Tagged: Report

REPORT: Lower BAC Crash Fatalities Account for Significant Part of All Alcohol-Involved Road Deaths

From 2000 to 2015, there were 612,030 MVC fatalities in the U.S., of which 223,471 (37%) occurred in crashes involving 1 or more drivers with a positive BAC. Of these, 33,965 (15% of alcohol-involved crash fatalities or 6% of all fatalities) were from an MVC involving a BAC >0.00% but <0.08%. Lower BAC crash fatalities accounted for a meaningful proportion of all alcohol-involved MVC fatalities. The number of fatalities generally increased with increasing BAC level. In adjusted analyses, a 10 percentage point increase in the restrictiveness of the state policy environment was associated with reduced odds of alcohol involvement in crash fatalities at BACs >0.00% but <0.08% vs 0.00%...

REPORT: Big Alcohol Buys Biased Study to Prove Alcohol’s Health Benefits

Alcohol companies agreed to fund the MACH trial to advance their commercial interests rather than to help answer a major scientific question. Alcohol industry executives seized opportunities presented by discussions of the MACH trial to try to influence this study and wider public health, research, and policy decision-making.
The process of soliciting research funding from corporations, which included convincing alcohol companies that the study design supported their commercial interests, was intrinsically biased. Thus, the three parties – research funding officials, researchers, and industry executives – coproduced the biased trial design…

REPORT: DNA Repair Mechanism Links Alcohol And Cancer

The DNA in human cells is susceptible to a barrage of agents that can cause damage, including radiation or toxic substances such as alcohol.
Researchers of the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, U.K., have discovered a new way in which the human body repairs DNA damage caused by a degradation product of alcohol. That knowledge underlines the link between alcohol consumption and cancer…

NEWS: USA: Reducing Alcohol Availability, Reduces Violence

Alcohol zoning regulations have life or death consequences in Baltimore. Previous research has found that 50% violent crime is related to alcohol. A study published on the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found reducing alcohol outlet density can save lives and reduce economic cost of alcohol in the city… 

REPORT: Already Young Adolescents Hold Beverage- And Gender-Specific Alcohol Expectancies

Already young adolescents with minimal alcohol consumption experience possess a level of nuanced knowledge in that they hold very different expectancies for different alcoholic beverages.
Beer was the most commonly attributed beverage across all 16 adults depicted. Happy and angry persons were most commonly attributed beer. Gender variations were found for relaxed persons, with females predominantly attributed champagne and males predominantly attributed beer. Young adolescents predominantly gave white wine to sad persons…

NEWS: UK: Raising Alcohol Taxes to Fund Health Services

A new research from the Institute of Alcohol Studies has found raising alcohol taxes in the United Kingdom (UK) can fund health services benefiting the less well off. The research provides proof against the widely held belief in the UK that alcohol taxes are regressive. The research was based on analysis of official government surveys of living costs…

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BLOG: 9 Truths About Big Alcohol You Didn’t Know WHO Reported On

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the world’s premier norm-setting agency in public and global health, including for alcohol prevention and control. For example through the WHO global alcohol status report – the most authoritative source of evidence about alcohol they report latest data about alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harm and alcohol policy implementation.
What is less known and what receives much less attention is how the global alcohol status report covers Big Alcohol. It actually provides remarkable revelations.
In this compelling blog, Shehara explores the nine truths about the alcohol industry that should receive much wider attention…

NEWS: Lancet Commission on Child Health Highlights Alcohol Harm

A future for the world’s children? A WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission Highlights Alcohol Harm and Alcohol Policy Solutions
The World Health Organization (WHO), together with UNICEF and The Lancet have issued a new Commission on the future for the world’s children. The WHO–UNICEF–Lancet Commission is set to lay the foundations for a new global movement for child health that addresses two major crises adversely affecting children’s health, well-being and development; and the Commission presents high-level recommendations that position children at the centre of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The first sentences of the Commission’s Executive Summary outline the two crisis…