Topic: Human Rights

NEWS: USA: Alcohol Deaths Soar Especially Among Women

Alcohol deaths soar in the United States, with deaths especially increasing among women. According to a new study: Between 2000 to 2016, alcohol-induced deaths among women increased between 3.1% and 3.6% a year, while for men the increase was 1.4% to 1.8% per year. The researchers say that this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to alcohol related deaths…

REPORT: Trends in Alcohol-Induced Deaths in the United States, 2000-2016

This study found large increases in alcohol-induced death rates across age and racial/ethnic subgroups of the US population, which have accelerated over recent years. Large increases in alcohol-induced deaths among younger age groups may be associated with future increases in alcohol-related disease…

BLOG: Global Alcohol Trends of 2019

What do you learn when you spend a year (almost) curating alcohol policy and science news from around the world on a daily basis?
In her ground-breaking blog post, Tharaka outlines five major trends ranging from culture to science and policy to sustainable development. She explores major highlights of 2019 in policy and scientific developments as well as alcohol industry practices and she sketches out six thought-provoking conclusions for the future…

NEWS: USA: Key Facts About Substance Use in Women

Women face unique issues when using substances. National Institute of Drug Abuse of the United States of America (USA) outlines women specific substance use problems. Scientists who study substance use have discovered that women who use drugs can have issues related to hormones, menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause…

REPORT: Parental Alcohol Problems May Alter Offspring’s Brain Functioning

Having a parent with an alcohol use disorder affects how the offspring’s brain transitions between active and resting states, according to new research.
The study reveals that the brain reconfigures itself between completing a mentally demanding task and resting. But the research shows that this reconfiguration does not take place in the brain of a person with a family history of an alcohol use disorder.
While the missing transition doesn’t seem to affect how well a person performs the mentally demanding task itself, it might be related to larger scale brain functions that give rise to behaviors associated with addiction. In particular, study subjects without this brain process demonstrated greater impatience in waiting for rewards, a behavior associated with addiction…

NEWS: UK: Alcohol Massive Burden on Health System

Alcohol is a massive burden on the UK health system. According to an NHS report, in 2018 1.3 million people were admitted to hospital because of alcohol, representing 7.4% of all hospital admissions across the country. According to NHS data, the number of people admitted to hospital because of alcohol has risen by 60%. This number has risen year on year for a decade…

NEWS: WHO: Countries Request Accelerated Action on Alcohol

A decision unanimously adopted at the World Health Organization’s Executive Board meeting calls the global alcohol burden a “public health priority”. In the decision, countries request “accelerated action” on alcohol harm. 
After more than 12 hours of informal consultations during the entire week of the 146th session of the WHO Executive Board, a bloc of countries led by Thailand won the unanimous approval from the Board to develop a new global action plan to reduce alcohol harm…

NEWS: EU: Consultation for “Beating Cancer Plan” Launched

On February 4, 2020, on World Cancer Day, the European Commission launched an EU-wide public consultation for the “Beating Cancer Plan.”
The consultation will help shape the Plan, identify key areas, and explore future action. But one glaring omission from the discussion thus far is cause for concern.
According to the European Commission, Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, which will be presented before the end of this year, will propose actions at every key stage of the disease…

BLOG: 3 Reasons Why The Alcohol-Cancer Link Is A Social Justice Issue

Alcohol-related cancer deaths are a global public health crisis. For breast cancer globally, alcohol is the single biggest risk factor. In total, alcohol-related cancer causes 650.00 deaths every year. But awareness and understanding of the alcohol-cancer link remains shockingly and a far cry from the levels of awareness of smoking and cancer. In this blog post, Maik argues that this is not only a public health issue but really a matter of social justice. He explores three dimensions that include the role of the alcohol industry, the behavior of individuals and the wider dimension of policy change…