Topic: Well-being

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…

NEWS: New Zealand: Government Falls Short in Response to Alcohol Harm

The government is failing in the face of alcohol harm in New Zealand. Mental Health experts of New Zealand are calling on the government to urgently address the alcohol problem in the country. According to the mental health addiction inquiry, alcohol incurs a cost of almost $8 billion a year, alcohol is implicated in one third of all suicides. But evidence-based, cost-effective alcohol policy best buys are available…

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…

NEWS: World Bank: Alcohol Taxes for UHC

A new World Bank Group report entitled “High-Performance Health Financing for Universal Health Coverage – Driving Sustainable, Inclusive Growth in the 21st Century” clearly highlights the important role of alcohol (and other health promotion) taxation for achieving universal health coverage (UHC)…

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: Zimbabwe: Alcohol Causes 1000 Traffic Deaths Annually

Zimbabwean Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo recently said at least 1000 people die annually and 3000 get injured from alcohol-related traffic accidents.
Speaking during a function to raise awareness against alcohol and other drug problems, Minister Moyo said the most affected by alcohol harm were youth. He added that young people start to use alcohol as young as 12 – 13 years…

REPORT: Natural Environments and Craving: The Mediating Role of Negative Affect

Access to gardens/allotments and residential views incorporating more than 25% greenspace were both associated with reductions in the strength and frequency of cravings. These associations were mediated, to varying degrees, by reductions in negative affect. This novel link could have implications for public health and environmental protection programmes…