All posts tagged: alcohol abuse

Alcohol Sales in Asia Increasing Faster than GDP

Religious, social, and cultural constraints have long kept Asia’s rate of alcohol consumption—and alcohol related harms such as alcoholism—lower than that of other regions. However things are changing and the alcohol industry now sees the biggest potential growth in sales resting in Asia. Regional economies are growing fast and consumers, who are eager to emulate Western drinking habits, want to drink more and more imported liquor rather than local beverages. Reports indicate that the Asia-Pacific region will contribute to more than 70% of global beer growth over the next five years, and in some places increases in alcohol sales are already far outpacing increases in GDP. Vietnam alone has seen beer sales increase at double the rate of GDP growth in the past 5 years. Some of the world’s largest brewing companies are setting up shop in places like Yangon, Myanmar and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam in anticipation of the projected growth. Pernod Ricard—owner of some of the world’s most famous alcohol brands – has already become an industry leader in Asia and currently makes …

Alcohol Addiction Centre: The CDC’s New Findings and Why Women Are More At Risk

On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that chronicles an under-addressed problem in the U.S.: binge drinking among women and girls. Though viewed only as an activity—done at parties—and not necessarily as a lifestyle, or an addiction problem, the CDC’s report makes it clear that addressing binge drinking among women should be a major concern for alcohol prevention groups and alcohol addiction centres across the country. Binge drinking, as defined in the CDC’s report, is when a person consumes four or more alcoholic drinks in one sitting. The organisation found that approximately one in eight American women (18 years and older) binge drink, while one in five secondary school-aged American girls binge drink. Read more…

Finding Alcohol Abuse in a Poem: Theodore Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz”

  In an earlier entry, one of our writers wrote a two-part series about the effects of alcoholism on a family, and naturally the first focus was on children. In reading the entry I was most struck by the fact that children may feel guilt; that they might in some way feel responsible for their parent’s or sibling’s addiction. The range of emotions that a child might feel is startling, and the complexity not to be discounted. Theodore Roethke is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet who writes a lot about childhood, often from the voice of a child. Born in 1908, he suffered from episodic bouts of depression which, coupled with his alcohol abuse, threatened his career as a poet and teacher. As a student of poetry, I studied his Roethke’s work in high school. One of his most famous pieces – and a personal favorite of mine – is “My Papa’s Waltz,” reproduced below: My Papa’s Waltz The whiskey on your breath    Could make a small boy dizzy;    But I hung on like death:    …