Tagged: Public Health

BLOG: The Oppressive Alcohol Norm And The Freedom To Not Use Alcohol

The current alcohol norm is oppressive. The alcohol culture in Sweden doesn’t reflect people’s real preferences and wishes, but only those of the alcohol industry and a small minority of influential people.
This is a groundbreaking blog post that dissects the Swedish alcohol norm, provides solid evidence and data and discusses positive solutions.
How to achieve freedom for the many to enjoy social life free from pressure to engage in behaviour many, many people do not actually like or want to engage in? Lucas’ latest blog post explores reasons and possibilities for making possible the freedom for the many to participate in social life in exactly the way people truly choose to and feel content with…

NEWS: Ethiopia: Plans To Strengthen Alcohol Control

The parliament has formulated improvements to the country’s alcohol policy, tackling alcohol availability and marketing – two of the three WHO-recommended alcohol policy best buys. Presently, however, Ethiopia still does not have a coherent written national policy or action plan on alcohol control, according the 2018 WHO Global Alcohol Status Report…

NEWS: Canada: New Food Guide Warns Against Alcohol Use

The new food guide introduced by Canada, has recognized alcohol as a “leading global health concern”. The guide notes the relationship alcohol consumption has with seven types of cancer, other serious health conditions and social issues. The guide advises people to not start consuming alcohol for non-users and while there is no safe limit of alcohol consumption, alcohol users are advised to limit consumption to Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines…

NEWS: Australia: Rising Alcohol Problems In Baby Boomers

The Australian Medical Journal reports that baby boomers are consuming alcohol at increasingly risky levels, exposing themselves to rising problems.
Baby boomers in Australia are consuming alcohol at increasingly risky levels. The healthcare system is struggling to meet the needs of older Australians with alcohol-related problems, according to new research…

NEWS: WHO Europe: 800 People Die Daily Due To Alcohol

Europe still faces massive challenges by the need to reduce the burden of alcohol. A new fact sheet present evidence and a clear case for urgent action. Levels of alcohol consumption, and harm attributable to alcohol, remain very high – causing about 800 deaths a day…

REPORT: Even Moderate Alcohol Use Is Risk Factor For Atrial Fibrillation

Researchers showed that regular moderate alcohol use results in more electrical evidence of scarring and impairments in electrical signaling compared with non-alcohol users and light alcohol users.
AF is an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by rapid and irregular beating of the atria (the two upper chambers of the heart). Observational studies suggest that even moderate regular alcohol consumption may increase the risk of AF.
A meta-analysis of seven studies involving nearly 860,000 patients and approximately 12,500 individuals with AF demonstrated an 8% increase in incident AF for each additional daily standard alcoholic drink…

REPORT: Hidden Power Of Corporations

The hidden power of corporations Editorial The growing literature on what are termed “the commercial determinants of health” pays particular attention to the hidden and invisible forms of power, whereby large corporations use various methods to shape thinking about what are appropriate responses to the health consequences of their products. In the accompanying article, Susan… Read more »

REPORT: Privatizing Government Alcohol Retail Monopolies Causes Substantial Adverse Consequences For Public Health And Safety

There would be substantial adverse consequences for public health and safety were Systembolaget to be privatised. Both privatisation scenarios resulted in substantial increases in alcohol consumption, attributable crime, hospitalisation and death, the largest increase was estimated for the sale of alcohol in grocery stores…