Students call time on binge drinking and decide to set a good example

February, 2015

Students call time on binge drinking and decide to set a good example

Event: Launch of National Student Alcohol Awareness Roadshow ‘Mental Drinking’.

Visit mentaldrinking.ie

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will on Monday launch a new phase of its alcohol awareness campaign, ‘mentaldrinking.ie’.

The information initiative, in conjunction with Alcohol Action Ireland, which is funded by the Health Service Executive, aims to explain clearly the link between binge drinking and mental ill-health, and to encourage students, particularly those who may be older brothers and sisters, to set a good role model for the younger generations coming up behind them.

Have your say: Health Committee invites submissions on Heads of Alcohol Bill

February, 2015

Have your say: Health Committee invites submissions on Heads of Alcohol Bill

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children has today issued an invitation to interested individuals and groups to have their say on proposed legislation on alcohol.

13 February 2015

The Heads of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill were published on 4 February and are accessible on the Department website.

The Bill sets out to provide for health labelling of alcohol products; minimum unit pricing; regulation of marketing and advertising of alcohol, and enforcement powers for Environmental Health Officers.

Alcohol’s evaporating health benefits

February, 2015

Alcohol’s evaporating health benefits

Industry lobbying and promotion are rife and unchecked by governments

Given the harms attributed to alcohol use, it is not surprising that reports1 2 showing possible mortality benefits for low level users attracted enthusiasm among consumers, the media, and the alcohol industry, along with those who welcomed this as a positive response to accusations that calls for action were based on moral fervour. These apparent benefits are now evaporating, helped along by an important contribution in this week’s issue (doi:10.1136/bmj.h384).3 Through analyses based on the Health Survey for England, particularly designed to identify whether any reductions in mortality risk were greatest in older populations, Knott and colleagues show that if there is any beneficial dose-response relation, it is limited to women aged 65 or more—and even that association is at best modest and likely to be explained by selection bias.3

Does alcohol-related activity on Facebook promote drinking?

February, 2015

Does alcohol-related activity on Facebook promote drinking?

The more a Facebook user gets involved in alcohol-related pages or posts – whether it’s a like, share or comment – the more likely that person is to consider drinking alcohol.

From Michigan State University

As part of a Michigan State University study, more than 400 participants were asked their feelings after they encountered and responded to alcohol-related Facebook items.

The results: The more engagement, the greater their chances are of wanting to drink.

Alcohol benefits might be too good to be true

February, 2015

Alcohol benefits might be too good to be true

Comforted by regular headlines that moderate drinking is good for your health and will prolong your life?

From The Sydney Morning Herald

A new study published in a leading medical journal suggests these claims are too good to be true.

While high alcohol consumption has been linked to more than 200 diseases and chronic conditions, some research has suggested that moderate consumption (1-2 drinks per day) may protect against heart disease and help prevent an early death.