The price of alcohol is “obscenely low” and heavy drinkers are being subsidised by ordinary shoppers in supermarkets, according to medical experts. Speaking at the British Science Festival in Bradford on Tuesday, they called for more government action on the rising consumption of alcohol and its negative health consequences. “A gram of cocaine in Yorkshire [...]
For what seems the first time, this analysis combined results from relevant studies to test whether low tax/price levels on alcohol result in poorer health and higher death rates. It found the expected relationships, but based on only the partial accounting of the harms and benefits of drinking found in most studies.
The gap between the drinking habits of Scots and the rest of the UK is widening, research suggests. A report by NHS Health Scotland found that last year consumption of pure alcohol was 23 per cent higher among over-16s in Scotland than those in England and Wales – up from a 21 per cent gap [...]
Providing web-based feedback and social norms information to reduce student alcohol intake: A multisite investigation of Unitcheck
Unhealthy alcohol use amongst university students is a major public health concern. Heavy alcohol intake among the student population has implications for the individual, educational institutions, and wider society. Across the world it has been reported that university students’ levels of alcohol consumption are higher than that of their non-university peers.
The misuse of alcohol is of major national and international public health concern and can bring significant harm and burden to family members, resulting in increased use of health and social care services and a drain on their resources.
Alcohol related social norm perceptions in university students: a review of effective interventions for change
There is growing recognition that students’ alcohol consumption is impacting on many aspects of university life, such as health, attrition rates and academic achievement. In the U.K, around 50% of young people now attend university and thus become exposed to this high alcohol consuming culture. Recent trends suggest that excessive drinking patterns that begin during student years are now continuing throughout adulthood.
A survey of GPs’ knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding the prevention and management of alcohol-related problems
Alcohol related problems are one of the leading causes of morbidity and premature death. Primary care is ideal for early detection and secondary prevention of alcohol-related problems and brief interventions have been shown to reduce excessive consumption in primary care patients. However, General Practitioners (GPs) exhibit low levels of formal identification, treatment and referral of patients with alcohol related problems.
Alcohol misuse or heavy consumption in general is associated with a number of poorer general and sexual health outcomes (including risky sexual behaviour and sexually transmitted infections). Women involved with the criminal justice system have been identified as a highly vulnerable population in terms of health; in addition, alcohol misuse has been found to be significant problem among female offenders, often coexisting with abuse of illicit substances.
Memory impairment is a robust acute effect of alcohol. Many studies have shown its effects range from mild deficits at low doses through to ‘black-out’ at high doses. When events occurred while an individual was intoxicated, their memory for this part of their past experience is reduced.
Reducing alcohol-related harm in the workplace: a feasibility study of screening and brief interventions for hazardous drinkers.
The negative impact of hazardous and harmful drinking on health and well-being for individuals and at a societal level has been well documented, and there is convincing evidence of the cost-effectiveness of brief interventions in primary care (Kaner et al. 2007, Fleming et al.2002). Less attention has been focused on the workplace as an arena for brief alcohol interventions.