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This week: US alcohol death surge rolled on; More US states allow teenage bartenders; Alice Springs’ restrictions prolonged; French tax tweak; Rwanda’s “Let’s drink less” campaign. Discussion: We should look more at the big picture.
US alcohol death surge rolled on: The surge in US alcohol deaths continued last year with alcohol-induced fatalities at least 31% above pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest CDC estimates. The previous year saw a death toll 39% above pre-pandemic levels. The figure is only likely to increase as new cases are added to the CDC’s tally. It is already 6,000 higher than its February estimate.
More US states allow teenage bartenders: Nine US states have introduced bills to lower the minimum age for serving alcohol since 2021, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute.
Alice Springs’ restrictions prolonged: Australia’s Northern Territory government will extended takeaway liquor restrictions in Alice Springs for at least the next 12 months, citing a dramatic reduction in harm to the community since their introduction. The local mayor and others, including the alcohol interests, are unhappy with the decision.
French tax tweak: France’s minister of economy told Le Figaro newspaper the government plans to increase alcohol taxes to curb excessive consumption. It appears to be considering a subtle change, indexing alcohol tax to last year’s inflation rather than that of the year before that.
“Let’s drink less” campaign: The Rwandan government this week launched the “TunyweLess”, or “Let’s Drink Less”, campaign in response to a survey showing a significant increase in alcohol consumption.
FASD nightmares: 60% of the children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder experienced nightmares, while 44% exhibited frequent insomnia symptoms, according to a new study.
Let’s look big picture: “It’s pretty clear why people don’t drink–the real question is why do people continue to drink when they don’t want to?” asked journalist Moya Lothian-McLean in a recent Guardian opinion piece. Alcohol Review suggests we should look more at the bigger picture and ways politicians can make healthier choices easier for us.
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