Tagged: drinking

Anti-fluoridationists rejection of IQ studies in fluoridated area. - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 04, 2018

US anti-fluoride activist Paul Connett claims studies cannot detect an IQ effect from fluoridated water because total fluoride intake is the real problem – but still campaigns against community water fluoridation. Image credit: MSoF “Activist Spouts Nonsense – The Evidence Supports Fluoridation” This is another article in my critique of the presentation Paul Connett prepared to present to a … Read More

There are four types of drinker – which one are you? - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 20, 2018

Emmanuel Kuntsche, La Trobe University and Sarah Callinan, La Trobe University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. It’s easy to see alcohol consumption being a result of thousands of years of ritual and a lifetime of habit. But have you ever stopped to consider why it is you … Read More

NZ Health Survey drinking statistics - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 20, 2017

The Press reports that the new NZ Health Survey data is up. Smoking rates are down; obesity’s up. Here’s how they describe the drinking stats: Meanwhile, 748,000 people, or 19.5 per cent of the adult population are considered “hazardous drinkers”, according to a World Health Organisation definition, which takes into account a combination of factors including binge drinking, dependency, … Read More

Alcohol access and harms in the military - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 29, 2017

A large sample study of American enlisted soldiers, who turned 21 while enlisted, found large increases in alcohol consumption at the birthday but no increase in harms consequent to that consumption: no meaningful effect on suicidal tendencies, depression, tobacco use, physical fitness, psychological health, deployability, smoking, or job-related infractions. Recall too that, following Boes & Stillman, the RDD … Read More

Maybe moderate drinking isn’t so good for you after all - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 04, 2017

By Andy Towers, Massey University We generally assume moderate drinking (two standard drinks per day) is good for our health. This idea comes from studies over the past three decades showing moderate drinkers are healthier and less likely to die prematurely than those who drink more, less, or don’t drink at all. I would be glad if this … Read More

Water intoxication: are we drowning in advice to drink more fluids? - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 05, 2016

Matthew Haines, University of Huddersfield A recent BMJ Case Report outlined the story of a 59-year-old woman who went to A&E after experiencing pain when urinating and abdominal pain. Her symptoms were consistent with urinary tract infection (UTI, commonly referred to by some as cystitis) for which she was prescribed antibiotics and painkillers. During her visit … Read More

Alcohol restrictions: Availability theory and inventories - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 06, 2016

It never made sense to me that restricting bottle shop hours would have any particular effect on alcohol consumption. It’s an empirical question obviously, but surely people hold inventories against periods of lack of supply. The only time I was caught out was when I didn’t know that Virginia ended bottle sales at 10pm when I was a grad … Read More

The ever-reliable Alcohol Healthwatch on teen drinking - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 20, 2016

Whatever the survey, Alcohol Healthwatch is going to say it shows that the government needs to crack down on booze. From RNZ’s reporting on the latest survey: An alcohol watchdog hopes a survey that shows more than one in four teens aged between 15 and 17 often drink a risky amount of alcohol serves as a sharp wake-up call. Read More

Surveying heavy drinkers - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 18, 2015

The latest NZMJ has a couple of pieces on alcohol minimum pricing. The editorial from British Columbia researcher Tim Stockwell lauds minimum pricing’s successes in BC, though I think he there overstates the case – especially where some of his own work in British Columbia makes a hash of things by using regional CPI within B.C. to get differences … Read More

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