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News, policy and research update w/e 16/12/11

Posted 16/12/11

This week’s news, policy and research update.

National news:

Alcohol related hospital admissions figures released
The Department of Health has released updated annual and quarterly alcohol related hospital admissions figures for Primary Care Trusts and Local Authorities. Click here for more...

Hospital admissions due to drinking double in 10 years
Hospital admissions linked to alcohol problems have reached a record high, prompting fresh concern about the harm being caused by binge drinking. Hospitals in England admitted 1,173,386 patients for treatment for alcohol-related problems in 2010-11, NHS statistics show, up 9% on the 1,056,962 in 2009-10, the first time the figure topped 1 million. In 2002-03, there were 510,780 such admissions. Click here for more...

Minimum alcohol price in UK would save livesReported Road Casualties in Great Britain
A minimum price for alcohol in the UK would help prevent thousands of deaths from related diseases, a group of leading doctors and academics has said. Click here for more...

David Cameron pledges to 'look carefully' at cheap alcohol after warning from doctors
David Cameron has promised to "look very carefully" at low-cost alcohol, after top medics warned that "pocket-money prices" are costing thousands of lives. Click here for more...

Report warns of children's lives 'damaged by alcohol'
Thousands of children living with parents with drink problems are at risk of depression, anxiety and increased anger, according to a report. Click here for more...

Alcohol misuse 'significantly higher' in armed forces
Calls for Ministry of Defence to look at why 13% of military have a drink problem compared to 6% in general population. Click here for more...
 
Sarah Wollaston leading the debate on alcohol taxation
Totnes Tory MP and GP Sarah Wollaston secured a Parliamentary debate on the problems caused by cheap alcohol.  Click here for more...


North East news:

A drugs and alcohol support group is celebrating after being handed a cash injection of more than £300,000
Hartlepool’s Parents In Need of Support group has been given the money from the Big Lottery which will enable them to continue functioning for the next five years helping over 300 mums, dads and carers, and around 320 young people involved in substance misuse. Click here for more...


News from other parts of the UK:

Dundee licensing board wants profits levy to ensure NHS benefits from minimum alcohol pricing
Dundee City Council's licensing board is to recommend to the Scottish Government that any additional profits from the implementation of minimum pricing of alcohol should benefit the NHS. Click here for more...

Council hailed for success of alcohol licensing ban
A bold local authority plan to ban new pubs, clubs or off-sales has prevented a single licensed premises from opening in the area in the past 12 months. Click here for more...

Latest research:

Middle-aged drive to avoid peer pressure of drinking
Middle-aged people regularly volunteer to drive to dinner parties just to resist "mature" peer pressure to drink, according to new research. While older people claim to feel more in control when they have had a drink, they actually find it harder than young people to abstain from alcohol in social situations. Click here for more...

Alcohol Fuels Unsafe Sex
A new study shows the more a person drinks, the stronger their intention becomes to have unsafe sex. The spread of the HIV virus is mainly caused by unsafe sex and it is a major risk factor for the global burden of disease. Click here for more...

Social networking may promote alcohol use among young people
Social networking may be promoting alcohol use among young people in so subtle a manner that users are not even aware of it. Click here for more...

Mothers turning to alcohol to cope with pressure of being 'supermum' putting their children's mental health at risk
A new study says mothers are turning to the bottle, to cope with the pressure of being 'supermums', putting their children at risk of depression and anxiety. Alcohol misuse within families is an "escalating concern" according to Turning Point, which provides services for people with complex issues, including drug and alcohol misuse and mental health problems. Click here for more...

Loud music 'changes the way alcohol tastes' 
A study found that people listening to loud club music rated alcohol as tasting sweeter than those who were either listening to nothing at all, to a news story – or to a mix of music and news. Click here for more...