www.alkoholpolitik.ch

Alkoholpolitik und Volksgesundheit

Archiv für die Kategorie 'Health'

Jetzt ist definitiv Schluss / Now this is the end of this website

Freitag 31. August 2012 von htm

After 10 years of full and one year with reduced activity this website is only working as an archive.

Nach 10 Jahren mit voller und einem Jahr mit reduzierter Aktivität wird diese Website zum Archiv.

Thanks to all readers who have profited from its content. Thanks also to all friends and public health specialists who have contributed to form and content.

Herzlichen Dank allen Leserinnen und Lesern, die den Inhalt nutzbringend verwendet haben. Vielen Dank auch allen Sympathisanten, FreundInnen und Fachleuten, die zu Form und Inhalt beigetragen haben.

It has been a fantastic task and a big challenge which gave me much satisfaction.

Es war eine fantastische Aufgabe und eine grosse Herausforderung, die mir Freude und Anerkennung gebracht hat. Alle, die durch meine Arbeitsbelastung zu kurz gekommen sind, bitte ich um Nachsicht.

Good bye, all the best!                Auf Wiedersehen und alles Gute!

Ausnahme:
Meine Leserbriefe werde ich weiterhin hier zeigen und archivieren.

************************************************************************************

Kategorie: Global, Health, Schweiz, Veröffentlichungen | Keine Kommentare »

UK: Alcohol Awareness Week 2012: 19-25 November “It’s time to talk about drinking”

Montag 13. August 2012 von htm

Alcohol Concern, the national charity for alcohol misuse, have announced Alcohol Awareness Week (AAW) 2012 on the theme of “It’s time to talk about drinking”.

Alcohol Concern hopes it will help trigger all kinds of conversations about the health risks, social problems, stigmas and taboos associated with talking about the dangers of Hair of the dog alcohol. A set of conversation starter cards are available to download.

The release also states:

‘One of the main ways we are going to start the conversation is by challenging people to give up alcohol for a month in January. From AAW people will be able to sign up either as an individual or a team to give up drinking for a month. We’re going to ask people to pledge money or get sponsored to motivate them to stick at the challenge. We’ll also be providing people with tips and information on cutting down and how this will help their health, sleeping patterns and general wellbeing.’ …
(Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 08/12/12)
Comment: The theme “Let’s talk about alcohol” for an alcohol awareness week in Switzerland was misused in some places by talking about how normal it is to drink.

Kategorie: Allgemein, consumption, Events, Global, Health, Prevention, Watchdogs | Keine Kommentare »

A Prospective Cohort Study of the Prevalence of Growth, Facial, and Central Nervous System Abnormalities in Children with Heavy Prenatal Alcohol Expos

Donnerstag 26. Juli 2012 von htm

Most children who are exposed to large quantities of alcohol in utero do not develop fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Population-based prospective data on the risk of developing components of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), however, are limited.

This was a prospective cohort study of 9,628 women screened during their first prenatal appointment in Chile, which identified 101 who consumed at least 4 drinks/d (exposed) matched with 101 women with no reported alcohol consumption during pregnancy (unexposed). Detailed alcohol consumption data were collected during the pregnancy. Children were evaluated up to 8.5 years of age by clinicians masked to exposure status. …

After exposure to heavy alcohol consumption during pregnancy, 80% of children had 1 or more abnormalities associated with alcohol exposure. Patterns of alcohol use that posed the greatest risk of adverse outcomes were binge drinking and high total weekly intake. Functional neurologic impairment occurred most frequently and may be the only sign to alert physicians to prenatal alcohol exposure. ….
(Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/23/12) onlinelibrary.wiley.com, 07/23/12

Kategorie: adults, Allgemein, Binge Drinking, Children, consumption, Fetal alcohol syndrome etc., Gender, Global, Health, Parents, Research | Keine Kommentare »

Alcohol Harms Thinking in Older Adults, Researchers Say

Donnerstag 26. Juli 2012 von htm

Certain types of alcohol use after age 65 may affect memory and thinking, according to two studies that raise new questions about earlier research that suggested drinking may stymie cognitive decline.

People 65 and older who regularly consumed four or more alcoholic beverages at a time, a situation described in the study as binge-drinking, were more likely to have the highest drop-off in brain function and the most memory decline, according to one result. A second study reported that women who indulged heavily early in life or were moderate drinkers after 65 were more likely to have cognitive impairment.

Drinking alcohol had been thought to reduce the risk of cognitive decline in some older people, the Alzheimer’s Association said in a statement. Today’s reports, presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver, suggest more research is needed. …
(Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/25/12) businessweek.com, 07/18/12

Kategorie: Allgemein, Binge Drinking, consumption, Global, Health, morbidity, Research, Research-Fraud, Seniors | Keine Kommentare »

Drinking alcohol, even in moderation, ‘a dementia risk’

Mittwoch 18. Juli 2012 von htm

The findings, presented at an international conference, challenge the notion that some alcohol could be good for ageing brains.

People who stick to recommended alcohol limits are still at risk, as well as bingers and heavy drinkers, according to the work.

The study tracked the health over 20 years of 1,300 women in their mid-60s.

The risk, ranging from mild cognitive impairment to full blown dementia, was higher among those who reported drinking more alcohol.

Women who switched from abstinence to drinking over the course of the study also increased their risk.

Those who drank alcohol “in moderation”, meaning seven to 14 alcoholic drinks a week, were also more likely to develop problems with memory and brain functioning that can be a warning sign of future dementia. …
(Source: Google alcohol news, 07/18/12) (news-ad-hoc.de, 18.7.12) bbc.co.uk, 07/18/12

Kategorie: adults, Allgemein, Binge Drinking, consumption, drinking guidelines, Gender, Global, Health, morbidity, Publications, Research, safe level, Statistics | Keine Kommentare »

Some People Suffer Allergy-Like Symptoms After Drinking Wine

Sonntag 8. Juli 2012 von htm

Around seven percent of adults suffer from an intolerance to wine. This is the result of a survey presented by Peter Wigand and co-authors in the current edition of Deutsches Arzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2012; 109 (25): 437-44).

The authors evaluated 948 questionnaires that were returned from the 4000 sent out to randomly selected people between the ages of 20 and 69 years. They found that women (8.9%) were more often affected by an intolerance to wine than men (5.2%). The most commonly reported reactions included flushed and itchy skin and a runny nose. The symptoms were particularly common after drinking red wine. Additionally, people with a wine intolerance were more likely to report other food intolerances. …
(Source: Medical News Today, 7/7/12)

Kategorie: Allgemein, consumption, Global, Health, Research, Statistics | Keine Kommentare »

Eurocare warns of alcohol-related cancer risks

Montag 2. Juli 2012 von htm

The European Alcohol Policy Alliance has launched a new website to flag up the risks associated with alcohol consumption and cancer.

Alcohol is a carcinogenic (cancer causing) substance, yet only 1 in 5 people are aware of the risks that alcohol can bring. 10% of the total cancers in males and 3% of the total cancers in females are thought to be associated with alcohol consumption. A range of cancers are linked to alcohol, including liver cancer and prostate cancer. Any alcohol can increase the risk, so there isn’t a “safer” alcoholic drink to gravitate to. …
(Source: Eurocare, 07/02/12)

Kategorie: Allgemein, consumption, Documents, drinking guidelines, Global, Health, Media, morbidity, mortality, Non-communicable diseases, Prevention, Publications, Research, Statistics, Watchdogs | Keine Kommentare »

USA: Pennsylvania Alcohol Privatization Off the Table

Donnerstag 28. Juni 2012 von htm

State Control of Alcohol: Protecting the Public’s Health

Pennsylvania Republican House Majority Leader Michael Turzai recently gave up the fight to privatize liquor sales in the state, at least for the moment. The battle to privatize Pennsylvania’s 620 state-owned liquor and wine stores, and to allow the sale of alcohol by non-state retailers, has been raging in Pennsylvania for several years. In 2010, then-gubernatorial candidate (now governor) Tom Corbett made alcohol privatization a key part of his election campaign. Since then, advocates for state control and new research findings regarding its effectiveness have helped fight off the ill-fated plan.

When the 21st Amendment repealed national prohibition in 1933, states became responsible for
regulating alcoholic beverages. While many states decided to license private businesses to sell alcohol,
18 states chose to control alcohol sales themselves. The goal was to provide a legal way for people
to obtain alcohol, but also encourage moderate consumption by reducing economic incentives for
maximum sales.

States that currently have monopolies over control either beer, wine, or spirits (or some combination)
are: Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina,
Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. In
addition, Montgomery County, Maryland controls spirits, beer, and wine (the only jurisdiction that
controls all three). …
(Source: Alcohol Justice, 06/27/12)

Kategorie: Addiction, adults, Alcohol industry, Alcohol taxes, Allgemein, Availability, consumption, Driving under the Influence, Global, Health, mortality, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Research, societal effects, Statistics, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

NZ: The effect of resveratrol on longevity across species: a meta-analysis

Samstag 23. Juni 2012 von htm

Abstract
Resveratrol has shown evidence of decreasing cancer incidence, heart disease, metabolic syndrome and neural degeneration in animal studies. However, the effects on longevity are mixed. We aimed to quantify the current knowledge of life extension from resveratrol. We used meta-analytic techniques to assess the effect resveratrol has on survival, using data from 19 published papers, including six species: yeast, nematodes, mice, fruitflies, Mexican fruitflies and turquoise killifish. Overall, our results indicate that resveratrol acts as a life-extending agent. The effect is most potent in yeast and nematodes, with diminished reliability in most higher-order species. Turquoise killifish were especially sensitive to life-extending effects of resveratrol but showed much variation. Much of the considerable heterogeneity in our analysis was owing to unexplained variation between studies. In summary, we can report that few species conclusively show life extension in response to resveratrol. As such, we question the practice of the substance being marketed as a life-extending health supplement for humans.
(Source: rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org, 06/20/12)

Kategorie: Allgemein, Global, Health, mortality, Publications, Research | Keine Kommentare »

UK: Consultation on alcohol-related hospital admissions data – the end of ‘alcohol-related’ figures?

Donnerstag 14. Juni 2012 von htm

Consultation on the methods used to estimate alcohol-related hospital admissions for England has been opened by the North West Public Health Observatory (NWPHO).

It was announced that the hospital admissions data would be reviewed when the Public Health Outcomes Framework was released earlier this year, stating ‘the preferred option is for an indicator based on just alcohol-related primary diagnoses, to minimise the risk of perverse consequences from any changes in coding practice so the indicator rewards local areas for good performance.’

Hospital admissions data was formerly used to monitor ‘National Indicator (NI) 39′ performance under ‘Local Area Agreements’ (LAA). However LAAs were scrapped under the Government’s Localism agenda, although areas can still monitor hospital admissions data through the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) site and are reviewed in the annual national alcohol statistics.

The Morning Advertiser reported that the trade is concerned that such data influences Government alcohol policies. Kate Nicholls, strategic affairs director at the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers said “Too often in the past we have seen alcohol-related statistics over-stated and over-played or used as a public health political football.”

Concerns may reflect alcohol-related admissions figures which now top over a million attributable admissions per year, attracting media headlines. Primary alcohol diagnosis admissions are however less than 200,000 per year. Alcohol-related admissions account for the impact of conditions such as hypertension where alcohol plays a key role in many cases. …

Download the consultation document here [pdf] and response form. NWPHO
(Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 06/13/12)

Comment: The industry isn’t pleased, let’s change the rules.

Kategorie: Addiction, Alcohol industry, Allgemein, Global, Health, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Publications, Research, Statistics, Treatment | Keine Kommentare »

Get Adobe Flash player