Tagged: Mental Health

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: UK: Parents’ Alcohol Use Affects Third of Children

A new study has found that more than a third of children in the UK are negatively affected by their parents use of alcohol. The study examined effects on children of parent’s who were not dependent on alcohol and found a significant link between the amount of alcohol consumed by parents and increased negative experiences among children who witness them in a intoxicated or tipsy state…

NEWS: WHO: New Mental Health Initiative

The World Health Organization aims to expand mental health coverage to 100 million more people in 12 priority countries by 2023. This is as part of a new Special Initiative for Mental Health launched at start of the 11th World Mental Health Forum. According to WHO, mental health disorders account for 1 out of every 5 years lived with disability globally and cause over US$ 1 trillion per year in economic losses…

NEWS: Scotland: Support Needed for Children of Parents with Alcohol Problems

More support is needed for children of parents with alcohol problems says Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland. In Scotland, up to 51,000 children are estimated to live with a parent or carer with an alcohol problem…

NEWS: Overdose Prevention Needs More Focus on Alcohol

Results from a new study suggests more focus on alcohol is necessary in overdose prevention. Researchers from the University of Michigan Addiction Centre surveyed 660 people in a residential recovery centre. They found that 90% had overdosed on alcohol at least once in their lives – blacking out, or suffering alcohol poisoning severe enough to need medical treatment…

NEWS: USA: Sesame Street Highlights Parental Addiction

Sesame Street has launched a new initiative to help kids deal with parental addiction. Sesame Workshop, the organization that produces the beloved children’s show, has created a new character Karli and a series of videos that features the 6-year-old Karli talking to her friends about her mom’s struggle with addiction. The group has also launched a website with tools designed to guide parents, teachers, caregivers and other adults to support kids dealing with parental substance use problems.
The website follows how Karli is dealing with her mother’s addiction and also shares a young girl’s story of her family dealing with addiction…

NEWS: UK: Binge Alcohol Use in Older People Major Concern

Binge alcohol use is high among older people in UK giving rise to variety of health problems which are cause for concern. Recent research has found among older people, one in four alcohol users consumed alcohol above weekly limits and more than one in five alcohol users reported binge alcohol use over the past 12 months…

NEWS: Ireland: Rising Numbers of Addiction Treatment

The number of people treated in hospital for alcohol or other drug use disorders increased by nearly 10% in Ireland in 2018.
The increase in alcohol-related harm, like alcohol dependence, shows the urgency of the Public Helath (Alcohol) Bill and underlines why it is so important to implement the entire policy, including alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing and other evidence-based measures, as soon as possible, to mitigate, reduce and prevent alcohol harm across Ireland…