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Academics ‘appalled’ at alcohol report – In the News

John Kerr posted in on January 14th, 2016.

Two academics have slammed an industry-funded report claiming alcohol has little impact on night-time violence in Australia and New Zealand. Researchers Nicki Jackson from the University of Auckland and Professor Kypros Kypri from the University of Otago and the University of Newcastle in Australia, published their critique of a report funded by the alcohol industry this week in […]

Minimum alcohol price impact on drinkers – In the News

John Kerr posted in on December 18th, 2015.

A new study has stirred up discussion on imposing a minimum price per standard drink to curb heavy and dangerous drinking. The authors of a survey of dependent drinkers at an Auckland clinic conclude that “it seems likely that a minimum pricing regime would result in an overall reduction in alcohol consumption” in this group. […]

Drinker survey and minimum alcohol price – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on December 18th, 2015.

A minimum price on alcohol is unlikely to drive drinkers to criminal or dangerous behaviour, say the authors of a new study. Previous studies have suggested that imposing a minimum price per standard drink of alcohol could reduce harmful alcohol consumption. Last year a Ministry of Justice report explored the possibility of a minimum price […]

Drinking in pregnancy research – In the news

John Kerr posted in on July 8th, 2015.

New research examining women’s alcohol consumption before and during pregnancy has garnered international media attention. The study, published in BMJ Open, pulled together data from several large scale surveys, covering over 17,000 pregnant women the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The authors found that rates of alcohol consumption varied between countries and even between […]

Drinking in pregnancy ‘common’ – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on July 8th, 2015.

Drinking alcohol while pregnant is common, reveals a study of first time mothers in UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. However much of this could be due mums-to-be being unaware early in their pregnancy, says a Kiwi researcher. The new research, published in BMJ Open, combined data from several recent studies to examine the use […]

Public health researchers under attack – editorial

John Kerr posted in on December 5th, 2014.

Public health researchers are calling for greater integrity in policy making and an end to the attack strategies which have spilled out of the political sphere and into  academia. In an editorial for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health,  Prof Boyd Swinburn and Michael Moore decry the rise of attack politics the […]

Water won’t beat new booze limit – The Dominion Post

Laura Goodall posted in on December 1st, 2014.

From today, the drink-drive limit has been lowered to 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath or 50 milligrams per 100ml of blood. The law change aims to reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes – which have killed or injured about 6400 New Zealanders over the past 10 years. Michael Forbes at The Dominion Post looked at the science behind how […]

Heavy-drinking Kiwis go for cheaper alcohol

John Kerr posted in on March 4th, 2014.

New results from an international alcohol research collaboration show that heavy-drinking New Zealanders tend to buy cheaper, off-premise alcohol, and purchase it at later times. The survey of the purchasing behaviour of New Zealanders at on- and off-premise outlets covered 1,900 drinkers aged 18 years and older. The results showed that heavier drinkers were more […]

Drink driving limits – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 5th, 2013.

The Government plans to lower the legal blood alcohol limit from 80 to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood for drivers aged over 20. The new legislation is to be put before parliament before the end of the year. The new regime will impose civil infringements on drivers with between 50 and […]

‘No safe limit’ – experts respond to alcohol during pregnancy research

John Kerr posted in on June 22nd, 2012.

New research suggests low and moderate drinking in early pregnancy is not associated with adverse neuropsychological effects in children, but Kiwi experts say the findings are “no reason for pregnant mums to pop the champagne”. Danish researchers have produced a series of five papers looking at the effects of low, moderate, high and binge drinking […]

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