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REPORT: The Mental Health Consequences of COVID-19 and Physical Distancing

The authors discuss the how the physical distancing measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic can affect mental health of people. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and efforts to contain it, represent a unique threat, and we must recognize the pandemic that will quickly follow it—that of mental and behavioral illness—and implement the steps needed to mitigate it…

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NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week #15

Welcome to another week of carefully curated highlights from Alcohol Policy News, Latest Science Digest, and Big Alcohol Watch. This week, alcohol policy news come from Finland, Germany, Lichtenstein and Turkey. The Latest Science Digest covers the topics of Socio‐economic differences in all‐cause mortality in people with alcohol use disorder; the correct indicator to measure alcohol harm for the SDGs; the evidence-base for anti-stigma campaigns; and attitudes about unhealthy behaviors. The Big Alcohol Watch exposes how the alcohol industry weaponizes the alcohol norm, how Absolut vodka tries to hijack feminist values and how the alcohol industry interferes in South Africa, and why. This week’s Special Feature deals with the collision of the addiction epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States…

NEWS: The Reasons to Reduce or Quit Alcohol During COVID-19 Isolation

There are several good reasons to reduce or quit alcohol during COVID-19 isolation, including, better mental and physical health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has already advised to avoid using alcohol as an unhealthy coping mechanism to deal with stresses of the current pandemic…

NEWS: Germany: Alcohol Harm Continues Draining Society’s Resources

A brand new report shows that alcohol harm continues draining society’s resources in Germany. The DHS Yearbook Addiction 2020 is published by the German Center for Addiction Issues (DHS) and reveals the heavy alcohol burden on German society.
Pervasive alcohol harm is draining precious resources. According to the DHS Yearbook Addiction 2020, the annual economic costs of alcohol harm amount to €57 billion…

NEWS: COVID-19 and Addiction: Heavy Toll on USA

COVID-19 is having a heavy toll on USA with addictions rising up in the country at alarming levels. New statistics find that addictions, unhealthy habits and coping mechanisms and violence is growing in the country as people are forced to stay in confinement at homes due to the pandemic…

REPORT: Alcohol During the COVID-19 Pandemic: a Potential Public Health Crisis?

This period of isolation might lead to a spike in heavy alcohol use, relapse, and potentially, development of alcohol use disorder in at-risk individuals, therefore placing further strain on addiction and as well as alcohol and other drugs services, and the health service in general, during and after the pandemic.
In addition to this important public health advice, governments should provide public health warnings about heavy alcohol consumption during isolation to protect vulnerable individuals…

NEWS: USA: States Urged to Ban Alcohol Sales during COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Federal States in the USA are being urged to ban alcohol sales during the COVID-19 crisis to reduce the damage to public health.
There has been a noticeable increase in domestic violence in the U.S. and in many other countries around the world since the COVID-19 pandemic started forcing people to stay at home…

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NEWS: Lichtenstein: New Strategy Paper to Tackle Addiction

The Commission for Addiction Issues has developed a new addiction policy paper for Lichtenstein. The German-speaking microstate situated in the Alps and in the southwest of Central Europe has not seen an update to its alcohol and other drug policies in the last two decades…

NEWS: Hong Kong: Rising Youth Cannabis Use Linked with Legalization Overseas

Hong Kong’s drugs tsar has linked rising cannabis use among young people in Hong Kong with legalization overseas. Amid an overall decline in drug use, the number of people using marijuana has increased, fuelled by a 50% rise among under-21 year olds. The government’s top adviser on drugs connects the trend with legalization in regions including North America…

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NEWS: Revised International Standards for Treatment of Drug Use Disorders

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have published a revised and updated version of the ‘The International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders’. The revised edition is now incorporating results of a comprehensive field-testing effort of the treatment standards…