Topic: Research

NEWS: How the Brain Learns Addiction

A new study has found how the brain learns addiction. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), United States, found that alcohol directly affects the brain’s learning and memory system through a test on mice. Using alcohol makes people learn to continue use…

REPORT: Alcohol and “Deaths of Despair”

Alcohol plays a prominent role in deaths of despair, contributing to overdoses, suicides, and liver disease, as well as to a broad range of other disease states that lead to mortality. Alcohol use is increasing among middle-aged adults in the United States and is more common when people are faced with stressful circumstances…

REPORT: An Exploration of the Impact of Non-Dependent Parental Alcohol Use on Children

Findings suggest levels of and motivations for parental alcohol use, as well as exposure to a parent tipsy or intoxicated, all influence children’s likelihood of experiencing negative outcomes…

REPORT: A Restrictive Alcohol Social Supply Law Change is Associated with Less Supply to Friends Under 18 Years

There was evidence of some early reductions in social supply in relation to the law change, in particular where the legislation aimed to have effect; specifically, less supply to friends under 18 years. We found no effect of the new law on parental supply. As quantities supplied are still very high, further policy restriction and public health interventions would be appropriate…

REPORT: Corporate Profits versus Spending on Non-Communicable Disease Prevention

Policy makers should acknowledge that, although tighter state intervention constrains short-term preferences (commonly decried as government over-reach or nanny-statism), measures to reduce tobacco addiction, alcohol use, and consumption of unhealthy foods are widely popular; they align with people’s longer-term preferences for long and healthy lives and increase net welfare through health gains…

NEWS: Australia: Older People Consume More Alcohol Than Younger

In Australia, older people between 50 to 64 years consume more alcohol than younger people between 18 to 24 years. The ABC’s Australia Talks National Survey showed, Only 3% of the younger generation consume more than 10 units of alcohol a week, compared with a quarter of all 50- to 64-year-olds…

NEWS: Cancer Risk Surges When Smoking Mixed With Alcohol

According to new guidance provided by the The Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), cancer risk increases significantly when smoking and consuming alcohol occur together.
The guide for medics, called “Alcohol and Cancer Risks: A Guide for Health Professionals” states smokers who use alcohol are 30 times more likely to get mouth or throat cancer than those who use tobacco or alcohol alone…

NEWS: Finland: Popularity of Nightclubs Declining

The latest leisure survey by Statistics Finland show popularity for nightclubs is decreasing in the country. In 1990s and 2000s about half the respondents visited nightclubs. In 2017 it has reduced to 1 in every 4 people. This is a 20% reduction of people under 65 years going to nightclubs between 2002 and 2017…