Daily news - 4th September 2020

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UK news

Health Inequalities Dashboard: statistical commentary, September 2020

The rate of hospital admissions for alcohol-related conditions significantly increased between 2012 to 2013 and 2018 to 2019, but the gap between the most and least deprived areas in England significantly narrowed during this period. The rate in 2018 to 2019 was 2.2 times greater in the most deprived areas than in the least deprived areas | PHE, UK

Alcohol consumption of UK members of parliament: cross-sectional survey

This study examined the prevalence of risky drinking by members of parliament (MPs), as well as the relationship between risky drinking and age, years spent as an MP, working outside parliament, awareness of the Parliamentary Health and Wellbeing Service, and probable mental ill health | BMJ Open, UK

Effective ‘age-gating’: preventing underage people buying alcohol online

How do online retailers seek to prevent underage alcohol sales in the UK, how effective are current methods, and how far short are they of a truly effective system? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Just half a glass of wine or a bottle of beer a day ‘can lead to obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure’

Just half a glass of wine or one small bottle of beer a day can lead to metabolic syndrome – a combination of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure – says a new study presented at the virtual European and International Congress on Obesity | Metro, UK

Overdose prevention and the importance of naloxone - video

Humankind Director of Nursing Stacey Smith offers some advice on keeping yourself as safe as you can when using drugs to try and prevent an overdose. Stacey also talks about naloxone, the life-saving kits that can temporarily overturn the effects of an opioid overdose | Humankind, UK

Appeal to give mobile drugs consumption van legal protection in Glasgow rejected at Westminster

City MP Alison Thewliss called on the Home Office to grant Peter Krykant permissions for his mobile safe consumption facility in a converted van in Glasgow | Daily Record, UK

Esketamine spray for treating depression 'not cost-effective'

A nasal esketamine spray for hard-to-treat depression has been rejected for use on the NHS for a second time because of uncertainty over cost | BBC, UK

My Story – Recovery Month 2020

An insight into a 16 year old's struggles with substance use, living in care and believing no-one cared for them | Barod, UK

Men and Alcohol: Final report launch

SHAAP and IAS are delighted to announce that we will be launching the final report of our Men & Alcohol seminar series on 9th September from 2-4pm BST | SHAAP, UK

Alcohol Transitions: Past, Present and Post- Pandemic - free event

17 September 2020 (10.30am-2.00pm with regular breaks) We are aware that many of you will be interested in the impact of the Covid 19 -pandemic and lockdown on alcohol, drinking places and sobriety. We have decided to hold a half-day (virtual) workshop bringing together scholars, PhD students, researchers the voluntary sector and campaigners to discuss the roles and relationships that alcohol, sobriety and drinking spaces has and will play in society as we move towards a new ‘normal’ in a post-pandemic society | BSA, UK

Bournemouth barber smuggled cocaine from Brazil after 'work dried up'

A barber from Dorset said he tried to smuggle cocaine with a street value of £300,000 in suitcases after "work dried up" due to the pandemic | BBC, UK


International news

Does smoke-free legislation work for teens too? A logistic regression analysis of smoking prevalence and gender among 16 years old in Ireland, using the 1995–2015 ESPAD school surveys

To assess the role of tobacco control legislation (TCL) in youth smoking in Ireland. To examine the effects of smoke-free legislation in youth. To consider whether TCL contributed to the gender equalisation in prevalence in 16 years old seen between 2003 and 2015 | BMJ Open, UK

Episode Two: What is alcohol is doing to our children? - podcast

In this episode, Eunan McKinney discusses with Prof. Saoirse Nic Gabhainn, Professor in Health Promotion, NUI Galway, Dr Norah Campbell, Associate Professor in Marketing at Trinity Business School and Dr Sheila Gilheany, CEO, Alcohol Action Ireland, a number of issues relating to children and alcohol | Alcohol Action Ireland, Ireland

Nasal sprays are a known remedy for preventing opioid overdose deaths

Between 250 and 270 people die each year from heroin or opioid overdoses in Norway. In the EU, thousands die. European users now have a better option available for helping each other | News Medical, USA

Study of siblings finds moderate cannabis use impacts cognitive functioning

A new study led by researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine compares adolescent siblings to determine the impact of early and frequent use of marijuana on cognitive function | Medical Xpress, USA

Drinking bans are back in fashion during the Covid pandemic. But experts are wary of Prohibition 2.0

South Africa is slowly emerging from one of the world's strictest Covid-19 lockdowns. As the threat of the pandemic loomed in March its government sealed national borders, restricted public transport use and -- in a particularly controversial move -- banned the sale of alcohol for several weeks | CNN, USA

A 10-Minute Training Can Eliminate Fentanyl Myths Among First Responders

The myth that fentanyl can cause an overdose through simple skin contact has been peddled by law enforcement trainers and the media despite a scientific agreement that it’s a medical impossibility | Filter Magazine, USA

Can LSD Microdosing Be a Potent Weapon Against Pain?

LSD is a famously potent psychedelic. But new research has investigated the drug’s potential in a whole new setting, as a painkiller | Filter Magazine, USA

Saudi Arabia Bans Individuals from Importing E-Cigarettes

Saudi Customs have banned the import of shishah, e-cigarettes and their accessories through shipping companies and individuals' websites | Albawaba, Saudi Arabia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Why low and alcohol free beers could be considered health drinks

It is often said that weak beer was drunk in preference to dirty water in European towns during the middle ages. This fact is probably overstated, but the idea that beer was nutritionally important in the medieval period seems more likely. Weaker, so-called “small beers” would have been low in alcohol but a valuable source of energy and nutrients, helping medieval labourers meet their high energy requirements of 3,000 calories a day | Conversation, UK