Topic: Well-being

NEWS: Week #20 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

WORLDWIDE WEEKLY ALCOHOL POLICY, SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Welcome to our weekly carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates and Big Alcohol monitoring as well as some outstanding blog posts from IOGT’s Global Voices…

NEWS: Youth: Shifting Image of Alcohol-Free Lifestyle

A new study reports youth in Finland and Australia are shifting to an alcohol-free lifestyle. The study found they are using similar mechanisms in maintaining their abstention and to manage the potential exclusion by peers who use alcohol. Youth who are choosing to live alcohol-free manage the possible stigma and social exclusion that comes from their choice not simply by hiding their abstention, but also actively redefining social situations and practices…

NEWS: Germany: Alcohol Harm Rising in Older People

In Germany, alcohol harm for older people is on the rise. Over a decade from 2007 to 2017 the number of older people between 65 to 84 years treated for acute alcohol intoxication increased by two thirds.The Kaufmännische Krankenkasse (KKH) reports more than 355,500 older people over 65 years suffer due to alcohol harm. The increase in acute alcohol intoxication was even higher for men. Among the 70 to 74-year-olds, it was around 95% and among the 80- to 84-year-olds more than double…

NEWS: WHO: New Guidelines to Prevent Dementia

The WHO has launched new guidelines to prevent dementia. The guidelines promote adopting a healthy lifestyle to reduce dementia risk. Reducing alcohol use and tobacco use are two of the recommendations in the guidelines. WHO launched the new guidelines to counter the threat of a triple increase in dementia over the next 30 years. Today, around 50 million people globally suffer from dementia and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year…

REPORT: How Should We Talk about Alcohol and Risk?

The clarity and accuracy of public health messaging on alcohol lags behind that for tobacco and other drugs. The analysis by Hydes and colleagues offers a novel way of communicating the risks of alcohol consumption to the public. By comparing drinking with smoking, they leverage the hard-won successes of anti-tobacco campaigners in creating a deep public awareness of the links between cigarettes and cancer…

BLOG: Mind Your Power: Of Placebos, Outer And Inner Strength

A powerful blog post about alcohol and other placebos.
Viktor connects two seemingly unrelated topics, through science and smart analogies, in a compelling exploration of the power of our perceptions and how our minds can impact both our inner and outer strength…

NEWS: UK: Pervasive Alcohol’s Harm to Others

A recent study found that one in five people in England were harmed by alcohol use of others. About 1 in 20 people reported experiencing aggression due to another’s alcohol use. The most common types of harm reported were being kept awake of worrying of another’s behaviour in social situations. However, nearly 1 in 20 people reported experiencing aggression – being physically threatened or hurt – or being pressurised into something sexual…

NEWS: New York Launches First Recovery Tax in USA

Recovery advocates rejoice as New York launches the country’s first ever tax credit for employers hiring people in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Legislative leaders aim to boost employment and reduce stigma with the new Recovery Tax Credit Program. It was included as part of the New York state budget with $2 million allocated per year, for employers recruiting people who are in recovery…

NEWS: Global Alcohol Use Rising, Policy Goals out of Reach

A news study published by the Lancet reveals, global alcohol consumption has increased over the past 3 decades. The study warns the world will fail to achieve the global targets to reduce alcohol use and recommends immediate action. Globally, alcohol intake increased from 5.9 litres pure alcohol a year per adult in 1990, to 6.5 litres in 2017, and is predicted to increase further to 7.6 litres by 2030…

NEWS: USA: Alcoholic Liver Disease Rising

A new study reports, Americans are increasingly developing serious liver diseases like cirrhosis and liver cancer due to alcohol use. This research adds to mounting evidence showing that liver problems due to alcohol are reaching epidemic levels in the U.S. Studies from the past few years have shown that more young people are dying of liver failure, liver disease is becoming a leading cause of death, and that alcohol-related problems are the number one reason for liver transplants in America…