Introducing minimum pricing for alcohol would be up to 50 times more effective than current government policy, according to health researchers. Hundreds of deaths could be avoided every year with a minimum price for alcohol units, researchers estimated.
I remember the time around your birth vividly. My waters had broken and as there were no signs of contractions, you were induced and arrived the following morning at 3.50am – all 7lb 4oz of you. When I held you for the first time, you were truly the most beautiful and perfect thing I had ever seen. Everything and everyone else looked dirty and jaded but you looked and smelled and felt like perfection. I have loved you unreservedly since that moment.
Powerful piece on the very personal impacts of AOD dependence on families.
As Liberal Democrats we have never been afraid to stand up for what we believe in, even if that means standing against the crowd. At conference in Glasgow, the Federal Policy Committee will present its policy paper Doing what Works to Cut Crime, a paper that amongst other issues, revisits and has restarted the debate on drug policy.
An early age of onset of drinking is a risk factor for subsequent heavy drinking and negative outcomes, researchers report. New research looks at both an early age of onset, as well as a quick progression from initial alcohol use to drinking to the point of intoxication, as risk factors. Findings indicate that both are associated with high-school student alcohol use and binge drinking.
More research linking early age of initiation into alcohol consumption with subsequent problematic consumption patterns.
REGIONAL communities across the country are being torn apart by the drug ice and are ill-equipped to deal with the social, health and crime problems it brings.
Without having seen the story yet, it's hard to make informed comment about its content. Accessibility of treatment services in rural and regional areas is certainly an issue, but it's misguided to suggest increasing withdrawal beds will solve the problem. On it's own, withdrawal provides only a break from use. Without ongoing work to help people change their behaviour and the factors in their lives that contribute to that behaviour, an investment in withdrawal beds will not provide the 'solution' that local communities are looking for. If communities are to really get to grips with methampheatmine related harms, we need a better understanding of AOD treatment and the recovery process. Here's what we've been doing in this area: http://www.regen.org.au/images/Meth_Treatment_-_Building_on_successful_strategies_to_enhance_outcomes_v1.0.pdf
Australia should look at regulating synthetic drugs because banning them is like a game of "whack a mole", with so-called legal highs exposing the weaknesses of prohibition, says the New Zealand Drug Foundation.
Many people try to watch what they eat, count their calories, and try to cut down on excess sugar and fat. What many people forget to look at is the amount of alcohol they drink; and the extra energy intake can add up surprisingly quickly.