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Exposure to tobacco, alcohol and ‘Junk food’ content in reality TV programmes broadcast in the UK between August 2019–2020

[Open access] The current study ... quantifies tobacco, alcohol and HFSS AVC in a wider sample of reality TV programmes broadcast on UK television throughout a 1-year period, on both broadcast television and video-on-demand (VOD) services, and estimates the population exposure to this content in a sample of programmes | JPH, UK

Overweight people ‘should have lower drinking limits’ to cut cancer risk

[Limited number of free articles per month] Excess weight increases chances of alcohol-related cancers, study finds as experts say guidelines should consider levels of obesity | Telegraph, UK

Podcast: Employment and ‘IPS into work’ with WDP

Rob talks to WDP about the challenges and rewards of running an IPS employment support programme | SSA, UK

HMP Barlinnie gets first prison body scanner in Scotland in efforts to curb smuggling

Device instantly reveals contraband such as drugs, weapons and mobile phones | Independent, UK

Effective service evaluation: An Introduction session for third sector orgs

Fri, 10 June 2022, 09:30 – 12:30 BST. DRNS is aware of the excellent work being done by third sector organisations across Scotland to support people that use drugs. We know that an important part of these organisations work is to evaluate services so that they are able to provide evidence of the difference they make in people's lives. To help you do this, DRNS is delighted to announce this event run by Evaluation Support Scotland, who have great expertise in supporting others with their evaluation activities | DRNS, UK

Psychedelic neuroscience with Prof David Nutt

Fri, May 13, 2022, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM BST. Exeter. Psychedelic neuroscience and its implications for psychiatry, psychology and philosophy | Philosophy and Psychology of Psychedelics Sandpit, UK

Jamie Stevenson in court over organised crime drug charges

A 57-year-old man has appeared in court accused of being involved in the importation of drugs around the world | BBC, UK

Doncaster police raids: Man arrested after £100,000 of cannabis seized

About 100 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £100,000 have been seized by police as part of a crackdown on crime in Doncaster | BBC, UK


International news

Swiss police seize 500kg of cocaine at Nespresso factory

Workers at plant in Romont alert authorities to mysterious white powder found in sacks of coffee beans | Guardian, UK

Don’t believe the high: FDA issues warning over misleading legal weed claims

Food and Drug Administration ‘concerned’ about unproven health claims and packaging that appeals to children | Guardian, UK

Johnny Depp’s entourage enabled drug and alcohol use, Amber Heard testifies

Actor tells court that Depp would deny what had taken place when he was drunk, and that she suffered suspected broken nose by him | Guardian, UK

Cocaine, cartels and crime in Ecuador - audio

Our reporter, Guillermo Galdos, visited the once peaceful city for Unreported World, and spent two weeks with the local police, who are now outgunned and outnumbered | Channel 4, UK

Different parental messages about race and ethnicity have different effects on teens' drug use

A new study by social science researchers at UC Riverside found less substance use among ethnic minority youth whose parents fostered a knowledge and appreciation of the teen's ethnic-racial heritage | Medical Xpress, USA

New research shows Cannabis flower is effective for treating fatigue

Researchers at The University of New Mexico have used a mobile software app to measure the effects of consuming different types of common and commercially available Cannabis flower products on fatigue levels in real-time | University of New Mexico, USA

How the Crackdown on Methadone Set Back Treatment for Addiction

On June 17, 1971, in the midst of another heroin epidemic, Nixon formally declared his “war on drugs.” That year, Americans listed heroin addiction as the nation’s third most pressing problem, behind only the seemingly endless war in Vietnam and the stagnating economy | Slate, USA

South Dakota Voters Likely to Approve Cannabis Legalization—Again

On May 3, activists in South Dakota submitted petitions to put adult-use cannabis legalization on the ballot in November 2022 | Filter Magazine, USA

DULF Keeps Distributing Checked Drugs as Health Canada Flags Denial

On May 4 in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the Drug User Liberation Front (DULF) distributed 3.5 grams each of fentanyl-free heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine to members of the Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society | Filter Magazine, USA

Alcohol use and suicide factsheet

Suicide is an important public health issue in Canada. While alcohol use1,2,3 is one of the many risk factors,4,5 its relationship to increased suicide risk is still not well understood, despite a growing body of evidence.6 This fact sheet describes what is currently known about that relationship and provides strategies to help reduce these risks | Mental Health Commission, Canada

Food Standards Australia New Zealand considers nutrition labels for alcohol

Aussies have largely been kept in the dark on the kilojoules and sugar hiding in their booze, but that could soon change under a proposal to consider nutrition labels on alcoholic drinks | Perth Now, Australia

Support for alcohol-free pregnancies

Alcohol can cause harm at all stages of pregnancy. Health professionals play a key role in supporting all mothers-to-be to avoid harm | News GP, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Introducing our new look

At a time of opportunity and renewal in our treatment and recovery system, we’re delighted to today launch our refreshed brand identity as the national alliance of treatment and recovery | Collective Voice, UK

‘Let’s get Mortal!’ Alcohol content in reality TV programmes over a 1-year period and youth exposure

There is now strong, causal evidence that young people who see alcohol advertising or other alcohol content in the media are more likely to start drinking alcohol, or drink more if they already do | IAS blog, UK

BMA Scotland: four years of minimum unit pricing

BMA Scotland believes that now simply must be the time to review the current minimum unit price and we have supported calls to raise the minimum unit price to 65p which research shows could save twice as many lives as the current unit price | BMA Scotland, UK

The Dry review – this painfully funny dramedy is like an Irish Fleabag

This masterful Dublin-set show from Normal People’s production company follows a recovering alcoholic – and it’s as dark and nourishing as a pint of Guinness | Guardian, UK