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Sugar content in wine revealed: Health experts deem alcohol labelling ‘woefully inadequate’

Health experts are calling for better alcohol labelling as it is revealed that wine can contain anywhere between 0g and 59g of free sugars per bottle | AHA, UK

Two glasses of wine enough to hit daily sugar limit

Analysis of more than 30 bottles of wine has found two glasses could be enough to reach the recommended daily sugar limit for adults | BBC, UK

Government urged to end ‘tragic cycle of despair’ caused by link between alcoholism and unemployment

Analysis found a correlation between regions with high numbers of people out of work and increased rates of hospitalisation for problems caused by alcohol | i news, UK

Doctors call for e-cigarettes to be made less appealing to children

Science Editor Deborah Cohen explains that the rise of vaping has revealed a cloud of confusion over how we regulate addictive brands | ITV, UK

Plans outlined for £100m Isle of Man medicinal cannabis complex

Plans for a £100m complex on the Isle of Man to grow and export medicinal cannabis could be "game-changing", the firm behind the scheme has said | BBC, UK

The SSA talks to Ed Day, the UK Recovery Champion

Dr Ed Day talks to the SSA about his role as the UK government's first Recovery Champion. He talks about shaping this new role, about policy history and what he has learned from people in recovery | SSA, UK

"Band of Hope" members invited to take part in National survey

Drug education charity Hope UK is inviting people who remember the Band of Hope, and who may have been a member of the organisation in their youth, to tell them their story | Hope UK, UK

Glasgow Overdose Prevention Service to visit Llanelli

Monday 14th March between 1pm – 4pm Llanelli. This is an opportunity to have a look at a unique harm reduction intervention, talk to experts regarding such facilities, as well as discuss any questions you may have about the objectives and feasibility of overdose prevention services. We will also have representation from DDAS, who will be available to discuss current overdose responses and provide access to naloxone, on the day | Barod, UK

Media & Impact: How to communicate your research effectively

Wed, 16 March 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 GMT. This event will focus on how to become a more effective science communicator for addiction research. Communicating research to a wide audience helps disseminate the evidence-base ensuring that treatments for addiction are based on research. Effective forms of science communication can influence policy, and can reduce stigma for people who use drugs | SSA, UK

Young People - Online Alcohol Sales - survey

Have you or a friend ever tried to buy or bought alcohol online through websites or apps to be delivered? Alcohol Focus Scotland is keen to hear the views and experiences of young people under the age of 18 about buying alcohol online for delivery | Alcohol Focus Scotland, UK

Gambling disorder in the UK: key research priorities and the urgent need for independent research funding

Gambling in the modern era is pervasive owing to the variety of gambling opportunities available, including those that use technology (eg, online applications on smartphones) Although many people gamble recreationally without undue negative effects, a sizeable subset of individuals develop disordered gambling, which is associated with marked functional impairment including other mental health problems, relationship problems, bankruptcy, suicidality, and criminality | Lancet, UK


International news

More than 104,000 Americans died from drug overdoses within 12-month period

Two-thirds of overdose deaths involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl | Independent, UK

Another glass? EU rules out wine labels carrying cancer risk

[Limited number of free articles per week] Alcohol warning labels should only caution against excessive consumption, the European Parliament has said | Telegraph, UK

Cost of living: Heineken to put up beer prices as costs soar

Heineken, the world's second largest brewer, has warned that it will increase the price of its beers due to the impact of inflation | BBC, UK

Introducing the Jude Byrne Emerging Female Leader Award

The Jude Byrne Emerging Female Leader Award has been developed by INHSU and INPUD (The International Network of People Who Use Drugs) in remembrance of Jude Byrne, a globally recognised, powerful advocate who fought to advance the health and human rights of people who use drugs | INHSU, UK

In blow for cannabis advocates, Italy's high court blocks referendum

In a ruling on Wednesday, judges said the law would have forced Italy to violate its international obligations to prevent drug trafficking | Euronews, France

Study analyzes trends in overdose deaths from use of non-benzodiazepines and gabapentinoids

With an alarming rise in the number of prescriptions filled for non-benzo sleeping/z-drugs and anti-epilepsy gabapentinoids over the last two decades, researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health aimed to fill in the gap in knowledge in the proportion of overdose deaths involving those medications and learn more about their co-usage with other substances across U.S. demographics categories | News Medical, USA

Cannabis-related emergency department visits increased significantly in Ontario after expansion of the cannabis retail market

A study published today in the journal Addiction examined cannabis-related emergency department visits in Ontario before and after the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada in October 2018 | EurekAlert, USA

STASH, Vol. 18(2) - Pre-release Medicaid enrollment assistance improves healthcare access

This week, STASH reviews a study by Marguerite E. Burns and colleagues that evaluated prison-based Medicaid enrollment assistance and post-prison release healthcare use among adults with a history of substance use in Wisconsin | BASIS, USA

Drug Arrests Stayed High Even as Imprisonment Fell From 2009 to 2019

Racial disparities in enforcement narrowed substantially but remained significant | Pew Trusts, USA

What Are the Prospects for Canada’s Federal Drug Decriminalization Bill?

Right now, cities and provinces around Canada are pursuing decriminalization in piecemeal fashion. Recently, British Columbia and its largest city Vancouver applied for a Health Canada Exemption allowing the jurisdictions to decriminalize the possession of drugs including cocaine, amphetamines and opioids. Late last year, the Toronto Board of Health also voted in favor of asking for the exemption | Filter Magazine, USA

Opioids ease osteoarthritis pain only slightly: Research

Their deadly risks need to be weighed against any benefit, according to the authors of a new Australian study | RACGP, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

A recent study suggests red wine may protect you from COVID. But I wouldn’t drink to this yet

A study published last month in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition made headlines around the world | Conversation, UK

Psychedelics for mental health: tripping over red tape

The last decade has seen a new focus on psychedelics as powerful medicines for treating severe mental health issues, including the use of psilocybin for conditions such as PTSD and treatment-resistant depression. However, many of these potentially life-saving treatments, including psilocybin, remain difficult to research due to overly strict drug laws. In this blog, Professor Jo Neill outlines the evidence-based case for the rescheduling of psilocybin and other drugs, including the benefits they can bring to health, national prestige, and the UK economy | Policy@Manchester blogs, UK

The Media’s War on Cannabis

According to a report published by the World Association of Newspapers World Press Trends, more than half the world’s adult population read a newspaper – a number that surpasses all internet users across the globe. More than 2.5 billion read print newspapers, while more than 600 million get their news digital form | Volteface, UK

Here’s what 20 years of being sober has taught me

[Limited number of free articles per week] The girl I was then is so far away now, I barely remember her, but I was lucky... I lived. There are plenty who don’t | Telegraph, UK

People and Dancefloors Season 2 episode 2: In conversation with Peter Sarosi

In the podcast, we discuss Peter’s trajectory from young activist to veteran of the movement, reflecting on the positive changes that have happened at the international governmental level, in large part shaped by civil society advocacy. We also discuss the populist backlash in Europe, which has contributed to a significant disinvestment from harm reduction in many member states | People and Dancefloors, UK

Public health alcohol policy finally triumphs as MUP commences in Ireland

In this post, Eunan McKinney briefly describes the introduction of minimum unit pricing (MUP) in Ireland, which occurred at the start of 2022. Eunan describes the role of Alcohol Action Ireland in public health messaging surrounding MUP, and reflects on the challenges posed by industry and industry-aligned media to MUP and alcohol policy in general | SHAAP blog, UK