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Balance policy update:Is it ever OK to drink when you are pregnant?

Posted 10/10/14


Is it ever OK to drink when you are pregnant?
Women who binge drink and later find out they were pregnant at the time are seeking abortions under the misapprehension their babies will suffer foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a charity has warned. Click here to read more... 

Wales facing alcohol health threat as bad as smoking
WALES is now facing an alcohol timebomb as serious as that once posed by tobacco, experts have warned.  Click here to read more...

Half of Australians unaware excessive alcohol increases cancer risk
Cancer Council NSW says even low levels of alcohol place drinkers at increased risk of developing cancers of the breast, liver, mouth, throat and oesophagus.  Click here to read more...

Binge drinking harms young people's brains, has a dangerous effect on mental health
Binge drinking by young people can have a dangerous effect on their mental health, bringing on mood disorders and slowing their brain's development, experts say. Click here to read more...

If you could prevent brain damage in a child, would you?
Ahead of a debate in Parliament the eminent paediatrician and former first Children’s Commissioner for England urges the UK Government to take action on the most important preventable cause of brain damage in children.  Click here to read more...


Forthcoming APPG Alcohol Misuse meeting: ‘Alcohol and the Armed Forces’, Tuesday 28th October, 3-4.15pm, Committee Room 20

Alcohol misuse is a key issue for the UK Armed Forces, with studies showing that its prevalence is higher amongst serving military and ex-service populations than in the general population. Active service men and women and ex-service personnel face a particular set of challenges, and alcohol misuse can exacerbate both physical and mental ill-health. The next meeting of the APPG on Alcohol Misuse will explore these issues, and discuss how the UK Armed Forces are seeking to address the risks related to excessive alcohol use.

We are delighted that speaking at the meeting will be:

• Anna Soubry MP, Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans
• Colonel David Wheeler, The British Army
• Air Commodore Alan Opie, The Royal Air Force
• Brigadier Rob Magowan, The Royal Navy
• Professor Simon Wessely, Civilian Consultant Advisor in Psychiatry to the British Army and President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

To RSVP, please contact Alcohol Concern who act as the Group’s secretariat on 0207 566 9800 or