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Written by Anne Babb Every Dollar Spent on Prevention Will Save at Least Ten in Social, Crime and Health Costs! 17 August 2016 –  The United Nations have published a new International Guidance on drug use prevention. United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) https://www.unodc.org/documents/prevention/UNODC_2013_2015_international_standards_on_drug_use_prevention_E.pdfAlcohol is also a drug and must be considered accordingly.The pressure from […]

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Nordic alcohol policy challenged by Italian experience 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

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The Human and Social Cost of Alcohol Abuse in the EU 28 January 2014 The International Blue Cross works in 43 countries world-wide. This brings me the challenge of paying attention to regional needs. During 2013, we focused on producing tools and manuals for our African Blue Cross organisations so that they can work on

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World AIDS Day – #closethegap 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

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How to Prevent Addiction Most Effectively 27 February 2014 I have been working in the field of addiction related services for 16 years. Throughout this period, I have had to analyse my own attitudes towards what is right or wrong. Let me explain the challenge I face. In my first job, I provided support to

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Women and the Shadow of Addiction 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

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Miracle of a Birthday 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

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Community Prevention – Let’s do it together! 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

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Thoughts on the WHO Global Status Report on Alcohol 2014 06 June 2014 6 June 2014 WHO has published its Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health. There are many aspects of this report that I want to discuss within my blogs and I want to start with the “community approach”. What does this report

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Keeping Compassion Alive 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

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