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2019 Press Releases

One in ten UK hospital inpatients is alcohol dependent

A new review of evidence from the UK has found high levels of alcohol dependence among hospital inpatients. The researchers estimate one in five patients in the UK hospital system uses alcohol harmfully, and one in ten is alcohol dependent.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder prevalence is very high in susceptible groups worldwide

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is 10 to 40 times higher in certain susceptible groups than the general population, including children in care, people in correctional services or special education services, Aboriginal populations, and people using specialized clinical services.

Payments to physicians may increase opioid prescribing

US doctors who receive direct payments from opioid manufacturers tend to prescribe more opioids than doctors who receive no such payments, according to new research published by Addiction.

2018 Press Releases

US housing subsidy may improve adolescent girls' binge drinking but worsen boys'

A housing subsidy treatment that enables low-income families in US cities to move from public to private housing appears to reduce adolescent girls’ binge drinking but increase adolescent boys’ binge drinking. The reasons for these differential gender effects are not yet clear.

Debunking two claims about US medical marijuana

Opponents of medical marijuana argue that such laws increase adolescents' recreational marijuana use while advocates argue medical marijuana helps address the US opioid crisis by reducing overdose deaths. Two papers look at the current evidence and find little support for either claim.

Alcohol and tobacco are by far the biggest threat to human welfare of all addictive drugs

A new review has compiled the best, most up-to-date source of information on alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use and the burden of death and disease. In 2015 alcohol and tobacco use between them cost the human population more than a quarter of a billion disability-adjusted life years.

Microtransactions can move popular online games closer to online gambling

Some online games use in-game purchasing systems that disguise or withhold the long-term cost of microtransactions until the player is financially and psychologically committed. Such systems push free-to-play online gaming closer to gambling and may present financial risks for vulnerable players.

US juveniles with conduct problems face high risk of premature death

This prospective study of more than 3700 US juveniles discovered that the connection between conduct disorder and risk of early death appears to exist even when other contributing factors such as sex, ethnicity, familial factors, and substance use are removed.