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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…
A recovering alcoholic has won the latest stage of a legal fight over the care of her daughter. She mounted an appeal after a family court judge ruled that the little girl, who is about 12 months old, should be placed for adoption. Three Court of Appeal judges have overturned…
Classifying gaming addiction as a mental health condition is premature, experts have warned. The World Health Organisation (WHO) included "gaming disorder" in the latest revision of its disease classification manual, describing it as a pattern of persistent gaming behaviour so severe it "takes precedence over other life interests". However, experts…
A greedy chip shop boss who exploited vulnerable tenants by making them work for free at his takeaways because they feared becoming homeless has been jailed for eight and a half years. Harjit Bariana, 46, also used violence to make the drink and drug-addicted victims work for long hours at…
The prevalence of recent cocaine use among young adults in England and Wales is the highest in Europe, a study from the EU's drug monitoring agency suggests. Analysis cited 2016 figures indicating that 4% of 16 to 34-year-olds had taken the class A substance in the previous 12 months. The…
An unscrupulous takeaway boss will be jailed after he was convicted of enslaving alcoholic tenants and forcing them to work at his chip shop for free. Harjit Bariana, 46, supplied drink and drugs to vulnerable tenants of his property in Blyth, Northumberland, and fed them leftovers rather than pay them…
Alcohol treatment services have reached "crisis" point in England as poor investment and staff shortages eat away at their ability to operate, a report has warned. A study by the recently merged Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK surveyed 154 professionals linked to the sector, including nurses and GPs. It…
More than 1,000 lives could be lost if England fails to mirror Scotland's sweeping reforms to alcohol pricing within five years, campaigners have warned. Medical leaders have joined with a leading children's organisation and a homelessness charity to call for minimum unit pricing (MUP) to be implemented south of the…
Scotland has led the world by becoming the first country to implement a minimum unit price for alcohol, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The First Minister hailed the policy, designed to cut alcohol-related harm, as "bold and brave" as it was finally brought in across the country. The minimum 50p per…
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