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Will the UK’s new alcohol guidelines change hearts, minds—and livers?

Will the UK’s new alcohol guidelines change hearts, minds—and livers?

Professor Theresa Marteau explores this question in the BMJ arguing that limited evidence suggests the guidelines will have little impact on how much we drink as a nation.

However, she surmises that the effect might be seen indirectly by shifting the public discourse around alcohol consumption to include the increased risks of cancer, thereby increasing public acceptability of policies that are effective at reducing alcohol consumption. This kind of approach might work “…to reduce the blight without losing the delight that alcohol brings”.

 

Will the UK’s new alcohol guidelines change hearts, minds—and livers? Marteau TM. Access Full Text

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Adverts for candy-like flavoured e-cigarettes could encourage vaping amongst school children

Adverts for candy-like flavoured e-cigarettes could encourage vaping amongst school children

In a study published on the 18th January in Tobacco Control, we show that advertisements featuring e-cigarettes with flavours such as chocolate and bubble gum are more likely to attract school children to buy and try e-cigarettes than those featuring non-flavoured e-cigarettes.

These results support the imminent changes in EU regulations surrounding the marketing of e-cigarettes, but raise questions about the need for further regulation regarding the content of e-cigarette products that appeal to children. More research is needed to examine both the short- and long-term impacts of e-cigarette advertising on children.

Impact of advertisements promoting candy-like flavoured e-cigarettes on appeal of tobacco smoking amongst children: an experimental study. Vasiljevic, M, Petrescu, DC, Marteau, TM. Access full text.

Considering-giving-academic-evidence-to-parliamentary-inquiry-committees?

Considering-giving-academic-evidence-to-parliamentary-inquiry-committees?

In the attached article (p.11) Professor Theresa Marteau, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit alongside Professor Graeme Reid, Chair of science and research policy at University College London provide guidance on how to prepare for providing evidence as witness for a parliamentary inquiry committee. To read this article, click on the following link: Research Fortnightly.

Does wine glass size and shape influence how much wine people think there is?

Does wine glass size and shape influence how much wine people think there is?

Our new study, published 23rd December 2015, in PLOS ONE, examines whether certain sizes and shapes of wine glasses may lead people to think there is more or less wine in these glasses compared to other glasses, when there’s actually the same amount.

Does Glass Size and Shape Influence Judgements of the Volume of Wine? Pechey, Attwood, Couturier, Munafò, Scott-Samuel, Woods & Marteau

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Downsizing: What are the policy options for reducing portion sizes to help tackle obesity?

Downsizing: What are the policy options for reducing portion sizes to help tackle obesity?

A new BMJ Analysis article, written by researchers in the Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU) and published on 2nd December 2015, outlines a range of actions with the potential to avoid the excess consumption of food and drink that consistently occurs when people are presented with larger portions, packages and tableware size. The actions focus on reducing the size, availability and appeal of such larger sized portions, packages and tableware.

Downsizing: policy options to reduce portion sizes to help tackle obesity. Marteau, Hollands, Shemilt & Jebb., 2015.

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