Rastafarians celebrate after the South African Constitutional Court ruled that the personal use of marijuana is now legal.
The legalisation of the private use of cannabis in South Africa is a victory for human rights. But, much more work needs to be done to make it practical.
Fewer young people are drinking these days – but the pressure during freshers’ week can be intense.
Alcohol is part of American life, but its health risks may be underplayed.
A recent study to assess the health benefits of alcohol was halted after investigators were found to have ties to the alcohol industry. Are health benefits overstated and risks underplayed?
In alcohol or drug rehabilitation, much of the day is spent in either group or individual therapy.
There are many good private alcohol and drug treatment providers, but lack of regulation means some unethical practices are being uncovered. Here's what you should know about treatment.
Alcohol abuse leads to more deaths each year than opioid addiction.
Opioid addiction is a serious public health problem, killing more than 42,000 people a year and ruining families. But alcohol is still the deadliest drug in the US. An addiction expert tells why.
Many people aren’t aware of the long-term risks alcohol poses to health.
The growing list of alcohol-related diseases includes bowel cancers, mouth and oesophageal cancers, breast cancers, heart disease, respiratory infections and mental health problems.
The controversial lockout laws were introduced in 2014 in inner Sydney to prevent alcohol-fuelled violence.
A new study exploring the number of alcohol-related injuries treated at Sydney emergency department has found the lockout seem to be having an impact.
Generally people drink to either increase positive emotions or decrease negative ones.
There are many reasons people drink, including to have fun or cope with other problems. Knowing their motivations will allow us to tailor programs to help those who may struggle with alcohol use.
The Minderoo Foundation’s video was a heavy-handed illustration of problems in some WA communities.
The trial of the cashless welfare card, to control unhealthy spending in Indigenous communities, is being expanded partly due to emotive well-funded campaigns. Meanwhile, evidence is being ignored.
Baby boomers who drink and take drugs risk a range of physical and mental problems that younger substance users don’t necessarily face.
More Australians over 50 are drinking and taking drugs than ever before. Here's why that can be a problem.
Gender is a an important determinant of mental health.
Gender is important in defining susceptibility and exposure to a number of mental health risks. Gender can also explain differences in mental health outcomes.
Has D.A.R.E. moved beyond the “just say no” days of the ‘80’s and '90’s?
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Jeff Sessions was met with considerable skepticism when he announced his desire to revive D.A.R.E. But it turns out that the current program is nothing like the ineffective D.A.R.E. of the '80's and '90's.
More than a bit of harmless fun: last year there were 247 ambulance requests for young women aged 13 to 18 in Western Australia.
A record number of underage drinkers sought urgent medical attention in Western Australia last year, and young women made up the majority.
Urine samples can pick up some types of illicit drugs but can’t say whether that drug use affects someone’s ability to look for work.
The proposal to drug test welfare recipients needs to be fine-tuned otherwise the government will be targetting the wrong people and be tied up in legal challenges.
Peter Lyndon-James turned his life around and went on to establish a private rehabilitation service in Perth.
Shalom House calls itself the 'strictest drug rehabilitation centre in the country' but evidence of its so-called success is anecdotal at best.
In Queensland, police can issue on-the-spot ten-day banning orders to patrons who engage in violent or anti-social behaviour in and around licensed venues.
Banning orders can encourage personal responsibility and demonstrate that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
The alcohol industry still makes ads appealing to youth.
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Alcohol companies used controversial marketing practices in their Super Bowl commercials – including using animals and themes that are appealing to youth.
Our friends may not like when we don’t drink because it reflects their own drinking practices.
If your friends undermine your decision not to drink, don't be offended. They’re probably just dealing with their own insecurity about their drinking.
Meet Bench Girl (you’ll have seen her before).
How the news media distorts the reality of alcohol – new findings.
Heavy drinking can cause brain changes that make you want to drink more.
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Heavy drinking causes brain changes that make you want to drink more. But using a virus to deliver a gene into specific neurons in the brain may be a way to mitigate those changes.