Tagged: Child Health

EVENT: Universal Children’s Day

United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.
November 20 is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child…

EVENT: Universal Children’s Day

United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.
November 20 is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child…

NEWS: Australia: Kids Can’t Avoid Alcohol Ads

Kids are forcefully exposed to alcohol ads everywhere in Australia because of weak alcohol marketing regulation. Reportedly, kids see these ads in school buses, in front of primary schools and before children’s videos on Youtube. A report found almost two-thirds of complaints made to the AARB over the past seven years had raised concerns about the placement of alcohol marketing in Australia…

NEWS: Australians Think Their Country Has an Alcohol Problem

The number of people who consume alcohol to get intoxicated has edged close to half the people who use alcohol, around six million Australians, despite little change in overall alcohol consumption.
The 2019 Annual Alcohol Poll: Attitudes and Behaviours shows a steady climb over the past decade of people consuming alcohol wanting to get intoxicated from 35 to 47%. The Poll also found Australians remain confused about what constitutes low-risk to high-risk alcohol consumption…

REPORT: Alcohol Advertising in Sports Fueling the Alcohol Norm

The researchers believe as sports fans are repeatedly exposed to alcohol advertising and sponsorship when watching sport, this likely has a long-term effect on their alcohol use. Researchers call for better understanding of such long-term effects and addressing them to curb the alcohol harm. Specially in the view of the vast number of children exposed to alcohol marketing through sports programmes…

NEWS: No Amount of Alcohol Is Safe during Pregnancy

A new study suggests that no amount of alcohol is safe for consumption during pregnancy. Prenatal exposure to alcohol can damage the developing fetus leading to birth defects, intellectual and neuro-developmental disabilities. One of the top causes for intellectual disability worldwide caused by prenatal alcohol exposure is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)…

REPORT: Consumption of Alcohol Beverages and Binge Alcohol Use Among Pregnant Women

About 1 in 9 pregnant women reported consuming alcohol in the past 30 days.About one third of pregnant women who reported consuming alcohol engaged in binge alcohol use.Pregnant women who reported binge alcohol use in the past 30 days reported an average of 4.5 binge-alcohol use episodes during that same time period.Efforts to expand implementation of community-level interventions and universal alcohol screening and brief counseling might decrease the prevalence of alcohol use during pregnancy…

NEWS: Australia: Parents Condoning Alcohol Use in Children

A new survey has found parents are the main source of alcohol for high school children. Despite health warnings suggesting adverse effects of alcohol on the developing brain parents seem to provide their children with alcohol.According to the survey, out of 20 000 high school students, more than 40% had been given their last alcoholic drink from a parent…

REPORT: Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Cerebral Connectivity and Cognition

Through a comparison study of teenage subjects exposed to alcohol prenatally with healthy control subjects, the study established that the inter-hemispheric connectivity is deficient for the former, which may lead to disruption in the cortical inter-hemispheric connectivity and deficits in higher order cognitive functions as measured by an IQ test, for example. The study provides quantitative evidence that the disruption is correlated with cognitive deficits. These findings could lead to a novel, highly sensitive biomarker for FASD and support a recommendation of no safe amount of alcohol consumption during pregnancy…

REPORT: Links Between Alcohol Marketing and Alcohol Consumption in Youth

Young people, above and below the legal purchasing age, are aware of a range of alcohol marketing and almost one in five own alcohol branded merchandise. In current alcohol users, alcohol marketing awareness was associated with increased consumption and greater likelihood of higher-risk consumption. In never used alcohol group, ownership of branded merchandise was associated with susceptibility…