Tagged: Mental Health

NEWS: WHO Europe: Progress on Health Equity Is Stalling

WHO’s first-ever Health Equity Status Report reveals that health inequities in many of the 53 countries in the WHO European Region remain either the same or have worsened despite governments’ attempts to address them. The Report newly identifies 5 key risk factors that are holding many children, young people, women and men back from achieving good health and leading safe and decent lives. The Report also shows that alcohol use is a key risk factor for health inequity and alcohol harm is in turn a consequence of health inequities…

REPORT: Neurobiological and Cognitive Profile of Young Binge Alcohol Users

Using the Grades of Recommendation, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) Evidence Profile, the certainty in outcomes ranged from very low to low. Future prospective longitudinal studies should address concomitant factors, exposure thresholds, and age-related vulnerabilities of binge alcohol use, as well as the degree of recovery following discontinuation of use…

NEWS: Ethiopia Strengthens Efforts to Beat NCDs

Ethiopia aims to prevent 1.5 million deaths in the next 15 years through a campaign to prevent and reduce the spread of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Ethiopia loses an estimated 1.1 billion U.S. dollars annually due to NCDs. Alcohol use is one of the major risk factors for NCDs along with tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, and alcohol prevention and control are among the best buy measures the government implements to tackle the NCDs epidemic…

REPORT: A Digital Intervention Addressing Alcohol Use Problems

Clinically significant reductions in alcohol use were found, as well as reduced alcohol risk (AUDIT–C) and days out of role. Importantly, improved alcohol-related outcomes were found for both hazardous or harmful and probably dependent alcohol users…

NEWS: Mexico: President Launches Drug Prevention Program

Mexico’s President has launched a drug prevention program to reduce the increasing drug use, specially among minors and youth. Mexican government survey data shows drug use among minors has more than quadrupled since 2002, with more than 1 in 20 Mexicans between the ages of 12-17 saying they have consumed illegal drugs…

MEMBER NEWS: ADIC Sri Lanka Launches Youth Action Network

ADIC Sri Lanka, a member organization of IOGT International, has launched the Youth Action Network Sri Lanka (YAN Sri Lanka) as their youth wing. YAN Sri Lanka is a youth-led network for young people, by young people, to promote development of youth through, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention.
YAN Sri Lanka is a multi-cultural, multi-lingual youth network. These young leaders work with other youth at the grassroots level towards alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention through activism in various fields such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) prevention, democracy, human rights, and gender equality…

REPORT: Life Course Health Consequences and Associated Annual Costs of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Millions of adults across Europe and north America live with a legacy of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Our findings suggest that a 10% reduction in ACE prevalence could equate to annual savings of 3 million disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) or $105 billion. Programmes to prevent ACEs and moderate their effects are available. Rebalancing expenditure towards ensuring safe and nurturing childhoods would be economically beneficial and relieve pressures on health-care systems…

PRESS RELEASE: Europe’s Alcohol Epidemic And What To Do About It

Brand new WHO Europe alcohol status report 2019 illustrates the high burden of alcohol across the region and that alcohol use and related harms are not declining at an acceptable rate. In response, IOGT International is calling for a new EU Alcohol Strategy, for an updated and improved Action Plan on alcohol in the WHO European region, and for a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control…

NEWS: Balearics: Alcohol Addiction Affects 60,000 People

A study by alcohol and other drug dependency charity Projecte Home reveals that almost 60,000 people in the Spanish Balearic islands are addicted to alcohol. According to the study, in the past 12 months, 78% of people in the Balearics have consumed alcohol…

REPORT: Improving the Delivery of Brief Interventions for Heavy Alcohol Use in Primary Health Care

The EU-funded ODHIN trial tested eight strategies to promote screening and brief interventions for risky alcohol use in primary health care units in Catalonia in Spain, England, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden – an important attempt to find how best to bridge the gap between the numbers who might benefit from these interventions and those who actually receive them…