Thursday, August 26, 2021

Alcohol News - 34/2021

BBC - Covid: Pandemic alcohol abuse linked to depression rise
People drinking more alcohol during the Covid-19 pandemic has led to more suffering from depression and anxiety, a charity says.
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Consumer Healthday - One in Four Older Adults Not Asked About Alcohol Use
More than one-quarter of older adults who use alcohol are not asked about their drinking by their physician, according to a study published online July 29 in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
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European Society of Cardiology - Alcohol use in young adults is associated with early ageing of blood vessels
Drinking alcohol during adolescence to young adulthood is associated with accelerated arterial stiffening, a precursor to cardiovascular disease. That’s the finding of a study presented at ESC Congress 2021.
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NZ Herald (USA) - US airlines suspend drinks service, masks not alcohol fueling incidents say FAA
Air travel has been slow to restart in the United States, particularly long-haul and international routes.
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Messenger Newspaper - Alcohol advertising ‘encouraging young people to drink from early age’
More must be done to limit young people’s exposure to alcohol advertising, a campaign group has said, as a survey suggested more than three-quarters of adults would support such controls.
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The Scientist Magazine - Genes for Alcohol Use Disorder and Alzheimer’s Risk Overlap: Study
Genetic, transcriptomic, and epigenetic data reveal molecular mechanisms tying these disorders to each other and to immune disfunction.
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Fleet News - Alcohol and drug use ‘greatest concern’ among transport managers
Fleets are being warned of the rising use of drugs and alcohol which is causing concern about impairment in the workplace.
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Stuff (New Zealand) - Covid-19: Alcohol spending jumped nearly 500 per cent on eve of alert level 4, supermarkets do roaring trade
New Zealand’s retail spending has halved in alert level 4 but spending on food and alcohol has spiked, especially on the eve of lockdown, with booze sales nationwide skyrocketing nearly 500 per cent.
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Todayuknews (UK) - Shock figures reveal alcohol deaths are at 40-year high in West Lothian
The shocking toll of alcohol abuse in West Lothian has been laid bare after new figures show booze-related deaths are at a 40-year high.
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Physician´s Weekly (USA) - Alcohol Use Down, Nicotine Use Up for Teens During COVID-19 Pandemic
During the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, youth in early adolescence had a reduced use of alcohol and an increased use of nicotine and misuse of prescription drugs, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.
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Medical Xpress - More frequent alcohol consumption ups risk for GI cancers
Frequency of drinking alcohol may be a more important risk factor for incident gastrointestinal (GI) cancers than the amount of alcohol consumed per occasion, according to a study published online Aug. 18 in JAMA Network Open.
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PsyPost - Exercise blunts cravings for alcohol among young, problematic drinkers
Problematic alcohol consumption, including extreme intoxication and binge drinking, is on the rise. This is true globally, but especially so in Western cultures and the United States.
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The Scotsman (Scotland) - Alcohol deaths in Scotland: We can never give up trying to help desperate addicts – Karyn McCluskey
Why do alcohol-related deaths not attract the same outrage and resources to tackle them as drug-related deaths?
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The Hill (USA) - Fewer Americans say they are drinking alcohol: Gallup
Fewer Americans say they are consuming alcohol, according to a new poll. The Gallup survey published Thursday found just 60 percent of U.S. adults said they drink alcoholic beverages, down from 65 percent in 2019.
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The Lancet Oncology - Alcohol and the global burden of cancer: what are we missing?
Until we address limitations in measurement, we might be underestimating health risks, especially cancer risks, associated with alcohol. This might be especially true among individuals who are most vulnerable. The sooner we start accurately measuring alcohol exposure, the sooner we can understand the true excess burden of cancer attributable to alcohol and effectively intervene.
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