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Facts and figures
Catch up with the addiction field! Each of the news
items below can be referenced for years to come.
UK GAMBLERS LOST A RECORD £13.8BILLION from
Oct 2015-Sept 2016, including an all-time high on fixed
odds betting terminals. The government could crack
down hard as it prepares to review the industry ~
ALCOHOL AVAILABILITY IN ENGLAND: trends,
patterns and policy implications, by the Sheffield
Alcohol Research Group highlights how widely
available alcohol is, and implications for policy ~
CANNABIS DOMINATES UNDER-18S TREATMENT IN
ENGLAND. The diminishing youth treatment caseload
in England is increasingly dominated by under-18s
treated mainly for cannabis problems as primary
problem drinkers fall to only 15% of the caseload ~
Sad to see the effects of legalisation disinformation.
BRITS ARE 2ND-WORST BINGE DRINKERS IN EUROPE.
In 1st place is Portugal, which has Europe’s greatest
binge drinking problem; Ireland has the highest alcohol
consumption, but is less affected by bingeing. Read
the Norwegian University of Science & Technology
collaboration with scientists from over 40 European
countries ~ www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4496064/
The Queen’s Garden Parties are “a way of recognising
and rewarding public service” and enable the Queen
to speak to people “who have made a positive impact
in their community”. Deirdre Boyd, founder of DB
Recovery Resources and editor of Recovery Plus, was
among them in the first garden party of 2017.
Signs of the times
Two-thirds of charities subsidise public sector contracts to survive. Charities say
years of austerity triggered a drive by councils and the NHS to get contracts at the
cheapest price, driving down quality of services and leaving many providers in a
financially unsustainable position ~ https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/19/twothirds
Lifeline has collapsed amid allegations over financial controls ~ https://www.
Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern have merged and seek a new
communications manager – the role description reveals charityplans ~
And finally... Crisps are “as addictive as hard drugs,” said Dr Tony Goldstone of
Imperial College London after a study comparing brain activity of snack eaters and
drug addicts ~ www.metro.us/body-and-mind/health/potato-chips-addictive-hard-drugs.
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DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT: NUMBERS
AND TRENDS shows England’s treatment system up
to 2015/16 with an ageing caseload, waning success
with opiate users but more with drinkers, and more ~
TACKLING ALCOHOL MISUSE IN NHS HOSPITALS
resource pack is at http://hin-southlondon.org/system/