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UK news

Minimum alcohol pricing gets backing of UK government's health advisers

Policy rejected by Westminster but backed by SNP in Scotland seen as vital to tackling medical and economic toll of drinking | Guardian, UK

Short-term effects of announcing revised lower risk national drinking guidelines on related awareness and knowledge: a trend analysis of monthly survey data in England

To evaluate short-term effects of publishing revised lower risk national drinking guidelines on related awareness and knowledge. To examine where drinkers heard about guidelines over the same period | BMJ Open, UK

Research and analysis: HIV in the United Kingdom

Reports by Public Health England about HIV in the UK | PHE, UK

Substance misuse: April to June 2016

Data on clients seen at drug and alcohol treatment agencies | Welsh Government, UK

Hospital Outpatient Activity, 2015-16

This is a report on outpatient activity in English NHS hospitals and English NHS-commissioned activity in the independent sector. This annual publication covers the financial year ending March 2016. It contains final data and replaces the provisional data that are published each month \ NHS Digital, UK

Addiction journal

Some open access articles in this special issue | Addiction, UK

Chemsex addicts and the man fighting to help them

Substance abuse worker David Stuart is on the frontline of the fight to help men addicted to chemsex | Independent, UK

Keep safe this Christmas (PDF)

Combined ONS figures for 2010 and 2011 show deaths where uderlying cause was alcohol and drugs ere 13% above the Dece,ber/January daily average between Dec 21 and Jan 19. Britons drink 41% more in December than the annual monthly average | NHS Choices, UK

Booze ruse: Can a drink now and then really boost your health?

New Scientist distils the evidence for claims that a bit of alcohol can protect your heart, stave off dementia and be counteracted by a bout of exercise | New Scientist, UK

450,000 kids gamble every week

Underage gambling among 11–15 year olds is more prolific than smoking or drinking, a new report warns, but bookies deny there’s a problem | Independent, UK

IAS November newsletter

Covering the latest updates on UK alcohol policy matters | IAS, UK

Breaking Free increases range of substances covered by award-winning treatment programme

Following consultation with specialist drug and alcohol treatment providers from across the UK, a range of new substances have been introduced to the award-winning treatment programme Breaking Free Online | Breaking Free, UK

Alcohol Policy UK 2016 evaluation survey

Please complete this survey if you have read any Alcohol Policy UKcontent including via Twitter | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Ebeneezer Goode prosecuted for drugs and graffiti

A man known by the name of Ebeneezer Goode has been prosecuted for having drugs and daubing graffiti on a church building | BBC, UK

A sobering thought for Christmas – archive, 1966

2 December 1966: Drinking milk first is said to reduce the average maximal concentration of alcohol by nearly 50 per cent | Guardian, UK

 

 

International news

Clients of Danish drug consumption room reduce public injecting

As a public health intervention, this safe injecting facility in Copenhagen (Denmark) successfully reached people engaging in high-risk behaviours and did not lead to an increase in overall frequency of injecting. Its clients reported less rushed/stressful injections, less public injecting outdoors and no longer sharing needles after the facility opened in 2012 | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

MDMA approved for final trials to treat PTSD before possible legalization

FDA could make drug legal by 2021 if phase three tests involving controlled dosage and talk therapy are shown to alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder | Guardian, UK

Mapped: The countries that smoke the most cannabis

A new report claims the UK government should legalise marijuana because it's “the only solution to crime and addiction problems” | Telegraph, UK

Barack Obama says marijuana should be treated like ‘cigarettes or alcohol’

In exit interview, US President says drug should be treated as public-health issue | Independent, UK

Cannabis legalised on school grounds in Board of Education ruling

Students will legally be allowed to take cannabis in school after a town’s landmark legislation change | Independent, UK

Medicinal cannabis legislation on course to be legalised by Easter

Medicinal cannabis legislation has passed the second stage in Dáil and is on course to be legalised by Easter next year | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Germany: New Psychoactive Substances Act (NpSG)

German New Psychoactive Substances Act (NpSG) will come into effect in November. This legislation covers a wide range of Cannabinoids an Phenethylamines | Reddit, USA

ASAM applauds announcement of new addiction medicine board examination in fall of 2017

ASAM Applauds the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) and The Addiction Medicine Foundation (TAMF) regarding new addiction medicine board examination in fall of 2017 | ASAM, USA

'Riskiest city' for HIV, Miami opens first needle exchange

Homeless men curl up on mattresses along a broken sidewalk littered with trash and syringes in Miami, a city struggling with the highest rate of new HIV infections of any big American metropolis | Medical Xpress, USA

Neuroscientist studies connection between PTSD and alcohol abuse

As families gather for the holidays this year, many will reminisce, sharing fond memories as they break bread and pass the cranberry sauce. They are the lucky ones. Others who carry memories too painful or too horrific to share will do whatever they can to forget, including turning to alcohol as a coping mechanism | Medical Xpress, USA

Alcohol consumption shows no effect on coronary arteries

Researchers using coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) have found no association between light to moderate alcohol consumption and coronary artery disease (CAD) | Science Daily, USA

Flavored vapors from e-liquids contain potentially harmful aldehydes

The study found that when converted into a vapor, some flavorings break down into toxic compounds at levels that exceed occupational safety standards | News Medical, USA

Use your words: Written prisoner interactions predict whether they’ll clean up their acts

The evolution of how prisoners in substance-abuse programs communicate is a good indicator of whether they’ll return to crime, new research has found | Science Daily, USA

Banking on pot

Economists have examined the US legal cannabis sector to gauge the value of banking services | Science Daily, USA

F.D.A. Agrees to New Trials for Ecstasy to Help Soothe Post-Traumatic Stress

The Food and Drug Administration has approved large-scale clinical trials to study MDMA, the illegal party drug better known as Ecstasy, as treatment for PTSD patients | NYTimes, USA

US Town Shows the Dangers of Banning Syringe Exchanges

It may be World AIDS Day, but the prospect of “an AIDS-free generation,” a goal articulated by US President Barack Obama, is uncertain. While new HIV infections in the United States have dropped nearly 20 percent in the past decade, African-Americans, men who have sex with men and transgender women are disproportionately afflicted by the disease | Human Rights Watch, USA

Global Drug Survey set to peel back curtain on professionals microdosing on LSD and magic mushrooms

Evan's morning routine is pretty run of the mill, except for the tiny dose of magic mushrooms he washes down with his morning coffee | Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

Drunk cyclists and pedestrians could be causing scores of car crashes every year

Drunk cyclists and pedestrians are potentially causing scores of car accidents every year in Victoria, prompting calls for them to be breath-tested and subject to the same road rules as drivers | Age, Australia

 

Blogs, comment and opinion

Addressing multiple needs in the NHS: an opportunity to influence

NHS England have recently published several important papers setting out the things they expect every local healthcare trust to do over the next two years, and how they are going to support these ambitions. In this blog, Andrew Brown (@andrewbrown365), a consultant to the Making Every Adult Matter coalition on substance misuse issues, provides some background | MEAM Blog, UK

The truth about HIV: World Aids Day 2016

There are now more people living with HIV in the UK than ever before. In 2014, an estimated 103,700 people in the UK were living with HIV with around 17% unaware of their infection | Blenheim, UK

Psilocybin for anxiety and depression in cancer care? Lessons from the past and prospects for the future

This special issue of the Journal of Psychopharmacology contains two landmark studies – the most rigorous controlled trials to date using the psychedelic drug psilocybin, the active ingredient of magic mushrooms | Drug Science Blog, UK

How e-cigarettes could ‘health wash’ the tobacco industry

The evidence that e-cigarettes help people quit smoking was described in the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recent report as “scant and of low certainty”. Predictably, this triggered the latest round of claims and counterclaims in an ongoing, and often acrimonious, dispute about the potential of e-cigarettes | Conversation, UK

The sexy new face of cigarette packaging

Another set of hypocritical petty restrictions on smokers at least open up the prospect of a fun game | Spectator, UK

Sending fat smokers to the back of the queue is a betrayal of NHS values

Who will feel the weight of opprobrium next: boy racers, climbers, potholers, or perhaps middle-aged wine drinkers? At this rate, we’ll all be fair game soon | Guardian, UK