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New Zealand doesn’t have a culture of youth drinking – Andy Towers

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 4th, 2017.

Massey University’s Dr Andy Towers is tired of hearing that New Zealand has a ‘youth drinking culture’, he writes in the Dominion Post. Drinking isn’t a ‘youth culture issue’, it’s a New Zealand culture issue. An excerpt (read in full): A potted history of New Zealand shows we’ve always had an alcohol problem. In colonial […]

Could a couple of beers a day damage your brain? – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 7th, 2017.

Just a couple of stubbies a night, or a glass or two of wine, could be damaging your brain, say UK researchers, though independent experts caution the study can’t show cause-and-effect. Studying the cognitive capabilities of people over 30 years, the scientists found moderate drinking – 14 – 21 units of alcohol a week – may […]

Researchers call for ban on alcohol marketing in sport – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 13th, 2017.

A paper published overnight in the New Zealand Medical Journal has added to the call to ban alcohol marketing and sponsorship from sports. Researchers at the University of Otago surveyed five televised sporting events over the 2014-15 summer and found audiences were exposed to between 1.6 and 3.8 alcohol brands per minute and up to […]

Alcohol advertising remains prominent in televised sport – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 13th, 2017.

Audiences of televised sport remain exposed to high rates of alcohol marketing and sponsorship, according to a new study. The research, published on Friday in the New Zealand Medical Journal, surveyed televised sports over the 2014-15 summer and found audiences were exposed to between 1.6 and 3.8 alcohol brands per minute. In an accompanying editorial, […]

Lifestyle changes could cut bowel cancer burden – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 16th, 2016.

Targeting six lifestyle factors could considerably reduce bowel cancer rates, according to a new study investigating risk factors for the disease. Published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, the study examined the bowel cancer risk factors associated with obesity, alcohol consumption, smoking and consuming red and processed meat – plus the benefits associated with […]

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 […]

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