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Adult drinking habits in Great Britain: 2005 to 2016

Teetotalism, drinking in the week before interview, frequent drinking and units drunk, including changes in drinking patterns in recent years | ONS, UK

Official Statistics: Local Alcohol Profiles for England: May 2017 data update

Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) data update for May 2017 | PHE, UK

Are Britons falling out of love with booze?

Britain has always been known as a nation that loves a tipple. But the latest Office for National Statistics lifestyle survey suggests this may be coming to an end | BBC, UK

Official Statistics: Local tobacco control profiles for England: May 2017 data update

The Local Tobacco Control Profiles for England quarterly data update for May 2017 | PHE, UK

Drug treatment in Ireland 2009-2015

In this seven-year period 61,439 cases were treated for problem drug use (excluding alcohol). The number of cases rose from 7,479 in 2009 to 9,892 in 2015 | HRB, Ireland

Irish Prison Service annual report 2016 (PDF)

This report contains information about the Irish prison service for 2016. Including: Offence group classified by sentence, total 3,077 - GP10 Controlled Drug Offences (350) p.29. Offence group, total = 12,163 - GP10 Controlled Drug Offences (671) p.33 |  Irish Prison Service, Ireland

Legal approaches to drugs and driving

Drug use can reduce the ability to drive a motor vehicle safely on the public road. European countries have developed various legal mechanisms to address this issue, using laws on road traffic or on drug control. This topic overview briefly describes the national laws in EU Member States and Norway, along with EU legislation, on drugs and driving | EMCDDA, Portugal

Increases in Illicit Drugs, Including Cocaine, Drive Workforce Drug Positivity to Highest Rate in 12 Years

Cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine use up broadly among United States workforce across multiple specimen types and testing populations. Marijuana positivity increases significantly in three years | Quest diagnostics, USA

Implementing Comprehensive HIV and HCV Programmes with People Who Inject Drugs (PDF)

This tool does not seek to ignore the complex policy and legislative environment around drugs and injecting drug use in most countries, nor the need for advocacy to confront the stigma, discrimination and human-rights violations faced by people who inject drugs. However, it aims primarily to address the question: what can we do now, with the resources we have, in the kinds of environments we face, to prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis C among people who inject drugs? | UNODC et al, Switzerland