Recent bulletins from the drug and alcohol bank:
Within substance use policy there can hardly be a hotter issue than alcohol-related violence and disorder, and how governments can curb it without becoming vulnerable to the accusation of being a nanny-state killjoy.
Minimum unit pricing for alcohol has in England faced the barrier of being seen as punishing the majority drinking public for the minority of irresponsible and ‘binge’ drinkers. This report reassuringly assessed the impacts on moderate drinkers as minor – but less reassuringly, so too the impacts on young male ‘bingers’ and the crimes they commit.
Synthesis of randomised trials of one of the most widely implemented approaches to heavy-drinking among college students finds it does reduce drinking and related problems, but compared to what is unclear, and none of the individual trials was convincing.
If an alcohol-dependent patient is being prescribed the relapse-prevention medication naltrexone, does it help to supplement medical care with cognitive-behavioural therapies? On average, no, was the conclusion of this synthesis of studies. However, these therapies have elevated outcomes among patients not prescribed an active medication.