The above article relates to the impact addiction problems can have on the whole family. Many people with drug and alcohol problems have children and are constantly in fear of their children being taken away if they ask for the help they need. This fear stops those really in need of support from asking for it - what are the consequences? The children suffer. We need to stop the stigmatisms, recognise the problems and everyone will benefit, not least our families…
Archive for May, 2008
Want to know about drinking in the UK? - check out the latest publication from the NHS Information Centre. Follow the link to read about health issues relating to alcohol in England and view the statistics. The reports cover topics such as drinking habits and behaviours among adults and school children, drinking related ill health and mortality, affordability of alcohol and alcohol related costs.
Are drinkers ignorant about what they drink or are regulations and production methods changing so fast we can’t keep up - do you know how much you can drink and then get behind the wheel of your car without being put behind bars?….get yourself educated about your drinking.
As hospitals face more and more admissions related to alcohol how will the NHS cope and what can we do to stop future problems, such as the developing teenage drinking cycle?
More and more evidence is pointing towards new technology and it’s increasing link to addiction problems - problems defined as just as serious as more commonly acknowledged addictions, like heroin addiction and alcoholism. Just what are the risk factors and how can video games seriously damage your life? What is the extent of this problem and with the world of gaming developing more rapidly that most industries on the planet are we causing a huge new problem for the next generations?
The above article taps into how we think about drinking…do you know how may units you consume in a week and more to the point how many units we are advised to limit ourselves to drink…. and what effect this has on our health?
The equation for working out how many units we drink is -
Multiply the volume (in millilitres) by %ABV then divide the result by 1000.
Units = (volume (ml) x %ABV)
(If the drinks container gives you the volume in cl, not ml, add a 0 on the end and put into the equation). the World Health Organization recommends a week allowance of no more than 14 units for women and 21 units for men - do you know what you’re drinking?
The above link takes you to a fascinating story as told by a young man living in today’s drug culture - if you want to know what a k-hole is and how people feel about psychological addiction as oppose to physical addiction you should read this account…
The above link refers to a Channel 4 article written addressing the ever increasing number of betting shops, bookies and casinos, all offering easy opportunities to gamble. What should the government be doing to tackle problem gambling in light of their continued licensing of new places for people to spend money? Many people develop addiction problems leading to financial and psychological issues for them and their families - is problem gambling really recognised by the government as it should be?
As stated in the above link to a publication by The Central Office of Information, the face of cannabis is changing - stronger strains, younger users and harsher penalties - will changing the class of this drug have a significant effect on who chooses to use it?
The above article, published in an Australian newspaper, discusses the ever growing prison population and comments on the large proportion of inmates who committed their crimes whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol - should the prison systems around the world be obligated to get these prisoners treatment, instead of handing out blanket punishments? If so, who should be prioritised for treatment and what criteria should be implemented to this end?