Topic: Lifestyle

NEWS: Rising Alcohol Issues Among Over-50s

Adults over 50 in Australia and New Zealand are increasingly experiencing alcohol issues due to hazardous levels of alcohol consumption that are requiring hospitalization. Researchers from Massey University, the University of Auckland and the University of New South Wales presented findings of their surveys at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs conference in New Zealand. Another study of more than 700 New Zealanders aged 61 to 81 made the scale of the problem clear: 36% of older adults were consistent hazardous alcohol users since their early adulthood…

NEWS: NYT: Disturbing Details About ‘Cheers’ Study

A new National Institute of Health (NIH) report reveals disturbing details about coordination between scientists and the alcohol industry on a study that could have changed America’s alcohol consumption habits.
The New York Times writes: “It Was Supposed to Be an Unbiased Study of [Alcohol Consumption]. They Wanted to Call It ‘Cheers.’…

NEWS: NIH Shuts Down Controversial Alcohol Study

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has terminated a controversial study examining whether consuming small amounts of alcohol every day could improve health. An investigation at the NIH concluded that the $100 million trial had been tainted by funding appeals to the alcohol industry, and its credibility compromised by frequent and early interactions between alcohol industry executives, scientists and government officials…

REPORT: Significant Decline In Australian Teen Substance Use

A new study finds a significant decline in teen substance use, including alcohol, tobacco and cannabis. A mix of tighter laws and education programs targeted at schools and parents had contributed to this very positive development…

BLOG: How To Expose “Scientists” Casting Doubt About Science – The Case Of Alcohol And Cancer

With his New York Times blog “A Link Between Alcohol and Cancer? It’s Not Nearly as Scary as It Seems” Aaron E. Carroll is guilty of public health nihilism. In his response, Viktor comments on and corrects some points Mr Carroll made and highlights some of Carroll’s logical fallacies in the attempt to cast doubt on the science about alcohol and cancer…

NEWS: USA: Cancer Doctors Highlight Alcohol Policy

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), which represents many of the country’s leading cancer doctors, is highlighting the ties between alcohol and cancer and the important role evidence-based alcohol policy measures play in preventing and reducing alcohol-related cancer risk…

BLOG: Detrimental Effect Of Alcohol On HIV Treatment Adherence

The mechanisms and interactions between alcohol and HIV are several but can conceptually be described as behavioral and biological. This blog summarizes a meta analysis about the detrimental effect of alcohol on HIV treatment adherence and explores the question of which levels of alcohol consumption might be most problematic…