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  • A new study found that when people use alcohol and drugs together, their risk for an alcohol overdose increases.
  • The study looked at 660 patients who had experienced alcohol poisoning, passing out, or blacking out events, and found only 20 percent had been using alcohol alone.
  • The most common drug used in combination with alcohol users who experienced an alcohol overdose was marijuana.
  • When used in combination with alcohol, several drugs have the power to increase alcohol intake beyond what a person would normally consume.
  • This combination can also cause overdose symptoms to be more severe than they would with alcohol alone

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So far today police in Australia would have dealt with on average511 domestic violence matters

There has been a 26 per cent decrease in alcohol-related assaults in the Northern Territory since it introduced the country's first alcohol floor price and rolled out a range of new measures.

Key Points:

  • The Northern Territory Government's alcohol floor price came into effect in October 2018
  • Canada and Scotland are among the few other jurisdictions globally to set a floor price
  • The floor price was one of raft of recommended alcohol reforms rolled out by the NT Government

A preliminary data assessment published by the People's Alcohol Action Coalition and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) showed there was also a 21 per cent decrease overall in domestic violence incidences in the NT since the floor price's introduction on October 1, 2018 until July 31, 2019.

The floor price set a minimum amount for which alcohol can be sold at $1.30 per standard drink.

In Alice Springs, where a raft of reforms were introduced following the 2017 release of the Riley review into alcohol policies, there has been a 43 per cent reduction in alcohol-related assaults and a 38 per cent reduction in domestic violence during that same period.

Concurrently, Tennant Creek saw drops of 28 per cent for both alcohol-related assaults and domestic violence.

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One day for our global social movement to get together virtually and literally in communities around the world and celebrate the lifestyle of the 21st century.

October 3, every year, is the

World Alcohol-Free Day©.

On this day all DRINK REVOLUTIONARIES organize activities, take over social media, create alcohol free environments and spread awesomeness in their communities.

2019 World Alcohol-Free Day© Manual

Here you can get all the inspiration you need for October 3, 2019 to join this year’s World Alcohol-Free Day.

The theme is #SoFree.

For awesome activities to celebrate the alcohol-free lifestyle and all its benefits. Check it out and try it out on October 3rd.

Check out #YesToMore

Check out #MagicDrinks

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First published: 11 June 2019  https://doi.org/10.1111/add.14615

Abstract

Aims: The main aim of this study was to assess the relationship between parental attitudes towards children's alcohol use and their child's alcohol use. Secondary aims included assessing the relationship between attitudes reported by parents and those perceived by children, and between perceived parental attitudes and children's alcohol use.

Methods: Meta‐analysis of studies reporting on the associations between parental attitudes towards children's alcohol use and children's self‐reported alcohol use. Published, peer‐reviewed cross‐sectional and longitudinal studies were identified from the following databases up to April 2018: Medline, PsycINFO, EMBASE, Scopus and Web of Science. Quality assessment was performed by using guidelines developed by Hayden, Cote & Bombardier. Pooled effect sizes were calculated by using random‐effects meta‐analyses, if there were at least two studies that could be included per analysis. Of 7471 articles screened, 29 were included comprising data from 16 477 children and 15 229 parents.

Conclusions: Less restrictive parental attitudes towards children's alcohol use are associated with increases in children's alcohol use onset, alcohol use frequency and drunkenness. Children's perception of less restrictive parental attitudes is associated with children's alcohol use.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.14615

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How to use evidence to say what you want!

Conclusion:

When a headline sounds too good to be true, it usually is. There's nothing in this study to suggest that people should start drinking red wine to lose weight.

The potential effect of diet on the micro-organisms in the gut is a new and interesting field of science.

This study provides new evidence about a possible effect of substances found in red wine on the growth of micro-organisms in the gut, and suggests that this may affect the way the body works.

But the study has several limitations. Because it's cross-sectional, it shows us only a snapshot in time.

We do not know how the women's gut micro-organisms, BMI or red wine consumption changed over time.

This means we cannot say whether 1 of these factors may have been directly influencing the other.

Because it was an observational study, we do not know whether red wine was the cause of differences in BMI or gut micro-organisms.

Other factors may have been involved, such as women's overall lifestyles.

The researchers did try to adjust for the impact of some factors, but it's difficult to remove them completely.

Also, the study relied on women's reports of how much alcohol they drank. People often underestimate how much alcohol they drink.

We know there's a big downside to drinking alcohol, especially in excess. There's no "safe" level of alcohol consumption, but drinking less than 14 units of alcohol a week is considered low risk.

Regularly drinking more than this increases the risk of several types of cancer, stroke, heart disease, liver disease, brain damage and nervous system problems.

For people who enjoy an occasional glass of red wine and drink less than 14 units a week, this study suggests they may have more diverse gut flora.

But there's no reason to start drinking red wine in the hope of achieving improved gut health or losing weight. The study does not provide enough evidence of this

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