Alcohol and drug related news from Nordic and Baltic area - week 29/2012
INAUTONEWS (Sweden) - Autoliv developing automatic in-car breath sensor
developing an alcohol breath sensor that will operate automatically
when the driver gets in the car.
YLE News (Finland) - Police concerned over careless summer driving
Police say serious
speeding offences are a daily event on Finnish roads. Driving under
the influence of drink is also a curse during the summer months.
The Local.se (Sweden) - Dramatic drug raid at Stockholm school 'failed'
admitted that none of the more than a dozen Stockholm school students
nabbed in a high-profile drug raid tested positive for drugs and no
charges were filed, raising questions about the police's methods in
The Copenhagen Post (Denmark) - If you drive high, wave your licence goodbye
drivers caught with traces of cannabis in their blood have filed
complaints against the police after a law change earlier this year
made it possible to revoke people's licences, even if they are not
under the influence of the drug at the time they are stopped.
The Local.se (Sweden) - Use of 'Barbie drug' on the rise in Sweden: police
More young Swedish
people are using Melanotan, a drug that makes the user’s skin
appear more tanned, despite health risks and unknown long term
PubMed (Finland) - Changes in adolescents mental health and use of alcohol and tobacco: a 10-year time-trend study of Finnish adolescents
The present study
examines the 10-year time-trend changes of adolescent psychiatric
symptoms, smoking and alcohol use. Representative population-based
samples with same methods at two time-points, same age range and with
10-year period between the time points were gathered in Finland to
investigate secular changes in adolescents' emotional and behavioral
NCBI (Norway) - Preoperative alcohol cessation prior to elective surgery
Based on the
finding of two studies, it appears that intensive preoperative
alcohol cessation interventions, including pharmacological strategies
for relapse prophylaxis and withdrawal symptoms, may significantly
reduce postoperative complication rates.
Alcohol and Alcoholism (Sweden) - Drinking Less But Greater Harm: Could Polarized Drinking Habits Explain the Divergence Between Alcohol Consumption and Harms among Youth?
describes changes in alcohol consumption among Swedish youth over the
past decade with the aim of exploring the polarization hypothesis,
which asserts that while a majority of young drinkers have reduced
their alcohol consumption, a subgroup have increased their drinking
substantially, resulting in greater harm.