Tagged: Mental Health

NEWS: New Zealand: Government Falls Short in Response to Alcohol Harm

The government is failing in the face of alcohol harm in New Zealand. Mental Health experts of New Zealand are calling on the government to urgently address the alcohol problem in the country. According to the mental health addiction inquiry, alcohol incurs a cost of almost $8 billion a year, alcohol is implicated in one third of all suicides. But evidence-based, cost-effective alcohol policy best buys are available…

NEWS: Women Who Quit Booze Improve Mental Health

According to a new study women can boost their mental health by quitting alcohol completely.
Despite persisting recommendations by some that “moderate” alcohol use was not harmful to health, new findings suggest people who abstain enjoy the highest level of mental well-being.
The researchers said quitting alcohol may improve overall health-related quality of life as well as mental well-being, especially for women…

NEWS: Latvia: Health Ministry Proposes Alcohol Ads Ban

In a new draft national alcohol strategy, the Latvian Health Ministry outlines plans to completely ban alcohol advertisements on television, radio and the internet, as well as restricting advertising of alcohol discounts. The draft action plan to reduce alcohol harm also proposes action to limit the availability of alcoholic beverages and tighter controls, for example by prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages at service stations among other provisions…

BLOG: The Corporate Consumption Complex And The Need For A New Public Health Agenda – 2nd Part

The dominating infantilist ethos and hyper-consumption are making people and planet sick, as we struggle to find meaning, live sustainably and experience happiness in and through ourselves.
The second part of Viktor’s block buster blog post about the corporate consumption complex and the need for a new public health agenda is exploring how corporate myths fueling hyper-consumption and people’s alienation from themselves and their communities can be busted and counter-acted. And Viktor looks at how more happiness, sustainability and meaning can be restored in our lives, communities and societies…

NEWS: New WHO Handbook: School-Based Violence Prevention

A new resource by WHO called “School-based violence prevention: a practical handbook”, recognizes the potential of schools as an important setting for facilitating violence prevention efforts. Each year up to 1 billion children experience some form of physical, sexual or psychological violence or neglect…

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…

EVENT: summerLEAHP 2019

summerLEAHP 2019 is the world’s first ever international summer school for bright young minds who want to take the lead in transforming student environments by addressing alcohol-related harm.
Providing a unique hub for youth leaders to develop and enhance their skills, knowledge and capacities in leadership, communication, and advocacy summerLEAHP empowers youth leaders to shape the norms and environments they study and live in to promote health, inclusion and opportunity for all.
summerLEAHP 2019 is a groundbreaking summer program driven by the students themselves in interactive sessions, facilitated by some of the world’s leading experts and activists in the fields of prevention, science, advocacy, communications, and leadership…

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…