Topic: Alcohol’s Harm To Others

NEWS: Myanmar: Rising Mental Health Issues Linked to Alcohol

There is an increase in the number of mental health patients seeking treatment in hospitals in Myanmar. Most of the cases reported are related to alcohol consumption.
The data come from Ministry of Health and Sports’ report about latest development during the previous three years. According to an official of the Ministry of Health and Sports: The number of hospitalized patients increased from over 36,000 in 2012 to over 86,000 in 2017 and the root cause is alcohol consumption. Alcohol addiction increased around 2.5 fold, from 2013 to 2018…

NEWS: Alcohol Major Risk Factor for Gun Violence 

According to research alcohol use is more of a risk factor for gun violence than being diagnosed with a mental illness. According to a report from the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, substance use, especially alcohol, is a major risk factor that could influence whether a person will use a gun to commit a violent crime…

NEWS: Week #31 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, and more Big Alcohol revelations.
Special Feature:
Members news from Ghana where GhanAPA was launched with the support of the IOGT movement.
For week 31, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from New Delhi, India, Hungary, Ukraine and Scotland.
Fresh science updates are about the digital world, labelling awareness among youth and alcohol policy in Ontario, Canada.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes the tobacco and alcohol giants invested in Big Marijuana, Heineken in Kenya, and political interference in Australia and The Gambia…

NEWS: Ukraine: National Campaign on Alcohol and Pregnancy

Sparked by the high number of women consuming alcohol while pregnant leading to high fetal alcohol syndrome cases, Ukraine has launched a national campaign to address the problem. It is estimated that 25–35% of women in Ukraine consume alcohol during pregnancy. As a result, the country has one of the highest rates of fetal alcohol syndrome cases (50 cases per 10 000) in the world…

NEWS: Australia: Big Alcohol Undermines Health Policy-Making

An ABC investigation found pro-alcohol modifications to a ‘consultation draft’ of the National Alcohol Strategy suggest the policy making process has been infiltrated by Big Alcohol. The ABC report also questions Health Minister Greg Hunt’s decision to yield to pressure and involve the alcohol industry in finalising the strategy…

REPORT: Genetic Changes Resulting from Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

These data suggest that prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) significantly elevates DNA methylation of POMC and PER2and increases levels of stress hormones. Furthermore, these results suggest the possibility that measuring DNA methylation levels of PER2 and POMC in biological samples from pregnant women or from children may be useful for identification of a woman or a child with PAE.

REPORT: Ontario, Canada: Alcohol Fuels Increasing Emergency Department Visits

Although men and lower-income individuals have the highest burden of emergency department visits attributable to alcohol use, the largest increases in visits have been in women and younger adults. Further research should focus on potential causes of these trends to provide guidance on how to reduce alcohol-related harms…

NEWS: UK: Alcohol Harm Will Rise Unless Policy Action Is Taken

Public health organizations in the United Kingdom warn that the country will continue on an “alarming trajectory” of alcohol-related ill health and deaths unless the government prioritizes policy action to tackle the issue.
A letter from the British Medical Association (BMA) and Royal Colleges argues that the government lacks strategic focus in dealing with alcohol harm. The lack of strategic alcohol policy focus fuels alcohol deaths…

REPORT: UK: Adolescent Awareness on Alcohol Labelling

Most young alcohol users, including almost half of higher-risk alcohol users, did not recall seeing any information, health messages or warnings on alcohol packaging in the past month, suggesting that current labelling is failing to reach this key audience…

NEWS: New Zealand: Demand for Alcohol Policy Amid Addiction Crisis

Psychiatrists are calling for wide-ranging restrictions on alcohol, saying alcohol harm remains the most pervasive addiction problem in New Zealand. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has thrown its support behind a call by The New Zealand Medical Journal for strengthening of alcohol regulations to reduce the negative impact of alcohol on New Zealanders’ mental health and wellbeing…