International Alcohol Related News/ 27 February 2009

BBC News (Scotland) – Alcohol kills twice as many men

The number of men dying from alcohol misuse in Scotland each year is double the rate for women, a new study claims. (UK) – Alcohol and young people: what’s the attraction?

This statistic comes from a recent glut of research into how much alcohol young people consume, when they do it and where they’re getting it from. But do we know enough about why they drink?


Washington Post (US) – Hold the Alcohol? No Problem

Last month, I did something that many of my friends considered insane. It made some question whether they knew me anymore and others ask, “Good God, why?”


MedIndia – Alcohol and Drug Abuse Could also Mean a Host of Other Problems

Alcohol and drug abuse could also mean a host of other problems, New Zealand researchers have found.


UWEC Spectator – Unique study to look at economics of drinking

After a week of successful pilot testing and working out some minor kinks, a pair of UW-Eau Claire students and economics professor Sanjukta Chaudhuri will begin implementing a survey that will gather data for a first-of-its-kind study. (UK) – Alcohol culture in the UK

There is good news and bad news about under age drinking in Britain. While the number of teenagers drinking has declined in recent years, those who do drink are consuming more alcohol, more often. Among 35 European countries, the UK has the third-highest proportion of 15 year-olds who have been drunk 10 times or more in the past year.


Sunday Star Times (New Zealand) – Addiction chief pinpoints “hidden truths” of alcohol industry

THE ALCOHOL industry should be pressured to be more upfront about the potential damage alcohol can cause, says the director of the National Addiction Centre.


Guardian (Scotland) – Scotland calls for drink-drive limit reduction

The Scottish government is calling on Westminster to reduce the drink-drive limit, or give it the powers to introduce different laws north of the border, in a bid to save lives. (Canada) – Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Effects

Diagnosis of a child with FAS includes the mother’s drinking history, a physical examination of the child and observation.


TVNZ (New Zealand) – Alcohol consumption on the rise

There is concern at the increase in the amount of alcohol being consumed by New Zealanders.


Bloomberg (USA) – Bar Tabs May Climb as U.S. States Consider Raising Booze Taxes

Heineken and Johnnie Walker fans from New York to Oregon could be paying more soon. Lawmakers need to balance state budgets, and alcohol companies say drinkers will have to soak up any new taxes.


YLE News (Finland) – Accidental Alcohol Poisoning on the Rise Among Children

A doctoral dissertation claims that increasing numbers of underage children end up in hospital for accidental poisoning.


60 Minutes (USA) – The Debate On Lowering The Drinking Age

Last fall, a group of over 100 college presidents – including the heads of Dartmouth, Virginia Tech and Duke – signed a declaration stating that the 21-year-old drinking age is not working, and fireworks went off.