Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Alcohol News - 35/2017

EURACTIV (EU) - EU health chief says all alcoholic beverages should be labelled
The European Commission wants the industry’s expected alcohol labelling self-regulatory proposal to cover all alcoholic beverages in order to avoid confusion among consumers.
The Sun (Spain) - Magaluf shops told ‘hide all alcohol’ between midnight and 8am to stop boozy Brits causing mayhem
SHOPKEEPERS in Magaulf are being told to hide all alcohol from drunken tourists between midnight and 8am in a bid to stop boozy Brits causing mayhem.
Irish Mirror (Ireland) - Women can reach weekly booze limit for less than a fiver, alcohol group warns
A man can reach his weekly limit of 17 standard alcoholic drinks for €7.65 while a woman can do it for less than a fiver, it has been claimed.
Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Minister Harris to force limit on sale of alcohol
Health Minister Simon Harris will attempt to force through repeatedly blocked plans to restrict the sale and promotion of alcohol before Halloween — despite ongoing vocal opposition from within his own party, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Political Correspondent.
The Scottish Sun (Scotland/Lithuania) - Scotland fans set for shock ahead of Lithuania trip as alcohol is BANNED due to a public holiday
SCOTLAND fans are in for a shock when they arrive in Lithuania on Friday for the World Cup qualifier – alcohol sales are banned because of a public holiday.
Economic Times (Lithuania) - World's heaviest drinkers are waging a battle against alcohol
Inside a wooden shack next to a Vilnius church, a group of Lithuanian men and women talk about their dependence on alcohol. The moderator is Kestutis Dvareckas, a priest and a decade sober.
HuffPost (USA) - The Way Americans Drink Alcohol Is Changing And Experts Are Worried
Chrissy Teigen opened up earlier this week about struggling with drinking. While her description of her consumption didn’t necessarily meet the criteria of alcohol abuse, the celebrity admitted she was “drinking too much” and she’s now abstaining from booze for the time being.
swissinfo.ch (Switzerland) - Swiss alcohol consumption hits 70-year low
The average Swiss drank 7.9 litres of pure alcohol last year, down from 8.1 litres in 2014 and 2015. That’s the lowest figure in over 70 years, reported the Swiss Alcohol Board on Thursday.
The Irish Sun (Ireland) - Olympic hero Kenneth Egan calls for ban on alcohol TV commercials until 10pm each night to tackle Ireland’s addiction battle
OLYMPIC boxing hero Kenneth Egan has called for a ban on TV alcohol advertisements in order to help the country knock out our growing addiction problem.
Wired.co.uk - Mindfulness reduces alcohol consumption in heavy drinkers
Mindfulness is not a fad. The technique, which encourages people to focus on thoughts, sounds and sensations, is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a means of staving off depression.
The Local France (France) - Alcohol sales in France see biggest drop in a decade, study shows
French wine might be renowned the world over, but alcohol consumption in the country has seen its biggest decline in a decade, a new study shows.
The Scotsman (Scotland) - Alcohol labels fail to inform public of safe drinking limit
Alcohol brands are failing to inform the public of the drinking guidelines and provide health warnings on labels according to new research.
Deccan Chronicle - Study reveals 8 in 1,000 babies are born with alcohol-related birth defects
Beware mothers-to-be, drinking during pregnancy may harm your baby, as a study has recently revealed that globally eight in 1,000 babies are born with alcohol-related birth defects.
The Times (Ireland) - Third worst in the world for alcohol-hit newborns
Irish babies have the third highest rate of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the world, a study claims.
Herald live (South Africa) - SA has 14 times global average of foetal alcohol disorders
South Africa has the highest prevalence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the world – more than 14 times the global average.
Indialivetoday - Alcohol consumption directly causes cancer in seven areas of human body, reveals new study...
The dangers associated with consuming alcohol have long been known. From the increased incidences of...
The Southern Reporter (UK) - Rise in kids admitted to A&E after drink binges
A Borders MSP has warned that work is still needed to be done to shake off the country’s culture of binge drinking after figures show an increase in the number of alcohol-related attendances at Borders General Hospital.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Alcohol News - 34/2017

Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - Risky drinking among baby boomers sees them make up half of hospital alcohol admissions
“Risky drinking” among baby boomers has left them accounting for almost half of alcohol-related hospital admissions, experts have warned.
Business Day (South Africa) - Easy access to alcohol and drugs is driving crime in Cape Town and Durban
The availability of alcohol and its role in fuelling crime has come under scrutiny, in a new report released on Wednesday.
ABC Online - Does one drink a day damage your health?
The idea low-level drinking is good for your health is actually a myth, says Professor Tanya Chikritzhs, from Curtin University's National Drug Research Institute.
The Guardian - Baby boomers' drink and drug misuse needs urgent action, warn experts
By 2020, the number of over-50s receiving treatment for substance misuse problems is expected to double in Europe and treble in the US, say researchers.
Reuters - Alcohol may impair tired drivers even if they aren’t drunk
People with blood alcohol levels below the legal cutoff for being considered drunk may still be unsafe drivers if they’re also sleep deprived, a small experiment suggests.
Daily Mail - Is this the most obvious study conclusion ever? Teenagers who end up in manual labour jobs drink MORE alcohol as they end up in the pub rather than at home revising
Teenagers who want to settle as bricklayers drink more alcohol than those seeking a promising career as a banker, a study suggests.
Terre Haute Tribune Star (USA) - Alcohol panel members often accept liquor lobby dollars
Every member of the Indiana General Assembly will likely deal with alcohol legislation at some point. Many also accept campaign contributions from the alcohol lobby.
Times of Malta (Turkmenistan) - Alcohol pulled off the shelves in Turkmenistan's capital
Alcohol stores have been closed down and alcoholic products taken off the shelves of shops in the capital of Turkmenistan ahead of a major international athletic completion next month.
dailytelegraph.com.au (Australia) - Attacks against paramedics often fuelled by alcohol and drugs: NSW Ambulance
FOR paramedics on the front line, aggression and abuse from patients is not an uncommon experience.
Harvard Health - Gender equality? Not when it comes to alcohol and the brain
Gender differences in the brain's reward system could mean that women who need help kicking alcohol may need different types of treatment.
Independent Online (South Africa) - MEC halts plan to sell alcohol at schools
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has requested that the brakes be put on buying and selling booze at Western Cape schools until she meets Education MEC Debbie Schäfer.
EurekAlert - CAMH study shows global estimates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder among children
Globally, nearly eight out of every 1,000 children in the general population is estimated to have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), according to a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
CBC.ca (Canada) - Cross-border booze appeal a chance to hit reset on interprovincial trade, MP says
A Conservative MP in British Columbia is urging Canadians to contact their members of Parliament about the New Brunswick case involving cross-border alcohol limits that heads to the Supreme Court of Canada in December.
Cyprus Mail (Cyprus) - State getting tough on alcohol sale to under-18s
One of the anti-drugs council’s (ASK) top priorities is tackling underage drinkers’ easy access to alcohol by increased checks and stricter application of the law, a senior official from the council said on Wednesday.
Medical Xpress - Regular pub binge drinkers are more likely to be violent
People who admit to regularly binge drinking at the pub are more prone to have acted violently in the past 12 months, according to my new research. The findings raise questions about what strategies can be used to reduce alcohol-related violence and suggest promise for measures to modify alcohol pricing and taxation as well as restrictions on pub licences.
The Conversation - The seven tactics unhealthy industries use to undermine public health policies
Across Africa there are examples of governments trying to introduce policies that improve health, and protect the environment only to find their efforts undermined by unhealthy corporations, and their industry associations.

Monday, August 21, 2017

FASD News - 33/2017

Pincher Creek Echo (Canada) - Local learning about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
It is a devastating condition that affects 36,000 Albertans. It can affect memory, create permanent nerve damage and learning disabilities. It is completely incurable, yet, 100 per cent preventable.
ABC Online (Australia) - Teen runaway with FASD ended up drowned, eaten by shark or crocodile
A 15-year-old Indigenous boy in state care who drowned and then had his body mauled by a crocodile or shark in Western Australia's top end was suffering foetal alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD), a coronial inquest has heard.
The Northern Daily Leader (Australia) - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder rife in Tamworth region
The Tamworth region is suffering at the hands of a completely preventable disorder that results in cognitive, physical, and social disabilities in children, and a local health professional is screaming out for more to be done.
Alaska Public Radio Network (USA) - Preventing fetal alcohol exposure and its effects
On this Line One program the focus is on efforts to prevent fetal alcohol exposure and its effects. We will discuss local and national efforts and the challenges to preventing the lifelong effects that alcohol can cause in the developing fetus.
Neurology Advisor - Animal Model Shows Reversal of Fetal Alchohol Syndrome Effects
Animal research may have yielded a potential treatment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in children; the new report was published in Molecular Psychiatry.
SalemNews.net (USA) - Moms-to-be and addiction present special needs
Every day there are women who make the decision to stop abusing substances. Most women who use illicit drugs don’t plan to become pregnant. They may not even know they are, and those early weeks of pregnancy are crucial as the baby’s organs are developing.
Social Justice Solutions - Major Breakthrough on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome has Huge Implications for Child Welfare System
One or two decades from now, we might look back at a Northwestern University study completed this month as a major turning point in the history of child welfare, foster care and adoption.
Creating a Family - 5 Sanity Saving Tips for Kids with Fetal Alcohol Disorders (FASD)
Many adoptive parents are faced with the decision of adopting a child that has been or may have been exposed to alcohol during pregnancy. Many others are in the midst of parenting kids that have been prenatally exposed to alcohol.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
ACOGNews - “What You Should Tell Her?” -- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Prevention Project
Alcohol use during pregnancy is a common area of concern for expectant women. The patient is receiving multiple opinions from her relatives and friends on whether or not she should indulge in drinking during her pregnancy.
ACOGNews - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention: Promoting Screening & Brief Intervention
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) are the full spectrum of birth defects caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. One prevention challenge is that women receive mixed messages regarding the risks of alcohol use during pregnancy.
Kortney Gehlert - The Best I Can Be: Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Effects
Improvisation Institute - Community Improv FASD & Social Isolation
This project is lead by Dr. Michelle Stewart and Dr. Rebecca Caines with the University of Regina. The community-based research project starts with the premise that people living with FASD are the experts on FASD, and hold artistic and imaginative potential to harness unique improvisation skills such as impulse, imaginative narrative, and spontaneity.

RESEARCH
Chemosphere - Developmental ethanol exposure impairs locomotor movement in Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) larvae targeting epigenome
Evidence indicated ethanol exposure during development disrupts brain functions that induces fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) phenotypes with behavioral abnormalities.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Age-Related Differences in Neuropsychological Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Cross-sectional Study
This cross-sectional study examined six key areas of neuropsychological functioning (cognitive, academic, attention, executive function, adaptive skills) comparing adolescents and school-age children with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE).
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - FASD: Folic acid and Formic Acid - An unholy alliance in the alcohol abusing mother
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy remains a significant cause of preventable birth defects and developmental disabilities, however, the mechanism of toxicity remains unclear.
Journal of Food Science - Turmeric Extract Rescues Ethanol-Induced Developmental Defect in the Zebrafish Model for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Prenatal ethanol exposure causes the most frequent preventable birth disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The effect of turmeric extracts in rescuing an ethanol-induced developmental defect using zebrafish as a model was determined.
Journal of Neuropathology & Experimental Neurology - Human Brain Abnormalities Associated With Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a common neurodevelopmental problem, but neuropathologic descriptions are rare and focused on the extreme abnormalities.
American Journal of Occupational Therapy - Functional and Neuropsychological Assessment in Adults With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
The first study to investigate functional abilities in adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder advanced knowledge in three ways: (1) Psychosocial skills have to be tested for guiding treatments, (2) functional skills explain the severity of disease, and (3) the psychosocial element has to be added to the diagnostic guidelines.
Psychiatry, Psychology and Law - Assessment and Evaluation of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and its Potential Relevance for Sentencing: A Clarion Call from Western Australia
LCM was a child of 15 whose diagnosis of FASD was not made prior to his being sentenced for the senseless and brutal manslaughter of his infant son. The diagnosis arrived at by a multidisciplinary team shortly before his appeal to the Western Australian Court of Appeal in LCM v The State of Western Australia [2016] WASCA 164 resulted in a significant reduction in his sentence.
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Ethanol-induced Damage to the Developing Spinal Cord: The Involvement of CCR2 Signaling
Ethanol exposure during development causes fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). A large body of evidence shows that ethanol produces multiple abnormalities in the developing central nervous system (CNS), such as smaller brain size, reduced volume of cerebral white matter, permanent loss of neurons, and alterations in synaptogenesis and myelinogenesis.
University of South Australia - Decreasing alcohol consumption among pregnant women in Australia: The effectiveness of a public health approach
This research utilised a mixed methods design to explore the knowledge and attitudes of pregnant women and their partners on the topic of alcohol consumption during pregnancy; the nature of the information that is available to women about alcohol consumption during pregnancy; and evaluated the effectiveness of a public health intervention.
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment - Convergence of online daily diaries and timeline followback among women at risk for alcohol exposed pregnancy
Researchers and clinicians interested in assessing drinking and unprotected sex in evaluating risk for alcohol-exposed pregnancy (AEP) have limited options.
EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY - The Use of Trace Eyeblink Classical Conditioning to Assess Hippocampal Dysfunction in a Rat Model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Trace eyeblink classical conditioning (ECC) was used to assess hippocampal-dependent associative learning in adult rats that were administered a high concentration (11.9% v/v) of alcohol during early neonatal brain development.
Brain Research - Effect of prenatal exposure to ethanol on the pyramidal tract in developing rats
Prenatal exposure to ethanol induces a relative increase in the numbers of pyramidal tract axons relative to the number of corticospinal projection neurons in somatosensory/motor cortices in the adult rat.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
innsalzach24.de (Germany) - Lehrreiche Mitmach-Ausstellung für Fachleute und Schülerinnen
Mühldorf a. Inn - Rund 50 Pädagogen aus verschiedenen Einrichtungen und Beratungsstellen waren nach Mühldorf gekommen, um sich mit dem Thema „Fetale Alkoholspektrumstörung“, kurz FASD, auseinanderzusetzen.
NOZ - Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (Germany) - 6700 Euro für FASD-Selbsthilfe Lingen
Lingen. Die Krankenkasse DAK-Gesundheit in Lingen unterstützt die Arbeit der Selbsthilfegruppe FASD mit 6200 Euro.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Alcohol News - 33/2017

BBC News (UK) - Drunk air passenger arrests up 50%
Arrests of passengers suspected of being drunk at UK airports and on flights have risen by 50% in a year, a BBC Panorama investigation suggests.
The Guardian - Ryanair calls for airport crackdown on alcohol sales
Ryanair has called for a crackdown on alcohol sales at British airports after claiming that airlines are saddled with the consequences of passengers getting drunk before flights.
New York Daily News (USA) - One in eight Americans is an alcoholic: study
One in eight Americans could be considered an alcoholic, says a new study in JAMA Psychiatry. Nearly 13% of American adults — roughly 30 million — meet the criteria for alcoholism, as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
TASS (Russia) - More than one-third of Russians claim they do not drink alcohol — poll
According to the poll, most Russians (80%) believe that all alcoholic beverages have an adverse effect on one’s health.
TIME (USA) - Why Americans—Especially Women—Are Drinking More Alcohol
More Americans are drinking high amounts of alcohol, and the greatest increases are seen among women and older adults, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Alcohol re-think 'central' to mental health policy, Government told
Cheap booze is a cause of depression and aid to suicide and there is a pressing need to rethink its availability and price, the Government has been told by the Prime Minister's chief science adviser.
EverythingLubbock.com (USA) - TABC Plans Undercover Stings at Alcohol-Selling Businesses
Undercover operations at thousands of alcohol retailers will test to see if the businesses sell to those under 21.
The Globe and Mail (Canada) - Globe editorial: A lower alcohol limit for drivers is a smart move
The revelation that federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is toying with the idea of lowering the legal blood-alcohol limit for drivers has caught some people off-guard.
The North West Star (Australia) - Minister visits Mornington Island amidst AMP review
Minister for Indigenous Affairs has a chance to seize the day in his new role and implement a new Alcohol Management Plan (AMP) on Mornington Island.
Nyasa Times (Malawi) - Minister Muluzi to launch Malawi Alcohol Policy
Ministry of Health in conjunction with Malawi Alcohol Policy Alliance will on August 18, 2017, launch the Malawi National Alcohol Policy which will among other things help check alcohol abuse.
Science Daily - Brain injury in kids might lead to alcohol abuse
Researchers have surveyed previous studies to investigate the relationship between traumatic brain injuries and alcohol abuse. They found evidence that traumatic brain injuries in children and adolescents could be a risk-factor for alcohol abuse in later life, and advise that brain injury survivors should be given special attention to address potential substance abuse issues.
Herald Sun (Australia) - Responsible service of alcohol laws must apply to youth gatherings, says security firm boss
THE operator of a teen party security firm says under-age functions should be covered by Victoria’s responsible service of alcohol rules.
Herald Scotland (Scotland) - Scotch Whisky Association faces £1.2m in costs if alcohol pricing appeal fails
A TRADE body behind the four-year legal bid to block the policy on minimum pricing of alcohol stands to lose up to £1.2 million if the court action is unsuccessful.
Nzherald - People share photos of incredible transformations after quitting alcohol
Even if you're not an alcoholic, drinking can take a heavy toll on your body. While the occasional drink is harmless (some would say even beneficial), excessive drinking has serious consequences, affecting internal organs as well as physical appearance.
Huffington Post Australia - Why Quitting Alcohol Is The Best Thing I’ve Ever Done
I used to have the motto, 'I'm here for a good time, not a long time', and my golly I've had a good time. But did it make me eternally happy? No. And in hindsight, how awful was that motto?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Alcohol News - 32/2017

NHS Choices - Alcohol linked to an increased risk of skin cancer
Researchers pooled the results of previous studies and found a small, but significant, association between alcohol consumption and non-melanoma skin cancers. The most common of these types of cancer are squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma.
TVNZ (New Zealand) - 'Alcohol shouldn't be a normal part of your life' – calls to ban alcohol sales in supermarkets
The New Zealand Medical Associations says it's pushing for a ban on alcohol sales in supermarkets because it's "dangerous" and causing "harm to ordinary people".
Toronto Star (Canada) - Ottawa mulls tougher drunk driving laws by lowering legal alcohol limit
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould sent a letter to a colleague in May in which she suggests lowering the limit to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood from the current 80 milligrams.
Express.co.uk - Liver disease and alcohol: Do YOU know what counts as drinking too much?
ALCOHOL-related liver disease (ARLD) refers to liver damage caused by excess alcohol intake. There are several stages of severity and a range of associated symptoms.
AdNews - New rules on placement of alcohol ads loom large
"Significant" changes to the self-regulation of alcohol ads are coming into play in November. The new developments now relate to the actual placement of ads and not just the content - which is a new move.
Bath Chronicle - Drinking ANY alcohol during pregnancy causes subtle changes to a baby's facial features
Researchers have found that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can make subtle changes to the way a baby’s face is formed.
Ukrinform. Ukraine and world news (Ukraine) - Government raises minimum prices for alcohol
The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a resolution on increasing the minimum wholesale and retail prices for certain types of alcoholic beverages, according to the government portal.
Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - Byelaws prohibiting outdoor alcohol consumption introduced at lochside locations
Byelaws prohibiting outdoor drinking on the shores of Loch Voil, Loch Earn, Loch Doine and the North West area of Loch Lubnaig came into force on Monday (August 7).
Irish Times (Ireland) - Most Irish adults unaware of alcohol guidelines, survey finds
The majority of Irish adults are not fully aware of the low-risk guidelines for alcohol, according to a new survey.
Washington Times - Researchers warn even moderate alcohol consumption can cause brain damage
While a raft of studies link moderate drinking with various health benefits, a noted British researcher warns that such findings must be viewed in context of the studies’ limitations.
AOL (UK) - Undocumented immigrants less likely to be arrested for drugs, alcohol
As the percentage of immigrants without papers rose in the U.S. population between 1990 and 2014, arrests for drugs and drunken-driving dropped, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Alcohol News - 31/2017

ABC Online (Australia) - Ice addiction 'pales into insignificance' compared to harms linked to alcohol abuse, AMA says
Australia's peak medical body has slammed the Federal Government's drug policy, arguing its focus on methamphetamine is misplaced and alcohol abuse is a far more pressing issue.
ABC Online (Australia) - Indigenous community takes alcohol policy into its own hands, using elders as bouncers at club
The club doesn't run like an ordinary pub: punters are breath-tested before they enter, and if they blow over the 0.05 blood alcohol limit, they're not allowed in.
NHS Choices - Reports that frequent drinking prevents diabetes are inaccurate
"Drinking a moderate amount of certain drinks such as wine three to four times a week reduced diabetes risk by about 30%," The Guardian reports. That was the main reported finding of a Danish study looking at the impact of alcohol on diabetes risk.
NDTV - Do You Drink Alcohol Regularly? It May Raise the Risk of Skin Cancer
A heavy alcohol consumer may be at an increased risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer. There are two most common types of non-melanoma skin cancer; basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC)
Globalnews.ca (Canada) - Montreal anglophones drink more alcohol than francophones: survey
A 2017 CROP survey commissioned by Éduc’alcool shows that Montreal’s English-speaking community drinks more frequently and excessively compared to its francophone and allophone counterparts.
Zee News - Alcohol is no stress-buster, consumption can have lethal impact
Many of us are under the impression that alcohol can help us sail through the stress period we experience in life but a recent study has challenged the thought.
News-Medical.net (USA) - Undocumented immigrants do not increase prevalence of drug, alcohol crimes and deaths in the U.S.
Despite being saddled with many factors associated with drug and alcohol problems, undocumented immigrants are not increasing the prevalence of drug and alcohol crimes and deaths in the United States, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
RAPSI (Russia) - Putin toughens penalties for illegal alcohol circulation
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill toughening penalties for illegal production and sale of alcohol and alcohol-containing products into law.
Herald Scotland (Scotland) - SNP Cabinet Secretary accepted hospitality from drinks giant opposed to alcohol minimum pricing
AN SNP Cabinet Secretary benefited from £1,000 of hospitality from one of the strongest opponents of Government policy on the minimum pricing of alcohol.
Irish Medical Times (Ireland) - Drugs, alcohol strategy funding to be addressed year by year
Funding for the new national drugs and alcohol strategy, ‘Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery: A health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025’, will be addressed by each relevant Government department in the context of the Annual Estimates process over the lifespan of the policy, the Department of Health has said.
Addiction Now (USA) - Over 2 million were addicted to alcohol and drugs in 2014, gov report
New government data reveals that 2.3 million American adults suffered from both a past-year illicit drug addiction and an alcohol addiction in 2014.
Science Daily - Universal screening for alcohol misuse at hospital admission identifies patients at risk of developing alcoholic liver disease
In a landmark study of over 50,000 hospital admissions, investigators demonstrated the feasibility of introducing universal screening for alcohol misuse to identify patients at risk.