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Weekly news update - Fewer kids are boozing than a decade ago....

Posted 01/06/12

News from around the UK:

Minimum alcohol pricing 'no cure for booze bingers'
Minimum prices for bottles of alcohol will not end Britain’s binge-drinking culture, a brewing and pub industry leader has warned MPs. Click here for more...

ASDA helping UK families tackle alcohol problems
As part of its commitment to tackling the UK's drink problems, supermarket chain Asda has pledged £1m to Addaction, a national charity that helps young people and families tackle problems with alcohol. Click here for more...

Scottish Government set to lower drink-drive limit
The Scottish Government have today announced plans to almost half the drink-drive limit with a new scheme being implemented “as soon as possible”.  Click here for more...

Drug hospital discharges reach high
Drug-related hospital discharges have risen to a five-year high, according to official figures. The rate increased by 26% between 2006-7 and 2010-11, from 98 to 123 diagnoses per 100,000 of the population of Scotland.  Click here for more...

Diamond Jubilee: Hospitals call in extra doctors and nurses to cope with surge in drunken patients
Hospitals are bringing in extra doctors and nurses over the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend to deal with a surge in drunken patients.  More front-line staff will be drafted in at Central Manchester and Wythenshawe hospitals to ensure their A&E departments can cope with the demand.  Click here for more...

Cut alcohol intake to just a quarter pint of beer a day, experts advise
People should drink just a half unit of alcohol daily in order to cut the number of deaths from cancer, liver disease and other conditions linked to drinking, health experts are urging.  Click here for more...

David Nutt suggests alcohol sensors 'in every car'
Alcohol sensors should be in every car to cut drink-related road deaths and injuries, says the government's former chief drugs adviser. Click here for more...

Cider maker urges drinkers to sign online petition save brew
Midsomer Norton’s artisan cider maker fears setting a minimum price for alcohol could ruin the ancient Somerset tradition and threaten the county’s wildlife. Click here for more...

Fewer kids are boozing than a decade ago... but more adults binge drinking
The number of underage boozers has dropped in the last decade, an NHS study reveals. In 2001 25% of secondary school pupils aged 11 to 15 drank at least once a week, but in 2010 the figure fell to 13%.  Click here for more...


North East news:

Police pledge crackdown on 'youth discos' in Durham
POLICE have pledged to crack down on ‘youth discos’ which have brought a surge of problems with underage drinking. Senior officers said that while many are advertised as only for 16-year-olds and over, tickets are finding their way into the hands of party-goers as young as 13. Click here for more...


International news:

New Zealand Government looking at minimum alcohol price
The Government is looking at how other countries put minimum prices on drinks but Justice Minister Judith Collins says making alcohol more expensive won't necessarily curb binge boozing.  Click here for more...


Latest Research:

Drinkers forget what they've drunk - study
Young people's impressions of the amount of alcohol they have drunk are significantly lower the morning after compared to during the evening of a drinking session, a new Swiss study shows. Click here for more...

Impact of Alcohol Consumption on Young People: A Systematic Review of Published Reviews
The aim of the study was to undertake a systematic review of the published review literature and summarise the evidence on the harms and benefits of alcohol consumption for children and young people. In this process we assessed the quality of the evidence in this field and its relevance to a UK population. We also identified gaps in the research which need to be addressed. Click here for more...

Summary report of a workshop exploring the experiences of working with ‘Frequent Flyers’
'Frequent flyers’ form a group of clients repeatedly admitted to hospital or attending Accident and Emergency for treatment for alcohol–related conditions. Click here for more...

Alcohol Research UK reports: Internet influences on adolescents; Gender, Alcohol & interventions; Identifiying promising approaches to reducing alcohol harm
This study, carried out by the Institute of Alcohol Studies, examined the characteristics and influence of actual Internet content experienced by young people.  Click here for more...