Recent bulletins from the drug and alcohol bank:
A 12-month feasibility study of the Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement in four London boroughs has offered useful insights to inform the expansion of the scheme, and contributes to awareness about the use of sobriety orders and the technology that underpin them in a UK context.
Modern preventive interventions to reduce young people’s drinking rely heavily on correcting misperceptions that other similar youngsters drink more, but among 2611 students recruited from 122 UK universities, no reliable impacts were found. Was it just that these interventions are generally ineffective, or is the UK university context particularly unfriendly to moderation messages?
The Home Office Modern Crime Prevention Strategy presents a vision for crime prevention in 2016, including greater partnership-working between government, the police, business and industry to prevent and tackle drug and alcohol-related crime and disorder, and greater personal responsibility for substance use and recovery.
From a systematic review of evidence, the finding that greater patient involvement in decisions about substance use treatment can improve outcomes and has no negative impact. A suitable approach to treatment is ‘shared decision-making’ – patients and clinicians reaching health-care decisions together.
One of our new selection of hot topics – important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. Since 2008 ‘recovery’ has been at the heart of British drug treatment policy. Rooted in austerity, the recovery banner has acted both as an inspirational call to revitalise approaches to overcoming addiction and a legitimation for limiting treatment.