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The majority of people in Britain are harmed by others' drinking, according to a new report. The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) said its research had found that one in five adults has been harassed or insulted in the street by someone who had been drinking, while even more had…
An annual report that examines the current sources of data on alcohol has been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. Statistics on Alcohol, England, 2015 acts as a reference point for health issues relating to alcohol use and misuse, providing information obtained from a number of sources.…
Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have joined forces with the Public Health Agency and the Department of Health to form the first ever Drugs and Alcohol Research Network (DARN) in Northern Ireland which is being launched today. DARN aims to provide a one-stop platform for all researchers, policy-makers and practitioners…
Alcohol Focus Scotland has developed a new website called A.D.A.M. (Another’s Drinking Affects Me) that encourages young people whose lives are being affected by someone’s drinking to get advice and seek help. A.D.A.M. is aimed at 11-16 year olds and offers advice on how to cope using five animated characters…
Sellers of "hippy crack" for recreational use will face up to seven years in prison under a Government crackdown on legal highs. Peddling nitrous oxide - also known as laughing gas - will be made a criminal offence under new laws published today. The move is one of a string…
A new exhibition highlights how exploring ceramic materials, methods and processes can be a catalyst for positive change for people in recovery from substance abuse. Typecast-Manchester, at the Manchester School of Art, until May 29, features works and works in progress created by a group of local people in the…
Research published in the journal Analyst has demonstrated a new, non-invasive test that can detect cocaine use through a simple fingerprint. For the first time, this new fingerprint method can determine whether cocaine has been ingested, rather than just touched. Led by the University of Surrey, a team of researchers…
Proposed legislation which has the aim of promoting public health and reducing alcohol related offending is being scrutinised by the Health and Sport Committee who has issued a call for views on the proposals. The Alcohol (Licensing, Public Health and Criminal Justice) (Scotland) Bill which was introduced by Dr Richard…
A plan to deal with the growing use and availability of new psychoactive substances in Wales is being developed to combat the harms they cause, Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething said yesterday. Speaking in the National Assembly, the Deputy Minister revealed there has been a gradual change in drugs use…
Offenders enrolled in alcohol treatment programmes as part of their sentence are significantly less likely to be charged or reconvicted in the 12 months following their programme, a study led by Plymouth University has shown. Researchers from the University’s School of Psychology led a project, supported by the European Social…
People should stop taking antidepressants and drugs for dementia and ADHD, as their benefits are exaggerated and they would be healthier in the long-term without them, a leading professor has suggested. Peter Gotzsche said psychiatric drugs are responsible for the deaths of more than half a million people aged 65…
Kendrick Lamar’s major-label debut album good kid m.A.A.d. city, released in October 2012, provides rich narratives relating to important mental health themes, including addiction, depression and stress resilience, according to the co-founders of HIP HOP PSYCH, a new initiative to tackle mental health issues through hip-hop. In an article online…