Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Alcohol News - 42/2017

The Cougar - Psychology research finds link between social media, alcohol
University of Houston psychologist Mai-Ly Steers is taking a more in depth study on student’s drinking levels with a $251,010 grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Grant funding for the project is expected to continue for five years.
The Independent (UK) - Children described alcohol as ‘sugar for adults’
Three in 10 parents admit to being drunk in front of their children, a new study has found. Half have been tipsy around them, according to the Institute of Alcohol Studies, whose research revealed that moderate drinking around children leaves them feeling anxious, embarrassed and disrupts their bedtime.
Forbes - Divorce Found To Increase Risk For Alcohol Use Disorders, And Remarriage To Lower It
It should come as no surprise that divorce is linked to alcohol (ab)use. Research consistently shows that, compared to married people, divorced people drink more and in more harmful ways (e.g. binge drinking), are more likely to have a lifetime or recent alcohol use disorder (AUD) diagnosis, engage in more alcohol-related risky behaviors, and have higher alcohol-related mortality.
Healthline - Most Consumers Unaware of Dangers in Mixing Alcohol and Common Drugs
Alcohol interacts with as many as 150 medications and can cause them to not work effectively, NCPIE warns. The warning label “Do not use with alcohol” on medicines isn’t a suggestion, but many people don’t take it seriously or ignore it altogether.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Industry and health advocate views on alcohol bill ‘not on par’
The interests of business and public health advocates should not be given equal weight in discussions around the final form of landmark legislation on alcohol, according to a charity working in the area.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Auckland alcohol law change: Why would anyone need to buy liquor at 7am?
Auckland bottle shops will still be allowed to sell alcohol at 7am under a change in trading regulations – but who's actually buying booze at that hour?
ChronicleLive (UK) - The North East area where alcohol treatment is 54% higher than England rate
Patients treated for alcohol problems in North Tyneside are 50% more likely to be readmitted as an emergency within a month than the expected rate in England.
The Independent - Do you know a drunkorexic?
Young women are skipping meals and dramatically reducing their calorie intake from food in order to save calories for alcohol.
Daily Star (UK/Russia) - England fans face World Cup booze BAN as Russia fights hooligans
Russian authorities are desperate to avoid scenes similar to those at Marseille in 2016 where England fans clashed with rival supporters.
The Merkle - New Technology Analyzes Fingerprints to Determine Alcohol and Substance Use
New research shows how fingerprints can be used to determine one’s sex, alcohol consumption, food ingestion, and drug use. This is a revolutionary development, especially considering it works with prints that are decades old.
Galway Advertiser (Ireland) - Alcohol bill will save lives and reduce harm, says regional health forum member
For over 650 days the Public Health (Alcohol ) Bill - a progressive piece of legislation designed to significantly and positively alter Ireland’s harmful relationship with alcohol – has languished in the Oireachtas and faced inordinate delay.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

FASD News - 41/2017

ABC Online (Australia) - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder prevention project underway in regional cities
A multi-million-dollar project aiming to raise awareness and curb cases of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) will be rolled out in two regional Australian locations.
Futurity: Research News - Immune cells may not be at root of fetal alcohol syndrome
Scientists are challenging the theory that cells in the brain’s immune system are the culprit behind the neurological damage that occurs in babies exposed to alcohol while in the womb.
Psychiatry Advisor - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Update & Expert Q&A
Prenatal alcohol exposure is the most common preventable cause of developmental disabilities and birth defects.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - One in two Kiwi pregnancies risk fetal alcohol disorders
Up to one in two pregnant women may be exposing their unborn child to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), a University of Otago researcher says.
Newcastle Herald (UK) - Education is best way to help bottle babies
LAST month a Newcastle couple opened up about the challenges of parenting their foster son, who had been diagnosed with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
TheSpec.com (Canada) - Calgary brothers with FAS who raped teen need structure, supervised environment: lawyers
Lawyers for two brothers with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder who repeatedly raped a teenage girl say their clients should spend years in prison.
Michigan Radio (USA) - Mother discovers child suffers disability from prenatal alcohol exposure and wants to warn others
There is an agony that descends upon a family when a child is diagnosed with a neurological and behavioral disability. Imagine adding to that by realizing this child’s disability is 100% incurable, and 100% preventable.
Medical News Bulletin - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Significant Global Problem
A study of the global prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) estimates that it affects as many as 8 out of 10,000 children, highlighting the need to improve public education about the potential harm of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
Newcastle Herald (UK) - FASD's impact unrecognised
The welcome news that the Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) led by Tony Brown has been successful in securing funding to Make FASD History provides much-needed opportunity for public education about the devastating effects of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in our community.
WHMI - Vaupel Introduces Resolution Regarding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
A local lawmaker has introduced a resolution to bring awareness to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in the state of Michigan.
UPI.com - Genetic variation linked to damage from prenatal alcohol exposure found
Researchers at the University of Helsinki have identified a genetic factor associated with damage caused by the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy.
MedIndia - Alcohol can Cause Neurological Damage Without Involving Brain's Immune System
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are seen in children who are exposed to alcohol while in the womb. Lately, the theory that the cells in the brain's immune system cause neurological damage is being questioned by scientists, reveals a new study.
Adoption.com - Raising a Child With FASD: A Journey To Diagnosis and Understanding
Our daughter was recently diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Prior to adopting, I didn’t know a lot about it. Turns out that many medical professionals don’t know much, either.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services - Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Footage from a September 2017 event in the Pennsylvania State Capitol.
FASD Communities - Platteville At-A-Glance
Come take a look around the beautiful community of Platteville, Wisconsin where we have the first ever supportive home for individuals with FASD - Aloha Communities Platteville.
NIHOD - Tom Donaldson (NOFAS) discusses the NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator
Tom Donaldson, President and CEO of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), discusses the value of the NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator. For more, visit https://alcoholtreatment.niaaa.nih.gov.
NOFAS - NOFAS Facts of the Day for FASD Month, Sept. 2017
In recognition of September as FASD Awareness Month, NOFAS posted an FASD-related fact on social media each day in September,. Facts covered various facets of FASD, including pediatrics, prevention, addiction, adults with FASD, education, and public health.

RESEARCH
American Family Physician - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) result from intrauterine exposure to alcohol and are the most common nonheritable causes of intellectual disability. The percentage of women who drink or binge drink during pregnancy has increased since 2012.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Maternal Iron Nutriture as a Critical Modulator of FASD Risk in Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy places the fetus at risk for permanent physical, cognitive, and behavioral impairments, collectively termed fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Alcoholism - Commentary on Montag et al. (2017): The Importance of CBPR in FASD Prevention with American Indian Communities
Prenatal alcohol consumption is a public health concern due to potential lifelong physical and cognitive effects in offspring, often presenting in the form of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) or other fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
University of Cape Town - Intraparietal Sulcus Morphology in Children Prenatally Exposed To Alcohol
The intraparietal sulcus (IPS) is a prominent feature in the parietal lobe that separates the inferior- and superior parietal lobules and extends posteriorly from the postcentral sulcus (PCS) to end in the occipital lobe.
Brain Research - Developmental ethanol exposure alters the morphology of mouse prefrontal neurons in a layer-specific manner
Chronic developmental exposure to ethanol can lead to a wide variety of teratogenic effects, which in humans are known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Behavioural Brain Research - Mitigation of postnatal ethanol-induced neuroinflammation ameliorates trace fear memory deficits in juvenile rats
Impairments in behavior and cognition are common in individuals diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). In this study, FASD model rats were intragastrically intubated with ethanol (5 g/kg/day; 5E), sham-intubated (SI), or maintained as naïve controls (NC) over postnatal days (PD) 4–9.
Behavioural Brain Research - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Zebrafish in the analysis of the milder and more prevalent form of the disease
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) represent a large unmet medical need. Exposure of the developing human embryo to alcohol can lead to life-long suffering.
Northcentral University - A Systematic Review of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Federal Case Law: Implications for Psychologists and Competency to Stand Trial Evaluators
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Competition between ethanol clearance and retinoic acid biosynthesis in the induction of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Several models have been proposed to explain the neurodevelopmental syndrome induced by alcohol exposure of human embryos, known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). One of the proposed models suggests a competition for the enzymes required for retinoic acid biosynthesis.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Understanding and Managing Sleep Disruption in Children with FASD
Accumulating evidence has revealed high rates of sleep disruption among children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health - Australian guide to the diagnosis of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A summary
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder caused by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). In some individuals, characteristic facial features result from the teratogenic effect of first trimester PAE.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - The Manitoba Youth Justice Program: Empowering and Supporting FASD Affected Youth in Conflict with the Law
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) describes a constellation of physical, cognitive, neurologic and behavioral impairments resulting from prenatal exposure to alcohol.
Mspace - The Manitoba mothers and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder study: a retrospective population-based cohort study using linked administrative data
Identifying maternal risk factors associated with giving birth to children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is integral to the development of effective prevention strategies, however, there are no Canadian data in this area.
Laurentian University - "If we have the knowledge, then that is power to help our expectant moms": Northern Ontario health care students' knowledge and attitudes addressing alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
The current document is a paper-based dissertation investigating health care professionals’ knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy regarding fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Reproductive Sciences - The Effect of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Fetal Growth and Cardiovascular Parameters in a Baboon Model of Pregnancy
Prenatal alcohol exposure often results in an array of fetal developmental abnormalities termed fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).
Neurotoxicology and Teratology - Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure in a prospective sample of young adults: Mental health, substance use, and difficulties with the legal system
Few studies have focused on the transition to adulthood in adults with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). In this study, we examine the occurrence of problem behavior at this transition, including mental health problems, substance use, and difficulties with the legal system.
The Journal of Special Populations - FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER AND SEXUALLY INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIORS: A CALL ON SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT CLINICIANS TO BECOME INFORMED
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure is a permanent condition that can include a range of adaptive, cognitive, social, and physical impairments.
Brain Sciences - Impact of Prenatal and Subsequent Adult Alcohol Exposure on Pro-Inflammatory Cytokine Expression in Brain Regions Necessary for Simple Recognition Memory
Microglia, the immune cells of the brain, are important and necessary for appropriate neural development; however, activation of microglia, concomitant with increased levels of secreted immune molecules during brain development, can leave the brain susceptible to certain long-term changes in immune function associated with neurological and developmental disorders.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Mindener Tageblatt (Germany) - Das Ungeborene trinkt mit - Erstes Treffen von FASD-Betroffenen
Die Folgen von Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft sind gravierend: Bei den betroffenen Kindern kann eine sogenannte fetale Alkohol-Spektrum-Störung (FASD) auftreten, darunter fallen körperliche und besonders auch geistige Beeinträchtigung.
Aktuality.sk (Slovakia) - Alkohol v tehotenstve môže ublížiť vášmu dieťaťu (rozhovor)
Alkohol v tehotenstve niektoré ženy taja, hovoriť o príčine poškodenia dieťaťa je pre niektoré matky stále tabu, varuje odborníčka Petra Šteinecker.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Alcohol News - 41/2017

Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - Call to ban alcohol in supermarkets after cameras reveal over-exposure to children
New Zealand children are being exposed to alcohol every nearly every time they go to the supermarket, sparking a call from researchers to have it banned from such stores.
NBC Southern California (USA) - Los Angeles Moves to Tighten Rules on Alcohol Sales at Gas Stations
A Los Angeles City Council committee voted Tuesday in favor of adopting stricter enforcement of the sale of alcoholic beverages at gas stations in an effort to reduce drunk driving and the availability of alcohol to minors.
NEWS.com.au (Australia) - Why more middle-aged women are turning to alcohol
WHEN mother-of-two and business owner Sally Doran started to drink a bottle of wine each night, she didn’t think of it as a big problem.
Novinite.com (Bulgaria) - Possible Ban For Consumption of Alcohol in Public Parks in Sofia
Sofia municipality has brought in proposals for a new Ordinance on Public Order which bans fireworks and noisy parties in residential buildings after 22:00, reported the Bulgarian National Television.
Daily Mail (UK) - Tough new drink limits you won't see on the bottle: Industry ignores health bosses' demands to display guidelines on their products
Tough new guidance on drinking limits are unlikely to be printed on most alcohol bottles and cans, after industry bodies told their members they did not need to display the updated advice.
Forbes (Asia) - Closing Time: Four Countries In Asia Shuttering Their Alcohol Sales
Local officials in Malaysia have canceled a beer festival scheduled for today and Saturday on security concerns, including possible sabotage, according to news reports such as this one from Kuala Lumpur.
Wilmslow.co.uk (UK) - Council calls for ban on alcohol advertising on TV before 9pm
The authority's cabinet has called for a 9pm watershed for such adverts in order 'to protect children and young people from the influence of alcohol advertising'.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Catholic bishops criticise ‘glamourising’ of alcohol
The “glamourising of alcohol” through advertising, promotions and sponsorship can adversely affect the behaviour of young people, Catholic bishops have said.
Telegraph.co.uk - Is it time you stopped drinking and joined the 'soberocracy'?
Do you “Go Sober for October”, the annual Macmillan Cancer Support campaign in which hundreds of thousands of Brits give up the bottle? Don’t worry if not: it won’t be long before Alcohol Concern’s “Dry January” is upon us, when 5 million of us collapse onto the wagon.
The Sunday Post (Scotland) - Every child has right to grow up safe from harm, says Alcohol Focus Scotland’s Alison Douglas
While every family’s situation is different, children who live with someone who drinks too much say they feel scared, confused, stressed and angry when their parent is drinking.
Greek Reporter (Greece) - Rise in Alcohol Dependence due to Economic Crisis in Greece
“We are worried about the increase in excessive alcohol consumption among adolescents and the heavy use overall, especially in provincial areas,” said Greece’s Health Minister Andreas Xanthos.
Curetoday.com - Even Moderate Alcohol Use Can Increase Cancer Risk
It’s been well-noted that excessive alcohol consumption can lead to a slew of health effects, including an increased risk of multiple types of cancers, but what about the effects of moderate drinking?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Liquid genocide: fighting addiction on Pine Ridge reservation

Alcohol News - 40/2017

The Guardian (Australia) - Australia failing to stop alcohol ads reaching children, experts say
A leading US expert on alcohol policy, Dr David Jernigan, says the Australian government is failing to use the significant power it has to regulate the alcohol industry to stop its advertisements reaching children.
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NHS England (UK) - Health Matters: preventing ill health from alcohol and tobacco use
This professional resource focuses on preventing ill health caused by alcohol and tobacco use and makes the case for why NHS providers should implement the ‘preventing ill health by risky behaviours – alcohol and tobacco CQUIN’.
NIH.gov (USA) - NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator points the way to quality treatment
A new online resource is now available to help people recognize and find high quality care for alcohol use disorder, which affects more than 15 million adults in the United States.
POLITICO.eu (Ireland) - Ireland aims to put a cork in binge drinking
Ireland is pushing for some of the most draconian alcohol retail laws in the EU to crack down on heavy drinking.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Former FG advisers are lobbying on alcohol Bill
Former Fine Gael Oireachtas members and special advisers from the last government are lobbying former colleagues over the controversial legislation to reduce alcohol intake in the State.
Courier Mail (Australia) - Teenage drinkers are fewer but they’re downing more in a session
AUSTRALIAN teenagers are knocking back an average of 13 alcoholic drinks per session with one in five experiencing blackouts, a report says.
Clinical Advisor - Psoriasis patients have an increased risk of alcohol-related mortality
Patients with psoriasis have approximately a 60% greater risk of mortality due to alcohol-related causes compared with those without psoriasis, according to a study published in JAMA Dermatology.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Attitudes to alcohol changing in Prince Albert after strategy to address 'crisis': police
Eighteen months after a strategy was created to address what was being called an "alcohol crisis" in Prince Albert, Sask., there are reports that the city's drinking culture is changing.
The Guardian (USA) - Liquid genocide: alcohol destroyed Pine Ridge reservation - then they fought back
For years, 11,000 cans of beer a day were poured into the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, causing untold damages. This summer, it stopped.
GoodTherapy.org - Restrictive Alcohol Policies May Reduce Alcohol-Related Homicides
Legislation that restricts access to alcohol may lower rates of alcohol-related violence, according to research published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
Reuters - YouTube videos deliver alcohol brand messaging to underage viewers
YouTube videos that depict alcohol brands favored by youth draw millions of views, making them a form of promotion that could encourage underage drinkers, according to a U.S. Study.
Grimsby Telegraph - 'Alcohol left me housebound' - An addict on the road to recovery
A Grimsby man who has struggled through a lifetime of binge drinking that left him housebound and seriously ill - is now feeling "happier and healthier" than ever after starting on the road to recovery.
The Sentinel (India) - Children demand ban on alcohol
Children were seen coming out to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on Monday with a letter to demand making Assam an alcohol-free State.
Evening Telegraph (UK) - Local folk must ‘wake up’ to alcohol dangers after sharp rise in deaths
A health chief has called for Taysiders to “wake up” and realise the damage drink can do — after figures revealed a rise in deaths from alcohol-related liver disease.
thenews.pl (Poland) - Poland’s health ministry to tighten laws on alcohol
The Polish health ministry looks to amend the law on education in sobriety and counteracting alcoholism in an effort to drive down alcohol-related deaths.
EurekAlert - Interventions for alcohol and hypertension could save hundreds of lives across EU
Routine screening and interventions for hazardous and harmful alcohol use for people with hypertension in primary care could save hundreds of lives across the European Union, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Medicine.
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) - One in two Kiwi pregnancies risk fetal alcohol disorders
Up to one in two pregnant women may be exposing their unborn child to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), a University of Otago researcher says.
The Mainichi (Japan) - Alcohol consumption excessive among half of elderly male drinkers
Around half of elderly male drinkers aged 65 or older consume alcohol in excess of the Japanese government's health guideline of a 500-milliliter can of beer per day, a health ministry survey showed Sunday.
Prague Daily Monitor (Czech Republic) - Alcohol behind most domestic violence cases
Alcohol plays a role in up to two-thirds of cases of domestic violence in the Czech Republic, national anti-drug coordinator Jindrich Voboril told journalists on Sunday.
HeraldScotland (Scotland) - Middle-class Scottish women drinking more regularly than those who are poorer
MIDDLE class women drink far more regularly than females in more deprived areas, a survey has revealed.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

FASD News - 39/2017

MinnPost - Jeffrey Wozniak: New fetal alcohol research will aid early diagnosis, help develop interventions for kids
It cuts across all ethnic groups and social classes. By some measures, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is as common as autism.
Rapid City Journal - With Whiteclay stores closed, attention turns to alcoholism and fetal alcohol syndrome
Those stark words put into perspective the scourge of alcoholism on the Pine Ridge Reservation and impact it has on the children born there. They came from Nora Boesem, president of Roots to Wings FASD and the parent to 12 children with fetal alcohol syndrome.
witf.org - Pregnant women again warned about FASD
The heads of two state agencies are joining forces to advise women of the dangers of drinking while pregnant.
Alaska Public Radio Network (USA) - Early recognition and interventions for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Prenatal exposure to alcohol is a leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities. These problems are often lifelong and have high costs for society.
HuffPost UK (UK) - Adoption, Violence And Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The news has lit up today following a BBC File on 4/Adoption UK survey that highlighted a state of crisis in more than one-quarter of adoptive families in the UK.
My Sunshine Coast - USC Psychology researchers target foetal alcohol spectrum disorder
USC Psychology academics and students will work to improve the diagnosis and care of children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) on the Sunshine Coast, following the announcement of a $1.37 million Australian Government grant.
News24 (South Africa) - Creating awareness about foetal alcohol syndrome
SEPTEMBER 9, was International Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day, ER24 advises pregnant women to abstain from drinking alcohol.
Mental Daily (Ireland) - Alcohol & Pregnancy: Ireland Looks Towards The Future of Infant Mental Health
In a rural area of Galway, Ireland, health professionals gathered to speak as part of a very severe problem: Ireland’s pregnancy and alcohol misuse crisis.
Healthline - Even One Drink Is Enough to Harm Fetus, Researchers Say
Is “just one drink” too much if you’re expecting? While opinions differ, a new study in BMJ Open found that even small amounts of alcohol can do harm to a fetus.
Canadian Family (Canada) - How FASD Impacts Us All
As I was watching the news coverage around Bell’s Let’s Talk campaign on mental illness, I was struck by the similarities between these invisible disabilities and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

UPCOMING EVENTS
EUFASD - European Conference on FASD 2018
The EUFASD conferences bring together academics, educators, non-governmental organisations and charities, legislators and politicians, lawyers and individuals involved in the criminal justice system, birth and adoptive families alongside individuals who themselves have FASD; shared learning will help promote the understanding of this disorder in Germany, Europe and internationally.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
FASD Hub Australia - FASD: A Doctor's Story
Gold Coast paediatrician Dr Doug Shelton shares his journey moving from ignorance to knowledge about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Dr Shelton now heads up one the leading FASD assessment clinics in Australia.
KUTV - Baby Your Baby: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
September 9th (9/9) was Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day. This day reminds women to avoid alcohol during the 9 months of pregnancy.
FASD Hub Australia - Diagnosing FASD
Join health professionals from around Australia who assess and diagnose Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) using the 'Australian Guide to the diagnosis of FASD'.
AlcoholFreePregnancy - NOFAS Webinar: Neuroscience of Addiction
Alcohol and drug addiction are chronic, but treatable, diseases characterized by clinically significant impairments in health and social function.
To Foster Change - I Am A Better Person Because of Him
In this inspiring video from The Alliance for Children’s Rights, single mom and Los Angeles teacher Laura Sander, talks about her journey of fostering and ultimately adopting her son William from foster care, who was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) at the age of two.

RESEARCH
Nature - Genetic predisposition to fetal alcohol syndrome: association with congenital disorders of N-glycosylation
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is caused by maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy; although additional factors might be involved, as development and severity are not directly related to alcohol intake.
University of Guleph - Teratogenic Effects of Ethanol on Layer VI Pyramidal Neurons in the Medial Prefrontal Cortex
Chronic exposure to ethanol during development can induce a wide variety of teratogenic effects. These effects may include craniofacial abnormalities, growth deficiencies and neurocognitive deficits, which in humans all fall under the umbrella term of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Altered neural oscillations during multisensory integration in adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), who were exposed to alcohol in utero, display a broad range of sensory, cognitive, and behavioral deficits, which are broadly theorized to be rooted in altered brain function and structure.
Alcohol - Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group
The 2016 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group (FASDSG) meeting was titled “Rehabilitation in FASD: Potential Interventions and Challenges”.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Thiamin deficiency on fetal brain development with and without prenatal alcohol exposure
Adequate thiamin levels are crucial for optimal health, through maintenance of homeostasis and viability of metabolic enzymes, which require thiamine as a co-factor.
Salem State University - The Effects Of Maternal Substance Use On Gestational Development And Neonates
This paper will focus on the effects of maternal substance use on the gestational development of neonates. The research for this paper will be gathered through a systematic review of the literature, which will include both quantitative and qualitative peer-reviewed articles published within the last six years.
Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs - Risk for Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies Among Women at Drinking Venues in Cape Town, South Africa
Given the high rates of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, alcohol-serving venues should be targeted for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder prevention interventions. Efforts should be made to increase uptake of long-acting contraceptives among women who do not wish to get pregnant and to promote alcohol cessation among women with pregnancy intentions.
Alcoholism - Maternal alcohol use and nutrition during pregnancy: diet and anthropometry
Despite known risks of prenatal nutritional deficiencies and studies documenting increased prevalence of poor dietary intake among non-pregnant alcohol abusers, the nutritional status of heavy drinking pregnant women remains largely unstudied.
Reproductive Toxicology - Improving Screening for Alcohol Consumption during Pregnancy with Phosphatidylethanol
The study objective was to compare rates of alcohol use between urine ethanol testing and self- reporting (Method: 1) and Phosphatidylethanol (PEth) dried blood spot testing and self-reporting (Method: 2).
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada - Epidemiology and Effects of Substance Use in Pregnancy
Substance use during pregnancy has important implications for health care providers and policymakers and can negatively affect a woman's health and the health of her children.
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada - Screening and Management of Substance Use in Pregnancy: A Review
Substance use during pregnancy has important implications for health care providers, policy makers, and can negatively impact a woman's health and the health of her children.
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment - Characteristics of pregnant women who reported alcohol use at admission to substance use treatment
The current study analyzed the sociodemographic, treatment-related, and other substance use characteristics among pregnant women who reported alcohol use and were admitted to substance use treatment for the first time.
Reproductive Health - Alcohol consumption among pregnant women in James Town Community, Accra, Ghana
Alcohol consumption among pregnant women is a public health concern, considering its adverse outcomes for both mother and the developing foetus.
Life Sciences - Maternal ethanol consumption reduces Se antioxidant function in placenta and liver of embryos and breastfeeding pups
The fetal alcohol exposition during pregnancy leads to different disorders in offspring, related to the oxidative stress generated by alcohol.
Substance Use & Misuse - Postpartum Contraceptive use and Rapid Repeat Pregnancy Among Women who use Substances
Postpartum contraception is especially important for women who use alcohol and other substances, given the risk of possible rapid repeat pregnancy and prenatal substance exposure.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Deutsche Welle (Turkey) - Anne karnında sarhoşluk
Hamilelikte alkollü içecekler kesinlikle yasak. Aksi takdirde anne karnındaki bebek bedensel ve zihinsel zarar görebiliyor. Bir çok kadın hamile olduğunu çok geç öğreniyor ya da hamile olduğunu bile bile içki içiyor.
Deutsche Welle (Germany) - Betrunken im Mutterleib
Kein Wein, kein Bier - Alkohol ist für Schwangere tabu, denn er kann das Ungeborene erheblich schädigen. Ein Problem: Oft bemerken werdende Mütter ihre Schwangerschaft lange nicht oder trinken gar bewusst.
Kinderaerzte-im-Netz (Germany) - Hoffnung auf Behandlung von Fetalen Alkoholspektrumstörungen (FASD)?
Zwei häufig verwendete Medikamente können möglicherweise die Lern- und Gedächtnisprobleme lindern, unter denen Kinder leiden, deren Mütter in der Schwangerschaft Alkohol konsumiert hatten.
GazetaPrawna.pl (Poland) - Projekt dot. ochrony przed FAS. Ratujmy Kobiety: To próba ograniczenia wolności osobistej kobiet
Komitet "Ratujmy Kobiety 2017" domaga się od Rzecznika Praw Dziecka wycofania się z projektu dot. ochrony przed FAS, ponieważ stanowi on próbę ograniczenia wolności osobistej kobiet. Szanuję prawa kobiet, ale zależy mi też na ochronie praw dzieci - mówi Marek Michalak.
MTV (Finland) - Lähes yksi lapsi sadasta saa FASD:n – syynä alkoholinkäyttö raskausaikana
Raskaudenaikaisesta alkoholialtistuksesta johtuva sikiön alkoholioireyhtymä FASD kehittyy edelleen lähes joka sadannelle lapselle. Havainto tehtiin oireyhtymän globaalia esiintyvyyttä selvittäneessä tutkimuksessa.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Alcohol News - 39/2017

Business Insider (Finland) - Finland is considering to hike alcohol limits to 5,5% — and it turns out the ambassadors of Denmark, Portugal and other major booze exporters have secretly lobbied the effort
When Finland and Sweden joined the EU in 1995, one of the conditions was that the alcohol monopolies be broken up under Brussels competition rules. Although the production and distribution sides of that bargain were honored, state-owned retail monopolies for drinks containing over a fixed alcohol volume continue: Systembolaget in Sweden and Alko in Finland are the only retailers allowed to sell spirits, wines and other strong drinks.
The West Australian (Australia) - Figures show employed Aussies turn to alcohol, cocaine to cope
Employed people are more inclined to regularly drink riskier levels of alcohol than the unemployed, data suggests.
EurekAlert - Interventions for alcohol and hypertension could save hundreds of lives across EU
Routine screening and interventions for hazardous and harmful alcohol use for people with hypertension in primary care could save hundreds of lives across the European Union, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Medicine.
BBC News - Sporty people likely to drink more alcohol, survey finds
People in Wales who exercise regularly are more likely to drink above the recommended alcohol allowance than those who do no sport, a survey has found.
The Independent (UK) - Government accused of cutting vital drug and alcohol services as £43m slashed from addiction budgets
The Government has been accused of presiding over “staggering cuts” to vital drug and alcohol services, forcing town halls to slash £43m from addiction budgets in one year.
SBS (Australia) - Sport alcohol sponsorship must go: experts
Analysis shows one-third of complaints made to the Alcohol Review Board (AARB) over the past five years were sport-related, prompting renewed calls for alcohol sponsorship of sport to be banned.
The Sydney Morning Herald - Reduce alcohol by a litre a year, see a 15 per cent reduction in liver cancer
Reducing Australia's per-capita alcohol consumption by just one litre a year would drive a significant reduction in head, neck and liver cancer deaths.
The Guardian (USA) - From sex to alcohol, American teenagers are in no rush to grow up
Kids today: they just don’t drink and have sex like they used to. According to a new study, young people are defying the expectations of adults yet again by failing to accelerate themselves towards adulthood with the characteristic speed of their teenage predecessors.
Elle UK Magazine (UK) - One In Ten Millenials Think Getting Drunk Is 'Cool', Says Study
A new report has been published this month which claims that millennials are increasingly more inclined to swap pints of beer for wheatgrass shots and prioritise wellness over intoxication.
Saskatoon StarPhoenix (Canada) - Prince Albert declares Oct. 2 'No Alcohol Day'
Prince Albert will mark ‘No Alcohol Day’ on Oct. 2. It will coincide with events being held around the world as part of the World Health Assembly’s ‘No Alcohol Day’.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Last orders for ministerial conflicts with alcohol industry?
When Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe was asked at a briefing in July about whether it was appropriate for him to hold shares in Diageo, given the ongoing debate over alcohol taxation, he seemed perplexed.
The Independent - Brighter Futures: Challenging perceptions of Millennials
A new report has been published which claims that millennials are all “sober socialites,” shunning boozy nights out and pub trips for green smoothies (packed with protein and veg rather than sugary fruit, natch) and wellness festivals.
Reuters (USA) - Dozens of alcohol-flavored tobacco products may lure teens
Nearly 50 alcohol-flavored tobacco product lines are marketed by more than 400 tobacco brands in the United States and these products may especially attract teens, luring them into tobacco addiction, according to a new study.
Healio - Psoriasis increases risk for alcohol-related mortality
Individuals with psoriasis were at a 60% increased risk for mortality due to alcohol-related causes, according to recent findings.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Health chiefs to ban free alcoholic drinks at hairdressers
Health chiefs are to call time on free alcoholic drinks in hair salons. The growing trend sees gin and tonics or glasses of prosecco offered in place of the traditional tea or coffee.
HealthDay - Booze Often Glorified On YouTube Videos
If kids only watched YouTube for insights into drinking, they'd get a very slanted view, new research shows.
The Times - Facebook lets users block alcohol adverts
Facebook users can block adverts in their news feed for the first time — but only those relating to booze and parenting.