Tagged: Binge Alcohol Use

REPORT: The Potential Effects of Autonomous Vehicles on Alcohol Consumption and Driving Under the Influence 

The results suggest that the introduction of AVs is likely to reduce driving under the influence (DUI) rates while facilitating greater participation in heavy episodic alcohol use. This will constitute a challenge to policymakers in their efforts to minimise alcohol‐related harms…

NEWS: USA: Alcohol is a Rising Women’s Health Issue

In the United States alcohol is becoming a serious women’s health issue. The surge in alcohol problems among women is proving fatal to many.
Across the U.S., there is a rise in alcoholic cirrhosis and alcohol-related liver disease among young adults and women. This is leading to an increasing death rate in the country…

MEMBER NEWS: Movendi SK: Alcohol Policy Analysis of Election Platforms

Movendi Slovakia has published a thorough analysis of the election platforms of the major political parties that compete for votes in the 2020 parliamentary elections. The analysis entitled “Alcohol in Election Platforms” shows if and how a political party would prioritize alcohol policy solutions, how they would approach prevention and health promotion in general…

NEWS: Germany: Massive Harm yet No Policy Change

Despite the massive harm from alcohol in Germany yet there is no policy change. 7000 professional drivers with alcohol use disorder drive on the roads daily. Despite this harm the government is not willing to increase the 16-year legal age limit for alcohol purchase…

NEWS: Alcohol Availability and Harm in Bhutan

Alcohol harm in Bhutan is significant and growing as more and more people develop alcohol problems.
Alcohol is highly available in Bhutan. According to a report published last June, there is one alcohol outlet for every 177 Bhutanese. While there are strictly enforced bans on illicit alcohol, cheap industrial alcohol is easily available in retail stores.
This high availability and lack of implementation of alcohol laws are leading to increasing alcohol problems among the Bhutanese people…

NEWS: Poland: Alcohol, Sugar Tax to Fund Health Promotion

Poland is set to implement a tax on small bottles of alcohol and sugary drinks to fund health promotion in the country. Poland’s lower house adopted a bill to tax small bottles of alcohol (up to 300ml) and sugary drinks. According to the Minister of Health funds from the taxes will go to the National Health Fund (NFZ) and will be spent on the effects of civilisational diseases…

REPORT: Exposure to Digital Alcohol Marketing and Alcohol Use

Although more research is needed, existing studies suggest that engagement with digital alcohol marketing is positively associated with increased alcohol consumption and increased binge or hazardous alcohol use behavior.
Governments should consider implementing digital alcohol marketing regulations under the precautionary principle as the alcohol industry’s self-regulated marketing codes are likely ineffective at protecting populations vulnerable to alcohol-related harm…

REPORT: Alcohol Marketing and Adolescent and Young Adult Alcohol Use Behaviors

The goal of this systematic review was to summarize cross-sectional research investigating the relationship between alcohol marketing exposures and alcohol use behaviors among young people.
Across alcohol use outcomes, marketing exposure types, and different media sources, the study findings suggest that, overall, the cross-sectional research provides more evidence for a positive relationship between alcohol marketing exposure and alcohol use behavior among adolescents and young adults than negative or null evidence. In other words, the cross-sectional evidence supports that alcohol marketing exposure may be associated with young peoples’ alcohol use behaviors…

BLOG: 4 Clues To Explain Big Alcohol’s Fundamental Conflict of Interest

Increased alcohol consumption leads to increased negative health and development impacts, but also to increased sales for the alcohol industry, placing public health and development interests in an inherent and direct conflict with corporate interests.
In this compelling article, Maik illustrates the obvious conflict of interest between the private profit interests of the alcohol industry and the public interest in health and development by exploring four key examples from around the world…

NEWS: USA: The Crisis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The USA is facing a crisis of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) with the rising level of addiction in the country. Despite this, political action to end FAS and other alcohol harms has been lacking across governments in the country.
The main fetal alcohol program at the federal mental health agency was discontinued in 2015. Since then there has been no constituency organized enough to get fetal alcohol syndrome back on the national agenda. The harm from FAS is however grave for the country causing billions of dollars, straining the criminal justice system, tearing up families — and causing disabilities that are largely preventable…