Tagged: Science

REPORT: Knowledge About Alcohol-Cancer Link Means Bigger Support For Alcohol Policy

Increases in individual-level knowledge of the alcohol-cancer link was associated with higher levels of support for pricing policies, specifically, setting a minimum unit price per standard drink of alcohol. Improving knowledge that alcohol can cause cancer using labels may increase support for alcohol policies. Improving knowledge that alcohol can cause cancer using labels may increase support for alcohol policies…

REPORT: Better Alcohol Policy Reduces More Cancer Deaths

This study is the first effort to examine the relationship between the restrictiveness of state alcohol polices and rates of alcohol-attributable cancer mortality in the U.S. Overall, states with more restrictive alcohol polices had lower rates of alcohol-attributable cancer mortality, including significant associations overall and for men and women for combined cancer mortality from all six cancers assessed.
Cancer is still a leading a cause of death in the U.S. Major cancer risk factors including obesity, smoking and alcohol are targeted through individual level interventions, but can also be targeted through population-level strategies.
More restrictive state alcohol policies were associated with lower rates of alcohol-attributable cancers. This suggests that strengthening alcohol control policies may be a promising cancer prevention strategy…

BLOG: Alcohol And Moral Judgement

A thought-provoking blog post about alcohol and it’s real and constructed effects.
Viktor examines a recent scientific study that made the headlines and attracted media attention for its findings. But Viktor asks if the findings actually are valid? And he explores the conclusions about how alcohol affects empathy and moral judgement.
With alcohol, not everything is as it seems and Viktor’s latest blog post helps to sort this “what is what” puzzle out…

REPORT: Conflict-of-Interest Policies in Addiction Science

Focusing on three letters sent to the editor on conflict-of-interest (COI) policies in addiction research several important questions are answered. These are: who needs to declare a COI, what needs to be declared, how do financial-support acknowledgements differ from COIs and who needs to know.
The fields of alcohol, tobacco, gambling, and drug research have been found to be especially vulnerable to influences from financial COIs…

NEWS: Landmark Study: Alcohol Increases Stroke Risk

New study challenges health benefits of low dose alcohol consumption. The scientific evidence that there is no safe amount of alcohol consumption keeps increasing further. 
Blood pressure and stroke risk increase steadily with increasing alcohol consumption, and previous claims that 1 to 2 alcoholic drinks a day might protect against stroke are dismissed by new scientific evidence from a genetic study involving 500,000 Chinese people…

REPORT: Big Alcohol And Hong Kong’s Zero Wine And Beer Tax

The researchers’ findings suggest that the success of aggressive industry lobbying coupled with the absence of robust public health advocacy was the main driving force behind the unparalleled abolition of wine and beer duties in Hong Kong. Strong public health alliance and advocacy movement are needed to counteract the industry’s continuing aggressive lobby and promotion of alcoholic beverages…