Alcohol and the coronavirus pandemic: individual, societal and policy perspectives. This review of international and swedish research gives a readable summary of how alcohol can worsen mental and physical health outcomes in COVID-19 patients.
Alcohol Use and Cancer from the American Cancer Society (11/17/2020).
Female college students more affected academically by high alcohol use than men (Binghamton University, 6/1/2020).
Greater availability of non-alcoholic drinks may reduce alcohol consumption (Medical Xpress, 5/5/2020).
Labels on alcohol bottles increase awareness of drinking harms. Read more from about labeling and how it effects people’s choices from PRNewswire (5/4/2020).
How does alcohol affect your body? This easy to read slideshow from WebMD breaks it down (10/13/2019).
Many women drink alcohol to relax, but new research suggests that not drinking alcohol improves mental health outcomes for women. The new study comes as many Americans are trying out an alcohol-free life as part of the “sober-curious” movement (10/16/2019).
In 2015, two Princeton University economists reported an unexpected increase in rates of death for certain groups of US citizens. The rise in deaths for middle aged Americans, both men and women, was driven primarily by drug and alcohol overdoses, suicides and liver disease. The increased morality for this group could ultimately be traced back to declining quality of life – reduced physical and mental health, increased chronic pain, financial difficulties, and serious mental illness. The researchers referred to this increased mortality as “deaths of despair”. (September 26, 2019 by NIAAA)
Binge drinking is on the rise nationally (19% in 2018 up from 17.6% in 2015), but some states have higher rates of excessive drinking than others. Newsweek reports that Illinois ranks 7th among the states plus the District of Columbia for excessive drinking. 21.4% of Illinois residents (16.4% of females, 26.8% of males) have drank to excess in the last year.
A former university president gives 3 big reasons why college stadiums are the wrong environments to sell alcohol (Dec. 1, 2018).
Why isn’t the alcohol industry asked to pay it’s own way, similar to the tobacco industry? Read here for the most effective approaches to minimize the harm of alcohol abuse (Nov. 23, 2018).
Did you know that alcohol abuse causes 3.3 million deaths worldwide each year? Take a look at this easy to read infographic from the World Health Organization (2018).
Research linking breast cancer to alcohol consumption has been well established for many decades. Yes, few people know the risk. Read the full Mother Goose article which summarizes the research and the alcohol industry’s efforts to suppress it.
U.S. adults consumed more than 17 billion binge drinks in 2015, or about 470 binge drinks per binge drinker, according to a first-of-its-kind study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC researchers found that 1 in 6, or 37 million, adults binge drink about once a week, consuming an average of seven drinks per binge. Read the CDC article here (March 16, 2018).
How much damage does excessive drinking really do? Take a look at this helpful infographic created by University of Illinois at Chicago’s Online Master of Science in Health Informatics degree program (2018) to show the variety of detrimental effects done by excess drinking.
A large organization of cancer doctors has issued a call to action to minimize alcohol consumption. Read the position statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) of how risk of head, neck, esophageal, colorectal and female breast cancers, in particular, increase with alcohol consumption (11/8/2017).
University life often includes alcohol use, which can sometimes cause harm. Yet harm can also extend beyond the drinker, such as “secondhand harm” that is caused by intoxicated people: accidents or domestic, physical, or sexual violence; interrupted sleep or property destruction; and arguments, problems with relationships, or financial problems (7/20/17).
Use this CDC Fact Sheet “Alcohol Use and Your Health” to understand the short and long term health effects of excessive alcohol use (2015).
There are many possible prevention strategies to reduce the number of sexual assaults on American college campuses. But perhaps no prevention strategy has as much potential as exploring the relationship between campus sexual assaults and alcohol (December 2, 2015).
Based on national surveys between 2002 and 2012, male and female drinking patterns are becoming more alike in the US (November 23, 2015).
Smokers with a history of problem drinking are at at greater risk of relapsing into alcoholism, than those who quit smoking. The research done by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health is summarized in Recovering Alcoholics: Quit Smoking to Stay Sober (Oct. 1, 2015).
The legal drinking age is tied to high school dropout rates. The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs compared dropout rates in the 1970s and 1980s, when the legal drinking age was lowered in many states to 18, to dropout rates since the federal legislation returned the legal drinking age to 21 nationwide. The results – high school drop rates were 4 to 13% higher when the legal drinking age was lowered to 18.
Alcohol content in some beer is rising, from the typical 5% ABV (alcohol by volume) to up to 9%. Craft beers or high-gravity beers often have higher ABV.
SAMHSA report shows steady decline in underage drinking from 2002-2013. Yet, alcohol remains the most widely used substance of abuse for youths aged 12 to 20.
Using marijuana and alcohol together increases the concentration of THC in the blood and poses serious questions for road safety.
Extending bar hours poses a danger to states, cities, and communities. Massachusetts, Michigan, California, and Colorado have wrestled with the issue, most deciding against extending bar hours due to additional to law enforcement costs and lowered quality of life for residents.
Alcohol is still the deadliest drug. Surveys conducted in 2014 show that alcohol remains, by far, the drug most associated with violent crime. 40% of those incarcerated for violent crimes had been drinking at the time they committed these offenses.
Alcohol’s Affects on your Brain and Body– watch this excellent two minute video by Dr. Samuel Ball as he summarizes the effects of alcohol on the brain and body.
A Positive Unintended Consequence – read how alcohol-control law may curb partner abuse. This article summarizes research published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs which contends there is a correlation between the number of alcohol outlets in a community and the incidence of intimate partner violence.
Stanford study reveals fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalence in US. Nearly 5 percent of US children may be affected by FASD according to a new study published in Pediatrics.
Watch this 60 second video to learn how even minor alcohol consumption can impact a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Author Scott Stevens has created a series of minute long Youtube videos on a variety of alcohol related topics. Search Sobriety :60 or Scott Stevens on www.youtube.com to learn more.
Drinking behind 1 in 10 deaths of working-age adults. Read the full article by Frank Pompa and Hoai-Tran Bui, USA Today, June 27, 2014.
What is excessive alcohol use? Read the article by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 26, 2014.
Energy drinks, alcohol don’t mix, study finds. Read the article by Anna Orso, Chicago Tribune, December 4, 2013.
Alcohol Most Common “Date Rape” Drug, Law Enforcement Officials Say. Read the article by Join Together Staff, October 29, 2013
Excessive Alcohol Use Costs $223.5 Billion Annually, according to a new study by the CDC. Read the article by Join Together Staff, August 14, 2013, Drugfree.Org/Join-Together. Click here to view the CDC’s findings as published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Alcohol may generate revenue, but at what cost? Read the article by Chris Woodward (August 30, 2013), OneNewsNow.com
Booze Prices Went Up, But Americans Too Drunk To Notice. Read the article by Kyle Stock, July 31, 2013, Bloomberg Businessweek.
New Threshold Urged on Drunken Driving. Read the article by Amy Schatz, May 15, 2013, The Wall Street Journal On-line
Study cites beer as easiest substance to obtain. Read the study by The National Center on Substance Abuse at Columbia University.
Alcohol and Crime. Read the article by Katti Gray, May 27, 2013, The Crime Report.org
Alcohol and Other Drugs and the Elderly. Read the article by Richard A. Friedman, M.D., April 29, 2013, The New York Times/New Old Age Blogs
Without alcohol, red wine is still beneficial. Read the article by the American Heart Association, Circulation Research.
Even moderate consumption may decrease new brain cells. Read the article published by Neuroscience Journal, November 2012.
Sermon – Take it From A Drink Like Me, by Jim Spruce.