Topic: Recovery

REPORT: A Digital Intervention Addressing Alcohol Use Problems

Clinically significant reductions in alcohol use were found, as well as reduced alcohol risk (AUDIT–C) and days out of role. Importantly, improved alcohol-related outcomes were found for both hazardous or harmful and probably dependent alcohol users…

NEWS: Mexico: President Launches Drug Prevention Program

Mexico’s President has launched a drug prevention program to reduce the increasing drug use, specially among minors and youth. Mexican government survey data shows drug use among minors has more than quadrupled since 2002, with more than 1 in 20 Mexicans between the ages of 12-17 saying they have consumed illegal drugs…

NEWS: Balearics: Alcohol Addiction Affects 60,000 People

A study by alcohol and other drug dependency charity Projecte Home reveals that almost 60,000 people in the Spanish Balearic islands are addicted to alcohol. According to the study, in the past 12 months, 78% of people in the Balearics have consumed alcohol…

REPORT: Improving the Delivery of Brief Interventions for Heavy Alcohol Use in Primary Health Care

The EU-funded ODHIN trial tested eight strategies to promote screening and brief interventions for risky alcohol use in primary health care units in Catalonia in Spain, England, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden – an important attempt to find how best to bridge the gap between the numbers who might benefit from these interventions and those who actually receive them…

REPORT: Changing Treatment Practices for Alcohol Use Disorder Could Save Lives

Primary health care should be responsible for most treatment, with routine screening for alcohol use, and the provision of a staggered treatment response, from brief advice to pharmacological treatment. Clinical interventions for these disorders should be embedded in a supportive environment…

NEWS: Germany: Increase in Addictions

According to the the epidemiological addiction survey 2018, in Germany, taking painkillers and cannabis use is increasing. Comparatively smoking cigarettes and alcohol use is going down, but is still one of the highest in the region. Nearly 14% of respondents were dependent on at least one substance. Projected to the population, this is equivalent to 7 million out of 50 million 18- to 64-year-olds…

NEWS: Ethiopia Battles Khat, Alcohol Addiction

Ethiopia is battling khat and alcohol addiction. Khat which is commonly used in the country is understood to be an initiation drug for alcohol. Legally, khat is banned in many countries, although chewing khat is still commonplace in Ethiopia and the wider Horn of Africa region…

NEWS: Switzerland: 11,500 Hospitalized for Alcohol Poisoning Yearly

According to a study, around 11,500 people were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning in a Swiss hospital, in 2016. The study by  Sucht Schweiz analyzed the figures for the years 2003 to 2016 from the “Swiss Medical Statistics of Hospitals” of the Federal Statistical Office. Accordingly, hospitalization due to alcohol intoxication increased sharply by 2008, followed by a turnaround…

NEWS: US Elections: Candidate Unveils Plan for Mental Health

South Bend Mayor and candidate for the Democratic Nomination to become President of the United States, Pete Buttigieg released a plan to expand mental health care services and fight addiction, with the goal of preventing 1 million deaths over the next nine years…

NEWS: Sweden: Alcohol Cause for Workplace Concerns

Many people worry about colleagues’ alcohol habits. Every other person has had concerns that a colleague has alcohol problems. According to a survey presented in Systembolaget’s Alcohol Report 2019, half of the participants have at one time suspected that a colleague or manager at their workplace has alcohol problems…