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PM - Alcohol groups slam minimum pricing as 'regressive' 23/10/2012

PM - Alcohol groups slam minimum pricing as 'regressive' 23/10/2012 | Alcohol and Health News | Scoop.it
The alcohol lobby has criticised the suggestion that minimum pricing of alcohol would benefit for Australian public health A Federal Government agency is due to release a report by the end of the mon...
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'Double edge' in alcohol and energy drinks › News in Science (ABC Science)

'Double edge' in alcohol and energy drinks › News in Science (ABC Science) | Alcohol and Health News | Scoop.it
Mixing energy drinks with alcohol could keep you more alert as you get drunk, but it can also lead to heart palpitations, a new Australian study has found.
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Australians and alcohol: 'It was just all about the drinking' - Life Matters - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australians and alcohol: 'It was just all about the drinking' - Life Matters - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Alcohol and Health News | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered about how much you actually drink? Have you ever played a drinking game? Have you ever given someone another drink, even after they said they'd had enough?

Have you ever thought about the way we drink in Australia and what these habits may seem like to people from other countries? Norwegian journalist Brit-Helen Johansen arrived in Australia in 2008 and was aware that Australians had a reputation associated with drinking, but what surprised her wasn't that Australians drank, but how.

Earlier this year, Brit-Helen made a radio feature documenting her experiences.

 

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JAMA : Prevalence of Alcohol Use Disorders Before and After Bariatric Surgery

In this cohort, the prevalence of AUD was greater in the second postoperative year than the year prior to surgery or in the first postoperative year and was associated with male sex and younger age, numerous preoperative variables (smoking, regular alcohol consumption, AUD, recreational drug use, and lower interpersonal support) and undergoing a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure.

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New board to regulate alcohol advertising 16/03/2012

A coalition of health campaigners will launch their own national review board for alcohol advertising They say the current regulator is a toothless tiger and has done little to reign in the alcohol...
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Stop-Smoking Drug May Also Curb Problem Drinking: MedlinePlus

The quit-smoking drug Chantix may also help problem drinkers cut their alcohol consumption, a small new study suggests.

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Monday's medical myth: mixing drinks causes hangovers

As a general practitioner, I hear a lot of colourful advice from my patients about what they believe constitutes “safe” drinking and how to avoid a nasty hangover.Some of the more pithy sayings – “beer…...
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Alcohol damages female brains three times faster - Medical Observer

WOMEN with alcohol dependency experience damage to serotonin brain function at three times the rate of male counterparts, a Swedish study has shown.

Women experience a 50% reduction in parts of the brain governing mood  and sleep function after four years of excessive drinking, while men do not show a similar amount of damage until 12 years of alcohol abuse, according to the study by researchers at University of Gothenburg.

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Small amounts of alcohol increase breast cancer risk (but OK for the heart)

Women drinking just three to six glasses of alcoholic beverages per week face a small increase in their risk of developing breast cancer, according to new research.The US research, published today in…...
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Drinking frequency linked to cancer risk - Medical Observer

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"Frequent alcohol consumption increases women’s risk of cancer mortality by nearly a third, a study suggests.

The research found high frequency drinking drives the increased risk of all-site cancers among women, whereas among men increased risk is linked to the quantity consumed, with more than three drinks on ‘drinking days’ raising risk by 24%"

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Department of Health & Ageing - Government Welcomes Alcohol Labelling Initiative

The Federal Government welcomes the alcohol labelling initiative launched by DrinkWise Australia and the Winemakers' Federation of Australia on 24 September 2012.
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The effect of alcohol cessation on complications following surgery | Cochrane Summaries

Based on the finding of two studies, it appears that intensive preoperative alcohol cessation interventions, including pharmacological strategies for relapse prophylaxis and withdrawal symptoms, may significantly reduce postoperative complication rates. No effect was found on mortality rates and length of stay.

The effect of preoperative alcohol cessation intervention should be further explored in an effort to reduce the adverse effect of alcohol use on surgical outcomes. The number needed to screen to identify eligible patients for alcohol intervention studies in surgical settings seems to be extremely high. This may indicate that these studies are difficult to perform. Nevertheless, timing, duration and intensity of alcohol cessation interventions need to be subject to further investigation.

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Drinkwise labels: failing to deliver? - Life Matters - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Just over 12 months ago the alcohol industry initiated Drinkwise with the aim of providing consumers with information about health risks and alcohol. But a report just released from the Ipsos Social Research Institute found that only a...
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Calling time on alcohol taxation in Australia

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Alcohol is a prime target for taxation.It’s a good source of government revenue; it allows governments to recoup costs for providing services to drinkers (such as accident and emergency care and policing…...
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Why does drinking alcohol cause dehydration? › Dr Karl's Great Moments In Science (ABC Science)

Why does drinking alcohol cause dehydration? › Dr Karl's Great Moments In Science (ABC Science) | Alcohol and Health News | Scoop.it

We humans have been making and drinking alcohol for thousands of years.

It's a strange liquid. We can use it as a fuel or germ-killer, use it to preserve human heads or other body parts in jars for years on end, or to strip oil stains from the garage floor.

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Booze and Family History of Colon Cancer a Bad Mix: Study: MedlinePlus

Booze and Family History of Colon Cancer a Bad Mix: Study: MedlinePlus | Alcohol and Health News | Scoop.it

People who consume a few alcoholic drinks a day and have a family history of colorectal cancer are at increased risk for developing colon cancer, new research suggests.

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Health the casualty of Coles and Woolies alcohol price war

Health the casualty of Coles and Woolies alcohol price war | Alcohol and Health News | Scoop.it
In recent days, Woolworths and Coles have put out a flurry of media releases, each staking a claim to being the cheapest place to buy alcohol this summer.
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Heavy drinking tied to higher stomach cancer risk: MedlinePlus

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Men who down more than four alcoholic drinks in a day may have a heightened risk of stomach cancer, a large European analysis suggests.

A number of studies have looked at whether people's drinking habits are related to their risk of stomach cancer, and come to mixed conclusions.

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Too Much Drinking May Raise Lung Cancer Risk: Study: MedlinePlus

Too Much Drinking May Raise Lung Cancer Risk: Study: MedlinePlus | Alcohol and Health News | Scoop.it
While smoking has long been linked to cancer, its frequent companion, drinking, may be as well, a new study suggests.

Three new studies presented at a medical meeting this week find a link between heavy boozing and a rise in risk for the number one cancer killer.

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BEWARE: Gastric Bypass Increases Risk for New-Onset Alcohol Abuse

"Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery is associated with an increased risk of developing new-onset alcohol abuse, according to findings from a study of 340 patients who underwent the procedure"

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