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Britain is facing a "secret scandal" over failings in the care of the country's 2.5 million children of alcoholic parents, a group of MPs and peers have warned. The all-parliamentary group, supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury, said their research uncovered a "shocking picture of support for children of alcoholics",…
Calls are being made to a charity helpline every hour by adults concerned about alcohol or drug use around children. Figures from the NSPCC show 8,500 people from across the UK contacted the charity last year to describe potential substance misuse amongst adults when children and young people were in…
A care home in Holloway, north London, has been rated Inadequate by the Care Quality Commission. St Mungo’s Broadway – 2 Hilldrop Road, has been rated Inadequate overall. It was rated Inadequate for being safe, effective and well-led. It was rated Requires Improvement for being caring and responsive, following the…
Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern have announced plans to merge the activities of the two charities by April 2017. While both organisations share a clear mission to reduce the harm caused by alcohol, Alcohol Research UK has a long record of research excellence and impact, while Alcohol Concern brings…
Health professionals must do more to tackle problem drinking among women, experts have said. Alcohol use and related disorders have historically been "viewed as a male phenomenon", researchers said. But a new study says women are catching up with men in terms of alcohol consumption. The research, published in the…
A new initiative has been launched in Northern Ireland to highlight the support that is available for family members who are affected by a loved one’s drinking and/or drug misuse and encourage them to get help in their own right. ‘Break the silence, reach for help’ includes eight short films…
According to popular wisdom death is the great leveller, affirming our common humanity whatever our status in life. But our recent study of people bereaved by a drug or alcohol-related death found it can also marginalise and stigmatise both those who have died and those left behind. Our 2012-15 ESRC…
More new-style family courts which feature lawyer-free hearings should be opened, ministers have been told. Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) are benefiting mothers and helping families re-unite, research by academics suggests. FDACs should be made "available more widely" and "sustained" long term, says a study by researchers from Brunel…
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