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Interested in Drug and Alcohol studies?


Postgraduate programme in Contemporary Drug and Alcohol Studies now open for applications.

Distance Learning or Campus based at the University of the West of Scotland. Entry qualification is 2.1 in a relevant honours degree or accreditation of prior learning via work experience in the field. Certificate, Diploma, and MSc options available for full and part-time students. Contact: Dr Aileen O’Gorman, Programme Leader




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Chill Welfare has a range of volunteer roles available and are looking to recruit people with clinical experience such as nursing or people with drug & alcohol, mental health and sexual health experience to offer support and advice via a 24 hour festival welfare service. We will be working at Download, Nozstock, Boomtown and Creamfields. We provide event ticket, travel expenses and food in exchange for one shift each day of the festival.


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Drugs NorthWest


The inaugural conference of the Drugs: North West network


24 June 2019 at Manchester Metropolitan University.


The conference will showcase current research, support networking opportunities, and bring together academic and non-academic researchers from a variety of disciplines across the North West of England.


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ESH Community – Affordable Detox and Rehab




In response to government funding cuts and local authority residential placements perhaps becoming less accessible we have revised our pricing from February 2019 to make residential treatment and rehab more affordable for service providers, local authorities and private individuals. Give us a call us to see how we can help.




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YouGov 2019: Attitudes towards tobacco control in Wales (PDF)

To understand public opinion in Wales relating to tobacco control ASH Wales Cymru conducts an annual opinion poll in conjunction with YouGov. The survey questions were asked of a representative sample of 1,046 adults (aged 18+) in Wales, 50% of respondents had never smoked, 37% used to smoke but have since given up and 13% currently smoked at the time of the survey | ASH Wales, UK

NHS Smoking Cessation Services Local Delivery Plan Standard, 2018/19 (Qtr3) (PDF)

In the first nine months of the financial year 2018/19, NHS Scotland contributed 63.6% (4,810 out of 7,568) towards the required annual LDP Standard. If this pattern continued for the remainder of the financial year, NHS Scotland would achieve 84.8% of the required Standard | NHS Scotland, UK

Calling time for change: A charter to support all older adults in England to live free from the harm caused by alcohol

This charter, co-created by people with lived experience and experts in alcohol and ageing, provides insights and practical solutions to commissioners, service providers and policy makers about how we can support all older adults to live free from the harm caused by alcohol | DrinkWise, AgeWell, UK

Care to Share Report

We analysed UK public social media messages related to drugs and alcohol over a 2 month period, capturing 198,900 public messages from Twitter, forums & blog channels. We were particularly interested in looking at how social media conversations revealed the stigma of addiction and how we can address stigma on-line | Phoenix Futures, UK

Chemsex: A Case Study of Drug-Userphobia

This report focusses on challenging the stigma and discrimination experienced by individuals who engage in chemsex, in order that they can equitably enjoy the full range of human rights afforded to all people | INPUD, UK

One in three men turn to alcohol to ease depression – the 10 warning signs you are at risk

A new survey reveals that nearly two thirds of guys have experienced mental health problems in the last five years | The Sun, UK

More than Half of People who Misuse Prescription Opioids also Binge Drink

More than half of the 4.2 million Americans who misused prescription opioids between 2012 and 2014 also engaged in binge drinking, according to a new study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine | CDC, USA

Alcohol’s harm to others

An evidence review of the harm caused by alcohol to the people around those who are drinking | PHE, UK

ACMD report: Custody-community transitions

Report from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) on how to reduce drug-related harms that occur when people move between custody and the community | ACMD, UK

Alcohol licensing: data for public health teams

Updated spreadsheet to include additional data items | PHE, UK

Parents’ lenient attitudes towards drinking linked to greater alcohol use among children

Children are more likely to start drinking alcohol, drink more frequently and get drunk if their parents have a lenient attitude towards drinking, finds a study from researchers at the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia | University of Cambridge, UK

Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2015

38% of the burden could have been prevented by removing exposure to risk factors such as tobacco use, overweight and obesity, and dietary risks | AIHW, Australia

Exploring pathways through and beyond alcohol treatment among Polish women and men in a London Borough

Most participants in this study sought help for problematic drinking only after experiencing significant health problems or other negative life events (e.g. homelessness) | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Alcohol and Drug Misuse and Suicide and the Millennial Generation – A Devastating Impact

Increases in alcohol, drug, and suicide deaths have affected all age groups and all communities, but the impact on people in their 20s and early 30s has been particularly pronounced | Trust for America's Health, USA