This week: Ugandan MP introduces alcohol bill; Cancer labelling legislation introduced; Colorado rejects home delivery; Home delivery risk warning; Hackers expose alcohol diagnoses; Parent-supplied students drink more
Sarah Opendi, MP for the Tororo district on Uganda’s eastern border, is introducing a private member’s bill to regulate the manufacture, importation, sale, advertising and consumption of alcoholic drinks, as well as treatment.
Canadian Senator Patrick Brazeau introduced a bill which, if passed, would require warning labels on alcohol similar to those on cigarettes, cautioning consumers about a link with cancer. Brazeau said he introduced the legislation because of his own struggles with alcohol and cancer.
Colorado vote against allowing alcohol delivery last week despite a well-funded campaign in favour. It faced stout resistance from health advocates as well as small shopkeepers. US alcohol deaths surged during the covid outbreak, at the same time as home delivery became common.
“"It is possible home delivery services and direct shipping of alcohol may result in people consuming more alcohol at home or in isolation, and drinking alone is a risk factor for alcohol use disorders,“ said a WHO brief on licensing this month.
Customers of Australian health insurer Medibank had details of their alcohol-related conditions posted online. The hackers previously revealed pregnancy loss and abortion data and warned there is more to come.
Students whose parents gave them alcohol tended to drink twice as often per month as those whose parents did not, and they tended to binge drink twice as often, said a study by a Rhode Island nursing college.