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Alcohol’s role in the relationship between Sweden and Norway

Neighbouring countries often have interesting relationships— think France and Germany, or the USA and Canada. Norway and Sweden are no exception — especially when it comes to alcohol.

Drinking during pregnancy is probably not the cause of children’s behavioural problems

But a Norwegian alcohol researcher believes the new findings have some limitations.

Older Swedes drink more — and are more prone to accidents, disease

Twenty-seven per cent of 75-year-old Swedish men and 10 per cent of 75-year-old Swedish women are considered to be hazardous drinkers, a new report says. Elderly people are more sensitive to alcohol than younger people and therefore are more at risk from drinking-related problems.

These are the workers who drink the most

Researchers surveyed more than 3,500 workers in Norway about their alcohol habits and problems. "Workers who drink too much don’t get enough attention or help," says the head of the research project.

New research may explain why some people become alcoholics

Several studies suggest that a brain function related to the handling of emotions and stress may be abnormal in people who are addicted to drink.

Want to stop your children from drinking alcohol?

We asked two scientists what parents should and should not do to prevent their teenagers from drinking excessively.

Poverty and alcohol a bad mix for the heart

If you have a low income and education, drinking can be bad for your heart. But researchers think the health problems they have found may reflect something other than the effects of alcohol.

This is what drinking does to the brain

Finnish researchers were surprised to find more changes in men’s brains than in women’s.

Do some people drink too much because of changes in the brain?

Scientists believe they have found a reason why some people find it impossible to resist the craving for alcohol. “This finding may be a solid piece in a huge puzzle,” says a Norwegian researcher.

Men drink less when partner gets pregnant

The vast majority of women follow recommendations and quit drinking during pregnancy. But men are also shying away from the bottle when a child is on its way.