Topic: Research

BLOG: The Oppressive Alcohol Norm And The Freedom To Not Use Alcohol

The current alcohol norm is oppressive. The alcohol culture in Sweden doesn’t reflect people’s real preferences and wishes, but only those of the alcohol industry and a small minority of influential people.
This is a groundbreaking blog post that dissects the Swedish alcohol norm, provides solid evidence and data and discusses positive solutions.
How to achieve freedom for the many to enjoy social life free from pressure to engage in behaviour many, many people do not actually like or want to engage in? Lucas’ latest blog post explores reasons and possibilities for making possible the freedom for the many to participate in social life in exactly the way people truly choose to and feel content with…

NEWS: Many Benefits Of An Alcohol-Free Month

Dry January is an initiative of the British NGO Alcohol Change, which inspires and supports people to try and start the year with a month free from alcohol. The alcohol-free month in January has gone global and Dry January is a worldwide phenomenon now – as evidenced by a recent Wall Street Journal article by Sumathi Reddy entitled “The Dry January Effect. Now that the British fad is taking hold in the U.S., research shows that losing booze for a month has several health benefits—sometimes months later”.
Research shows that the people participating in Dry January are experiencing major benefits…

REPORT: Even Moderate Alcohol Use Is Risk Factor For Atrial Fibrillation

Researchers showed that regular moderate alcohol use results in more electrical evidence of scarring and impairments in electrical signaling compared with non-alcohol users and light alcohol users.
AF is an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by rapid and irregular beating of the atria (the two upper chambers of the heart). Observational studies suggest that even moderate regular alcohol consumption may increase the risk of AF.
A meta-analysis of seven studies involving nearly 860,000 patients and approximately 12,500 individuals with AF demonstrated an 8% increase in incident AF for each additional daily standard alcoholic drink…

NEWS: EU: Household Alcohol Spending Nearly €130 Billion

In 2017, households in the European Union (EU) spent 1.6% of their total consumption expenditure on alcoholic beverages. This represents a total expenditure of over €130 billion, equivalent to 0.9% of EU GDP or over €300 per EU inhabitant. It should be noted that this does not include alcoholic beverages paid for in restaurants and hotels…

REPORT: “Buddhist Lent Dry Campaign” Has Significant Effect On Abstinence Levels

The study’s findings showed that the availability of the community intervention had a significant effect on alcohol abstinence not only during Buddhist Lent, but also 3 months after the end of Buddhist Lent.
Furthermore, the intervention was very effective among alcohol users who took an abstinence pledge…

NEWS: Hongkong: Low Awareness Of Alcohol-Cancer Link

When asked what illnesses were most closely related to alcohol use, Hongkong citizens named liver disease, heart disease and high blood pressure as the top three. Fewer than 30% named cancer. At the same time, almost half of the Hongkongers who consumed alcohol between August and November 2018 did so in the form of binge alcohol intake at least once, according to a survey by a cancer awareness group…

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…