Why should Australians limit their alcohol?

12th April 2017 •   posted in

Alcohol, cancer, drinking, man

A large body of evidence consistently shows that consumption of alcohol is a risk factor for cancer.   Drinking alcohol increases the risk of: mouth & throat cancer (larynx and pharynx) stomach and oesophageal cancer bowel cancer (colon and rectum) liver cancer female breast cancer. It’s not just heavy drinking – even small amounts of alcohol increases risk, but the more you drink, the greater Read more..

Watch your step, drinkers!

22nd March 2017 •   posted in

non-violence related injuries

We know alcohol related injuries worldwide account for more than a third of the burden of disease associated with alcohol, a recent study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health examined the demographics and substance use of patrons of Australian night time entertainment districts who have non-violent alcohol related injuries.  These injuries Read more..

Your Brain Matters

15th March 2017 •   posted in

We have all heard about the benefits of looking after our bodies, but what about our brains? This week is Brain Awareness Week and there are lots of easy ways that you can look after your brain health. To protect your most valuable asset, the Act on Alcohol Team are encouraging all Queenslanders to focus Read more..

Fathers and alcohol consumption during pregnancy

9th March 2017 •   posted in

father, pregnant, baby, infant, conception, pregnancy, social, alcohol

Alcohol consumption during preconception and pregnancy is generally considered to be the prospective mother’s responsibility, with many current international alcohol policy guidelines recommending the reduction or non-use of alcohol by pregnant women. However, research suggests that decisions about alcohol use can often be influenced by others, in particular the prospective father. The National Drug Research Read more..

Yes, you can take community action!

1st February 2017 •   posted in

So… you want to take action in your local community to reduce alcohol harm?  Well, here’s some good news and a great blueprint for changing local community cultural norms by challenging community beliefs. The good is news comes from research into under-age drinking.  Every three years the Australian Department of Health commissions a study called Read more..

Six ways to maximize your Australia Day fun

25th January 2017 •   posted in

Australia Day is celebrated by much of Australia’s population with barbeques, picnics, partying to the Hottest 100 and fun in the sun.  It also is a day many people drink too much alcohol and act on impulses to swim, drive or get violent while drunk, resulting in a dramatic increase in presentations to hospitals. A Read more..

Weight loss and impulsivity

23rd December 2016 •   posted in

Many of us struggle with maintaining a healthy weight, especially over the Christmas silly season when we eat more, drink more and exercise less – consequently with the New Year many will have resolutions to lose weight.  A recent study[i] showed that people involved in a 26 week behaviour modification weight loss program found that Read more..

Unique effects of caffeinated alcohol consumption in adolescents

2nd June 2016 •   posted in

Heavy joint consumption of highly caffeinated energy drinks and alcohol has become more common among adolescents/young adults, and has been associated with an increase of hazardous behaviors. However, virtually no research has explored caffeine and alcohol co-consumption or its long-term consequences in adolescent animals. This animal study seeks to understand the neurobehavioral consequences of this Read more..

Breast cancer risk rises even with light alcohol use

2nd June 2016 •   posted in

A new analysis concludes that all levels of alcohol use – even light drinking – are associated with raised risk for breast cancer, with higher consumption linked to higher risk. The researchers also summarize the biological mechanism behind the link and the impact on global breast cancer incidence and deaths due to drinking. Read more: Read more..