Thursday, January 16, 2020

Alcohol News - 2/2020

Technology Networks - Study of Over 170,000 Individuals Identifies Genes Associated With High Alcohol Consumption
Feeling the repercussions of over-indulging on the alcohol front over the festive period? Perhaps you've committed to a dry January as part of your 2020 New Year's resolution. Maybe you're completely teetotal and embracing a life of alcohol sobriety.
NDTV Food - Alcohol Addiction, Abstinence Related To Restructuring Of Brain? Find What The Study Says
The research also stated that the findings further undermine the idea of addiction to alcohol as a psychological condition or consequence of lifestyle. The findings were published in online journal PNAS. - Increase Of Alcohol Intake Higher Among Younger Cancer Survivors
A first-of-its-kind study published in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network found that there was an increase in alcohol intake among cancer survivors over time and that such rates were higher among younger individuals.
The Atlantic (USA) - America’s Favorite Poison
Regardless of how much Americans love to drink, the country could be safer and healthier if we treated booze more like we treat cigarettes. The lack of serious discussion about raising alcohol prices or limiting its sale speaks to all the ground Americans have ceded to the “good guys” who have fun. And judging by the health statistics, we’re amusing ourselves to death.
The New York Times (USA) - Alcohol Deaths Have Risen Sharply, Particularly Among Women
The number of women drinking dangerous amounts of alcohol is rising sharply in the United States.
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Thrive Global - Would Removing Alcohol From the Workplace Improve Employee Well-Being?
The top HR trends reported for 2020 are employee engagement, eliminating sexual harassment, and nurturing employee mental health and work life balance, according to Smart Brief. The best way to be on top of these HR trends is to remove alcohol from your workplace.
The Brussels Times (Belgium) - Flemish youths on average start drinking alcohol at 14.6 years of age, study shows
The average Flemish secondary school student starts drinking alcohol at 14.6 years of age, a study by the Flemish Centre of Expertise for Alcohol and other Drugs (VAD) carried out during the academic year of 2017/2018 shows.
Independent Online (South Africa) - Dry January Challenge calls on SA to avoid drinking alcohol for the month
South African consumers of alcohol are some of the heaviest drinkers in the world, data published by the World Health Organisation shows, but according to sobriety advocate Janet Gourand, all is not lost.
ERR News (Estonia) - Alcohol counselor: No punishment can cure a disease
While those committing crimes should be punished, that punishment will not cure any disease, according to Kaja Heinsalu, an addiction treatment counselor who works with drink driving offenders. Heinsalu was speaking in the aftermath of weekend collision involving a drunk driver, which killed two women and a nine-month-old baby.
3AW (Australia) - This could be the best way to reduce alcohol-related crime in Australia
Researchers are calling for the introduction of a minimum floor price for booze to drive down alcohol consumption in Australia.
The Brussels Times (Belgium) - Less alcohol, but more drugs behind the wheel, police campaign shows
During the “Weekend without alcohol behind the wheel” police campaign from Friday 10 January to Monday 13 January, fewer people tested positive for alcohol, but more for drugs, the results show.
Newshub (New Zealand) - Hundreds of alcohol-related incidents by military personnel recorded by NZDF
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is admitting it has a problem with alcohol. Newshub can reveal that Military Police recorded hundreds of drink-related episodes over the past two years.
Men's health UK (UK) - People Are Ditching Alcohol Altogether Instead of Doing Dry January
At first glance, the fact that just 14 per cent of respondents to a YouGov survey said that they were going to participate in Dry January this year, compared to 23 per cent last year, might make it seem that more Brits are back on the booze.
Buxton Advertiser (UK) - Fifth of drinkers regularly exceed government's weekly recommended alcohol limit
A fifth of drinkers exceed the government’s weekly recommended alcohol limit EVERY week, according to research.
Newswise - Drinking among sport-playing college students is strongly influenced by peer perceptions
Alcohol misuse among college students remains a major public health concern. Students’ perceptions of how much their peers are drinking, and of peers’ attitudes to alcohol, are known to be a key influence on their own alcohol use.
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (UK) - Doctors and surgeons can provide vital evidence to help reduce alcohol harm
In this guest blog by Meg Griffiths, Communications Manager from Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA), she explains about evidence being needed for the UK having an alcohol strategy and how you can provide evidence on reducing alcohol harm.
Published in BMJ Open, the research — led by the University of Stirling and the Cancer Policy Research Centre at Cancer Research UK — revealed that 11 to 19-year-old current drinkers, who report high alcohol marketing awareness, are one-and-a-half-times more likely to be higher risk drinkers, compared to those who have low or medium awareness.
Scientists have identified six genes which they believe are linked to drinking alcohol in excess. By studying the genes of tens of thousands people, the team also found heavy drinking could raise the risk of developing lung cancer.
World Cancer Research Fund - How the alcohol industry persuades us to drink too much
It’s January. It’s dark, rainy … but possibly also ‘dry’. If, like an estimated 4 million other Brits, you’ve embarked on Dry January this year, it might be because you want to reset your relationship with alcohol, get a bit healthier or save some money. But you might also be wondering around now why it’s been a bit of a challenge – it should be easy, right? Well, the world of alcohol has been changing under our noses.
Everyday Health - Heavy Drinking May Damage the Heart Before Signs Appear, Study Finds
During the holiday season, alcohol consumption tends to rise. But the American Heart Association (AHA) reminds us that too much drinking can take a serious toll on our health.

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