Thursday, May 27, 2021

Alcohol News - 21/2021

Elemental - Alcohol Is the Enemy of the Bipolar Brain
As a former mental health nurse and recovering alcoholic, I write a lot about alcohol use and mental health. To my mind, not enough has been done to educate the general public about the dangers of alcohol use combined with mental illness.
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Dominican Today (Dominican Republic) - New measures: alcohol consumption in stores and public spaces ends at 5:00 p.m. throughout the week
Among the new measures to control the resurgence of COVID-19 affecting Greater Santo Domingo, the authorities ordered restrictions on the sale of alcohol for consumption in businesses and public spaces.
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WHO Europe - 5 facts about alcohol and cancer
This factsheet provides five important facts for policy makers, health professionals and the general public about the links between alcohol consumption and a range of cancer types.
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Helsinki Times (Finland) - Survey: Over 25% of Finns concerned about alcohol use of loved one
MORE THAN ONE IN FOUR Finns have been worried about the alcohol use of a family member or another loved one in the past 12 months, indicates a survey commissioned by the Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention (EHYT).
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USA Today - ‘Gray area’ drinking is not a medical diagnosis, but experts say it can still be a problem. What is it and what are the signs?
Teuscher is now nine years sober, but she wished she could have recognized the signs of her unhealthy relationship with alcohol years before it spiraled out of control.
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Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Alcohol consumption plummeted by almost 20% in first three months of 2021
The amount of alcohol consumed in the first quarter of this year was down substantially on the same period in 2020.
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Medscape - The End of Happy Hour? No Safe Level of Alcohol for the Brain
There is no safe amount of alcohol consumption for the brain; even moderate drinking adversely affects brain structure and function, according a British study of more 25,000 adults.
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MedicalXpress - No such thing as safe alcohol consumption, study says
A new study from the University of Oxford concluded that drinking alcohol had affected the brain's gray matter area, "important bits where information is processed," according to the study's lead author, Anya Topiwala.
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Anadolu Agency - OECD report sheds light on human, economic cost of alcohol consumption
Diseases and injuries from alcohol consumption above 1 to 1.5 drinks per day lead to medicinal costs that equal about 2.4% of total health expenditure each year, according to a report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Wednesday.
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Alcohol Justice (USA) - Government Under the Influence of the Spirits Industry
Alcohol Justice, the San Rafael, California-based alcohol industry watchdog and the California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA) are charging the California Legislature with being under the influence of restaurants, bars and the alcohol spirits industry.
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Magnet (Australia) - Australians still dim about demon drink
One in five Australians are still ignorant of the harms caused by drinking alcohol, with young people especially oblivious to the risks, survey results show.
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Irish Mirror (Ireland) - 'There's a danger that drinking has got much worse during Covid lockdowns'
The word “spike” has become ­so familiar to us in the last year due to spikes in Covid-19 ­infections and admissions to hospitals. But there have been other ones running in parallel – spikes in alcohol deaths.
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Scotsman (Scotland) - Scots have 'head in the sand' attitude towards risks of alcohol consumption and bowel cancer, says charity
Around 3,700 people a year die from alcohol-related causes in Scotland according to most recent data, and people must become more aware of the risk factors and mitigations, said Alcohol Focus Scotland.
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FirstPost - Colorectal cancer: Avoid red meat and alcohol consumption as they may increase risk
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world, people are giving more attention to their health, lifestyle, and choices. Among the many diseases that have brought fear in people, colorectal cancer (CRC) is one that currently needs urgent attention.
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