Mental health

Alcohol Use, Alcohol Dependence and Mental Health Conditions

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Several key risk factors for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) have been identified, including the harmful use of alcohol.

Half the world’s population drinks alcohol, and harmful alcohol use is the third leading cause of ill health and premature death globally. WHO’s European Region is the region with the highest levels of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm.

The Problematic Relationship Between Youth Anxiety and Later Alcohol Use

Dyer, M. L., Easey, K. E., Heron, J., Hickman, M., & Munafò, M. R. (2019). Associations of child and adolescent anxiety with later alcohol use and disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies (PDF). Addiction, 114(6), 968-982. doi: 10.1111/add.14575

Researchers have continuously debated the link between anxiety and alcohol use. However, despite the previous examination of the direction and strength of the association, the form of the relationship remains unclear.

Commission on Alcohol Harm

The Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA) is supporting a Commission on Alcohol Harm, consisting of a panel of varied experts. The Commission on Alcohol Harm has been established to examine the current evidence on alcohol harm, recent trends in alcohol harm and the changes needed to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. The Commission will also examine the need for a new comprehensive UK-wide alcohol strategy. AHA are keen to have input from academic researchers

The 46th Annual Winter Symposium

Colorado Springs, United States,

The Advanced International Winter Symposium on Addictive Disorders, Behavioral Health, and Mental Health has provided addiction specialists, counsellors, and behavioural health professionals with world-class education and training for 45 years. This symposium creates unprecedented opportunities to share knowledge, perspectives, and cutting edge research.

Rapid Increase in the Prevalence of Cannabis Use Among People with Depression in the United States, 2005–17: The Role of Differentially Changing Risk Perceptions

Pacek, L. R., Weinberger, A. H., Zhu, J., & Goodwin, R. D. (2019). Rapid increase in the prevalence of cannabis use among persons with depression in the US, 2005‐2017: the role of differentially changing risk perceptions. Addiction.
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To estimate trends in the prevalence of cannabis use and risk perceptions of cannabis use from 2005 to 2017 among United States people with and without depression.

Adolescents with Co-Occurring Disorders: Already in our Care


Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 3-4:30pm ET (2CT/1MT/12PT)


Adolescence is a unique and active period of development. Differential diagnostic understanding and treatment is complicated, specialized, and vital. Often, protective change and treatment progress can be stalled by unrecognized areas of risk and need.

The Impact of Disaster on Recovery: The Perfect Storm


Wednesday, September 2, 2020 @ 3-4:00pm ET (2CT/1MT/12PT)


While natural and human-made disasters continue to plague humankind, the impact of disasters on people in recovery is a largely unexplored territory.

Association between E-Cigarette Use and Depression in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016-2017

Obisesan OH, Mirbolouk M, Osei AD, et al. Association Between e-Cigarette Use and Depression in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016-2017. JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(12):e1916800. doi:
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Question: What is the association between electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use and depression?

Psychotic Disorders Hospitalisations Associated with Cannabis Abuse or Dependence

Gonçalves‐Pinho, M, Bragança, M, Freitas, A. Psychotic disorders hospitalizations associated with cannabis abuse or dependence: A nationwide big data analysis. Int J Methods Psychiatr Res. 2019;e1813.
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Delta 9‐tetrahydrocannabinol - a psychoactive compound found in cannabis - activates parts of the brain responsible for cognition, perception, anxiety, fear, memory and reward.

There are continuous debates about the link between cannabis use and psychotic disorders.

NAADAC Free Webinar Series

NAADAC is happy to offer free addiction-specific education through its Free Webinar Series. The 2019 Free Webinar Series releases two live webinars per month, which are then captured and made available for future viewing in NAADAC's Free On-Demand Webinar Library. Full list of webinars can be found here. NAADAC members can get free continuing education hours (CEs) for this webinar series. While viewing the education is free, non-members must pay to receive CEs.