Student debt worries causing depression and alcohol dependency

As alcohol awareness week continues the focus here turns to what appears to be an increasingly common experience for students.   As the cost of higher education continues to rise increasing student debt load new research has found this is causing increasing levels of anxiety and depression which is being self-medicated with alcohol leading to further … Continue reading Student debt worries causing depression and alcohol dependency

The complexity and challenge of ‘dual diagnosis’

So this is an extra post squeezed in before I go away as it’s too important to miss!  It’s a great drug and alcohol findings research article about the complexity and challenge of dual diagnosis that I have written about before here.  To the left is an excellent diagram of ‘the quadrant model of dual … Continue reading The complexity and challenge of ‘dual diagnosis’

Men in England drink twice as much alcohol as women, NHS study reveals

These NHS study findings were covered in The Independent in December with the headline finding that men drink twice as much as women.  The image is a glimpse into my world as a nurse working in A&E with drunks! Hope I didn’t spoil your breakfast 😉 A new NHS study has found that age, gender … Continue reading Men in England drink twice as much alcohol as women, NHS study reveals

Alcohol and Depression – Dual Diagnosis response still inadequate?

This comes courtesy of Alcohol Policy UK and Alcohol Concern regarding depression and dual diagnosis. Alcohol Concern have released a new alcohol and depression factsheet [pdf], which highlights ‘a complex, powerful and mutually reinforcing relationship between alcohol and depression’. The factsheet says depression is one of the most common mental health problems in the UK … Continue reading Alcohol and Depression – Dual Diagnosis response still inadequate?

Successful ageing linked to harmful drinking among over 50s

The over 50s who are ‘successful agers’—healthy, active, sociable, and well off—are more at risk of harmful drinking than their less successful peers, concludes research published in the online journal BMJ Open in July. Harmful drinking is a “middle class phenomenon” which may be a hidden health and social problem in otherwise successful older people, … Continue reading Successful ageing linked to harmful drinking among over 50s

Wanting and doing

So continuing on from yesterday’s post about incentive sensitization or wanting vs liking we now turn to kindling where the wanting becomes doing. The PLOS article continues: I’d been reading a recent chapter by Berridge and Robinson (2011), in preparation for a class I’d soon be teaching on the neuroscience of addiction. But the paper … Continue reading Wanting and doing