[apolnet-l] Alcohol in the News: February 16 - February 28, 2007

Ben Rempel apn at opha.on.ca
Sat Mar 3 15:57:05 EST 2007

Dear Colleagues,  


Here is the latest issue of Alcohol in the News.


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Alcohol in the News

February 16 - February 28, 2007





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


Anheuser-Busch Urged to Abandon "Idiotarod" Beer Promotion

Media Release, Center for Science in the Public Interest, February 28, 2007

Anheuser-Busch should drop its sponsorship of a charity event called the "Idiotarod," a Pub Crawl in Shopping Carts, organized by a local group that goes by the acronym "SMASHED."



Expert says ban all alcohol ads  

Media Story, BBC News, February 23, 2007 

A leading doctor says all advertising of alcohol must be banned in a bid to curb Britain's growing drink problem. 



Big tobacco asks Supreme Court to clarify ad restrictions, make it more like beer  

CHRISTOPHER MAUGHAN, Canada.com, February 19, 2007 

Canada's three major tobacco companies are at the Supreme Court arguing for looser restrictions on tobacco advertising, saying the current law is so vague it amounts to a total ban and violates the companies' constitutional right to advertise. 



2. Impaired Driving / Road Safety


Mount Forest Man wins car for smart answers to prevent drinking and driving 

News Release, Canadian News Wire, February 23, 2007

Bruce Fulcher of Mount Forest, Ontario is the proud owner of a new smart fortwo coupé - just because he took a few minutes to think about ways to prevent someone from drinking and driving.



On-Trail or Off-Trail...Zero Tolerance is the Message...Don't Drink and Ride

Media Release, MADD Canada, February 20, 2007

In a united effort towards eliminating alcohol as a contributing factor in snowmobiling fatalities and injuries, the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations and MADD Canada announced today that they are joining forces for a National "Zero Tolerance" Awareness Day.



Habitual DUI abuser is biggest concern

RICHARD RUSSELL , Globeandmail.com, February 15, 2007  

Extensive research, design, development and engineering have gone into roadways, vehicles, signage and every other aspect of the transportation system. That has yielded heartening results. But the problem of people consuming alcohol or drugs before getting behind the wheel lingers on.



3. Demographic Groups


            a. Youth & Young Adults


Alcohol Interventions That Teach Practical Skills Work Best With High-Risk University Students

Media Report, Medical News Today, February 27, 2007

Heavy drinking among university students appears to be a universal problem. Although most universities have alcohol policies, it is unclear which interventions can effectively reduce alcohol consumption. 



More Young Brits Die from Excessive Drinking 

Boston University, Join Together Direct, February 23, 2007

Drinking-related deaths among 15- to 34-year-olds in the U.K. have doubled between 1991 and 2004. The Independent reported Feb. 23 that 8,221 alcohol-related deaths were reported in 2004, not counting alcohol-related traffic crashes or injuries.



Britney's partying a turn-off for teens

LEE-ANNE GOODMAN, Toronto, Star, Feb 20, 2007

An allegedly drug-addled Britney Spears's decision to shave her head in full view of a horde of paparazzi on the weekend is just the latest example of disturbing behaviour from young Hollywood women seemingly bent on destroying themselves with drugs and alcohol.



            b. Older Adults


Trends in Alcohol Consumption and Related Harms for Australians Aged 65 to 74 Years, 1990-2003

TANYA CHIKRITZHS & RICHARD PASCAL, National Alcohol Indicators, Feb, 2007

The eighth bulletin documents trends in alcohol-attributable harms due to risky and high risk drinking among those aged 65-74 years in Australia. 



4. Alcohol Controls / Liability / Licensing


An Honest Conversation About Alcohol

News Release, Inside Higher Education, February 16, 2007

The current drinking age is "bad social policy and terrible law," and that it was having a bad impact on both students and colleges.



5. Health and Safety


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


Sorry - no articles found


            b. Low / High Risk Drinking / Harm Reduction


Study Says Women Who Think Drinks Were Spiked Were Just Drunk

Press Release, Join Together Direct, February 20, 2007

In a study by U.K. researchers, not one of 75 women who thought their drinks were spiked with date-rape drugs like GHB, ketamine or Rohypnol tested positive for the drugs.



            c. Crime / Violence / Injury Prevention


Alcohol Plays Role in 62 Percent of All Arrests in Wyoming

Boston University, Join Together Direct, February 20, 2007

Alcohol use is involved in a remarkable 62 percent of all arrests in the state of Wyoming, from drunk driving to domestic assaults, according to a study by the Wyoming Sheriffs and Chiefs Association.



            d. Addictions Treatment


Current issues in older adults with substance misuse issues 

Webinar, Robert Eves, To take place March 27, 2007.

Addictions to alcohol, drugs, and other substances are shared by 1 in 10 older adults. Using harm reduction methods, case workers help clients return to a higher quality life.

Registration details at: www.copacommunity.ca/seminar.html 


6. Workplace


Sorry - no articles found


7. Industry News


Markets feel a glow as booze makers post big day

JOHN HEINZL, Globeandmail.com, February, 2007 

Drinking heavily may not be good for your liver. But for investors, booze is beautiful. 



8. International Alcohol Related News


Inaction on Consumption

Media Release, Alcohol Health Watch, February 23, 2007 (New Zealand)

Figures released by Statistics New Zealand show alcohol consumption is the highest in 20 years.



Sale and Supply of Liquor to Minors

Media Release, Alcohol Health Watch, February 19, 2007 (New Zealand)

A mixed bag! That's the verdict of Alcohol Healthwatch on the release of the Terms of Reference for the Review of the Sale and Supply of Liquor to Minors.



9. Odds and Ends


Roll out the barrels for beer

Josh Rubin, The Toronto Star, February 28, 2007

Shortly after he left Scotland's Caledonian Brewery in 2002, the Edinburgh native was commissioned by William Grant & Sons scotch distillery to create a beer simply to add flavour to oak barrels, which would then be used to age the family-owned, Scottish company's whisky.



Minorities More Likely to Be Screened for Alcohol Use, Study Says

Newswise, Join Together Direct, February 22, 2007

Hispanics and African-Americans rarely get superior healthcare compared to white Americans, but a new report finds one exception: primary-care physicians may be more willing to query minorities about their alcohol use than to counsel white patients.



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