Carlos Enrique Perea Valderrama

Join couples as they discuss what it was like to struggle with substance abuse and how it affected their relationship. What was the drug of choice? Did your sexuality play a role in your substance abuse? How would you describe addiction in the LGBT community?

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

At the 2017 meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, the symposium “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Alcohol Treatment But Were Afraid To Ask: A Primer for Non-Clinicians” covered screening and diagnosis of alcohol use disorder, brief interventions, and referral to treatment, as wel

Carlos Enrique Perea Valderrama

Join couples as they discuss what it was like to struggle with substance abuse and how it affected their relationship. What was the drug of choice? Did your sexuality play a role in your substance abuse? How would you describe addiction in the LGBT community?

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Making the Most of Medical Care. Effectiveness Bank Alcohol Treatment Matrix Cell C3


Selected, explained and discussed – key research on management of medical interventions and treatment in medical settings. Highlights the remarkable transformation of a US clinic in the 1950s by an open-minded manager, whose overarching strategy was “placing the responsibility for achieving a therapeutic alliance on the caretaker rather than the patient”. Then addresses three key issues for managers:
- They differ greatly in how well their patients do – but how do you identify effective clinicians?
- Worth ‘stepping up’ to more intensive treatment if initial treatment fails, or just a waste of yet more resources?
- Mainly trial and error, or can research tell us which patients do best on which medication?

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One of 25 cells in the Alcohol Treatment Matrix mapping seminal and key research and guidance on alcohol brief interventions and treatment.

“The best one-stop site for all current research into a range of alcohol and drug issues. The treatment matrices are invaluable in terms of making most efficient use of time.”
John Thayers, Recovery and Quality Improvement Officer, Midlothian and East Lothian Drugs and Alcohol Partnership (MELDAP), Scotland


Sent by Drug and Alcohol Findings to alert you to site updates and recent UK-relevant evaluations and reviews of drug/alcohol interventions. Matrix refresh funded by Alcohol Change UK. Findings is also supported by the Society for the Study of Addiction and advised by the National Addiction Centre.

Discussing Alcohol Use with the GP

A General Practitioner (GP) is often the first point of contact for people struggling with alcohol related issues. These doctors must be trained to detect problematic drinking as well as have the confidence and skills to have open conversations with patients. 

Feedback from patients who have received support from their GP helps inform guidance to having these conversations.

The aim of this qualitative study was to analyse the feelings of patients with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) who have  experienced screenings conducted by their GPs.

Through interviews, the researchers were keen to gain an understanding of the following:

  • perceptions of the excessive consumption of alcohol and AUD;

  • feelings regarding the care pathway for AUD;

  • experience with screening or diagnosis by GPs; and,

  • expectations regarding early screening for AUD.

Twelve patients participated in the study.

Themes that emerged following analysis included:

  • people felt shame, misunderstood and guilt around their drinking habits.
  • discussions around alcohol consumption tended to happen following a 'triggering' event
  • participants felt that GPs were often scared to broach the subject and were not trained to deal with the specific issue
  • The importance of the GP in accepting care could be fundamental
  • If the GP discussed alcohol use in an appropriate way, there could be an opportunity to enhance patient awareness
  • Often, talking with a GP was felt like a relief and helped the participants be more open with their friends and families.

Overall, this research emphasises the critical role GPs often have in helping people access appropriate support and open up about their difficulties. Acceptance and kindness are essential as the patients often described feeling judged and stigmatised. This feedback should be used to guide interventions and training for GPs who are working with people with AUD.

Hope and Beyond (HaB) Centre of Excellence for Addiction services REPORT 2017-2019

Since its formation in 2012, Hope and Beyond (HaB) has established herself as a pioneer organisation to combine treatment and research for Alcohol Use Disorders in Uganda.

The period between 2017 and 2019 was eventful and special for within this time; HaB was officially opened, conducted ground-breaking research and scaled up outreach and treatment services. In 2017, HaB launched community based services including; free treatment for Substance Use Disorders among low income populations, offering of community service and donations to the needy. The beneficiaries of our treatment services have now increased to a cumulative total of 495 clients of which 134 were registered in 2019 alone – the highest number of beneficiaries registered in one year. On the research front, we organised two addiction professionals’ workshops to valorise our findings; managed four peer reviewed publications and shared our results in local and international conferences. Among the products of our research is a special program to care for the psychological need of the children of our clients which we are now happy to share with other addiction treatment centres.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

1. ¿Cuánto alcohol en el COVID?


¿Me he pasado de copas en la pandemia?

Jueves 25 de junio 19.00 (Hora de la Ciudad de México)



Dra. Guillermina Natera

Dr. Ricardo Nanni

Dr. Hugo González Cantú

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Source: Alcohol Res. 2020;40(2):11.


Tobias Sikuku Nauruki

Human dignity is vital in all lifestyles.Am greatful with the move

I call upon all us to uphold human dignity and avoid or shun away from drugs and substance reduction 

WHO Management of Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol withdrawal can be uncomfortable and occasionally life threatening. Pharmacological management of alcohol withdrawal is an essential component of alcohol dependence. Benzodiazepines (BZDs), non­sedating anticonvulsants and antipsychotics are commonly used in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal.

The purpose of this review was to uncover which interventions are safe and effective for the management of alcohol withdrawal, including treatment for alcohol withdrawal seizures and prevention and treatment for acute Wernicke's encephalopathy.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Opening Remarks
- Dr. Farah Urrutia, Secretary for Multidimensional Security, Organization of American States (OAS)
- Amb. Adam Namm, Executive Secretary of the
Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD)