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According to the review of the Cochrane Drugs and Alcohol Group, there is no robust evidence for or against recommending the implementation of alcohol advertising restrictions. The misuse of alcoholic beverages is a significant risk factor for ill health, injury (e.g. through violent behaviour or road traffic collisions), death and social problems around the world. Advertising to promote the drinking of alcoholic beverages is very common and some parties among health groups, governments and scientists reportedly believe that restricting the…
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 11:57

Launch of new European Code Against Cancer

Launch of new European Code Against Cancer (14 October 2014) The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) launched the fourth edition of the European Code Against Cancer which recommends 12 individual actions to reduce cancer risk. Emphasizing lifestyle choices, the code recommends avoiding tobacco, harmful drinking, and excessive sun exposure, also advising Europeans to be physically active and maintain a healthy diet and body weight. This updated Code's recommendation regarding alcohol reads as follows: "If you drink alcohol of…
An Australian study examined the acceptance of cancer warning statements for alcoholic beverages among drinkers. There are increasing calls for warning labels to be placed on alcoholic beverages. Warning statements have been proposed to be an important form of providing information to the consumers. Studies evaluating the effectiveness of warning labels have concluded that significant behavioural changes have not occurred. Focus groups of Australian heavy alcohol drinkers suggested that warnings statements such as "alcohol increases your risk of cancer" may…
A Chinese meta-analysis of prospective studies supports a J-shaped dose-risk association between the consumption of alcoholic beverages and colon cancer; however, heavy alcohol drinking is associated with an increased colon cancer mortality. There is a widespread acceptance that consumption of alcoholic beverages and colorectal cancer (CRC) are causally related. However, the quantitative association between alcohol drinking and CRC mortality is still an open question. Chinese researchers carried out a systemic review and meta-analysis on epidemiological studies to quantify the risk…
The results from a Swiss study add evidence that earlier parental influences seem to have an ongoing impact on drinking patterns of young adult men. A recent study in Switzerland determined whether parental factors earlier in life (parenting, single parent family, parental substance use problem) are associated with drinking patterns among young men. The analysis is based on a population sample from the Cohort Study on Substance Use Risk Factors (C-SURF) which included 5,990 young men (average age 19.5 years)…
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