Alcohol use contributes to over 200 different diseases, injuries, and conditions. It is also a risk factor for gender-based violence and violent crime.
Certain factors can disrupt the gut microbiota. These include our diet, alcohol consumption, antibiotics and inflammatory bowel disease.
A new study shows that the gut microbiota has little or no effect on our weight, metabolism and risk of developing chronic diseases.
You might think it’s fine to have a few with friends before heading for a night out, but alcohol-related harms actually increase with pre-drinking.
Drinking is going out of fashion among young people in some parts of the world, but not others.
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Young people in high-income countries now drink much less than their counterparts 20 years ago. But the opposite is happening in developing countries. Why? Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
A hunter in France takes aim on 21 August 2021. The consumption of alcohol or drugs during hunting makes the practice dangerous even for hunters themselves.
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A recent French Senate report calling on a ban on alcohol use while hunting has prompted the wrath of the country’s hunting lobby. Do its arguments hold water?
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Older people with COVID are at higher risk of a new Alzheimer’s diagnosis within a year of testing positive. Vaccination against viral infection remains one of several important preventative measures.
Researchers are working to tease apart how various alcohol types contribute to weight gain and disease risk.
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Research has been inconclusive on the degree to which drinking alcohol leads to the growth of harmful fat. But a new study suggests that beer and spirits are far bigger culprits than wine.
Prohibition did little to ease Americans’ love of liquor.
The era of Prohibition, which began in 1920 and ended in 1933, left many legacies – more modest drinking was not among them.
Queenslanders are drinking heavily when they go out and breathalyser tests show most don’t realise how drunk they are.
Even after ‘Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence’ policies took effect in 2016, Queenslanders still drink more heavily on nights out. Reported levels of aggression are higher than in other states too.
There’s no direct evidence that taxing sugary drinks will lead to more consumption of alcohol.
A recent study was reported as saying a sugar tax would have us drinking more alcohol. But the study didn’t establish this fact. The results were mixed with no evidence one thing caused another.
Hedonism and pleasure is what drives much binge drinking. So let’s provide people with alternative ways of having fun, but without the alcohol.
Hedonism has a complex relationship with binge drinking – part cause, part solution. Here’s why.
Bottleshops affect the health and well-being of people across the suburb, not just the health of people who buy the alcohol.
There’s growing evidence the location and density of bottleshops influences the health and well-being of locals, particularly in disadvantaged areas.
Giving up alcohol for a month might help you feel better in the short term, but no-one knows if taking part in these campaigns promotes long-term healthy drinking habits.
Many of us might be tempted to give up alcohol for a month as part of a highly publicised campaign, like Dry July. But how successful are these campaigns and how do you measure any long-term benefits?
Alcohol use is traditionally higher among men than women but new evidence suggests this is changing.
Women are catching up to men in rates of alcohol consumption and this has important implications for how we think about our community response to harmful alcohol use.
A recent advert for South Africa’s Castle Lager.
Removing alcohol brands as sponsors of sports events could help reduce the trend of young people drinking.
Alcohol companies are aware some Australians drink to dangerous levels – and they target their marketing at them.
If all the “super consumers” reduced their drinking to the recommended two-drinks-a-day average, alcohol sales would fall by 39%.
If the only liquid you consume is alcoholic, you’ll become dehydrated, especially in warmer climates.
Why does drinking too much leave you feeling so rotten?
South Africans consume more than five billion litres of alcohol each year. The Department of Trade and Industry is introducing a new alcohol policy to change the country’s drinking habits.
With South Africa’s consumption levels higher than the worldwide average, interventions to change the country’s drinking habits are critical.