Thursday, October 29, 2015

Alcohol News - 43/2015

Youth Health Magzine - New Study Explains Why Most Heavy Alcohol Drinkers Are Also Smokers, Effects of Nicotine
One can expect that in a group of alcoholics, the majority of them, if not all, also smoke cigarettes. Although the underlying causes are unclear, it has been suggested that because of the 'pleasure-enhancing effects' of nicotine, alcoholics in session tend to smoke. (USA) - Alcohol has impact on U.S. gun violence
Set aside politics and posturing about gun violence in America and there is still one indisputable fact: Alcohol use plays a primary role in gun violence. (UK) - UK Study: Alcohol-Fueled Violence Against Responders on Rise
A recent UK study shows people under the influence of alcohol are causing issues for responders, who don't feel they are prepared to deal with them.
3News NZ (New Zealand) - Government action needed to curb alcohol harm
The Global Alcohol Policy Conference took place in Edinburgh, Scotland where experts analysed how laws can change drinking habits.
Scientific American - Why Binge Drinking May Wire the Brain for Alcohol Dependence
“Why can’t you stop drinking?” This week at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Chicago, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago announced a new finding that provides a fresh answer to this persistent question that plagues people addicted to alcohol.
Times LIVE - Alcohol found to increase risk of breast cancer
A major new study involving more than 300,000 female volunteers confirms a link between alcohol intake and breast cancer and finds that the risk increases with each additional daily drink.
Irish Health (Ireland) - New alcohol treatment prog 'saves lives'
Alcohol-related harm costs the State an estimated €3.7 billion every year and can have a devastating personal impact on drinkers and their loved ones.
Alaska Commons (USA) - New Report Highlights the Economic Cost of Alcohol Abuse in Alaska
Alaska has an alcohol problem. That much is a fool’s errand to attempt to argue. According to the 2013 State of Alaska Epidemiologic Profile on Substance Abuse, Abuse, and Dependency, consumption of beer, spirits, and wine was consistently greater than the national average, and consumption of spirits was close to twice the national average. In 2010, 42 percent of Alaskans aged 18-25 reported binge drinking.
EuroBelarus (Belarus) - Point of view: Alcohol as a tool of authoritarianism in Belarus
According to the WHO, Belarus holds the first place in worldwide alcohol consumption. Yet the authorities ignore this significant national problem; their recent policies may be making it even worse. (Scotland) - Alcohol linked to a quarter of hospital trauma cases, report finds
Alcohol is linked to a quarter of all trauma cases seen by Scotland's hospitals, statistics have shown. For major trauma patients, one in three cases were associated with alcohol, either drunk by the injured party or another person involved in the incident.
Daily Mail - How adverts fuel underage drinking: Teenagers are FIVE times more likely to buy alcohol after seeing it promoted on TV
Underage drinkers are more than five times more likely to buy alcohol after seeing it advertised on TV, a study has found. Researchers discovered a strong link between what the under 18s saw on television and how they drank in the month afterwards.
The Australian (Australia) - Alcohol-damaged kids with FASD winding up in prison
Ask teachers at Perth’s juvenile jail how many of their students display the telltale signs of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder and they invariably say: “Most of them.”

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