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Alcohol responsible for one in 20 deaths worldwide: WHO

Alcohol kills three million people worldwide each year — more than AIDS, violence and road accidents combined, the World Health Organization said Friday, adding that men are particularly at risk. The UN health agency´s latest report on alcohol and health pointed out that alcohol causes more than one in 20 deaths globally each year, including drink driving, alcohol-induced violence and abuse and a multitude of diseases and disorders. Men account for more than three quarters of alcohol-related deaths, the nearly 500-page…

Sharjeel cleared as no trace of alcohol found in bottles, blood samples

KARACHI: A test report has found no trace of alcohol in the blood samples of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Sharjeel Memon. Memon’s blood samples were sent to two hospitals for testing to determine whether the former provincial minister had consumed alcohol while under treatment at a private hospital. According to the report, the blood samples did not contain traces of plasma alcohol and ethanol. Three other test reports were also found out to be normal. However, the report states that the tests were only for…

Alcohol intoxication behind 90% of hate crimes: study

After interviewing accident and emergency attendees with injuries resulting from violence, a team of researchers recently found that 18.5% of them considered themselves to have been attacked by people motivated by prejudice. But the more important part was that "alcohol intoxication" was reported as being particularly relevant and accounted for 90% of the targeted attacks. “A striking aspect of the study was the discovery that most attacks weren’t fuelled by hate alone; alcohol appeared to act as an igniter,” said…

Drinks industry mislead people about alcohol cancer risk: scientists

LONDON: The alcohol industry uses denial, distortion and distraction to mislead people about the risks of developing cancer from drinking, often employing similar tactics to those of the tobacco industry, a study said on Thursday. Drinks industry organizations often present the relationship between alcohol and cancer as highly complex, implying there is no clear evidence of a consistent link, said the study led by scientists at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Sweden’s Karolinska…

French pranksters replace holy water with alcohol

BESANÇON, France: Tourists visiting a church in the picturesque French town of Chateau-Chalon were surprised to discover that local pranksters had replaced the fonts' holy water with alcohol, the local tourism office said Friday. A dozen tourists sniffed out the telltale signs of eau-de-vie, a clear fruit brandy, when they visited the church in Jura, eastern France, at the end of August. "I made the sign of the cross and it smelt like eau-de-vie. Is this a local tradition?" the tourists asked officials at the nearby…

World Cancer Day observed

KARACHI: World Cancer Day 2017 is being observed on Saturday with the theme of "We can, I can", ARY News reported. World Health Organization (WHO) stated that cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body. Other terms used are malignant tumours and neoplasms. The occasion is marked each year on 4th February by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). The occasion provides an opportunity to urge the international community to end the injustice of preventable…

Low social rank bigger health risk than obesity: study

PARIS: People on the bottom rung of the socioeconomic ladder may live two years less on average than those at the top, according to a large-scale study published Wednesday. This makes social rank a bigger risk factor for illness and premature death than either high alcohol consumption or obesity, and it nearly equals the risk posed by physical inactivity, researchers said. On average, a low social rank shaved over 25 months off the average lifespan, compared with six months for heavy alcohol intake and eight months for…

Bohemia says Abrar Ul Haq motivated him to quit alcohol, smoking

Quitting addiction to any drug, specially, alcohol is not a cake walk. You need inviolable determination to accomplish this task. American rapper of Pakistani origin Roger David aka Bohemia, who has been drug addict, is thankful to Pakistani pop singer Abrar Ul Haq for helping him quit smoking and drinking. He also sought from his followers to follow him in this regard. Ever since I've met this man, I've been alcohol and smoke free. Thank you sir @AbrarUlHaqPK 🙏🏽 If I can do it, anyone can. #Merijeet…

Suspects held after Christmas moonshine death toll rises to 43

TOBA TEK SINGH: Police on Wednesday caught three men accused of preparing home-made liquor mixed with ‘aftershave’ that so far killed 43 people including a fourth suspect after they consumed the toxic brew on Christmas Eve. More than a hundred people were also sickened in the incident, one of the country's deadliest cases of mass alcohol poisoning, which happened in a Christian neighbourhood in the town of Toba Tek Singh some 340 kilometres (211 miles) south of Islamabad. "Four people have been identified who prepared…