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Quitting alcohol may improve health-related quality of life for women, especially their mental well-being, according to a study from Hong Kong published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Dr. Ni. "Our findings suggest caution in recommendations that moderate drinking could improve health-related quality of life. Instead, quitting drinking may be associated with a more favourable change in mental well-being, approaching the level of lifetime abstainers."

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No Such Thing as ‘Safe’ Teen Drinking!

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  • Cannabis users found to be 5 times more likely to develop alcohol problem
  • Marijuana use also increases likelihood of drug dependency, experts say
  • They warn pot smokers will also be more likely to develop a smoking habit
  • Experts say 'adverse psychiatric outcomes' should be considered by doctors when considering the best treatment for patients Alcoholics, who did not use the drug, were significantly more likely to be seeking treatment in rehab, within three years, according to scientists at Columbia University and the City University of New York.

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This article is from the June 28, 2019 of The Herald Sun Digital Edition, Reporter, AARON LANGMAID  

MIDDLE aged men have been identified as the most common victims of coward punch attacks with alarming research revealing the average age is actually trending up. 

Males in their 50s have been identified as the most likely to be targeted in random acts of violence. 

The research from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine showed there had been 127 coward punch attacks in Australia from 2000-16 . 

The study also found: ALCOHOL was a contributing factor in 73 per cent of cases; MOST deaths occurred at homes, pubs or clubs between 12pm and 3am; and NINETY-four per cent of victims were men. 

A decrease in the prevalence of drinking in young people — and the success of campaigns to end the random attacks — have been pinpointed as a factor in the results. 

Monash University Senior Research Fellow Jennifer Schumann said  “While the data is focused on the number of associated deaths, just as many victims survive and few get away without permanent physical, mental or psychological disability. 

“Survivors never really get better. They just learn to adapt.” 

For complete article can be found https://www.heraldsun.com.au/.  

and full Forensic Report can be obtained at  https://www.vifm.org/wp-content/uploads/Cowards-Punch-Research-Update-2019.pdf

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June 14, 2019

The rate of chronic liver disease in Queensland is rising, with experts warning the state has only dealt with the “tip of the iceberg” if more is not done to combat the debilitating condition.

Researchers from QIMR Berghofer medical research institute looked at every patient admitted to hospital in Queensland with chronic liver disease over a nine year period from 2008 to 2016.

Over that time, there was a 62 per cent increase in the number of patients being treated for the chronic liver condition cirrhosis at Queensland hospitals, from 2701 admissions in 2008 to 4367 in 2016.

“Also patients in the early stages of cirrhosis don’t have any symptoms, so they may not even know they have it.”

The lead researcher, Princess Alexandra Hospital hepatologist Elizabeth Powell, said the study found excessive alcohol consumption accounted for 55 per cent of all the cases of cirrhosis.

“Just as we’re seeing an epidemic of obesity and type-2 diabetes, fatty liver is the liver complication of the metabolic syndrome, so it’s something the needs to be recognised and looked for,” she said.

The overall deaths from cirrhosis-related admissions to hospitals was 9.7 per cent for men and 9.3 per cent for women.

The study results have been published in the journal EClinical Medicine.

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