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NEWS: WHO Europe: More Adolescents Report Mental Health Concerns

A new report published by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe has found more adolescents report mental health concerns. The report shows that, adolescent mental well-being declined in many countries between 2014 and 2018, mental well-being declines as children grow older, girls are particularly at risk of having poor mental well-being outcomes compared to boys…

REPORT: Criminal Justice–Focused Prenatal Substance Use Policies in the US and Substance Use–Related Foster Care Admissions and Family Reunification

States have enacted criminal justice–related substance use policies to address prenatal substance use and protect infants from adverse health effects of parental substance use. Given the child welfare system’s legal mandate to make every effort toward parental reunification, a more comprehensive treatment and supportive policy approach toward parental substance use might be warranted…

NEWS: USA: COVID-19 Could Accelerate ‘Deaths of Despair’

A new research report released by the Well Being Trust and the American Academy of Family Physicians predict COVID-19 pandemic could accelerate deaths of despair in USA. The report cites CDC data showing that in 2018, there were 181,686 deaths of despair in USA, which is 55 deaths per 100,000 people.  The report finds that COVID-19 could result in an additional 154, 037 deahts of despair in the worst case scenario and 27, 644 deaths in the best case scenario…

NEWS: Scotland: Families With Alcohol Problems Need Comprehensive Support

Research by Public Health Scotland on whether the minimum unit price (MUP) policy implemented in the country had an impact on the lives of children and young people within families with alcohol problems found that these families need comprehensive support…

REPORT: Associations Between Alcohol Use, Gender-Specific Neurobehaviors and Mental Distress in College Students

Binge alcohol use is associated with poor academic behaviors and performance. Heavy alcohol use induces molecular changes and neurobehaviors that support use of other substances and alter cognitive functions. The purpose of this study was to compare neurobehaviors and academic effort among college students with low alcohol use to those of high alcohol consumption and build conceptual models that represent the integration of the different variables.
The common responses in young men and women with high alcohol use are reflective of a hyperactive limbic system. The different responses involve cognitive aptitudes, typically controlled by cortical regions and affected by levels of brain connectivity known to be dissimilar between men and women…

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NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week #20

Welcome to another week of carefully curated highlights from Alcohol Policy News, Latest Science Digest, and Big Alcohol Watch.
This week, Alcohol Policy News come from Lithuania, South Africa, the United States and Russia…
The Latest Science Digest covers issues of the normalization of the alcohol-free way of life among teenagers, alcohol industry interference with cancer warning label research and alcohol use in times of COVID-19…
The Big Alcohol Watch exposes how alcohol companies are affected by COVID-19 counter-measures, the alcohol industry’s advertising onslaught in Australia, and aggressive lobbying in Thailand…
This week’s Special Feature sheds more light on how the current crisis might affect alcohol norms, habits and use patterns with stories from Germany, Australia, Pakistan, and Kenya…

NEWS: Russia: New Plans to Raise Legal Alcohol Purchase Age

Russia’s health minister has announced the necessity to raise the legal age for alcohol purchases to 21 as a policy response to rising alcohol-related deaths during the coronavirus crisis. While there seems to be urgency with the measure, it is not a new idea in the country…

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NEWS: USA: Adults Turn to Alcohol to Cope With COVID-19

Stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic have led to more adults consuming alcohol and other drugs as a way to cope with stress, according to a recent study.
More than one in four adults (28%) said they have used alcohol or other drugs to make themselves feel better…

NEWS: Australia: Big Alcohol Marketing Onslaught Exposed

New research by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and the Cancer Council WA has exposed the Big Alcohol marketing onslaught in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new report provides a snapshot of the quantity of alcohol marketing on social media, and how alcohol brands and liquor retailers are marketing their products during the pandemic…

REPORT: Neighborhood Retail Alcohol Outlet Access and Hospital Admissions for Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome in New Orleans

Adjusted models showed outlet and advertising density, particularly off-sale outlet density within one-quarter mile of the home, increased the risk of hospital admission for alcohol withdrawal syndrome. These data inform public policy initiatives to reduce the alcohol harm by regulating the neighborhood alcohol environment…