Tagged: Addiction

NEWS: USA: Alcohol Policy Changes Favor Big Alcohol

Sweeping the country are changes to alcohol laws on all levels that favor the profit interest of the alcohol industry and disregard adverse effects of easily available, cheap alcohol that is widely promoted without any public health considerations.
Alcohol harm is pervasive in the United States and is fueling the decline of life-expectancy documented in the last two years. However, alcohol industry lobbying power is also pervasive and so alcohol policy measures are being watered down, weakened and disbanded all-together leading to an increase in alcohol availability across the country…

NEWS: Australia: Alcohol Socially Most Harmful Drug

Alcohol causes the most overall harm to Australian society, surpassing crystal methamphetamine (ice) and heroin, drugs that usually receive more attention, according to a new national study. The Australia-first study, funded by St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, examined 22 drugs and measured the risk to an individual and the damage to society as a whole…

NEWS: Big Alcohol and the Importance of Corporate Literacy in the 21st Century

An interview with IOGT International on Santa Fe Public Radio discusses the nine myths of the alcohol industry and how to immunize and protect people and communities from alcohol promotions.
They look at the influence of big industry on the larger culture that includes examining advertising that creates what they call an “alcohol norm” and targets children, to uncovering front lobbying groups that appear as “advocacy groups” on behalf of the consumer, yet are driven by industry incentives and funding…

NEWS: Canada: Alcohol Main Cause of Substance-Related Hospital Deaths

Data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) shows 10 Canadians die in hospital every day from harm caused by substance use. 75% of those deaths are related to alcohol.alcohol contributes to more than half of all substance-use hospitalizations, which are 13 times more common than for opioid poisonings…

NEWS: USA: More Millennials Dying of ‘Deaths of Despair’

Over the past decade, young adults from the millennial generation were more likely to die from alcohol, other drugs and suicide or “deaths of despair”. The analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data found the increases for these three “deaths of despair” combined  were higher for millennials than for Baby Boomers and senior citizens…

NEWS: Week #23 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates and exposing Big Alcohol.
This week we feature not one, but two new resources. Scroll down to find a brand new booklet about alcohol and NCDs. And check out below our fresh new world map of alcohol industry interference and the mapping of Big Alcohol and its global lobbying front group.
For week 23, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from South Korea, Bhutan, Estonia, and Northern Ireland.
Fresh science updates about alcohol taxation in the EU and about the mental health of medical doctors in the UK.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes a raging beer war in Vietnam, marketing tactics to hook young people, and self-regulation failure in the EU…

REPORT: One in Three Medics Use Alcohol to Self-Medicate

Occupational distress and job factors increase the odds of doctors using substances, according to researchers from Birkbeck College and University College London, with alcohol frequently cited as one of those most used. Published in the British Medical Journal, the study aimed to assess the prevalence of health problems (including insomnia, binge eating, substance use and ill health) among UK doctors and to investigate whether occupational distress increases the risk of health problems…

REPORT: Mindsets of Addiction: Implications for Treatment Intentions

The goal of the current work is to contribute to the critical dialogue regarding consequences of different communications about the nature of addiction by offering a new theoretical approach.
The current work finds support for an innovative theoretical approach for understanding motivation to seek treatment among individuals with probable substance use problems…

NEWS: Norway: Pension Fund Divests from Alcohol Industry

KLP, Norway’s largest pension fund, will no longer invest in alcohol manufacturers and gambling companies. As a first step they recently sold stocks and bonds in such firms worth about $320 million. KLP has added 90 companies of alcohol and gambling industries to their exclusion list alongside industries it previously divested from…

NEWS: Israel: Youth at High Risk of Alcohol, Other Drugs, Violence

A new analysis shows 30% of youngsters in Israel are having problems involving alcohol, other drugs, sexual abuse or violence at home…