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UK: Alcohol Awareness Week 2011, 14th – 20th November

Donnerstag 17. November 2011 von htm

AAW is led by Alcohol Concern the national charity on alcohol misuse.

As part of AAW, Alcohol Concern have launched a Charter for a World Free from Alcohol Harm. It is a call to action on politicians and professionals to campaign for the measures necessary to enable people in the UK to live free from alcohol harms. The measures are based on WHO recommendations and on policies supported by professionals in the alcohol and health fields.

The Charter aims to promote action to reduce the risks alcohol presents to society. It sets out measures such as responsible retailing, ensuring alcohol is not sold at artificially low prices, protecting children from social marketing, limiting the number of new licences, and increasing the identification and support of people suffering from alcohol-related harms.

Alcohol Concern are calling for as many people and groups as possible to sign up to the Charter, so that a real „grassroots“ movement is formed. They also want the Charter and its measures to be formally included in the forthcoming National Alcohol Strategy. This, they believe, will ensure that the public health of the nation is always put first, and that we will begin to live in a world which gives each of us the right to live free from the burdens of alcohol abuse.

The publishing of the Charter is the start of a range of activities by Alcohol Concern during Alcohol Awareness Week, which also include the launch of the Youth Report on Advertising and an invitation to share your local activities on their Facebook page.

For more information see here or visit the Alcohol Concern Facebook page. Alcohol Concern have also released a units poster available to help people think about their level of drinking. (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 11/14/11)

Kategorie: Alerts, Allgemein, Education, Events, Global, Health, Politics, Prevention, societal effects, 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 »

USA: MADD National President: Tools to Reduce Underage Drinking

Samstag 20. August 2011 von htm

As we prepare to send kids back to classrooms for another school year, it’s important to equip parents and caregivers with the tools for talking with their children about alcohol. This issue is especially personal for me because my beautiful 15-year-old daughter, Alisa Joy, was killed by an underage drunk driver. While the pain of losing a loved one to drunk driving is devastating, we at Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are committed to educating families about how to prevent such needless tragedies.
Teen alcohol use kills 6,000 young people each year, more than all other illegal drugs combined. However, research shows that three out of four teens say their parents are the number one influence on their decisions about alcohol. So it makes sense to provide parents with the tools to effectively harness their tremendous influence. … (Source: Join Together, 08/19/11)

Kategorie: Alerts, Allgemein, Children, Driving under the Influence, Education, Global, mortality, Parents, Prevention, societal effects, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

USA: New Parent Helpline Provides Support, Resources For Teen Substance Abuse

Sonntag 31. Juli 2011 von htm

When parents find out their teen is abusing drugs or alcohol, the family’s immediate focus is generally on getting help for the teen. But parents are often in great need of help themselves. They may need advice on what to say to their teen, how to evaluate whether he or she needs professional treatment and where to find the appropriate substance abuse treatment program if one is needed. A new toll-free telephone helpline is providing that assistance.
The Parents Toll-Free Helpline, 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373), is staffed by clinical social workers with practical experience in substance abuse prevention and treatment. … (Source: Join Together, 07/29/11)

Kategorie: Addiction, Allgemein, Binge Drinking, Children, consumption, Education, Global, Parents, Prevention, Treatment, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Pre-Teen Alcohol Use as a Risk Factor for Victimization and Perpetration of Bullying

Donnerstag 14. Juli 2011 von htm

We examined the association between pre-teen alcohol use initiation and the victimization and perpetration of bullying among middle and high school students in Georgia. …
Pre-teen alcohol use initiation is an important risk factor for both the perpetration and victimization of bullying among boys and girls in Georgia. Increased efforts to delay and reduce early alcohol use through clinical interventions, education and policies may also positively impact other health risk behaviors, including bullying. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/12/11)

Kategorie: Allgemein, Children, consumption, Education, Global, Prevention, Research, societal effects, Workplace, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Use and Correlates of Protective Drinking Behaviors During the Transition to College

Montag 20. Juni 2011 von htm

Analysis of a National Samplestar.
This study examined patterns and correlates of protective drinking behaviors among incoming first-year college students.
Incoming first-year students (N = 76,882) from 258 colleges across the U.S. provided baseline data on demographics, drinking practices, and protective behaviors as part of a web-based alcohol education program. Across the several colleges, responses to protective behavior questions were collected from seven weeks before the start of the school year to five weeks after. …
Conclusions: College students increase risky drinking after the start of school while progressively using fewer behaviors that might mitigate the consequences of drinking. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/18/11) sciencedirect.com, 06/15/11

Kategorie: Allgemein, Binge Drinking, consumption, Education, Global, Health, Prevention, Research, Statistics, Workplace, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

UK: Young people, alcohol and influences

Sonntag 19. Juni 2011 von htm

This study differs from other research: it develops evidence of how different domains of influence work together, understanding their relative importance in tackling different patterns of drinking among different groups.
The study involved a survey of 5,700 teenagers aged 13–14 (Year 9) and 15–16 (Year 11) in schools in England and data was statistically modelled to highlight the strongest influences on and predictors of young people’s drinking. (Source: Alcohol Reports: 06/17/11)

Kategorie: Allgemein, Binge Drinking, Children, consumption, Education, Global, Parents, Prevention, Research, societal effects, Statistics, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

S: The Örebro prevention program revisited

Sonntag 19. Juni 2011 von htm

This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of the Örebro prevention program (ÖPP), an alcohol misuse prevention programme that aims to reduce youth drinking by changing parental behaviour. Cluster-randomized trial, with schools randomly assigned to the ÖPP or no intervention.
Forty municipal schools in 13 counties in Sweden. 1752 students in the 7th grade and 1314 parents were assessed at baseline. Students‘ follow-up rates in the 8th and 9th grades were 92.1% and 88.4% respectively. …
The Örebro prevention programme as currently delivered in Sweden does not appear to reduce or delay youth drunkenness. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/17/11)

Kategorie: Allgemein, Binge Drinking, consumption, Education, Global, Parents, Prevention, Research, Statistics, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

AU: Parents’ plans to supply their adolescents with alcohol

Dienstag 14. Juni 2011 von htm

The aim was to determine the extent to which parent and adolescent characteristics and patterns of alcohol use influence parents’ plans to supply their adolescent aged 14–16 years with full serves of alcohol (i.e. not necessarily initiation) in the next 6 months. A cross-sectional sample of parents from Victoria, Australia, completed an online survey. Parents’ plans to supply alcohol in the next 6 months was significantly associated with their reports of supplying alcohol in the previous 3 months, perceptions that their adolescent drinks, reports of not practising religion, and Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test scores. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/13/11)

Kategorie: Allgemein, Availability, Children, consumption, Education, Global, Legal Drinking Age, Parents, Religion, Research, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

In-School Drug and Alcohol Abuse Clinic Opens in New York State

Freitag 10. Juni 2011 von htm

A public high school in Long Island, New York is opening an in-house drug and alcohol abuse clinic. According to Daytop Treatment Services, which will run the clinic, it is the first such facility in New York State and possibly in the United States.
Reuters reports that the clinic is opening in response to a jump in substance abuse among students. It will be housed at the William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, NY, and will open in August. The clinic will provide counseling, but will not dispense methadone or other medications. (Source: Join Together, 06/09/11)

Kategorie: Addiction, Allgemein, Children, Education, Global, Health, Prevention, Treatment, Workplace, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

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