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Alcohol use leads to domestic violence

A new study from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has suggested that alcohol use is more likely to lead to violence between partners than marijuana. 

Research among college students found that men under the influence of alcohol are more likely to perpetrate physical, psychological or sexual aggression against their partners than men under the influence of marijuana. Women, on the other hand, were more likely to be physically and psychologically aggressive under the influence of alcohol but, unlike men, they were also more likely to be psychologically aggressive under the influence of marijuana.
The research has implications for domestic violence intervention and prevention programs. The studies were conducted by Ryan Shorey, apsychology doctoral student; Gregory Stuart, a psychology professor; Todd Moore, an associate psychology professor; and James McNulty, an associate professor of social psychology at Florida State University. The researchers' goal was to find correlations …

"No" to the funeral prayer (Janazah) for drunkards by Muslims in Bihar

PATNA – In a bid to curb the unhealthy practice, a group of Muslim scholars in India's northern state of Bihar have launched a campaign against alcohol consumption, deciding not to perform the funeral prayer (Janazah) for drunkards. “It is a historic decision not to offer funeral prayers of the drunkards who die,” Hafiz Maulana Mahtab Alam Makhdumi, an Imams of Bihar's Nalanda district, told Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) on Sunday, January 12. “We hope that it will send a strong massage among Muslims not to consume liquor.” Why Is Alcohol Forbidden? Alcohol: Dangerous, But Why? The scholars’ decision was announced on Saturday during the meeting of the Anjuman Faizane Mustafa Committee at Biharsharief, the headquarters of Nalanda. Taking rigid decisions to prevent the growing practice, the scholars applied a symbolic punishment for the drunkards by socially boycotting them. Escalating the opposition, the scholars warned that if there were no response to the boycott, they won'…

Alcohol can also give you cancer:.. Lancet/WHO

Tipplers beware: Alcohol leads to cancer of the mouth, throat, and food pipe. Prestigious international medical journal Oral Oncology has said it in its latest edition for the first time. The research has now become an important tool for Indian oncologists and experts who played a major role in bringing tobacco control in India. They are now gearing up to form a comprehensive alcohol control law and include it in government public health campaigns. Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, oral cancer surgeon at the Tata Memorial cancer hospital in Parel, said: “Lancet and WHO had in the past reported about the overall side-effects of alcohol consumptiom. This is the first time that we are talking about alcohol and cancer. The prevalence may seem low compared to western countries but the prevalence of heavy drinking among men is quite high here.” The study links alcohol consumption to cancers in the upper aerodigestive tract (UADT). This includes cancer of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx and esophagus. “…

Doctors Association of Kashmir to file PIL for banning alcohol in Kashmir

Srinagar Jan 9: A day after Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, asked government to ban alcohol in Kashmir, the Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has decided to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a ban on its sale and consumption in the Valley.  In a statement, DAK President, Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan, said that it would file the PIL on medical grounds. “DAK has been working for better patient care and to protect the human lives. We feel that alcohol is dangerous for human health as it has caused scores of deaths,” Dr Nisar said.    He said that consumption of alcohol has been identified as a major social evil globally. “And the Constitution of India under article 47 in the directive principle of state policy clears states that ‘the State shall endeavor to bring about prohibition of the use and trade of alcohol.”   He said liquor has been banned in various states. “The Gujarat government introduced a bill in its assembly to amend the prohibition law callin…

Alcohol a major threat to health ,safety and security of citizens...

Expressing concern over rising incidents of crime near liquor vends, a  here has asked the  government to revisit existing policies on prohibition of sale and consumption of alcohol and drugs to ensure safety of citizens. 

The court noted that areas around liquor vends, being opened in large numbers in the national capital, have been identified as spots high on criminal activities like snatching, robberies, quarrels, molestations and eve-teasing being done by habitual and compulsive alcoholics. 

"Undoubtedly, the alcohol industry is an enormous global industry providing employment to thousands and large revenue to the government and any prohibition or ban to alcohol (either partial or total) would adversely affect major source of funding for public services and tax revenues. 

"However, this cannot happen at the cost of public health, security, safety and morality. 

"With a large number of liquor vends mushrooming all over the city, it is necessary and so am I hope…

Alcohol, tobacco, drug use higher in mentally ill says study

Rates of smoking, drinking and drug use are significantly higher among those who have psychotic disorders than among those in the general population, a new US study has claimed. 

The study by researchers at  University School of Medicine in St Louis and the University of Southern California is the largest ever assessment of substance use among people with severe psychiatric illness. 

The finding is of particular concern because individuals with severe mental illness are more likely to die younger than people without severe psychiatric disorders, researchers said. 

"These patients tend to pass away much younger, with estimates ranging from 12 to 25 years earlier than individuals in the general population," said first author Sarah M Hartz, assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University. 

"They don't die from drug overdoses or commit suicide - the kinds of things you might suspect in severe psychiatric illness. They die from heart disease and cancer, …