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The availability of cheap alcohol has led to calls for minimum prices in Wales to change the drinking culture. Brian Gibbons, Wales’ social affairs minister, says he wants to see alcohol strength taken into account in pricing. Scottish ministers are preparing laws on minimum pricing, and Dr Gibbons has discussed the issue with them, although….
A group of Canadian researchers has demonstrated the truth of a practice commonly used in European countries like The Netherlands and Switzerland: Heroin can be an effective treatment for chronic, relapsing heroin addicts. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the study is “the first rigorous test of the approach performed in North America,”….
Minimum pricing has been supported by a broad coalition of health professionals and drinks industry figures The minimum pricing of alcohol in Scotland should be set at 50p per unit — 10p more than that proposed by the SNP government, according to the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The society, whose members include experts in health,….
A potentially new form of an eating disorder has people cutting calories to enjoy alcohol without the weight gain. Summer has arrived. As students diet and exercise to get into swimsuit shape, an extension of an eating disorder called drunkorexia makes headlines. Drunkorexia, a non-medical term, was coined by the media. It refers to “people….
Substance abuse has become a 21st century epidemic with one in four homes affected. While it may seem like a personal problem, citizens pay the price in law enforcement and court costs: domestic violence, divorce, and policing drunks on the road and dealers on school campuses. The statistics are sobering. In 2008, Ottawa County alone….