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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…
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…
Having a tipple to alleviate symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may actually be making things worse, a new study suggests. Researchers have linked drinking to a heightened risk of suffering symptoms of PMS. Around one in five cases among European women may be associated with drinking, experts estimated. In the…
Children suffering at the hands of alcoholic parents will be offered a lifeline under new plans to provide them with quick access to support and advice. An estimated 200,000 children in England live with alcohol-dependent parents, with the NSPCC reporting a 16% rise in calls involving drink or drug abuse…
Drinkers who ignore UK alcohol consumption guidelines could be cutting years off their lives, according to new research. An analysis of nearly 600,000 people found those drinking more than 100g of alcohol every week - around five 175ml glasses of wine or pints of beer - were at an increased…
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