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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…
Abstinence from alcohol in middle age has been linked to a heightened risk of dementia, a new study suggests. Both people who drink over the recommended limits and those who are teetotal in midlife are at an increased risk, researchers found. A new study, published in the British Medical Journal…
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…
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…
Most students have not used drugs during their time at university and more think excessive alcohol consumption is a bigger issue, a new study suggests. The survey also found that a high proportion - 88% - believe drug use can cause long-term mental health problems, with around two thirds stating…
A wife who stabbed her husband to death during a drink-fuelled row a week before Christmas has been jailed for eight years. Natasha Jex, 32, used a kitchen knife to inflict the single, fatal blow to her 52-year-old husband Neal at their home in the Penywaun area of Aberdare, South…
Offenders in South Wales who commit low-level crimes while under the influence of alcohol will be offered the chance to take a two-hour educational course rather than face court, police have said. It is hoped the scheme introduced by Gwent Police will reduce re-offending and also cut costs usually incurred…
Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has opened up about his struggle with depression. The 41-year-old musician revealed that he could be performing to packed arenas yet be crying on the floor of his hotel room just hours later. Lightbody would rely on alcohol every day to get him through his…
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…
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