Access to Care for People with Alcohol Use Disorder in France

Costa M, Marcellin F, Coste M, et al Access to care for people with alcohol use disorder in France: a mixed-method cross-sectional study protocol (ASIA) BMJ Open 2018;8:e024669. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024669
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Introduction: Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a major public health concern worldwide. In France, only 10% of people with AUD (PWAUD) receive medical care. General practitioners (GP) are one of the main entry points for AUD care.

Effectiveness Bank Analysis: French Committee Says Risks of Baclofen Outweigh Benefits in Alcohol Treatment

*Updated* Our commentary on the first trial to rigorously test high-dose baclofen to treat dependent drinking has been updated with the release on 24 April 2018 of an opinion on the balance between safety and benefits from a scientific committee set up by France’s medicines regulator to help decide on an application to market the drug.

Contribution of Alcohol Use Disorders to the Burden of Dementia in France 2008–13

Schwarzinger M, Pollock BG, Hasan OSM, Dufouil C, Rehm J; QalyDays Study Group. Contribution of alcohol use disorders to the burden of dementia in France 2008–13: a nationwide retrospective cohort study [Published online February 20, 2018]. Lancet Public Health.
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Dementia is a prevalent condition, affecting 5–7% of people aged 60 years and older, and a leading cause of disability in people aged 60 years and older globally. We aimed to examine the association between alcohol use disorders and dementia risk, with an emphasis on early-onset dementia (<65 years).

Purple Drank: The New Drug of Choice for French Teenagers?

A news item currently trending in the French press concerns the alarming increase in consumption amongst French teenagers of a drink most commonly known as ‘purple drank’, but also referred to as ‘lean’ or ‘sizzurp’. Le Monde first reported this new drug habit in 2014 and since then, it seems, the problem has only worsened. Popularised by US rap artists in the 1990s, most notably DJ Screw, purple drank is a mixture of cough syrup

Adieu to Stereotypes? Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption in France

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Observatoire français des drogues et des toxiconomies (OFDT)
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If you were asked to provide a list of things we most associate with French cultural identity, wine and cigarettes would probably feature. A recent survey, however, suggests that, as is generally the case across Europe, alcohol and tobacco consumption amongst adolescents in France has decreased over the past five years.