Status Report on Alcohol and Health in 35 European-Countries
The third leading risk for burden of disease in Europe is alcohol use, and alcohol consumption is almost double the global average. The European Region was the first WHO region to adopt a policy instrument for Member States in 1992, and most recently, an action plan for the implementation of the global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol in 2011. The report is divided into three parts. Part 1 covers consumption and harm. Part 2 covers the policy response in the 10 action areas of the European action plan. Part 3 is a new way of presenting the major steps or milestones in the development of policy and action to reduce alcohol-related harm by country and year from 2006 to 2012.
A Report on the Excess Burden of Cancer Among Men in the Republic of Ireland
The report provides a most valuable overview of the significant issues influencing male mortality and cancer risk. While genetic risk factors for developing cancer can be attributed to a proportion of cancer incidences across a number of cancer sites, lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol use, diet and obesity impact significantly upon cancer incidence and are considerably more important. This report makes a number of recommendations around alcohol in Ireland. A recent study on the burden of alcohol consumption on incidence of cancer in eight European countries reported that up to 10% of cancers in men and 3% of cancers in women may be attributed to alcohol consumption. In the Republic of Ireland, the most recent SLÃN data indicates that men are approximately twice as likely as women to report drinking over the weekly limit and to binge drink.
The impact of the Alcohol Act on off-trade alcohol sales in Scotland
Researchers at NHS Health Scotland and the University of Glasgow found that the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act which included a ban on multi-buy promotions, was associated with a 4% drop in the amount of wine sold in Scotland's supermarkets and off-licences. In the year since the Act was introduced, there was a 2.6% decrease in the amount of alcohol sold per adult in Scotland.