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BOLIVIA TO WITHDRAW FROM UN SINGLE CONVENTION

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  2. BOLIVIA TO WITHDRAW FROM UN SINGLE CONVENTION
  3. WHO PUBLISH TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS ON AMPHETAMINE-TYPE STIMULANTS (ATS)
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE AND INCREASED ALCOHOL CONTENT OF WINE
  5. WHO/UNODC SEEK EXAMPLES OF HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
  6. EMCDDA REPORT ADDRESSING KHAT USE
  7. SCOTLAND MAY LEAD ON MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL
  8. WHO REPORT ON IMPACT OF TOBACCO INTERVENTIONS
  9. UK GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT COMPENSATION AND FEES FOR POOR TREATMENT OF DRUG USERS IN PRISON
  10. US GOVERNMENT RULES THAT CANNABIS HAS NO ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE
  11. ‘FEMALE FRIENDLY’ BEERS LAUNCHED IN THE UK
  12. LE BINGE DRINKING IN FRANCE
  13. RUSSIA INTRODUCES A LAW TO CONTROL BEER PRODUCTION AND SALES
  14. UK REVIEW OF GUIDELINES ON SAFE DRINKING LEVELS
  15. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  16. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

The Bolivian government has approved a Bill of Complaint filed by President Evo Morales to withdraw Bolivia from the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs over its prohibition of the personal use, consumption, possession or cultivation of the native coca leaf. The withdrawal will come into effect in 2012, and although the complaint over the coca leaf ban will technically withdraw it from Convention compliance, Bolivia has stated it intends to continue complying with the drug trafficking and narcotics control sections of the Convention. In 2009, Bolivia began a process to amend Article 49 of the Convention, which prohibited consumption of the coca leaf from 2001. Its proposal for amendment was formally opposed by 17 other Convention signatories, including the United States, U.K., France, Japan, and Russia.

WHO PUBLISH TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS ON AMPHETAMINE-TYPE STIMULANTS (ATS)

  1. Top of page
  2. BOLIVIA TO WITHDRAW FROM UN SINGLE CONVENTION
  3. WHO PUBLISH TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS ON AMPHETAMINE-TYPE STIMULANTS (ATS)
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE AND INCREASED ALCOHOL CONTENT OF WINE
  5. WHO/UNODC SEEK EXAMPLES OF HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
  6. EMCDDA REPORT ADDRESSING KHAT USE
  7. SCOTLAND MAY LEAD ON MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL
  8. WHO REPORT ON IMPACT OF TOBACCO INTERVENTIONS
  9. UK GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT COMPENSATION AND FEES FOR POOR TREATMENT OF DRUG USERS IN PRISON
  10. US GOVERNMENT RULES THAT CANNABIS HAS NO ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE
  11. ‘FEMALE FRIENDLY’ BEERS LAUNCHED IN THE UK
  12. LE BINGE DRINKING IN FRANCE
  13. RUSSIA INTRODUCES A LAW TO CONTROL BEER PRODUCTION AND SALES
  14. UK REVIEW OF GUIDELINES ON SAFE DRINKING LEVELS
  15. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  16. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

The World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific has published four technical briefings on amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) covering patterns and consequences of ATS use, harm reduction and brief interventions, principles of prevention and treatment and therapeutic interventions, principles which include ‘the right to health, ensuring access to treatment when needed, and a respect for the patient's human rights by ensuring that treatment is always evidence-based, voluntary and not coercive’.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND INCREASED ALCOHOL CONTENT OF WINE

  1. Top of page
  2. BOLIVIA TO WITHDRAW FROM UN SINGLE CONVENTION
  3. WHO PUBLISH TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS ON AMPHETAMINE-TYPE STIMULANTS (ATS)
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE AND INCREASED ALCOHOL CONTENT OF WINE
  5. WHO/UNODC SEEK EXAMPLES OF HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
  6. EMCDDA REPORT ADDRESSING KHAT USE
  7. SCOTLAND MAY LEAD ON MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL
  8. WHO REPORT ON IMPACT OF TOBACCO INTERVENTIONS
  9. UK GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT COMPENSATION AND FEES FOR POOR TREATMENT OF DRUG USERS IN PRISON
  10. US GOVERNMENT RULES THAT CANNABIS HAS NO ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE
  11. ‘FEMALE FRIENDLY’ BEERS LAUNCHED IN THE UK
  12. LE BINGE DRINKING IN FRANCE
  13. RUSSIA INTRODUCES A LAW TO CONTROL BEER PRODUCTION AND SALES
  14. UK REVIEW OF GUIDELINES ON SAFE DRINKING LEVELS
  15. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  16. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

A report from The American Association of Wine Economists Splendide mendax: false label claims about high and rising alcohol content of wine using analysis of wine imports into Ontario, Canada found that between 1992 and 2006 the average alcohol content in a bottle of wine that passed through Ontario rose from 12.6% to 13.6%. Ontario tests the alcohol content of every incoming wine and records actual alcohol percentage, the alcohol percentage stated on the label, the vintage year, and the country (and, in some cases, the region) of origin and data from 91,432 wines were used in the analysis. The report found that the heat index in most wine-making countries grew less than the rise in alcohol, and could not be attributed as the major factor driving the steady increase in alcohol content. The report also found that that 57% of the wines analysed were stronger than declared on the label. The average alcohol content was 13.6% when the average reported strength was 13.1%.

WHO/UNODC SEEK EXAMPLES OF HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS

  1. Top of page
  2. BOLIVIA TO WITHDRAW FROM UN SINGLE CONVENTION
  3. WHO PUBLISH TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS ON AMPHETAMINE-TYPE STIMULANTS (ATS)
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE AND INCREASED ALCOHOL CONTENT OF WINE
  5. WHO/UNODC SEEK EXAMPLES OF HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
  6. EMCDDA REPORT ADDRESSING KHAT USE
  7. SCOTLAND MAY LEAD ON MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL
  8. WHO REPORT ON IMPACT OF TOBACCO INTERVENTIONS
  9. UK GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT COMPENSATION AND FEES FOR POOR TREATMENT OF DRUG USERS IN PRISON
  10. US GOVERNMENT RULES THAT CANNABIS HAS NO ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE
  11. ‘FEMALE FRIENDLY’ BEERS LAUNCHED IN THE UK
  12. LE BINGE DRINKING IN FRANCE
  13. RUSSIA INTRODUCES A LAW TO CONTROL BEER PRODUCTION AND SALES
  14. UK REVIEW OF GUIDELINES ON SAFE DRINKING LEVELS
  15. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  16. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

In collaboration with UNODC, WHO is preparing a publication to highlight different models of interaction between the criminal justice and health care systems in responding to people with drug use disorders and associated drug-related crime. Some of the current solutions in place have been criticized for being in contravention to some international human rights instruments, including those on torture, unlawful detention and forced labour. A 2010 UNODC discussion paper ‘From Coercion to Cohesion: Treating Drug Dependence Through Health Care not Punishment’, outlines some of the issues involved.

Leslie Blair (LeslieB@WHO.int) and Cassandra Van (VanC@WHO.int) at WHO are the contact people for this project and welcome examples of humane and effective programmes, links to existing documents outlining the programmes, and also to any evaluations which have been conducted.

EMCDDA REPORT ADDRESSING KHAT USE

  1. Top of page
  2. BOLIVIA TO WITHDRAW FROM UN SINGLE CONVENTION
  3. WHO PUBLISH TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS ON AMPHETAMINE-TYPE STIMULANTS (ATS)
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE AND INCREASED ALCOHOL CONTENT OF WINE
  5. WHO/UNODC SEEK EXAMPLES OF HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
  6. EMCDDA REPORT ADDRESSING KHAT USE
  7. SCOTLAND MAY LEAD ON MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL
  8. WHO REPORT ON IMPACT OF TOBACCO INTERVENTIONS
  9. UK GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT COMPENSATION AND FEES FOR POOR TREATMENT OF DRUG USERS IN PRISON
  10. US GOVERNMENT RULES THAT CANNABIS HAS NO ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE
  11. ‘FEMALE FRIENDLY’ BEERS LAUNCHED IN THE UK
  12. LE BINGE DRINKING IN FRANCE
  13. RUSSIA INTRODUCES A LAW TO CONTROL BEER PRODUCTION AND SALES
  14. UK REVIEW OF GUIDELINES ON SAFE DRINKING LEVELS
  15. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  16. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

The European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Abuse (EMCDDA) has published a report, Khat use in Europe: implications for European policy. The report was prompted by the recent spread of khat use as people from the Horn of Africa with its tradition of khat use migrate to other countries in Europe and the rest of the world. The brief report summarises data on prevalence of use, pharmacology and socio-economic and health consequences of use and explores some of the legal, environmental and economic aspects of khat use that need to be considered by policy makers.

SCOTLAND MAY LEAD ON MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL

  1. Top of page
  2. BOLIVIA TO WITHDRAW FROM UN SINGLE CONVENTION
  3. WHO PUBLISH TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS ON AMPHETAMINE-TYPE STIMULANTS (ATS)
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE AND INCREASED ALCOHOL CONTENT OF WINE
  5. WHO/UNODC SEEK EXAMPLES OF HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
  6. EMCDDA REPORT ADDRESSING KHAT USE
  7. SCOTLAND MAY LEAD ON MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL
  8. WHO REPORT ON IMPACT OF TOBACCO INTERVENTIONS
  9. UK GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT COMPENSATION AND FEES FOR POOR TREATMENT OF DRUG USERS IN PRISON
  10. US GOVERNMENT RULES THAT CANNABIS HAS NO ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE
  11. ‘FEMALE FRIENDLY’ BEERS LAUNCHED IN THE UK
  12. LE BINGE DRINKING IN FRANCE
  13. RUSSIA INTRODUCES A LAW TO CONTROL BEER PRODUCTION AND SALES
  14. UK REVIEW OF GUIDELINES ON SAFE DRINKING LEVELS
  15. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  16. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

According to The Guardian the Scottish National Party-controlled government may introduce the UK's first minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol, when it reintroduces a bill that fell in Scotland's previous parliament towards the end of 2011. ‘Basically, we have confirmed that in the next term of parliament, in the autumn, there will be a bill for minimum pricing of alcohol,’ a spokeswoman for the Scottish Government told The Guardian. In addition authorities in Greater Manchester have drafted a bylaw that would introduce an MUP across the conurbation, but the measure awaits agreement with all the ten local councils in the area.

WHO REPORT ON IMPACT OF TOBACCO INTERVENTIONS

  1. Top of page
  2. BOLIVIA TO WITHDRAW FROM UN SINGLE CONVENTION
  3. WHO PUBLISH TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS ON AMPHETAMINE-TYPE STIMULANTS (ATS)
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE AND INCREASED ALCOHOL CONTENT OF WINE
  5. WHO/UNODC SEEK EXAMPLES OF HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
  6. EMCDDA REPORT ADDRESSING KHAT USE
  7. SCOTLAND MAY LEAD ON MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL
  8. WHO REPORT ON IMPACT OF TOBACCO INTERVENTIONS
  9. UK GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT COMPENSATION AND FEES FOR POOR TREATMENT OF DRUG USERS IN PRISON
  10. US GOVERNMENT RULES THAT CANNABIS HAS NO ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE
  11. ‘FEMALE FRIENDLY’ BEERS LAUNCHED IN THE UK
  12. LE BINGE DRINKING IN FRANCE
  13. RUSSIA INTRODUCES A LAW TO CONTROL BEER PRODUCTION AND SALES
  14. UK REVIEW OF GUIDELINES ON SAFE DRINKING LEVELS
  15. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  16. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2011: Warning about the dangers of tobacco is the third in a series of WHO reports that collates data on the extent of global tobacco use and the impact of interventions implemented to stop it. In 2008 WHO introduced a package of six evidence-based tobacco control measures called MPower to help countries fulfil their WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control obligations. The 2011 report examines in detail the two primary strategies to provide health warnings—labels on tobacco product packaging and anti-tobacco mass media campaigns. According to the report more than half the world's population, 3.8 billion people, live in countries with at least some form of anti-smoking measure such as health warnings on cigarette packs, cigarette taxes and anti-tobacco mass-media campaigns. The report also finds that 425 million people, about 6 per cent of the world's population, live in countries where bans on tobacco marketing are now in place. Of those countries nearly all are low or middle-income countries.

UK GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT COMPENSATION AND FEES FOR POOR TREATMENT OF DRUG USERS IN PRISON

  1. Top of page
  2. BOLIVIA TO WITHDRAW FROM UN SINGLE CONVENTION
  3. WHO PUBLISH TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS ON AMPHETAMINE-TYPE STIMULANTS (ATS)
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE AND INCREASED ALCOHOL CONTENT OF WINE
  5. WHO/UNODC SEEK EXAMPLES OF HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
  6. EMCDDA REPORT ADDRESSING KHAT USE
  7. SCOTLAND MAY LEAD ON MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL
  8. WHO REPORT ON IMPACT OF TOBACCO INTERVENTIONS
  9. UK GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT COMPENSATION AND FEES FOR POOR TREATMENT OF DRUG USERS IN PRISON
  10. US GOVERNMENT RULES THAT CANNABIS HAS NO ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE
  11. ‘FEMALE FRIENDLY’ BEERS LAUNCHED IN THE UK
  12. LE BINGE DRINKING IN FRANCE
  13. RUSSIA INTRODUCES A LAW TO CONTROL BEER PRODUCTION AND SALES
  14. UK REVIEW OF GUIDELINES ON SAFE DRINKING LEVELS
  15. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  16. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

The British Medical Journal reports that the UK government has agreed to pay more than £2 m (€2.3 m; $3.2 m) in compensation and costs to settle claims by 499 prisoners and former prisoners with drug addiction who accused the prison service of clinical negligence and breaches of article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which bans inhuman or degrading treatment. The government agreed to settle the claims for clinical negligence, albeit without any admissions of liability, but did not accept the prisoners' treatment was inhuman or degrading and did not pay compensation for this claim. These payments mean that more than £3.5 m has been paid out to prisoners for failings in treating addiction in prison. In 2006 the government paid £750,000 in compensation and £700,000 in costs to settle a claim brought by 200 prisoners and former inmates who were subjected to a rapid detoxification regime, shortly before the case was due to go to trial in the High Court. The Home Office, the department then responsible for prisons, received legal advice that the standards of care the inmates received in the late 1990s fell short of acceptable medical standards and the prison service's own guidelines for dealing with prisoners addicted to heroin and decided to settle to avoid the costs of a trial.

US GOVERNMENT RULES THAT CANNABIS HAS NO ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE

  1. Top of page
  2. BOLIVIA TO WITHDRAW FROM UN SINGLE CONVENTION
  3. WHO PUBLISH TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS ON AMPHETAMINE-TYPE STIMULANTS (ATS)
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE AND INCREASED ALCOHOL CONTENT OF WINE
  5. WHO/UNODC SEEK EXAMPLES OF HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
  6. EMCDDA REPORT ADDRESSING KHAT USE
  7. SCOTLAND MAY LEAD ON MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL
  8. WHO REPORT ON IMPACT OF TOBACCO INTERVENTIONS
  9. UK GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT COMPENSATION AND FEES FOR POOR TREATMENT OF DRUG USERS IN PRISON
  10. US GOVERNMENT RULES THAT CANNABIS HAS NO ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE
  11. ‘FEMALE FRIENDLY’ BEERS LAUNCHED IN THE UK
  12. LE BINGE DRINKING IN FRANCE
  13. RUSSIA INTRODUCES A LAW TO CONTROL BEER PRODUCTION AND SALES
  14. UK REVIEW OF GUIDELINES ON SAFE DRINKING LEVELS
  15. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  16. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

The US Government continues to classify cannabis as a Schedule I drug, the most restrictive of the five schedules of the Controlled Substance Act of 1970. In 2002 The Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis filed a petition requesting the government to reclassify cannabis to take into account new research on its therapeutic use. The Los Angeles Times reports that in 2004 the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) asked the Department of Health and Human Services to review the science. The department recommended in 2006 that cannabis remain classified as a dangerous drug but it was another four and a half years before the current administration issued a final denial of the petition on June 21st, less than two months after advocates asked the U.S. Court of Appeals to force the administration to respond to their petition. Writing to the organizations that filed the petition, DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said she rejected the request because cannabis ‘has a high potential for abuse,’‘has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States’ and ‘lacks accepted safety for use under medical supervision.’ However, while criticising the ruling, advocates of medical cannabis were pleased that the Obama administration had finally acted, allowing them to appeal to the federal courts.

‘FEMALE FRIENDLY’ BEERS LAUNCHED IN THE UK

  1. Top of page
  2. BOLIVIA TO WITHDRAW FROM UN SINGLE CONVENTION
  3. WHO PUBLISH TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS ON AMPHETAMINE-TYPE STIMULANTS (ATS)
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE AND INCREASED ALCOHOL CONTENT OF WINE
  5. WHO/UNODC SEEK EXAMPLES OF HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
  6. EMCDDA REPORT ADDRESSING KHAT USE
  7. SCOTLAND MAY LEAD ON MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL
  8. WHO REPORT ON IMPACT OF TOBACCO INTERVENTIONS
  9. UK GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT COMPENSATION AND FEES FOR POOR TREATMENT OF DRUG USERS IN PRISON
  10. US GOVERNMENT RULES THAT CANNABIS HAS NO ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE
  11. ‘FEMALE FRIENDLY’ BEERS LAUNCHED IN THE UK
  12. LE BINGE DRINKING IN FRANCE
  13. RUSSIA INTRODUCES A LAW TO CONTROL BEER PRODUCTION AND SALES
  14. UK REVIEW OF GUIDELINES ON SAFE DRINKING LEVELS
  15. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  16. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

Molson Coors, the Carlsberg brewer, has launched a new beer for women called Animee. According to a report in The Publican the manufacturers claim that Animee is ‘bloat-resistant’ and is described as less gassy and lighter tasting than most beers. Molson Coors communication partner, Kristy McCready, told the Burton Mail ‘At Molson Coors, we have put a lot of time into finding out why women aren't drinking beer, conducting an insight programme with more than 30,000 women, and what would make them change their minds. The result is Animee, which we see as an exciting opportunity to break down the barriers between women and beer. The brand plan and the product design are feminine and sophisticated without being patronising’. Animee is available in 275 ml bottles in three varieties—standard, rose and citrus. The beer was launched along with special glassware, with goblets made of black glass, embossed with gold lettering.

LE BINGE DRINKING IN FRANCE

  1. Top of page
  2. BOLIVIA TO WITHDRAW FROM UN SINGLE CONVENTION
  3. WHO PUBLISH TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS ON AMPHETAMINE-TYPE STIMULANTS (ATS)
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE AND INCREASED ALCOHOL CONTENT OF WINE
  5. WHO/UNODC SEEK EXAMPLES OF HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
  6. EMCDDA REPORT ADDRESSING KHAT USE
  7. SCOTLAND MAY LEAD ON MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL
  8. WHO REPORT ON IMPACT OF TOBACCO INTERVENTIONS
  9. UK GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT COMPENSATION AND FEES FOR POOR TREATMENT OF DRUG USERS IN PRISON
  10. US GOVERNMENT RULES THAT CANNABIS HAS NO ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE
  11. ‘FEMALE FRIENDLY’ BEERS LAUNCHED IN THE UK
  12. LE BINGE DRINKING IN FRANCE
  13. RUSSIA INTRODUCES A LAW TO CONTROL BEER PRODUCTION AND SALES
  14. UK REVIEW OF GUIDELINES ON SAFE DRINKING LEVELS
  15. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  16. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

The Guardian reports that Lyon has introduced a night time ban on retail sales of alcohol to tackle public drunkenness and antisocial behaviour among young people. Shops in the city will be banned from selling alcohol between 10pm and 6am. The ban will not apply to bars, restaurants or nightclubs. Shopkeepers who break the drink sales embargo could be fined €750. Lyon officials said the measure was aimed at tackling the ‘massive and brutal’ summer consumption of alcohol in public and it will be in force until 10 September. Shopkeepers who break the drink sales embargo could be fined €750. Jean-Louis Touraine, deputy mayor and responsible for public order in Lyon said ‘There are serious dangers with alcohol, for long term and immediate health, with numerous accidents among drunken youngsters who, for example, throw themselves into the Rhone as part of a bet, as well as violence and the nuisance for locals. We are not hoping to completely resolve this problem, but we want to at least reduce the more serious excesses’. La Rochelle has also banned drinking in public areas and, according The Observer, officials at Paris city hall see the introduction of such measures as inevitable if they are to halt the ‘massive and brutal’ summer consumption of alcohol in public, and associated nuisances including ‘damage, violence, noise and the breaking of glass’. The Académie Française apparently has offered no objection to the term ‘le binge drinking’ being applied to this behaviour and ‘It's an expression which is becoming increasingly prevalent across France,’ said Nabila Ramdani, a Parisienne commentator on Anglo-French affairs and reported in The Observer.

RUSSIA INTRODUCES A LAW TO CONTROL BEER PRODUCTION AND SALES

  1. Top of page
  2. BOLIVIA TO WITHDRAW FROM UN SINGLE CONVENTION
  3. WHO PUBLISH TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS ON AMPHETAMINE-TYPE STIMULANTS (ATS)
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE AND INCREASED ALCOHOL CONTENT OF WINE
  5. WHO/UNODC SEEK EXAMPLES OF HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
  6. EMCDDA REPORT ADDRESSING KHAT USE
  7. SCOTLAND MAY LEAD ON MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL
  8. WHO REPORT ON IMPACT OF TOBACCO INTERVENTIONS
  9. UK GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT COMPENSATION AND FEES FOR POOR TREATMENT OF DRUG USERS IN PRISON
  10. US GOVERNMENT RULES THAT CANNABIS HAS NO ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE
  11. ‘FEMALE FRIENDLY’ BEERS LAUNCHED IN THE UK
  12. LE BINGE DRINKING IN FRANCE
  13. RUSSIA INTRODUCES A LAW TO CONTROL BEER PRODUCTION AND SALES
  14. UK REVIEW OF GUIDELINES ON SAFE DRINKING LEVELS
  15. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  16. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

President Dmitry Medvedev has approved a measure controlling the sale of alcoholic beverages such as beer, and attempting to reduce illegal production and alcoholism in Russia. Beer and other alcoholic drinks containing less than 10 per cent alcohol by volume have been technically classed as foodstuffs in Russia and been widely available all day at kiosks, shops, petrol stations, airports and train stations. The new law reclassifies beer as alcohol and limits when and where it can be sold and will prohibit beer sales from kiosks by 2013. The law also restricts advertising for alcoholic drinks, bans stores from selling alcohol from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. and establishes licensing for alcohol transportation. The new rules also extend to other drinks that have less than 10% alcohol by volume. The Independent's Shaun Walker noted that while there has been little culture of beer drinking in Russia, more Russians have been drinking beer in recent years and in the past decade, vodka consumption has dropped by around a third, while beer consumption has grown by more than 40%. The law will also reduce illegal production according to Dmitry Dobrov, chairman of Russia's Union of Liquor Producers and reported at Bloomberg.com. The amount of illegal spirits has declined to 20 percent from 45 percent before 2008, when Russia imposed federal regulations on the industry, and the new rules could reduce the amount to the level seen in other consumer goods, of about 2 percent to 5 percent.

UK REVIEW OF GUIDELINES ON SAFE DRINKING LEVELS

  1. Top of page
  2. BOLIVIA TO WITHDRAW FROM UN SINGLE CONVENTION
  3. WHO PUBLISH TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS ON AMPHETAMINE-TYPE STIMULANTS (ATS)
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE AND INCREASED ALCOHOL CONTENT OF WINE
  5. WHO/UNODC SEEK EXAMPLES OF HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
  6. EMCDDA REPORT ADDRESSING KHAT USE
  7. SCOTLAND MAY LEAD ON MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL
  8. WHO REPORT ON IMPACT OF TOBACCO INTERVENTIONS
  9. UK GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT COMPENSATION AND FEES FOR POOR TREATMENT OF DRUG USERS IN PRISON
  10. US GOVERNMENT RULES THAT CANNABIS HAS NO ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE
  11. ‘FEMALE FRIENDLY’ BEERS LAUNCHED IN THE UK
  12. LE BINGE DRINKING IN FRANCE
  13. RUSSIA INTRODUCES A LAW TO CONTROL BEER PRODUCTION AND SALES
  14. UK REVIEW OF GUIDELINES ON SAFE DRINKING LEVELS
  15. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  16. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

The Daily Telegraph reports that the UK Parliament's Commons Science and Technology Committee is to examine the evidence behind current guidelines on safe drinking levels. The Government's March 2011 Public Health Responsibility Deal included a pledge to foster ‘a culture of responsible drinking, which will help people to drink within guidelines’. Current guidelines recommend that men should not regularly drink more than 3–4 units a day and women should not regularly drink more than 2–3 units a day, advice based on the recommendations from the Royal College of Physicians in 1987. The committee of MPs will also question how regularly the evidence is reviewed, and compare the UK Government's guidelines with those in other countries. With other countries such as Italy, Spain, France and New Zealand recommending higher safe drinking levels, media reports speculated that the Committee's review could lead to a relaxing of the guidelines. A report from the Committee is planned for later in 2011 and the UK's four Chief Medical Officers will then have two months to decide whether their recommendations should be implemented.

LIMERICK OF THE MONTH

  1. Top of page
  2. BOLIVIA TO WITHDRAW FROM UN SINGLE CONVENTION
  3. WHO PUBLISH TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS ON AMPHETAMINE-TYPE STIMULANTS (ATS)
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE AND INCREASED ALCOHOL CONTENT OF WINE
  5. WHO/UNODC SEEK EXAMPLES OF HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
  6. EMCDDA REPORT ADDRESSING KHAT USE
  7. SCOTLAND MAY LEAD ON MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL
  8. WHO REPORT ON IMPACT OF TOBACCO INTERVENTIONS
  9. UK GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT COMPENSATION AND FEES FOR POOR TREATMENT OF DRUG USERS IN PRISON
  10. US GOVERNMENT RULES THAT CANNABIS HAS NO ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE
  11. ‘FEMALE FRIENDLY’ BEERS LAUNCHED IN THE UK
  12. LE BINGE DRINKING IN FRANCE
  13. RUSSIA INTRODUCES A LAW TO CONTROL BEER PRODUCTION AND SALES
  14. UK REVIEW OF GUIDELINES ON SAFE DRINKING LEVELS
  15. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  16. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

We run a single limerick each month, chosen according to the Commissioning Editor and Editor-in-Chief's tastes. Please feel free to send us some should our pages inspire you to this form of poetry. This month's limerick was penned by Professor Sheila Blume, writing as SheilaB, and is part of The Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form (OEDILF, website: http://www.oedilf.com), an online limerictionary with the goal of publishing ‘at least one limerick for each meaning of each and every word in the English language.’

Cigar (OEDILF Limerick #32974)

To cigars Doctor Freud was addicted.

This addiction meant choice was restricted:

Couldn't take them or leave

Them. He found no reprieve,

And he died oral-cancer afflicted.

Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, died of cancer of the palate in 1939 after multiple surgeries for oral cancer brought on by his smoking of cigars. He tried to quit many times, as his smoking also caused cardiac angina (chest pain), but he always returned to his cigars. He died at age 83, still smoking.

CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

  1. Top of page
  2. BOLIVIA TO WITHDRAW FROM UN SINGLE CONVENTION
  3. WHO PUBLISH TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS ON AMPHETAMINE-TYPE STIMULANTS (ATS)
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE AND INCREASED ALCOHOL CONTENT OF WINE
  5. WHO/UNODC SEEK EXAMPLES OF HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
  6. EMCDDA REPORT ADDRESSING KHAT USE
  7. SCOTLAND MAY LEAD ON MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL
  8. WHO REPORT ON IMPACT OF TOBACCO INTERVENTIONS
  9. UK GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT COMPENSATION AND FEES FOR POOR TREATMENT OF DRUG USERS IN PRISON
  10. US GOVERNMENT RULES THAT CANNABIS HAS NO ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE
  11. ‘FEMALE FRIENDLY’ BEERS LAUNCHED IN THE UK
  12. LE BINGE DRINKING IN FRANCE
  13. RUSSIA INTRODUCES A LAW TO CONTROL BEER PRODUCTION AND SALES
  14. UK REVIEW OF GUIDELINES ON SAFE DRINKING LEVELS
  15. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  16. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

7th National Conference on Tobacco or Health, 1–3 November 2011, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Website: http://www.ncth.ca/index.html

10th International Conference on Urban Health, 1–5 November 2011, Minascentro Convention Center, Belo Horizonte City, Brazil. http://www.icuh2011.com/

Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) 35th Annual National Conference, 3–5 November 2011, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Website: http://www.amersa.org, or contact Doreen Baeder at doreen@amersa.org

CSAM 2011 Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference, 4–6 November 2011, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Website: http://www.csam.org/Annual_Meeting/

Issues of Substance 2011 (Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse National Conference), 6–9 November 2011, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Website: http://www.issuesofsubstance.ca/Pages/Default.aspx

International Federation of Non-Governmental Organizations (IFNGO) Conference, 8–11 November 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Website: http://www.ifngoconference.org/

Society for the Study of Addiction Annual Symposium, 10–11 November 2011, Park Inn, York, UK. Website: http://www.addiction-ssa.org/ssa_10.htm

Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, 12–16 November 2011, Washington, DC, USA. Website: http://www.sfn.org/AM2011/

Australian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD) 2011 Conference, 13–16 November 2011, Hobart, Tasmania. Website: http://www.apsadconference.com.au/about-apsad/

54th International Council on Alcohol and Addictions (ICAA) International Conference on Alcohol and Addiction, 13–17 November 2011, BMA House, London, UK. Website: http://www.icaa.ch/london/index.htm

4th International Congress on Psychopharmacology, 23–27 November 2011, Rixos Sungate Hotel Kemer, Antalya, Turkey. Website: http://www.psychopharmacology2011.org/

Global Addiction 2011, 5–7 December 2011, Lisbon, Portugal. Website: http://www.globaladdiction.org/cnf-prog.php?confId=1

European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) Conference 2011, 8–9 December 2011, Lisbon, Portugal. Website: http://www.euspr.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49&Itemid=55

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry 22cd Annual Meeting and Symposium, 8–11 December 2011, Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Website: http://www2.aaap.org/meetings-and-events/annual-meeting

20th European Congress of Psychiatry, 3–6 March 2012, Prague, Czech Republic. Website: http://www.epa-congress.org/

SRNT 18th Annual Meeting, 13–16 March 2012, Hilton Americas Houston Hotel, Houston, Texas, USA. Website: http://www.srnt.org/conferences/index.cfm

15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, 20–24 March 2012, Suntec Singapore, Singapore. Website: http://wctoh2012.org/

Addiction Medicine 2012 Conference, 30–31 March 2012, Asheville, North Carolina, USA. Website: http://addictionmedicine.sa4docs.org/

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) 43rd Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, 19–22 April 2012, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Website: http://www.asam.org/AnnualMeeting.html

American Association for the Treatment Opioid Dependence (AATOD) National Conference, 21–25 April 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Website: http://www.aatod.org/2012lasvegas.htm

College on Problems of Drug Dependence 74th Annual Meeting, 9–14 June 2012, La Quinta Resort and Club, Palm Springs, California, USA. Website: http://www.cpdd.vcu.edu/Pages/Meetings/FutureMeet.html

International Narcotics Research Conference 2012, 14–20 July 2012, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Website: http://www.inrcworld.org/2012/2012mtg.htm

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