Topic: Research

REPORT: Identifying a Human Rights–Based Approach to Obesity for States and Civil Society

International human rights law was an important catalyst for civil society movements that helped to overcome inertia and generate political will for State action in response to HIV and AIDS. Drawing on the HIV experience, the authors propose a conceptual model for a human rights–based response to obesity founded on the twin pillars of State obligations and civil society engagement…

REPORT: Cost-Effectiveness of a Combined Classroom Curriculum and Parental Intervention

STAMPP was relatively low cost and reduced heavy episodic alcohol use. STAMPP was not associated with any clear public sector cost savings, but neither did it increase them or lead to any cost-shifting within the public sector categories. Further research is required to establish if the cost-effectiveness of STAMPP is sustained in the long term…

NEWS: Women Who Quit Booze Improve Mental Health

According to a new study women can boost their mental health by quitting alcohol completely.
Despite persisting recommendations by some that “moderate” alcohol use was not harmful to health, new findings suggest people who abstain enjoy the highest level of mental well-being.
The researchers said quitting alcohol may improve overall health-related quality of life as well as mental well-being, especially for women…

REPORT: Prevalence Of Alcohol Conditions In UK Hospital Patients

The prevalence of alcohol‐related conditions is often reported as higher in hospital in‐patients compared with the general population. However, formal prevalence estimates are commonly derived from small studies which report highly varied results. This systematic review and meta‐analysis, within the UK hospital system, aimed to estimate the pooled prevalence of the 26 ICD‐10 conditions that are wholly attributable to alcohol in in‐patient settings.
The results show a heavy burden of alcohol on the health system in the UK: An estimated one in five patients in the UK hospital system use alcohol hazardously, and one in 10 are alcohol‐dependent…

NEWS: UK: Alcohol Burden on Health System Even Bigger than Expected

New report reveals staggering alcohol cost to National Health Services (NHS). One in 10 people in a hospital bed are alcohol-dependent and one in five are harming themselves by their alcohol consumption.
The health services in the UK are struggling to cope with the numbers of people being brought to A&E or mental health units due to alcohol use…

REPORT: Alcohol’s Harms to Others than the Alcohol User in the United States

Secondhand effects of alcohol in the United States are substantial and affected by sociodemographics, the harmed individual’s own alcohol use, and the presence of a heavy alcohol user in the household. Broad-based and targeted public health measures that consider AHTO risk factors are needed to reduce alcohol’s secondhand harms…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Better Support Needed to Speed Up Decline in Youth Alcohol Use

A new report by WHO Europe calls for better monitoring and support for implementing evidence-based policies to accelerate progress on reducing youth and binge alcohol use in the WHO European Region…

REPORT: Alcohol Policies and Alcohol Involvement in Intimate Partner Homicide in the U.S.

Alcohol use was prevalent among victims of IPV homicide, and more-restrictive alcohol policies were associated with reduced odds of alcohol involvement. Strengthening alcohol policies is a promising strategy to reduce alcohol-involved IPV homicide victimization…