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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…
Facebook posts by the alcohol delivery service Drink Doctor have been banned over complaints that the "irresponsible" ads trivialised addiction. One of the posts for the 24-hour delivery firm read: "People are not addicted to alcohol or drugs, they are addicted to escaping reality," while another said: "According to chemistry,…
Drinking heavily is more harmful to the poorest people in society, who are at greater risk of illness or death because of alcohol consumption, according to a medical study. Published in medical journal The Lancet Public Health on Wednesday, it found there is a marked link between socio-economic status and…
Baby boomers are risking their health due to excessive and regular drinking, health experts have warned. New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for England shows that people aged 45 to 64 and those over 65 are frequently drinking at more hazardous levels. Married and cohabiting couples are…
A new wave of drug fuelled student super-parties held in houses could lead to a "perfect storm" of mass casualties, it has been warned. Organised through social media and often unofficially sponsored by drinks companies, the new phenomenon is posing huge risks to the students involved. With bouncers on the…
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