Time for Action to Restrict Alcohol Marketing in Order to Protect Young People

Time for Action to Restrict Alcohol Marketing in Order to Protect Young People
Based on the findings of research featured in a special issue of the respected journal Addiction released January 10, 2017, experts in public health research, policy, and community mobilization are calling for greater restrictions on youth exposure to alcohol marketing similar to the “legally binding global health treaties and non-binding codes [that] have been developed to restrict the marketing of tobacco, breast milk substitutes and unhealthy foods, based on evidence of a public health crisis.” The issue features an analysis and first-ever review of a dozen research papers by an impressive roster of global public health experts. The key findings in the research and review include: There’s strong evidence that exposure to alcohol marketing leads to early drinking by youth. The more alcohol marketing messages that young people see – including those in social media - the more likely that they will begin drinking and will drink hazardously through binge drinking....
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With the Number of Women Drinking, Some States Take Action

With the Number of Women Drinking, Some States Take Action
America has a alcohol problem. But over the last decade we’ve seen a substantial increase in the number of women who are dinking, compared to a decade ago. And the main problem, a higher percentage of those women are binge drinking. According to The Pew Charitable Trusts and Stateline magazine, because women are more vulnerable to the damaging health effects of alcohol than men, and because drinking during pregnancy can have devastating effects on a fetus, the federal government and some states have made the growing trend a top public health priority. According to Dr. George Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “the harms associated with alcohol use in women escalate more quickly, affecting women at an earlier age than men, and the damage tends to be more severe.” For decades, states have attempted to suppress drinking among men and women of all ages by levying...
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College Binge Drinking: A Path to Destruction?

College Binge Drinking: A Path to Destruction?
According to a recent article in US News & World Report, the combination of weekend parties, Greek life and football games on college campuses represent a path to destruction for college students. The article notes that according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, nearly 40 percent of college students admitted to binge drinking in the past month. In other words, they had enough drinks in a two-hour period to result in blood alcohol concentration levels of 0.08 or more – that’s approximately four drinks for women and five drinks for men. The article goes on to note that the consequences of these drinking habits result in “Thousands of assaults, accidents, injuries, arrests and even deaths every year.” Some of the sober statistics include:• Approximately 1,825 college students ages 18 to 24 die from alcohol-related injuries – including car accidents – annually.• About 696,000 students ages 18 to 24...
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Binge Drinking May Increase Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke in the Following Week

Binge Drinking May Increase Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke in the Following Week
A new study suggests having six to nine drinks in one day nearly doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke over the following week. Just having one drink was found to increase the risk of cardiovascular problems over the next 24 hours, according to Reuters. However, having two to four alcoholic drinks may reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke over the following week, the study found. “There appears to be a transiently higher risk of heart attack and strokes in the hours after drinking an alcoholic beverage but within a day after drinking, only heavy alcohol intake seems to pose a higher cardiovascular risk,” lead researcher Elizabeth Mostofsky, Sc.D. of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health said in a news release. She said the study findings are “consistent with public health recommendations that advise consumption of no more than two drinks per day for men and...
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Chronic Alcohol Use with Repeated Binge Drinking Can Cause More Damage to The Liver

Chronic Alcohol Use with Repeated Binge Drinking Can Cause More Damage to The Liver
Excessive alcohol consumption is a global public health issue. In the United States, binge drinking is the most common form - so common, in fact, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports approximately one in six adults binge drinks about four times each month. The information was posted on the website News-Medical.net. Now, a study by University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers shows that chronic alcohol use, when combined with repeated binge drinking, causes more damage to the liver than previously thought. "Heavy binge drinking by those who habitually consume alcohol is the most common cause of liver damage in chronic alcoholic liver disease," said Shivendra Shukla, Ph.D., the Margaret Proctor Mulligan Professor of medical pharmacology and physiology at the MU School of Medicine and lead author of the study. "We know that this behavior causes large fatty deposits in the liver that ultimately impair the organ's ability...
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Men Drink More Than Women? Don’t Rush to That Conclusion.

Men Drink More Than Women? Don’t Rush to That Conclusion.
If you asked anyone, they are likely to say that men drink more than women. However, a recent analysis, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research has found the gap between men and women’s drinking levels is diminishing. The findings were published in Medical Daily. Lead author Dr. Aaron White, NIAAA’s senior scientific advisor to the director, noted that the study found that over a period of time, differences in measures such as current drinking, number of drinking days per month, reaching criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year, all narrowed for females and males. “Males still consume more alcohol, but the differences between men and women are diminishing,” noted Dr. White For the study, researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) looked at data from the yearly National Survey on Drug Use and Health,...
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I Discovered a Whole New Part of Me

Once I turned 30, I began to notice that most of my peers didn’t drink as much and as frequently as I did. The way I “controlled” my drinking was through binging. I would not drink for a series of days knowing that Saturday night I would allow myself no limits. On those nights, I would drink all night, ingest whatever drugs I was offered, throw up publicly and behave completely inappropriately. Even during this time, I thought I just needed to blow off steam. I am simply a fun person who likes to have a good time. It wasn’t until after my last disastrous bender when I blacked out and woke up with no front teeth that I realized “I have a serious problem!” Now, I am learning how to cope with life without drinking and drugging, which initially I thought would be a death sentence. But it has been...
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Out of Control

My binge drinking began in high school, and with it, blackouts and promiscuous sex. I brought hard liquor in Gatorade bottles to school dances and hooked up with boys in darkened hallways. I lost my virginity to a guy I barely knew at a house party. When I woke up the next morning, I hardly remembered it. My friends and I had fake ID’s and would go out to bars. I met lots of men and had lots of casual sex. One night as I drifted in and out of drunken consciousness, I was date raped by a man who I thought was a friend. A few months later, it happened again. At the time I didn’t connect the drinking with the negative episodes in my life. I thought that everyone drank the way I did. I was angry that my life wasn’t going as I wanted it to and that...
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