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Characteristics of Alcoholics Attending ‘Clubs of Alcoholics in Treatment’ in Italy

Dienstag 28. Februar 2012 von htm

Abstract
Aims: To provide an overview of alcoholics attending a socio-ecological treatment programme [Clubs of Alcoholics in Treatment (CATs)] and to identify factors associated with abstinence and self-perceived improvement in lifestyle.

Methods: A national sample of 7522 subjects (76% males and 24% females, mean age 53.2 ± 11.3 years ± SD) attending CATs was evaluated using a self-administered questionnaire completed at a weekly meeting in 2006.

Results: Of participants, >70% reported no alcohol use in the last year and around 90% indicated no use in the previous month, whereas 4% of them declared no alcohol use before club attendance. Abstinence and lifestyle improvement were related positively to the number of years of club attendance but negatively to the presence of other problems in addition to the alcohol-related one. Moreover, being older or female was associated with more likely achievement of abstinence as well as with the perception of a better lifestyle. Finally, attending the club with one or more family members was associated with achievement of better lifestyle.

Conclusion: These data provide an overview of alcoholics attending the CAT programme and are a first step toward developing a surveillance system. In addition, on the basis of this preliminary picture further research (notably longitudinal studies) can be planned considering this method and its effectiveness.
(Source: Alcohol Reports, 02/27/12) oxfordjournals.org, 02/23/12
Comment: I visited one of the first clubs at the beginning of their work in Udine. It was very impressing and I am glad they have such a success over the many years.

Kategorie: Addiction, adults, Allgemein, Children, consumption, Global, Parents, Research, societal effects, Statistics, Treatment, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Italy: Light To Moderate Drinking Linked To Fewer Heart Problems In Male Bypass Patients

Dienstag 16. November 2010 von htm

Light to moderate alcohol consumption (about two to three drinks daily) among male coronary artery bypass patients was associated with 25 percent fewer subsequent cardiovascular procedures, heart attacks, strokes and death compared to non-drinkers, in a study presented at the American Heart’s Association’s Scientific Sessions 2010.
However, bypass patients with left ventricular dysfunction who were moderate to heavy drinkers (more than six drinks daily) were twice as likely to have subsequent cardiovascular deaths compared to non-drinkers. … (Source: Medical News Today, 11/15/10) our Online-Comment: Always the same question comes up: Who are the abstainers? There is no explanation on that in this text. It is hard to believe that in Italy there are enough lifelong abstainers without any other health burden to build a correct control group for such a study. And who did finance this study? see presentation abstract, 11/15/10 Comment: Here they note lifelong abstainers. But no information about other risks. (Diabetes, smoking, social status)

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

Italy introduced measures to reduce consumption among youths

Donnerstag 8. Oktober 2009 von htm

Parents whose children are caught in possession of alcohol or drinking in public will get a fine of up to €900 under an emergency law designed to reduce binge drinking in Italy.
As it announced the move, Milan city council revealed that 34 per cent of 11-year-olds in the city had “problems with alcohol”. This is the first of its kind in Italy. Letizia Moratti, the centre-right Mayor of Milan, said that “this is not a punitive measure,” but “a message to young people and their families that alcohol is bad for you and that alcohol abuse and dependence lead to negative consequences.”
A sixth of hospital admissions for alcohol abuse involved youngsters under 14. (Source: Eurocare newsletter August-September 09)

Kategorie: Addiction, Allgemein, Global, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Italy Grapples with Rising Binge Drinking Among Youth

Freitag 2. Oktober 2009 von htm

The romantic notion of Italian children sitting down with their families over a bottle of wine at dinner is being replaced by a harsher reality common elsewhere in the Western world: crowds of rowdy, binge-drinking youths causing havoc downtown. While Italians have long believed that moderate alcohol use is essential for good health, more young people are drinking to get drunk rather than just sipping wine or grappa at mealtime. (Source: Join Together, 10/1/09)

Kategorie: Alcopops, Allgemein, Global, Prevention, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Any Drinking Raises Risk of Traffic Accidents

Freitag 18. September 2009 von htm

Even one or two alcoholic drinks can increase the risk of getting into an automobile accident, even if it’s not technically drunk driving, according to Italian researchers. Reuters reported Sept. 10 that individuals who consumed one or two drinks within 2-6 hours of driving more than doubled their risk of getting into an accident. Having more than two drinks tripled the risk of a crash. (Source: Join Together, 9/17/09)

Kategorie: Allgemein, Diverse, Internationales, Verkehr | Keine Kommentare »

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