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Journal: Addiction (Abingdon, England)


There is increasing research evidence about the causal role of alcohol in cancer, accompanied by unclear and conflicting messages in the media. This paper aimed to clarify the strength of the evidence for alcohol as a cause of cancer, and the meaning of cause in this context.

Concepts: Alcohol, Causality, The Canon of Medicine, Ethanol, Meaning of life, Metaphysics, Music, Mass media


A conspicuous fact is that light or moderate drinking apparently prevent such a large number of unrelated diseases. It is even more striking that beneficial effects for the different diseases all seem to peak at approximately the same consumption level. For almost all the diseases, there is a remarkable absence of dose-response effects. Within threshold limits, protective and harmful factors more often have a dose-response effect. This is easier to explain biologically, and is frequently regarded as one of the criteria for inferring causality. However, in practically all these studies, certain small doses of alcohol are apparently protective and somewhat larger doses are apparently harmful.

Concepts: Critical thinking, Effect, Logic


We reviewed available research on the use, content and safety of electronic cigarettes (EC), and on their effects on users, to assess their potential for harm or benefit and to extract evidence that can guide future policy.

Concepts: Evaluation, Cigarette, Review


Although debates over the efficacy of oral naltrexone and acamprosate in treating alcohol use disorders tend to focus on their global efficacy relative to placebo or their efficacy relative to each other, the underlying reality may be more nuanced. This meta-analysis examined when naltrexone and acamprosate are most helpful by testing: (i) the relative efficacy of each medication given its presumed mechanism of action (reducing heavy drinking versus fostering abstinence) and (ii) whether different ways of implementing each medication (required abstinence before treatment, detoxification before treatment, goal of treatment, length of treatment, dosage) moderate its effects.

Concepts: Pharmacology, Alcoholism, Addiction, Alcohol abuse, Delirium tremens, Naltrexone, Drinking culture


One of the challenges of international alcohol research and policy is the variability in and lack of knowledge of how governments in different nations define a standard drink and low-risk drinking. This study gathered such information from governmental agencies in 37 countries.

Concepts: Government, Alcoholic beverage, Drinking culture, Aristotle, Public policy, Nation, Sovereign state, Kefir


To examine changes in the evidence on the adverse health effects of cannabis since 1993.

Concepts: Dustin Thomason


There is a need for more evidence on the ‘real-world’ effectiveness of commonly used aids to smoking cessation from population-level studies. This study assessed the association between abstinence and use of different smoking cessation treatments after adjusting for key potential confounding factors.

Concepts: Smoking, Nicotine, Smoking cessation, The Association, Cultural studies


To compare the change in illicit opioid users' risk of fatal drug-related poisoning (DRP) associated with opioid agonist pharmacotherapy (OAP) and psychological support, and investigate the modifying effect of patient characteristics, criminal justice system (CJS) referral, and treatment completion.

Concepts: Clinical trial, Law, Crime, Criminal law, Criminal justice, Punishment, Police, Corrections


The ageing United States (US) population is providing an unprecedented population of older adults who use recreational drugs. We aimed to estimate the trends in the prevalence of past-year use of cannabis, describe the patterns and attitudes, and determine correlates of cannabis use by adults age 50 and older.

Concepts: Population, United States, Ageing, Recreational drug use


Effectiveness of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for smoking cessation has not been evaluated in low income countries, such as Syria, where it is expensive and not widely available. We evaluated whether nicotine patch boosts smoking cessation rates when used in conjunction with behavioral support in primary care clinics in Aleppo, Syria.

Concepts: Smoking, Tobacco smoking, Nicotine, Smoking cessation, Nicotine patch, Nicotine gum, Syria, Damascus