Bicyclist Deaths Rise in U.S., Men Are Likely Victims

Biking deaths rose 12 percent in 2015, the latest year for which figures are available, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Source: Bicyclist Deaths Rise in U.S., Men Are Likely Victims

818 fatalities, average age 45, 72% at non-crossroad locations and in 37% alcohol was a factor.

Study finds tens of millions of Americans drink alcohol at dangerously high levels – National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Nearly 32 million adults in the United States (13 percent of the U.S. population aged 18 and older) consumed more than twice the number of drinks considered binge drinking on at least one occasion, according to a 2013 survey that asked about past-year drinking. This higher level of drinking is associated with increased health and safety risks. A report of the findings is online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (link is external). The study was conducted by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Source: Study finds tens of millions of Americans drink alcohol at dangerously high levels | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

This is depressing.  I need another beer.

Risky alcohol consumption can increase at time of retirement — ScienceDaily

Of retiring employees, 12 percent increased their risky drinking at the time of retirement. However, for most people, there was no change in risky level alcohol consumption around the time of retirement: 81 percent sustained healthy drinking during the follow-up, and in 7 percent of the participants risky drinking was constant, although they experienced a slow decline in risky level alcohol consumption after retirement. In the study, the levels for risky drinking were 24 units per week for men and 16 units for women, or passing out due to extreme alcohol consumption.

Source: Risky alcohol consumption can increase at time of retirement — ScienceDaily

I cannot recall passing out from alcohol so I guess I’m OK.

Alcohol and the Heart: Moderation Still Best – Medpage Today

Source: Alcohol and the Heart: Moderation Still Best | Medpage Today

Source: Alcohol’s Link to Cardiovascular Disease Not So Simple — Physician’s First Watch

Source: Association between clinically recorded alcohol consumption and initial presentation of 12 cardiovascular diseases: population based cohort study using linked health records | The BMJ

Lifestyle Changes in Plain English:

If you don’t drink alcohol, start drinking to reduce your risk of cardiac diseases.

If you drink alcohol heavily, decrease consumption to reduce your risk of cardiac diseases.

 

 

American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR): CRU: Report: Obesity and 3 Daily Alcoholic Drinks Increase Liver Cancer Risk

The report also reaffirms the clear link between alcohol consumption and liver cancer, and for the first time quantifies the amount at which risk for liver cancer rises. “We now have a little more precision on the alcohol-liver cancer link,” said Hursting. “Getting above three drinks a day seems to dramatically impact the tumorigenic process and increase risk.”

via American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR): CRU: Report: Obesity and 3 Daily Alcoholic Drinks Increase Liver Cancer Risk.

More coffee!  Less beer!

 

SUD CAGE and AUDIT

Excessive alcohol use adversely affects an estimated 38 million (30%) adults in the United States, but surprisingly, only 1 out 6 say they talk to their doctor, nurse, or healthcare professional about drinking

via Physician’s Weekly for Medical News, Opinions, Features Articles.

So why do we continue to use outdated and perfectly useless alcohol questionnaires in our business when AUDIT and CAGE are much more effective?