A new paper has been published discussing how choices of alcohol can affect emotions. The authors used an international cross-sectional survey and investigated alcohol consumption choices among men and women and included different settings where alcohol was consumed.
An anonymous online questionnaire was completed by people aged between 18 and 34 who had drunk alcohol in the previous year. The questions probed the type of alcohol drunk and associated emotions, and were asked in 11 different languages, with participants taking part from 21 countries around the world.
The findings showed that red wine was most linked to relaxation but also tiredness by people completing the survey and spirits were more closely seen as producing the emotions of self confidence and energy.
As one of the authors describes “From a public health perspective a lot of the time we have focused on issues around cancer, heart disease and liver disease – but an important aspect is the balance of emotional outcomes that people are getting from alcohol,” said Mark Bellis, co-author of the research from Public Health Wales NHS Trust.
Read a Guardian article that describes the study here.
You can view the BMJ paper here.
The Centre for Violence Prevention at Worcester University is hosting an annual conference on the 4 and 5th June 2018. The focus of the conference is violence prevention at the intersections of identify and experience. The aim of the conference is to draw together practitioners and academics from all disciplines and to advance discussions and understanding around the complexities of preventing all forms of violence.
The conference organisers are calling for abstracts from academics and non-academics who work in the broad field of violence prevention. They are interested in submissions from the following topics in relation to victim and offender positions.
Hate crimes: Child abuse/exploitation, Child abuse and neglect, Violence in older age, Violence and gender, Honour based violence
Stalking: Gang related violence, Child to parent violence, Technology-mediated violence, Violence involving firearms and guns, Violence prevention in the context of war
Knife violence: Childhood violence, Workplace violence and abuse, Domestic violence and abuse
Abstracts of proposed papers should be no longer than 250 words and provide the general context and rationale for the presentation, and describe the main argument/case, and where appropriate summarize findings. Implications for practice should be noted. Please contact Esther Dobson firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss if your work fits the specifications of the conference.
Submission deadline: 31 March 2018 | Submit to email@example.com
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Many international agencies, organisations and groups are preparing for 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign starting with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on the 25th November. Research shows that one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime internationally. Additionally, only 40% of these women seek out help and of these only 10% seek support from the police.
More evidence is emerging internationally on what works from community mobilisation to change social norms, school interventions targeting staff/pupils and economic empowerment to increase gender equality and reduce violence. You can access the UN Women’s website here to access news and events, videos, stories, statements and evidence that explains some international work in this area. If you would like to promote your event or activity for the 16 Days of Activism on our blog please contact Juliet.firstname.lastname@example.org