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Survey on Alcohol Policy Development and Implementation in South Africa – Medical Reseach Council Alcohol & Drug Abuse Research Unit

Written by Warren Whitfield. Posted in Acudetox, Articles

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Prof. Charles Parry

I was recently approached by Prof. Charles Parry of the MRC Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit to participate in a survey on alcohol policy development and implementation in South Africa.  Responses were received from 37 persons deemed to have expertise in alcohol policy in South Africa out of a possible 52 approached.

To see or download the survey, click here now.

< Charles DH Parry, PhD Director: Alcohol & Drug Abuse Research Unit South African Medical Research Council and Extraordinary Professor: Department of Psychiatry University of Stellenbosch

Is South Africa an Addict Nation?

Written by Warren Whitfield. Posted in Articles, Causes

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(This an edited & enhanced version of a report originally featured on LeadSA’s website – http://leadsa.co.za/are-we-an-addict-nation/.

south-africa-addiction-statisticsOne in four South Africans suffer from an addiction of some sort. Yet, less than 1% have access to treatment. More than 60% of the alcohol industry’s income is derived from misuse. Nothing is spent on treatment. Addiction & substance abuse kills more people in SA annually than HIV/Aids does.

These are just a few of the frightening statistics that the Addiction Action Campaign (AAC) highlights during Drug Awareness Week. The AAC is a national registered non-profit organisation founded by my friend and huge inspiration Warren Whitfield, and exists for the benefit of all South Africans regardless of race, religion, culture or creed. It was started in 2007 and I’m proud to be its pro bono editor.

I recently spent more than an hour chatting to Telkom staff via their internal T Channel live TV news network. I shared the platform with Chris Schuler, a private psychiatrist, and Lungelo Mavuso, from the amazing bunch at Sadag (SA Depression & Anxiety Group, Africa’s biggest NGO in mental health). As I’ve done for more than 10 years of sobriety now, I spoke openly, no-holds-barred, no-cork-unpulled about my alcoholism and the tough road of recovery I’ll walk for the rest of my life. The responses far outstripped any national radio or TV talkshow on which I’ve participated. So, BIG Ups to all the Telkom people. Yours is a step in the right direction.

Whitfield is also the author of Addict Nation: The epidemic of addiction in South Africa today. While writing the book, he realised there were very few statistics available on addiction in South Africa. The epidemic of addiction in our country is massive. Far greater than most people realise. One normally thinks of addiction in terms of illegal drugs and alcohol, but millions of South Africans are slaves to a vast range of addictions such as illegal substances, legal substances as well as behaviours.

Warren says: “Ten years ago, I found myself homeless on the streets of Durban because of all of my addictions. Having lost both my parents at the age of 16 to their addictions, I spent the next 14 years struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction until I finally ended up on the streets. I was very fortunate to be given an opportunity to recover and spent nine months full-time in treatment. While in treatment, I realised how lucky I was to be given the opportunity. I later studied counselling and then ran an addiction support group for about two years. Over the following four years, I was involved in assisting more than 1,400 addicts address their addictions.

“Five years ago, I went to New York to study to become an Auricular Detoxification Specialist and worked in a busy clinic in South Bronx which treated as many as 300 addicts a day on an outpatient basis.

“Over the years, I realised the incredible need South Africa had in providing treatment to people with addictions. Most of the people I tried to help simply could not afford treatment or had no access to treatment because of literacy or cultural barriers. I realised the country needed a lobby group, which would represent the rights of all South Africans, in addressing the many addictions in the country and providing treatment for everyone. I was inspired by local HIV/Aids activist Zackie Achmat, who had started the Treatment Action Campaign many years ago. I realised that Achmat’s unselfish acts resulted in the lives of millions of South Africans with HIV/Aids being saved and the Addiction Action Campaign was born.”

The AAC exists to reduce the harm caused by the existence and sale of addictive products or services whether they are legal or illegal. One must, therefore, focus on the demand and on harm reduction. See the AAC Addiction Harm Reduction Compliancy Initiative

The AAC exists to address the following issues:
1) South Africa has become dependent to income generated from the sale of addictive products or services. Government must ensure SA becomes independent of its dependency on “sin taxes” and other impostes earned from addiction. As usual, it is doing a very bad job of addressing its own “addiction”.

2) South Africa’s dependency on income derived from addictive products and or services, which actually enables addiction. All this income should be used exclusively for the purposes of addiction & substance abuse treatment and prevention.

3) Industries that sell addictive products or services are responsible for the treatment costs of people who are addicted to their products etc. Namely cigarettes, alcohol, casinos, pornographers and pharmaceutical companies and others. If an industry profits from a dependency, i.e. if people cannot control their intake of a product or service because they are addicted to it, then the level of spending on harm reduction must match the level of profit made from that dependency.

4) The country’s consciousness concerning the severity of addiction in SA needs to change. Government must become actively involved in educating South Africans about the dangers of using ANY substance, product or service which is addictive.

5) More people in SA are addicted to a substance, product, service or behaviour than there are people living with HIV/Aids. Government must publicly admit this fact and present a plan of action to the South African people on how it will strive towards a society free of addiction.

6) The most dangerous addictive services and products are all legal. If alcohol or cigarettes were invented today, they would be instantly be illegal because they are so dangerous. Government must do everything in its power to reduce the harm these products cause to South Africans.

7) South Africa’s law makers and industry professionals must accept harm reduction philosophies and implement strategies which ensure that if harm is being caused, there must be accountability and programmes in place to reduce such harm.

Every South African has a basic human right to proper health care. This right is grossly neglected and has been for the 17 years of democracy – largely due to government apathy, lack of political will and pure ignorance. As a result scores of thousands of people die every year – and the death toll is rising. We believe every South African has a right to high quality addiction treatment which is affordable. Unfortunately, this is not the case, with 95% of people needing addiction treatment not having access to treatment because it is unaffordable and only available in English and Afrikaans.

More Statistics:
* 15% of South Africans are problem drug users. This means, in excess of 7.35-million people in this country need treatment now.
* More than 55% of the casino industry’s income is derived from problem gamblers. Less than 0.1% of their R16.2-billion income is spent on treatment – and most of that is spent on advertising which has been proved ineffective anyway and misdirects public credibility by shifting the responsibility to the victim.
* If addiction was eliminated entirely, crime in the Western Cape would be reduced by 80% and by 60% in Gauteng.

AAC National Helpline – 079-066-3382 – Mon to Friday, 8am to 5pm
For more information visit http://www.theaac.co.za/ For information on Sadag, visit http://www.sadag.org

Worldwide Alcohol Consumption Statistics

Written by Warren Whitfield. Posted in Articles

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Kelly Clarkson shares new photo of baby Remy and his sister River on Father's Day Kelly Clarkson shared a new photo of baby son Remy on Sunday as she wished husband Brandon Blackstock a happy Father's Day. The sweet snapshot showed Brandon sitting on the sofa with his arms wrapped around their daughter River Rose and their two-month-old son Remington Alexander. 'Happy Father's Day @BBlackstock #PieceByPiece Thnx 4 being such a great dad 2 all 4 of our kiddos! #sexydaddyalert,' Kelly wrote on Twitter.pre bonded hair 'Sexy daddy alert': Kelly Clarkson shared a sweet photo of husband Brandon Blackstock with their two-year-old daughter River (L) and two-month-old son Remy in honour of Father's Day on Sunday The 34-year-old American Idol winner - who has been married to the talent manager since October 2013 - gave birth to Remy on April 12, while River celebrated her second birthday last week. Kelly is also stepmother to Brandon's two children Savannah, 14, and Seth, eight, and recently said that they won't be having any more kids.

'Oh, no, we are done,' she told KIIS FM Australia when asked if she planned to try for more children. 'Oh good Lord, yes, I can't be pregnant again. This will be our number four total, so we're good. 'Honestly, the first one was really rough, and I was like, "Oh, it can't happen again," and no it happened, like, way worse this time.' Happy family: The singer is also stepmother to Brandon's two children Savannah, 14, and Seth, eight. She is seen here with the talent manager in 2013 Kelly added: 'I just get hospitalised, and I have to get fluids. It's just, like, my body was not made to be pregnant.' Meanwhile last month, the singer joked that she 'hates' Chrissy Teigen, after seeing a picture of the model in a crop top and hotpants just three weeks after giving birth. Responding to the photo that John Legend shared on Instagram, Kelly tweeted: 'Okay, what?! She just had a baby! My train of thoughts.... #hateher #justkidding #kindofnotkidding #jealouslikeJonas.' But it was all in good fun as the pop star also invited John and his wife and daughter over for a 'play date' - providing they bring some of Chrissy's delicious cooking. Fighting back: Last year, the Stronger hit-maker responded to fat-shamers who criticised her for not bouncing back into shape right away after giving birth Last year, the Stronger hit-maker responded to fat-shamers who criticised her for not bouncing back into shape right away after giving birth. 'There are just some people who are born skinny and with a great metabolism – that is not me,' Kelly told Redbook magazine.remy hair extensions 'I wish I had a better metabolism. But someone else probably wishes they could walk into a room and make friends with everyone like I can. You always want what someone else has.' The star added: 'I don't obsess about my weight, which is probably one of the reasons why other people have such a problem with it.' Just kidding: Meanwhile Kelly joked last month that she 'hates' Chrissy Teigen for getting back her pre-baby figure so quickly after giving birth

She impressed audiences with her gorgeous legs as she flirted with Leonardo DiCaprio in Wolf of Wall Street. And Margot Robbie’s pins were on display as she strolled around New York City in a short black slip dress paired with a long pink Kimono, on Wednesday. The 26-year-old showed why she is tipped to be the next Bond girl, showing off her slender physique in the eye-catching number from Spell & The Gypsy Collective. Scroll down for video Stepping out: Margot Robbie’s trim pins were on display as she wafted around New York City in a short black slip dress paired with a long pink Kimono on Wednesday The oriental-inspired garment featured broderie anglaise in elaborate flower patterns on the sleeves, shoulders and back, and flowed behind her as she strolled around downtown NYC. Leaving a Tribeca hotel, the Australian actress smiled behind oversized round metallic sunglasses with her blonde locks tied back in a bun.perruques cheveux naturels The Hollywood starlet’s complexion was characteristically flawless all over, but years in the Northern Hemisphere appeared to have erased her Australian tan. All smiles: Leaving a Tribeca hotel, the Australian actress smiled behind oversized round metallic sunglasses with her blonde locks tied back in a bun High fashion: The 26-year-old showed why she is tipped to be the next Bond girl, showing off her slender physique in the eye-catching number from Spell & The Gypsy Collective Good taste: The oriental-inspired garment featured broderie anglaise in elaborate flower patterns on the sleeves, shoulders and back, and flowed behind her as she strolled around downtown NYC She enhanced her look with natural-look makeup and subtle pink lipstick and carried a small black leather handbag to run her errands.

Margot had been at a fitting for the upcoming NYC premiere of her new film Suicide Squad on Monday night. Tinseltown is abuzz with rumours that the blonde beauty will appear in the next James Bond film as a Bond girl, following a long line of glamorous actresses. Flawles: The Hollywood starlet’s complexion was characteristically flawless all over, but years in the Northern Hemisphere appeared to have erased her Australian tan Going natural: She enhanced her look with natural-look makeup and subtle pink lipstick and carried a small black leather handbag to run her errands Looking her best: Margot had been at a fitting for the upcoming NYC premiere of her new film Suicide Squad on Monday night Online polls have revealed the 26-year-old stunner is at the strongest odds to fill the role, sitting at 12/1, while Emily Blunt sits at 16/1, according to Paddy Power. Others sitting at promising odds to star as the much-desired female character are American model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, who sits at 22/1, with Brit Emma Watson further down the line at 40/1. The Gold Coast girl found her big break in 2013 opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street as the feisty and seductive, Naomi. Plenty to smile about: Tinseltown is abuzz with rumours that the blonde beauty will appear in the next James Bond film as a Bond girl, following a long line of glamorous actresses Adoring fans: Margot caused a stir with passersby as she stepped out in NYC Well made: The beautiful garment had an elaborate rose pattern on its back More recently, she starred alongside Alexander Skarsgård in The Legend Of Tarzan as Jane.perruques cheveux As well as the blockbuster, Margot has various other projects in the pipeline, including Suicide Squad, in which she plays Harley Quinn. Other females who have starred as the prestigious Bond girl include talented beauties Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike and Eva Green. Next big thing: Online polls have revealed the 26-year-old stunner is at the strongest odds to fill the Bond role, sitting at 12/1, while Emily Blunt sits at 16/1, according to Paddy Power . In demand actress: As well as the blockbuster, Margot has various other projects in the pipeline, including Suicide Squad, in which she plays Harley Quinn Following in footsteps: Other females who have starred as the prestigious Bond girl include talented beauties Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike and Eva Green Although the buzz around who will land the role of Bond girl is growing, the film is not expected to be released until at least 2018. Producer Barbara Broccoli has two other projects firmly underway and is said to be keen to tempt Daniel Craig into reprising his role as the titular character for the fifth time. Holding her own: Her breakout role was as DiCaprio's feisty wife, Naomi, on Wolf of Wall Street, which her portrayal earned her international acclaim - and showed off her gorgeous legs to the world

Next week will see the conclusion of the 12th season of The Bachelorette, as Joelle 'JoJo' Fletcher gets engaged to either Jordan Rodgers or Robby Hayes. And according to a new report, there's set to be a dramatic break-up ahead of the romantic proposal.lace front wigs Us Weekly claims that JoJo comes to the difficult decision of choosing between the two suitors after one of them makes a big mistake with her parents Joseph and Soraya. Family matters: Joelle 'JoJo' Fletcher apparently picks her fiance in next week's Bachelorette finale after one of the men makes a big mistake with her parents Who will it be?: Jordan Rodgers (L) and Robby Hayes are the two men left in the competition, and one of them allegedly gets sent packing after failing to ask JoJo's parents for her hand in marriage The runner-up gets dumped after failing to ask the 25-year-old's parents' for her hand in marriage, and during the emotional rejection, JoJo confesses that she wanted things to turn out differently. 'JoJo was sobbing,' a source told Us Weekly. 'She told him, “I wanted it to be you.”' The insider added: 'It was important to JoJo that the guys get her parents’ permission before proposing. JoJo viewed it as disrespectful that he didn’t.' Us Weekly claims that JoJo's family liked both of the finalists, but thought that the man she eventually picks was better suited to her. Favourite from the start: Jordan received the First Impression Rose and his relationship with JoJo has gone from strength to strength ever since

Not true: The 27-year-old former quarterback has denied that he cheated on his last girlfriend 'Everyone thought he was husband material,' a source said. 'Later, they told JoJo that they liked the other man too, but they thought the second would be more loyal and a better fit.' And speaking about the family's meeting with the runner-up, the insider revealed: 'After he left, Soraya said she thought he was a player.' It seems that JoJo did make the right decision however, as she is apparently still very happily engaged to the winner. She likes what she sees: JoJo has also fallen in love with former competitive swimmer Robby, 27 Denying the rumours: Robby has refuted claims that he dumped his girlfriend to appear on the show Former quarterback Jordan, 27, has been a favourite to win the show from night one, when JoJo presented him with the First Impression Rose. Show secrets: Us Weekly revealed details of the dramatic finale And while on Monday's episode of the show he was seen telling the real estate developer that asking her father's permission to propose would be very important to him, a clip for the finale showed JoJo asking if he is ready to get down on one knee. Both of the finalists have faced rumours about past relationships, with Jordan's ex Brittany Farrar claiming that they broke up because she cheated on him. He denied this to JoJo on the show. The footballer is estranged from his famous NFL star brother Aaron, whose girlfriend Olivia Munn is close pals with Jordan's ex-girlfriend. Aaron finally addressed his younger brother speaking about their fraught relationship on the show during an interview with WISN on Tuesday. 'As far as those kinds of things go, I've always found that it's a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I'm not going to speak on those things,' he said. 'But I wish him well in the competition.' Meanwhile a friend of Robby's ex-girlfriend Hope Higginbotham has claimed that he dumped her in order to go on The Bachelorette, something which he denied during last week's hometown dates. The Bachelorette finale followed by the After The Final Rose special will air on ABC on Monday.cosplay wigs She made the right choice: JoJo is apparently still happily engaged to the winner, who popped the question in May. The finale airs on ABC on Monday