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26 September 2017

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Hidden epidemic of gambling addiction costs us all dearly

In total, 2.3million people are problem gamblers or at risk of addiction. Experts say that costs taxpayers up to £1.2billion a year because we have to pick up the tab when punters get hooked, the Mirror reports.

Thinking is warped on cannabis legalisation

Free-marketeers are ignoring the devastating harm marijuana can do as they champion consumer rights, writes Melanie Phillips in The Times.

Drinkers & alcohol industry defy government alcohol guidelines

According to Drinkers’ Voice, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, Scotch Whisky Association, British Beer and Pub Association, and the National Association of Cider Makers decided to not recommend to their members that they should display the weekly drinking guidelines

Turned into drug-addicts by their doctors, then abandoned by the NHS

Benzos have stolen the best years of my life. They were supposed to be a temporary solution for an anxiety attack, but I’ve been on them for 10 years and they’ve made me feel far worse” – the Daily Mail

Labour considers plans to force bookies to fund treatment for gambling addicts

Shadow culture secretary Tom Watson will use his speech to conference to set out plans to review the extent of the issue and the NHS’ ability to provide mental health treatment for addicts and problem gamblers.

Charities Against Fraud Awards 2017

Charity Commission awards will showcase charities’ success stories and share best practices. Entry is free and open to all UK-registered charities. The submission deadline is Friday 6 October 2017.

Personalised digital interventions for reducing harmful alcohol consumption in communities

Newcastle University et al found moderate-quality evidence that digital interventions could lower alcohol consumption, with an average reduction of up to 3 standard drinks per week compared to control participants – research includes a “plain language summary”.

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