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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…
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…
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…
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…
Leading nurses warn that the Spice epidemic sweeping British prisons is putting nursing staff at risk. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), which is holding its annual congress in Belfast, said that nurses and healthcare assistants are often first on the scene when inmates need emergency care. The nursing union…
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…
Ministers have been urged to back legal drug consumption rooms in a bid to help end the "damaging" status quo for addicts and the public. SNP MP Alison Thewliss (pictured) wants to introduce legislation paving the way for the UK's first facility which would involve trained staff supervising people as…
Minimum unit pricing for alcohol will be a major part of a wider package of measures to reduce the harms caused by excessive alcohol consumption in Wales, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has said. Ahead of an Assembly debate on the Welsh Government's Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill,…
Drink and drug abuse is rising among "baby-boomers" behind closed doors, a new report warns. The research highlights the growing problem of alcohol and illicit substance misuse among older people. Figures show the number of alcohol-specific deaths in people aged 50 and over has risen from 3,582 in 2001 to…
So-called "skunk" now almost completely dominates the cannabis market in the UK, a study suggests. High-potency strains of the drug accounted for the vast majority of police seizures in a sample, researchers found. The proportion of confiscations relating to skunk has risen from just over half in 2005 to 94%…
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