Friday, December 17, 2021

Alcohol News - 50/2021

CNN (USA) - We really did buy more alcohol during the early pandemic, study finds
The great Covid-19 lockdown of March to June 2020 created more than a run on toilet paper, masks and hand sanitizers. A new analysis of alcohol sales in a sampling of American states has found panic buying of hard liquor and wine also spiked. Sales of beer, however, remained steady or slumped in most states.
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BBC - Drink think: Why expectation is alcohol's most potent mixer
People's prior beliefs about alcohol can strongly influence how they act when intoxicated – and even change their behaviour when they're sober, writes David Robson.
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News Medical - Smartphone apps could help reduce alcohol consumption among college-age drinkers
Smartphone apps to track blood alcohol abound, but until now had little evidence to show they help manage drinking in young adults. A new University of Florida study shows that heavy drinkers age 21-25 who weren't trying to cut back on alcohol reduced their drinking by four and a half drinks per week while using the apps -; nearly one drink less on each day they imbibed.
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Richmond News (Canada) - British Columbians have been drinking more; easing of alcohol laws could be one reason, pandemic another
Alcohol consumption in B.C. cracked a 20-year record during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis of provincial alcohol sales.
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SmartCompany - It’s time to rethink our relationship with alcohol and work Christmas celebrations
It’s the holiday season again, which sets a similar scene in offices around the Western world: cheesy Christmas music is dominating the team’s Spotify playlist; worn-out faces are everywhere —recovering from black Friday/Cyber Monday/EOQ/Christmas planning hell; and free-flowing booze is as present as lazily flung tinsel.
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The Conversation (South Africa) - What South Africa’s COVID alcohol restrictions point to for future policy
Alcohol consumption is associated with various public health problems. These include high rates of trauma-related injuries and death. In South Africa, around 62,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually. Most of these are personal injury and trauma.
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HuffPost - I’m Not An Alcoholic, But I Am A Non-Drinker. Here’s Why I Quit.
Hi, I’m Kelly and I’m not an alcoholic; I’m a non-drinker. 
I’ve always prided myself on my ability to change my mind. I used to believe that I would never want to live anywhere but New York, that I would never marry or have children or ― most frightening of all ― get a tattoo.

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Politico (Norway) - Norway bans serving of alcohol as it tries to slow Omicron outbreak
Norway will ban the serving of alcohol in bars and restaurants, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said, as part of new COVID-19 restrictions intended to stem the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
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Deadline News (Scotland) - Scots University research team recommend new alcohol policy measures
A University of Stirling team, led by Professor Niamh Fitzgerald, recommended new alcohol policy measures should be considered after results from their study showed it would reduce drinking-related ambulance call-outs.
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Sidney Morning Herald (Australia) - Alcohol-related harm costing the nation $67 billion a year: study
Alcohol-related violence, illness and lost productivity are costing the economy $67 billion a year, according to a study that also found almost half a million Australians are physically dependent on drink.
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ABC - When alcohol use becomes problematic for people living with anxiety
In a culture where drinking alcohol is so prevalent and part of almost every occasion, it can be hard for young people to avoid the pressure to drink.
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DMARGE - Alcohol Worse For Weight Gain Than KFC, Australian Man Discovers
There has long been a stigma surrounding fast food. The general consensus suggests it’s incredibly fattening, not very nutritious and ultimately just bad news for your body altogether. But it seems alcohol could, in fact, be even worse for you when consumed on a regular basis.
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The Guardian - Deaths attributable to alcohol, air pollution and flu must be modelled rather than counted
People might like a single number to explain an issue but health is much more nuanced than that
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PennState - Live-streaming ads for alcohol, junk food increased during pandemic
Live-streaming gaming platforms can give kids and teens a front-row seat to their favorite players’ video game screens, but they also can expose them to ads marketing alcohol, energy drinks and junk food that are endorsed by influencers.
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Daily Mail - Women are more likely to crave alcohol than men when stressed, new study reveals
Stress may make women more likely than men to crave alcohol. While both sexes tend to drink heavily after being put under pressure, a study found one key difference.
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