Friday, May 3, 2024

Alcohol News - 18/2024

Harvard Gazette - Alcohol is dangerous. So is ‘alcoholic.’
Researcher explains the human toll of language that makes addiction feel worse. When Mass General transplant hepatologist Wei Zhang says he wants his colleagues to think before they speak, he has the tragedy of a recent patient in mind.
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AP News - Less alcohol, or none at all, is one path to better health
It’s wine time. Beer Thirty. Happy hour. Five o’clock somewhere. Maybe it’s also time to rethink drinking? Moderate drinking was once thought to have benefits for the heart, but better research methods have thrown cold water on that.
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The Guardian (UK) - Britain has a problem that it won’t face up to: children’s dangerous relationship with alcohol
With young people in the UK far more likely to drink than those in other countries, and adult overconsumption treated as a joke, it’s clear: we are a nation in denial
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Te Ao Māori News (New Zealand) - Test gives hope for better treatment of foetal alcohol syndrome
New assessment guidelines for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder could lead to faster and more accurate diagnosis of a condition that disproportionately affects Māori.
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Global News (Canada) - Social cost of alcohol addiction in Canada outweighs government revenue by billions annually: report
Canadians continue to pay a high societal cost when it comes to alcohol consumption. A recent study from the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) shows that net government revenue from alcohol sales in 2020 was $13 billion, while the net social costs from alcohol use were $19 billion, leaving Canadians with a $6 billion alcohol deficit.
Read more (Australia) - Macular Disease Foundation warns more than one drink a day can lead to vision loss
A couple of beers after work or a half-bottle of wine at dinner is a beloved Aussie tradition, but new findings from a leading eye vision organisation suggests that second glass of booze could put Australians at greater risk of suffering serious health issues.
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Alcohol Action Ireland (Ireland) - Chilling alcohol statistics reveal lost and disrupted lives
The recently published Health Research Board report –  Alcohol: availability, affordability, related harm, and policy in Ireland, pulls on a wide variety of data sources, which, when brought together paint a picture of a society that is hugely burdened due to the harm that alcohol causes across society from the cradle to the grave.
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THL (Finland) - Finnish drinking habits 2023
Regular alcohol consumption, i.e. at least weekly, has decreased among both men and women between 2016 and 2023 (Figure 1). In 2023, the share of those who consumed alcohol at least weekly was 48% for men and 22% for women, compared to 52% and 29% in 2016.
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NordAN (Norway) - New report: 8 out of 10 young people approached by "too drunk" individuals
Alcohol can reduce fear and boost confidence in the dating scene. "However, it also increases the chance of rejection," warns a researcher from NTNU and the alcohol awareness organization Av-og-til.
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I News (UK) - Why your bottle of wine could soon carry a cancer warning
A glass of champagne at a wedding, a bottle of red shared over dinner, or a late-night whisky by the fire. For many of us, alcohol plays an integral role in our lives. But should it?
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EurekAlert - Smoking and alcohol leading cause of surge in cancer deaths and cases in Asia, global study finds
A large new global study published in The Lancet reveals that cancer-related deaths rose to 5.6 million in 2019 from 2.8 million in 1999 in Asia, attributing the surge mainly to smoking and alcohol
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NordAN (Norway) - One in four young people between 16-19 years feel that cocaine is as common at parties as alcohol
A recent survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Blue Cross Norway (Blå Kors) maps young people's attitudes towards narcotic drugs. It shows that an increasing number of youths experience cocaine as common at parties. Blå Kors is very concerned about this development.
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IAS Blog - Rethinking “Justice”: Racial Inequity in Justice-Involved Alcohol Treatment in the United States
The criminal legal system (previously referred to as criminal justice system) and alcohol treatment in the United States (US) have long been intertwined, with almost 1/3 of arrests in the US involving alcohol (McSweeny, 2015).
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