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Smoking During Rehab Increases Risk of Relapse

30th October 2015

At Ocean Recovery Centre our alcohol treatment aids hundreds of clients each and every year. Many of these clients smoke up to forty cigarettes each and every day. Our alcohol treatment programme also addresses the issue of nicotine addiction, although this is incidental to alcohol addiction. A new report published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental

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Month Long Alcohol Break Gives Huge Health Benefits

30th October 2015

A ground-breaking new report reveals a month break from booze affords huge health benefits including weight loss, lower blood pressure and a rejuvenated liver. The study, conducted by the Royal Free hospital and oversaw by liver specialist Gautam Mehta, examined the health of men and women in their 40s who participated in Alcohol Concern’s “Dry

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15-24 Year Olds on Anti-Depressant More Likely to Commit Violent Crimes

1st October 2015

A new study conducted by researchers at Oxford University and published in the Public Library of Science Medicine journal reveals people aged between 15 to 24 who take anti-depressants are much more likely to be arrested or convicted for committing violent crimes. Fortunately this risk did not extend to other age groups. The most common

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Heroin and Morphine Deaths Highest Since 1993

19th September 2015

Sadly the number of people dying due to a heroin or morphine overdose has risen sharply this year. This means England is following the trend set in America where the number of opiate related deaths has dramatically increased over the last twenty-four months. During 2014 a massive 952 died in England due to a heroin

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Scotland Rising Drug Deaths Now The Highest On Record

29th August 2015

This week the National Records of Scotland published its annual Drug-related Deaths in Scotland report covering the year 2014. According to the report drug related deaths are now at their highest levels since records began in 1996. During 2014 the report states 613 people died in Scotland due to a drug overdose. This is a

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How to Manage Anxiety

29th August 2015

Anxiety is a common problem for Brits. It is also common for anxiety to co-occur with substance misuse and our rehabilitation programme aims to treat both. However, anxiety is a perfectly healthy emotion when you are faced with a legitimate danger. The brain’s anxiety mechanism sits in limbic system. This mechanism is scientifically known as

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Youth Ecstasy Use at 10 Year High

4th August 2015

The Home Office’s annual drug misuse report, Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) reveals a huge increase in ecstasy use amongst under-25s. During 2015, one-in-twenty of 18 to 24-year-olds’ surveyed admitted to consuming ecstasy in the prior twelve months before being surveyed. At Ocean Recovery Centre we can ourselves attest to an increase in

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Drinking Amongst Pregnant Women on Rise

4th August 2015

A recent study conducted by the University of Cambridge and published in the BMJ Open Journal reveals widespread alcohol consumption amongst pregnant women, particularly during the first twelve months of pregnancy. The study concludes alcohol use amongst women is ‘prevalent and socially pervasive across all social and economic glasses’. The study’s results The study surveyed

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Alcohol Price Cuts Reduces Crime in Canada

4th August 2015

A recent study drawing on nine years’ worth of data reveals minimum alcohol unit pricing reduced alcohol-related crimes by 10% in British Columbia between 2002-2010. Vehicle-related alcohol crimes reduced by a staggering 18.8%. Crimes reduced also included occurrences of serious crimes such as rape, murder and other violent crimes. Minimum alcohol unit pricing also decreased

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Lib Dems Call for Decriminalisation of Possession

27th June 2015

Next week the House of Lords is to discuss the Psychoactive Substances Bill. This Bill aims to outlaw all ‘legal highs’ in the United Kingdom. Click here to learn more about the Bill. Pre-empting this discussion the Liberal Democrat’s home affairs spokesman, Lord Paddick, has formally asked the Government to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes

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