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    An Open Letter To My Son About Underage Drinking

    Sister of tragic Hull lawyer Leonora Kawecki warns alcohol will claim more victims

    The study, Drinking to Reach the Top was conducted by Dr Tara Dumas, a postdoctoral fellow at Canada’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He observed the drinking habits of 357 young adults in Ontario between May and July 2012. He recruited them as a part of the study of bargoers, along with their friends. Participants were questioned on their drinking habits, focusing on how often they over do it, specifying the amount of alcohol they consumed. They were asked if their drinking habits influence their peer’s opinions and perceptions about them. They were also analysed on their drinking habits, the number of drinks consumed and their frequency.

    Warning over World Cup drinking ) - An alcohol awareness charity has questioned whether booze needs to be a “central feature” of the World Cup.

    Alcohol Concern said drink and football have become closely linked, and there are many “forces” during the much-anticipated sporting event which encourage people to drink too much.

    A briefing note written by the charity on the World Cup said: “Over time, football and alcohol have become closely entwined at all levels, and officially endorsed.

    "Alcohol companies have been keen to associate themselves with the sport, and it’s now rare to watch football on the television without being exposed to various forms of alcohol marketing.

    "It is difficult to reconcile football’s potential for creating and promoting healthy and active lifestyles with the volume of alcohol marketing associated with the sport

    "During an England World Cup football match in June 2010, an estimated 1.6 million children aged four to 15 years old viewed alcohol adverts aired in the commercial breaks."

    Hospitals in Wales are dealing with an alcohol-related admission every 35 minutes on average, new figures reveal.

    Statistics obtained by the news website WalesOnline* show the number of admissions to Welsh hospitals where alcohol was a primary or secondary diagnosis reached 14,907 in 2012-2013.

    The figures also show alcohol consumption has remained a persistent problem for the NHS with 15,166 admissions in 2011-2012 and 15,253 in 2010-2011.

    it’s National Prevention Week

    One In 25 Middle School Students Are Binge Drinking - One in 25 middle school children had consumed five or more drinks on at least one occasion in the preceding year, according to a recent study.

    Researchers from the University of Toronto also found that the odds of binge drinking were twice as high among youth with three or more chronic conditions.

    A new study from Northwestern Medicine® and Northeastern Illinois University found that the majority of college students are engaging in unhealthy behaviors that could increase their risk of cancer later on. Racial minority students could be at an even greater risk, especially African Americans and Native Americans.

    A shocking 95 percent of college students fail to eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables (five or more servings a day), and more than 60 percent report not getting enough physical activity (three or more days of vigorous exercise for at least 20 minutes or five or more days of moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes a week).

    "Changing unhealthy behaviors in college students now could be a way to reduce the risk of cancer as well as other diseases later in life," said Brian Hitsman, principal investigator of the study.

    Drop in binge-drinking may count for drop in violent crime) - More than 200,000 people in England and Wales needed medical treatment for injuries sustained following violence in 2013 according to a study conducted by Cardiff University.

    The study gathered data from 117 emergency departments, minor injury units and walk-in centres and estimates that 234,509 people attended for treatment – 32,780 fewer than in 2012.

    Lead author of the study and director of the violence and society research group at Cardiff University, Professor Jonathan Shepherd said that it shows another ‘significant year on year fall in serious violence across England and Wales’.

    The reasons for the continuing falls in violent offences in many Western countries are not known, but a fall in binge-drinking and the removal from lead in petrol have been cited.

    A Judge has questioned whether Britain is winning the battle against a binge-drinking culture after hearing how alcohol led three friends to attack a taxi driver at a seaside resort.

    Judge Erik Salomonsen said the violent images captured on CCTV in the centre of Torquay showed there were still problems with excessive drinking despite a new study which suggested Britain was sobering up.

    He ordered two out of the three men in the dock to receive alcohol treatment and imposed a curfew to prevent the other from going out at weekends.

    The Judge told Exeter Crown Court: ”I heard on the news this morning that binge-drinking is a thing of the past. One cannot but hope that it is, but looking at the behaviour of these three and looking at their record of alcohol dependency gives me reason to doubt.”

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    The World’s Biggest Drinkers Probably Don’t Hail from Where You Think They Do - Global Post unearthed some interesting trends when they took a look at WHO’s stats on total adult per capita consumption of alcohol and which countries participate in heavy episodic drinking weekly. The short version is that a lot of Asian nations drink as much or more than Russia; a number of African nations can drink Ireland under the table; and the world’s top binge drinking country is a tiny little island nation in the Pacific, Cook Islands. Interesting, no?

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