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Scotland will become the first country in the world to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol. Supreme Court justices gave their backing to the controversial measure in what ministers in Edinburgh hailed as an "historic and far-reaching judgment". Seven justices at the UK's highest court dismissed a legal challenge that…
Two shops in Cardiff city centre are using breathalysers on customers who want to buy alcohol in a bid to clamp down on boozy anti-social behaviour. The Spar stores, in Queen Street and St Mary Street, are employing the devices as part of an effort to curb street drinkers and…
Hundreds of thousands of teenagers' lives are blighted by the drinking problems of their parents, a charity has warned. The Children's Society has estimated there are 700,000 teenagers across the UK whose lives are being "damaged" by parents' alcohol abuse A survey of 3,000 families with children aged 10 to…
Death rates among 60 to 74-year-old men owing wholly to alcohol abuse have "increased significantly" since 2001, new figures show. The rise is particularly steep among men aged between 70 and 74, where it has surged by around a half from 18.7 per 100,000 population in 2001 to 28.0 per…
A new law that will introduce a minimum price for the sale of alcohol in Wales has been unveiled by the Welsh Government. The Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill is expected to be introduced before the National Assembly for Wales on Monday by public health minister Rebecca…
Louis Theroux reduced viewers to tears with his "harrowing" new programme about drug addiction. The documentary maker travelled to Huntington, West Virginia, to explore the impact of heroin use as part of Dark States, his new series on drugs, sex trafficking and murder. The programme saw Theroux spend time with…
A new report warns that drug recovery work in prison is largely futile unless suitable accommodation and support are available to prisoners after release. Research led by the University of York found that many prisoners experienced a ‘cliff edge’, receiving little or no professional support in the weeks preceding or…
Researchers from City, University of London have launched The Drug Recovery Game, a new board game designed to help frontline health, social and community care staff understand the realities of drug recovery. Staff working with people who have an addiction aren’t always addiction specialists. They may not have a full…
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