Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Alcohol News - 16/2018

Ask about alcohol (Ireland) - The untold story: Harms experienced in the Irish population due to others’ drinking
This report by Hope, Barry and Byrne is concerned with harms resulting from drinking alcohol. For many years, the focus in discussing harms from drinking was on harms suffered by the drinker.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Majority of people know a problem drinker, report says
Ireland’s drinking habit has become almost €1bn-a-year headache, with vast sums of money lost on caring for problem drinkers, cleaning up after their mistakes, covering for them at work, and taking over their child-rearing responsibilities.
GlobeNewswire (Canada) - 83% of People with Alcohol Problems Are Never Encouraged to Seek Treatment
With April being Alcohol Awareness Month, studies show 83% of Canadians who drink excessively received no advice or encouragement from family and friends to cut down their drinking. Women with drinking problems were much less likely than men to receive advice with only 11.7% of them encouraged to seek help.
The Times (Scotland) - MSPs back 50p minimum unit price in alcohol vote
Holyrood’s health committee has unanimously backed a 50p minimum unit price for alcohol. The rate must be approved by the Scottish parliament before coming into effect next month.
The Independent - Injectable microchip able to track levels of alcohol and drugs in body ...
US scientists have invented an injectable microchip which is able to monitor the levels of alcohol and drugs in your body.
The Moscow Times (Russia) - Deaths From Alcohol Fall by 25% in Russia in 2017
Deaths from alcohol poisoning have declined by a quarter last year following steps to mitigate the aftermath of counterfeit alcohol consumption, Russia’s consumer safety watchdog has said.
CNN - Even one drink a day could be shortening your life expectancy
Drinking one alcoholic drink on a daily basis could shorten your life expectancy, a new study suggests. The research found that drinking more than 100 grams of alcohol per week -- equal to roughly seven standard drinks in the United States or five to six glasses of wine in the UK -- increases your risk of death from all causes and in turn lowers your life expectancy.
The New Times - How alcohol affects the nervous system
The nervous system is the structure that receives all kinds of sensations and executes the functioning of limbs and various body parts. - Pancreatitis risk in minorities linked to alcohol, gallstones and high triglycerides
Pancreatitis in ethnic minorities is linked to very high levels of triglycerides and the risk is further increased by alcohol abuse and gallstones, according to a study published in the journal Endocrine Practice. (Ireland) - Alcohol 'still most usual date rape drug'
Alcohol "continues to be the greatest, most prevalent date rape drug", according to the Medical Director of the national network of Sexual Assault Treatment Units (SATU).
NDTV - Alcohol Consumption May Increase Chances Of Dementia, Says Study
According to a recent study published in the journal Lancet Public Health, it was found that alcohol consumption could increase the chances of dementia to a considerable extent.
USA TODAY - U.S. should lower alcohol recommendation because booze shortens our lives, study says
It's official, everyone: We're drinking too much booze, and it's cutting us short of precious life.
And that's not just a warning to heavy boozers.
Lexology (Vietnam) - Vietnam Considers Law on Preventing and Combatting Harmful Effects of Alcohol and Beer
On April 13, 2018, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Vietnam and the World Health Organization held a conference to introduce the main contents of the Draft Law on Preventing and Combatting Harmful Effects of Alcohol and Beer (the “Draft Law”).
Irish Times (Ireland) - Labelling alcohol products: It’s time to put the facts where they belong – on the bottle
Unlike most other consumable products sold in Ireland, alcohol producers are currently not obliged to list contents, ingredients or nutritional values.
The Hill (USA) - The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism clinical trial should be halted
At a congressional budget hearing the National Institute of Health (NIH) director Dr. Francis Collins was questioned about an NIH clinical trial on the benefits of drinking that is being funded primarily by alcohol companies, which are contributing $68 million to this $100 million project. (Australia) - Shocking new data exposes the mundane habit that is killing Queenslanders
SHOCKING new data from the Cancer Council Queensland (CCQ) has revealed a direct link between alcohol consumption and cancer diagnoses in Queensland residents, with hundreds of people dying each year from alcohol-related cancer.
Irish Times (Ireland) - EU issued warning to Government over alcohol Bill
The European Commission privately warned the Government two years ago that legislation to set minimum alcohol prices and lay down mandatory labelling in Ireland may conflict with European Union law.
The Local (Germany) - German guidelines for alcohol intake are too high, study argues
Having one glass of wine a day has long been considered harmless. But a new study has found that even moderate consumption of alcohol is detrimental for one's health, and countries such as Germany need to review their guidelines.
Queensland Mental Health Commission (Australia) - Report challenges stigmatisation of people with problematic alcohol and drug use
Stigma and discrimination can cause far-reaching, long-term harm to people living with problematic alcohol and other drug use, making it difficult for them to seek help and recover.
Mother Jones - Did Drinking Give Me Breast Cancer?
The science on the link is clear, but the alcohol industry has worked hard to downplay it.
Mother Jones - “I Will Never Drink Again”
Mary Roth was diagnosed with breast cancer at 52. She always wondered why she developed the disease but her three sisters did not. “I drank and drink more alcohol than my sisters ever did,” Roth wrote to Mother Jones. “I suspected that was what caused my breast cancer. It makes sense. Now I am convinced.”
Today´s Dietician - Alcohol Consumption and Cancer Risk — The Other Side of a Health Halo
Many people give alcohol a "health halo" because of its association with lower heart disease risk—although even this association pertains to amounts of alcohol only within the limits of moderation. But the side of alcohol that's often overlooked is its role in raising cancer risk. In fact, surveys suggest that 60% to 70% of Americans are unaware of the alcohol-cancer link.
The Lancet - Thresholds for safer alcohol use might need lowering
Guidelines for levels of alcohol use that pose a low risk to drinkers' health are provided by many countries, usually based on meta-analyses of epidemiological studies.

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