[apolnet-l] Alcohol in the News: February 1 - February 15, 20 06

Peter Williams Peter_Williams at camh.net
Fri Feb 17 17:36:32 EST 2006

A public forum sponsored by CAMH and local agencies to give parents
practical strategies to deal with teen substance use will be held in Ottawa
at the Travelodge Hotel on March 8th. Details in the events calendar at
www.camh.net <http://www.camh.net>  

Peter Williams, M.S.W. 

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Dear Colleagues, 


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Alcohol in the News 

February 1 - February 15, 2006





1. Alcohol Advertising / Promotion / Sponsorship 

2. Impaired Driving / Road Safety 

3. Demographic Groups

            a. Youth & Young Adults

            b. Older Adults

4. Alcohol Controls / Liability / Licensing

5. Health and Safety

            a. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FAS/FASD) / Pregnancy

            b. Low / High Risk Drinking / Harm Reduction 

            c. Crime / Violence / Injury Prevention 

            d. Addictions Treatment

6. Workplace  

7. Industry News  

8. International Alcohol Related News 

9. Odds and Ends 




1. Alcohol Advertising / Promotion / Sponsorship 


Alcohol Industry Giant Enters 'Alcopops' Fray

News Release, Coalition on Alcopops and Youth, February 9, 2006

Senate hearing slated for Valentine's Day on sweet, low-cost alcohol drinks
that target teen girls.



CSPI Responds to the Beer Institute's Creation of an Independent Third-Party
Review Panel to Field Complaints About Beer Advertising

Press Release, Center for Science in the Public Interest, February 8, 2006

The Beer Institute's new Code Compliance Review Board (CCRB) represents a
modest step forward in allowing consumers and others to challenge beer ads
that fail to meet even minimal industry standards. 



Bud's Super Bowl Beer Ads Fuel Underage Drinking

Media Release, The Marin Institute, February 5, 2006

New Research Shows Teens Who See Lots of Alcohol Ads More Likely to Drink.



Beer pitches flirt with new guidelines

Donna Goodison, Boston Herald.com, February 4, 2006  

Beer ads are about to get a little more frisky.



Brewers' group backs A-B's beer image-enhancing ads

Gregory Cancelada, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 3, 2006

After months of debate, the Washington-based Beer Institute has endorsed a
Super Bowl ad and Web site that tout the benefits of beer.



U.S. Ski Association Urged to Dump Beer Sponsor in Wake of Bode Miller Flap

Press Release, Center for Science in the Public Interest, February 2, 2006

Does Skiing Really Need an "Official Alcoholic Beverage?" asks CSPI.



2. Impaired Driving / Road Safety 


Drunk and driving

Emile Therien, The Globe and Mail, February 14, 2006

Will prison sentences solve drunk-driving problem? 



Driven to distraction

Andrea Gordon, The Toronto Star, February 10, 2006

This is the P.A.R.T.Y. program, which stands for Prevent Alcohol and
Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (http://www.partyprogram.com). Much of each
session deals with the hazards of reckless driving - speeding, rowdy
passengers, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs - that too often
result in teenage injuries and death.



            See Also:

                        How to help teens drive safely

                        Andrea Gordon, The Toronto Star, February 10, 2006

                        Arrange transportation home from parties ahead of


                        Young drivers go to pot

                        Andrea Gordon, The Toronto Star, February 10, 2006

Alcohol is still a factor in 40 per cent of deaths from car crashes among
kids age 16 to 19, but that's a significant drop from about 70 per cent in
the early 1980s.


MADD Creates Spot For Teens To Learn About Dangers Of Underage Drinking 

Press Release, MADD, February 9, 2006

Dynamic School Assembly Show Encourages Teens To Take A Stand.

http://www.madd.org/news/10538 <http://www.madd.org/news/10538>  


3. Demographic Groups


            a. Youth & Young Adults 


Lewd pictures trigger McGill investigation

Canadian Press, The Toronto Star, February 14, 2006

Students earned points for nudity and for competing in drinking
competitions, such as drinking 72 shooters of beer in 72 minutes.



School Nurses Help Reduce Student Drug Use 

Media Release, Join Together, February 10, 2006 

School nurses are being encouraged to identify and intervene in cases of
substance abuse among high school and college students.



Girls try drugs, alcohol at higher rates

Associated Press, The Toronto Star, February 10, 2006

Even as teen drug use is declining overall, a new U.S. government analysis
shows that teenage girls are trying marijuana, alcohol and cigarettes at
higher rates than boys - a reversal of past trends that is causing alarm
among experts.



            See Also:

Girls and Women get hooked faster on lower levels of tobacco, alcohol and
illegal drug use, suffer harsher consequences more rapidly than boys and

                        Press Release, The National Centre on Substance
Abuse, February 9, 2006

                        New book examines why women abuse drugs.
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            b. Older Adults


Retirees in Treatment More Likely to Abuse Alcohol than Drugs

Press Release, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA), February 9, 2006

Data from 29 states and other jurisdictions indicate that four out of five
current retirees in substance abuse treatment needed treatment for alcohol
as their primary substance of abuse in 2003.



4. Alcohol Controls / Liability / Licensing


Mo. Health Panel Recommends Alcohol Tax Hike 

News Summary, Join Together, February 14, 2006 

The Missouri House Health Care Policy Committee has approved a bill calling
for an increase in alcohol taxes to pay for treatment, prevention, and law



'Animal Houses' clean up in alcohol-free frats 

Dan Sewell, Associated Press, The Cincinnati Post, February 4, 2006

It's an alcohol-free house, part of an effort by a smattering of
fraternities nationally to battle student binge drinking.



National Coalition Registry Shows Alcohol, Marijuana and Tobacco Most Common
Concerns for Community Coalitions

Press Release, CADCA Coalitions Online, February 2, 2006

Two-thirds of coalitions cited alcohol as the substance causing the most
problems for their coalitions.



5. Health and Safety 


            a. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FAS/FASD) / Pregnancy


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            b. Low / High Risk Drinking / Harm Reduction


As Regent Park falls, a hopeful vision endures

Anthony Reinhart, The Globe and Mail, February 14, 2006

Regent Park Focus was born, out of a provincial initiative to improve health
and reduce drug problems in nine communities across Ontario.



Drinking joins smoking as cancer risk

News Report, CNN.com, February 3, 2006

Excessive drinking raises the risk of cancer of the mouth, larynx,
esophagus, liver, colon and breast. It may also be linked with cancer of the
pancreas and lung.



            c. Crime / Violence / Injury Prevention


Ottawa Homeless Shelter Offers Wine to Help Battle Alcoholism 

News Report, Bloomberg.com, February 10, 2006 

The Shepherds of Good Hope program, which costs about C$231,000 a year,
tries to help alcoholics cut back, drink in a safe environment and avoid
hospital visits or clashes with police. 

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New sentencing strategy must seek to break the link between alcohol and

Press Release, Alcohol Concern, February 9, 2006 (United Kingdom)

Punishing those with an alcohol problem, or who offend under the influence
of alcohol, has to go hand in hand with a proactive effort to help those
people change the way that they drink, and in doing so reduce the likelihood
of their re-offending. 



            d. Addictions Treatment


Test targets addiction gene 

William Sherman, New York Daily News, February 11, 2006

A simple test revealing genetic predisposition for drug and alcohol
addiction will be available within the year and researchers are urging mass
testing - even of babies.



St. Joseph's Health Centre Opens New Residential Withdrawal Management

News Release, Canadian News Wire, February 6, 2006

Closer-to-home care gives new access and choice for women with substance
abuse problems.



Combating substance abuse

News Report, Petoskey News, February 3, 2006 

The problem of substance abuse among young people is getting a helping hand
with two new approaches.



Alcohol Risk Factors Differ for Men and Women

Media Release, Join Together, February 1, 2006 

Women and men appear to have different genetic and environmental risk
factors for alcoholism.



6. Workplace


Fifteen Percent of U.S. Workers Report Workplace Alcohol Use or Impairment
in Past Year

Research News, Join Together, February 15, 2006 

An estimated 19.2 million U.S. workers (15.3%) reported using or being
impaired by alcohol at work at least once in the past year, according to
recently released data from the National Survey of Workplace Health and



Is your co-worker dangerous?

Virginia Galt, The Globe and Mail, February 4, 2006

There are often signs, including drug and alcohol abuse, that a co-worker is
going off the deep end. 



7. Industry News


U.S. thirst for Canada's beer growing

Canadian Press, The Toronto Star, February 15, 2006

Statistics Canada says the country's trade surplus in beer with the United
States has expanded significantly in recent years.



Beer Buddies

Jyoti Thottam, TIME Magazine, February 7, 2006

In breweries, small is big. How two Brooklynites took on the giants and
lived to tell the tale.



8. International Alcohol Related News


Spotlight on alcohol in the community 

Media Release, Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand, February 16, 2006
(New Zealand)

How to create a vibrant and dynamic town centre and at the same time avoid
the alcohol-related disorder and crime that often comes with a dynamic night
time economy is one of the questions to be debated at an upcoming



New figures highlight the shocking lack of services for problem-drinkers

Media Release, Alcohol Concern, February 14, 2006 (United Kingdom)

As deaths from alcoholic liver disease continue to rise, new figures
released today by the Department of Health show that the overwhelming
majority of problem-drinkers are not getting the help they need.



9. Odds and Ends


Poor Eating Habits, Alcohol Over consumption Linked

Research Summary, Join Together, February 15, 2006 

People who eat poorly also are more likely to drink unhealthy amounts of



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