Feb 212012
 

Yet another scare story about the dangers of alcohol: BBC: 210,000 people face alcohol death risk, warn doctors Independent: Doctors warn on alcohol deaths NHS Choices: Alcohol ‘could kill 210,000 in next 20 years’ What proportion of deaths is this? This is about 10,500 people a year. Every year, more than 500,000 people die in the UK. So this is about 2% of all deaths! (This is the lowest estimate for the proportion of deaths by alcohol that I’ve seen! Normally the figures tend to be about 3% overall, but typically 4% or more for men). What about lives saved . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Aug 302011
 
Alcohol consumption - discussion

This is the 3rd of a 3-part discussion on alcohol drinking guidelines: Part 1: Alcohol consumption at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Part 2: Alcohol consumption – science and politics Part 3: This article Preamble I started this 3-part discussion because of the recommendations in the report “Our invisible addicts” by the Royal College of Psychiatrists about alcohol guidelines in the over-64s. They were wrong on a number of levels. Much of the literature on alcohol consumption suffers from one of the errors made by that report: there is a failure to see the issue from the individual drinker’s perspective. . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Aug 292011
 
Alcohol consumption - science and politics

This is the 2nd of a 3-part discussion on alcohol drinking guidelines: Part 1: Alcohol consumption at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Part 2: This article Part 3: Alcohol consumption – discussion Via Twitter, 2020Health say they will publish a report ‘Risky drinking’ in October. The Daily Mail and Telegraph have written about it, perhaps from a press release. I’m confident that it won’t say anything significant that I don’t already know, but if it does I’ll comment eventually. Lack of information Are the following questions reasonable? “If my alcohol drinking pattern and quantity is X, what is my increased . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Aug 242011
 

This is the 1st of a 3-part discussion on alcohol drinking guidelines: Part 1: This article Part 2: Alcohol consumption – science and politics Part 3: Alcohol consumption – discussion In June 2011, the Royal College of Psychiatrists published a report “Our invisible addicts” which contained some sloppy analysis that was rightly ridiculed in the media. The Daily Mail has re-opened the discussion, perhaps to fill up spare column-inches: Why an extra glass of wine (or three) does more harm to older drinkers. This gives me an excuse to post some analysis I did before I started this blog. Sloppy . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]