Morning Roundup: July 12, 2019

By The Fix staff 07/12/19

The WHO releases plan for reducing global alcohol harms. Recent MDMA-related deaths of festivalgoers under investigation. Women living with HIV have better chance at improved health by drinking less alcohol.

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10 Areas Governments Could Work With To Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol [World Health Organization]
The World Health Organization has developed a global strategy toward reducing the harmful use of alcohol. The agency drafted a list of strategies for governments around the world to consider.

The Most Convincing Reason for Being 'Sober Curious' [CNN]
More discussion of people's changing perspectives of alcohol. Quitting booze affects life in many ways. One's social life, professional life and personal health will all see changes.

Opinion: I Hate Drugs, But Teenagers Are Dying While We Maintain a Supposed Moral Veneer [Guardian]
MDMA was the primary cause of death of six young people, as officials investigate the recent "substantial increase in drug-related harms" at Australian music festivals. One 19-year-old woman reportedly ingested "an unusually high amount" of the drug to avoid police detection.

Testing Festivalgoers' Pills Isn't the Only Way to Reduce Overdoses. Here's What Else Works. [The Conversation]
Pill testing is just one approach to safe drug use at music festivals. Providing the proper medical support, spaces to "chill out" and access to cool water are also effective strategies at keeping festivalgoers safe.

New Sober Gym Classes Offer Support to Cape Cod Community [Cape Cod Today]
The Cape Cod community has been hit hard by opioid abuse. One local gym is offering free sober classes, provided by a program launched in Colorado in 2006. The only requirement is having at least 48 hours of sobriety.

Alcohol Reduction Associated with Improved Viral Supporession in Women Living with HIV [Medical News]
Reducing alcohol consumption may improve women's health outcomes among those living with HIV. Unhealthy alcohol use is associated with poorer adherence to treatment, lower rates of viral suppression and faster disease progression.

Sober Curious Movement Challenges 'Wine Mom' Culture [Washington Post]
"It's been life-changing. My kids say I'm really mellow, and I'm not a mellow person," said one mom who decided to stop drinking alcohol six months ago. Sober curious movement, meet Wine Mom culture. 

Beating Addiction: Why Our Brains May Struggle to Ignore Alcohol, Food Cues [Medical News Today]
New research offers insights into how our brains ignore environmental cues of addictive substances or habits, why it's harder to ignore such cues when we're stressed, and how we might be able to beat addiction.

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