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Newsletter March 2009

Dienstag 31. März 2009 von htm

Dear reader,

WHO and EU are working on recommendations for governments in order to reduce harm of alcohol. Now ECOSOC, THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COUNCIL, has informed about the key summary recommendations that came out of the contributions to the e-discussion Phase 2 on emerging and future health challenges. One of the recommendations: Develop and implement evidence-based alcohol policies to reduce population-wide alcohol consumption by building on successful measures, including taxation, limits on availability, and drunk-driving counter-measures. That’s exactly what we want our governments to do.

An interesting proposal came from Australia. The Australian Medical Association, AMA, recommends that the money raised by the failed alcopops tax should be spent on a trial buy-back to reduce alcohol advertising in sport. This is one of the ideas I have included in my project idea.

We are very pleased to read in the new HSCNews Bulletin (Health and Social Campaigners’ Network International with 4000 members): The monthly Newsletter of the Effretikon-based alkoholpolitik is almost certainly the world’s foremost resource for the latest news on alcohol-related subjects. Two interesting stories contained in the February 2009 issue of the Newsletter: (Two examples of entries about UK and Scotland and the link to it follows.)

The French parliament looks to curb youth drinking. The legislation — which would raise the minimum purchase age for alcohol and tobacco from 16 to 18 — was proposed and agreed in response to a 50-percent rise in the number of minors under the age of 15 hospitalized due to alcohol problems between 2004 and 2007. Unfortunately by the same time it decided not to forbid alcohol advertising in the internet.

The small chamber of the Swiss parliament by discussing the Media-Treaty with the European Union has decided, against the intention of the government, that all alcohol advertising on Swiss TV should be forbidden. But still the big chamber has to handle the law. We hope for a good decision.

We wish you an interesting reading.
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Top News

3/28/09 ECOSOC Recommendations from e-Discussion
ECOSOC, THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COUNCIL, has informed about the key summary recommendations that came out of your valuable contributions to the e-discussion Phase 2 on emerging and future health challenges. regional and national review processes, and the AMR held during the high-level segment of the annual session of ECOSOC. The full contribution can be accessed at this AMR website, and the full summary of the e-discussion is available at the AMR summary page.
One of the recommendations: Develop and implement evidence-based alcohol policies to reduce population-wide alcohol consumption by building on successful measures, including taxation, limits on availability, and drunk-driving counter-measures. (Source: ECOSOC, 3/28/09)

3/27/09 Alcopops Revenue Should Be for Advertising Buy-back Trial
The Australian Medical Association, AMA, recommends that the money raised by the failed alcopops tax should be spent on a trial buy-back to reduce alcohol advertising in sport. „The impact of alcohol advertising in sport is real. We need to break the connection between the Australian celebration of sport and healthy sporting role models and alcohol. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/26/09)

3/25/09 New HSCNews Bulletin
Each Bulletin provides details about the latest activities of the 4,000 members of the Health and Social Campaigners’ Network International, and gives information about health campaigners’ new appointments, campaigns, websites, etc. In Member News you find:
february 28 2009. switzerland, scotland and the uk
The monthly Newsletter of the Effretikon-based alkoholpolitik is almost certainly the world’s foremost resource for the latest news on alcohol-related subjects. Two interesting stories contained in the February 2009 issue of the Newsletter: Two examples of entries about UK and Scotland and the link to it follows.

3/19/09 French Look to Curb Youth Drinking
The legislation — which would raise the minimum purchase age for alcohol and tobacco from 16 to 18 — was proposed in response to a 50-percent rise in the number of minors under the age of 15 hospitalized due to alcohol problems between 2004 and 2007. (Source: Join Together, 3/18/09)

Global

3/27/09 Read CASA Chairman Joseph A. Califano’s blog
Hillary Clinton’s got it right: „Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade.“
The Chairman’s Corner to find the solution to the nation’s drug epidemic. Then share your thoughts and opinions, agreements and disagreements, on the subject by posting a comment on our Web forum. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 3/27/09 With our comment

3/26/09 EU: 2nd Open Forum on Alcohol and Health 30 April 2009
Within the framework of the European Alcohol and Health Forum a 2nd Open Forum will be held in Brussels (Centre Borschette) on 30 April 2009 from 10h00 till 17h00.
A draft programme (pdf) is available. A more detailed programme will be available closer to the Open Forum. Online registration will start early in April. The number of attendants is limited to 250. EU-Announcement, 3/26/09

3/24/09 Sour Outlook for California ‘Alcopops’ Tax
Beverage makers are ignoring California’s new law taxing sweet ‘alcopop’ drinks as liquor — saying the tax doesn’t apply to their products — and the state has been stymied in its attempts to get information on alcopop ingredients. (Source: Join Together, 3/23/09)

3/23/09 Information on US State Legislative Activity
The website of the Marin Institute now features State Legislative Activity, providing the latest information on government activity you can use to take action. sarahm@marininstitute.org. (Source: Marin Institute, 3/20/09)

3/23/09 California Product Testing Plan for Alcopops Advances
The California State Board of Equalization voted (3-2) in favor today to fund ($250,000) for a Product Testing Implementation Plan for Flavored Malt Beverages. The plan now awaits approval from the California Department of Finance. (Source: Marin Institute, 3/20/09)

3/20/09 Restrictions on Alcoholic Energy Drinks in Montana, USA
Both houses of the Montana legislature have approved a bill that would limit sales of energy drinks that contain alcohol to liquor stores. (Source: Join Together, 3/19/09)

3/18/09 “Cheap Alcohol Is Killing Us…” (UK)
Cheap Alcohol Is Killing Us And Our Quality Of Life, Says Chief Medical Officer, UK. Sir Liam Donaldson. He wants to see a shift in public opinion on alcohol, so that being drunk is no longer an aim of drinking nor socially acceptable. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/17/09) Statement On Sir Liam Donaldson’s Comments On Alcohol Reduction. RCP Welcomes The Chief Medical Officer’s Stance On A Minimum Unit Price For Alcohol guardian.co.uk, 3/17.09 guardian.co.uk, 3/16/09

3/17/09 Utah, USA, Close to Fundamental Shift in Alcohol Laws
A bill to revamp Utah’s restrictive alcohol laws has passed the state House of Representatives and Senate. The measure would eliminate private club membership as a prerequisite for buying a drink in a bar, as well as making it easier to purchase alcoholic drinks in restaurants. (Source: Join Together, 3/16/09)

3/16/09 Aggressive legislative package by N.M. Attorney General
An aggressive legislative package proposed by New Mexico Attorney General Gary King to fight underage drinking includes banning alcoholic energy drinks, classifying and taxing flavored malt beverages as liquor products, and allowing local communities to impose their own alcohol taxes. (Source: Join Together, 3/12/09)

3/12/09 It’s Official: Kerlikowske to Head ONDCP
Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske has been officially announced as President Barack Obama’s “drug czar” by the White House, but unlike his recent predecessors, he will not serve as a member of the president’s Cabinet. (Source: Join Together, 3/11/09)

3/7/09 New Alcohol Guidelines in Australia
Australian men who drink alcohol should reduce their cancer risk by adhering to new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines and limit their daily intake to no more than two standard drinks, Cancer Council Australia said. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/6/09)

3/5/09 Australia: Higher Taxes on ‘Alcopops’ Cut Consumption
Sales of alcopops fell 26 percent in the three months after Australia increased taxes on the sweet alcoholic drinks in April 2008. (Source: Join Together, 3/4/09)

3/5/09 Parents: Factor Smoking, Drinking Into Movie Ratings
Scenes of smoking and drinking should be considered when movies are being rated, but such scenes alone should not automatically earn movies an “R” rating, parents said in a new survey. (Source: Join Together, 3/4/09)

Research

3/28/09 TV Shows Convey Mixed Messages About Alcohol
Efforts to dissuade youth consumption through negative alcohol consumption depictions can be thwarted by portrayals of positive consumption in prime-time television programming. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/27/09)

3/26/09 Alcohol induced Flushing Risk Factor for Esophageal Cancer
There is growing evidence, say researchers in this week’s PLoS Medicine, that people who experience facial flushing after drinking alcohol are at much higher risk of esophageal cancer from alcohol consumption than those who do not. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/24/09)

3/22/09 The Brain Maintains Language Skills In Spite Of Alcohol
By Drawing From Other Regions The Brain Maintains Language Skills In Spite Of Alcohol Damage.
Prior neuroimaging studies have shown alcoholism-related damage to the frontal lobes and cerebellum. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/21/09)

3/12/09 Alcohol Advertising, impact on alcohol consumption
Does marketing communication impact on the volume and patterns of consumption of alcoholic beverages, especially by young people? – a review of longitudinal studies. EU-Science Group

3/12/09 College Men Unimpressed by Female Binge Drinkers
Some college women may drink excessively to gain the attention of men, but new research from Loyola Marymount University suggests that drunk women are not as attractive to men as women believe. (Source: Join Together, 3/11/09)

3/12/09 Red Wine Vs. White? No Difference re Breastcancer Risk
The largest study of its kind to evaluate the effect of red versus white wine on breast-cancer risk concludes that both are equal offenders when it comes to increasing breast-cancer risk. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/11/09)

3/6/09 Older Adults More Impaired Than They Think
Older, active people who have a drink or two might be more impaired afterward than they think, according to a report today from a University of Florida research group in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/5/09)

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