Epidemiology and Etiology

Heavy Cannabis Use, Dependence and the Brain

Kroon, E., Kuhns, L., Hoch, E., and Cousijn, J. ( 2020) Heavy cannabis use, dependence and the brain: a clinical perspective. Addiction, 115: 559– 572. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.14776.

Although cannabis use disorder (CUD) is one of the most common substance use disorders (SUDs), the impact of CUD on the brain remains unclear and understudied.

In a recent article, published in Addiction journal, researchers from the University of Amsterdam and Ludwig Maximilan University have brought together the existing research on the relationship between heavy cannabis use, cannabis use disorder (CUD) and the brain.

How Can We Change Drinking Behaviours among ‘Baby Boomers’?

The term ‘baby boomer’ refers to those born during 1946-1964. In the UK, they account for around 25% of the population. Studies have found that baby boomers indulge in more dangerous drinking behaviour than younger generations. For example, between 1992-2006, alcohol consumption among baby boomers (aged 45-64) increased by 85%, compared to 50% for over 65s and 24% for those aged 16-24. Similar studies report increased alcohol-related deaths and a higher prevalence of alcohol-related hospital

Drug Related Deaths in Finland Increase by 25% in One Year

According to data published by Statistics Finland, the number of drug-related deaths in one year has increased by 25% in 2018. Causes of death included accidental poisonings from multiple substances, deaths caused by long-term drug use, and drugs used to commit suicide. The increase in drug-related deaths was observed in all age groups but, especially, in the 20–29 group. It was noted that in Finland, drug-related deaths are concentrated within younger age groups compared to

Invitation to Tender: Low and No Alcohol Drinks

Alcohol Change UK is commissioning a literature and policy review about low-alcohol and alcohol-free drinks. Low-alcohol and alcohol-free drinks appear to be gaining market share, attention within the drinks industry, public awareness and popularity, and political focus. There is, however, next to no evidence about the effect they have on drinkers and the population as a whole. Alcohol Change UK, therefore, wish to commission a literature and policy review to start to fill the evidence

European Conference on FASD (EUFASD) 2020

Arendal, Norway,

The EUFASD conference will take place from 14th to 16th September 2020.

The first Regional Competence Center for children with prenatal alcohol/drug exposure in the Nordic countries is proud to host this exciting cutting-edge conference for the first time in Norway.

An Investigation into the Lasting Impact of Exposure to Alcohol and Drugs During Foetal Life

Koponen, A. M., Nissinen, N. M., Gissler, M., Sarkola, T., Autti-Rämö, I., & Kahila, H. (2019). Cohort profile: ADEF Helsinki–a longitudinal register-based study on exposure to alcohol and drugs during foetal life. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 1455072519885719.

It is well recognised that substance use during pregnancy can harm the developing foetus, leading to potential cognitive dysfunction and mental and behavioural difficulties in later life.

Longitudinal studies, which track participants over an extended amount of time, allow researchers to examine specific factors that may influence the growth and development of an individual.