Key Quotes - Drugs/Alcohol/Addictions

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Drug-related deaths reached another record high in Scotland last year, according to new figures. There were 934 drug-related deaths in 2017, an eight per cent rise on 2016.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 13th July 2018
 
Alcohol-related deaths for adults have risen for the fourth year in a row in Scotland, according to new figures. Figures released by NHS Health Scotland revealed an average of 22 deaths a week due to alcohol misuse in 2016 – more than two and a half times the number for 1981.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 29th June 2018
 
The number of Britons aged over 40 who are addicted to skunk, the super-strength type of cannabis, is rapidly increasing, new figures show. Researchers from the University of York found that the total has more than doubled in the last ten years.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 20th June 2018
 
It was revealed today that the Government will not be implementing its pledge to reduce the maximum stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to £2 until 2020.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCARE Impact Direct - 15th June 2018
 
Hospital admissions relating to cannabis have risen sharply, figures have revealed, as a leading medical journal branded the drug a “huge health risk “. There were 27,501 admissions in England in 2016/2017, a 15 per cent increase compared to 23,866 in 2014/2015.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 1st June 2018
 
Drinkers who ignore UK alcohol consumption guidelines could be cutting years off their lives, according to new research. An analysis of nearly 600,000 people found those drinking more than 100g of alcohol every week – around five 175ml glasses of wine or pints of beer – were at an increased risk of early death. Drinking more alcohol was also linked with a greater chance of suffering a stroke, heart failure, and a fatal aneurysm, according to the study.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel - 13th April 2018
 
Gambling physically alters the structure of the brain and makes people more prone to depression and anxiety, new research has shown. Scientists examining problem gamblers found they had more grey matter in and connections between regions linked to the mental conditions.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCARE Impact Direct - 13th April 2018 (The Telegraph)
 
Cannabis is four times stronger today than in the 1960s and countries legalising it are experimenting with the minds of their youth, two experienced psychiatrists have warned. Professor Robin Murray and Marco Colizzi issued the stark caution as they said it was “now incontrovertible that heavy cannabis use increases the risk of psychosis”.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 6th April 2018
 
Two-thirds of people who try a cigarette go on to become daily smokers, a new study has found. Researchers found that 69% of people who had ever tried a cigarette had gone on to become a daily smoker, even if just temporarily. The authors from Queen Mary University of London said the study showed “the remarkable hold that cigarettes can establish after a single experience”. Data from eight surveys were included for analysis.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel – 10 January 2018
 
Almost all cannabis seized by police is now high-potency ‘skunk’, a new study shows, prompting concern about the “significant hazard” to mental health. The research revealed that 94 per cent of cannabis confiscated by police in five areas of England was skunk – compared to just over half in 2005.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 2nd March 2018
 
More motorists are charged with drink-driving in largely rural areas, an investigation suggests. Figures obtained by the Press Association indicate Lincolnshire prosecutes the most per population, followed by North Wales, Warwickshire, Dyfed-Powys and North Yorkshire. The results, based on Freedom of Information requests, prompted calls for better public transport in rural areas and warnings to anyone tempted to drink and drive over the festive period.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel – 11th December 2017
 
Over 200,000 Scots have a serious gambling problem or are at risk of having one, according to a new report. The report by the Gambling Commission also said that two out of three Scots gambled in 2016.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 1st December 2017
 
About 25,000 children aged between 11 and 16 are problem gamblers, with many learning to bet via computer games and social media, according to a report that has prompted warnings that Britain is “sleepwalking into a future public health storm”. In its annual survey of youth gambling, industry regulator the Gambling Commission voiced fears that children were gambling in a “consequence-free environment”, including through so-called “skins” betting on video games.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Guardian - 12th December 2017
 
Published this week by the Gambling Commission, ‘Young people and gambling 2017’ makes for troubling reading. The report highlights that about 370,000 11-16 year-olds had spent their own money on a gambling activity in the week prior to taking part in the study. Furthermore, 11% of young people had played gambling-style social games which are often played on smartphone or tablet apps. Although these games do not involve gambling money, they normalise potentially dangerous gambling behaviours (e.g. internalising the concept of risk and reward) at a time when children are impressionable.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCARE Impact Direct - 15th December 2017
 
Almost every adult in Wales has gambled at least once, a new study has revealed. 99% of the population report making some type of bet, with lotteries and sports betting proving most popular among the average punter. However, more than one in four of those who take part in gambling say they do not identify as a ‘gambler’. Researchers from the University of South Wales carried out the study into gaming habits, in conjunction with Welsh Assembly members.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCasinopedia - 16th November 2017
 
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