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Psychiatrists call for total ban on alcohol advertising

A GROUP of psychiatrists has called for a complete ban on all alcohol advertising and sponsorship in Ireland. Irish teenagers spent €145 million in 2006 on alcohol, more than the entire annual spend on illegal drugs, according to psychiatrist Dr Bobby Smyth from the Irish College of Psychiatrists, a representative body for Irish psychiatrists. Dr….

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Aripiprazole may be effective for alcohol addiction

A drug used to treat the symptoms of psychosis in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may also be a useful medication for individuals who are addicted to alcohol, findings published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research suggest. Aripiprazole, sold in the U.S. under the trade name Abilify, is an atypical antipsychotic that increases the….

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Expert warns teens and alcohol don’t mix

Tasmanian parents are being warned against allowing their children to drink alcohol. The warning follows a national health insurers’ survey of 1200 adults earlier this year. More than half the Tasmanians interviewed thought it was acceptable for 15 to 17-year-olds to drink at home supervised by their parents. The Director of the Brain and Mind….

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Homeless alcoholics can’t just quit

Managing alcohol addiction, including free drinks, has worked wonders — and shows why we must treat addictions equally Every day, in the shadow of Parliament Hill, 30 homeless alcoholics are fed, housed and served drinks, each hour on the hour, between early morning and evening. That this “managed alcohol” program run by Ottawa’s Inner City….

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Doctors want booze marketing ban

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There should be a ban on all alcohol advertising, including sports and music sponsorship, doctors say. The British Medical Association said the crackdown on marketing was needed, along with an end to cut-price deals, to stop rising rates of consumption. The industry spends £800m a year on promoting drinks – just a quarter of which….

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