The hazards of bad sleep — early predictors of alcohol and cannabis use

The hazards of bad sleep — early predictors of alcohol and cannabis use

Scientists have discovered a possible link between sleep habits and early substance abuse. Sleep duration and quality during late childhood seem to predict alcohol and cannabis use later.

“Treating problems with drugs and alcohol once they exist and preventing them can be challenging, and we are always looking for modifiable risk factors,” says..

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Research shows why mums and dads should feel good about their children crying when they leave them with strangers...

Research shows why mums and dads should feel good about their children crying when they leave them with strangers...

We all need to leave our children at some point in their early development. No denying, it can be very distressing for both chid and parent, and when this happens, we wish that we could leave the room without them crying and they could just play happily until we return. Sounds good. However, if your child cries when you leave and is showing signs of distress, paradoxically, you should be rather happy.

Why?

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Freedom from our perfect self / The dark side of 'positive thinking'

Freedom from our perfect self / The dark side of 'positive thinking'

Over many years of working with people, it became obvious to me that in the process of ‘becoming’ we think we need to be perfect. What do I mean by this?  We become addicted to perfecting ourselves, to carving out a ‘front’ that would be admired by all around us. And this then destroys us if we are not careful.

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Russell Brand talks about his new book, RECOVERY

Russell Brand talks about his new book, RECOVERY

Some great advice in Russell Brand's new book on how to tackle addiction. A philosophical approach to life and how we are trying to cope with pain, to make ourselves feel better. We often go external and try to shift our emotions through using drugs, alcohol, sex, eating, shopping. There is another way. We work with...

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Teenage substance abuse? Here is Iceland's answer to it. And it works, so why don't we adopt it?

Teenage substance abuse? Here is Iceland's answer to it. And it works, so why don't we adopt it?

Iceland knows how to stop teenage substance abuse. Smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Emma Young finds out how they did it, and why other countries won’t follow suit.

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Soaring level of depression amongst our youngsters - they are just not good enough!

Soaring level of depression amongst our youngsters - they are just not good enough!

Why are more and more of our children burdened with self-harming tendencies, eating disorders, depression, drugs and various addictions? Why do they finish school and have no direction, no drive, and no self-confidence?

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