Tagged: Addiction

NEWS: OECD: Health Spending Set to Outpace GDP Growth

A new OECD report has found health spending is set to outpace GDP growth in almost every OECD country. Health spending per capita will grow at an average annual rate of 2.7% across the OECD and will reach 10.2% of GDP by 2030, up from 8.8% in 2018, according to the new report…

NEWS: Poland: Alcohol Use Increasing Problem

Alcohol use is an increasing problem in Poland. According to the State Agency for Solving Alcohol Problems, in 2018 the average Pole drank over 11 liters of pure alcohol. In 2000 it was 8 liters, which is a large amount. In a discussion with alcohol policy expert Krzysztof Brzózka, the Super Express uncovers the alcohol problem in Poland…

NEWS: South Korea: Plans to Ban Celebrities from Alcohol Labels

South Korea may ban images of celebrities from alcoholic beverage labels as part of a broader effort to deglamorize alcohol use, the health ministry has announced.
The move will require changing an ordinance regulating advertisements in the National Health Promotion Act. The Ministry of Health and Welfare is working to ammend the legislation to better regulate alcohol marketing…

NEWS: OECD: Alcohol Use, Health Risks Overview

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released its “Health at a Glance” review for 2019. The review shows that alcohol continues to be one of the main causes of preventable mortality in OECD countries together with ischaemic heart disease, road accidents and lung cancer. The OECD also found that unhealthy lifestyles – notably smoking, alcohol use and obesity – are the root cause of many chronic health conditions, cutting lives short and worsening quality of life…

NEWS: WHO: Art Helps Promote Health

Engaging with the arts can be beneficial for both mental and physical health, according to a new study from the World Health Organization in the European region. The new report also shows that arts help promote alcohol prevention…

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…

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…

REPORT: Alcohol Use Patterns and the Distribution of Alcohol-Related Harms in Ireland

The study results indicate that the majority of alcohol consumption and related harms in the Irish population are accounted for by low- and moderate-risk alcohol users, and specifically by those who engage in heavy episodic alcohol use. A population-based approach to reducing alcohol-related harm is most appropriate in the Irish context. Immediate implementation of the measures in the Public Health (Alcohol) Act (2018) is necessary to reduce alcohol-related harm in Ireland…