Posts Tagged ‘Alcohol’

The sinner’s guide to a holy happy hour

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Drinking with the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour is a best selling book by Michael P. Foley. He invites his readers to pub crawl their way through the sacred seasons with and useful collection of cocktail recipes, distilled spirits, beer, and wine for virtually every occasion on the Catholic liturgical calendar. Read more

Doctors call for stricter alcohol laws

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

New Zealand’s top medical body had called for a clampdown on our rampant boozing, including banning advertising, raising the drinking age, and increasing taxes. In a “briefing” published last week, the New Zealand Medical Association says the Government needs to intervene more heavily in the liquor industry for the nation’s collective health. “We consider it Read more

I was a middle class ‘almost alcoholic’

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

What does an alcoholic look like? For years I wouldn’t have said that label had anything to do with me. I am a professional mother of two who grew up associating alcohol with fun. In my early twenties, it’s what marked me out as the archetypal party girl, in my early professional life big nights Read more

Irish bishop suggests people give up booze for Lent

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Dublin’s auxiliary bishop has suggested that people give up alcohol for Lent, or at least cut down on their intake. Bishop Éamonn Walsh said this would make sense from both health and economic perspectives and would give “the body a rest”. The bishop suggested money saved might be donated to institutions which help people with Read more

Booze cause of domestic violence – inquiry

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Sir Owen Glenn’s report into child abuse and domestic violence has found that perpetrators associated their violence with alcohol and drug use. The study involved 26 people, almost all of them men, who had not been violent within the previous year. The report found most thought violence in the home was acceptable and that half Read more

Depression and suicide

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Depression is a major, if not the major, cause of suicide. Every year, almost one million people die from suicide around the world. Depression is often seen as a disorder of the developed world; mental disorders – in particular depression but also disorders from alcohol misuse – have been clearly linked to suicide in high-income Read more

Sacramental wine ban on cards in Indian state

Friday, August 29th, 2014

The Church in India is concerned that one of the effects of an alcohol clampdown in Kerala state will be a ban on wine at Mass. Over the next 10 years, hundreds of alcohol outlets in Kerala will be shut down and “alcohol free” days enforced. The General Secretary of the Hindu organisation SNDP Yogam, Read more

Church leaders back total liquor sales ban in India state

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Church leaders have welcomed a move by authorities in India’s Kerala state to phase out liquor sales completely in 10 years. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said liquor outlets will be reduced by 10 per cent each year, eliminating sales completely within a decade. Beginning next year, bar licenses will be issued only to five-star Read more

Kaikohe church leaders object to liquor outlet boom

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Church leaders in Kaikohe have voiced their opposition to a council plan that would allow an unlimited number of bottle stores in the Far North Town. The Far North District Council’s draft plan would also allow supermarkets to be able to sell alcohol from 7am to 10pm seven days a week. Of the 98 written Read more

Archbishop Dew signs Call for Action on Alcohol statement

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Archbishop John Dew, of Wellington New Zealand, is one 37 community leaders who have signed the Call for Action on Alcohol statement, asking for new laws to restrict the sale of alcohol. Among them are representatives from medical colleges and organisations, universities, churches, the Heart Foundation and the Cancer Society. The petitioners have identified four Read more