Category: Timothy Naimi

As You Were Saying…Raise glass to a fairer alcohol tax

February 28th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Herald, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Medicine, Timothy Naimi 0 comments

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Politicians and residents should support the home rule petition by Boston City Councilors Bill Linehan and Frank Baker to allow the city to implement an alcohol sales tax, but more importantly state politicians should allow all cities and towns to tax alcohol. Currently state alcohol taxes are low, unfair and irresponsible…

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Will Longer, Later Hours Make Boston A ‘World Class City’?

July 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Timothy Naimi, WBUR 0 comments

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LETTERS: Call to study effects of later nightlife is dangerous, misguided

June 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Medicine, Timothy Naimi 0 comments

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Edward L. Glaeser’s call for an “experiment” to study the effects of keeping bars open later in Boston (“Boston after dark,” Op-ed, June 15) is not only dangerous and misguided, but it ignores a large body of evidence about the known effects of longer hours of alcohol sales…

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Concerns grow about medical marijuana’s impact on teens

June 9th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Timothy Naimi, WCVB 0 comments

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Recent medical studies are calling into question medical marijuana’s potential impact on children and teens.

Expert quote:

“It can cause or exacerbate depression … psychosis or schizophrenia.”

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Concerns grow about state’s medical marijuana regulations

May 9th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Timothy Naimi 0 comments

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Concerns about the state’s current medical marijuana regulations are growing. Experts across the state say the Massachusetts Department of Public Health needs to change them to avoid putting public health at risk…

Expert quote:

“Massachusetts is a medical mecca, and as such, we deserve to have one of the safest, if not the safest, medical marijuana program in the country, not one of the more dangerous ones.”

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Middle-aged binge drinkers double risk of dying early

March 5th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, The Daily Telegraph, Timothy Naimi 0 comments

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Middle aged people are doubling their risk of dying early by binge drinking, even when they consume amounts within weekly recommended levels, research has warned. A study of hundreds of people aged between 55 and 65 found that those who overindulge on a night out or at the weekend were twice as likely to die within 20 years as moderate drinkers…

Expert quote:

“Clinicians should understand even among those with apparently modest average consumption, a number of these folks may be drinking in risky ways.”

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Binge drinkers who consume weekly intake in one go twice as likely to die prematurely as those who spread out the amount they drink across seven days

March 4th, 2014 in 2014, Daily Mail, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Timothy Naimi 0 comments

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Binge drinking could double your risk of death – even if you drink very little the rest of the time, a study has found…

Expert quote:

“Some of the greater attention to binge drinking is due to increases in binge drinking since the mid-1990s, but perhaps more because of growing recognition of the importance of patterns: it’s not just how much you drink but how you drink.”

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As marijuana laws change, health risks of pot use are weighed

February 14th, 2014 in 2014, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Timothy Naimi 0 comments

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Now that people in Colorado (and, soon, Washington state) can buy marijuana about as easily as they can pick up a 12-pack of Bud Light, it’s a good time to ask: How risky is it to turn to pot?…

Expert quote:

“Saying marijuana’s safer than alcohol sets an incredibly low bar. Marijuana can still be a dangerous substance.”

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World Cancer Day: Alcohol is a carcinogen

February 4th, 2014 in 2014, Examiner.com, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Timothy Naimi 0 comments

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The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) uses Feb. 4 as World Cancer Day to focus on debunking the myths about the world’s leading killer. For 2014, the organization emphasizes the fifth point in their World Cancer Declaration: “Reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer.” One of many myths is that drinking alcohol is safe…

Expert quote:

“Alcohol is a big preventable cancer risk factor that has been hiding in plain sight.”

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Strong Alcohol Policies Can Protect Against Binge Drinking, Study Says

December 16th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Magazine, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, Timothy Naimi 0 comments

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Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) found that strong alcohol policy can be a protective factor against binge drinking in the U.S. …

Expert quote:

“Unfortunately, most states have not taken advantage of these policies to help drinkers consume responsibly, and to protect innocent citizens from the devastating second-hand effects and economic costs from excessive drinking.”

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