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Balance Weekly News Update- Alcohol Giants & Social Media

Posted 02/01/14

National News:  
Alcohol Giants Pour Into Social Media’s Digital Drinking Spaces 
“Booze pages” on Facebook that have as many as 10m “likes” have been blamed for promoting excessive drinking through giveaways and posts that suggest things like drinking early in the morning - Read more 

Our liver vacation: 
Less liver fat, cholesterol and weight – just some of the benefits that New Scientist staff enjoyed in a pioneering study into a month's alcohol abstinence.  - Read more 

BMJ Research  
Objective To synthesise what is known about how celebrities influence
people’s decisions on health.  - Read more
Comic Relief to sell investments in arms, tobacco and alcohol companies
Charity says it will sell controversial holdings highlighted in Panorama investigation while it conducts two-month inquiry.  - Read more 

Devon Health leaders get behind Dry January campaign 
Devon has added its support to a national campaign to start a new conversation about alcohol, and challenge people to go alcohol-free for 31 days in January 2014. - Read more 

Alcohol leaves its mark on youngsters' DNA 
Alcohol consumption leaves its mark on the DNA of youngsters who drink regularly over the weekends, a new study has warned. - Read more 

Crackdown on violent and alcohol-related crime in Northants 
Police are carrying out a countywide operation dedicated to reducing alcohol-related violence over the Christmas and New Year period  - Read more

International News:
Alcohol ads reaching too many young people in TV markets across the United States 
Television markets in the U.S., almost 1 in 4 alcohol advertisements on a sample of national TV programs most popular with youth exceeded the alcohol industry’s voluntary standards, - Read more

New alcohol laws help, say police
Tasman police say the new alcohol laws helped them on New Year's Eve as people flocked to the region to celebrate. - Read more 

Cigarette, alcohol prices up to welcome the New Year
It's been a year since the government increased the so-called “sin” taxes for tobacco and alcohol, ... - read more 

Alcohol's impact grows as we age, doctors say  - read more 

Alcohol, tobacco, drug use far higher in severely mentally ill 
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Southern California have found that rates of smoking, drinking and drug use are significantly higher among those who have psychotic disorders than among those in the general population. - Read more