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A Quiet Revolution: Drug Decriminalisation Policies in Practice Across the Globe A Quiet Revolution: Drug Decriminalisation Policies in Practice Across the Globe

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Date added: 12/19/2012
Date modified: 12/19/2012
Filesize: 1.77 MB
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Authors: Ari Rosmarin and Niamh Eastwood (Release)

'A Quiet Revolution: Drug Decriminalisation Policies in Practice Across the Globe' is the first report to support Release's campaign 'Drugs - It’s Time for Better Laws'. This report looks at over 20 countries that have adopted some form of decriminalisation of drug possession, including some States that have only decriminalised cannabis possession. The main aim of the report was to look at the existing research to establish whether the adoption of a decriminalised policy led to significant increases in drug use - the simple answer is that it did not.


More information about the campaign can be accessed at:
www.release.org.uk/decriminalisation

Alcohol brief interventions: exploring perceptions and training needs Alcohol brief interventions: exploring perceptions and training needs

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Date added: 07/11/2012
Date modified: 07/11/2012
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Author: Lacey J.

One of the main thrusts of contemporary alcohol misuse policies is that early intervention can make a real difference to patterns of problem drinking, as long as healthcare professionals are given the right skills. However, healthcare professionals themselves suggest that they are often unsure of how to raise issues, and feel that they lack the skills or knowledge to do this effectively. This study investigates the perceptions and training needs of health visitors, school nurses, nursery nurses and practice nurses in relation to alcohol misuse primary prevention and the delivery of brief interventions in their day-to-day work.

Alcohol consumption, alcohol dependence and attributable burden of disease in Europe Alcohol consumption, alcohol dependence and attributable burden of disease in Europe

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Date added: 06/25/2012
Date modified: 06/25/2012
Filesize: 4.35 MB
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Authors: Jürgen Rehm, Kevin D. Shield, Maximilien X. Rehm, Gerrit Gmel and Ulrich Frick

This report provides a timely and comprehensive review of the relationship between alcohol consumption and harm in Europe. While European alcohol strategies have typically focused on reducing alcohol misuse through controls on availability, marketing and price, and drunk‐driving countermeasures, this report highlights the considerable potential to reduce alcohol‐related harm through wider implementation of individually directed interventions for people with alcohol dependence. There is now a considerable evidence base which supports the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of brief interventions, and a range of specialist treatment for people with alcohol use disorders. However, this report highlights the current gap between evidence and practice. Less than 10% of people with alcohol dependence receive treatment in Europe; and yet alcohol dependence accounts for a substantial proportion of all harm associated with alcohol.

Alcohol in Europe. A public health perspective Alcohol in Europe. A public health perspective

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Date added: 06/27/2012
Date modified: 06/27/2012
Filesize: 6.79 MB
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Authors: Peter Anderson and Ben Baumberg (Institute of Alcohol Studies)

This public health report on alcohol, requested and financed by the European Commission, describes the social, health and economic burden that alcohol brings to European citizens, families and to Europe as a whole; this is a burden that increases social marginalization and exclusion and places a strain on the viable, socially responsible and productive Europe, as envisaged by the Lisbon strategy.

Alcohol in the European Union. Consumption, harm and policy approaches Alcohol in the European Union. Consumption, harm and policy approaches

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Date added: 06/25/2012
Date modified: 07/26/2012
Filesize: 6.69 MB
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Authors: Peter Anderson, Lars Møller and Gauden Galea (WHO Regional Office for Europe)

Alcohol is one of the world’s top three priority areas in public health. Even though only half the global population drinks alcohol, it is the world’s third leading cause of ill health and premature death, after low birth weight and unsafe sex, and greater than tobacco. In Europe, alcohol is also the third leading risk factor for disease and mortality after tobacco and high blood pressure. This report presents the latest literature overview of effective alcohol policies, and includes data from the European Union, Norway and Switzerland in the areas of alcohol consumption, harm and policy approaches. The data presented were collected from a survey in 2011.

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