Weekly news update: 1:10 North-East ambulance calls linked to alcohol

Posted 27/07/12

National news:

Health impact of alcohol misuse "insidious and pervasive" say MPs
The Government's Alcohol Strategy is a welcome attempt to address the problems alcohol causes in a coherent way, but its focus on public order overshadows health issues, warn MPs on the Health Committee in a new report. Click here for more...

At home, less than 30 percent of people know how strong their drinks are
Though many people consume alcohol on a daily basis around the world, many of them are unaware of the actual percentage of alcohol that is in one’s drink. Click here for more...

Volumes down for 59 of 100 top alcohol brands
Brits have dramatically reduced their consumption of alcohol over the past year. The amount of beer bought in the off-trade has fallen 164 million pints sales of wine have fallen by 27 million bottles and spirits the equivalent of six million. Click here for more...

Alcohol ban comes into force on late night and early morning trains in Scotland
Passengers are no longer allowed to drink alcohol late at night or early in the morning on most Scottish trains. Click here for more...

NHS needs support from local authorities to tackle alcohol problems
Hospitals are too often responding and reacting to alcohol abuse, when what we really need is more investment in prevention. Click here for more...

“We’re drinking too much as a country” – Shortall confirms alcohol restrictions
Junior minister says the cheap and easy availability of alcohol needs to be addressed to curb consumption. Click here for more...

Alcohol free flights welcomed
UK travellers want to see the introduction of alcohol free flights because they don’t want to be disturbed by drunken passengers, according to a recent survey. Click here for more... 

SABMiller hires Bell Pottinger Public Affairs to fight minimum pricing
The world's second largest brewer is bringing in extra lobbying muscle as the minimum pricing net closes in on the drinks industry in the UK. Click here for more...

Minimum alcohol price 'must be evidence-based'
A committee of MPs has welcomed plans for a minimum price for alcohol, but warned is must be monitored to assess whether it is effective. Click here for more...

Wine may be exempt from minimum pricing rules
Plans to set a minimum price for wine in Scotland are coming up against the complex bureaucracy of the European Union's agriculture trade rules. Click here for more...

Alcohol drinking rates among young people goes down in UK: HSCIC
Alcohol drinking rates among young individuals aged between 11-15 years in the UK has gone down, according to a report by The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), a UK-based central, authoritative source of health and social care information for frontline decision makers. Click here for more...


North East news:

One in 12 Middlesbrough children living with drug addicts
One in 12 children in Middlesbrough could be living with parents addicted to crack cocaine, heroin or alcohol. Click here for more...

‘Shop the teen booze sales traders’
A senior councillor is calling on residents to shop traders who sell booze to under-age drinkers. Click here for more...

One in ten North-East ambulance calls linked to alcohol
One in ten ambulance callouts in the North-East in a single year were drink related, according to new figures. Click here for more...

Drug and alcohol addicts to sail around UK
Drug and alcohol addicts from Tyneside will be among one hundred people to sail around the UK as part of a new treatment programme.  Click here for more...
 

International news:

Children with Foetal Alcohol more likely to end up in prison (NZ)
Children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 19 times more likely to end up in prison. Click here for more...