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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 16°C

# Addiction

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# Alcohol
Impact of harmful drinking on Irish children 'a national scandal'
Today the Alcohol Forum launched Ireland’s first National Alcohol Awareness Week.
# Coffee
10 ways that drinking too much coffee can destroy your body
Back away from the cappuccino – it’s trying to kill you.
# Alcohol
Charity launches Ireland's first Alcohol Awareness Week
The Alcohol Forum said there is evidence that communities have a major role to play in starting a process of mindset and culture change.
# Begging
Organisation in Dublin launches campaign to reduce street begging
The Dublin City Business Improvement District is encouraging people to place donations in new ‘giving boxes’ instead of directly to people begging.
Column: Women aren't being 'tricked' into smoking by pretty packaging
Women smoke because they want a nicotine hit – not because they’re taken in by cute packaging or promises of weight loss, writes Nuala Walsh.
# Smoking
1 in 3 women in Ireland smoke - report
One in two younger and more disadvantaged women are addicted to tobacco, bringing the problem to “epidemic” proportions, according to the Irish Cancer Society.
# goodwill
Crosscare rings in the New Year with gifts galore
The latest appeal for “unwanted” gifts in the Pro Cathedral in Dublin led to people travelling from far and wide to donate.
# Advertising
Irish smokers start at lower age than any other EU country
A new report from the European Commission showed that 51 per cent of people in Europe have never smoked and one fifth have given up.
# Winehouse
New Amy Winehouse inquest to be held next month
An investigation revealed the coroner in the inquest did not have the requisite experience for the role.
# War On Drugs
Britain's drug policies are not working, say MPs
A new report by MPs wants drug laws overhauled – and retailers of ‘legal highs’ to be held liable for any harm the products cause.
# Health
HSE cuts to nursing staff 'will set services back 15 years'
The Psychiatric Nurses Association of Ireland called the move ‘primary care in reverse’.
# kick the habit
Quitting smoking? New campaign uses social media to encourage people to quit
A map tracks the number of tweets sent across Ireland every week about quitting smoking – and asks people to support anyone trying to give up.
# Drug Addiction
Drug addiction treatment centre facing closure
Coolmine Therapeutic Centre says it urgently needs €100,000 from the State in order to keep its mother and child facilities for drug addicts open.
# mobile addict
Increase in nomophobia (fear of being apart from your phone)
Do you check your mobile more than 34 times a day? You might have a new tech-driven phobia…
# Facebook
Are you a Facebook addict?
Norwegian researchers have developed a test for addiction to the social network.
# Pharmacy
Pharmacists express concern over addiction to pain relief
Regulations around the sale of products containing codeine were introduced in 2010. Pharmacists heard that up to one in three adults may be suffering from chronic pain, which can affect quality of life.
# Addiction
Ice cream 'as addictive as some illegal drugs' - study
We knew it. We just knew it. Eating ice-cream makes the brain want more – but also blunts the pleasure received.
# Whitney
Whitney Houston found dead in Los Angeles hotel room
Pop music’s erratic queen – best remembered for her acting role in The Bodyguard, and its accompanying soundtrack – was 48.
Column: To fight the drug problem, we must treat users with compassion
Demonising drug users creates social outcasts, while the real criminals go free. We need to try a humane approach, writes Tim Bingham.
# Addiction
Social media can be harder to resist than cigarettes - study
Researchers found that work and media were more difficult to abstain from than tobacco and alcohol.
# Drugs
New test predicts possible success of drug counselling
The research, which was conducted by a team that including researchers in NUI Maynooth, helps to predict how successful addicts will be in treatment for their drug use.
Column: ‘I’d lost over a grand gambling by 11 on Christmas morning’
A casino might close – but online gambling goes on all the time, everywhere. Former addict Marc tells why it’s worse than drug addiction.
# 011010011
Chinese study points to possibility of 'internet addiction'
Research by Chinese researchers suggests excessive internet usage causes similar effects to addictions like alcoholism.
Column: What it’s like to be homeless over Christmas
Kenneth spent last Christmas without a home. He describes what it’s like on the streets, and his plans for the future.
# Addiction
Addicts drinking hand sanitiser to get alcohol fix
The head of a service for drug users and the homeless in Ireland has said that some addicts are being driven to drinking hand sanitiser in an effort to get a fix of alcohol.
# Homelessness
Dramatic increase in number of people sleeping rough in Dublin
New count finds the number of people on the streets of the capital has risen by almost a quarter in the past year.
# Legal Injection
North America's only legal drug injection facility to stay open, says Canadian court
Canada’s Supreme Court ruled today against the government’s efforts to shut down the facility in Vancouver.
# Prostitution
Prostitution on the rise in Ireland
The number of women here working in the sex industry has increased by 4 per cent, according to an organisation that supports the victims of prostitution.
Column: Our ‘drinking culture’ isn’t romantic, it’s killing us
We love to talk about Ireland’s alcohol culture – but lack the courage to do anything about it, writes Fiona Ryan of Alcohol Action Ireland.
# Binge flying
Binge flying: Are you addicted to your boarding card?
A study from Bournemouth University has predicted that air travel could soon be viewed as an addiction in the same sense as smoking, gambling and internet use.
# Procrastinate
Bored? Here's 8 websites perfect for a rainy day
A collection of eight websites that will keep you entertained for hours. Go, procrastinate!
# Drugs
Outlawed 'headshop' drugs still available at online stores
Users reported the banned substances, which are being shipped here by online retailers, can cause memory loss and blackouts.
# Cocaine
'Significant abnormalities' in brains of cocaine users
People taking the drug may also be suffering serious heart damage even if they show no symptoms, according to a separate study.
Coffee lover? Blame your genes
If you find yourself reaching for a cup of coffee or square of chocolate throughout the day to keep you going, it could be because of your genes.
# Divorce
Facebook used as evidence in 20 per cent of US divorces
American lawyers are seeing an increase in the use of social media in divorce proceedings.