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[cutting] Alcohol sales fall 2% in Finland | YLE

The retail sale of alcohol dropped 2 percent in the first part of the year, even though grocery stores had 15 more days to sell their goods.

Source: yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/alcohol_sales_fall_2_percent_in_finland/9889451

[cutting] European alcohol industry joins forces to “nail down” Brexit position | Just Drinks

“Both the European Council and the British Prime Minister have emphasised the need for the EU27 and UK to remain close partners in the future,” said WSTA head Miles Beale. “There is little sign of any progress being made to ensure this happens, which has led the WSTA and trade bodies throughout Europe to take the bull by the horns and publish a position paper to protect our shared wine and spirits industry.”

Source: www.just-drinks.com/news/european-alcohol-industry-joins-forces-to-nail-down-brexit-position_id124293.aspx

[contribute] Wanted: Experts by experience for panel | Alcohol Research UK

We are establishing an Experts by Experience (EbE) panel to help inform our grants decision-making. We are looking to recruit up to five members to the EbE panel who have personal experience of alcohol-related harm. The panel will comment on the approach to public involvement and relevance of each research proposal. Panel members will receive support and remuneration for their time. The deadline for applications is 29 October 2017.

Source: alcoholresearchuk.org/news/experts-by-experience-panel/

[cutting] Even light drinking raises cancer risk, Korean study shows | Chosun Ilbo

Light drinkers had a higher chance of developing cancer than non-drinkers. Specifically, light drinkers had a 50% higher chance of developing esophageal cancer and were 12% and 5% more at risk of colorectal and stomach cancers. People who consumed just one shot glass of soju a day were still at higher risk for cancer than non-drinkers.

Source: english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2017/10/18/2017101801432.html

[cutting] Wednesday’s papers: Finland’s deceptive alcohol import policy | YLE

Helsingin Sanomat takes a look this Wednesday at the government proposal for a New Alcohol Act, which among other things will supposedly prohibit all ‘distance sales’ – the purchase of online and mail order alcohol products from abroad—if approved by Parliament.

Source: yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/wednesdays_papers_finlands_deceptive_alcohol_import_policy_results_of_municipal_mergers_and_homelessness/9888508

[cutting] Australian senator David Leyonhjelm wants alcohol added to the government’s controversial welfare drug testing trial | Buzzfeed

Libertarian senator David Leyonhjelm has called on the government to test for booze as well as illegal drugs in its controversial welfare testing—but said thresholds should be introduced to let people with low substance levels stay on welfare.

Source: www.buzzfeed.com/aliceworkman/david-leyonhjelm-wants-alcohol-added-to-the-governments?utm_term=.krGvlMqGJn

[cutting] Report highlights childrens’ anxiety about parents’ drinking | Institute of Alcohol Studies

If a child had seen their parent tipsy or drunk, they were less likely to consider the way their parent drinks alcohol as providing a positive role model for them. This effect held across all levels of parents’ alcohol consumption in this sample. While this effect was stronger in children who had seen their parent drunk rather than tipsy, the difference was not substantial—seeing a parent tipsy or drunk appeared to have a similar effect on children. … This finding is important given that more than half (51%) of parents reported they had been tipsy in front of their child, with almost one-in-three (28.9%) reporting they had been drunk in front of their child.

Source: http://www.ias.org.uk/uploads/pdf/IAS%20reports/rp28102017.pdf

[cutting] Seasonal affective disorder and alcohol abuse disorder in a population-based study | ScienceDirect

Our results reveal the existence of a strong link between seasonal affective disorder and alcohol use disorder in a large sample of Finnish population, as well as association between SAD and short-term memory problems.

Source: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165178116314834

[cutting] Earthquakes! Fires! Shootings! Storms! How tech can help ease “Disaster Fatigue” | New York Times

Experts say there are steps you can take to help fight the sadness and anxiety that a stream of bad news may be causing: Unplug … Remember the good news … Consider on-line therapy … Practise self-care … “Self care implies that I cannot absorb all of the horrible things happening in this world 24 hours a day.”

Source: www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/well/mind/earthquakes-fires-shootings-storms-how-tech-can-help-ease-disaster-fatigue.html?rref=collection/sectioncollection/health


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[cutting] Nearly 8,000 teens treated for alcohol abuse in Japan 2012-16 | Chosun Ilbo

The number of teens treated for alcoholism rose from 1,415 in 2012 to 1,767 in 2016, with a total of 7,800 teenagers treated during the period …The average age at which the teens consumed alcohol for the first time was 13.2 years. 

Source: english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2017/10/17/2017101701013.html