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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…
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…
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…
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…
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