Tagged: Addiction

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NEWS: WHO: Alcohol Use NOT a COVID-19 Coping Tool

The World Health Organization (WHO) while discussing coping mechanisms during the COVID-19 pandemic, has asked people to not use alcohol and other harmful substances to cope with the crisis. Instead they suggest activities which are promoting mental and physical health to support ourselves and loved ones during this time…

BLOG: What the Coronavirus Pandemic Means for Vulnerable Children

As societies are going into hibernation, people are to stay at home and self-isolate due to the coronavirus pandemic, vulnerable children have nowhere else to go than their dangerous homes, none else to turn to than unpredictable adults in their homes.
In this important blog post, Mona helps us see this new situation with the eyes of affected children.
Every day, millions of children suffer because their parents – or other adults in their lives – are a threat to them. Parents who have alcohol problems, parents who use other drugs, parents with mental illness, parents who are violent. The problem of children growing up in homes with parental alcohol problems is massive and so far has remained largely ignored despite the scale of the problem, the immense dangers to the health and wellbeing of affected children and the serious violations of children’s rights. The physical distancing and self-isolation measures during the COVID-19 pandemic are now compounding the situation of vulnerable children.
Therefore, Mona explores the extent of the problem and what the current situation means for vulnerable children. And she sugests a number of remedies to protect children as much as possible…

REPORT: Experiencing Substance Use Problems in a Partner

The experience of partners of individuals with SUP was that their everyday life depended on the state of their partner’s SUP.
Their own needs, such as healthcare, a social life, and safety, were less attended to. It was challenging to take on the overall familial responsibilities, particularly in the case of parenting responsibilities.
Hopelessness emerged as the participants experienced repeated relapses and witnessed conduct that induced distrust in their partner.
As a result of the overwhelming negative impact of their circumstances on their everyday lives, the partners of people with substance abuse problems need support to handle the massive strains and dilemmas that they face. Their strains in everyday life depended largely on the state of the other partner’s SUP.
Health services should include partners in the treatment and follow-up of individuals with SUP, particularly when they share parenthood of children, and also inform partners of relevant support groups…

MEMBER NEWS: Movendi SK: Alcohol Policy Analysis of Election Platforms

Movendi Slovakia has published a thorough analysis of the election platforms of the major political parties that compete for votes in the 2020 parliamentary elections. The analysis entitled “Alcohol in Election Platforms” shows if and how a political party would prioritize alcohol policy solutions, how they would approach prevention and health promotion in general…

NEWS: Germany: Massive Harm yet No Policy Change

Despite the massive harm from alcohol in Germany yet there is no policy change. 7000 professional drivers with alcohol use disorder drive on the roads daily. Despite this harm the government is not willing to increase the 16-year legal age limit for alcohol purchase…

NEWS: Poland: Alcohol, Sugar Tax to Fund Health Promotion

Poland is set to implement a tax on small bottles of alcohol and sugary drinks to fund health promotion in the country. Poland’s lower house adopted a bill to tax small bottles of alcohol (up to 300ml) and sugary drinks. According to the Minister of Health funds from the taxes will go to the National Health Fund (NFZ) and will be spent on the effects of civilisational diseases…

NEWS: Dad’s Alcohol Use Can Harm Baby, Too

According to research, dad’s alcohol use can harm the baby too. It has been found that dad’s sperm could be responsible for foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), which affects one in every 100 infants. Children with FASD are affected by mental disability, developmental disorders and abnormal facial features…

NEWS: USA: The Crisis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The USA is facing a crisis of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) with the rising level of addiction in the country. Despite this, political action to end FAS and other alcohol harms has been lacking across governments in the country.
The main fetal alcohol program at the federal mental health agency was discontinued in 2015. Since then there has been no constituency organized enough to get fetal alcohol syndrome back on the national agenda. The harm from FAS is however grave for the country causing billions of dollars, straining the criminal justice system, tearing up families — and causing disabilities that are largely preventable…

REPORT: Parental Alcohol Problems May Alter Offspring’s Brain Functioning

Having a parent with an alcohol use disorder affects how the offspring’s brain transitions between active and resting states, according to new research.
The study reveals that the brain reconfigures itself between completing a mentally demanding task and resting. But the research shows that this reconfiguration does not take place in the brain of a person with a family history of an alcohol use disorder.
While the missing transition doesn’t seem to affect how well a person performs the mentally demanding task itself, it might be related to larger scale brain functions that give rise to behaviors associated with addiction. In particular, study subjects without this brain process demonstrated greater impatience in waiting for rewards, a behavior associated with addiction…