Tagged: Addiction

NEWS: USA: Alcohol, Other Drug Use Hinder Academic Performance

Alcohol and other drug use hinders academic performance in U.S. universities, according to a report by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.
According to the report there are two major ways in which alcohol and other drug use hinder academic performance of students…

NEWS: Bhutan: Addiction Epidemic Hinders Development

In Bhutan a growing addiction epidemic is hindering the development of the country.
Bhutan is known globally for placing Gross National Happiness of its citizens above gross domestic product. However, the country is now struggling to maintain the well-being of their population in the face of an increasing substance use burden.
With growing exposure to alcohol and pain medication, addiction is now a major problem for Bhutan. A recent government report found that alcohol causes 50% of the patient deaths in hospitals…

NEWS: Poland: Little Liquor Bottles, Massive Harm

Little liquor bottles, known as ‘monkeys’ have become extremely popular in Poland. The seemingly smaller containers are however fueling heavy alcohol use and related harms.

‘Monkeys’ are 100ml or 200ml bottles of hard liquor. These small containers are colorful, easy to transport and give consumers a false sense of control over their alcohol use. In 2017 there were 40 taste varieties of ‘monkeys’. It is estimated that 3 million people buy them in Poland on a daily basis. Yearly, over 1 billion ‘monkeys’ are sold…

NEWS: Canada: Calls for Better Alcohol Policy

Health experts in Canada are calling for better alcohol control policy to curb the growing alcohol harm in the country, specially on women. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), issued an alcohol policy framework outlining the current problematic trends of alcohol use specifically in terms of advertising, increased consumption by women and alcohol related violence…

NEWS: UK: Deadly Mix of Alcohol, Cocaine

At least 13 deaths within a year are attributable to self-inflicted harm caused by taking a mix of cocaine and alcohol. Figures show there has been a rise in the number of alcohol-and-cocaine-related deaths over the past two decades, and an increase in cocaine use…

NEWS: Philippines: Alcohol Harm Costs P200 Billion Yearly

A new study by the Philippine government reports, alcohol harm costs the government P200 Billion annually. The study by House of Representatives ways and means committee and the Department of Finance (DOF) finds that the majority of this cost is spent on treating and caring for Filipinos with alcohol problems. This includes law enforcement costs as well as burial costs when there are alcohol deaths… 

NEWS: Canada: Thousands of Youth Hospitalized

A staggering number of youth are hospitalised in Canada due to harm caused by alcohol and other drugs. According to a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), more than 23,500 youth were hospitalized for harm from substance use. About 65 young people in Canada per day are admitted to hospital because of harm caused by cannabis, alcohol, opioids and other substances. Cannabis accounted for nearly 40% of the hospital stays among youth. Alcohol accounted for about 26% of the hospitalizations…

NEWS: Uganda: 61% Started Alcohol Use Before Age 18

According to a survey by the Uganda Alcohol Policy Alliance (UAPA) 61% of the population that uses alcohol started use before 18 years of age.
According to the survey, peer pressure, wanting to test alcohol and stress are leading minors to take up alcohol use. Results also reveal that 31% of those who use alcohol started before they were 14 years old.
These statistics are worrying given that it means 27 million Ugandans are at an increased risk of suffering alcohol-related consequences. Evidence shows that the earlier someone starts using alcohol, the higher is the probability that they develop alcohol problems, such as addiction or chronic diseases, later on in life…

NEWS: Canada: Alcohol Deaths on the Rise

According to new research, 10 Canadians are dying in hospitals every day due to harm from substance use, with 75% of these deaths directly related to alcohol use. The data comes from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). They have also found that alcohol contributes to more than half of all hospitalizations linked to substance use…