How we talk to — and talk about — people who use substances is often pathologizing and hurtful.
The words we choose to talk to and talk about individuals who use substances are critical, as they contribute to how drug policy, substance use treatment and societal understanding are framed.
Ice with a slice of history.
The history of ice in drinks goes back to antiquity. But it only really got going when a Bostonian started exporting ice to the British in colonial India.
'Catching a baby' or caring for new parents on Christmas Day is special, midwives say. But Christmas can also be a vulnerable time for many women, especially so during a pandemic.
Addiction remains shrouded in stigma, while the system through which we provide addiction treatment in Australia is fragmented and failing. There's no better time to address these issues.
The guidelines are informed by a review of the best available evidence. The less you drink, the lower the risk of harm to your health.
Most Muslim-majority countries don’t ban alcohol.
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Considering the limitations of Indonesian law enforcement agencies and prison capacity, the implementation of the bill is not realistic.
Young people’s attitudes toward alcohol have changed over the years.
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Gen Z is breaking stereotypes, but there are still some worrying trends when it comes to substance abuse.
People with alcohol or substance dependency already struggle to access mental health treatment, covid will only make this worse.
It's hard to get an accurate picture of how the pandemic has influenced drug use, but initial data suggests treatment services are reporting increased demand.
COVID-19 is not only disrupting services for people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and their families, but may also be linked to an increase in rates due to an uptick in alcohol use.
Even drinking fewer than 14 units of alcohol a week was damaging.
Drinking at "safe" levels was shown to reduce the amount of a person's total brain tissue.
While many people said they drank more during the pandemic, others actually drank less, mainly because socialising at clubs, pubs and parties wasn't possible.
Cylinder seal (left) and modern impression (right) showing two people drinking beer through long straws. Khafajeh, Iraq (Early Dynastic period, c. 2600–2350 B.C.).
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Beer was extremely popular in ancient Mesopotamia. Sipped through straws, it differed from today’s beer and was enjoyed by people from all walks of life.
With all the attention focussed on combating the spread of COVID-19 it's easy to forget the other health challenges that could affect us all.
Overseas evidence suggests cannabis law reform should favour caution and strict enforcement of the new rules.
Table service is the new normal at British pubs.
Interviews reveal why some people drank more during lockdown and others gave up alcohol altogether.
With regular music festivals, people can more easily seek help or advice about drug and alcohol or mental health issues. But with drive-ins we need to be creative to minimise harms.
As well as introducing mandatory pregnancy alcohol warning labels, we need to address the high rates of alcohol use during pregnancy at a societal level.
Continued drug dependence treatment for people locked down in housing estates is important. But people not currently in treatment also need support.
Be careful when returning to the pub. Your alcohol tolerance might've changed during lockdown, meaning you could do greater harm to your body.