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A discriminatory system that fails addicts

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Two weeks ago a young man in Northern Ireland died of liver failure. 22 Year old Gareth Anderson had previously featured in newspapers at 19 when he had been refused a liver transplant because he had been unable to go 6 months without a drink. Tragically he clearly didn’t want to die and was obviously […]


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Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcoholic Drinks

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Who will drink less when minimum pricing for alcohol is introduced? The spectre of young people bingeing on cheap supermarket booze before setting out on evening revels in pubs and clubs has been a significant factor that has encouraged our legislators to introduce a minimum price for a unit of alcohol in this country. Will […]


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Baclofen cleared for use in France for the treatment of alcoholism

Friday, April 27th, 2012

In 2008 French cardiologist Olivier Ameisen published a book, “Le Dernier Verre” (The Last Drink), about his self treatment of alcoholism using high doses of Baclofen, a drug primarily used as a muscle relaxant and an antispastic agent. This led to a short study of 132 heavy drinkers, 80% of whom showed significant improvement. This […]


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Dentists to Screen for Alcohol Problems

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Researchers have recently published advice in the Royal College of Surgeons Dental Journal that dentists should screen their patients for alcohol problems. The paper shines a light on people’s habits when it comes to doctor versus dentist visits and notes that approximately 1 in 5 men and 1 in 7 women are drinking excessively in […]


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