Tagged: Addiction

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…

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…

NEWS: Ireland: Alcohol Most Widely Used Drug Among Teens

In Ireland alcohol is the most widely used drug among teens, a new government study reports. The study which looked into substance use among 15 to 24 year olds found, over three-quarters (78%) of young Irish people have tried alcohol…

NEWS: Poland: Alcohol Harm in Women Rising

According to new data, alcohol harm among women in Poland is rising.
New estimates of the State Agency for the Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems (PARPA) there may be over 1.5 million women who have an an alcohol problem in Poland.
Specialist for addiction psychotherapy Adam Kłodecki explains that a clear increase in alcohol consumption can be seen among young Polish women living in large cities…

NEWS: UK: Alcohol Policy in Election Manifestos

Selected alcohol policy commitments have been taken up by several political parties in the UK through their election manifestos for the snap elections to be held on December 12. Alcohol Policy UK has summarized the commitments towards alcohol policy by the four major political parties in the run up to the elections…

NEWS: OECD: Health Spending Set to Outpace GDP Growth

A new OECD report has found health spending is set to outpace GDP growth in almost every OECD country. Health spending per capita will grow at an average annual rate of 2.7% across the OECD and will reach 10.2% of GDP by 2030, up from 8.8% in 2018, according to the new report…

NEWS: Poland: Alcohol Use Increasing Problem

Alcohol use is an increasing problem in Poland. According to the State Agency for Solving Alcohol Problems, in 2018 the average Pole drank over 11 liters of pure alcohol. In 2000 it was 8 liters, which is a large amount. In a discussion with alcohol policy expert Krzysztof Brzózka, the Super Express uncovers the alcohol problem in Poland…

NEWS: South Korea: Plans to Ban Celebrities from Alcohol Labels

South Korea may ban images of celebrities from alcoholic beverage labels as part of a broader effort to deglamorize alcohol use, the health ministry has announced.
The move will require changing an ordinance regulating advertisements in the National Health Promotion Act. The Ministry of Health and Welfare is working to ammend the legislation to better regulate alcohol marketing…

NEWS: OECD: Alcohol Use, Health Risks Overview

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released its “Health at a Glance” review for 2019. The review shows that alcohol continues to be one of the main causes of preventable mortality in OECD countries together with ischaemic heart disease, road accidents and lung cancer. The OECD also found that unhealthy lifestyles – notably smoking, alcohol use and obesity – are the root cause of many chronic health conditions, cutting lives short and worsening quality of life…

NEWS: WHO: Art Helps Promote Health

Engaging with the arts can be beneficial for both mental and physical health, according to a new study from the World Health Organization in the European region. The new report also shows that arts help promote alcohol prevention…