ounces. HB 260 comes on the heels of Marin Institute’s model bill to restrict supersized alcopops, Big Alcohol’s latest threat to public health. (Source: Marin Institute, 03/22/11) bill 260 (pdf)

USA: Cancerous Argument: Red Wine and Your Health – 24. März 2011
In complete disregard of the fact that alcohol is known to be the third leading cause of preventable death in America, the National Foundation for Cancer Research has decided to specifically promote the consumption of red wine, purportedly for its cancer-preventing properties. Yet even the Foundation acknowledges that the cancer-fighting benefits are not inherent to the alcohol itself, but to the antioxidants that can be found in a wide range of other foods. Since antioxidant sources are so prevalent and widespread, it boggles our mind that the National Foundation for Cancer Research specifically pick the one antioxidant source that is also linked to an increased risk of several cancers. (Source: Marin Institute, 03/22/11)

USA: Healdsburg OKs alcohol at beach event – 24. März 2011
The first Great Russian River Race will be wet in more ways than one, now that Healdsburg City Council members have overcome their qualms about allowing alcohol at the event.
The City Council Monday voted unanimously to let beer and wine be served at the May 7 after-race party, overcoming a decades-old prohibition on alcohol at Veterans Memorial Beach park. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/23/11) healdsburg.towns.pressdemocrat.com, 03/22/11

EU: Zero Tolerance on Domestic Violence – 24. März 2011
Towards a Comprehensive EU-Wide Strategy
The Silken Berlaymont Hotel, Brussels, Tuesday 14th June 2011,
Event Details – Website – Register to Attend

USA: Groupon Faces Widespread Alcohol Sale Problems, Attorney Says – 22. März 2011
Groupon faces widespread problems related to its discount deals with restaurants and retailers who sell alcohol. According to an attorney who specializes in alcohol law, the Massachusetts crack-down of deals involving drinks is likely just the start. California, New York and at least 15 other states likely will find fault with the popular deals. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/22/11) blogs.forbes.com, 03/21/11

GB: Church criticises the Government’s alcohol ‘responsibility deal’ – 22. März 2011
The Methodist Church has criticised the Government’s “responsibility deal” to tackle alcohol abuse, saying that it prioritises the drinks industry over the vulnerable.
Rachel Lampard, Public Issues Team Leader for the Methodist Church, said:“We are totally unconvinced that the Government’s proposed ‘responsibility deal’ on alcohol regulation will be effective in reducing the problem of harmful drinking.” … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/22/11) protestantnews.eu, 03/15/11 our Online-Comment: Thanks for this clear statement. I wished our churches would do the same to the Swiss Government. But they are afraid their members could dislike it.

Podcast – Worldwide alcohol trends – 22. März 2011
New and comprehensive study on the consumption of alcohol reveals worrying trends on alcohol use around the world. * Listen to this episode – duration 00:05:56 [mp3 3.5Mb] *
* Global status report on alcohol and health 2011 by the UN World Health Organization WHO (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/21/11)

A report card on the Australian government’s alcopops tax – 22. März 2011
Using taxes to curb drinking:
In 2008, the Australian government introduced an ‘alcopops tax’ on spirit-based ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages to reduce alcohol consumption and particularly binge drinking by young people.
Data regarding sales of alcoholic beverages in Australia from 2004 to 2009 were used to examine the possible effects of the alcopops tax. In addition, population data were used to calculate and examine per capita consumption…. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/21/11) Comment: This alcopop tax must have been far too small to have a real effect. In Switzerland the sales dropped by about 75%. (Here 3%)

USA: Voluntary Nutritional Labeling on Alcohol – 21. März 2011
Last month, I discussed the negative impacts that a nutritional label mandate would have on small producers of alcohol beverages, such as craft brewers. Another side of this issue is the negative impact that prohibiting nutritional labels has caused small and large alcohol beverage producers—as well as health-conscious consumers of adult beverages. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/21/11) biggovernment.com, 03/20/11

USA: Maker of Four Loko Sued for Fraud Again – 19. März 2011
Another lawsuit has been filed against Phusion Projects, LLC, maker of Four Loko alcoholic beverages, Crain’s reported March 9. The new lawsuit, which is aiming for class-action status, was filed March 4 in the Southern District Court of California. It claims that Four Loko misled its customers about the potency of its caffeinated alcoholic beverages by using fruit flavors, colorful packaging, and clever shelf placement in stores to suggest they were similar to non-alcoholic beverages. Source: Join Together, 03/18/11)

USA, Maryland: New alcohol tax idea emerges – 18. März 2011
Lawmakers have been weighing whether to raise the tax on alcoholic beverages since the first day of this year’s legislative session. But the idea is getting a fresh look in recent weeks — with a twist.
Health advocates recently learned that DC imposes a “special sales tax” on alcohol, charging an extra 3-4 percent on top of the regular 6 percent sales tax rate. Maryland, they argue, should follow the District’s lead and develop its own special sales tax for alcohol. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/18/11) weblogs.baltimoresun.com, 03/17/11 our Online-Comment: Alcohol taxes should be seen in relation to the damage and harm alcoholic beverages produce in society. Alcohol taxes should be high enough to reduce general consumption. This would reduce also the tribute we pay a life long without being asked for alcohol related social costs. The profit goes to the alcohol industry.

USA: Local stores sell alcohol to underage drinkers – 18. März 2011
Twelve York County convenience stores are no stranger to selling alcohol to underage drinkers; two Fort Mill and one Tega Cay convenience store also have allowed some underage drinkers to purchase alcohol, records show.
For those illegal sales, each of those stores failed recent compliance checks conducted by York County law enforcement. Topping the list with three violations is a Fort Mill convenience stop. …
(Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/17/11) heraldonline.com, 03/16/11

Georgia, USA: Senate Passes Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill – 17. März 2011
ATLANTA — The Georgia state senate narrowly passed a bill Wednesday that would allow local cities and counties to vote on Sunday alcohol sales.
After nearly four hours of debate and multiple amendments, senators passed the measure 32-22, three more votes than needed for passage. It was Crossover Day, the last day for the bill to pass in the Senate in order for it to stand a chance at becoming a law. The bill is now headed to the House of Representatives for a vote. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/17/11) wsbtv.com, 03/17//11

USA: Alcohol has no place in St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 16. März 2011
Denver’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade last Saturday was very good, bringing a lot of families downtown to enjoy a cultural display and good family and community fun. I am a first-generation American and very proud of my Irish roots and their contribution to the educational and medical foundations in the USA….
I am very disappointed that open containers are allowed in the parade. Parades are family events. They should not be used for encouraging drinking and rowdy behavior, especially by the participants in the parade. I realize many spectators use this forum as an excuse to drink alcohol and act like fools, but at least the participants should not be allowed to exhibit such behavior. … ( Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/16/11) blogs.denverpost.com, 03/15/11

USA: Indiana Alcohol Board Wins Sales Permit Fight – 16. März 2011
Indiana liquor retailers have lost another round in their lawsuit against the state’s alcohol control board, Indystar.com reported March 5.
The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers sued the state Alcohol and Tobacco Commission in January 2010 for granting more permits for selling beer than were allowed under state law. (Source: Join Together, 03/15/11)

UK: ‘Responsibility deal’ announced as health groups withdraw – 16. März 2011
The Government’s public health Responsibility Deal was announced today, but has been surrounded by controversy as health groups pulled out from the partnerships.
The ‘Responsibility Deal’ includes pledges on key areas of alcohol, food, behaviour change, physical activity and health at work. But this week 6 health groups involved in the alcohol deal pulled out, saying the pledges would not work and were being overly dictated by industry. Today further health groups including the British Heart Foundation also walked away from the deal. (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 03/15/11) Comment: The health groups which pulled out now, knew from the beginning, that this cannot work. They showed good will but it is a waste of time and resources to plan prevention with the alcohol industry.

WHAT IS NOT ON THE BOTTLE (Lunchsemimar) – 15. März 2011
Place: European Parliament (Brussels)
Date: Thursday 17 March 2011
Time: 12h00 – 15h00
Room: JAN6Q2

56 Indian airline pilots fail alcohol tests: govt – 15. März 2011
Fifty-six pilots working for Indian airlines have failed alcohol tests in the last two years, according to a list issued by the civil aviation ministry.
Ten pilots were fired after they failed tests, including one who was found over the limit on two occasions, according to the list released by Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi in parliament Thursday.
The fifty-six pilots worked for the state-owned national carrier Air India, as well as private airlines Jet Airways, Indigo, SpiceJet, GoAir, and Kingfisher. Twenty-three pilots from India’s top airline company Jet Airways failed their tests, but the airline did not sack any of them, putting them on suspension and subjecting them to a pay cut instead. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/14/11) google.com, 03/10/11

UK: Health Groups Accuse Government of Siding with Alcohol Industry – 14. März 2011
The government is receiving a lot of criticism from a number of different health groups based on their refusal to sign up for a “responsibility deal” regarding alcohol sales in England. The deal created by organizations like Alcohol Concern, British Liver Trust and the Royal College of Physicians is voluntary and encourages the drink industry to label the alcohol units on their beverages and to take on the problem of alcohol abuse. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/14/11) topnews.us, 03/14/11

USA: Oklahoma Board of Tests for Alcohol and Drug Influence Launches New Website – 13. März 2011
Information about Oklahoma?s driving breath alcohol and ignition interlock devices just became easier to access with the launch of the Oklahoma Board of Tests for Alcohol and Drug Influence’s (BOT) new website at http://bot.ok.gov. The new website allows the agency to post announcements quickly, keeping Oklahomans informed and increasing transparency of information. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/13/11) trading-house.net, 03/11/11

A: Alcohol tax increase bid flops – 13. März 2011
Alcoholic drinks sold in pubs and restaurants in Linz will not become more expensive due to higher taxes after such plans by the Social Democrats (SPÖ) were snubbed by political rivals.
The SPÖ department in the Upper Austrian city said today (Fri) the factions of People’s Party (ÖVP), the Freedom Party (FPÖ), the Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) and the Austrian Communist Party (KPÖ) rejected its draft bill. The Greens declared abstention from the vote, according to the SPÖ. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/13/11) wienerzeitung.at, 03/11/11 Comment: As usual, the profits to the industry, the harm and social costs to the state and the people.

USA: N.M. Okays Beer Pong in Bars – 11. März 2011
New Mexico has ruled that beer pong can be played again in local bars as long as the games don’t involve drinking alcohol or gambling, the Portales News-Tribune reported Feb. 28.
“It’s against the law for [liquor] licensees to allow games or contests that involve drinking alcohol beverages or award alcohol beverages as prizes,” said Gary Tomada, who directs the state’s alcohol and gaming department, “and we can’t have any semblance of gambling. If those [rules] are observed … they can play all they want.” Source: Join Together, 03/10/11)

Talking Teen Drinking: MADD and ER Docs Release Handbook for Parents – 11. März 2011
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) says that 30 percent of U.S. eighth graders drink alcohol, and 20 percent binge drink, according to a March 4 story in HealthDay. In that light, it’s particularly chilling to learn (also from HealthDay) that federal statistics show that underage drinkers are responsible for about 546 visits to emergency rooms each day.
What’s a parent to do?
Talking with teens about alcohol and drinking can be difficult for parents — but emergency room doctors and MADD just made it a little easier.
The American College of Emergency Physicians(ACEP) teamed up with MADD to create and release a new, free handbook as part of MADD’s “Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence” campaign. (Source: Join Together, 03/10/11)

USA: Meetings set college alcohol policies – 11. März 2011
ll residential colleges held mandatory meetings on Monday night to discuss each college’s response to the recent campus-wide moratorium on hard alcohol and to inform students about the circumstances that led up to the administrative action.
Each college was given the freedom to specify its own enforcement policies, definition of a private party and other aspects of moratorium that were mentioned in the letter from Dean of Undergraduates John Hutchinson on Feb. 24. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/11/11) media.www.ricethresher.org, 03/11/11

Russia: A Lesson in Drinking – 11. März 2011
For women, this weekend’s International Women’s Day holiday is supposed to be a time to receive gifts and affection from the men in their lives. For the country, it means a welcome three-day weekend. But for all too many people, the holiday also offers an excuse to drink.
The good news is that the national drinking problem isn’t quite as bad as many thought. The World Health Organization concluded in a report last month that Russia is apparently no longer the world leader in per capita alcohol consumption. In fact, at 15.7 liters of pure alcohol per capita, Russia is not even on the medal stand of the global drinking games, just beating out Ukraine …But do those numbers actually mean anything? How much do Russians really drink? … (Source: Harvard World Health News, 03/10/11) themoscowtimes.com, 03/05/11

EU: Alcohol and Health Forum – 10. März 2011
SCIENCE GROUP 8th Meeting, 21 March 2011, 11h00 – 17h00
Brussels, Froissart 101, room 02/169
7) Update on recent developments (Commission services)
8) Work towards formulating scientific advice on reducing the negative impact of harmful
and hazardous alcohol consumption on the workplace (EAHF Task request) …

USA: Alcohol Policy Information System Database Updated – 10. März 2011
The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS), a project by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, recently announced its latest update of state-by-state alcohol policies. The update reports developments in 29 current APIS policy topics for the year 2009. You can visit the APIS website to obtain details on these and other important policy developments across the country. Many of these changes are consistent with the goals of reducing alcohol-related death and injury in the general population and reducing underage drinking and its consequences. (Source: Marin Institute, 03/09/11)

USA: Usher, Belvedere Vodka, and the Most Hypocritical Product (Red) Product Yet – 10. März 2011
In a stunning display of insensitivity and ignorance, Belvedere Vodka and singer Usher have joined with Product (Red) to launch a special edition bottle and give half its profits to “fight HIV/AIDS in Africa,” under the misleading tagline “Helps Save Lives.” Promoting and selling booze to fight HIV/AIDS?! There are just so many things wrong with this, we can hardly decide where to start. Let’s consider the facts that are missing from this campaign: … (Source: Marin Institute, 03/09/11)

USA: Rutgers Professor Counteracts Toxic Alcohol Advertising – 10. März 2011
In New York City, a professor of Human Ecology from Rutgers University is taking a giant step from documenting the urban advertising landscape toward changing it. In the process, she hopes to improve the health of neighborhoods impacted by blight such as outdoor alcohol advertising. Dr. Naa Oyo Kwate’s research focuses on mapping urban environments and their impact on health. … (Source: Marin Institute, 03/08/11) our Online-Comment: My compliments to that researcher. Usually scientists don’t care much what happens to their study results. But she feels responsible that there is progress.

Northern Ireland: Plans For Minimum Price For Alcohol Could Save Lives – 8. März 2011
Introducing a minimum price for alcohol in Northern Ireland is an important step in the prevention of suicide and self-harm, as well as addressing wider health and social issues the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland has said.
Dr Philip McGarry, Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland, welcomed the consultation into alcohol pricing launched today by Social Development Minister Alex Attwood and Health Minister Michael McGimpsey, but said the floor price must be set high enough to have a genuine impact on problem drinking. (Source: Medical News Today, 03/07/11)

Tanzania: Govt launches drive against alcohol abuse – 8. März 2011
Dar es Salaam. Tanzania yesterday launched a nationwide campaign to tackle excessive drinking.The government’s initiative against irresponsible drinking has the backing of local brewers and is supported by international organisations with the United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) being its major financier.
The campaign will mainly be conducted through radio programmes. The campaign, dubbed Chonde Chonde! Ulevi Noma! (Please, alcoholism is dangerous), is a six-month drive that will end in September this year.
“For example, people who drink excessively more often have unprotected sex than those who do not or those who drink responsibly. Tacaids (The Tanzania Commission for Aids) lists alcohol consumption as an important factor in HIV/Aids prevalence.”… (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/08/11) thecitizen.co.tz, 03/03/11

PL: Alcohol to vanish from petrol stations? – 8. März 2011
In an effort to reduce the number of drink-driving incidents on Polish roads, a bill forbidding the sale of alcohol at petrol stations has been proposed by a senatorial group from across the political spectrum.
Additional changes to the so-called sobriety bill also include a ban on beer advertisements before 11 pm on Polish television. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/08/11) thenews.pl, 03/04/11

Conflict over liquor sachets in Malawi – 8. März 2011
Malawi now experiences a conflict over liquor sachets. Government and NGOs versus alcohol producers. Health versus profits. Also other countries in Africa face problems with the small plastic bags with strong liquor.
A few years ago a variety of small plastic sachets with 40 % spirits were introduced to the markets place in a number of African countries. Now problems have become very visible from the sale and use of such alcoholic beverages, in particular among the youth and the poor. This has resulted in public outcry and political discussions in an attempt to do something to the problem….(Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/08/11) add-resources.org, 03/07/11

100 years women’s fight passed by alcohol industry unnoticed – 8. März 2011
Active criticizes alcohol industry’s distorting picture of women.
Andrea Lavesson, Active President, explains that “the alcohol industry objectifies girls and women in two ways: since in most countries the alcohol use of girls and women used to be lower than of men, especially girls and women have been identified as new market. Girls and women became the new target group for increasing profits. The second form of objectification can be seen in the commercials: women are displayed as sexual objects.”…(Source: Active press release, 03/08/11) Comment: Not to forget that is was the protest of women, the “Suffragettes”, against the alcohol industry, which brought in several countries the right of vote to women.

US-Lawmaker: Allow alcohol for troops under 21 – 6. März 2011
A Georgia lawmaker is mounting a new push to allow 18-year-old troops to drink alcohol on military bases. But Defense Secretary Robert Gates is skeptical. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., put Gates on the spot during a hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill, asking about the logic of prohibiting 18 year olds from drinking. …
Gates, whose familiarity with underage drinking issues reaches back to his time as the president of Texas A&M University, was not enthusiastic. “One of the things that we are seeing as a result of repeated tours is not just an increase in suicides, but an increase in risky behavior, particularly by young men … so that would be a concern of mine,” Gates said. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/05/11) armytimes.com, 03/04/11

NZ: Public urges stronger measures on alcohol reform – 5. März 2011
I am sitting on the Justice and Electoral Select Committee as we hear submissions on the Alcohol Reform Bill for two days in Auckland.
There have been so many powerful and moving submissions. Some brave individuals have shared their own stories of alcohol harm. Overwhelmingly submitters are urging that a decisive leadership role is taken in dealing with alcohol harm. Submitters illustrate time and again what research has shown and that is as a drug alcohol causes greater harm to others than to self. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/04/11) blog.labour.org.nz, 03/04/11 our Online-Comment:
It’s really funny how many “experts” discuss this problem without knowing the facts. One of the included problems is that information is not coming to the public. In May 2010 the World Health Organization has …

USA: Health Care Advocates Make Case For Alcohol Tax Hike – 5. März 2011
Supporters Say It Could Raise Millions For Health Programs
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A plan to increase the state alcohol tax by 10 cents a drink may be gaining momentum in Annapolis. Maryland has recently increased the gas tax, the tobacco tax and the sales tax, but the tax on alcohol hasn’t been changed in 38 years, thanks mostly to the state’s powerful alcohol lobby.
According to those who support increasing the alcohol tax this year, 10 cents gets more than one would think….(Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/03/11) wbaltv.com, 03/03/11 our Online Comment: When a tax rise on alcohol is in discussion we forget always that there is also the possibility of reducing the social costs and alcohol-related harm, depending on the amount of taxation. If the new tax brings a reduction in consumption this not only brings more income for the state but could compensate …

Health organizations warn for the smart and effective lobby of the alcohol industry – 5. März 2011
Alcohol industry resists legal restrictions.
The alcohol industry profits from governments with a policy that legally restricts them as minimal as possible. That is why the worldwide alcohol industry takes a stand against measures such as the raise of excise-duty, the introduction of minimum prizes for cheap booze, raising the minimum age for buying alcoholic beverages, restricting the number of outlet points, putting warning labels on products and restricting advertisement. It’s these measures that can achieve the reduction of alcohol use and the decline of damages caused by the use of alcohol. …
The seven messages of the industry that are illuminated through examples from various countries are: … (See our article on January 2nd 2011)

EU event: Zero Tolerance on Domestic Violence: – 4. März 2011
Towards a Comprehensive EU-Wide Strategy
The Silken Berlaymont Hotel, Brussels. Tuesday 14th June 2011
Event Details  Website
In the European Union, domestic violence against women remains an alarming phenomenon, and the most consistent and pervasive human rights violation across the continent.
This timely International Symposium renews the debate on how to work towards an EU-wide strategy on domestic violence. It will provide a platform for the discussion of a better European regulatory framework aimed at strengthening the 3 P’s – prevention, protection and prosecution.

EU: Question to the Commission by Alyn Smith (Verts/ALE) – 4. März 2011
Europe is the heaviest-drinking region in the world — we drink, on average, 11 litres of pure alcohol each year. Alcohol costs our society an estimated EUR 125 billion every year in spending on such things as the treatment of diseases and policing and in terms of lost productivity, etc.
This being so, could the Commission please provide data that show how much of the European budget is currently spent on the promotion of alcoholic beverages?
Does the Commission intend to continue to spend these levels of funds on the promotion of alcohol?
Answer given by Mr Cioloș on behalf of the Commission: … (Source: Eurocare Newsletter January-February 2011)

ES: Parliament calls for more informative alcohol labels – 4. März 2011
Alcohol labels should warn of the risks associated with drinking. This is the position of the Senators and MPs that make up the mixed Parliamentary committee on Drugs, that last 24 February urged the Government to implement these and other measures to prevent that harm caused by alcohol.
The Committee adopted unanimously the non-legislative proposal by the Socialist Group where the national and regional authorities, as well as the stakeholders, are urged to take measures to prevent and combat the harmful use of alcohol, especially by young people….. (Source: Eurocare Newsletter January-February 2011)

EU: (CAP) Common Agricultural Policy and alcohol – 4. März 2011
In search for a Coherent Alcohol Policy in Common Agricultural Policy.
Under the current regulations alcohol production is eligible for EU funding and, as recently noted by the Commission, this is not likely to change.
The majority of the funding comes from Community policy on information measures on the Community system of wines with a protected designation of origin (PDO) or protected geographical indication (PGI). Ironically, the CAP budget also provides money for ‘information measure on responsible drinking and the damaging effect of dangerous alcohol consumption’. In the last three years approximately €12.7mln has been spent for these two ‘information measures’ strands[1].
Consequently, EU budget money (our money) is being given to the alcohol industry to tell us how dangerous it is to consume the product they sell us.
Eurocare has recently addressed this problem in its response to the Common Agriculture Policy consultation. … (Source: Eurocare Newsletter Januar-February 2011)

EU: The pros and cons of the alcohol consumption – 3. März 2011
Letter from MEP Alojz Peterle to his fellow MEPs about the pros and cons of the alcohol consumption
On Tuesday 7 December 2010, the MAC (MEPs Against Cancer) organized a round table discussion on the topic of Alcohol and Cancer. The outcome of this round table was clear: drinking alcohol can cause different types of cancer, such as cancer of the mouth, larynx, pharynx, oesophagus, breast, colorectum and liver.
In the discussion that followed, attention was also drawn to the potential beneficial effects of alcohol.
In an attempt to break down the misunderstandings about the effects of alcohol on health, the president of the MAC, Mr Alojz Peterle, has sent out a letter to his colleagues in the European Parliament. This letter aims to provide a balanced vision on the relationship between alcohol and health, based on the latest scientific insights. (Source: Eurocare Newsletter January-February 2011)

UK: New guidance for pub ID checks – 2. März 2011
The Home Office has released guidance to help pubs and doorstaff spot and deal with ID that’s used fraudulently to buy alcohol.
The 44-page guidance, accessible on-line, includes detailed advice on how to identify legitimate passports, driving licences and PASS (Proof of Age Standards Scheme) cards. It outlines some commonly-used counterfeit ID such as the “international driving permit” and “provisional motorcycle licence”. The guidance warns operators to be wary of the growing trend for youngsters to use genuine ID belonging to older siblings. (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 03/01/11) morningadvertiser.co.uk, 02/24/11

UK: Beer Industry expects beer tax hikes – 2. März 2011
A report by economic experts Oxford Economics shows that 980,000 jobs in the UK depend on the beer and pub trade. The report was commissioned by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), who in a press release said the figures will fuel concerns over plans for huge beer tax hikes in the Budget this month. BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds said: “These figures show how vital the beer and pub trade is to the UK economy, with huge numbers of jobs dependent on the sector.” Highlighting expected duty rises in the forthcoming budget, Simmonds called for a freeze in beer duty. Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 03/02/11) beerandpub.com, 02/16/11

N: Alcohol: the scourge of the North – 2. März 2011
Alcohol must be made less accessible and more expensive to minimize public health damage, according to Norwegian MP and former Minister of Health Dagfinn Høybråten, speaking at the Second Northern Dimension Parliamentary Forum in Tromsø on February 22nd. The Nordic countries set the agenda in the global fight against alcoholism, he claims.
Alcohol is the second biggest life style related killer in the developed world and we need to change that, Mr. Høybråten said. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 02/28/11) norden.org, 02/23/11

NIrl: New Bill tackles under-age drinking – 2. März 2011
Pubs caught serving drink to under-age customers in Northern Ireland twice will be closed. A Bill has been passed by the Assembly to reduce alcohol consumption. The measures were included in the amended Licensing and Registration of Clubs Bill and are expected to be in place by September.
Pubs, clubs, hotels and off licences convicted of selling alcohol to minors will be awarded five or six penalty points – once they have accumulated 10 they will face a closure of anywhere from a week to three months. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/01/11) belfasttelegraph.co.uk, 02/22/11

NZ: Alcohol Should Be Hidden Like Dirty Movies – 2. März 2011
Displaying alcohol in supermarkets should be treated in the same way as dirty movies are displayed in a video store, the Alcohol Reform Bill select committee was told today. Alcohol Action said the proposals adapted by the Government from a Law Commission report into alcohol reform did not go far enough.
Alcohol should not easily accessible and should not be displayed at the front of stores or with other products such as fruit and vegetables, the group said today.
“Supermarkets are treating alcohol like it’s a commodity rather than a drug,” spokeswoman Professor Jennie Connor said. “It should be treated like dirty movies, they should be in one corner of the supermarket at the back.”…
The bill, drafted last August, would affect bar hours, off-licence trading, liquor advertising and the purchase age. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/01/11) voxy.co.nz, 02/24/11

Can: Price of alcohol sinks hopes for all-inclusive resorts – 2. März 2011
There’s a big snag with Ontario’s plan to make the province a hotbed for all-inclusive Caribbean-style vacations: booze prices, tour operators and resort owners say.
They’re pleased Premier Dalton McGuinty’s government, in a tough fight to win the Oct. 6 election, wants to loosen liquor laws allowing alcohol to be included in package deals with rooms and meals. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/01/11) thestar.com, 02/24/11 Comment: That’s not acting responsibly. The damage is exported.

NZ: Febfasters Reap The Benefits Of Going Alcohol-free – 1. März 2011
New Zealand’s first ever FebFast ends tomorrow, having raised thousands of dollars for youth charities and given participants a break from drinking alcohol. Nearly a thousand people have given up alcohol for all of February as part of the Drug Foundation’s FebFast fundraiser, and so far more than $75,000 has been raised.
Coordinator Catherine Milburn says people can continue to make donations via the FebFast website (www.febfast.org.nz) throughout March. “There’s still time to show your support.”
A number of well-known New Zealanders have also supported the event, including teams of Labour and … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 02/28/11) voxy.co.nz, 02/28/11 our online-comment: Congratulations for that splendid idea. I wished our politicians and media people would have the same courage. Maybe then they could better get involved into work for an effective alcohol policy.

NZ: Alcohol Report Indicates Brewing Troubles – 1. März 2011
As per the findings of the Victorian Alcohol Statistics Report, the number of alcohol-related violence and brawls has experienced a sharp rise over the period between 1999 and 2007. …
Now with the released results of the much-awaited report, experts are in quest to find the magic bullets to curb the menace of alcoholism.
Mary Wooldridge, the Minister for the State Mental Health and Community Services, asserted: “This is the most comprehensive, detailed analysis of the impact of alcohol across the state, it’s critical for developing solutions”. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 02/28/11) topnews.net.nz, 02/28/11


The effect of drink price and next-day responsibilities on college student drinking – 31. März 2011
A behavioral economic analysis.
More than 3/4 of U.S. college students report a heavy drinking episode (HDE; 5 (for men) and 4 (for women) drinks during an occasion) in the previous 90 days. This pattern of drinking is associated with various risks and social problems for both the heavy drinkers and the larger college community.
The results suggest that increasing drink prices and morning academic requirements may be useful in preventing heavy drinking among college students. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/30/11)

Alcohol disorder amongst forcibly displaced persons in northern Uganda – 27. März 2011
Alcohol use may be a coping mechanism for the stressors related to forced displacement. The aim of this study was to investigate levels and determinants of alcohol disorder amongst internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Uganda. A cross-sectional survey with 1206 adult IDPs was conducted in Gulu and Amuru districts…. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/25/11)

The range and magnitude of alcohol’s harm to others in Australia – 27. März 2011
Aims: This study aims to document the adverse effects of drinkers in Australia on people other than the drinker. … Conclusions: Substantial proportions of Australians are affected by other people’s drinking, including that of their families, friends, co-workers and strangers. These harms range in magnitude from noise and fear to physical abuse, sexual coercion and social isolation. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/26/11) onlinelibray.wiley.com

Binge Drinking — United States, 2009 – 27. März 2011
Excessive alcohol use is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States and was responsible for approximately 79,000 deaths and 2.3 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) in the United States each year during 2001–2005.* Binge drinking, … was responsible for more than half of these deaths and for two thirds of YPLL . .. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/26/11) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC cdc.gov, 01/14/11

Why some children are harmed by mother’s alcohol, but others aren’t – 25. März 2011
Exposure to alcohol in the womb doesn’t affect all fetuses equally. Why does one woman who drinks alcohol during pregnancy give birth to a child with physical, behavioral or learning problems — known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder — while another woman who also drinks has a child without these problems? (Source: Google Alcohol News, 03/24/11) machineslikeus.com, 03/24/11 Medical News Today, 03/24/11

Scotland: Recent trends in alcohol sales revealed – 24. März 2011
A report published today by NHS Health Scotland, reveals that over the past 15 years annual alcohol sales in Scotland have increased by 11% – equivalent to over one litre of pure alcohol per adult per year. This was driven by a 53% increase in the amount of alcohol being sold through off-sales at a time when prices increased more slowly in off-sales (supermarkets and other licensed shops) (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/23/11)

EUCAM: Scientific publications on Alcohol Marketing – 24. März 2011
Research topics:
* Research on the Impact of Alcohol Marketing
* Research on Effectiveness Policies to Regulate Alcohol Marketing
* Research on Alcohol Marketing and the Alcohol Industry
* Research on the Impact of Counter-Advertising
(Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/23/11)

USA: Parity Has No Effect on Treatment Access, But Lowers Costs – 24. März 2011
Requiring parity for substance abuse disorders in health insurance plans results in identifying more people who need alcohol and drug treatment and lowers plan participants’ out-of-pocket costs — but has almost no effect on patients’ use of treatment or the quality of care, according to a March 18 press release in Psychiatric News. (Source: Join Together, 03/22/11)

USA: FTC to Review Alcohol Advertising Self-Regulation – 24. März 2011
Following the continued proliferation of alcohol advertising in social and traditional media outlets, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced plans to conduct another review of the effectiveness of the alcohol industry’s self-regulation of its own advertising campaigns. As noted in the Marin Institute’s 2008 report “Why Big Alcohol Can’t Police Itself: A Review of Self-Regulation in the Distilled Spirits Industry,” the industry’s voluntary guidelines fail to protect underage youth from exposure to alcohol advertising…. (Source: Marin Institute Newsletter, 03/23/11)

USA: Women Who Drank Alcohol During First Trimester Of Their Pregnancy – 23. März 2011
Adolescent Offspring Of Women Who Drank Alcohol During First Trimester Of Their Pregnancy Three Times As Likely To Develop Conduct Disorder.
Alcohol use during pregnancy is common and is associated with significant threats to the health and development of exposed offspring. Despite warnings from the Surgeon General to limit alcohol use if pregnant or contemplating pregnancy, a recent survey by the National Birth Defects Prevention Study found that nearly one-third of women drank alcohol at some time during their pregnancy, with one-fourth of the women surveyed having drunk during the first trimester. (Source: Medical News Today, 03/22/11)

USA: Searchable Online Database Shows Changes in State Alcohol Policy – 19. März 2011
Trying to keep up with alcohol policy changes in your state or to compare policy changes across multiple states through 2009? The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) is the resource for you.
Sponsored by The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) at the National Institutes of Health and developed by the The CDM Group, Inc., among others, APIS now includes 34 policy changes across 29 policy areas made in 2009. (Source: Join Together, 03/15/11)

Drinking at Work on the Rise in Silicon Valley – 19. März 2011
Doesn’t having a beer in the afternoon when you’re at work sound pretty cool? Sure it does — but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Drinking at work is apparently getting more popular, especially in Silicon Valley workplaces, Bloomberg reported March 13. Companies like Crowdflower, Tello, Twitter, and Yelp all reported making alcohol in some form available to their employees on a fairly constant basis – in some cases, 24/7.
… (Source: Join Together, 03/18/11) Comment: A new study in Switzerland shows that the additional alcohol-related employee costs at workplaces are one Billion Swiss Francs a year.

Teenage girls outstrip boys on alcohol – study in Europe – 17. März 2011
An intriguing new study by European researchers has found that teen girls aged around 16 years are hitting the bottle more frequently than their male counterparts.
Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm found that 80 percent of all 15- to 16-year-olds drink regularly, usually downing at least five units at once, the Daily Mail reports.
Over the last decade, binge drinking habits have greatly increased among adolescent girls, and though they consume less than boys, they get drunk more often than boys do. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/14/11) themedguru.com, 03/10/11 Comment: The reason is the marketing of alcopops and that governments reacted too late.

Alcohol Marketing, Drunkenness, and Problem Drinking among Zambian Youth – 17. März 2011
Findings from the 2004 Global School-Based Student Health Survey.
This study examines the associations between alcohol marketing strategies, alcohol education including knowledge about dangers of alcohol and refusal of alcohol, and drinking prevalence, problem drinking, and drunkenness. …
These findings underscore the importance of restricting alcohol marketing practices as an important policy strategy for reducing alcohol use and its dire consequences among vulnerable youth. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/15/11)

USA: Is the “Prevention Paradox” Applicable to Alcohol Problems Across Hispanic National Groups? 17. März 2011
Background:  The “prevention paradox,” a notion that most alcohol-related problems are generated by nonheavy drinkers, has significant relevance to public health policy and prevention efforts. The extent of the paradox has driven debate over the type of balance that should be struck between alcohol policies targeting a select group of high-risk drinkers versus more global approaches that target the population at-large. This paper examines the notion that most alcohol problems among 4 Hispanic national groups in the United States are attributable to moderate drinkers.
Conclusions: The prevention paradox holds when using volume-based risk groupings and disappears when using a binge-drinking risk grouping. Binge drinkers who drink moderately on an average account for more harms than those who drink heavily across all groups, with exception of Cuban Americans. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/16/11) onlinelibrary.wiley.com, 03/15/11

More Parental Monitoring By The Opposite-Gender Parent Can Indirectly Reduce Alcohol-Related Problems
17. März 2011
Young adults whose parents monitor their social interactions may be less likely to display impulsive behavior traits and to have alcohol-related problems, a new study suggests. The level of monitoring is linked to parenting style, and the link is stronger with the parent of the opposite gender.
This study is one of the first to explore the link between parenting style and parental monitoring, as well as to explore the monitoring style of each parent individually, says Julie A. Patock-Peckham, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at Baylor University and one of the study authors. (Source: Medical News Today, 03/16/11)

UK: Wealthier Teens More Likely to Drink Alcohol – 16. März 2011
Researchers in the U.K have found that teens from more affluent families are more likely to drink than teens in poverty, although having a mother with a higher level of education is a protective factor for teens at any income level, Reuters reported March 14.
The longitudinal study, led by Roberto Melotti of the University of Bristol, surveyed the mothers of 5,837 children when they were pregnant, and followed up with surveys of the children at age thirteen about their use of alcohol and tobacco. (Source: Join Together, 03/15/11)

Drinking Associated With Increased Risk Of Death From Pancreatic Cancer – 15. März 2011
Heavy alcohol consumption, specifically three or more glasses of liquor a day, is associated with an increased risk of death from pancreatic cancer, according to a report in the March 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine,one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (Source: Medical News Today, 03/15/11) Comment: Three drinks a day is heavy drinking?

The bare truth about young Finnish women – 15. März 2011
Young women are consuming alcohol like never before, the tabloid Iltasanomat writes. “RECENT studies have shown that binge drinking particularly amongst young women has greatly increased in the last few years. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/14/11) helsinkitimes.fi, 03/10/11

India: Children as agents of change 15. März 2011
Children can make a real difference in their communities. A new manual on rights-based research from Concerned for Working Children (CWC) in Bangalore, India shows how children can be empowered to influence their community and also local alcohol policies. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/14/11) add-recources.org, 03/14/11

The Role of Alcohol and Substance Use in Risky Sexual Behavior Among Older Men – 15. März 2011
…Who Have Sex With Men: A Review and Critique of the Current Literature
HIV incidence is increasing among men who have sex with men (MSM) despite years of prevention education and intervention efforts. Whereas there has been considerable progress made in identifying risk factors among younger MSM, older MSM have been largely neglected. In particular, the role of alcohol and drug use in conjunction with sex has not been thoroughly studied in older MSM samples. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/14/11) springerlink.com, 03/10/11

Alcohol abstinence and drinking among African women – 11. März 2011
… data from the World Health Surveys.
Alcohol use is increasing among women in Africa, and comparable information about women’s current alcohol use is needed to inform national and international health policies relevant to the entire population. This study aimed to provide a comparative description of alcohol use among women across 20 African countries. …
Conclusions: A variety of drinking patterns are present among African women with lifetime abstention the most common. Countries with hazardous consumption patterns require serious attention to mitigate alcohol-related harm. … (Source: biomedcentral.com, 03/10/11) Comment: Now the alcohol industry knows about a wonderful field for marketing. (It knew before.)

Alcohol’s harm to others: reduced wellbeing and health status for those with heavy drinkers in their lives – 9. März 2011
Aims: The impact of alcohol on those other than the drinker is an under-researched area with important policy implications. This study is a first step in investigating relationships between exposure to heavy drinkers in respondent’s lives with measures of health status and wellbeing….
Conclusions: Cross-sectional data from a general population sample suggest that there is a relationship between exposure to heavy drinkers and reduced personal wellbeing and poorer health status. Exposure to heavy drinkers may have negative impacts for others. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/08/11) onlinelibrary.wiley.com, 03/07/11

USA: Activities Key to Cutting College Binge Drinking – 9. März 2011
It may seem like binge drinking is just a fact of college life, but a number of institutions of higher-education are proving otherwise. Survey data show notable drops in student binge drinking at several colleges and universities, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Feb. 16. For example:
* Alcohol-related violations dropped 3.7 percent at North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. over two years.
* Between 2007 and 2009, “problem drinking” fell 12 percent at the University of Pittsburgh. … (Source: Join Together, 03/07/11) with our Online-Comment: It is always better to invest in prevention instead of paying for negative results. If the alcohol free offers are a success, other students will try too.

UK: Association Between Happy Hour And Pub Violence – 8. März 2011
A Cardiff University study has established a link between pub violence and happy hour-style drinking promotions.
The findings also show that pub staff themselves need to do more to stop heavily intoxicated customers from continuing to drink. (Source: Medical News Today, 03/07/11)

USA: Mandatory Alcohol Testing for Truck Drivers Has Paid Off – 8. März 2011
A study conducted by researchers at Columbia University found that mandatory alcohol testing of motor carrier drivers has resulted in a significant decrease in fatal crashes involving truck, bus and other commercial drivers and alcohol use. The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/08/11) pr-usa.net, 03/08/11

The effects of a large reduction in alcohol prices on hospitalizations related to alcohol – 7. März 2011
a population-based natural experiment.
Aims: Finland experienced a large reduction in alcohol prices in 2004 due to in the lowering of alcohol taxes by about one-third and the abolition of duty-free allowances for travellers from the European Union. We examined the effects of these changes on alcohol-related hospitalizations. …
Conclusions: The results, obtained in a natural experimental setting when trends and seasonal variation had been taken into account, suggest that the reduction in alcohol prices led to increases in alcohol-related hospitalization in certain population groups, mainly among 50–69-year-olds, in Finland. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/05/11) onlinelibrary.wiley.com, 02/14/11

USA: Using ZIP code business patterns data to measure alcohol outlet density – 5. März 2011
Some states maintain high-quality alcohol outlet databases but quality varies by state, making comprehensive comparative analysis across US communities difficult. This study assesses the adequacy of using ZIP Code Business Patterns (ZIP-BP) data on establishments as estimates of the number of alcohol outlets by ZIP code. Specifically we compare ZIP-BP alcohol outlet counts with high-quality data from state and local records surrounding 44 college campus communities across 10 states plus the District of Columbia. Results show that a composite measure is strongly correlated (R = 0.89) with counts of alcohol outlets generated from official state records. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/05/11) sciencedirect.com, 03/01/11

UK: Tobacco and Alcohol: Learning From Each Other – 5. März 2011
Cigarette smoking is highly prevalent among people with alcohol use disorders. People who are dependent
on alcohol are three times more likely than those in the general population to be smokers, and people who are dependent on tobacco are four times more likely than the general population to be dependent on alcohol. Alcohol use problems are associated with higher levels of nicotine dependence and a lower likelihood of smoking cessation….12th and 13th October 2011, Parc Thistle Hotel, Cardiff, Wales. www.ashwales.co.uk

SMART: developing standarised drinking survey methodologies for Europe – 4. März 2011
The SMART project (Standardizing measurement of alcohol-related troubles) [1] has been looking into developing standardised methodologies to survey drinking behaviours as well as standarised cost-benefit analyses of alcohol policies.
The project has been funded under the EU Public Health Programme and it is to be seen in the context of An EU Strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm. …
[2] Ten countries participated representing various drinking cultures and different levels of political development ranging from Nordic Finland, new EU countries including the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary and Poland, Western European countries: Germany, UK and Ireland as well as Mediterranean Italy and Spain. (Source: Eurocare Newsletter January-February 2011)

Tourism, nightlife and violence: a cross cultural analysis and preventive recommendations (2011) – 4. März 2011
This new publication looks at the links between violence and tourism and the role played by the abusive consumption of alcohol and other drugs as well as by the context. Each chapter closes with a series of recommendations or descriptions of measures already in place or which could be introduced to deal with the problem at hand. (Source: Eurocare Newsletter January-February 2011)

UK: Alcohol-related liver disease in young people up 50% in a decade – 4. März 2011
The number of young people having to be treated in hospital for serious liver disease has risen by more than 50 per cent in the last decade, figures show. (Source: Eurocare Newsletter January-February 2011)

UK: Survey reveals cost of alcohol to society – 4. März 2011
Alcohol’s role in everything from injury and relationship breakdown to trouble with the police, emerges in a poll of 2,221 people commissioned by the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG).
According to the survey, some 11% of people polled have seen a friend or relative’s relationship end as a direct result of heavy drinking. One in five (21%) know someone who has driven while over the legal alcohol limit. And 51% know someone who has been a victim of alcohol-related violence, or has been attacked themselves.
The survey also found that 14% of children are being brought up in a family where at least one adult has a drink problem.
The YouGov poll paints a graphic picture of alcohol’s many negative consequences. The survey found that:… (Source: Eurocare Newsletter January-February 2011)

USA: Ignition interlocks cut drunken driving – 2. März 2011
Ignition devices that stop drivers from starting their vehicles if they are over the alcohol limit help prevent people convicted of driving under the influence from re-offending, according to a new study.
Re-arrest rates for alcohol-impaired driving decrease by 67 percent after the ignition interlocks are installed compared to drivers with suspended licenses, said the study by researchers at the Community Guide branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Around 200,000 vehicles in the United States are fitted with interlock devices that are used to prevent drunken driving by people convicted of such offenses. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 02/28/11) reuters.com, 02/22/11

Major Triggers of Heart Attack: Alcohol, Coffee — and Sitting in Traffic – 2. März 2011
We all know that high cholesterol, obesity and high blood pressure can increase the risk of having a heart attack. On the behavioral side, triggers include getting angry, exerting yourself and feeling stressed. But none of these individual risk factors account for as many heart attacks as population-level influences like the quality of the air we breathe, a new review study finds.
To calculate how population-wide environmental factors stack up against more individual risks for heart attacks, researchers in Belgium and Switzerland extrapolated data from 36 studies that analyzed various triggers, including caffeine, physical exertion, heavy meals, anger and even cocaine use. The study authors then came up with a rough ranking of which factors contributed the most to heart attacks in a population. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 02/28/11) healthland.time.com, 02/24/11 Comment: Air pollution has never been a confounding risk in alcohol research. An other factor to question the validity of positive health results.

Influence of the recall period on a beverage-specific weekly drinking measure for alcohol intake – 2. März 2011
Our knowledge of the association between alcohol intake and alcohol-related health outcomes depends, to a large extent, on the validity and reliability of self-reported alcohol intake. Weekly drinking measures are frequently used in epidemiological surveys, but it has been shown that respondents have problems in correctly reporting intake for a full week. The aim of this study is to investigate whether a beverage-specific question implies better recall and, thereby, eliminates or diminishes the previously reported association between the recall period and the self-reported weekly alcohol intake. Conclusions:
It seems problematic to recall alcohol intake even when the recall period is as short as 1 week. Weekly drinking measures should primarily be used when the main aim of the study is to assess the average volume of alcohol intake in a specific population. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/01/11) nature.com/ejcn, 02/16/11 Comment: Validity and reliability of alcohol research: One more big question.

UK: Purchasing patterns for low price off sales alcohol – 1. März 2011
…evidence from the Expenditure and Food Survey.
Ludbrook A., Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, 2010.
Poor drinkers in the UK consume a relatively high proportion of their alcohol in the form of very cheap products, but wealthier drinkers also drink these; a moderately high minimum price would spread the impact. Findings informed a Home Office assessment of the likely impact of a rise in the price of alcohol in Britain. … (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 02/28/11) findings.org.uk, 02/09/11

Alcoholism: Is It All in the Genes? – 1. März 2011
We know alcoholism runs in families — children with alcoholic parents have quadruple the risk of developing a drinking problem later in life than those without — but is the link genetic or the result of other influences?
According to a Feb. 8 Wall Street Journal article outlining the evidence for “alcoholism genes,” it is probably both. Researchers from the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism, a 22-year National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) investigation into the relationship between DNA and alcoholism, have put together compelling evidence from family studies indicating the problem has roots in nature versus nurture. … (Source: Join Together, 02/28/11)

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Norman Giesbrecht: Alcohol and society

Donnerstag 3. Februar 2011 von htm

A population health perspective. Editorial in
Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Vol. 27, 2010 ( 5 ), Helsinki, published by the Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues (NVC). The journal is supported by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), (Finland), the National Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research, (SIRUS), (Norway), the Swedish National Institute of Public Health and the Danish National Board of Health. The Swedish alcohol monopoly supports the journal with subscriptions. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 02/03/11) nordicwelfare.org Comment: Very important review on todays situation in alcohol politics.

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Newsletter January 2011 – e –

Freitag 28. Januar 2011 von htm

www.alkoholpolitik.ch Newsletter January 2011  (issued 01/29/11)

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In England there is still a discussion going on about the value of minimum prices of alcoholic beverages. They talk on such low prices that there can’t be any effect at all. The alcohol lobby is just too near to the government.

In the USA after the elections there are now new efforts in some of the states to liberalize existing alcohol laws, as the political powers have changed. In other states they still try to rise alcohol taxes in order to help covering a budget deficit. It’s a pity they don’t rise taxes to get a reduction in consumption and save money as well.

There are some countries which try to reduce alcohol consumption, e.g. Turkey, Sweden and Australia. The alcohol industry has on the other hand found new fields to expand with their dangerous products, e.g. South of Sudan, Vietnam.

May be one of the best jokes this month came from the Smirnoff distiller’s head of corporate social responsibility in the UK, Mark Baird, who told this week a Parliamentary committee that there is no evidence of a link between pricing and alcohol harm. “There’s no evidence that pricing does work,” Baird told the House of Lords Science and Technology. That is the best proof pricing influences consumption and harm. The alcohol industry never agrees to measures which reduce its profits.

This Newsletter comes out a bit earlier as usual, for technical reasons.



USA: Supersized Alcopops are a Public Health Threat – 28. Januar 2011
Tell your state legislators to bring these dangerous products down to size.
Recent federal government action banned seven dangerous caffeinated alcoholic beverages. The worst offenders are now back, minus the stimulants, as supersized, 23.5 oz., single serving cans of sweet, 12% alcohol content alcopops.
Drinking one can = 4.7 standard drinks!
Now it’s up to the states to protect the health and safety of young people from new, high-alcoholic content, monster-size alcopops. Tell your state legislators to codify the federal ban on caffeinated alcoholic beverages, and while they’re at it, ban supersized alcopops too. Take Action! Comment: I hope those alcopops will not come to Europe!

USA: Model Bill to Ban Caffeine and Bring Alcopops Down to Size – 26. Januar 2011
Marin Institute is now offering states model legislation to expand last year’s federal ban on seven dangerous caffeinated alcoholic beverages by the Food and Drug Administration. The model bill also restricts the size and alcohol content of the new reformulated products and other youth-friendly alcopops. “Our model bill offers states an important tool to help mitigate this public health problem while ensuring that stimulant-laced products do not return to the market,” said Michele Simon, Marin Institute’s research and policy director. For more information, see the press release and download the entire bill here.

“The seven key messages of the alcohol industry” – 2. Januar 2011
Introduction: The alcohol and tobacco industry sell products that can be dangerous to our health. For this reason, governments take action by, for example, raising taxes, enforcing age limits, prescribing warning labels and restricting advertising and sponsoring.
Literature shows that the “industry”—the alcohol and tobacco companies—have traditionally worked closely together, sharing information and concerns about regulation. They have used similar arguments to defend their products in order to prevent or delay restrictions being placed on them (Bond, et al. 2010).
The intention of this brochure is to inform professionals about the attempts made by the alcohol industry to influence alcohol policy globally and to subsequently arm them against the industry’s methods to prevent effective policies from being made. (Source: EUCAM, 01/02/11) “The seven key messages of the alcohol industry” (pdf) Comment: Very often public health professionals who are not involved in alcohol control policy are not informed what’s happening in this field. And in the political debate they are helpless. This brochure could make a difference.


Ga, USA: State Senate files bill for Sunday alcohol sales – 26. Januar 2011
Legislation paving the way for Sunday alcohol sales in grocery and convenience stores has been filed in the state Senate
New Gov. Nathan Deal says he will sign legislation for Sunday alcohol sales in stores if bill comes to his desk
Deal’s predecessor, Sonny Perdue, had pledged to veto a Sunday alcohol sales bill and previous legislation stalled in the Republican-led General Assembly. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/26/11) mysouthwestga.com, 01/25/11 our Online Comment: It’s good for business. Always the profit to the alcohol industry and the social costs, the harm to the people. But they are so stupid blind.

USA: Again: Rape is not an “Alcohol-Realted Problem” – 26. Januar 2011
In 2008, there were a number of posts on this blog about a rape at the University of Iowa that was terribly mishandled by the school. In the aftermath of publicity about the school’s “poor judgment,” a number of changes were made. The university president publicly apologized, two administrators involved in the case were fired, and the sexual assault policy was revised. A new article (in a Texas newspaper, the Victoria Advocate, oddly enough) following-up on the case also shows that in 2009 the school hired a sexual misconduct response coordinator who was trained to assist victims and make sure they “get treated with care.” … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/26/11) by Sarah M in: Campus news,General commentary safercampus.org, 01/25/11 our Online Comment: Talking about alcohol in the context of rape makes sense. Most of sexual violence has to do with alcohol. To reduce harm is one way to tackle the problem. Having lessons on sexual violence is an other way which is necessary too. But to start with the most effective measure is good. The other question is if the University finds the right way to reduce alcohol consumption on the campus. Most of the Universities haven’t found yet a good solution, because there is a lot of money involved. E.g. advertising. There’s a new study this month.

USA: Virginia Governor’s Office Resorts to Name-Calling – 26. Januar 2011
Don’t Shoot the Messenger – We had a feeling that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell wasn’t too interested in science when we highlighted his attempt last fall to privatize the control system of alcohol sales in his state. Numerous members of the state legislature as well as the media questioned his outlandish revenue predictions and how he was ignoring the facts.
Now it seems his obsession with privatization and inability to accept reality has spread to his staff. Source: Marin Institute, 01/25/11)

Ireland: Call for minimum price for alcohol and restrictions of its sale – 25. Januar 2011
Alcohol Action Ireland has demanded restrictions on the sale of alcohol and for the introduction of a minimum price for alcohol.
Alcohol Action Ireland is the national charity for alcohol-related issues. It called for all political parties to commit, in the run-up to the election, to doing something about the detrimental impact of alcohol on children…. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/25/11) newswhip.ie, 01/25/11

Alcohol Reports 4/2011 – 25. Januar 2011
News from different countries, worldwide, 01/25/11

USA: Cars Fueled by Four Loko? – 25. Januar 2011
Unfit for human consumption, banned cans of high-octane Four Loko are being recycled into ethanol — and used in gasoline, Scott Hensely reported Jan. 7 in NPR’s Health Blog.
You know the story: after numerous reports of hospitalizations and other related harms, national regulators sent warning letters to four companies that produced caffeinated alcoholic beverages (CABs) warning them caffeine was an unsafe and unapproved additive. (While some states are struggling to actually get the drink off the shelves, some of the companies’ reformulated products, including Four Loko, have reappeared on store shelves with just as much alcohol and sugary sweet, but without the caffeine.) … (Source: Join Together, 01/21/11)

USA: Students Wanted for ‘Big Bowl Vote 2011′ – 25. Januar 2011
Teachers and middle- and high-school students: here’s your chance to “Get in the Game” by participating in this informal national survey that will help measure the impact of alcohol advertising from the Super Bowl.
The Drug-Free Action Alliance of Ohio is calling for young people from across the country to participate in the “Big Bowl Vote 2011″ on Feb. 7, the day after the Super Bowl. The survey is intended to gauge which commercials the students remember and prefer — and to help students more-thoughtfully evaluate alcohol advertising. (Source: Join Together, 01/24/11)

USA: Alcohol Regulation Roundup – 24. Januar 2011
In national news: The Federal Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is proposing a bill that would require all producers of beer, wine, and spirits to include bottle labels that lists the nutritional content and ingredients of their products. Larger producers of alcohol look on this favorably, which isn’t surprising. Such a bill is likely to eliminate much of the competition they have been experiencing lately with the craft beer and small-wine movement, as smaller producers will be less able to afford the additional costs of determining nutritional contents of each variety of wine, beer, or spirits, and the cost of the labels. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/24/11) openmarket.org, 01/24/11

USA: Op-Ed: Time to stop the alcohol nonsense – 24. Januar 2011
This weekend, a Stanford undergraduate was brought to the emergency room at Stanford Hospital with a blood-alcohol level (BAC) of .40. There is evidence that “approximately 50 percent of all people with a BAC of .40 or higher will die.” Happily, because the coin flip landed the right way, the student survived.
While the Stanford community did not have to bury this student, this “coin flip” death should lead to the burial of three extremely destructive beliefs about alcohol. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/24/11) standforddaily.com, 01/24/11

USA: Extended Deadline For Youth Video Contest! – 22. Januar 2011
Due to Nasty Winter Weather. New Deadline – Midnight, January 27, 2011 Free the Bowl

Diageo rejects link between pricing and alcohol harm – 21. Januar 2011
The Smirnoff distiller’s head of corporate social responsibility in the UK, Mark Baird, has this week told a Parliamentary committee that there is no evidence of a link between pricing and alcohol harm.
“There’s no evidence that pricing does work,” Baird told the House of Lords Science and Technology committee yesterday (19 January). His comments show that the UK drinks industry’s biggest producer is sticking to its guns, despite the Government’s announcement this week that it will ban drinks sales at ‘below tax’ prices. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/21/11) just-drinks.com, 01/20/11 Comment: That is the best proof pricing influences consumption and harm. The alcohol industry never agrees to measures which reduce its profits. …

USA: Maryland Lawmakers Consider Dime-a-Drink Alcohol Tax – 21. Januar 2011
Maryland may raise alcohol taxes for the first time since 1972 by a dime a drink, Delmarvanow.com reported Jan. 14. Maryland last raised its tax on beer and wine in 1972, and its tax on spirits 54 years ago, in 1957. Its wine tax ranks 37th-lowest in the nation, its beer tax 44th, and its tax on spirits 47th.
Some legislators said the tax could partially offset the state’s $1.6 billion deficit and reduce alcohol abuse and alcohol-related costs. (Source: Join Together, 01/20/11)

UK: Proposed Minimum Alcohol Price Levels Inadequate – 21. Januar 2011
…, Say North West Health Campaigners.
Government proposals for minimum alcohol price levels that will ban shops and bars from selling drinks for less than the tax they pay on them are totally inadequate and will have little or no impact on improving public health, according to North West health campaigners Our Life.
Our Life believes that the government has missed an opportunity to stop supermarkets selling alcohol at pocket-money prices. Commenting on the proposals, Our Life chief executive, Dr Alison Giles, said: “These measures, which stop well short of setting a minimum unit price, will have little or no impact in tackling binge drinking and the rising tide of public order and health harms.” (Source: Medical News Today, 01/19/11)

USA: Alcohol industry grapples with nutrition labeling – 20. Januar 2011
Pick up just about any beverage on store shelves and on the back of the packaging you’ll find a numerical rundown of calories, carbs, etc. Unless, that is, the beverage is alcohol.
Some folks want to change that.
“In the year 2011, it’s sort of bizarre that alcohol’s the only consumable product sold in the United States that you can’t tell what’s inside the bottle,” says Guy L. Smith, executive vice president in North America for Diageo, the world’s leading distilled spirits, beer and wine company.
Diageo is supporting a proposal presently before the federal Tax and Trade Bureau — the agency with authority over alcohol labels — to list nutrition information such as calories, carbohydrates, serving size and alcohol per serving. But not everyone in the industry is as enthusiastic. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 1/20/11) mddailyrecord.com, 1/20/11 our Online-Comment: The European Union is also working on labels. But they have excluded alcoholic beverages at all, because the alcohol industry is against it. Maybe they follow when the USA begin. The effect on general consumption will be little.

USA: Nebraska Mulls Ban on Sponsored Drinking Games – 20. Januar 2011
To reduce drunk driving, Nebraska’s Liquor Control Commission is considering a ban on drinking games sponsored by suppliers or bars, the Associated Press reported Jan. 10.
The commission has focused on drinking games like beer pong because they “encourage overintoxication, which has a societal risk, a societal harm,” according to Hobert Rupe, who directs the commission.
“The problem with a lot of these games is if you’re drinking a lot of alcohol rapidly, in a short amount of time, you’re not going to realize you’re at that state until it’s too late,” he said. Under the proposed regulations, a bar that violated the ban could lose its liquor license. (Source: Join Together, 01/19/11)

USA: CADCA’s 2011 National Leadership Forum – 20. Januar 2011
Nearly 3,000 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists will convene Feb. 7-10 near Wash., D.C., for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) annual National Leadership Forum. Headlining the conference are Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Howard Koh MD, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, who will both provide keynote addresses during the National Leadership Plenary on Feb. 8. (Source: Join Together, 01/19/11)

Sri Lanka alcohol healthcare restrictions criticised – 19. Januar 2011
The government plans to introduce charges for treating alcohol-related illnesses.
A union representing doctors in Sri Lanka has protested against government plans to stop free healthcare for those addicted to alcohol.
The health ministry is planning to stop free health care to “alcohol-addicts” from next month.
The union says the new measure jeopardises doctor-patient relations because medics are required to provide a health report for each patient….(Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/19/11) bbc.co.uk, 01/17/11

UK: Minimum Alcohol Pricing – Good or Bad? – 19. Januar 2011
I read with great interest earlier, this BBC News article about the Coalition Government’s plans to bring in a minimum price for alcohol in England and Wales.
In the Coalition Agreement, it was stated that: “We will ban the sale of alcohol below cost price”. Ministers are now fleshing out their proposals to make this a reality.
It will work by banning shops and bars from selling drinks for less than the tax paid on them. It is hoped that this will send a signal that the Government is clamping down on the sale of extortionately cheap alcohol. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/19/11) johnmarkcole.blogspot.com, 01/18/11 our Online Comment: It is fine to have an ideology. Then you don’t need thinking. …

THE GLOBE 3 2010 – 18. Januar 2011
Content, e.g.: * Alcohol, HIV and Public Health
* Alcohol and tobacco ‘more harmful than cannabis and ecstasy’
* Tax increases ‘superior to minimum prices’
* Facebook updates alcohol guidelines
* Eurocare Presses for Ingredient Labeling on Alcohol
* Convergence in teenage drunkenness in Western countries (Source: GAPA, The Globe)

EU: The European Alcohol and Health Forum – 18. Januar 2011
Second Monitoring Progress Report, 15 December 2010

USA: Too drunk? Your car won’t go along for the ride – 15. Januar 2011
The technology developed in the past decade to sniff out terrorist bombs eventually could be used to combat another scourge: drunk drivers.
Researchers funded by auto manufacturers and federal safety regulators are working on sensory devices – to be installed as standard equipment on all new vehicles – that would keep a vehicle from starting if the driver has had too much to drink.
(Source: Harvard World Health News, 01/14/11) washingtonpost.com, 01/08/11

Maryland: Polls Show Public Support For Alcohol Tax Increase – 15. Januar 2011
An increase in the state alcohol tax is on the to-do list of the Maryland General Assembly, and some recent polls show much of the public wouldn’t be against it.
A coalition of health care advocates is lobbying to increase the tax at the wholesale level. The trickle-down effect would mean consumers pay 10 cents more per drink, but it would generate more than $200 million a year. A statewide poll found that 66 percent of voters support an increase, 42 percent strongly favor the money be spent on health priorities, and 39 percent favor using the revenues to offset the deficit. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/15/11) wbaltv.com, 01/14/11

Alcohol, Malaysia and the Constitution – 14. Januar 2011
The Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) legal advisor, Nurhani Salwa, says local councils are free to formulate their own guidelines based on existing Syariah provisions to ban Muslim workers from working in entertainment centres that serve alcohol. She told this to Komunitikini, commenting on the MPSJ alcohol-ban controversy.
She says that their authority to do this is based on Section 18 (2) of the Syariah Crimes Enactment of Selangor 1995, which states that Muslims are prohibited from manufacturing, selling, offering to sell, displaying to sell or purchasing any alcoholic drinks. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/14/11) komuniti.mlaysiakini.com, 01/14/11

Alcohol abuse among young women on US campuses quadrupled – 14. Januar 2011
There is an essay in this month’s The Atlantic called “The Hazards of Duke: A now infamous PowerPoint presentation exposes a lot about men, women, sex, and alcohol—and about how universities are letting their female students down” by Caitlin Flanagan, likely of interest to feminist philosophers.
There a few themes in the article but one of them is the increased rates of drinking among college aged women. I haven’t heard much about this before and I’m interested to know what blog readers make of the article. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/14/11) feministphilosophers.wordpress.com, 01/13/11 with our Online-Comment

USA: Md. on tap for alcohol-tax fight
– 14. Januar 2011
Maryland lawmakers are readying for a fight to raise the state’s alcohol tax.
Members of the Senate health committee asked the state’s health secretary on Thursday for studies on Maryland’s drinking habits and how consumption in other states has been affected by changes in the alcohol tax. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/14/11) the Washington Examiner, 01/13/11

USA: Alcohol Withdrawal in the E.R.: A Maze of Red Tape – 14. Januar 2011
You’d think recent advances in health reform would have made it easier to get mental health and substance abuse treatment. Parity legislation, for example, requires insurers to cover mental health and substance abuse treatment comparably with physical health.
Think again. In a Jan. 3 New York Times article, “A Long and Winding Road to the Emergency Room,” Paul Christopher, M.D., a Rhode Island psychiatrist, describes the case of an adult man so dependent on alcohol that he suffered seizures when he went without it.… (Source: Join Together, 01/13/11)

Maryland, USA: Miller says increase to alcohol tax is ‘nonsense’ – 13. Januar 2011
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller this morning had sobering words for those advocating a hike on beer, wine and liquor taxes: The proposal is “nonsense,” he said. “It is not going to happen,” said Miller, who has instead pushed for a hike in the state’s gas tax. Miller, House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Gov. Martin O’Malley participated this morning in an annual legislative issue forum hosted by radio host Marc Steiner.
The conversations were largely dominated by talk of budget cuts. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/13/11) weblogs.baltimoresun.com, 01/12/11 Comment: Commentators say he owns a bar. This is only a discussion on fiscal matters. Nobody sees the impact on public health.

USA: New Campaign: State Control – 13. Januar 2011
In response to increasing attacks by industry on the rights of states to regulate the sale, distribution, and transportation of alcohol, Marin Institute has launched a new campaign: State Control. This campaign is designed to help protect the authority granted to states by the 21st amendment, guaranteeing their right to use regulation to protect their citizens from the public health dangers presented by an unregulated alcohol industry. Please visit our new State Control campaign page here.

USA: Jefferson Parish’s new alcohol review committee flexes rediscovered muscles – 12. Januar 2011
For more than two decades, the codified method to regulate which businesses could sell alcohol in Jefferson Parish had lain dormant. That changed in March, and the newly constituted Alcohol Beverage Permit Review Committee has kicked its operations into high gear.… (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/12/11) nola.com, 01/11/11

USA: The Free The Bowl contest – 11. Januar 2011
The Free The Bowl contest is open to youth 10-20 years old. The deadline for 30-60 second counter-beer-ad video entries is January 24, 2011. Winners will be announced during the Free The Bowl 2011 World Premiere, February 3, 2011, at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, California. (Source: Marin Institute, 1/11/11)

S: Government plan to fight substance abuse – 11. Januar 2011
The Swedish center-right government has presented a four-year plan to reduce the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and narcotics – especially among the youngsters. While nation-wide statistics show a general decrease, abuse among young people is on the increase. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 1/10/11) sverigesradio.se, 1/07/11

S: Risky job to review beverage serving – 11. Januar 2011
Three out of ten municipal alcohol administrators have experienced threats in connection with their work of inspecting alcoholic beverage serving at restaurants and pubs, according to a survey among the country’s all 308 alcohol administrators in Sweden. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 1/10/11) stockholmnews.com, 1/08/11

USA: Police Bust Alcohol-Fueled House Party In Laconia – 10. Januar 2011
Several Minors Charged With Possession Of Alcohol.
Police responding to a report of a loud party at an apartment at 177 Mentor Drive at about 1:30 a.m. noticed several juveniles inside the apartment were drinking and holding alcoholic beverages, according to a police news release.
When the officers knocked on the door, the juveniles locked the door and refused to let them in, police said. Numerous beer cans were then thrown over the third-story deck behind the apartment and another officer witnessed the occupants dumping alcohol into a sink, police said…. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/09/11) wmur.com, 01/08/11

Advertise ‘Off your Face(book)’: Alcohol in online social identity construction – 8. Januar 2011
…and its relation to problem drinking in university students”.
Introduction and Aims: Alcohol is a key component of identity exploration for many young people, yet few studies have investigated identity construction in relation to problematic drinking. Increases in youth alcohol consumption have coincided with expanding use of communications technologies, particularly social networking sites (SNS), which have altered traditional conditions of identity construction. I… (Source: Alcohol Reports, 1/7/11) onlinelibrary.wiley.com, 1/7/11

USA: Alcohol May Come With A New Kind Of High:Taxes – 5. Januar 2011
Alcohol may soon come with a new kind of high. It’s not stronger proof. It’s a higher tax.
Alex DeMetrick reports supporters of a “Dime a Drink Tax” think they have a shot at making it happen in Maryland. If you like to pull a cork, you might pay an extra 10 cents for every glass. It’s called the “Dime a Drink Tax,” and it would hit all alcoholic drinks, if Maryland’s legislature approves it this year. For supporters like health care providers, this may be a good thing. “Alcohol excise tax is a win-win for the state. They provide much needed revenue, and reduce alcohol consumption and related problems,” said David Jernigan, Johns Hopkins professor.
(Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/04/11) baltimore.cbslocal.com, 01/04/11 our Online-Comment: Everybody should understand that: – We are all passive drinkers, as the World Health Organization tells us. We suffer under reduced life quality and pay the whole life long terrific amounts for social costs because of alcohol….

Prevention Of Bad Lifestyle Habits – 5. Januar 2011
… Should Be Tackled Even Before 13 Years, According To PhD Thesis Defended At University Of The Basque Country
Bad eating habits, ingestion of alcohol, sedentary lifestyles all unhealthy life habits that are already being detected in early adolescence and that are especially predominant amongst women and young people between the ages of 19 and 26. The prevention campaigns should take very much into consideration these groups at risk and even take into account those less than 13 years. … (Source: Medical News Today, 01/04/11)

Alcohol and public health policies in India – 4. Januar 2011
By K. S. JACOB, Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore 632002, Tamil Nadu, India; ksjacob@cmcvellore.ac.in
ABSTRACT: Extreme policies of prohibition or the current permissive strategies are counterproductive and call for a nuanced public health approach that integrates both the regulation of availability of alcohol as well as helps in rigorously enforcing the law. …. The WHO’s global strategy for alcohol and governmental and non-governmental efforts can be used synergistically to produce sustained action. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 01/03/11) Natl Med J India 2010;23:224–5

Brochure: Alcohol And Your Health: Make Informed Choices – 4. Januar 2011
The AMA released a brochure containing practical advice to help Australians to be more knowledgeable and responsible about alcohol consumption. (Source: Medical News Today, 01/03/11) ama.com.au, 12/28/10

USA: New Year Resolutions to Help Sober Up our ‘High Society’ – 4. Januar 2011
By Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
The New Year is a time for resolutions and here are my suggestions for some of those responsible for curbing drug and alcohol abuse and addiction:
For doctors: Resolve to take responsibility to treat substance abuse and addiction with the same medical professionalism devoted to other diseases.
For medical schools: Resolve …. (Source: The Chairman’s Corner, 01/03/11) our Online-Comment: I find the wishes to the Obama-administration and to all of us are too weak. …

USA: Fort Lauderdale mulls loosening Sunday alcohol laws – 3. Januar 2011
Want to enjoy a mimosa with Sunday morning brunch at a chic restaurant on Las Olas Boulevard?
Sorry. You have to stick with the orange juice only. That champagne bottle can’t be uncorked.
Unlike many other cities in South Florida from Miami Beach to Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale prohibits alcohol from being sold before noon on Sundays. Restaurateurs and bar owners are mounting an effort to change that longstanding ordinance. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/01/11) weblogs.sun-sentinel.com, 01/01/11 with our Online-Comment: When this law was decided, the lawmakers had the intention to prevent alcohol problems. The best measure is to rise prices, the second best to limit availability of the product. At the end the restriction on Sunday was left. From a christian point of view there are several reasons to prevent alcohol problems. …

Underage Drinking Related ER Visits And Death Will Skyrocket New Year’s Day – 1. Januar 2011
On New Year’s Day 2009, there were an estimated 1,980 emergency department visits involving underage drinking, compared to 546 such visits on an average day. That accounts for a staggering 263% increase according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drowning. (Source: Medical News Today, 12/31/10)

USA’s Drunkest Cities Are Milwaukee, Fargo And San Francisco – 1. Januar 2011
Milwaukee comes out top in America’s 40 drunkest cities, published by The Daily Beast, followed by Fargo, San Francisco, Austin and Reno. The average adult in Milwaukee consumes 12.76 alcoholic drinks each month, 7% of all its people aged over 18 years are alcoholic, while 21.9% are binge drinkers. 3.9 people per 100,000 in Milwaukee die from alcoholic liver disease. (Source: Medical News Today, 12/31/10)


UK: Fall in alcohol related deaths – 28. Januar 2011
ONS data: lifestyle survey highlights drinking differences
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released data showing alcohol-related deaths have fallen since 2008, but remain significantly higher than the early 1990s. Results from the General LiFestyle Survey (GLF), formerly the General Household Survey (GHS), were also released highlighting drinking and smoking differences between between socio-economic groups. (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 01/28/11) alcoholpolicy.net, 01/28/11

Review of public opinion towards alcohol controls in Australia – 28. Januar 2011
Increasing concern about the negative impact of alcohol on the Australian community has renewed calls for tighter regulatory controls. This paper reviews levels of and trends in public support for liquor control regulations, regulation of alcohol promotions, and alcohol pricing and taxation reforms in Australia between 1998 and 2009.
Conclusions: Implementation of targeted alcohol policies is likely to be strongly supported by the Australian public, but universal controls are liable to be unpopular. Policy makers are provided with insights into factors likely to be associated with higher public support. (Source: biomedcentral.com, 01/27/11)

USA: Emergency Department Visits Involving Underage Alcohol Use in Combination with Other Drugs – 27. Januar 2011
● Of the estimated 188,981 alcohol-related emergency department (ED) visits made by patients aged 12 to 20
in 2008, 70.0 percent involved alcohol only, and 30.0 percent involved alcohol in combination with other drugs
● Illicit drug use was indicated in more than two thirds (68.4 percent), and pharmaceutical drugs were involved
in more than one half (55.1 percent) of ED visits involving alcohol in combination with other drugs among patients aged 12 to 20 … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 01/27/11) dawninfo.samhsa.gov, 01/13/11

Atrial Fibrillation Risk Increased by Alcohol Intake – 23. Januar 2011
Not consuming any alcohol is recommended for reducing the risk of atrial fibrillation
Alcohol consumption increases the risk of atrial fibrillation, according to a meta-analysis published in the Jan. 25 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Satoru Kodama, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Tsukuba Institute of Clinical Medicine in Ibaraki, Japan, and colleagues carried out electronic literature searches of MedLine and Embase to identify studies measuring the effect of habitual alcohol intake on AF. …(Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/22/11) doctorslounge.com, 01/21/11

Australia: Consumption of Alcohol: 1944-45 to 2008-09 – 22. Januar 2011
SUMMARY: For most of the past 50 years apparent consumption of alcohol in Australia has increased, from around 68 million litres of pure alcohol in 1960-61 to 183 million litres in 2008-09. However, in per capita terms (that is, average alcohol consumption per person aged 15 years and over) a different picture emerges, with Australia experiencing periods of both increasing and decreasing apparent per capita consumption (Graph 1). …

UK: Alcohol pricing research – 21. Januar 2011
In early 2010, the previous government commissioned three pieces of research on alcohol pricing. This research has been considered as part of the review of alcohol pricing and the individual reports are available to download below.
* Economic impacts of alcohol pricing policy options in the UK (PDF file – 938kb)
This report will be of interest to government officials dealing with alcohol issues and will contribute to the UK government’s policy- and decisionmaking to address alcohol-related harms. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 01/18/11)

USA: CDC: Prescription Drug Overdoses and Binge Drinking Vary by Race, Income – 21. Januar 2011
In a first-of-its-kind report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) broke down data on health disparities by race, ethnicity, income, and education, The New York Times reported Jan. 13.
The report included data on the impact of alcohol and drug use on different segments of the United States population. For example, more Americans now die from prescription drug overdoses than from illicit drugs. In particular, White, non-Hispanic deaths from prescription drug overdoses outnumber those of African-Americans. (Source: Join Together, 01/20/11)

USA: 8% Of Fans Legally Drunk After Prof. Sports Games – 21. Januar 2011
First Study To Measure Blood Alcohol Levels After Games Finds 8 Percent Of Fans Legally Drunk After Attending Professional Sports Games.
It’s no secret that there is a lot of alcohol consumed by fans at sporting events, …A new study published online in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research (ACER) finds that BAC levels can be measured using a breath tester on fans as they exit football and baseball events. And the results show that 60% of the fans had zero BAC, 40% had a positive BAC, and nearly 8% were legally drunk. (Source: Medical News Today, 01/19/11)

Alcohol-related mortality and the density of private liquor outlets – 19. Januar 2011
Impact on alcohol-related mortality of a rapid rise in the density of private liquor outlets in British Columbia: a local area multi-level analysis.
To study relationships between rates of alcohol-related deaths and the density of liquor outlets and the proportion of liquor stores owned privately in British Columbia (BC) during a period of rapid increase in private stores.
Multi-level regression analyses assessed the relationship between population rates of private liquor stores and alcohol-related mortality after adjusting for potential confounding. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 01/18/11)

UK: The likely impacts of increasing alcohol price – 19. Januar 2011
…a summary review of the evidence base.
‘Below cost’ ban announced as duty + VAT re-opens pricing debate.
The Government has announced the ‘below cost ban’ will be defined as the rate of duty + VAT, despite concerns from critics that few drinks are sold below this level. A Home Office press release said “This is an important first step in delivering the government’s commitment to ban the sale of alcohol ‘below cost’ price.”
However some media reports described the measures as ‘minimum pricing’, a different approach based on cost per unit. See here for the differences between a below cost ban and minimum pricing. The ban on sales below a duty + VAT rate has been calculated as preventing retailers from selling… (Source: Alcohol Policy UK110119 / Home Office, January 2011

Risk and Protection Factors for Substance Use Among Young People – 18. Januar 2011
This report presents the results of a study of substance use among young people in Ireland based on information collected in 2008 during face-to-face interviews with 991 people, aged between 15 and 18. The target population comprised school-attending students and young people who, having left school, were attending either a Youthreach centre for education or FÁS Community Training Centre. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 01/18/11) nacd.ie, October 2010

Ca: Binge drinking: all too prevalent and hazardous – 18. Januar 2011
Alcohol use is the third greatest contributor to the global burden of disease, estimated to cause 3.8% of all deaths. Among people aged 15 to 44 years, alcohol is estimated to result in 4.6% of all disability-adjusted life years lost and a disproportionate number of fatal injuries. 2 Heavy drinking is classified as the consumption of more than 210 g of alcohol per week for men and more than 140 g per week for women, owing to differences in clearance and body size. As a metabolic poison, heavy alcohol use is associated with cardiovascular disease, oral cancers and liver cirrhosis. As an intoxicant, it causes dependency, injuries and trauma as well as substantial social harms. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 01/18/11) cmaj.ca, CMAJ 2011. DOI:10.1503/cmaj.110029 our Online-Comment: In May 2010 the General Assembly of the World Health Organization held in Geneva accepted with all votes of the 193 member states a Resolution on a global Alcohol Strategy. In it the evidence-based measures are listed which reduce the general consumption of alcohol in a given society. No need to wait any longer.

USA: Energy Drinks Don’t Blunt Effects Of Alcohol – 16. Januar 2011
Marketing efforts that encourage mixing caffeinated “energy” drinks with alcohol often try to sway young people to believe that caffeine will offset the sedating effects of alcohol and increase alertness and stamina.
But a new study led by researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University has found that the addition of caffeine to alcohol — mixing Red Bull with vodka, for example — has no effect on enhancing performance on a driving test or improving sustained attention or reaction times. (Source: Medical News Today, 01/15/11)

UK: Only 2 in 5 adults correctly identify unit content – 15. Januar 2011
Only two in five adults (42%) recognise how many alcohol units are in common drinks, according to research by Drinkaware. The survey also found that less than a third of adults (29% of women and 32% of men) can correctly state the recommended daily unit guidelines for their respective gender. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 01/15/11) alcoholpolicy.net, 01/13/11

Alcohol’s harm to others – 14. Januar 2011
… reduced wellbeing and health status for those with heavy drinkers in their lives.
The impact of alcohol on those other than the drinker is an under- researched area with important policy implications. … There is a relationship between exposure to heavy drinkers and reduced personal wellbeing and poorer health status in this cross-sectional general population sample. Exposure to heavy drinkers may have negative impacts for others. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 01/14/11)

Much advice about the effects of drinking proves to be false – 14. Januar 2011
From doctors to bartenders to new year’s resolutionaries, there’s no shortage of people offering advice about alcohol. Now take a look at what scientists have found when they put some conventional wisdom under the microscope. … (Source: Washington Post, 01/11/11)

USA: Family History of Alcoholism Ups Obesity Risk – 14. Januar 2011
A family history of alcoholism could make people more likely to overindulge on junk food, Reuters reported Dec. 31. To assess whether familial alcohol dependence was linked to obesity, Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) researchers compared national survey data on obesity and addiction from 1991-1992 with data from 2001-2002. Roughly 80,000 U.S. adults completed the surveys.
Based on the 2001-2002 data, women who reported having an alcoholic parent or sibling had a 49% higher risk of obesity than women with no family history of alcoholism — a much higher association than that shown in 1991-1992. …(Source: Join Together, 01/13/11)

USA: 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) – 13. Januar 2011
Data and Reports Released With Improved Access.
NSDUH is the primary source of information on the use of illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco by the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States age 12 or older. The survey is also a source of national estimates on mental health measures such as serious mental illness, other mental illness, depression, and treatment. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 01/11/11)

Social Class And Changes In Mortality From Liver Cirrhosis Over The 20th Century – 12. Januar 2011
A paper describing a dramatic change during the 20th century in England and Wales in the association between social class and mortality from liver cirrhosis features in Alcohol and Alcoholism. While deaths from cirrhosis were more common among higher social classes in the early part of the century, the pattern changed so that deaths from cirrhosis were much more common among the lower social classes by the end of the century. … (Source: Medical News Today, 01/11/11)

USA: Acculturation Stress Linked to Substance Use in Latino Teens – 12. Januar 2011
Acculturation stress may be part of the reason some Mexican and Mexican-American teens living in the U.S. report high rates of marijuana and alcohol use, Fox News Latino reported Dec. 30. …
The study, led by Jennifer A. Kam, assistant professor of communications at Ohio State University, found that increases in perceived discrimination over time were related to increases in acculturation stress, which in turn were associated with increased risk of alcohol, pot, and tobacco dependence. (Source: Join Together, 01/11/11)

USA: PSU alcohol program saw 800 students in first semester – 11. Januar 2011
“We offer 20 appointments each day, and for the entire semester we have been pretty much filled every day,” said Linda LaSalle, associate director for educational services at University Health Services.
The nationally recognized program, called Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS), is aimed at reducing high-risk drinking. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/11/11) centredaily.com, 01/10/11

USA: Woman Accused Of Serving Alcohol To Underage Guests – 11. Januar 2011
Arrest Report Says More Than 100 Juveniles Attended Open-House Party.
VERO BEACH, Fla. — A Vero Beach woman was arrested Saturday night after she hosted an open-house party where alcohol was served to more than 100 underage guests, the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office said. Laura Bloom was arrested on charges of open house party and contributing to the delinquency of a child, both misdemeanors. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/11/11) wpbf.com, 01/10/11

Consumption Report 2010: Swedes’ alcohol consumption – 11. Januar 2011
Despite the fact that the Swedish Alcohol Retail Monopoly’s sales are rising and statistics from Statistics Sweden indicate that we drink more and more alcohol, the trend is going in the opposite direction – Swedes’ alcohol consumption is falling. This emerges from the Consumption Report 2010 (Konsumtionsrapporten 2010) published by the Centre for Consumer Science at the University of Gothenburg. …. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/11/11) juraforum.de, 11.1.11

Nail And Hair Samples Show Alcohol Consumption Over Last 90 Days – 11. Januar 2011
United States Drug Testing Laboratories (USDTL) launched two new tests for monitoring long-term alcohol exposure on Friday. Using fingernail and hair specimens, the new assay is the first and only test to report a donor’s alcohol exposure for the past 90 days reliably. (Source: Medical News Today, 1/10/11)

Midlife Alcohol Consumption and Later Risk of Cognitive Impairment – 11. Januar 2011
A Twin Follow-up Study
Abstract: In this prospective follow-up study, we monitored the effects of midlife alcohol consumption and drinking patterns on cognitive impairment risks in late life. 1,486 subjects recruited from the Finnish Twin Cohort were included in the analyses. …Our results add to the evidence that light to moderate alcohol use is associated with a lower risk of cognitive impairment compared with higher levels of consumption. In addition, binge drinking was found to be an independent risk factor for cognitive impairment. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 1/10/11) j-alz.com, Volume 22, Number 3 Comment: The role and type of abstainers in this study is not clear.

Measuring costs of alcohol harm to others: A review of the literature – 11. Januar 2011
Introduction: People other than the drinker experience harmful consequences from alcohol misuse, accounting for part of the economic burden to society. Little has been done on costing harm to others.
Conclusion: Few studies have reported costs on the magnitude from harm to people other than the drinker, therefore the overall economic burden of risky alcohol consumption across countries is underestimated. This review may be considered a starting point for future research on costing alcohol harm to others. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 01/10/11) National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia, Available online 28 December 2010. sciencedirect.com

Alcohol Reports – 7. Januar 2011
Many new studies reported. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 01/07/11)

Chilean Scientists Develop First Vaccine Against Alcoholism – 7. Januar 2011
If tests on humans are successful, one jab a month would keep patients away from the toxic sauce known as alcohol.
Chilean scientists derived the vaccine from a genetic mutation present in 20% of the Asian population; those with the mutation in their genes reacted so violently to alcohol, that it inhibits addiction, according to Juan Asenjo head of the project. The Chilean scientists in essence tried to replicate that gene in a vaccine.
The vaccine is expected to augment dizziness, nausea and other adverse effects of alcohol, “With the vaccine, the desire to drink is going to be minimal, due to the sharpness of the effects” said the physician. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 01/07/11) hispanicallyspeakingnews.com, 01/06/11

Parenting strategies for reducing adolescent alcohol use – 7. Januar 2011
a Delphi consensus study.
Background: International concern regarding the increase in preventable harms attributed to adolescent alcohol consumption has led to growing political and medical consensus that adolescents should avoid drinking for as long as possible. For this recommendation to be adopted, parents require strategies they can employ to prevent or reduce their adolescent’s alcohol use that are supported by evidence.
Conclusions: A comprehensive set of parenting strategies for preventing or reducing adolescent alcohol consumption were identified. These strategies can be promoted to parents to help them implement national recommendations regarding adolescent alcohol use. (Source: BMC Public Health 2011, 11:13doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-13)

In Resveratrol Biology Longevinex Exhibits L-Shaped Safety Curve – 6. Januar 2011
It was Paracelsus, the Renaissance physician (1493-1541 A.D.) who first said “the dose makes the poison.” So, you can drink too much wine, or ingest too much resveratrol, but in an unprecedented study, heart researchers report they couldn’t find a toxic dose for Longevinex®, a resveratrol-based dietary supplement. (Source: Medical News Today, 01/05/11) Comment: This mouse-study could show, that it is resveratrol which protects the heart and not alcohol. Therefore alcoholfree grape-juice should be propagated to a big extent, not wine with its side effects. But it’s an old story.

Alcohol at the Movies – 4. Januar 2011
Films popular in Europe feature more drinking episodes per movie than their equally popular American counterparts, according to a report by the European Centre for Monitoring Alcohol Marketing (EUCAM).
The trend toward incorporating name brand alcohol in movie scenes as a form of product placement took off more than a decade ago. In 1999, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission reported that in the two previous years, “eight reporting alcohol companies placed alcoholic products in 233 motion pictures and in one or more episodes of 181 different television series.” (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/02/11) addiction-dirkh.blogspot.com, 01/01/11

Alcohol behind almost all murders in Queensland, Australia – 4. Januar 2011
ALMOST every murder committed in Queensland during the past year was suspected to involve alcohol, crime statistics show.
It comes as police investigate a death at a park in Cairns at the weekend, which is also believed to be alcohol-related.
Homicides were up to 56 in 2009-10 compared with 49 the previous year, and only six did not involve alcohol or drugs. …( Source: Alcohol Reports, 01/03/11) heraldsun.com.au, 12/30/10

Drinking Motivations and Experiences of Unwanted Sexual Advances Among Undergraduate Students
1. Januar 2011
This study examined the relationship between drinking motivations and college students’ experiences with unwanted sexual advances. Undergraduates, from a public university in the mid-Atlantic region, who reported recent (30 day) alcohol use ( n = 289) completed an online survey midway through the spring 2007 academic semester.
A strong relationship was found between having an unwanted sexual advance and recent binge drinking as well as drinking to remove emotional distress. Findings suggest that experiencing an unwanted sexual advance is associated with specific drinking motivations and more likely to occur among females. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 01/01/11) jiv.sagepub.com, January 2011

Finland: Older adults’ own reasoning for their alcohol consumption – 1. Januar 2011
Conclusions: Older adults have diverse alcohol consumption habits like people in other age groups. The oldest olds reported that they use alcohol for medicinal purposes. The “at-risk users” admit they use alcohol because of meaningless life, and relieving depression, anxiety, and loneliness. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 01/01/11) onlinelibrary.wiley.com, 12/29/10

Signs Of Social Alcoholism – 1. Januar 2011
– The Link Between Alcohol Abuse and Social Anxiety
People who suffer from social anxiety (sometimes suffering anxiety attacks also) may resort to the point of drinking alcohol to alleviate these extreme feelings of nervousness and in some cases without realizing it, end up engaging in alcohol abuse. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/31/10) prlog.org, 12/30/10

Risk For Alcoholism Linked To Risk For Obesity – 1. Januar 2011
Addiction researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that a risk for alcoholism also may put individuals at risk for obesity.
The researchers noted that the association between a family history of alcoholism and obesity risk has become more pronounced in recent years. Both men and women with such a family history were more likely to be obese in 2002 than members of that same high-risk group had been in 1992. (Source: Medical News Today, 12/31/10)

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Covering letter with the Newsletter December 2010

Looking back to the passed year 2010 we find that the WHO-Resolution for a global Alcohol-Strategy was the outstandig event in alcohol prevention. Even when national governments and media didn’t care so far, it will become important in the near future. We have to find means to inform the people about it without the medias, if necessary. In Switzerland we try with an Alert to get people sign for a petition on behalf of the government and the parliament that they should implement the WHO resolution in the new alcohol law.

Some new studies have shown how the alcohol-positive results have been achieved regarding heart diseases: Ischemic Heart Disease Mortality and Morbidity Rates in Former Drinkers.  A Meta-Analysis.
The authors say, “In future studies, researchers should separate former drinkers from the reference category to obtain unbiased effect estimates.” Here is the proof for what we wrote always when not specified “Abstainers” were used to proof health benefits of alcohol consumption. This is one of the reasons those studies are not correct. This meta-analysis compared with long-term abstainers, not even with lifelong abstainers.

In an other one, the Copenhagen City Heart Study the level of education was associated with cardiac dysfunction and predicted future hospital admission for CHF. Only a minor part of the excess risk was mediated through traditional cardiovascular risk factors. Regular moderate wine consumers belong to an upper level of education. Poor abstainers, who cannot afford wine, belong often to a lower level of education. Just another explanation for alcohol-positive results in so many studies.
The media will have to change their information policy. Perhaps next year?
All the best in the new year.



Study Suggests Link Between Sudden Infant Death And Alcohol – 18. Dezember 2010
Not a happy holiday thought, but an important one: The number of babies who die of SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, surges by 33 percent on New Year’s Day. The suspected reason? Alcohol consumption by caretakers the night before.
Led by sociologist David Phillips of the University of California, San Diego, the study documenting the dramatic rise in SIDS deaths on New Year’s is published in the journal Addiction. The spike, write Phillips and his coauthors, is beyond the normal winter increase in SIDS.
The study examined 129,090 SIDS cases from 1973 to 2006 using three multiyear nationwide datasets: computerized death certificates, the linked birth and infant death dataset, and the Fatality Analysis Reporting System. The authors say it is the first, large-scale U.S. study to explore possible connections between alcohol and SIDS. (Source: Medical News Today, 12/17/10)

Ischemic Heart Disease Mortality and Morbidity Rates in Former Drinkers
– 17. Dezember 2010A Meta-Analysis.
Current abstainers from alcohol have been identified as an inadequate reference group in epidemiologic studies of the effects of alcohol, because inclusion of former drinkers might lead to overestimation of the protective effects and underestimation of the detrimental effects of drinking alcohol.
The authors’ objective in the current study was to quantify this association for ischemic heart disease (IHD).
Electronic databases were systematically searched for relevant case-control or cohort studies published from 1980 to 2010. Thirty-eight articles fulfilled the inclusion criteria, contributing a total of 5,613 IHD events and 12,097 controls among case-control studies and 1,387 events with combined endpoints and 7,183 events stratified by endpoint among 232,621 persons at risk among cohort studies. …
In future studies, researchers should separate former drinkers from the reference category to obtain unbiased effect estimates. Implications for the overall beneficial and detrimental effects of alcohol consumption on IHD are discussed below. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/17/10) aje.oxfordjournals.org Comment: Here is the proof for what we wrote always when not specified “Abstainers” were used to proof health benefits of alcohol consumption. This is one of the reasons those studies are not correct. This meta-analysis compared with long-term abstainers, not event with lifelong abstainers. The alcohol industry and its lobbies did it very clever that even the WHO admitted some positive effects. It should come back to it.

Sweetened High-Alcohol Drinks Still Dangerous, Even When ‘Decaffeinated’ – 1. Dezember 2010
Three federal agencies — including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) — recently acted in concert to halt the sale and distribution of caffeinated alcoholic drinks such as Four Loko and Joose. Agency officials made their decisions based on research into the effects of combining caffeine and alcohol, and several recent incidents linked to the beverages where individuals (mostly young people) have been hospitalized or killed.
In response, David L. Rosenbloom, who directs Join Together, published an editorial in The New York Times arguing that caffeine isn’t the only problem with sweetened high-alcohol drinks. Rosenbloom pointed out three looming concerns: … (Source: Join Together, 11/30/10)


USA: Alcohol in the Stations (Firefighters) – 29. Dezember 2010
In the fire district that I currently live in, there’s an issue that drives me up the wall. They serve Beer in the Stations, there is an open wet bar, that the Firefighters can use anytime they please. I’ve heard from a few FF’s that I met, they do it, but have rules about going on the calls. One certain rule is, they wont be able to respond, if they are “TOO DRUNK” to drive. I have also seen them on calls, oddly enough, they were “Toasted” in my opinion, they broke down the wrong door in a neighboring building,, let me rephrase that, 5 doors were torn apart, even after I told them the fire was over here. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/28/10) firefighternation.com, 12/28/10

Scottish Labour Urges for Tagging Alcohol Bottles – 28. Dezember 2010
In an effort to dampen under-age drinking, Scottish Labour has urged local licensing boards to make tagging of alcohol bottles mandatory in the vulnerable areas where there is a grave problem of antisocial behavior associated with drinking.
A unique code is issued to the off licenses under the scheme using which they have to mark their bottles so that a particular store can be tracked from codes. In case of under-age people taking alcohol or there is illegal use of alcohol by an adult, the officers through the unique code can trace the seller. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/28/10) topnews.us, 12/28/10

Bosnia & Herzegovina: CEM and LINK join forces to fight alcohol! – 28. Dezember 2010
Center for youth education (CEM) and its partner organization for drug abuse prevention – LINK started a two year long project called „Alcohol free lifestyle“. The level of alcohol consumption among minors in Bosnia and Herzegovina is becoming alarming! The research made by the Institute for Public health of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina during 2009 shows that out of 2970 questioned students, from the elementary and high schools, 61% of them consume alcohol. 50% of those drink mostly beer, 30% wine and 20% spirits. 51 % of them claimed that they can easily get alcohol and 12% of them said that they started drinking before they were 12 years old. (Source: Active Newsletter December 2010)

Australia: Alcohol laws punish those already drinking responsibly – 27. Dezember 2010
Government, producers, law enforcement, sellers and parents all have a role to play in bringing about a better drinking culture in this country, writes Tim Salt from the alcohol industry.
Another year, another silly season. Over the past few weeks we have seen the inevitable reports of people getting drunk and behaving badly. During schoolies week it was images of teenagers celebrating the end of school by drinking too much. And on the eve of the new year, we will no doubt see more reports of people drinking to excess and creating a headache for society. Inevitably, anti-alcohol groups have responded as they always do – by attacking the product rather than the behaviour. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/26/10) theage.com.au, 12/26/10 Comment: The alcohol industry complaints that its self regulation doesn’t work. It cannot understand that better prevention measures are needed, e.g. the proposals of the World Health Organization’s global alcohol strategy. We have now the result of decades of alcohol marketing.

Detroit: Alcohol sales flowing on Christmas Day – 27. Dezember 2010
‘Tis the season to be — drinking.
Stores and restaurants open today enjoyed something they had were not allowed to have on previous Christmas Days: alcohol sales.
Earlier this year, state legislators passed a law that permitted the sale of alcohol on Christmas Day after noon. Previously, sales were banned beginning at 9 p.m. on Dec. 24 through 7 a.m. Dec. 26.
Though most businesses were shuttered on the holiday, those that chose to open — the occasional liquor store and several Chinese restaurants — were selling wine, liquor and beer. “It’s been steady the whole time,” said Savio Yaldo, a 20-year-old sales associate behind the counter. Since opening at noon, customers came. The most popular items? Champagne, hard liquor and beer, he said. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/25/10) The Detroit News, 12/25/10

Presentations on Big Alcohol industry tactics now available – 27. Dezember 2010
Marin Institute staffers recently returned from the Alcohol Policy 15 conference, where they gave several presentations on Big Alcohol industry tactics. These presentations are now available to the public.

USA: Really Big Alcohol? The Snowman Stumble? – 27. Dezember 2010
The Century Council – that venerable industry front group that purportedly aims to curb drunk driving and underage drinking – has stumped us this time with its holiday-themed responsibility ploy. It’s called the “Snowman Stumble,” an online game apparently intended to teach people about alcohol impairment. In this time-waster, the Century Council wants you to control a snowman walking home from a holiday party, and see how far you can get before the snowman falls over. Source: Marin Institute, 12/21/10)

European Alcohol and health Forum – 21. Dezember 2010
Seventh plenary meeting, Brussels, 18 November 2010:
* Agenda pdf – 18 KB [18 KB]
* Summary report pdf – 88 KB [88 KB]
* Presentations

USA: Fla. County Wants to Finance Drug Treatment Through Alcohol Tax – 20. Dezember 2010
Polk County, Fla.’s County Commission will ask state legislators to allow it to seek a 1 percent tax on retail alcohol sales to pay for substance abuse treatment and related services.
News Chief reported Dec. 16 that the Polk County Commission is modeling its effort after an initiative in Miami-Dade County, where commissioners won legislative approval to pursue a local option food and beverage tax to finance services for the homeless, including drug and alcohol treatment. Polk County would like an alcohol tax to fund substance use treatment services for all residents in need. (Source: Join Together, 12/20/10)

Australia: Hidden cost of excessive alcohol consumption – 20. Dezember 2010
Excessive alcohol consumption has a huge hidden cost to Victorian society, Premier Ted Baillieu said today.
Visiting the Alfred Hospital Emergency and Trauma Centre with Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge, Mr Baillieu said the Coalition Government’s Operation Unite campaign to be launched this weekend will highlight the dangers of over-consumption of alcohol.
Operation Unite will stage a weekend of action by police on 17 and 18 December across Australia and New Zealand to reduce alcohol misuse and related threats to public safety and order. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/20/10) ausfoodnews.com, 12/20/10 our Online-Comment: It sounds nice, those words for a stressed audience. But asking for awareness is not enough. It needs an alcohol policy which implements the global alcohol strategy of the WHO (World Health Organisation) in order to reduce alcohol consumption in general. This is the duty of politicians and governments.

Alcohol Abuse among Native Americans – 20. Dezember 2010
Alcohol abuse among Native Americans has lead to many woes for these tribal nations. Many tribes have banned alcohol on their reservations, but there is much controversy over what is best for these people.
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, on the border between South Dakota and Nebraska, has been wrestling with their alcohol ban for decades. This reservation was created in 1889, but the prohibition of alcohol sales to American Indians dates back to 1832. Even though it has been an alcohol free reservation since its origin, the tribe has a huge alcohol problem. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/19/10) bloghealthwolrd.blogspot.com, 12/17/10

USA: Alcohol referrals double at Mizzou – 20. Dezember 2010
The number of University of Missouri-Columbia students referred for suspected alcohol violations doubled from 2008 to 2009.
But officials say the numbers are known to fluctuate, and part of the increase could stem from better reporting on campus.
The latest report shows the number of students referred on suspicion of violating alcohol policies went from 430 in 2008, to 883 in 2009. In 2007, 631 students were referred. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/19/10) kmox.cbslocal.com, 12/18/10

USA: AAAS Says Keep Your Teens Safe This Holiday Season – 20. Dezember 2010
…By Explaining The Danger Of Alcohol Poisoning
Most of us know a friend, co-worker or relative who passed out at a holiday party. Never assume they are not in danger, especially if it is a teenager, according to the Science Inside Alcohol Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Many teens don’t know their capacity for alcohol, specialists say, and that can put them at risk for alcohol poisoning. Nearly one million high school students nationwide binge drink, which means …(Source: Medical News Today, 12/19/10)

Polish Presidency Expert Conference ‘Alcohol Policy in Poland and around Europe’ 18. Dezember 2010
11/10/2011 9:00 am – 12/10/2011 5:00 pm http://www.parpa.pl
The State Agency for Prevention of Alcohol Related Problems is organising an expert conference which will continue on the themes touched upon at the Swedish Presidency Expert Conference. It will be an opportunity to discuss the future of the Alcohol Strategy among policy makers at European, national and municipality levels as well as scientist, public health experts and representatives of the civil society.
The main themes of the conference will include: – alcohol and cancer – alcohol and heart disease – alcohol and liver – alcohol and violence – economic aspect of alcohol related harm
Conference will focus on evidence based policy recommendations and recent research findings. (Source: Eurocare)

B.C. addictions study recommends free alcohol for homeless alcoholics – 17. Dezember 2010
VANCOUVER – Alcohol is the cheapest drug in B.C., says a report released Thursday by the Centre for Addictions Research, which recommends a hike in liquor prices to reduce illness and injuries.
At the same time, researchers at centre at the University of Victoria recommend setting up a type of safe-drinking program offering free alcohol to homeless alcoholics to reduce their use of hazardous sources such as rubbing alcohol or mouthwash.
It can cost as little as 58 cents for a single-serving drink in B.C. liquor stores, meaning it costs as little as $2.32 for an average woman to exceed national guidelines for daily consumption and as little as $2.80 for an average man, said the report. The report authors looked at the price of every one of the 5,506 products on liquor store shelves in the province and the price of a standard drink ranged from 58 cents to $994.
“There’s quite a lot of very cheap drinks out there,” said lead researcher Tim Stockwell. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/17/10) winnipegfreepress.com, 12/16/10

USA: Trustees slash tax on alcohol in half – 17. Dezember 2010
Village officials say sales of liquor at stores like Costco and Binny’s will offset any sales tax revenue lost by an alcohol tax decrease. (Michelle Manchir/Tribune)
Bolingbrook shoppers will pay a little less in taxes for alcohol they buy at retail stores beginning next year.
Village trustees approved with a 5-0 vote to cut the tax from 6 percent to 3 percent on packaged wine, beer and liquor.
Mayor Roger Claar said the recent opening of Binny’s at the Promenade and of Costco, with their large volume of sales and regional attraction, will offset any revenue lost from the sales tax. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/16/10) triblocal.com, 12/15/10 Comment: That means more sales and more harm from alcohol. Shouldn’t trustees be trusted?

Eurocare Newsletter Winter 2010 – 15. Dezember 2010
With News from the EU-Commission, -Parliament, European Countries, from the WHO, the World, Research and Publication, the Alcohol Industry, etc.

Norway’s new education campaign “Alcohol-free pregnancy” – 15. Dezember 2010
The Norwegian Health Directorate has launched a campaign ”Alkoholfritt svangerskap” (Alcohol-free pregnancy) to raise awareness among the population about the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
“You give your child the best start if you abstain from alcohol during pregnancy. Research shows that alcohol may interfere with the development of the child’s brain and other organs. Think about drinking habits already when planning children”
The animation-movie “Soon to be mother” is at the moment running on Norwegian TV and cinemas and is available on YouTube and on their website: http://www.helsedirektoratet.no/gravid/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr__u6bRBK0 (Source: Eurocare Newsletter Winter 2010)

EU: Redesigning the Way that Public Health Policies and Priorities are Communicated to Teenagers – 15. Dezember 2010
The Boys and Girls Project, which is supported by the EU’s Health programme (2002-2013), will put together a series of websites that will explore the world of relationships, healthy lifestyles, body image and addiction.
The group chose a web series believing they would have a greater impact on a young and technologically advanced teenage network. To reach such a broad audience the, “communication must be on their terms and in a language they understand and relate to.” …
(Source: Eurocare Newsletter Winter 2010) Eurocare, 12/15/10

Thailand: Alcohol in the Globalized World – 14. Dezember 2010
– Thailand will never give trade benefits higher priority than public health, declared Thai Prime Minister Abhisit at this year’s National Alcohol Conference in Bangkok.
More than 800 national and international representatives from civil society, academics, health professionals, government representatives and many other groups, representing millions of people, is a strong force. But is it strong enough to keep alcohol out of the Free Trade Agreements negotiations and strengthen the protection of public health?
This was one of the issues raised during the 6th National Alcohol Conference, NAC, in Thailand, held the 22 – 23 November in Bangkok. This year’s conference was jointly hosted by Center for Alcohol Studies, CAS and Integrated Management of Alcohol Intervention Program, IMAP and the theme for conference was “Alcohol in the Globalized World”. (Source: ADD, 12/13/10)

National Transportation Safety Board Goes After ‘Hard-Core’ Drunk Drivers – 14. Dezember 2010
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) wants states to make drivers caught with high blood alcohol concentrations or repeat drunk driving offenses a high priority, USA Today reported Dec. 8. NTSB said that 70 percent of the drunk-driving accidents last year were caused by so-called “hard-core” drunk drivers. According to a new Michigan law, “hard-core” drunk drivers are individuals who have a second DUI offense within 10 years of their first, or who are found to have at least 0.15 percent alcohol content in their blood. (Source: Join Together, 12/13/10)

6th Meeting of the Science Group of the EU Alcohol and Health Forum – 13. Dezember 2010
Summary report available, Released 13 December 2010

USA: Alcohol behind campus suspensions from fighting, vandalism – 13. Dezember 2010
There have been more suspensions on campus this semester than all of last year. In addition, almost all alcohol-related incidents had the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko involved.
Associate Dean of Students Michael Ginsburg said the University has had more interim suspensions this fall with a total of 14 students suspended than all of last year where only 12 students were suspended. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/13/10) bgnews.com, 12/12/10

UK: Drug strategy 2010 outlines joint drug and alcohol treatment objectives – 10. Dezember 2010
The 2010 drugs strategy Reducing demand, restricting supply, building recovery: supporting people to live a drug-free life has been released by the Home Office. It outlines that “severe alcohol dependence raises similar issues [to drug dependence] and that treatment providers are often one and the same. Therefore, where appropriate, this strategy will also consider severe alcohol dependency.” An alcohol chapter on page 7 states:
‘Alcohol plays an important part in the cultural life of this country, with large numbers employed in production, retail and the hospitality industry. Pubs, bars and clubs contribute to community and family life and also generate valuable revenue to the economy. However, alcohol is a regulated product. Some individuals misuse it, contributing to crime and anti-social behaviour, preventable illness and early death. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/10/10) alcoholpolicy.net, 12/08/10

UK: Reaction to Drugs Strategy, Public Health White Paper and Licensing reforms – 10. Dezember 2010
Early responses to the new 2010 Drugs Strategy have been released by Drugscope, Addaction and the NTA. Reports from the BBC, Guardian and a Telegraph comment. Follow DS Daily for more.
Following the release of the public health White Paper, a summary of alcohol references have been highlighted on the ALC. An article in the Independent asks whether Lansley’s policies are ‘Nudge or Fudge’, the Telegraph reporting ‘no more nanny state’. The Guardian published a supportive GP comment and a radical critique on responding alcohol misuse. The Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston expressed support for minimum pricing in an outspoken interview on public health policy. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/10/10) alcoholpolicy.net, 12/10/10

Obama Declares December National Impaired Driving Prevention Month – 10. Dezember 2010
President Obama declared December National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) blog, Of Substance, reported Dec. 2.
According to Obama’s proclamation, thousands of Americans lose their lives to “drunk, drugged or distracted driving” every year. Obama described drugged driving as a “growing problem” and specifically pointed to the danger of driving under the influence of prescription drugs as well as illicit drugs. He referred to distracted driving — texting or using electronics while driving — as “life-threatening,” and recommended the Distraction.gov website as a prevention tool.
Obama said the federal government had taken several steps to prevent impaired driving. …(Source: Join Together, 12/09/10)

USA: La Cueva players sanctioned for alcohol – 10. Dezember 2010
ALBUQUERQUE – The alcohol scandal that cost two La Cueva High School football coaches their positions has now led to activity suspensions for four seniors on the team, News 13 has learned.
The four players allegedly consumed alcohol on the team bus while returning from the team’s playoff loss to Mayfield High School in Las Cruces on Nov. 26. They have been suspended from extracurricular activities for 45 days. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/09/10) krqe.com, 12/08/10

Iraq: Writers Protest Against Club Closure and Alcohol Ban – 10. Dezember 2010
Dozens of Iraqi writers and poets took to the streets of Baghdad Friday to protest at the closure of social clubs that serve alcohol in the capital, arguing that it harkened back to Saddam-era repression.
Holding up placards with the phrases “Freedom first” and “Baghdad will not be Kandahar,” they staged a demonstration near the Iraqi Writers’ Union (IWU) building in al-Wattanabi in the city centre. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/09/10) teaandpolitics.wordpress.com, 12/08/2010

Today is Human Rights Day, and Children’s Rights? – 10. Dezember 2010
Youth Rights in alcohol culture – all right? Active proudly presents ALL RIGHTS booklet
Today is Human Rights Day and on this day the European community looks to the situation in China and Liu Xiaobo. While this is important, not least for the children and young people there, it is essential to assure at the same time not to loose sight of the European situation. ….
(Source: Press Release Active, 12/10/10)

Colorado Bans Low-Alcohol Beer In Bars – 8. Dezember 2010
The Surprise Consequences Of Lobbying.
In January, Colorado will begin enforcing a law that forbids bars, restaurants and liquor stores from selling low-alcohol beer — usually low-calorie beer like Michelob Ultra, Heineken Light and others. Even Guinness may qualify as low-alcohol and be booted from Irish pubs. How did this happen? .. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/08/10) tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com, 12/07/10

USA: Airports and Airlines Easing Access to Alcohol – 8. Dezember 2010
Airports and airlines are making alcohol increasingly available, USA Today reported Nov. 30.
Airlines began promoting cocktails and other alcohol more heavily in the past year, according to consultant Jay Sorensen. “What’s happening is airlines are becoming better retailers of products,” Sorensen said. “They’re doing things to highlight the fact that, ‘Yes, indeed, we do sell alcohol on the airplane.’ They’re trying to mimic what occurs on the ground in terms of consumer promotions.”
One example includes a “happy hour” offered by American Airlines for fliers purchasing alcohol on certain flights in the month of December. … (Source: Join Together, 12/07/10) Comment: Swiss Parliament just agreed that airports may sell alcohol duty free to arriving passengers too.

Finland: An attempt to ban evocative alcohol advertising – 7. Dezember 2010
In summer 2009 the Finnish Government set up a working group to evaluate, among others, whether restrictions on evocative (visual) alcohol advertising were necessary. The working group finished its work in summer 2010 and concluded that no additional measures were needed concerning evocative alcohol advertising. This raised opposition, and consequently a bill proposing that only product information would be allowed to be shown in the commercials was introduced in Parliament in September 2010. Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/06/10) Health Policy Monitor, October 2010. Available at http://www.hpm.org/survey/fi/a16/2hpm.org,

Wales: Call for zero alcohol drink-drive limit – 7. Dezember 2010
PARENTS who have lost children to drink-drivers last night attacked the Government for failing to introduce an immediate “zero” alcohol limit for motorists.
MPs sitting on the House of Commons Transport Committee this week said the legal drink-drive level should eventually be slashed from 80milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 20mg, virtually zero.
It means drinkers, depending on their build, would have to stop at a sip or less before getting behind the wheel. … Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/06/10) walesonline.co.uk, 12/05/10

Itransition Helps WHO Launch Initiative to Prevent Alcohol and Substance Abuse – 7. Dezember 2010
Itransition Software Development Company, an international software development company, along with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Dutch Ministry of Health, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction (the Trimbos), have launched a new pilot project with the objective to prevent alcohol and substance abuse in Brazil, India, Mexico and Belarus. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/06/10) healthcare.tmcnet.com, 12/06/10

WHO recommends increasing taxes on tobacco and alcohol – 7. Dezember 2010
On November 22, 2010 the World Health Organization (WHO) released its annual Health report on financing health systems and universal coverage. The report recommends governments to raise the taxes on tobacco and alcohol to help pay for healthcare of millions of people who are unable to afford it worldwide.
The need for guidance in this area has become all the more pressing at a time characterized by both economic downturn and rising health-care costs, as populations age, chronic diseases increase, and new and more expensive treatments
become available. (Source: Eurocare Newsletter Winter 2010 )

Alcohol ignition interlocks for Queensland’s drink drivers – 7. Dezember 2010
New laws introduced in Queensland today will force high-risk drink drivers to pay for alcohol ignition interlock systems to be installed in their vehicles. The interlock devices will be fitted to the vehicles of drivers who: refuse a breath test or blood test, record a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.15, are charged with dangerous driving while affected by alcohol, and are caught drink driving twice within five years. The interlock system will apply to drivers charged with drink driving offences after August 6 2010 and will remain connected to offenders’ vehicles for 12 months. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/06/10) caradvice.com.au, 12/06/10

An Australian Council Calls For Reducing Alcohol Limit for Driving – 6. Dezember 2010
A debate has been started in Australia for reducing the alcohol limit for driving in order to alter the driving etiquettes.
A discussion paper was introduced by the Australian Transport Council this week to urge for the reduction of the national alcohol limit to 20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The council cited the example of Sweden, where reducing alcohol limit from 50mg to 20mg, there was experienced 10% decrease in the accidents related to drinking plus driving.
The alcohol limit in New Zealand is 80mg, while than in Victoria is 50mg. There is 13% of concentration of drivers aged 18 to 25 years olds in Vitoria and there 36% of all drink drivers face fatality related to road accidents. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/05/10) topnews.net.nz, 12/05/10

USA: Dartmouth Fraternity Faces Felony Alcohol Charges – 6. Dezember 2010
Felony charges were leveled against a Dartmouth College fraternity after a 17-year-old high school student was hospitalized following a night of drinking, police said.
The Psi Upsilon fraternity was served with two felony complaints for providing alcoholic beverages to minors, Hanover police said. Chief Nicholas Giaccone said a prospective student had to be rushed to a hospital after a night of drinking. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/04/10) wmur.com, 12/03/10 Comment: A wonder that parents still send their children to such a college.

UK Alcohol Industry: Zero Tolerance For Irresponsible Alcohol Marketing – 6. Dezember 2010
The Portman Group, the organisation for UK drinks producers, has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the strict standards imposed on the alcohol industry by its Code of Practice.
A series of full page ads in the media will highlight the rules and invite people to be on the look-out for any irresponsible alcohol products or marketing campaigns by drinks producers. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/02/10) alcoholreports.blogspot.com, 12/02/10 Comment: Self regulation of the industry never works. And this is the best way to make people aware of alcohol advertising. Clever indeed.

Report On Drink-Driving Does Not Go Far Enough, Says BMA, UK – 3. Dezember 2010
Responding to the Transport Committee’s report (England) on drink-drive casualties launched today (Thursday 2 December 2010), the BMA’s Director of Professional Activities, Dr Vivienne Nathanson said:
“While the BMA is pleased that the Committee supports action to reduce drink-drive casualties, we are disappointed that it has not called for a reduction in the drink-drive limit. We disagree with the Committee that a reduction in the limit would send out mixed messages. (Source: Medical News Today, 12/02/10) our Online-Comment: The message of this Committee is very clear: It is dominated by the alcohol industry and ignores all results from the many countries which have reduced their drink-drive-limit. To act like this is a crime as it costs daily more lives on the roads.

USA: Collegiate Newspapers Lose Bid to Take Alcohol Ad Ban to Supreme Court – 3. Dezember 2010
The Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought by student newspapers in Virginia challenging a state ban on alcohol advertising in their pages, The Roanoke Times reported Nov. 30.
The Collegiate Times of Virginia Tech and The Cavalier Daily of the University of Virginia sued the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in 2006, challenging state regulations that outlawed most alcohol advertising in newspapers serving college students under 21. They argued that the regulations violated their First Amendment rights, Student Press Law Center reported June 9, 2006. (Source: Join Together, 12/01/10)

UK: Beer duty to be adjusted to tackle ‘problem drinking’ – 2. Dezember 2010
The HM Treasury today announced plans to change beer duty for certain strengths as part of Government plans ‘to review alcohol taxation to tackle problem drinking without unfairly penalising responsible drinkers, pubs and important local industries.’
The Treasury announced its plans to introduce a new additional duty on beers over 7.5% abv in strength and a reduced rate of duty on beers at a strength of 2.8% abv or below. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 11/02/10) hm-treasury.gov.uk, 11/30/10 Comment: Interesting that it is now accepted: The price influences the consumption. But reducing the taxes on beer is an invitation for young people to start earlier. Maybe that’s the reason why this tax reform has been accepted by the industry.

UK: New public health White Paper outlines future alcohol health policy – 2. Dezember 2010
The Department of Health has published the new White Paper Healthy lives, healthy people: our strategy for public health in England. It sets out the framework in which a new public health service, named Public Health England, will manage a ring-fenced budget of around £4 billion. The paper proposes Public Health England will take on full responsibilities from 2012 with the ring-fenced funding allocated to local government from April 2013 as Primary Care Trusts are removed. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 11/02/10) alcoholpolicy.net, 11/30/10

Spending money is not enough to stop the AIDS epidemic – 1. Dezember 2010
Active urges for more coherent strategies to stop the spread of HIV/ AIDS.
Active – sobriety, friendship and peace commemorates the World AIDS Day by sending our compassion to millions of victims and by urging decision makers to do more in fighting HIV/ AIDS.
The European Commission announced two things on the eve of World AIDS Day: a 10% increase in contributions, spending €1.3 billion to fight AIDS as well as a stronger effort to improve “early detection” allowing better and earlier treatment of the disease.
“Our members welcome the effort to step up action. But spending money is not enough. Improving testing is not enough. What we need is a coherent approach to fighting the AIDS epidemic. We want an effort to preventing HIV infections. That means that the EU, national governments as well as development NGOs need to take into consideration the role of alcohol,” according to Andrea Lavesson, President of Active. …(Source: Press release Active, 12/01/10) ActiveHIVday2010

ICAP: Actions on Harmful Drinking Initiative in Vietnam – 1. Dezember 2010
The major drink driving initiative launched in Hanoi as part of Global Actions on Harmful Drinking (www.global-actions.org) will be co-implemented by ICAP and the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC).
The International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP) and Vietnam’s National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) today launched a Joint Initiative on Drink Driving to be carried out in Vietnam through 2012 as part of Global Actions on Harmful Drinking
Global Actions on Harmful Drinking is the result of a collective commitment made by the chief executives of major international beverage alcohol producers to make a significant effort to address harmful drinking in the 2010-2012 time frame. . …(Source: Alcohol Reports, 11/29/10) icap.org, 11.23.10 Comment: ICAP, the institute of Big Alcohol, gets in contact with governments of developing countries. It’s aim is not to reduce alcohol consumption but to avoid that governments introduce effective measures. …

EU: European Alcohol and Health Forum – 1. Dezember 2010
Forum Members: updated list of members as of 18 November 2010. Released 29 November 2010


Level of education and risk of heart failure 27. Dezember 2010
..a prospective cohort study with echocardiography evaluation.
Abstract: Aims With increasing socioeconomic disparity in cardiovascular risk factors, there is a need to assess the role of socioeconomic factors in chronic heart failure (CHF) and to what extent this is caused by modifiable risk factors.
Conclusion: In this cohort study, the level of education was associated with cardiac dysfunction and predicted future hospital admission for CHF. Only a minor part of the excess risk was mediated through traditional cardiovascular risk factors. Strategies to reduce this inequality should be strengthened. (Source: aerzteblatt.de, 9.12.10) eurheartj.oxfordjournals.org, 12/08/10

USA: ALCOHOL & CRIME IN WYOMING 2009-2010 – 27. Dezember 2010
This report contains alcohol-related information collected in all twenty-three counties in Wyoming during a twelve-month time period (July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010) by the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police. Information was collected from a total of 18,863 persons who were arrested and subsequently detained in a county detention facility. The alcohol-related arrest data contained in this report provides a detailed, statistical picture of the impact of alcohol abuse on crime in Wyoming. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/26/10) wascop.com (pdf)

The combined effect of smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol on cause-specific mortality – 27. Dezember 2010
A 30 year cohort study: Smoking and consuming alcohol are both related to increased mortality risk. Their combined effects on cause-specific mortality were investigated in a prospective cohort study.
Conclusions: Smoking and drinking 15+ units/week was the riskiest behaviour for all causes of death. (Source: BMC Public Health 2010, 10:789doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-789, 24 December 2010)

Impaired perceptual judgment at low blood alcohol concentrations – 23. Dezember 2010
Males and females show different patterns of cognitive impairment when blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) are high. To investigate whether gender differences persist at low BACs, cognitive impairment was tested in 21 participants (11 female, 10 male) using a brief computerized perceptual judgment task that provides error rate and response time data. … Males and females displayed a trend toward slower responses and more errors, even when mildly intoxicated. These data indicate that cognitive function can be impaired at BACs that are below the legal limit for driving in most countries. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/22/10)

Web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention for Maori and non-Maori – 23. Dezember 2010
The New Zealand e-SBINZ trials. The trial will provide information on the effectiveness of e-SBI in reducing hazardous drinking across diverse university student populations with separate effect estimates for Maori and non-Maori students. Trial registration: Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR) ACTRN12610000279022. (Source: BMC, biomedcentral.com, 12/22/10)

USA: Average TV-Watching Teen Sees One Alcohol Ad a Day – 20. Dezember 2010
Fueled largely by an increase in distilled spirits advertising on cable television, the growth rate in youths’ exposure to televised alcohol ads is outpacing that for adults, according to a Dec. 13 news release from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The report by the center indicated that exposure of youths 12 to 20 to alcohol ads on U.S. television increased 71 percent from 2001 to 2009. The average TV-watching youth saw 366 alcohol ads in 2009. … (Source: Join Together, 12/20/10)

Economic impact of substance abuse in Indiana, USA – 18. Dezember 2010
Substance abuse and addiction have a profound impact on all sectors of society. They are major contributors to a wide range of health and social problems, including …
The real economic impact of substance abuse is difficult to quantify empirically because there are both direct and indirect consequences…. According to our analysis, a total of $7.3 billion in allocations can be attributed to substance abuse; representing a per-capita share of $1,145. Most of Indiana’s funding is allocated to address the consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use rather than to prevent or reduce its occurrence.
For every dollar Indiana spends on services dealing directly or indirectly with substance use, 66 cents are used for healthcare, while only 1 cent pays for prevention/intervention initiatives. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/17/10)

Do changes in state cigarette prices impact current, binge, and heavy drinking? – 18. Dezember 2010
Raising prices on alcohol and tobacco products through taxation is a proven strategy to stem their respective use. As nearly 25% of the U.S. population uses alcohol and cigarettes concurrently, it is important to know whether increasing cigarette prices may impact alcohol use–a ‘cross-price effect.’
This study examines the effects of changes in state cigarette prices on current, binge, and heavy drinking patterns among demographic groups. Six years of cross sectional data are pooled from the 2001-2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys (BRFSS), a nationally representative household telephone survey conducted annually with random samples of adults 18 years of age and older.
Preliminary findings indicate that each $1 increase in cigarette price is associated with an 8% increase in the predicted odds of drinking in the past month. … Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/17/10)

Race and sex differences in age at drinking onset and development of alcohol dependence – 18. Dezember 2010
Multiple studies have shown that risk for lifetime alcohol dependence is higher in those who initiated drinking at an earlier age; however, few studies have examined this relationship by sex and race subgroups.
The purpose of this study is to investigate sex and race differences in age at first drink and development of alcohol dependence. This study uses data from Wave I of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), a nationally representative sample of 43,093 adults. Those meeting DSM-IV criteria for lifetime alcohol dependence (12.5%) were included in the current analyses. Linear regression was used to compare men and women and Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics on ages at first drink and onset of dependence. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/17/10)

Determinants of alcohol dependence in a racially diverse sample of young men – 18. Dezember 2010
Alcohol abuse and dependence constitute important health threats across the life course. This is particularly true among young males, who tend to have higher levels of abuse and dependence than females of all ages.
The purpose of this study is to identify the determinants of DSM-IV alcohol abuse and dependence among young men from adolescence to young adulthood.
Data for the study are from four waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). The sample for this study includes 4597 men who entered the panel between ages 11 and 19, and who persisted to wave 4 at ages 24 to 32. Latent growth modeling is applied to examine the patterns of alcohol abuse and dependence over time and to understand the major determinants of these patterns. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/17/10)

Alcohol Consumption May Increase Amphetamine Abuse – 18. Dezember 2010
New research indicates that ingesting moderate amounts of alcohol may increase an individual’s risk of amphetamine abuse.
* Amphetamines are part of a large group of drugs known as stimulants, which are commonly misused in the United States
* A new study shows that the amount of alcohol consumed may increase the likelihood of developing drug abuse
* These results indicate that there is a possible link between drinking and other drug abuse, which can be used in helping define treatment challenges. (Source: Medical News Today, 12/17/10) Comment: And one reason more to undertake effective alcohol prevention according to the WHO Alcohol-Strategy.

Older people and the health impact of alcohol – 15. Dezember 2010
Presentation of VINTAGE preliminary results by Peter Anderson at the Mini-Seminar on Alcohol and Elderly held on occasion of the 7th Meeting of EU Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action (CNAPA). (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/13.10) Read Full Presentation (PDF)

‘Monitoring the Future’ Finds More Teens Using Marijuana While Alcohol Use Continues Decline – 15. Dezember 2010
Monitoring the Future survey shows mixed results Daily use of marijuana has increased among eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade youth, while alcohol use — at its lowest level since the survey began — and binge drinking have continued long-term declines, according to 2010 Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF) results released today.
MTF, an annual survey funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), has measured self-reported drug use behavior and attitudes among high-school seniors since 1975 and among eighth and tenth graders since 1991.
Researchers, led by Lloyd Johnston at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, surveyed 46,482 eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade students in 396 public and independent schools across the country. (Source: Join Together, 12/14/10)

Alcohol consumption in Mozambique – 14. Dezember 2010
Regular consumption, weekly pattern and binge drinking.
This study aimed to describe alcohol consumption in Mozambique, discriminating binge drinking behaviour and the weekday variation in drinking patterns, and to quantify the association between socio-demographic characteristics and alcohol intake.
A representative sample of 3265 Mozambicans aged 25–64 years was evaluated in 2005 following the World Health Organization Stepwise approach to Chronic Disease Risk Factor Surveillance (STEPS). The consumption of any type of alcoholic beverage, during life and in the previous year, was recorded. Current drinkers were also asked about the number of standard drinks consumed in each day of the previous week. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/12/10)

Study: Alcohol Dose and Aggression – 14. Dezember 2010
Alcohol Dose and Aggression: Another Reason Why Drinking More Is a Bad Idea.
Objective: Numerous studies have examined the impact of alcohol on violence; however, only a small number have addressed differences elicited by different doses of alcohol. … Results: Analyses revealed a highly significant positive linear trend between alcohol dose and aggression for both genders. Conclusions: Our data aid in clarifying a body of literature that has been afflicted with numerous limitations and will help guide the selection of alcohol doses for researchers conducting future laboratory-based aggression studies. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/11/10) jsad.com (J. Stud. Alcohol Drugs, 72, 34-43, 2011)

Scotland: Levels of Consumption and Price Paid per Unit of Alcohol – 14. Dezember 2010
The price of a drink: levels of consumption and price paid per unit of alcohol by Edinburgh’s ill drinkers with a comparison to wider alcohol sales in Scotland.
To compare alcohol purchasing and consumption by ill drinkers in Edinburgh with wider alcohol sales in Scotland.
Patients consumed mean 197.7 UK units/week. The mean price paid per unit was £0.43 (lowest £0.09/unit) (£1 = 1.6 US$ or 1.2€), which is below the mean unit price, £0.71 paid in Scotland in 2008. Of units consumed, 70.3% were sold at or below £0.40/unit (mid-range of price models proposed for minimum pricing legislation by the Scottish Government), and 83% at or below £0.50/unit proposed by the Chief Medical Officer of England. The lower the price paid per unit, the more units a patient consumed. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/11/10) onlinelibrary.wiley.com Comment: It shows that the price is relevant for heavy drinkers. The solution are alcohol taxes combined with minimal price. Perhaps separated between pubs and retailer shops.

USA: Does Changing the Legal Drinking Age Make a Difference? – 12. Dezember 2010
This article extends the compartmental model previously developed by Scribner et al. in the context of college drinking to a mathematical model of the consequences of lowering the legal drinking age.
Using data available from 32 U.S. campuses, the analyses separate underage and legal age drinking groups into an eight-compartment model with different alcohol availability (wetness) for the underage and legal age groups. …
Results suggest that an unrealistically extreme combination of high wetness and low enforcement would be needed for the policies related to lowering the drinking age to be effective. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/11/10) jsad.com 1/1/11

For the first time in the European Parliament, the MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) interest group hosted a meeting to evaluate the cancer hazards of alcoholic beverages, and the potential impact of this knowledge on alcohol-related policy in order to address concerns over a lack of public awareness about the carcinogenicity of alcohol.
… a Eurobarometer report in 2010 found that 1 in 10 European citizens do not know that there is even a connection between alcohol and cancer. The same study also indicated that 1 in 5 citizens do not believe that there is a connection between cancer and the drinks that millions of us enjoy every week. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/10/10) europeancancerleagues.eu, 12/07/10

CH: Perception of the Amount of Drinking by Others – 10. Dezember 2010
in A Sample of 20-Year-Old Men: The More I Think You Drink, The More I Drink
The amount a person drinks can be influenced by their perception of drinking by others. We studied whether perception of the amount of drinking by others (same age and sex) is associated with one’s own current drinking, and the factors that are related to this perception. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/09/10)

UK: Soaps Portray Alcohol Consumption Through Rose-Tinted Glasses – 10. Dezember 2010
On average, over a third (38%) of soap air time features alcohol, but the negative consequences of drinking to excess are rarely shown, according to new research launched today (8th December) by alcohol awareness charity Drinkaware.1 Despite 162 instances of characters drinking to excess2 over a six week monitoring period, only 1.5% of alcohol scenes portrayed hangovers and less than 1% combined showed alcohol-related sickness, crime, regret or anti-social behaviour. (Source: Medical News Today, 12/08/10)

Study Highlights Risks of Combining Alcohol and Energy Drinks – 8. Dezember 2010
As more states move to ban caffeinated alcoholic beverages (CABs), a new research review highlights the mounting evidence on the health risks associated with combining alcohol and energy drinks, ScienceDaily reported Nov. 30.
In an effort to determine the extent of CAB use and its health consequences — and outline future research needs — a team of researchers led by Jonathan Howland, PhD, chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at the Boston University School of Public Health, examined statistical evidence from 44 sources. Source: Join Together, 12/03/10)

Heavy Teen Drinking May Impair Later Impulse Control – 7. Dezember 2010
A new study found moderately impulsive adolescent boys who drank heavily have less impulse control in later years — thus putting them at risk for more heavy drinking, HealthDay News reported Nov. 16.
Investigators at the Rutgers University Center of Alcohol Studies examined drinking patterns and impulse control scores annually among approximately 500 Pittsburgh-area boys aged 8 to 18, with follow-up assessment at age 24 to 25.
According to the findings, teens with moderate impulsivity scores who drank heavily had significantly increased impulsivity scores at the next year’s assessment. There was no change in impulsivity, regardless of consumption, among boys with low or high impulsivity scores. (Source: Join Together, 12/03/10)

USA: Study Highlights Risks of Combining Alcohol and Energy Drinks – 7. Dezember 2010
As more states move to ban caffeinated alcoholic beverages (CABs), a new research review highlights the mounting evidence on the health risks associated with combining alcohol and energy drinks, ScienceDaily reported Nov. 30.
In an effort to determine the extent of CAB use and its health consequences — and outline future research needs — a team of researchers led by Jonathan Howland, PhD, chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at the Boston University School of Public Health, examined statistical evidence from 44 sources.
In one study, compared with patrons who drank regular alcoholic drinks, people who drank CABs were three times more likely to leave a nightclub “highly intoxicated” and four times more likely to leave with the intention of driving. (Source: Join Together, 12/03/10)

UK: Supermarket deals damaging alcohol brand building – 3. Dezember 2010
Cheap supermarket deals on alcohol are short-termist and damaging to alcohol brand building, while helping to reduce the value of Christmas to the alcohol industry. That’s the view of research company Mintel as a new study showed that spending on alcohol in the fourth quarter declined from £11.5bn in 2009 (probably 2008, htm) to £10.4bn in 2009, costing the industry over a billion pounds in lost revenue. It forecasts a bigger drop this year…. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/03/10) morningadvertiser.co.uk, 12/03/10

Study Pinpoints Molecular Mechanism That Causes Teens To Be Less Sensitive To Alcohol Than Adults – 3. Dezember 2010
Researchers have known for years that teens are less sensitive than adults to the motor-impairing effects of alcohol, but they do not know exactly what is happening in the brain that causes teens to be less sensitive than adults. But now, neuropsychologists at Baylor University have found the particular cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the age-dependent effect of alcohol in teens that may cause the reduced motor impairment. (Source: Medical News Today, 12/02/10)

The prevalence of work-related deaths associated with alcohol and drugs in Victoria, Australia, 2001–6 – 2. Dezember 2010
To describe the presence of alcohol, cannabis and amphetamines in work-related injury deaths in Victoria, 2001–6, an observational study of work-related deaths reported to the State Coroner’s Office, Victoria, Australia was conducted.
Case and postmortem forensic toxicology data were obtained from the National Coroner’s Information System for work-related injury deaths with positive toxicology screens.
Over 6 years there were 43 worker deaths in a total of 355 unintentional work-related injury deaths. The coroner mentioned the presence of alcohol/drugs in 22 of the 43 worker deaths with positive toxicology screens. Toxicology screens were positive for alcohol and/or drugs in 79 work-related deaths overall. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 11/02/10) injuryprevention.bmj.com, Inj Prev 2010;16:423-428 doi:10.1136/ip.2010.027052

Ireland: The burden of alcohol-related morbidity on hospital services – 1. Dezember 2010
The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) manages the Hospital In-Patient Enquiry (HIPE) scheme. This is a
computerised health information system designed to collect clinical and administrative data on discharges from over 60
acute hospitals in Ireland. This article reports on an analysis of HIPE data on discharges, including deaths in hospital, of cases with an alcohol-related diagnosis in the years 2005–2008, in order to assess the burden of alcohol-related morbidity on Irish hospitals. It is important to note that, because the HIPE scheme does not record attendances at emergency departments, using HIPE data to assess the impact of alcohol use on acute hospital services can lead to an under-estimation of the true extent of the burden. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 11/30/10) drugsandalcohol.ie / Drugnet automn 2010
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The Globe issue 2/2010

Dienstag 5. Oktober 2010 von htm

Journal of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) ist online erhältlich. Form the list of content:
* Proof? Article reprinted by kind permission of the magazine of Johns Hopkins Public Health
* Row over new US Dietary Guidelines on Alcohol
* UK licensing reform ‘a mistake’
* Alcohol increases aggression – but only in some
* Ireland Lowers Drink-Drive Limit
* EU Alcohol Policy Conference

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Newsletter June 2010 – e –

Mittwoch 30. Juni 2010 von htm

www.alkoholpolitik.ch Newsletter June 2010    (issued 06/30/10)

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Introduction to E-Mail-Newsletter

Also in June there was not much to be seen as a result from the WHO-Resolution on a global alcohol strategy. It looks like a tactic game. The people is not allowed to get the information needed which would enable to demand an effective alcohol policy. The Swiss government even plans to reduce the budget for prevention.

The alcohol problem has had a difficult stand this month to find attention in the medias, beside the football/soccer world championship in South Africa and the oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. Anyhow, an institution has taken up again the alcohol sponsoring by FIFA, after the Global Resolution hadn’t succeeded last time. Now FIFA has offered a lecture on alcohol, which looks like easing the own bad conscience.

Besides, the usual madness with alcohol goes on, on roads and public squares, in party scenes, hidden behind doors, during big festivals, etc. The alcohol lobby is lobbying, putting governments, politicians, economies and medias under pressure, the people is suffering and paying the social costs. The institution media critics, which could bring to light this tragedy is not effective. They don’t like to burn their fingers. Perhaps somebody is looking sometimes for a new job, understandable. Therefore an institution is needed which is in the long run independent.



USA: N.C. Rejects Bud Light as Arena Sponsor – 23. Juni 2010
A proposal to name Raleigh, N.C.’s new outdoor performance venue the Bud Light Amphitheater has been shot down by the state’s liquor-control agency, the News Observer reported June 17. Awarding the naming rights to Anheuser-Busch would have netted the city $1.5 million annually, but the N.C. Alcohol and Beverage Control Commission rejected the exception to state liquor laws that would have been required for the deal to go forward. The law explicitly prohibits public venues from being named for alcoholic beverages or brands. (Source: Join Together, 6/22/10)

Smirnoff Ices Viral Game Website – 21. Juni 2010
The main website promoting the viral “icing” drinking game has been taken down — most likely shut down by Diageo, the parent company of Smirnoff, Ad Age reported June 16. The company, whose Smirnoff Ice is the centerpiece of the game, said it had taken “measures” against promotion of the game, which centers on consumption of warm bottles of Smirnoff Ice. … (Source: Join Together, 6/18/10)

The Adelaide Statement on Health in All Policies 2010 – 21. Juni 2010
moving towards a shared governance for health and well-being – Taking account of health – means more – effective government – More effective government – means improved health The Adelaide Statement on Health in All Policies is to engage leaders and policy-makers at all levels of government—local, regional, national and international. It emphasizes that government objectives are best achieved when all sectors include health and well-being as a key component of policy development. This is because the causes of health and well-being lie outside the health sector and are socially and economically formed. Although many sectors already contribute to better health, significant gaps still exist. Health in All Policies, International Meeting, Adelaide 13-15 April 2010

Forum Syd Sweden addresses alcohol and development – 17. Juni 2010
Alcohol is now recognised as a strategic development issue in Forum Syd, Sweden, according to a decision taken in the general assembly of the Forum. – A decision of great importance, comments Per-Åke Andersson from IOGT-NTO in Sweden. Andersson says that this decision has made alcohol as an obstacle to development a concern for mainstream development NGOs in Sweden. Forum Syd is an umbrella organisation which gathers almost two hundred Swedish organisations working with international development cooperation and advocacy on global issues. The common aim is global justice. (Source: ADD-Bulletin 4/2010)

What if Drug Addiction were as Important to the President as Oil Addiction? – 9. Juni 2010
Form the blog by Joseph A. Califano, Jr. Can you imagine how many children and families–and how many tax dollars–would be saved if the President, the governors and the media paid as much attention to our addiction to drugs as they are giving to our addiction to oil! ….In pressing for his energy bill, President Obama has noted that we Americans are five percent of the world’s population, but we consume 25 percent of the world’s oil. What about this one, Mr. President: We Americans are five percent of the world’s population and we consume 66 percent of the world’s illegal drugs. This other American addiction ruins millions of individuals and families each year. These drugs pour across our borders–they come across many of the same beaches now polluted by BP’s oil–and our government is just as inept at keeping them out of our country. (Source: CASA, THE CHAIRMANS CORNER, 6/7/10)


Lower Drink Drive Limit – say Doctors in Northern Ireland – 28. Juni 2010
Lowering the drink drive limit will save lives, Northern Ireland doctors said last Friday, 25 June. The BMA’s statement comes amid reports that the Republic of Ireland will move to cut the drink drive limit. Fermanagh GP and member of the BMA’s GP committee Dr John Porteous said, “It has been estimated that there would be 8 fewer deaths on our roads in Northern Ireland by lowering blood alcohol levels to 50mg from the current level of 80mg. (Source: Medical News Today, 6/27/10)

Alcohol And Drugs ‘Stifle Artistic Creativity’ – 26. Juni 2010
The idea that alcohol and drugs can stimulate artists, writers and musicians to create great works of art is a “dangerous myth” and can actually stifle creativity, a psychiatrist has said. Dr Iain Smith, a consultant in addiction psychiatry at Gartnavel Royal Hospital in Glasgow, was speaking at the International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Edinburgh. He said that while many artists and writers, such as the 19th century French poet Baudelaire and American writer Ernest Hemingway, were well known for their use of intoxicating substances (cannabis and alcohol respectively), most produced their greatest works when they were sober. (Source: Medical News Today, 6/25/10)

UK: Late-night bars and pubs face levy … – 25. Juni 2010
..to meet cost of policing binge drinkers. Bars and pubs that stay open after 11pm will have to pay a “law and order” fee, following police concerns over the levels of drink-fuelled disorder. Under plans to dismantle round-the-clock drinking, the government wants late-night bars to help pay for the cost of tackling antisocial behaviour and alcohol-related violence. Town halls will be given the power to charge premises additional fees for late-night licences, with the amount likely to be graded on the establishment’s popularity. The proposals will run alongside new powers reducing the number of outlets selling alcohol. … (Source: Harvard World Health News, 6/24/10) guardian.co.uk, 6/20/10

UK: Late-Night Drinking Laws Brought Violence and Binge Drinking – 25. Juni 2010
Police press home secretary to call time on late-night drinking laws. Campaigners says Labour’s introduction of late licences has encouraged binge drinking and led to more violent crime. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 6/24/10) guardian.co.uk, 6/20/10 Comment: It’s a pity the government didn’t listen to public health specialists.

Experts Critical of Purported Hangover Curative – 25. Juni 2010
A new drink debuting in France claims to reduce drunkenness and lessen hangovers but has health experts wary, Fox News reported June 16. The drink, Outox, purports to “greatly speed up” the breakdown of alcohol in the blood, which the company says has been medically tested, though this has not been independently verified. “If someone invented a product capable of really lowering the level of alcohol in the blood, he would deserve a Nobel prize,” said Alain Rigaud, president of the French anti-alcoholism group Association Nationale de Prevention en Alcoologie et Addictologie (ANPAA). (Source: Join Together, 6/24/10)

Russia hopes shock ads and price hikes will dampen love for vodka – 25. Juni 2010
President Dmitry Medvedev spearheads Kremlin offensive against spirit blamed for 500,000 deaths a year With sensationalist adverts, steep price rises and bombastic rhetoric, Russia is pulling out all the stops to curb the national love affair with vodka that is estimated to cause 500,000 deaths a year, especially among men. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 6/23/10) guardian.co.uk, 6/21/10

Focus On Links Between Alcohol And Cancer, Australia – 25. Juni 2010
AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce, said today that more needs to be done to stop young people from taking up drinking at an early age, including banning alcohol advertising and promotions that are targeted at teenagers and adolescents. Dr Pesce said that excess alcohol consumption is known to be a contributor to cancer rates in Australia. The 2010 edition of Australia’s Health, released yesterday, showed that there are rising rates of cancer in the community and that cancer is the leading cause of disease burden in Australia. (Source: Medical News Today, 6/24/10)

EU Open Health Forum conference – 23. Juni 2010
“Together for Health – a Strategy for the EU 2020″ (Brussels, 29-30 June 2010) – The Conference will be broadcast live. Read the programme and watch the event. The Open Health Forum will be broadcast live on this page. All day long, you will have the possibility to watch and listen to all the different speakers taking part in the conference.

Retailer Seeks Overhaul of Wash. Liquor Sales System – 23. Juni 2010
Washington voters will be asked this fall whether private companies should be allowed to sell liquor, part of a ballot initiative driven by big-box retailer Costco. The Wall Street Journal reported June 18 that Costco wants to be able to sell liquor in its stores, but Washington currently restricts such sales to state stores, although beer and wine can be sold in grocery stores and elsewhere. Costco contributed more than half a million dollars to the campaign run by a group called Modernize Washington and had its employees collect ballot signatures from customers. (Source: Join Together, 6/21/10)

THE GLOBE – issue 1/2010 – 19. Juni 2010
From the content: Global alcohol strategy endorsed. – UK Government “too close to drinks industry”. – Indian Government urged to formulate National Alcohol Policy. – Articles on Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Pacific Region, etc. THE GLOBE 1/2010 online

Eurocare: What’s NOT on the bottle? – 17. Juni 2010
Eurocare response to vote of the EP on ‘Food Information to Consumers’. Eurocare (European Alcohol Policy Alliance) is extremely disappointed with the shape of the Food Information to Consumers legislation which exempts alcoholic beverages from obligation to list its content. This is despite the fact that alcohol is high in calorie content, carbohydrates and certain ingredients used in its production can cause allergies or intolerances. We strongly believe that we all have the right to make informed choices and the current proposal will mean that one will know what is in a bottle of a fruit juice but not in a bottle of alcoholic beverage. (Source: Eurocare, 6/17/10)

USA: Budget Cuts Gut Mo. Alcohol Enforcement – 17. Juni 2010
The Missouri legislature has cut over $1 million from its Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, leaving just five agents to monitor 12,000 liquor licenses, the Associated Press reported June 14. The burden will now be on local law enforcement to bridge the regulatory gap — checking licenses and monitoring the sale of alcohol to minors — a task police officials say stresses an already overextended police force. (Source: Join Together, 6/16/10)

UK: Drink-driving review wants to lower alcohol limit – 17. Juni 2010
The legal alcohol limit for drivers should be lowered by almost half to save lives and reduce casualties on the roads, a report published on Wednesday advises. The Whitehall-commissioned study outlines 51 recommendations, including reducing the drink-drive limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg. (Source: news.yahoo.com, 6/16/10)

F: L’Alliance prévention alcool, devient une association – 15. Juni 2010
L’Alliance Prévention Alcool organise une conférence de presse le 15 juin. Cette conférence de presse revête une importance particulière, en effet à cette occasion, la constitution en association Loi 1901 de l’Alliance Prévention Alcool sera annoncée. Ce collectif national pour la prévention du risque alcool (qui rassemble des associations, des fédérations, des mutuelles et des personnalités de toute nature, qui veulent agir et communiquer dans le domaine de la prévention du risque alcool) devient officiellement une association…. (Source: anpaa.asso.fr, 15 juin 2010)

More Austrian women become alcohol dependent – 15. Juni 2010
The amount of alcohol dependent women in Austria is increasing rapidly, warns the director of the Austrian Anton Proksch Institute Michael Musalek. If this trend continues, the amount of alcohol dependent women in Austria is going to redouble. Alcohol seems to be very popular in the Alpine Republic. The country takes the top places in the international comparison. (Source: Google alcohol news, 6/14/10) austrianews.co.uk, 6/14/10 Comment: It seems the prevention work of the Institute ist not successful. At least the politicians are not listening to them.

USA: College Official: Don’t Ask Us to Solve Student Drinking – 15. Juni 2010
Binge and underage drinking are societal problems that college officials can’t be expected to solve, according to a speaker at the annual meeting of the American College Health Association (ACHA). USA Today reported June 4 that Edward P. Ehlinger, head of the Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota, said that current efforts to combat dangerous drinking among college students aren’t working. “I don’t think the problem of alcohol is an underage problem. It is not a college or university problem,” he said. “I think alcohol is a community problem — it is a societal problem.” (Source: Join Together, 6/11/10) with our online comment

Alcohol targeted in Venezuela by Chavez – 13. Juni 2010
Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez has promised tighter restrictions on alcohol sales. President Hugo Chavez says he wants Venezuelans to stop drinking so much alcohol, and he has ordered the military to crack down on businesses selling beer on the streets or after legal hours. Chavez said his government is considering raising taxes on alcohol and cigarettes. Venezuelans’ taste for beer and Scotch whisky is an irritation to the leftist president, and he raised liquor and cigarette taxes three years ago while calling for similar measures – to little effect. (Source: Google alcohol news, 6/12/10) nzherald.co.nz, 6/12/10

USA: ‘Icing’ Drinking Game Goes Viral – 10. Juni 2010
Smirnoff Denies Responsibility. From college campuses across the U.S. to Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, “icing” has become the first viral drinking game of the modern era, the New York Times reported June 8. A modification of “tag” involving alcohol, players “ice” one another by handing off a warm Smirnoff Ice malt beverage, which must then be consumed on one knee immediately, regardless of the setting. The only way to avoid being “iced” is if the target also has a Smirnoff Ice in their possession – in which case the attacker must consume both drinks in the same fashion. Thanks to social media and websites like BrosIcingBros.com, the fad has spread almost overnight, even targeting celebrities like Coolio and rock band The National. (Source: Join Together, 6/9/10)

USA: New Indiana Alcohol Law: ID Everyone – 10. Juni 2010
Starting July 1, store owners in Indiana will be required to check legal photo identification from all alcohol buyers, regardless of how old they appear, the Associated Press reported June 5. The law will apply to any establishment selling “carry-out” alcohol — such as liquor stores, convenience stores, pharmacies and supermarkets — but not restaurants, bars, and other businesses where drinks are consumed on the premises. (Source: Join Together, 6/8/10)

California Proposes Raising Alcohol Taxes – 9. Juni 2010
In a move long overdue, California’s Senate Democrats have proposed legislation to increase the state’s alcohol taxes to help close the $19 billion budget deficit. The proposal would raise $4.9 billion in taxes and other revenues, including $210 million from alcohol taxes. While this increase would add less than 2 cents to the cost of a beer, it would go a long way toward preserving critical programs. The last time California increased its alcohol tax was 1991. (Source: Marin Institute, 6/4/10)

USA: Costco Using Employees to Take Control of Spirits – 9. Juni 2010
..in Washington State, USA Just how low is a big-box retailer willing to stoop to undermine state authority over alcohol to increase its own bottom line? Costco is apparently willing go pretty darn low. The retail giant is making its employees gather signatures from customers in Washington State for a ballot initiative that would eliminate the state’s control over spirits sales. Initiative 1100 would remove the state’s role in the sale of alcohol once and for all, as well as remove current restrictions on volume discounts, among other worrisome provisions that would deal a serious blow to state-based alcohol regulation. (Source: Marin Institute, 6/4/10)

EU: DG Health and Consumers, new Update – 9. Juni 2010
The on-line database RAYPRO (Resource on Alcohol and Youth Projects) is now accessible. (Source: EU, 6/9/10)

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals – 7. Juni 2010
United States Public Health Foundation Adopts Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice unanimously adopted a new set of Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals. United State Public Health Foundation website: http://www.phf.org/ List of competencies available online at: http://bit.ly/bmIjUF These competencies can be used by you and your organization to help guide public health workforce development efforts that are vital for achieving high-performing public health organizations to protect and promote the public’s health.

TJ Maxx Pulls Drinking Games . 4. Juni 2010
An inquiry from a Boston Globe reporter led retailer TJ Maxx to remove a series of drinking games from store shelves, the Globe reported May 30. Reporter Beverly Beckham spotted the games — which require players to drink shots of liquor when they lose — in TJ Maxx stores in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The games were on display near Father’s Day and graduation gifts. Some of the games were based on classics like Bingo, tic-tac-toe, and checkers; others had names like Drink Like a Fish, Gargle, Drink Til You Drop, Ship Wrecked, and Battle Drinks. (Source: Join Together, 6/2/10)

Eurocare Newsletter April-May 2010 – 4. Juni 2010
Items: News from Eurocare; News from Eurocare members; News from the EU; News from the WHO; News from the Member States; Alcohol Industry News; New research; Upcoming Events; Past Events; Questions from MEPs to the Commission on Alcohol. Eurocare Newsletter

Officials Not Crazy About Potent ‘Four Loko’ Energy Drink – 2. Juni 2010
A new energy drink called “Four Loko” has a 12-percent alcohol content and is loaded with caffeine and sugar, WABC-TV reported May 28. Twice the size of a regular can of soda, the 24-ounce energy drink sells for under $3 — cheaper than a beer — which officials in New York say makes it appealing to kids. Four White Plains teenagers recently were hospitalized after drinking Four Loko, prompting warnings from White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong. “The kids have a nickname for it, they’re basically calling it coke in a can,” he said. (Source: Join Together, 6/1/10) See Video

Portman concern: Tesco moves alcohol units to front of pack – 2. Juni 2010
The Portman Group has challenged a decision by Tesco to move information on alcohol units from the back to the front of alcohol packaging. The supermarket giant said last week that it would move information on alcohol units from the back label of the pack to the front in order, it said, to “help consumers make responsible decisions” about drinking. The announcement came as a new poll found that three in five UK adults would support tobacco-style health warnings on alcohol packaging….Alcohol marketing watchdog The Portman Group questioned Tesco’s move decision, saying that it would make more sense to keep all warnings in one place on the back of the pack. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 6/2/10) packagingnews.co.uk, 24 May 2010

UK Government rejects health watchdog’s alcohol policy – 2. Juni 2010
The Government clashed with its medical advisers yesterday over how to tackle Britain’s burgeoning problem of heavy drinking. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) called for the introduction of a minimum price per unit of alcohol to discourage supermarkets from discounting the cheapest products and promoting heavy drinking. It said its recommendations were backed by more than 100 scientific studies. But Health Secretary Andrew Lansley rejected its analysis and said ministers instead favoured banning supermarkets and off-licences from selling alcohol “below cost price”. Mr Lansley said: “It is not clear that [Nice’s] research examines specifically the regressive effect on low-income families [of a minimum price], or proves conclusively that it is the best way to impact price in order to impact demand.” (Source: Google Alkohol News) n2day.com, 6/2/10 / bbc.news.co.uk, 6/2/10) with our online-comments. (2)


Most Evangelical Leaders Abstain from Alcohol – 29. Juni 2010
Practicing What they Preach. A family history of alcoholism and religious teachings were among the reasons cited by the 60 percent of U.S. evangelical leaders who said they don’t drink alcohol socially, CNN reported June 24. About two out of three Americans drink, but the Evangelical Leaders Survey found that even those religious leaders who do drink typically say they do so in moderation or rarely. (Source: Join Together, 6/25/10) with interesting comments.

Addicts Need to Deal with Stress to Ensure Recovery – 29. Juni 2010
Recovering addicts who failed to take steps to deal with the stress in their lives were more susceptible to craving — a major predictor of relapse — according to researchers at Penn State University. Sify News reported June 24 that researchers analyzed recovery diaries kept by college students in recovery and found that those who avoided problems in their lives rather than dealing with them were more likely to experience craving when they experienced stress or negative moods. (Source: Join Together, 6/25/10)

Greater Risk Of Drunken Violence In Those Who Suppress Anger – 25. Juni 2010
A study published in the journal Addiction reveals that drunkenness increases the risk for violent behaviour, but only for individuals with a strong inclination to suppress anger. The two authors, Thor Norström and Hilde Pape, applied an approach that reduces the risk of drawing erroneous conclusions about cause and effect. They conclude that their study adds to the body of evidence suggesting that drinking may in fact inflict physical aggression. The authors elaborate this conclusion: “Only a tiny fraction of all drinking events involve violence and whether intoxicated aggression is likely to occur seems to depend on the drinkers’ propensity to withhold angry feelings when sober.” (Source: Medical News Today, 23.6.10

Greater Religiosity During Adolescence May Protect Against Developing Problem Alcohol Use – 23. Juni 2010
Phenotypes are measurable and/or observable traits or behaviors. The heritability of an alcohol-related phenotype depends upon the social environment within which it is measured, such as urbanicity, marital status, or religiosity. A new study of the effects of religiosity on the genetic variance of problem alcohol use in males and females has found that religiosity can moderate genetic effects on problem alcohol use during adolescence but not during early adulthood. (Source: Medical News Today, 6/22/10)

Alcohol Companies Use New Media to Lure Young Drinkers – 17. Juni 2010
New American report: The alcohol industry uses the whole menu of new social media to reach new drinkers and to promote their brands. Sophisticated marketing techniques are being used, concludes a new report just launched in the US. The report starts by describing how Heineken developed a new marketing concept in order to reach young people in Puerto Rico. The company’s marketing strategists realized that 30-second TV spots or other traditional media would not be effective in reaching Puerto Rican youth. Instead, they decided to benefit from the new social media and young people’s 24/7 access to these media as a tool to promote Heineken beer. (Source: ADD Bulletin 4/2010)

US-Report: Violent Crime Increasing At Hospitals/Clinics – 17. Juni 2010
“More and more violent crimes are occurring in America’s hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities, according to a new alert issued by the Joint Commission, an independent health care oversight group,” USA Today reports. “Since 2004, there have been ’significant increases in reports of assault, rape and homicide, with the greatest number of reports in the last three years,’ the group said in its ‘Sentinel Event Alert’ released last week, the latest in a series of alerts on serious adverse events occurring in health care settings.” Russell L. Colling, a health care consultant who advised the Joint Commission, “cited a number of reasons for the increase in violent outbreaks in health care settings, including an increase in drug and alcohol abuse and a lack of adequate care for psychiatric patients.” (Source: Medical News Today, 6/15/10)

Substance Abuse And Mental Illness in US States – 13. Juni 2010
A new report providing state-by-state analyses of substance abuse and mental illness patterns reveals that despite wide variations among the states in the types and levels of behavioral health problems they experience — every state suffers from these problems. For example, among those aged 12 and older, Iowa had less than one third the current illicit drug use rate of Rhode Island (4.1 percent vs. 13.3 percent) – yet Iowa’s population aged 12 and older was among the group of states with the nation’s highest levels of people participating in binge drinking in the past month (27.2 percent). (Source: Medical News Today, 6/12/10)

Alcohol Labels To Help Prevent Harm To Babies – 11. Juni 2010
New research released today shows one in three Australian women are drinking while pregnant or breastfeeding, prompting health experts to renew calls for health advisory labels on all alcohol products. These labels would better inform consumers and help prevent harms, such as fetal alcohol syndrome. (Source: Medical News Today, 6/10/10)

The economic costs of alcohol consumption in Thailand – 10. Juni 2010
There is evidence that the adverse consequences of alcohol impose a substantial economic burden on societies worldwide. Given the lack of generalizability of study results across different settings, many attempts have been made to estimate the economic costs of alcohol for various settings; however, these have mostly been confined to industrialized countries. To our knowledge, there are a very limited number of well-designed studies which estimate the economic costs of alcohol consumption in developing countries, including Thailand. Therefore, this study aims to estimate these economic costs, in Thailand, 2006. (Source: BMC Public Health, 6/9/10)

Alcohol Risk Factor For Headaches And Migraines In Teens – 9. Juni 2010
A novel study by German researchers reported that alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking were associated with increased migraines and tension-type headaches (TTH) in high school students. Coffee drinking and physical inactivity were associated specifically with migraines. Results of this study, the first to investigate modifiable risk factors for different types of headaches in a youth population, appear online early in Headache, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Headache Society. (Source: Medical News Today, 6/7/10)

College Athletes Take Risks With Alcohol And Energy Drinks – 9. Juni 2010
Among 401 NCAA athletes at a major Division-I university, more than one-third reported mixing alcohol and energy drinks in the previous year, according to a study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 57th Annual Meeting in Baltimore. (Source: Medical News Today, 6/7/10)

Combined Therapies For Alcohol Dependency Reduce Societal Costs – 4. Juni 2010
Combining medications and behavioral interventions for treating alcohol-dependent patients reduces social costs of health care, arrests and motor vehicle accidents, according to a new study by researchers at RTI International, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University. The study, published in the May issue of Medical Care, looked at the economic impact of combined alcohol dependency treatments, including the treatment costs and the economic costs of other health care use, arrests and motor vehicle accidents. Source: Medical News Today, 6/3/10)

Substance Abuse On An Average Day In USA – 4. Juni 2010
New Report Provides Startling Look At Substance Abuse On An Average Day In The Life Of American Adolescents On an average day, 508,000 adolescents aged 12-17 in the United States drink alcohol; 641,000 use illicit drugs; and more than 1 million smoke cigarettes, according to a national survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). (Source: Medical News Today, 6/3/10)

USA: Doctors’ role in drug studies criticized – 4. Juni 2010
Some recommend drugs, vouch for studies but don’t see raw numbers Richard Page thinks Multaq is an excellent new drug for treating atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat that affects more than 2 million Americans. And Page, chairman of the department of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, should know. He co-authored a large, international study that led to the drug’s approval by the Food and Drug Administration last year, a move that could mean hundreds of millions in sales for Sanofi-Aventis, the company that makes the drug. But in putting his name on the influential paper, Page allowed Sanofi-Aventis to dictate the terms. He vouched for the accuracy and completeness of the study despite not seeing the raw data. The company, which paid for the study, collected that information and performed the analysis without an external audit for accuracy or completeness. Page says it comes down to trusting the drug company. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 6/3/10) jsonline.com, 5/30/10 Comment: The same problem with the alcohol industry and their studies.

Some Binge Drinkers Report Sub-Optimal Health Status – 3. Juni 2010
Binge Drinkers Report Sub-Optimal Health Status More Often Than Non-Binge Drinkers Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that excessive drinking is responsible for approximately 79,000 deaths annually in the United States. Binge drinking accounts for more than half of those deaths. A new study has looked at the frequency of binge drinking in relation to drinkers’ own perceptions of their overall health status. Findings indicate that binge drinkers have a 13 to 23 percent greater likelihood of self-reporting sub-optimal health status. (Source: Medical News Today, 6/2/10)

Portugal’s Burden Of Disease From Alcohol Consumption – 2. Juni 2010
The World Health Organization has estimated that 3.2 percent of the “burden of disease” around the world is attributable to the consumption of alcohol. Portugal is currently ranked eighth in the world in alcohol consumption. A new study has found alcohol consumption in Portugal represents a heavy economic burden for that country’s health system. “This is a brilliant study,” said Helmut K. Seitz, professor of internal medicine, gastroenterology and alcohol research at the University of Heidelberg, and president of the European Society for Biomedical Research on Alcohol (ESBRA). “It shows very clearly on the basis of real data that alcohol consumption is not only a risk factor for various diseases, especially liver disease, but it also shows that these alcohol-related diseases cost enormous money. We have data from Canada and England and some other countries, but we need more accurate data to convince the public, the doctors and the politicians that we have to do something about it.” (Source: Medical News Today, 6/1/10)

Major Decrease In Impulsivity-Related Problem Drinking – 2. Juni 2010
… Seen In 18- To 25-Year-Olds Personality traits associated with impulsivity normally decrease during emerging and young adulthood, and these decreases are associated with reduced substance use. A new study of “trajectories” of impulsivity and their association with problem alcohol use has found that the 18-to-25-years-of-age group exhibited the largest declines in impulsivity as well as the sharpest decreases in alcohol consumption. (Source: Medical News Today, 6/1/10)

Increased Alcohol Traffic-Risk Among College Students – 2. Juni 2010
Increase In Alcohol-Related Traffic-Risk Behaviors Among College Students At Age 21. Alcohol-impaired driving and associated motor-vehicle accidents are a major public-health problem. National studies have shown that approximately 25 percent of college students report that they have driven while intoxicated in the past month, and an even greater percentage report having driven after having any amount of alcohol and/or ridden with a driver believed intoxicated. A new study on how these behaviors may change as students move through their college years has found that prevalence and frequency of alcohol-related traffic-risk behaviors took a significant upturn when students turned 21 years old. (Source: Medical News Today, 6/1/10)

Parental attitudes and behaviours regarding teenage drinking – 2. Juni 2010
A telephone survey of parental attitudes and behaviours regarding teenage drinking Irish teenagers demonstrate high rates of drunkenness and there has been a progressive fall in age of first drinking in recent decades. International research indicates that parents exert substantial influence over their teenager’s drinking. We sought to determine the attitudes and behaviours of Irish parents towards drinking by their adolescent children. … Conclusions: We found no evidence of widespread permissive attitudes and behaviours among Irish parents. Given that parental influences have been demonstrated to exert substantial impact on teenage drinking, it may be possible to harness the concerns of Irish parents more effectively to reverse the trends of escalating alcohol related harm in Ireland. (Source: BMC Public Health 2010, 10:297doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-297, Published: 1 June 2010)

Underage Drinking: Hospital Emergency Department Visits – 1. Juni 2010
A new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reveals that daily underage drinking-related visits to hospital emergency departments are 11 percent higher during the Memorial Day weekend than they are on an average day. The latest Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) report estimates that on an average day, there are 519 hospital emergency department visits involving underage alcohol use. For the three day Memorial Day weekend, however, the number of daily hospital emergency department visits jumps to 577. (Source: Medical News Today, 5/30/10)


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