All posts tagged: Alcohol rehab

Alcohol Sales in Asia Increasing Faster than GDP

Religious, social, and cultural constraints have long kept Asia’s rate of alcohol consumption—and alcohol related harms such as alcoholism—lower than that of other regions. However things are changing and the alcohol industry now sees the biggest potential growth in sales resting in Asia. Regional economies are growing fast and consumers, who are eager to emulate Western drinking habits, want to drink more and more imported liquor rather than local beverages. Reports indicate that the Asia-Pacific region will contribute to more than 70% of global beer growth over the next five years, and in some places increases in alcohol sales are already far outpacing increases in GDP. Vietnam alone has seen beer sales increase at double the rate of GDP growth in the past 5 years. Some of the world’s largest brewing companies are setting up shop in places like Yangon, Myanmar and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam in anticipation of the projected growth. Pernod Ricard—owner of some of the world’s most famous alcohol brands – has already become an industry leader in Asia and currently makes …

BOARD GAMES: AN ADDICTION TREATMENT PROGRAMME?

The most entertaining board games simulate life, and thereby teach its players valuable life lessons – think Monopoly™ (can you manage your money while navigating the real estate market?) and Life (you just lost your job and your third kid is on the way, what will you do?). Downward Spiral, a board game developed by American researchers at the Institute of Behavioural Research at Texas Christian University, simulates the life of an addict, and is marketed as an addendum to an addiction treatment programme; the game’s creators suggest using it to facilitate discussion between recovering addict and counsellor. But, do recovering addicts in addiction treatment programmes really need to roll the dice and flip over cards to understand and discuss the tragic consequences of substance abuse? As a player in Downward Spiral, your objective is to retain your resources, both social and financial. The game, of course, is designed to make this difficult; by rolling dice participants move along a black board, hopping from one coloured square to the next, encountering the repercussions of drug …