PSYA4: Reducing Addictive Behaviour + Public Health Interventions

Reducing Addictive Behaviour + Public Health Interventions

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OGDEN: believes if GPs advised smokers to give up and provided them
with tips on how to do this, it would produce half a million ex-smokers
within a year in the UK.
ROOM et al: Doctors can provide early treatment for alcohol problems as
they tend to know the patient and their family well. They can provide
information and such brief interventions at early stages would be
successful for those with mild alcohol problems rather than those who
become alcohol dependant.

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Social learning theory: Advertising causes us to associate
characteristics such as smoking and drinking being sophisticated
and cool. In the UK, cigarette advertising was banned in 2003 and
cannot be shown in any public form i.e. magazines, TV etc.
SNYDER et al: An American study of young people aged 15-26 found
a strong correlation between the number of adverts for alcohol
they watched and the amount of alcohol consumed.…read more

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One possible strategy is to substantially raise the price of
cigarettes and alcoholic drinks by increasing taxes. Increasing the
cost would encourage people to stop and might deter children from
starting. However, for political reasons, increasing taxes is not as
straightforward as it seems.
It is already illegal to take certain types of drugs such as heroin,
cocaine etc yet the legal ban has not eradicated the problem.
However, a complete ban on smoking and drinking seems highly
unlikely due to political reasons.…read more

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