Tag Archives: binge drinking

Kombucha Tea May Face Regulation as Alcoholic Beverage

The U.S. Treasury Department says that the kombucha variety of tea — which can ferment in the bottle — may be classified as an alcoholic beverage for regulatory purposes, the New York Times reported June 25. The agency said that …

Join Together News Roundup for June 28, 2010

Parents who are tough but compassionate towards their kids are best at preventing underage drinking ... Republican lawmakers are trying to block D.C.’s medical-marijuana law (again) ... Vermont candidates for governor debate decriminalization ... Mothers-to-be should be tested for tobacco use and exposure, U.K. health officials recommend ... …

Vt. Gubernatorial Candidates Debate Drug Policy at Recovery Forum

Seven candidates for governor in Vermont clashed over a proposal to decriminalize drugs at a recent forum sponsored by Friends of Recovery Vermont, the Rutland Herald reported June 24.Democrat Peter Shumlin, currently president pro tem of the state Senate, has …

ER Docs Object to Prescription Drug Monitoring Requirements

Pain doctors have long clashed with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) over opiate-based pain medications, and now Angela Gardner, the head of the American College of Emergency Physicians is warning against making doctors "pain police." Gardner objected to proposals that would require physicans -- including ER docs -- to search a database for patients’ drug-use history before prescribing drugs. Requiring that prescription information be recorded to the database also could discourage some patients from getting proper care, Gardner said. "As an emergency physician, I can assure you that the drug abusers who use the emergency room simply to get a prescription-drug fix represent a micropopulation of the 120-million patients who seek emergency care every year in the USA" ... …

Psychological Problems Rise with Secondhand Smoke Exposure

People who are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke had much higher levels of mental-health problems than those who are not exposed, according to a new study that also found that risk of being admitted to a psychiatric hospital nearly tripled …

Laura Nissen to Depart Reclaiming Futures

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Reclaiming Futures project is beginning to transition from the relatively secure world of foundation funding to the more arduous task of seeking multiple sources of support, but will have to find its way without the stewardship of longtime national program director Laura Nissen. Nissen announced on June 7 that she plans to step down in May 2011 once a successor is in place, citing a desire to "concentrate on teaching and research in my role as a faculty member at the School of Social Work at Portland State University." …

Join Together News Roundup for June 7, 2010

The ’pharming party’ may or may not be a myth, but it’s certain that high-school students are taking a lot of prescription drugs -- often without a prescription ... Drug courts are a ’top priority’ for the Justice Department, AG Holder says ... People with addictions and mental illness are big smokers, but a new study sees tax hikes as a way to get them to quit ... Big Tobacco and friends want the courts to block NYC from posting graphic antismoking warnings in stores, saying that consumers could be turned off. Isn’t that sort of the idea? …

Cigarette Taxes Cut Smoking Among People with Addictions, Mental Illness

People with mental-health problems and addictions seem to be especially sensitive to cigarette tax increases, with a 10-percent price hike translating into an 18-percent reduction in smoking, HealthDay News reported June 6. The price-related reduction in smoking was observed among …

Ohio Senate OKs Guns-in-Bars Bill

The Ohio Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation to allow concealed weapons in establishments that serve alcohol, Vindy.com reported May 29. The new law, if ratified by the House and governor, would allow concealed-carry permit holders to take weapons into bars and …

Proven Alcohol Interventions: SBI and Ad Restrictions

Eric Morris’s always-entertaining Freakonomics blog at the New York Times this week asks what works in getting people to drink less alcohol. As usual, the economist references an impressive array of research as he weighs in on the various interventions available. Morris’ conclusion: screening and brief intervention has the most promise, and while restrictions on alcohol advertising seems to work, it’s doubtful that serious curbs will ever be enacted. …