Alkoholpolitik und Volksgesundheit

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.

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Au: No impact from safe alcohol use campaign

Donnerstag 8. März 2012 von htm

A major overhaul of guidelines for the safe consumption of alcohol seems to have had no impact on Australians.
Only 5 per cent of the population can identify safe drinking levels nominated in the National Health and Medical Research Council’s guidelines for reducing health risks from alcohol consumption.
The latest guidelines, which were published in 2009, say women and men can reduce their lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury by having a maximum of two standard alcoholic drinks a day.
(Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/07/12) brisbanetimes.com, 03/06/12

Online comment: Before we can expect people to take notice of and accept drinking guidelines they must know why. But for decades the fields of information and propaganda have been left over to the alcohol industry, which may invest giant sums into advertising and marketing.

Kategorie: Advertising, Alcohol industry, Allgemein, drinking guidelines, Education, Global, Letters and comments to editors, Media, Prevention, Research, safe level, societal effects, Statistics, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

California: Caffeinated-beer ban signed by governor

Samstag 6. August 2011 von htm

Companies will no longer be able to produce or sell beer infused with caffeine in California starting Jan. 1 after Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation introduced because of the health risks of the beverages.
Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) wrote SB 39 in response to several incidents in which young drinkers were hospitalized for alcohol overdoses while using caffeinated beer. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 08/3/11) latimesblogs.latimes.com, 08/1/11

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Alcopops, Allgemein, Availability, Global, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

The Neighborhood Alcohol Environment and At-Risk Drinking Among African-Americans

Donnerstag 17. Februar 2011 von htm

Our objective was to examine whether components of the neighborhood alcohol environment—liquor store, on-premise outlet, convenience store, and supermarket densities—are positively associated with at-risk alcohol consumption among African-American drinkers.
A multilevel cross-sectional sample of 321 African-American women and men ages 21 to 65 years recruited from April 2002 to May 2003 from three community-based healthcare clinics in New Orleans, Louisiana, was studied.
The alcohol environment had a significant impact on at-risk alcohol consumption among African-American drinkers, specifically liquor store density …Furthermore, the influence of the alcohol environment was much stronger for African-American female drinkers….
Treatment and prevention programs should take into account the physical environment, and the concentration of outlets in minority neighborhoods must be addressed as it poses potential health risks to the residents of these neighborhoods. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 02/17/11)

Kategorie: adults, Alcohol industry, Allgemein, Availability, consumption, Gender, Global, Health, Prevention, Research | Keine Kommentare »

USA: Study Highlights Risks of Combining Alcohol and Energy Drinks

Dienstag 7. Dezember 2010 von htm

As more states move to ban caffeinated alcoholic beverages (CABs), a new research review highlights the mounting evidence on the health risks associated with combining alcohol and energy drinks, ScienceDaily reported Nov. 30.
In an effort to determine the extent of CAB use and its health consequences — and outline future research needs — a team of researchers led by Jonathan Howland, PhD, chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at the Boston University School of Public Health, examined statistical evidence from 44 sources.
In one study, compared with patrons who drank regular alcoholic drinks, people who drank CABs were three times more likely to leave a nightclub „highly intoxicated“ and four times more likely to leave with the intention of driving. (Source: Join Together, 12/03/10)

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Alcopops, Allgemein, Binge Drinking, Driving under the Influence, Global, Research, Statistics, Violence and crimes, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Okla. Ousts Alcoholic Energy Drinks

Mittwoch 10. November 2010 von htm

Oklahoma — „the OK State“ — has placed a moratorium on deliveries of alcoholic energy drink Four Loko and others like it, the Oklahoman reported Nov. 5.
The state’s Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission (ABLE) banned the delivery of the drinks into the state as of Dec. 3 — until their health risks can be studied by a scientific panel appointed by the commission. Four Loko has been dubbed “blackout in a can” by college students.
„Package stores can sell it, and consumers, 21 and over, can consume Four Loko after Dec. 3, but there just won’t be any new product allowed into the state. Once it’s gone, it’s gone,” said John Masich, ABLE’s general counsel. (Source: Join Together, 11/08/10)

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Alcopops, Allgemein, Binge Drinking, Global, Health, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

U.S. Senators Tell FDA Alcoholic Energy Drinks Unsafe and Possibily Illegal

Dienstag 10. August 2010 von htm

Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MI), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) have joined forces in a recent letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling on the agency to „immediately make public its findings from an investigation into possible health risks posed by so-called ‚energy drinks‘ that combine alcohol and caffeine.“ (Source: Marin Institute, 8/04/10)

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Extra Heart Dangers from Mixing Cocaine and Alcohol

Freitag 13. November 2009 von htm

„Drug addiction clinics say they are becoming increasingly concerned by the health risks associated with the chemical — the only known example of the body forming a third drug following the ingestion of two others. For not only is cocaethylene toxic in the liver, it is also blamed for heart attacks in the under-40s and a surge in social problems. But because so little is known about the drug, few experts can agree on the nature of the threat to users, and indeed society as a whole. Many who consider themselves social users — for whom a line or two of cocaine coupled with a few drinks in a bar or a club is a weekly or monthly event — do not consider the health implications of their drug taking.“ (Source: Harvard World Health News, 11/12/09) The Observer, London, 11/8/09

Kategorie: Addiction, Allgemein, Global, Health, Other Drugs, Treatment | Keine Kommentare »

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