Alcohol hangover: The health impact with a historic and Chinese perspective

Hangovers represent a major source of distress to the individual and a huge source of economic loss to society. Hangovers and their associated problems have been recognised for thousands of years in both Western and Eastern cultures but only in recent years has there been any scientific research into their mechanisms and treatments. This small  …


THC vs Alcohol Impaired Driving

By Dr. Shanna Marrinan   Since the 2nd of March 2015, it has been illegal to drive with predetermined amounts of particular drugs (including legal medications) in your blood. The limits for these legal and illegal drugs can be located in ‘The Drug Driving (Specified Limits) (England and Wales) Regulations 2014’ (hereafter the 2014 regulations’). However, a handy  …


De-mythologizing and re-branding of kava as the new ‘world drug’ of choice

Authors: S Apo Aporosa Published: September 19, 2019 What seemed impossible 50 years ago is today becoming a reality as ‘soft drugs’ such as cannabis are being decriminalized and accepted for their calming effects as well as their legitimate medicinal properties. Several countries have now made the possession of cannabis legal, with others considering this,  …

Introducing The Drug Science Podcast

It is a great pleasure to announce the launch of The Drug Science Podcast.     As you well know, Drug Science exists to campaign for a more rational, evidence-based approach to drug policy and drug use. It is frustrating to say the least that still, in the 21st century, the debate on drugs, both  …


#1 - Alcohol: the good, the bad, the alternative

Professor David Nutt, Doctor Christian Jessen and Adrian Chiles in a wide-ranging, frank and open conversation on the topic of alcohol – exploring such topics as their own relationship with alcohol, a ‘healthy’ amount of units a week, binge vs regular drinking, self-medication, health and social ‘benefits’ and harms, the hypocrisy of current regulation, David’s  …


First safety study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in patients with alcohol use disorder

Authors: Ben Sessa, Chloe Sakal, Steve O’Brien and David Nutt Published: July 15, 2019 Read the full paper here (open access) We present the preliminary data in the Bristol-Imperial MDMA-for-Alcoholism (BIMA) study, an ongoing open-label safety and tolerability proof of concept study exploring the potential role for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-assisted psychotherapy in treating patients with alcohol  …