YOUNG people will be targeted in a social media campaign which aims to inform them about the dangers of alcohol.
Staffordshire County Council’s ‘Alcohol Fail’ campaign uses animated videos to deliver the message about alcohol misuse.
The videos have been designed to resonate with young people aged 11 to 14 which mimic the internet phenomenon of ‘fail’ videos which show people injuring themselves in amusing circumstances.
Aliko Ahmed, director of public health at the county council, said: “We know that the majority of young people are well-versed with using the internet, so we decided to produce videos that appeal to them, convey the right messages and are easily shared.
A new study has suggested that mixing energy drinks with alcohol is riskier than just drinking alcohol alone.
Lead author of the study Megan Patrick from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research said hey found that college students tended to drink more heavily and become more intoxicated on days they used both energy drinks and alcohol, compared to days they only used alcohol.
According to researchers, the public health implications include not only physical risks to individuals from blacking out and alcohol poisoning, for example, but also exposing the community to dangerous situations in which young adults may be “wide awake drunk” after a night of partying.
Many Americans are clueless when it comes to what high-risk drinking looks like and may not even realize they’re binge drinking, report the experts at Caron Treatment Centers. In fact, according to Caron’s new holiday survey, many people accept higher-risk drinking at holiday parties despite observing significant consequences of alcohol consumption such as drunk driving, sexual harassment and violence.
Most young people ages 12 to 20 do not drink. However, in 2012, about 9.3 million young people in this age group, or one out of four, had used alcohol. It is important to talk with young people early and often about the dangers of underage drinking. Helping them to understand that they do not need to drink to fit in and have fun is key. It is also important to teach them ways to say no and how to cope with peer pressure.
• Alcohol consumption is high in both Montana and the Flathead, which could account for higher rates of liver disease and cirrhosis. In the Flathead, men average more than two drinks a day, and women average more than one a day.
But binge drinking in the Flathead — five or more drinks on one occasion for men and four or more for women — is actually lower here than in the state and the nation.
The rate of high school students in the Flathead who drink is 37.6 percent, compared to 39 percent in the U.S., but more teenagers in the Flathead binge drink or drink and drive than in the U.S. as a whole.
The woman who was found dead the afternoon of Oct. 27 in the 8200 Block of Yavapai Lane was killed by severe alcohol poisoning. The death has been ruled accidental. According to a toxicology report released Tuesday by the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, 19-year-old Jazmin Serrano had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .585 when she died. Serrano’s BAC was more than seven times the legal driving limit of .08 for adults 21 and older.
Consuming five or more alcoholic drinks in a row is common among high school seniors, with some students engaging in extreme binge drinking of as many as 15 or more drinks, according to a study published by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication.
Alcohol consumption by adolescents is a public health problem in the United States. Binge drinking, commonly defined as four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men, can cause injury, impaired driving and alcohol poisoning, as well as cause long-term risks such as liver damage, alcohol dependence and alterations to the developing brains of adolescents, according to the study background.
Community groups and schools across the state will be conducting activities to raise awareness about alcohol use and abuse throughout Maine’s Alcohol Awareness Week, Dec. 2-6, which includes Alcohol Awareness Day on Monday, Dec. 2.
Through MRSA Title 20-A, Section 4803, Sub-section 5, the State of Maine recognizes the need for schools and community organizations to address alcohol issues. The statute reads, in part: “Alcohol Awareness Day, the first Monday in December, shall be observed by studying, for at least 45 minutes, a constructive approach toward the use of alcohol and the problems and dangers of alcohol abuse upon the individual, the family and society. The commissioner shall prepare appropriate materials for this observation.”
Teachers seeking assistance in planning an Alcohol Awareness Day activity may contact the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) at the Department of Health and Human Services at email@example.com or 1-800-499-0027, 207-287-8900 or TTY 711. Age-appropriate materials that can be duplicated for classroom use are available upon request.
The GW Hatchet reports that campus police have reported a 70 percent year-to-date increase in students being hospitalized because they drank too much. At its peak, officials are reporting that 14 students per week were going to the hospital over the first two months of the academic year.
In total, GWU’s Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski says that 139 students have been taken to the hospital for alcohol-related illness through Oct. 31.
Asked if he was noticing more people drinking this year over previous years, Sam Windfield, a sophomore says, “Yeah I have. Every time I walk past the freshman dorm there’s always constant activity; there always people getting emerg.”
People are being urged to challenge their personal relationship with alcohol in a bid to reduce its potential harm.
The call comes from Martin Lee, the chairperson of the Western Region Drugs Task Force, in the run up to the organisation’s seminar on the subject.
A number of leading speakers will address the issue of drinking in the home and the impact this has on individuals, families and society at the event which takes place at 11am Monday at the Clayton Hotel.
Mr Lee says alcohol plays a central role in family gathering and celebrations. “It is timely that we highlight this issue and address the potential harm to ourselves and others due to this behaviour. Challenging our own personal engagement with alcohol is an ideal way to begin to reduce potential harms.”
One in 10 New Zealanders could now be considered “alcoholic” according to new diagnostic criteria - but the majority of those with a drinking problem are unlikely to recognise it because the issue is so common.
The new estimate of 400,000 “alcoholics” in New Zealand - around 10 per cent of our 4.4 million population - was tallied up by Professor Doug Sellman from the National Addiction Centre at the University of Otago.
It is significantly higher than the Ministry of Health’s 2006 estimate which says 3 to 6 per cent of the population has an alcohol issue
For the next six days, Texas Tech University is hoping to shed some light on alcohol-related issues on campus. “We just want students to be more aware of it and to know this isn’t safe,” said Risk Management Coordinator for Panhellenic Anna Loyfe. “It costs lives and we want to make them more educated.” Anna’s event is Tuesday. The focus is drunk driving. “So many people do drink and drive. I don’t want to say it but it does happen and we want to get them educated,” she said.
A Finnish population-based study showed that binge drinking was associated with increased atherosclerotic progression in an 11-year follow-up of middle-aged men. The progression of atherosclerosis was increased among men who consumed 6 drinks or more on one occasion. In addition, the risk of stroke increased among men who had at least one hangover per year. Hangovers increased the risk of stroke independent of the total amount of alcohol consumed.. Hypertension and overweight, in the presence of alcohol consumption, further increased the risk of stroke. Drinking large quantities of alcohol more than twice a week increased the risk of stroke mortality in men.
A Deakin University study has found that rates of teen binge drinking were reduced by 25 per cent when parents set firm rules not to supply or allow adolescent alcohol use.
A research team led by Deakin’s Professor John Toumbourou conducted a two-year Resilient Families parent education program through the early secondary school years. Information was provided on the harmful impact of adolescent alcohol use and parents were encouraged not to supply or allow adolescent alcohol use.
Pedialyte — an anti-dehydration drink for children suffering from diarrhea — may have tapped into a whole new consumer market: college students who are using it as a hangover cure. The trend has taken off as news has spread across social media outlets (and college newspapers) by students touting its effectiveness in lessening the impacts of heavy drinking the next morning. The drink contains electrolytes and similar ingredients to Gatorade, and acts in much the same way, minus the sports drink’s sugar content.
More than 1.2 million Big Apple residents are getting rip-roaring drunk, a shocking new city health survey has found.
One in five city adults (ages 18 and up) engaged in “binge drinking” in the previous 30 days, the study obtained by The Post reveals. That means five or more alcoholic drinks in one sitting for a man, and at least four for a woman.
That’s up from 2011, when 18 percent, or 1.1 million city adults, got trashed.
And a majority of New Yorkers — 56.7 percent or nearly six in 10 — had at least one drink over the prior 30 days, according to the 2012 Community Health survey. That’s 3.56 million people, also a slight increase over the prior year.
Vermont’s health commissioner — says that college students tend to drink less when their parents are aware of what they are doing, especially during the first six weeks students are away at college.
Chen made the comments Wednesday during a meeting at Castleton State College with representatives of 14 Vermont colleges and universities who are sharing methods they’ve developed to help reduce problem drinking by students.
Chen says 54 percent of Vermont students admit to high-risk drinking — 10 percent higher than the national average.
Munich’s traditional Oktoberfest ended over the weekend after a two-week run, drawing 6.4 million visitors from around the world, who consumed 6.7 million liters (1.77 million gallons) of beer, Oktoberfest director Dieter Reiter said Monday.
The number of people treated this year for alcohol poisoning was down compared to previous festivals, the Red Cross said.
A total of 638 visitors were treated for alcohol poisoning this year, while 708 were treated in 2011, the Red Cross said.
The study found three ways in which alcohol impaired bone healing after a fracture:
There were differences between the control group and the alcohol-exposed group in the callus, the hard bony tissue that forms around the ends of fractured bones. In the alcohol-exposed group, the callus was less mineralized, meaning not as much bone was forming. Moreover, the bone that did form was not as strong.
Mice exposed to alcohol showed signs of oxidative stress, a process that impairs normal cellular functions. The alcohol-exposed mice had significantly higher levels of malondialdehyde, a molecule that serves as a marker for oxidative stress. Additionally, levels of an enzyme that decreases oxidative stress, super oxide dismutase, were higher in the alcohol-exposed mice (but not quite high enough to be considered statistically significant).
During the healing process, the body sends immature stem cells to a fracture site. After arriving at the site, the stem cells mature into bone cells. Two proteins, known as SDF-1 and OPN, are involved in recruiting stem cells to the injury site. In the alcohol-exposed group, OPN levels were significantly lower.
The Delaware County Medical Examiner has determined that an 18-year-old Villanova University student died from acute alcohol poisoning. A classmate found the body of sophomore Kinara Patel in a dorm room at Sullivan Hall on the morning of August 29th. Police said Patel, a business student, had been out with friends in Bryn Mawr the night before.