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Australia, Home of the Drunken Brawl

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australia, Home of the Drunken Brawl

Australia, Home of the Drunken Brawl-447723Australian Media, over the past couple of weekends, have highlighted the nations problem with alcohol. Headlines such as “Take Back the Streets, Two Nights of Living Hell and Police stabbed in Drunken Brawl” splashed across the front pages of the nations newspapers.

In New South Wales the Premier and Police Commissioner gave a press conference after a weekend of alcohol-fuelled violence which saw 540 arrests in one weekend. Police claim the arrests are evidence that messages about sensible drinking are not getting through, and that simply putting more officers on the street will not solve the problem.

However, the weekends arrests only came after a national police crackdown on drinking – Operation Unite last weekend, Rushmore this weekend – the reality is police operations are entirely symbolic, alcohol and drug fueled violence is an ongoing reality in Australia, not a one-off weekend of over-exuberant drinking.

A quick skip through the nations newspapers confirms the problem is national, and just like the management of the problem – alcoholism – no overbearing solution has been offered for what looks like a nation of overdrinkers.

If only it were that simple. The latest trend for revellers is a dangerous cocktail of alcohol and ice. The combination of a drug that increases stupidity – alcohol – and an illicit substance – methamphetamine – that causes uncontrollable anger and aggression has taken a solid hold in the Australian party scene  :: Read the full article »»»»


Chinese Tree Offers Hope For Alcoholics

Posted: January 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Chinese Tree Offers Hope For Alcoholics

Read the full article »»»»Researchers at the University of California – UCLA –  are investigating a 500-year-old Chinese hangover cure in the hope they can put its properties into a pill to help alcoholics and stave off hangovers. Alcoholism is a huge problem globally, killing 2.5 million people each year according to the World Health Organization. There has been serious research recently looking for drugs that stop people drinking, or at least encourage them to drink less.

In an article published in the latest issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, they describe how dihydromyricetin blocks the action of alcohol on the brain and neurons and also reduces voluntary alcohol consumption, with no major side effects, in an early study with rats. Only an estimated 13 percent of people identified as having an alcohol use disorder receive medical treatment, partly due to a lack of effective medications without major side effects. Read the full article »»»»