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Self-Regulation In Alcohol Advertising Not Working, As Ads Target Younger Drinkers

Addiction scientists are calling for tighter regulation of alcohol advertising, as new research shows that self-regulation by the alcohol industry does not protect impressionable children and youth from exposure. The new research, conducted in Australia, found that adolescents in the five main cities saw nearly as much TV alcohol advertising as 18-24 year olds, and in the case of full-strength beer and wine, in one city underage teens were actually exposed to more advertising than young adults of a legal drinking age. The researchers also found that all the most exposed alcohol ads included in the study contained at least one element known to appeal to children and adolescents, such as animated characters, animals, simple humorous storylines and pop music, despite the Australian alcohol industry's code of conduct specifically stating that alcohol advertising must not have strong or evident appeal to children or adolescents.

DrugScope Welcomes National Treatment Agency Announcment Of Increased Funding For Drug Treatment

DrugScope has welcomed the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse's announcement of an extra 11.8m government investment in drug treatment. Around a quarter of the additional funds ( 2.9m) will go to residential rehabilitation services to allow them to provide new beds and resource upgrades and refurbishment of their facilities. The remaining 8.9m will be allocated following a bidding process to support improvements in treatment services in residential, community and prison settings, including young people's services. The NTA's funding announcement comes alongside the publication of the agency's new Residential drug treatment services: a summary of good practice report.

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Study Redefines Roles Of Alcohol, Smoking In Risk For Pancreatitis

Although alcohol consumption is known to be associated with chronic pancreatitis, new evidence indicates that a threshold of five or more drinks per day is required to significantly raise risk; however, most patients with chronic pancreatitis do not drink this amount, according to a report in the June 8 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. In addition, smoking is an independent, dose-dependent risk factor. "Chronic pancreatitis is an inflammatory syndrome of the pancreas characterized by progressive parenchymal fibrosis [scarring of the organ], maldigestion, diabetes mellitus and pain, " the authors write as background information in the article.

Paramedic Struck Off For Drink Driving Whilst On Call

Paramedic, Mr Jonathan Knight has been struck off the HPC Register after he was convicted of driving with an alcohol concentration over twice the prescribed legal limit. A HPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that the registrant was driving an unmarked emergency response vehicle and was on call at the time he was stopped by police. HPC Panel Chair, Mr John Williams commented: "The panel is of the view that the registrant's conduct fell well below the standards expected of a health professional and was a very clear breach the HPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics. "The panel takes a very serious view of the registrant's conduct, given that the offence was committed while he was on call, and potentially could have put patients and members of the public at risk.

Schwarzenegger's Call To Consider Marijuana Legalization To Boost Taxes Is Irresponsible, Says Chairman Of DARE Board

Recent calls by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and others to study the legalization of marijuana as a way of boosting tax revenues are "irresponsible" and send a dangerous message, the chairman of the board of the drug abuse education program D.A.R.E., prominent Los Angeles attorney Louis "Skip" Miller, said today. "Marijuana is a dangerous drug with numerous demonstrable ill effects on health, " Mr. Miller added. "As we all know, these are difficult economic times, and California is facing severe budgetary problems, " Mr. Miller said. "But it is completely irresponsible to suggest that the legalization of a dangerous drug could be a way to help us out of the budget mess we're in.

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Young Parents Helped To 'Know More' About Drugs And Alcohol

In the run up to National Tackling Drugs Week (8th-12th June), drug and alcohol services in Liverpool have gathered together to host 'Know more' an event which will showcase a range of services that offer advice and support to young people and their families. The event is a result of pioneering partnerships between Young Addaction Liverpool and other support organisations who are sharing resources and linking together to provide a more joined-up approach to young people in challenging situations. Local street dancers, artists, and community drama groups will take to an outdoor stage in Liverpool's busy city centre, alongside Mersey-famous Everton Tigers who will be performing basketball tricks to help promote the campaign's messages.

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