[apolnet-l] Alcohol in the News: February 15 - March 15, 2006

Ben Rempel apn at opha.on.ca
Thu Mar 16 16:47:42 EST 2006

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Alcohol in the News 

February 15 - March 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 


NCAA Schools Urged to End Beer Ads on Broadcasts

News Release, Center for Science in the Public Interest, March 15, 2006

Of 64 Men's Basketball Tournament Schools, 10 Support an End to Beer Ads
on College Sports Programming.



Study: alcohol ads target youth 

Nick Eaton, The Daily Evergreen, February 23, 2006 

"There are a lot of ads targeting young, very young kids," said Erica
Austin, a WSU communication professor and lead author of the journal



Female Drinkers Targeted by Alcohol Industry 

News Summary, Join Together, February 17, 2006 

Women worldwide are drinking more, and the alcohol industry is doing
what it can to encourage the trend.



Bud Light Super Bowl Ads Favorite of Young Teens 

News Summary, Join Together, February 17, 2006

Advertising researchers found that the favorite Super Bowl ads seen by
TV viewers under age 17 were for products they can't legally buy -- Bud
Light and Budweiser.



Children, Youth Saw Over 30% More Alcohol Ads on Television in 2004 than
in 2001

Fact sheet, Center for Alcohol Marketing and Youth, February 2006

Increase Comes Despite Industry "Reforms," Public Concern



2. Impaired Driving / Road Safety 


Designated Drivers Bring More Luck Than Four Leaf Clovers On St.
Patrick's Day 

News Release, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, March 7, 2006

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reminds party goers to designate a
sober driver or use alternative transportation before St. Patrick's Day
celebrations begin.



DWI System Improvements for Dealing with Hard Core Drinking Drivers:
Quick Reference Guide 

New Brochure by The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), February



3. Demographic Groups


            a. Youth & Young Adults 


Police put lid on students' free beer 

Canadian Press, The Globe and Mail, March 10, 2006

Promoters were pulling free six-packs from the truck and handing them to
students, who had "lined up four abreast," said Constable Ken Rodd.



Teens Think 'Alcopops' Are 'Fun and Cool'

News Survey, HealthCentral.com, March 10, 2006

Many California teens think that drinking fizzy and fruity alcoholic
beverages called "alcopops" is fun and cool and that they won't get
drunk, according to comments collected from more than 300 young people
from around the state.



Booze - How Much Is Too Much? Interactive Web Site For Students

Medical News Today, March 4, 2006

The country's first interactive website to help students cut down on
alcohol has launched at Leeds. If successful, it could be rolled out
across the UK and beyond.



Drinking course grabs attention: Other schools eye U class for parents

Paul Tosto, Pioneer Press, February 27, 2006

Evaluations show that parents learned about student alcohol use and that
they planned to talk to their children.



Allstate sponsors George Chuvalo in bringing anti-drug message to
Markham teens 

Canadian News Wire, February 24, 2006

Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is proud to bring former
heavyweight boxing champion George Chuvalo and his life-changing Fight
against Drugs presentation to the students of Markham.



            b. Older Adults


Primary Care Intervention Reduces Unhealthy Alcohol Use in the Elderly

News Summary, Join Together, March 3, 2006 

Effectively incorporating brief intervention for unhealthy alcohol use
into clinical practice remains a challenge.



Retirees in Treatment More Likely to Abuse Alcohol than Drugs

Media Advisory, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA), February 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. 



Responding to Older Adults with Substance Use, Mental Health and
Gambling Challenges

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, February 2006

A Guide for Workers and Volunteers



4. Alcohol Controls / Liability / Licensing


A ban on breathable booze?: Alcohol inhalers leave lawmakers in a huff

Kathy Boccella and Mario F. Cattabiani, KansasCity.com, February 28,

Rarely has a happy-hour gimmick generated more legislative angst than
Alcohol Without Liquid, or AWOL, a gizmo that looks like a medical
device but is used to inhale vaporized liquor.



Consumers Push For More Labeling On Alcohol

David Schechter, wcco.com, February 26, 2006

While medicines and food are required to bear nutrition and ingredient
labels, you're out of luck when it comes to alcoholic beverages. Some
people say it's time to change that.



Distillers Support Kentucky Bill Revoking Driver's Licenses of Underage
Drinkers and Adults who Supply Them 

Media Release, The Distilled Spirit Council of the United States,
February 23, 2006

The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) submitted testimony today to the
House Transportation Committee in support of a bill that would revoke
the driver's license of a minor convicted of possessing, purchasing, or
attempting to purchase alcohol and an adult convicted of knowingly
purchasing for or providing alcohol to a minor. 



5. Health and Safety 


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


Fetal alcohol syndrome costs millions: study 

Canadian Press, CTV.ca, February 28, 2006

Fetal alcohol syndrome costs Canada hundreds of millions of dollars each
year - and a good chunk of that money comes from the pockets of families
whose children have the disorder, a study has found. 



Gene mutation protects fetus from alcohol's effects

David Douglas, Reuters, February 22, 2006

The findings bolster the recommendation of the US Surgeon General that
"the optimal approach to alcohol use in pregnancy is abstinence."



            b. Low / High Risk Drinking / Harm Reduction


No supervision, no limits

Margo Varadi, The Toronto Star, March 11, 2006

"I expect to get really drunk, so drunk I don't remember what I did the
night before," says the teen, smoking outside school near Yonge and
Eglinton. "So drunk, my buddy is gonna put me in the recovery position."



Girls Keeping Up With the Boys at Bars

News Report, ABC News, March 10, 2006

Despite Sobering Statistics, Girls' Binge-Drinking Is a Growing Problem
on Campuses.



Sex and Intoxication More Common Among Women on Spring Break, According
to AMA Poll

News Summary, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, March 8, 2006 

Survey shows female college students drink more and often on spring
break trips.



            See Also:


                        Women warned not to 'go wild' during spring

                        News Report, CTV.ca, March 8, 2006

About 30 per cent of women surveyed said spring break trips with sun and
alcohol are an essential part of college life.


            c. Crime / Violence / Injury Prevention


B.C. teen's house party ends with $70,000 damage

News Staff, CTV.ca, March 1, 2006

Liquor was flowing freely, while fists were flying, and soon, things got
out of hand.



Alcohol Could Be Listed as Date-Rape Drug in Wisconsin 

News Summary, Join Together, February 27, 2006 

Alcohol should be listed as a date-rape drug in Wisconsin's
sexual-assault statute, according to a state lawmaker.



Binge Drinkers Have Highest Risk of Alcohol-Related Injury

Kelly Griffin, Health Behavior News Service, February 22, 2006 

Moderate drinkers who occasionally drink heavily are more likely to
suffer an alcohol-related injury than chronic heavy drinkers, a Swiss
study has found, and the risk is greatest during a bout of binge



            d. Addictions Treatment


Addiction Issues Learning Event - With Consumer Panel

CAST Canada, March 24, 2006; 9:00 - 4:00

Full-day of workshops, exercises and discussion with a practical
knowledge of addiction and trauma / loss. To take place at: Emanuel
Howard Park Church, 214 Wright Ave, Toronto, ON.

www.cast.stn.net <http://www.cast.stn.net/>  


Mass. Clinic Starts Moderate Drinking Program 

News Summary, Join Together, March 13, 2006 

Putting aside controversy surrounding the Moderation Management (MM)
program, a Massachusetts addiction treatment center has initiated a
moderate-drinking program as an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous



6. Workplace


Worker Benefits Would Be Denied if Alcohol, Drugs Detected 

News Summary, Join Together, February 13, 2006 

A bill moving through the Arizona legislature would deny worker's
compensation benefits if an employee tests positive for alcohol or other
drugs at the time of their injury.



7. Industry News


Cheap suds give Lakeport rivals brand hangover

Andy Hoffman, The Globe and Mail, March 14, 2006 

Mainstream beer makers losing share to discount label with no history,



COOL Beer exports a BUZZ to Halifax! 

Canadian News Wire, March 3, 2006

The Cool Beer Brewing Company is taking a road trip to Halifax, Nova
Scotia and bringing a truck load of it's two award winning brands for
the ride.



LCBO stores raise funds for the Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association
of Ontario

Media Release, Canadian News Wire, February 27, 2006

Starting March 1, 2006, the public can make donations to the Spina
Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario (SB&H) at all 600 LCBO
stores throughout Ontario. 



8. International Alcohol Related News


Warning that cuts in services will force problem-drinkers onto the

News Statement, Alcohol Concerns, March 1, 2006 (United Kingdom)

Alcohol Concern will today issue a stark warning to ministers that cuts
to residential services for alcohol misusers could force
problem-drinkers onto the streets.



Spotlight on alcohol in the community 

Alcohol Advisory Council, 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 conference.



9. Odds and Ends


Alcohol Is a Leading Risk Factor for Cancer 

News Summary, Join Together, March 10, 2006 

Alcohol is a known risk factor for a number of cancers. To calculate the
proportion of cancer deaths attributable to alcohol and other risk
factors, researchers analyzed systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and
data from the World Health Organization. 



Alcohol linked with aneurysm risk

Health Report, Macleans, February 22, 2006

Two or more drinks a day are associated with a greater likelihood of
dangerous artery swelling.




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