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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…
Specialist "drying out" centres could be created to hold people who are detained while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a major review suggests. Ministers were urged to look into the viability of such facilities as an alternative to police custody or accident and emergency departments. The concept is…
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…
Criminals could be barred from drinking alcohol or gambling after they are freed from prison under a new drive to tackle re-offending. For the first time, probation officers will be able to impose tailored restrictions on individuals released on licence. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said conditions could include a…
Jonathan Ashworth has said Labour would develop the first strategy to help children whose parents are addicts. In a personal speech at the party's conference, the shadow health secretary recalled his own childhood with an alcoholic father. "Recently, I chose to speak out very personally about my own circumstances, growing…
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