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I don’t want to tell alcoholic patients to keep drinking, but I have to

Although it goes against my instincts as a doctor, the lack of funding for drug and alcohol services means I have no choice, NHS liaison psychiatrist Mariam Alexander writes in the Guardian.

How many people plan to give up alcohol for Dry January?

An extra 1.1 million people are planning to give up drinking at the start of 2019 as part of Dry January, the drinks business frets. Also: Why do Dry January?

Another 10 distressing facts about our prisons

… including that 47% of men and 31% of women reported that it was easy to get drugs in their prison.

Tobacco cessation: funding opportunities

The NHS National Institute for Health Research has opened 4 grant opportunities for application, relating to tobacco cessation and harm reduction.

Improving treatment for patients with childhood abuse-related PTSD

Childhood abuse related post-traumatic stress disorder is linked to a high burden of disease – including addiction – and with treatment response rates that leave room for improvement. Leiden University examines cost-effectiveness and moderators and mediators of treatment outcome.

EMCDDA: Trendspotter manual

This user-friendly guide takes the reader, step by step, through the trendspotter methodology developed by the EMCDDA to explore emerging drug trends, new patterns of use, developing drug markets and technologies. Also: Recent changes in Europe’s cocaine market: results from an EMCDDA

EMCDDA: EU-ANSA activities in 2018

This month, the EMCDDA approaches the end of its presidency of the EU Agencies’ Network on Scientific Advice (EU-ANSA) and looks back on a productive year.

Alcohol consumption & hospitalization burden in an adult italian population

Heavier drinkers have a higher rate of hospitalization for all causes, including alcohol‐related diseases and cancer, a risk that appears to be further magnified by concurrent smoking, Dr Simona Costanzo of Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health found on a

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