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Amy Winehouse’s last drug was alcohol

Samstag 29. Oktober 2011 von htm

The British singer Amy Winehouse died as the result of consuming a huge amount of vodka, autopsy report published on Wednesday revealed. This proves once more that alcohol is as dangerous as hard drugs, writes the left-liberal daily The Guardian: “It’s a silly idea, that ‘drug addiction’ is somehow a different thing to ‘alcohol addiction’. The problem is addiction, and the idea that an abusive relationship with legal alcohol is of a lesser order than an abusive relationship with illegal drugs, is one of those fake distinctions that would be pitiful if it wasn’t so dangerous. … (Source: eurotopics.net, 10/27/11 (The Guardian – United Kingdom | Wednesday, October 26, 2011)

Kategorie: Addiction, Allgemein, Celebrities, consumption, Global, Health, Media, mortality | Keine Kommentare »

Amy Winehouse: Todesursache 4,16 Promille Alkohol

Samstag 29. Oktober 2011 von htm

Die britische Sängerin Amy Winehouse ist an den Folgen übermäßigen Alkoholkonsums gestorben. Eine Untersuchung der Gerichtsmedizin ergab, dass Amy Winehouse nach längerer Alkohol-Abstinenz auf einmal wieder heftig getrunken hatte, was zu ihrem „plötzlichen und unerwarteten Tod“ führte. … (Quelle: Google Alkohol News, 26.10.11) focus.de, 26.10.11

Unser Online-Kommentar: Sie, die in ihren guten Zeiten kulturelle Auszeichnungen erwarb, unterlag dem von Wirtschaft, Politik und vielen Medien hochgejubelten angeblichen Kulturgut Alkohol. Tod durch Atemlähmung, sprich akute Alkoholvergiftung. Nun hat das Rätseln ein Ende, und man kann wieder zur Tagesordnung übergehen. So sinnlos wie ihr Tod ist auch der Umgang der verantwortlichen Politiker mit dem Alkoholproblem. Sie werden weiterhin den Kopf in den Sand stecken und ab und zu eine Alibiaktion starten. Das Volk zahlt ein Leben lang ungefragt die horrenden alkoholbedingten Sozialkosten und nimmt die verminderte Lebensqualität als Passivtrinker in Kauf.

Kategorie: Alkoholindustrie, Alkoholkrankheit, Allgemein, Geschichten, Gesundheit, Internationales, Kultur, Medien, Passivtrinker, Politik, Prominenz, Sozialkosten, Werbung, Wirtschaft | Keine Kommentare »

EU Commissioner for Health takes clear stance for prevention

Donnerstag 27. Oktober 2011 von htm

Messages of Hope for Young Europeans

On Wednesday, John Dalli, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, addressed the 9th plenary meeting
of the European Alcohol and Health Forum and in doing so conveyed several messages of hope for young Europeans and
their future.
“Today we express how gladly we welcome some of the key messages of Commissioner Mr. Dalli,” says Andrea Lavesson,
President of the European youth organization Active – sobriety, friendship and peace. “And the time for Mr. Dalli’s first
visit to the Alcohol and Health Forum has symbolic importance, too: as children and young people continue to suffer from
alcohol harm in many areas of their lives, the progress achieved under EU alcohol strategy to reduce alcohol harm will be
evaluated in 2012.”
Europe is the heaviest drinking region in the world. 9 Million Children and young people are exposed to growing up in families
with at least one alcohol addicted parent. 25% of young men between 15 and 29 years of age die too early. Under-age
alcohol use is more likely to kill young Europeans than all “illegal” drugs combined. Another aspect of this was mentioned
by Commissioner Dalli: “Despite our efforts, young people continue to drink at unacceptable high levels. Eight out of ten
people [aged 15 to 24] say they have easy access to alcohol.” Science shows that the earlier young people start using alcohol,
the higher will their consumption be later on in life – posing risks to individual health and to societal development.
More than 60% of all violent acts are connected to alcohol use. Every year the costs of direct social harm amount to €125
Billion.
The conclusion for Commissioner Dalli is clear: “We must invest in promoting good health, rather than spending on ill
health.”
“For us it was very important to hear these messages from the EU Commissioner for Health,” says Andrea, from Active –
sobriety, friendship and peace. “To prevent alcohol harm is the smarter way, economically sound and exactly what young
Europeans deserve and need. Europe is in a critical period and we need to make strong efforts on different policy areas,
including public health, so that the next generation of Europeans is more creative, more innovative, healthier and more
competitive.”
“Alcohol policy such as measures to ensure the legal age limits are upheld, youth is not target by industry marketing strategies,
prices are high to make it hard for youth to buy alcohol – which were all mentioned by Commissioner Dalli, is not only
about enhancing health,” explains Andrea, from Active. “It is an important tool to enhance the European society, make it
more inclusive, more fair and more attractive for young Europeans. It is a tool to increase freedom.”
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Sources: press release 10/20/11: http://www.activeeurope.org/attachedFiles/documents/press_release_19_Message_of_Hope_for_young_Europeans.pdf
Alcohol and youth fact sheet: http://www.activeeurope.org/attachedFiles/Active_factsheet_-_Alcohol__harm_and_young_Europeans.pdf
Dalli speech: http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/dalli/docs/speech_alcohol_health_forum_19102011_en.pdf
Dalli news: http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/dalli/docs/midex_19102011_alcohol_forum_en.pdf
Commission fact sheet: http://ec.europa.eu/health/archive/ph_determinants/life_style/alcohol/documents/alcohol_factsheet_en.pdf

Kategorie: Children, consumption, Documents, European Alcohol and Health Forum, Global, Health, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, societal effects, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

USA: Fett und Alkohol kosten Milliarden

Mittwoch 26. Oktober 2011 von htm

Der Höhepunkt der Fettsucht-Epidemie in den USA ist noch nicht erreicht, aber Corporate America ächzt und stöhnt schon jetzt gewaltig unter der wachsenden Zahl der Fettleibigen in der Gesellschaft. Das geballte Übergewicht schlägt leider schwer auf die Produktivität durch.
Der Nachrichtenagentur Reuters ist unterdessen nicht entgangen, dass Fettleibigkeit nicht einmal die größte Belastung für Corporate America ist – Alkohol ist noch viel schlimmer und teurer.
Übermäßiger Alkoholkonsum kostet die US-amerikanische Wirtschaft mehr als 200 Milliarden Dollar pro Jahr. Der größte Teil der Kosten fällt dabei bei Arbeitern und deren Familien in Form von Lohn- und Gehaltsausfällen an. Immerhin 11 Prozent fallen auf höhere Kosten für Krankenversicherung und Behandlung, der Rest auf Arbeits- und Produktionsausfall sowie mangelhafte Leistung.
Für das Center for Disease Control ist klar: Mit weniger Essen und weniger Trinken wären die USA stärker und die Wirtschaft ein wenig weiter auf dem Weg aus der Krise. (Quelle: Google Alkohol News, 20.10.11) n-tv.de, 19.10.11 Kommentar: Dazu kommen weitere Kosten für den Steuerzahler.

Kategorie: Allgemein, Arbeitsplatz, Gesundheit, Internationales, Konsumhaltung, Politik, Sozialkosten, Statistik, Wirtschaft | Keine Kommentare »

Heavy Drinking Costs US Economy $224 Billion In One Year

Dienstag 25. Oktober 2011 von htm

Excessive consumption of alcohol, much of it binge drinking, cost the American economy $224 billion in 2006, says a new report issued by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and to be published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine (November 2011 issue). The authors wrote that the toll translates into $1.90 per drink consumed. Alcohol abuse is a growing problem in several other developed nations, including the UK. Source: Medical News Today, 10/17/11)

Kategorie: Allgemein, Binge Drinking, consumption, Global, Price, Publications, Research, Social Costs, Statistics, Watchdogs | Keine Kommentare »

In the Americas, Health Officials Eye Measures to Curb Harmful Use of Alcohol

Samstag 8. Oktober 2011 von htm

In the Americas, alcohol consumption is linked to nearly 350,000 deaths annually.
Washington, D.C, 30 September 2011 (PAHO/WHO) – Top health officials from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean have endorsed a series of actions that the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) says could significantly reduce the public health impact of alcohol.
Ministers of health and their representatives at PAHO’s 51st Directing Council approved a new Plan of Action to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol that seeks to lower levels of per-capita alcohol consumption and reduce alcohol-related harm. It includes measures ranging from increased taxes on alcohol sales and restrictions on marketing to training for primary health care workers in screening and treatment for risky drinkers. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 09/30/11) PAHO/WHO, 09/30/11

Kategorie: Alcohol taxes, Allgemein, consumption, Development, Driving under the Influence, Education, Events, Global, Health, mortality, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Price, Watchdogs, WHO | Keine Kommentare »

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