Thursday, June 4, 2020

Alcohol News - 22/2020

Health Europa (UK) - Global Drug Survey shows COVID-19 surge in UK alcohol intake
A new, interim report from the Global Drug Survey has shown that more than half of British respondents have increased the number of days they drink alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Quartz Africa (South Africa) - South Africa’s long-standing alcohol abuse problem reemerged a day after lifting a lockdown ban
Just 24 hours after South Africa’s coronavirus-responsive ban on alcohol sales was lifted, there are already calls for it to be reinstated.
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Medical Xpress - Link between anxiety and alcohol abuse identified
New research from the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh has identified how sections of DNA might contribute to the risk of alcohol abuse in men.
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Daily Mail - Women are more likely than men to become binge drinkers because the female hormone oestrogen gives them a bigger buzz from alcohol
Women are more likely than men to become binge drinkers because they get a greater buzz from alcohol, a study has found.
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Irish Post (Ireland) - Alcohol sales in Ireland up 93% in four weeks
Media intelligence business Kantar have released a new report which shows the numbers of alcohol sales have gone through the roof in grocery stores across Ireland.
Read more (Australia) - Women are drinking more during the pandemic, and it’s probably got a lot to do with their mental health
For many people, social disconnection, financial strain, increased obligations in the home and ongoing uncertainty have created distress – and with it, a need for new ways of coping.
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Total Slovenia News (Slovenia) - Call for Stricter Alcohol Policy in Slovenia
The association of chronic non-contagious diseases urged on Monday the Health Ministry, the government and National Assembly to introduce stricter measures concerning alcohol policy and to strive for a joint systemic tackling of heavy alcohol consumption in Slovenia, most notably efforts mitigating the situation among the young.
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Hospital trauma units have seen an increase of almost double the cases since Monday, June 1, the first day alcohol was allowed to be sold again under lockdown regulations. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are now calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to reinstate the ban.
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GO! and Express (South Africa) - Government motoring ahead with zero-alcohol driving limit
A bill released by the transport department on Monday seeks to totally ban the use of alcohol by vehicle operators.
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The Lancet - The role of alcohol use and drinking patterns in socioeconomic inequalities in mortality: a systematic review
To reduce socioeconomic inequalities in mortality, addressing heavy episodic drinking in particular, rather than alcohol use in general, is worth exploring as a public health strategy.
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VICE - How I Get Away With Being a Secret Alcoholic
Sophie tells me she’s mastered the art of looking sober, even when she’s anything but. That happens to be most days. Ever since she was 19, the now-22-year-old student has been wrestling with what she describes as an “out of control” drug dependency—alcohol, mainly, but also marijuana, cocaine, and valium.
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The Lancet - Understanding the alcohol-harm paradox: what next?
The alcohol-harm paradox (ie, the observation that people of low socioeconomic status (SES) tend to experience greater alcohol-related harm than those of high SES, even when the amount of alcohol consumption is the same or less than for individuals of high SES) continues to challenge epidemiologists and other public health experts.
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Medical Xpress - Model projects sharp rise in alcohol-related liver disease
Alcohol-related liver disease is currently the most common reason for liver transplantation in the United States. In recent years, high-risk drinking of alcohol—defined as exceeding daily drinking limits (more than four or five standard drinks for women and men, respectively) at least weekly for a whole year—has increased in nearly all sociodemographic groups, especially in women.
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IAS - The label appeal: A look at industry interference in the little warning labelling study that could
A little over two years ago, we wrote about how our small study in northern Canada attracted international media attention after alcohol lobby groups objected to labels with a cancer warning being affixed to alcohol containers. The pushback led to the study being halted for three months, and eventually resuming without the cancer warning labels (two other labels with standard drink information and low-risk drinking guidelines were allowed to stay).
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ADF (Australia) - Drinking in isolation
Nearly two months into isolation and social distancing, Australians are drinking more. That’s not healthy for anyone, but especially not for Australia’s kids, who may have witnessed their parents’ drinking habits change rapidly – partly out of boredom, but also as a way of coping with the stress of our new reality.
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The BMJ - Covid-19 and alcohol—a dangerous cocktail
As the UK and most other countries went into lockdown, the need to save lives from covid-19 rightly took priority over longer term health concerns. Many people reacted to the closure of pubs and restaurants by stocking up to drink at home in isolation, and alcohol, along with household items and storecupboard food, disappeared from supermarket shelves.
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