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How does Alcohol affect your Mental Health?

Ahead of Mental Health Awareness week (18 – 24 May), Balance is joining up with one of the region’s leading consultant psychiatrists to encourage people not to use alcohol as a coping...


New research reveals NE drinking habits during lockdown

New research has found that more than one quarter of North East adults (26%) who drink alcohol are drinking more often since lockdown began on 23 March.


Don’t turn to drink during crisis, warns Balance

Balance is warning of the potential health risks of people using alcohol as a prop during the current crisis.


Response to the Budget

Colin Shevills, Director of Balance, said: “In freezing alcohol duty, the Chancellor has made a conscious decision to put the profits of the alcohol industry above the health of the...


Alcohol industry misleading consumers about drinking guidelines...

Balance is calling for mandatory health information to be included on all alcohol product labels, as a new investigation reveals that alcohol companies are still keeping consumers in...


Drinkers in the NE suffer more alcohol harm than in Wales

Shocking new figures show people in the North East are more likely to die or be hospitalised from alcohol than people in Wales. It comes just as the Welsh Government implements lifesaving...


Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol could save 2,000 NE lives

Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, is backing calls from civic leaders for the urgent introduction of a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol in England after new evidence revealed...


Balance calls for action as hospital admissions reach new high...

Balance is calling on the Government to take emergency action on cheap alcohol after new figures show alcohol hospital admissions in England have reached all-time record levels – with...


Balance calls on government to raise alcohol duty to fund NHS...

Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, is calling on the Government to increase alcohol duty in the forthcoming Budget, to fund public health and prevention services.


Dry January can be a springboard to reduce your drinking

Balance the North East Alcohol Office is encouraging drinkers who’ve taken part in Dry January to use the experience to help reduce their drinking all-year-round.