Topic: Lifestyle

NEWS: Finland: Alcohol Harm Is Rising (Again)

Alcohol harm in Finland is rising again. The positive downward trend for alcohol consumption and harm since 2008 stopped in 2018. Now, it seems alcohol harm has started to increase in the country. Finland changed their alcohol control laws in April 2018 through a new Alcohol Act. This act made alcohol more available in the country…

NEWS: Media’s Sober Curiosity in 2020

With the dawn of the new decade, sober curiosity in the media and wider society has reached new heights. Ranging from Dry January stories, or covering the sober curious movement to inspiring stories about people who went alcohol-free and/ or overcame their alcohol use problems, the topic of the alcohol-free way of life has been in focus. While this public discourse across much of the Western world is very positive, there are also reasons for scepticism and concern…

REPORT: Exploring the Gap in the Public’s Understanding of the Links between Alcohol and Cancer

Cancer is the leading cause of death in the UK and carries an enormous cost burden, both financial and personal. Around one in four cancers however are lifestyle-related, and therefore ultimately preventable. This includes alcohol, but awareness of this fact among the public is low comparative to cancer links with smoking.
This is a significant public health issue.
Alcohol accounts for 11,894 cancer cases per year in the UK…

NEWS: Big Focus on Alcohol-Free Lifestyle to Start 2020

From Dry January, to the growing sober curious movement and increasing demand for alcohol-free choice, there is increasingly big attention on the alcohol-free way of life in the beginning of 2020.
Dry January began in the United Kingdom many years ago with just 4000 people, but now it’s gaining traction around the world. But the increasing attention to and interest in the alcohol-free way of life and its benefits extends beyond Dry January…

BLOG: Let Me Introduce: Movendi International

We were founded in 1851, meaning almost 170 years ago. On December 14, 2019, our members gathered for an Extraordinary World Congress and unanimously decided to change our name. We are now Movendi International and I’m proud of how far we have come since 1851. We have successfully transitioned into two new centuries as a global movement and as times are changing ever faster and ever more dramatically, it is our challenge to adapt. Such adaption processes require honesty and open-mindedness and a focus on our values, vision and mission…
Kristina’s latest blog post explores the three reasons why changing the name is the way to go and the two reasons why Movendi was the choice to go with; as the name change concludes a decade-long modernization process, she also links back to the proud historical context in order to chart the way into the future of the 21st century…

REPORT: Lifecourse Alcohol Use Patterns, Hypertension, and Heart Problems Among U.S. Adults

This study confirms previous findings of increased hypertension risk from higher volume and heavier alcohol use patterns among women and men but did not find any support for increased heart problems risk, which may be due to the younger age profile of the sample. Further research that incorporates lifecourse alcohol use patterns is needed to better understand the alcohol–health relationship…

REPORT: Alcohol‐Related Mortality in the United States, 1999 to 2017

Death certificates suggest that alcohol‐related mortality increased in the United States between 1999 and 2017. Given previous reports that death certificates often fail to indicate the contribution of alcohol, the scope of alcohol‐related mortality in the United States is likely higher than suggested from death certificates alone. Findings confirm an increasing burden of alcohol on public health and support the need for improving surveillance of alcohol‐involved mortality…

REPORT: Alcohol Use Disorder and Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder

Schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder are schizophrenia spectrum disorders that cause significant disability. People with these schizophrenia spectrum disorders have high rates of co-occurring substance use disorder, including alcohol use disorder (AUD), and it contributes to worse outcomes than for those who do not have co-occurring substance use disorder…

NEWS: Germany: Every 5th Person Can’t Afford Healthy Lifestyle

According to a new study by PwC every 5th person in Germany can’t afford a healthy lifestyle.
45% of Germans say they suffer from at least one chronic disease, which go hand in hand with unhealthy lifestyles fueled by private industry interests such as alcohol, tobacco use, and poor nutrition. PwC, an auditing firm, conducted a survey to explore why Germans are not changing their lifestyle to healthier behavior.
What they found is that a fifth of the respondents said a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and enough exercise was not affordable to them. Social isolation may also be playing a role, as 14% of the respondents claimed to be isolated…