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A slap on the wrist won’t do

Scotland is in the midst of a drug crisis that just keeps getting worse. We have the highest number of drug-related deaths in all of Europe, a number which keeps rising, having tripled in the last decade. In response to this, the Scottish Government has proposed introducing warnings for Class A drug users caught in […]

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Vices and Viruses

Covid’s effect on young people with gambling addictions Life for many has changed, considerably. Staying at home has replaced work, travel and socialising. Furloughing and joblessness has led people to rely on technology for entertainment and fulfilment. These factors have bred the perfect environment for online gambling addictions to develop, as reflected in the number […]

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If the pandemic doesn’t kill us, will screens?

Imagine if in March 2020, suddenly every workplace required constant chain smoking. Children were required to smoke for six hours a day in school, people stopped bothering to avoid smoking in their kitchens or bedrooms, and smoking was a legal requirement of seeing your friends or dating. Comparing screens to cigarettes may sound dramatic, and […]

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Dundee: substance abuse on the rise in Europe’s drug death capital

Drug-related deaths in Scotland has increased by 27 per cent compared to last year, making it three times that of England and Wales, and higher than any country in the EU. According to the Dundee Drugs Commision, the city has has the highest number of drug-related deaths in Scotland, making it the ‘drug-death capital of […]

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A lost childhood? How the digital age is changing our brains

Childhood has changed. As Antoine de Saint-Exupery writes in the The Little Prince “All grown-ups were once children … but only few of them remember it.” Yet, whether adults remember how to be a child is becoming increasingly irrelevant, as the children of today have to contend with a plethora of issues that arguably thrust […]

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Love

Content warning: alcohol and sex addiction. The show that seems to continuously beg the question “why are these two characters even together?” has returned. Love, written by Judd Apatow is a show about 21st century love and all of its horribly awkward intricacies. Its two protagonists Mickey and Gus are hopelessly attracted to each other […]

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We are all addicted to technology. But does it matter?

The sensation of feeling incomplete when you lose your mobile phone is already a recognised psychological condition. Some private hospitals in London now have specialised units purely to deal with trauma or mental health issues relating to technology addiction. These issues are real and are affecting a significant proportion of the UK population. For instance, […]