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UK news

Alcohol Awareness Week

14-20 November. The theme of Alcohol Awareness Week 2016 will look focus on alcohol and health, and knowing the risks associated with alcohol | Alcohol Concern, UK

Effect of glass markings on drinking rate in social alcohol drinkers

The main aim of these studies was to explore the influence of volume information on glassware on the time taken to consume an alcoholic beverage | EJPH, UK

Alcohol (Minimum Pricing)

To ask the Scottish Government how it will take forward plans for the minimum pricing of alcohol following the decision by the Court of Session | They Work for You, UK

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of methods used for collecting data on (a) foetal alcohol syndrome and (b) foetal alcohol syndrome disorder | They Work for You, UK

12 easy ways to make clubbing safer for everyone

Ecstasy pills are stronger than ever these days, and often times can be cut with dangerous substances like PMMA, resulting in tragic and needless deaths in clubs and festivals | Pulse, UK

Birmingham prison staff fears over inmate drug use

An "urgent" solution is needed to stop HMP Birmingham prisoners taking psychoactive drugs, a report says | BBC, UK

Public Health England Health & Justice annual review 2015/16 (PDF)

[See p.43-47 for smoking, alcohol and other drugs]. This report provides details of key changes in the health and justice system and discusses the public health needs of people in prisons and other prescribed places of detention (PPDs). Highlighted are demographic shifts in this population and some of the key public health initiatives developed in partnership with NHS England, the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), the Home Office and the Youth Justice Board in the 2015/16 financial year | PHE, UK

Our inquiry

The Alcohol and Families Alliance has joined together with the Institute of Alcohol Studies and Alcohol Focus Scotland to work on an exciting new research project into parental drinking and its impact on children. While there is a significant amount of research on the impact of chronic drinking on families and children, far less is known about the impact of ‘moderate’ or ‘lower risk’ drinking. We are now calling for written evidence on this subject from as wide a range of stakeholders as possible. We welcome submissions from anyone who feels that this is relevant to their professional experience | Alcohol and Families Alliance, UK

Preventing Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Substance Use Problems (PDF)

This briefing paper is part of a series produced by Mentor ADEPIS on alcohol and drug education and prevention, for teachers and practitioners | Mentor ADEPIS, UK

Ash factsheet: smoking and poverty

looking at the relationship between tobabco and socioeconomic equality | ASH, UK

Ash factsheet: smoking related litter

Facts, figures and environmental impacts | ASH, UK

Gin prices set to rise as inflation rears its ugly head

Current government policy dictates that alcohol duty increases are pegged to inflation, which means that if inflation increases by 3pc this year, as many experts have forecast, spirits will go up an extra 34p a litre | Telegraph, UK

My Brother: From Talented Musician To Homeless Heroin Addict

This is my brother Patrick. He has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar and depersonalisation disorder. He is addicted to heroin, crack and alcohol. He has been living on the streets of London for over eight months | Volte Face, UK

We Called Coke Dealers to Ask If They're Worried That Red Bull and Vodka 'Has the Same Effect as Cocaine'

Looks like science has thrown us another curveball. Researchers at an American university have discovered that drinking lots of vodka-Red Bull – or, really, any vodka-energy drink combo – could have a similar effect on young people's brains as doing cocaine | VICE, UK


International news

Rurik Jutting 'deeply addicted' to cocaine, Hong Kong murder trial hears

British banker was heavy user of drugs and alcohol in weeks before alleged murder of two women, court told | Guardian, UK

Governments accused of failing to fully recognise role of alcohol in family violence

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education issues warning before Council of Australian Governments summit | Guardian, UK

Hundreds of Vietnam drug addicts flee rehabilitation centre

Police in southern Vietnam are searching for more than 200 drug addicts who broke out of a compulsory rehabilitation centre | BBC, UK

Illicit cannabis farming thrives in Lebanon

"It was the need to survive that forced me into it," says cannabis farmer Ali Nasri Shamas | BBC, UK

UN Supporting Myanmar Drug Reform as Opium Cultivation Increases

The Myanmar government is receiving support from the UN to develop a new national drug policy, as rates of opium cultivation and use continue to rise in the country | Talking Drugs, UK


Even by the usual standards of politics, this election’s campaign against marijuana legalization has made strange bedfellows. The largest donors to the various anti-weed political groups around the country include a billionaire casino tycoon, a woman who believes in reefer madness, a drug-crusading former U.S. ambassador, cops, prison guards, booze merchants, and a pharma company that sells the powerful painkiller fentanyl | Vice, UK

An uncanny mixture: God, alcohol and even cannabis

Nestled high in France's Chartreuse Mountains, the Grande Chartreuse monastery is home to a cloister of Catholic monks | BBC, UK

South Korea anti-graft law boosts home drinking

A new anti-corruption law in South Korea is having a major impact on drinking habits in the country, it's reported | BBC, UK

Rural Addiction: drugs are rife, hope is thin on the ground

RTE’s documentary should serve as a brutal wake-up call to those unaware of the extent of drug addiction in many of Ireland’s towns | Irish Times, Ireland

'People simply aren't aware of the cancer risk from drinking alcohol'

The Irish Cancer Society wants the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 implemented in Ireland asap | Journal, Ireland

Fine Gael senators threaten to vote against Coalition alcohol bill

Fine Gael senators have threatened to vote against the Government’s alcohol bill if they do not get reassurances on measures impacting on small businesses | Irish Times, Ireland

The Challenge Of Providing Early Access To Potential Life-Saving Drugs

Not all decisions of the FDA are black and white. On one hand, the agency is charged with the responsibility of protecting the public from dangerous and/or ineffective drugs. On the other, it is often accused by patient advocacy groups of being obstreperous in its bureaucratic approach in approving drugs–particularly those that may be life-saving | Forbes, USA

"Flying Ointment" and Betel Nuts: 10 Ways Human Beings Have Gotten High for Centuries

Mankind has been getting high for so long, it doesn’t even make sense to ask when homo sapiens “discovered” mind-altering substances. They’ve just always sort of been there, asking to be drunk, eaten and snuffed, a feature of our development as both a species and a civilization | The influence, USA

Critical periods: The timing of child abuse and adult drinking

Child abuse is an ongoing public health problem and can have serious consequences for kids as they emerge into adulthood. For example, childhood physical abuse can  impact later drinking behavior and increase risk for alcohol abuse | BASIS, USA

Could peer-recovery coaches help fight drug addiction epidemic?

Dustin French, 29, had four drug overdoses in the span of a year. "I was dead on arrival to the hospital," he said of his last heroin overdose, which happened in April. "I woke up ... and I didn't feel like myself. I could tell this time I was really dead." | CNN, USA

Why Smoking Bans Could Help The Environment

Smoking cigarettes is potentially the worst thing people do to their bodies, but millions of Americans remain smokers despite the risks ― and despite the relatively healthful alternatives. The typical defense smokers have of their rotten habit is that they can do what they want with their own health, and that argument tends to hold ground | Global Dispatch, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

Comment on WHO report on electronic nicotine delivery systems and electronic non-nicotine delivery systems

Overall, the WHO report does not correctly position ENDS primarily as an alternative to smoking and instead focusses excessively on risks of ENDS use without adequately recognising the deep reductions in health risks when a smoker switches to ENDS. The FCTC itself recognises ‘harm reduction’ as a key strategy in tobacco control. But with minor exceptions, the WHO report discusses ENDS as a threat, whereas in fact they represent a major opportunity for public health | UKTAS, UK

Minimum unit pricing: Why reports of its illegality were premature

Last Friday, the Scottish Government and public health campaigners celebrated the news that minimum unit pricing (MUP) was, once again, legal.  Scotland’s highest court had ruled that the Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA) appeal against an earlier judgement was not well-founded and that the policy was compliant with European law | Alcohol Policy and Epidemiology Blog, UK

Burns from e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems

We read Meernik et al.’s paper with interest and agree that further regulation, surveillance and education surrounding electronic cigarettes is required | BMJ, UK

The logic of Singapore’s death penalty for drugs is untenable

My experience working with the families of death row inmates has shown me just how problematic this legislation really is | Open Democracy, UK

Why the Codependency Myth of Drug Addiction Needs to Die

Chances are, if you have been affected by drug addiction or just watched enough reality TV, you've heard something about the concept of "codependency." It's the idea that partners and relatives of addicted people basically have a disease just like their loved ones—leading them to "enable" the problem by preventing addicts from "hitting bottom." After gaining currency in the 1980s, the concept is now infiltrating America's latest national conversation about heroin addiction | Vice, USA