Key Quotes - Drugs/Alcohol/Addictions

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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
 
NHS data shows that the number of 11 to 15-year-olds taking drugs has risen sharply in the last two years. Twenty five per cent of kids now say they have taken drugs such as cannabis, crack and cocaine, compared to around 15 per cent in 2014.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 10th November 2017
 
Some students have run up gambling debts of £10,000 or more, a Gambling Commission director has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme. Ben Haden said his organisation was concerned about the impact gambling was having on undergraduates.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCARE Impact Direct (BBC) - 15th September 2017
 
Over 700 babies were born addicted to drugs in Scotland over the past five years, new figures have shown. The number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) – caused by exposure to addictive opiate drugs in the womb – varied across a number of different health boards.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 1st September 2017
 
More than 2 million people in the UK are either problem gamblers or at risk of addiction, according to the industry regulator, which warned that the government and industry were not doing enough to tackle the problem. The report by the Gambling Commission estimated that the number of British over-16s deemed to be problem gamblers had grown by a third in three years, suggesting that about 430,000 people suffer from a serious habit.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCARE Impact Direct (The Guardian) - 1st September 2017
 
This week, it has been announced that 888 – one of Britain’s biggest online gambling firms – is set to pay a record fine of more than £7.8 million, having failed to protect its customers. Specifically, 888’s self-exclusion mechanisms were found not to be robust enough such that more than 7,000 gamblers who had chosen to self-exclude were still able to access their accounts and gamble. During the 13 months this error went unnoticed, one customer staked more than £1.3 million, including £55k stolen from their employer.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCARE Impact Direct - 1st September 2017
 
Drug-related deaths reached a record high in Scotland last year, new figures have revealed. There were 867 drug-related deaths in 2016, a 23 per cent increase on 2015. There are now two and a half times more drug deaths in Scotland compared to the UK as a whole and more deaths per capita than any other EU country.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 18th August 2017
 
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