[cutting] Petition: Mandatory for alcoholic drinks to display the dangers of alcohol when pregnant | UK Government

Petition: Mandatory for alcoholic drinks to display the dangers of alcohol when pregnant

To help prevent foetal alcohol in children and raise awareness

Source: petition.parliament.uk/petitions/207975

[cutting] Under threat drug and alcohol unit should be kept open, says council | Nottingham Post

Under threat drug and alcohol unit should be kept open, says council

“The 15-bed unit provides dedicated to support to patients experiencing substance misuse.”

Source: www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/under-threat-drug-alcohol-unit-1087944

[summary] Public involvement in alcohol research | Alcohol Research UK

Key points

  • “Public involvement is not simple, but creating stronger links between universities, services, volunteers, and individuals with lived experiences is essential if the work we fund is to continue to help improve lives.” —Dr James Nicholls, Director of Research and Policy Development, Alcohol Research UK
  • Public involvement can be applied to all stages of research: Research strategy; Funding allocation; Development of research plans and proposals; Carrying out primary research; Data analysis and interpretation; Peer review; Communication and dissemination
  • Recommendations:
    – Make it fit: The level and nature of public involvement in a given research project should be appropriate to the subject
    – Invest time in building relationships
    – Try to find common language that everyone is comfortable with
    – It is important to manage expectations. Public involvement does not guarantee the success of a research project
    – Provide remuneration and reimburse expenses

Source: http://alcoholresearchuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Alcohol-Research-UK-Public-Involvement-Report-FINAL.pdf

Note: Here is an outline of some ways the public has contributed to addiction research from Alcohol Research UK’s spring event on this topic. ■

UK alcohol rehabs let down older people

Three out of four residential alcohol treatment facilities exclude older adults by imposing an age limit, while lack of disabled access often creates physical barriers.

Some older adults found living with younger residents was enriching, while others found the “generation gap” more of a challenge, according to the study by Alcohol Research UK.

Some felt bullied, intimidated or upset by ageist language and attitudes. At the same time “age blindness” sometimes means needs are not met.

[cutting] Queen’s consent sought for drink cost law | BBC News

The Crown is being asked to consent to the Welsh Government’s minimum alcohol pricing legislation to avoid “anomalies” creeping through, Wales’ health secretary has told Welsh assembly members.

Source: www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-42142652

[cutting] Peter Rice: Families will suffer after UK decision to freeze alcohol duty | Scotsman

The Chancellor’s decision to freeze alcohol duty is effectively a cut and one that will cost the government £1.2 billion in revenue needed for health care, education and other public services over the next five years. … The promise of action [on strong cider] turned out to be a minor tweak with tax bands that will do little to curb these dangerous products—Dr Peter Rice is chair of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems

Source: www.scotsman.com/news/politics/peter-rice-families-will-suffer-after-decision-to-freeze-alcohol-duty-1-4621051

[cutting] UK alcohol sales soar despite supermarket prices rising at their highest rate in 4 years | Drinks Business

The dramatic decline in the value of the pound has driven up the cost of imports and forced up the rate of inflation, leaving consumers out-of-pocket. … [Despite this] drinks sales have risen by 5.3% year-on-year with British consumers spending an extra £142 million on alcohol in the last financial quarter.

Source: www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/11/alcohol-sales-soar-despite-supermarket-prices-rising-at-their-highest-rate-in-4-years/

[cutting] Death rate of Northern Ireland women from too much alcohol nearly doubles in three years | Belfast Telegraph.co.uk

Statistics show a rise in local women dying from alcohol abuse. In 2013, 6.4 alcohol-specific deaths per 100,000 females were recorded in Northern Ireland, but by 2016 the rate was 11.8.

Source: www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/death-rate-of-northern-ireland-women-from-too-much-alcohol-nearly-doubles-in-three-years-36299730.html

[cutting] Children’s Society warns 700,000 UK teens are ‘damaged by ­parents alcohol abuse’ | Irish Sun

The Children’s Society says there are 700,000 teenagers across the UK whose lives are being “damaged” by parents’ alcohol abuse. … And for three in five of these youngsters (59%) the same parent is also suffering from depression or anxiety.

Source: www.thesun.ie/news/1775489/the-lives-of-700000-teens-are-being-damaged-by-­parents-alcohol-abuse-the-childrens-society-warns/

[cutting] Baby boomers warned over drinking as alcohol-linked deaths in over-50s soar | Guardian

The number of alcohol-specific deaths in people aged 50 and over has risen 45% since 2001, prompting fresh warnings about excessive drinking among baby boomers. … “The latest statistics are a wake-up call to the rising problem of alcohol misuse in a generation of baby boomers that need urgent consideration by our public health and clinical services in the UK,” Dr Tony Rao, the co-chair of substance misuse in the older people working group at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. 

Source: www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/07/baby-boomers-warned-over-drinking-as-alcohol-linked-deaths-in-over-50s-soar