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Every Dollar Spent on Prevention Will Save at Least Ten in Social, Crime and Health Costs!
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Every Dollar Spent on Prevention Will Save at Least Ten in Social, Crime and Health Costs!

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17 August 2016 -   The United Nations have published a new International Guidance on drug use prevention. United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC)  See: UNODC - International Standards On Drug Use Prevention Alcohol is also a drug and must be considered accordingly. The pressure from alcohol industry is pushing the national decision makers to loose their good focus on public health. It seems that individual's easy access to non ordinary shopping product - alcohol - is suddenly seen important. Alcohol is not ordinary product as it causes harm and addiction. All evidence based research shows that good policy is the most effective... Read more

Nordic alcohol policy challenged by Italian experience
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Nordic alcohol policy challenged by Italian experience

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30 March 2016 - A Blog by: Lauri Beekmann Chairman of the Estonian Temperance Union Secretary General for the Nordic Alcohol and Drug Policy Network (NordAN)March 13, 2016 Which is the best practice country when we think of alcohol policy and reducing alcohol consumption? Is it Norway, where alcohol availability is lowest in Europe or is it Italy where similar results have been reached with different influences? In both countries the per capita alcohol consumption is around 6 litres. Estonia, for instance, has it at 12 litres. So, which one should be an example to a small Baltic country which has long struggled with alcohol related harm? Nordic alcohol... Read more

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You are listening, but do you hear what is being said?

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11 August 2015 - Listening is the art of truly helping somebody to discover their own resources for change. One of the key observations I have made in current society is the apparent lack of an approach to support each other in any process of change or decision-making. It is so easy to give advice and raise on a pedestal above other person’s problems. When somebody says that they suffer from headache you hear people around them giving advice based on what worked for them. It often happens that the person who has the original problem has not even had the opportunity to explain their problem by the time we provide solutions. We live in a “quick... Read more

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How can we influence alcohol policy?

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23 March 2015 - There are Christian organisations and churches around the world and Christians are involved in all sectors of society with a variety of jobs, roles and positions. WHO has given a mandate to all bodies, even those without a stake, to work towards reducing alcohol related harm. With our networks we are powerful when we work together and understand the challenge. What is the challenge? There are many challenges. Europeans drink more alcohol per capita than anybody else in the world. (11 litres per capita). Working days lost due to alcohol, accidents and harm to others due to alcohol are at the top part of the list. Did you realise that... Read more

Rehabilitating from games addiction can be harder than de-toxing from substances
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Rehabilitating from games addiction can be harder than de-toxing from substances

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27 January 2015 - In many countries internet games, slot machines, computer games and betting are creating a new addiction problem. Gambling addictions may lead people and families to severe debts and therefore to severe problems. There is a large population of youth who play computer games and miss out on studying, socialising, working and even sleep due to these addictions. Their families feel helpless when they see young person’s life slipping away to a computer world. The challenge is that the world is full of mobile devices that enable access to games. How can somebody with games addition get away from these devices and start the recovery... Read more

World AIDS Day - #closethegap
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World AIDS Day - #closethegap

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01 December 2014 - Anne Babb, General Secretary of IFBC shares some thoughts on World AIDS Day It is in the hands of each country and each Government to reduce alcohol related harm. There are overall about 1 million crimes reported annually around the world and 30% of these are directly linked with alcohol consumption. Sadly alcohol consumption often leads to situations that cause harm to others. The trouble is that when alcohol acts as a depressant, many negative thoughts come to surface and may result to actions that would not have surfaced without alcohol. This then leads to new emotions that may cause irresponsible behaviour such as violent outbursts or... Read more

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Keeping Compassion Alive

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03 September 2014 - There was a Blue Sea Film festival in my local town this weekend. They showed many short films and other films that have received merits around the world. I managed to take time to see one film: Thousand Times Goodnight. It describes the story of a mother who works as a war reporter and she travels abroad to areas of conflict whilst her husband works at their home town and looks after their children. After a serious injury in a bomb blast she tries to quit her job and return back to home. She realises for the first time how much her family fear for her well being whilst she is away. She has a deep battle of emotions because she has a great... Read more

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Community Prevention - Let's do it together!

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10 April 2014 - There was a new shopping area built to a small town. Until then, all shops in town closed at 6pm, but within this bigger shopping area shops were open later and the coffee shops even till 11pm. All of a sudden, teachers noticed that children between the ages of 12-16 seemed to be more tired at school than normally. At that moment, there were no special events in town that would have led young people to stay up very late – so, what was the cause of this sudden tiredness? It went on for a while and then the local shop keepers approached the school. They asked the headmaster to request the pupils not to crowd the foyer of the shopping... Read more

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Miracle of a Birthday

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25 March 2014 - Birthdays received a completely new meaning to me when my first son was born. Until then birthday was a nice celebration and a reason to see my friends. Once my children were born, I realised what a miracle it is that we are all born fully equipped for the life ahead of us. We are all a miracle exactly as we are, with our own individual characteristics and differences. We need care when we are little but step by step we become more independent. Many people who recover from addiction call the day when they have stopped substance abuse their new birthday. They often celebrate this and reflect back to remember what a blessing it is to live a... Read more

Women and the Shadow of Addiction
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Women and the Shadow of Addiction

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10 March 2014 - A young couple, both 19 years old, lived in a homelessness hostel. They both suffered from heavy drinking and misuse of prescribed drugs. For two years I supported them in working on their addiction and in building sufficient life skills in order to help them move to their own home. The girl fell pregnant and they had to be rehoused quickly to provide a safer environment for the baby. Being a young woman without education, with very poor literacy and numeracy skills, and without family back up, this girl was very vulnerable and in danger of loosing her child. The couple tried to live independently with resettlement support. But shortly... Read more

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