Alcohol ‘kills 15 Australians each day’, new report finds

July, 2014

Alcohol ‘kills 15 Australians each day’, new report finds

THE number of deaths caused by alcohol has risen more than 60 per cent over the past decade, a new study shows.

From The Australian

Every day, 15 Australians die and 430 are hospitalised as a result of alcohol misuse, according to the Alcohol’s Burden of Disease in Australia report funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and VicHealth.

The study by Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre found 5,554 deaths and 157,132 hospitalisations were caused by alcohol in 2010, amounting to a 62 per cent rise in the number of deaths since the last study was conducted in 2000.

Brand-specific television alcohol ads predict brand consumption among underage youth

July, 2014

Brand-specific television alcohol ads predict brand consumption among underage youth

Underage drinkers are three times more likely to drink alcohol brands that advertise on television programs they watch compared to other alcohol brands, providing new and compelling evidence of a strong association between alcohol advertising and youth drinking behavior.

From MedicalXpress

This is the conclusion of a new study from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Boston University School of Public Health that examined whether exposure to brand-specific alcohol advertising on 20 television shows popular with youth was associated with brand-specific consumption among underage drinkers.

The alternative to drink is freedom from a substance that was the point of my life

This morning I began the first day of my 25th year as a non-drinker. That makes it 8,766 alcohol-free days without a sip of alcohol, one day at a time.

From Independent.ie

This is a way of saying it, but in Ireland perhaps a misleading one. It gives the impression of something desperately achieved against nature, a white-knuckle subsistence pulled off in spite of an overwhelming and relentless urge, by willpower alone.

World Hepatitis Day – Monday 28th July 2014

July, 2014

World Hepatitis Day – Monday 28th July 2014

World Hepatitis Day is an annual event which takes place on the 28th July and is endorsed by the World Health Organization.

Each year it provides international focus for patient groups and people living with hepatitis B and C and provides an opportunity for interested groups to raise awareness and influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.

The HSE National Hepatitis C Implementation Group was established in 2012 to work on improving the prevention, detection and treatment of Hepatitis C among all infected groups in Ireland and to provide a framework for a coordinated and integrated response to Hepatitis C.

Minimum alcohol price would prevent harm, experts say

July, 2014

Minimum alcohol price would prevent harm, experts say

Plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol in Wales have been backed by a panel advising ministers on substance misuse.

From BBC News

Experts said the measure would protect vulnerable people, boost public health and improve community life.

The Welsh government has already proposed a minimum alcohol price of 50p per unit.

It could become law as part of a Public Health Bill for Wales planned for early 2015.

‘Effective mechanism’