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    Alcohol is a drug and comes in many forms, including beer, cider, wine, and spirits such as whisky, gin and vodka, as well as premixed drinks such...

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    Alcohol is a drug and comes in many forms, including beer, cider, wine, ‘alcopops’, and spirits such as whisky, gin and vodka. Alcohol is legally available...

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    Alcohol is a drug that is produced by natural fermentation mechanisms. It is legally available in the United Kingdom from licensed outlets to people aged...

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  • To treat HIV, curb drinking

    Treating alcohol use problems in HIV-positive patients may lead to better management of the virus and its treatment, according to a new study done by Yale researchers in collaboration with the University of Connecticut and Louisiana State University.

    13 October 2015 | Yale Daily News
  • 2013 could have been a turning point in drug treatment in England

    Public Health England cautions that the gains of recent years in reduced drug use, lower demand for treatment for heroin and crack problems, improved treatment performance, and curbing drug-related harm, have all stalled or gone in to reverse. It might be a blip, or might prove to be the start of a trend up in problem drug use and down in the ability of the treatment system to cope. Includes new five-year treatment journey analysis.

    09 January 2015 | Drug & Alcohol Findings
  • Looking for a Link Between Sexual Identity and Alcohol Use

    A common perception held among researchers and lay-people alike is that alcohol plays a larger role in the lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals than for people who identify as heterosexual. But to say that a larger percentage of LGB individuals drink more often, more heavily, and with greater negative consequences may be oversimplifying the facts.

    17 December 2014 | BETA
  • Addiction services in England: in need of an intervention

    With change comes both opportunity and chaos: an assertion nowhere more true than with England's addiction services. Over the past 5 years, government initiatives to increase cost-effectiveness have opened up bidding for local services to third-party providers. With increased competition, the thinking went, bloated NHS trusts would sharpen their edges and the quality of care would be improved.

    10 November 2014 | The Lancet Psychiatry
  • Study explores why gay, lesbian teens binge drink

    Higher rates of binge drinking by lesbian and gay adolescents compared to their heterosexual peers may be due to chronic stress caused by difficult social situations, according to a study to be presented Saturday, May 3, at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

    06 May 2014 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • HIV and the Power of Escape

    For the men of the AIDS Generation when death was an inevitability, sex and substances provided an escape, not only from the realities of AIDS, but also from the stigma and discrimination experienced by so many of us growing up as gay men.

    10 March 2013 | Huffington Post
  • CD4 Counts Not Affected by Alcohol Consumption

    Consuming alcohol doesn’t appear to have a deleterious effect on CD4 cell counts among people living with HIV receiving antiretroviral  therapy, according to a new Johns Hopkins University study.

    25 September 2012 | AIDSMeds
  • HIV-Positive Drinkers Choose Alcohol Over ART

    Half of HIV-positive drinkers receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) intentionally skipped or stopped taking their medications when they consumed alcohol, in the mistaken belief that combining ART drugs and alcohol is somehow toxic, according to a prospective cohort study.

    12 June 2012 | Medscape (requires free registration)
  • Germany: Intoxicating history

    In tracing the modern history of Germany’s policy on intoxicant and drug use, which favours therapy rather than punishment, Cambridge historian Dr Victoria Harris highlights that criminalisation may not be the only route.

    18 May 2012 | University of Cambridge
  • Sexual health teams 'should offer alcohol advice'

    Young people should be given advice on the dangers of alcohol when they access sexual health services, a group of health experts has recommended.

    03 January 2012 | BBC
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