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A new "treatment levy" should be imposed on alcohol duties to help deal with the harm caused by heavy drinking, MPs and health groups have said.Ministers have been urged to bring forward a wide-ranging alcohol strategy to improve support for those in need, minimise costs to the NHS, and help…
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has been accused of putting "party political dogma ahead of people's lives" with his refusal to allow a safe injecting room to be set up in Scotland's largest city. Glasgow Central MP Alison Thewlis begged the Tory Government minister to come to the city and speak…
The minimum unit price of alcohol in Wales could be set at 50p by next year, the country's health secretary has announced. The new regime is proposed to come into force in summer 2019 and aims to improve health and tackle alcohol-related deaths in the country. The National Assembly passed…
Teenage drinking in Scotland has dropped dramatically in recent years, research has shown. Weekly drinking among 15-year-olds declined from 41% in 2002 to 11% of girls and 14% of boys in 2014, according to a World Health Organisation report. A shift in teen culture and changes in household income were…
Applications to study the highly regarded Foundation degree (FdSc) in Addictions Counselling in September 2019 are now open. The degree is a franchised programme of the University of Bath, delivered by Action on Addiction for Addictions Treatment Studies and accredited by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners.The degree gives…
Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services in Wales, has announced the re-appointment of Caroline Phipps as Chair of the Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse. She has been re-appointed as Chair of the Panel from 14 August 2018 to 13 August 2019. The Panel’s remit is to advise…
Alcohol is a leading risk factor for death and disease worldwide, and is associated with nearly one in 10 deaths in people aged 15-49 years old, according to a new study involving researchers from the University of Sheffield. The Global Burden of Disease study, published in The Lancet, estimates levels…
Teenagers who drink a lot of alcohol dramatically increase their risk of deadly prostate cancer later in life, research suggests. A study found that 15 to 19-year-olds who consumed at least seven drinks per week tripled their chances of being diagnosed with "high grade" aggressive prostate cancer. Lead scientist Dr…
Hospital admissions for alcohol-related emergency care and chronic illness are significantly higher in areas with the most pubs, bars and clubs, research has found. The density of restaurants and other outlets selling alcohol was also linked to admission rates in England, according to the study published in journal Addiction. Authorities…
Ministers have launched a new drive to divert criminals with drug, alcohol and mental health problems away from prison. The Government wants to see more vulnerable offenders given community orders requiring them to undertake treatment instead of being handed "ineffective" short-term custodial sentences. As part of a pilot scheme in…
Patients who smoke are being "discriminated against" with a 75% decline in stop smoking aids being prescribed by GPs and pharmacists in England, according to analysis by a charity. The British Lung Foundation claims Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are "prioritising saving money over saving lives and flouting the basic principles…
A charity has called for a Government review of how alcohol marketing is regulated, claiming the current watchdog is inconsistent and operates without scrutiny. The new charity, formed by the merger of Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK, said its investigation of 12 years of regulatory decisions by the industry-funded…
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