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Experts from all over the world will gather for a major European conference on mental health and addictions at the University of St Andrews tomorrow (Friday 3 June 2016). ‘Emerging priorities in mental health and addiction: The Virtual World, Ageing and Migration’ will explore key emerging issues facing researchers, practitioners…
Sales of alcohol in Scotland are on the rise with the equivalent of 41 bottles of vodka sold per adult in 2015, according to new figures. Alcohol sales had been falling but the NHS Health Scotland study found this downward trend has reversed, mainly due to a greater proportion being…
Young adults in Britain are more likely to drink heavily if they smoke or have attended higher education (college and university), new research has found. The study, which was led by a team of researchers from the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, aimed to examine…
A new scheme run by Wrexham Glyndwr University is using the power of football to help tackle drug and alcohol problems in the area. Members from recovery hub Champions' House will benefit from the use of Glyndwr’s facilities and coaching from students as they top up their soccer skills this…
A family court judge asked to make decisions on the futures of four children whose father was a crack addict has rejected the argument that chronic drug addiction can be "controlled and managed". Judge Gareth Jones said domestic acrimony, violent confrontation and criminal activity were the pitfalls of chronic addiction.…
American company Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc. has today announced that it has signed a 'definitive agreement' for the acquisition of the Priory Group and expects to complete the transaction by February 16, 2016. Priory is a leading provider of behavioral healthcare services in the UK, operating more than 300 facilities…
The Duchess of Cambridge has celebrated the achievements of graduate addiction counsellors during a visit to a centre which trains professionals to work with substance abusers. Kate is patron of the organisation Action on Addiction and toured its centre for addiction treatment studies in Warminster, Wiltshire, to highlight its work.…
Wales Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething has officially launched the refurbished Dyfrig House, in Cardiff, which offers a specialist service for homeless people dealing with drug and alcohol problems. Dyfrig House was originally opened in 1967 to provide drop in advice and support for people who wanted to address problematic…
Scotland is leading the way in alcohol policy in the UK while the Westminster Government "comes out worst" on almost all such measures a new report has found. Academics from Stirling and Sheffield universities examined the different measures adopted across the four parts of the United Kingdom when it comes…
The Duchess of Cambridge has heard the uplifting stories of offenders battling their addictions in a unique unit within a women's prison. Kate sat down and chatted with the female prisoners and ex-offenders during her first trip to a jail - HMP Send near Guildford, Surrey. A group of prisoners…
Kendrick Lamar’s major-label debut album good kid m.A.A.d. city, released in October 2012, provides rich narratives relating to important mental health themes, including addiction, depression and stress resilience, according to the co-founders of HIP HOP PSYCH, a new initiative to tackle mental health issues through hip-hop. In an article online…
Prescribing heroin to addicts could be cheaper than methadone, an expert on addiction has suggested. Professor Martin Schechter, who has long campaigned on the issue, said the drug substitute did not always prove to be effective while heroin treatments have been shown to get people clean as well as reduce…
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