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2010 English national drug strategy: "A fundamental difference [from] those that have gone before is that instead of focusing primarily on reducing the harms caused by drug misuse, [we will] go much further and offer every support for people to choose recovery as an achievable way out of dependency."
REVIEW 2006 PDF file 856Kb
An expert Euro-US collaboration led by Wouter Vanderplasschen from Belgium examines what in Britain is now seen as the core mechanism for transforming isolated episodes of care into coherently staged and comprehensive reintegration programmes.
STUDY 2006 PDF file 196Kb
Patient-focused alcohol treatment aids wives and children too
Whether families benefit from alcohol treatment as well as the patients has rarely been studied. This US analysis demonstrated that they do, positioning alcohol treatment as also contributing to child and family welfare objectives.
The review which led a national US task force to recommend limiting the concentration of retail alcohol outlets as an important public health measure to curb excessive alcohol use and related harms. In much of the UK though, licensing law severely limits the scope for action.
Comprehensive calculations from Australia offer clues to what in countries like the UK would make the biggest dent in alcohol-related harm at the lowest cost; top of the list were alcohol tax rises, advertising bans, licensing controls, and random breath testing.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 108Kb
Feedback to police and licensees helps cut alcohol-related violence and crime
Asking alcohol-related offenders where they last drank enabled police to target licensed premises associated with alcohol-related crime. After a trial showed it was feasible and reduced alcohol-related incidents, the system was implemented across New South Wales.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 153Kb
Communities can reduce drink-driving deaths
A multi-million dollar attempt to equip US communities to tackle substance misuse only succeeded in reducing alcohol-related traffic deaths when treatment initiatives were supplemented by measures to limit the availability of alcohol.
IN PRACTICE 2005 PDF file 813Kb
Wet day centres in Britain part 2: Care Control Challenge
Part 2 of our mini-series on wet day centres in Britain will ring bells not just for alcohol workers but also for drug workers in needle exchanges and drop-in services. Maureen Crane and Tony Warnes analyse what it takes to work productively in one of the most challenging of settings.
SERIES OF ARTICLES 2005 PDF file 1935Kb
Wet day centres in Britain
In drug and alcohol services, it doesn't get more difficult than this – offering street drinkers a place where they can start to reverse years of deterioration, without having first to stop drinking.
OFFCUT 2005 PDF file 98Kb
Crime and disorder partnerships yet to commit to tackling alcohol
When in 2001/02 the Home Office analysed the plans of crime and disorder reduction partnerships in England and Wales they found most linked alcohol to violence and disorder or anti-social behaviour, but few prioritised tackling the link or set explicit targets.
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