Can party drug MDMA help treat alcoholism?

A pioneering new study in Bristol is using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to help alcoholics break the cycle of addiction. By Russell Deeks Alcohol is dangerous. Its abuse accounts for around 8,000 deaths in the UK every year, while the societal cost – in terms of the strain on the NHS and the police – is enormous. It costs £3.5bn a year for the NHS to treat alcohol-related illnesses and injuries, while 70 per cent of violent incidents occurring during the evenings, nights and weekends involve alcohol. Many people are, of course, able to enjoy a drink without coming to any harm, or … Continue reading Can party drug MDMA help treat alcoholism?

Britain’s so soppy we can’t even fight off a toy helicopter

image edited by Fernando Kaskais By PETER HITCHENS FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY One of the things I most enjoyed about living in Russia was the absence of prissy health and safety. The doors on the Moscow metro slammed shut with a vicious crash, after a single warning, and if you were caught in them, too bad. No pathetic reopening of the doors. So nobody ever was caught in them, and trains ran fast and frequently. On ferociously freezing days when any Western airline would have given up, Russian internal flights took off without hesitation, and arrived on time. This is nothing to … Continue reading Britain’s so soppy we can’t even fight off a toy helicopter

COMING OFF ANTI-DEPRESSANTS? – WELCOME TO HELL

Posted by Soren Dreier Author: Mol Millions of people face severe side-effects when trying to come off anti-depressants, a major review has concluded. For years health officials have played down the difficulty of withdrawing from antidepressants, insisting side-effects are ‘mild’ and last no more than a week or two. But a review of medical evidence today shows 56 per cent of people suffer withdrawal effects if they try to come off the drugs. The worst-hit experience nausea, anxiety, insomnia and agitation, with many people put back on antidepressants as doctors mistake the symptoms for a relapse of depression itself. The issue is … Continue reading COMING OFF ANTI-DEPRESSANTS? – WELCOME TO HELL

OVER 80,000 PAEDOPHILES ARE OPERATING IN BRITAIN

by Soren Dreier Author: Mol The shocking extent of the threat to children from online sex offenders is revealed today by the Home Secretary. Thousands of youngsters are in danger of being groomed, exploited and blackmailed by sexual predators on the internet, warns Sajid Javid. He says at least 80,000 paedophiles are using websites including social media. In a flagship speech today, he will call on technology giants to do more to remove vile photos and videos. An alarming indication of the scale of the menace to children: The National Crime Agency said the number of tips about online child abuse … Continue reading OVER 80,000 PAEDOPHILES ARE OPERATING IN BRITAIN

What does Love Island have in common with a surrealist dystopia? Quite a lot, actually

image edited by Fernando Kaskais  Georgia and Sam on series four of the UK’s Love Island. Photograph: ITV/REX/Shutterstock by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore Society is obsessed with happily ever afters, and it’s not just on reality TV shows that walking out alone makes you a loser Strapped to a lie detector in the final week of Love Island, contestant Dom was asked a simple question. “Did you come here just for a root?” “No,” the hunky project manager said. The machine beeped. A lie! What struck me about this scene was not that a young, virile 26-year-old man might come on a TV … Continue reading What does Love Island have in common with a surrealist dystopia? Quite a lot, actually

The many deaths of liberalism

Los Angeles, 1952. Photo by J R Eyerman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty More than a century of death notices have not diminished the achievements and the necessity of liberalism by Daniel H Cole is professor of law and public and environmental affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is a founding member of both the Midwest Law and Economics Association and the Society for Environmental Law and Economics. He is the author of seven books. by Aurelian Craiutu is professor of political science and adjunct professor of American studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. His most recent book is Faces of Moderation: The Art of … Continue reading The many deaths of liberalism

Punjabi Men Are Struggling with Mental Health Because They Lack the Words to Describe It

by Hussein Kesvani Sukhi, a 28-year-old graduate student from Birmingham, England, was officially diagnosed with depression last year. He was forced to see a doctor after he started to lack the emotional energy necessary to do basic things: get out of bed, make food, hold a basic conversation with his flatmates, and most of all, take his final year exams for his master’s degree in economics. For years, Sukhi had dealt with smaller bouts of depression. He had days where, he tells me, he felt a “heavy, overbearing sadness” without any root cause. Other days, he found himself sitting in the … Continue reading Punjabi Men Are Struggling with Mental Health Because They Lack the Words to Describe It