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2020 Press Releases

Over 10 million adults have sought help for problem gambling

A new systematic review published today by the scientific journal Addiction has found that, globally, around one in every 400 adults (0.23% of the current general adult population) has sought help for gambling problems, either during the past 12 months or at some point in their lifetime.

2022 Press Releases

Residents of US states that legalize recreational cannabis are more likely to start using the drug

A new study of more than 20,000 Americans has found that once a state legalizes recreational cannabis, state residents are more likely to start using the drug.

New study finds global adolecent vaping is low

A new study has found that approximately 8.6% of adolescents reported using e-cigarettes (vaping) in the past 30 days, but only 1.7% engaged in frequent vaping. This suggests most adolescents who vape are experimenting but not making it a habit.

New brain stimulation treatments help smokers quit

A new systematic review has found that non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) may improve smoking abstinence rates 3 to 6 months after quitting, compared with sham brain stimulation.

Smoking during pregnancy may not cause ADHD in children after all

A new systematic review and meta-analysis shows that maternal prenatal smoking is associated with offspring attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) but is unlikely to be the cause of it.

Young people’s e-cigarette use is not a substantial gateway to regular smoking

The prevalence of e-cigarette use in England among young adults between 2007 and 2018 did not appear to be associated with substantial increases or decreases in the prevalence of smoking uptake.

Combined cannabis and alcohol use make driving particularly dangerous

New research has found that cannabis combined with alcohol is more detrimental to driving performance than either used in isolation.

Cannabis use produces persistent cognitive impairments

A systematic review has found that cannabis use leads to acute cognitive impairments that may continue beyond the period of intoxication.

No convincing scientific evidence that hangover cures work, according to new research

A new systematic review has found only very low-quality evidence that substances claiming to treat or prevent alcohol-induced hangover work.

2021 Press Releases

Black smokers can quit with a smartphone app

The iCanQuit smartphone application was more effective than a more conventional smartphone application (QuitGuide) at getting Black US adults who smoke to quit and remain abstinent over 12 months.

Brief counselling by a doctor can reduce drinking

A new systematic review and meta-analysis has found that alcohol-targeted brief interventions (short, structured, one-to-one conversations about drinking designed to motivate changes in risky behaviour) delivered in doctors’ offices and similar medical settings can produce small but useful reductions in drinking.

Increasing access to an overdose rescue drug does not reduce perceived risk of opioid use

A new study published in the scientific journal Addiction has found that naloxone access laws in the US have not reduced perceptions of how dangerous heroin use is in the US population.

Tobacco and alcohol may increase likelihood of using illegal drugs, new study shows

The use of legal drugs (tobacco and alcohol) may lead to the use of cannabis, a new study led by the University of Bristol and published in the journal Addiction has found. The study also found evidence that cannabis use may lead to smoking initiation, and opioid dependence could lead to increased alcohol consumption. Additionally, there might be shared risk factors that influence the use of multiple substances.

New review finds non-invasive brain stimulation may reduce smoking

A new systematic review of randomised controlled trials has found evidence that non-invasive brain stimulation may reduce smoking frequency (number of cigarettes per day) in nicotine-dependent smokers.

New meta-analysis finds cannabis may be linked to development of opioid use disorders

A new systematic review and meta-analysis has found that people who use cannabis are disproportionately more likely to initiate opioid use and engage in problematic patterns of use than people who do not use cannabis. But the quality of the evidence for this finding is low.