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The alcohol industry is misleading consumers with distorted and distracting health messages that downplay any related risk of cancer, researchers claim. The industry is using "denying, distortion and distraction" strategies to minimise evidence in activities that have parallels with those of the tobacco industry, according to a study led by…
Substance misuse among baby boomers is a "rapidly growing problem", experts have warned. Researchers warned that risky drinking is in decline, except among those aged 50 and over. Meanwhile, doctors will need extra skills to cope with baby boomers who misuse prescription drugs and cannabis, according to an editorial published…
Drinking alcohol most days of the week can significantly protect against developing diabetes, a study has found. Consuming alcohol three or four days per week was associated with a reduced risk of 27% in men and 32% in women, compared with abstaining. Wine had the biggest effect, probably because it…
A campaign has been launched in an effort to stop adults buying alcohol for children in North Lanarkshire.You're Asking For It will run throughout the region to tackle underage drinking, antisocial behaviour, crime and violence. It builds on a scheme in Wishaw and Motherwell which saw violence dropping by 30%,…
Alcohol-related death rates were six times higher in the 10% most-deprived areas of Scotland than in the 10% least deprived in 2015, latest figures have shown. The NHS Health Scotland report highlighted inequalities, with alcohol-related stays in hospital nearly nine times higher in the 10% most- deprived areas than in…
Further improvement is needed to support people living with alcohol and drug addictions across Scotland to aid effective recovery and protect communities, a new report says. The Care Inspectorate has reviewed the way addiction services across the country are using and applying core recovery ‘Quality Principles’ set out by the…
Workers at a drug and alcohol charity fear they could be out of a job within days because of its collapse into administration. Unite said its members at Lifeline have been "plunged into uncertainty" as the charity officially goes into administration on Thursday. The charity, which employs 1,300 workers, provides…
Children and teenagers admitted to hospital with injuries relating to drugs, alcohol, violence or self-harming face a five-fold increased risk of suicide, a study has found. Researchers looked at anonymous data on more than a million young people aged 10 to 19 who were admitted to UK hospital accident and…
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