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AnE visits for alcohol poisoning double in six years

Hospital visits for alcohol poisoning have doubled in six years- with the highest rate among females aged 15 to 19. With the holiday season on us emergency admissions due to the effects of alcohol, such as liver disease, have also risen by more than 50% in nine years to 250,000 a year in England. Rates […]

Study suggests safe alcohol guidance unrealistic

UK government guidelines on how much alcohol it is safe to drink are unrealistic, largely ignored and should be changed to reflect modern drinking habits. Men are currently recommended to drink no more than three or four units a day, and women no more than two or three. But the study found that the guidelines […]

UK drinks more alcohol than estimated

The amount of alcohol people in England drink has been underestimated according to new research. In England surveys measuring typical drinking habits account for only around 60% of alcohol sold, the medical journal BMC Medicine report said. Report author Dr Mark Bellis said this was because many studies do not include drinking on special occasions. […]

Alcohol detox centre saves NHS millions

The NHS could save £27 million a year by changing the way it deals with alcoholic patients. Alcohol abuse costs the NHS £3.8 billion a year, £145 for each UK household. One in three of all A&E admissions are alcohol related- but on a weekend that can rise to 70%. Dr Chris Daly, the lead […]

Police not NHS should deal with drunks

The Police rather than the NHS should be dealling with drunks claims the AnE boss. Police should crack down on binge drinking to stop hospital staff being distracted by disorderly drunks according to a leading doctor. Dr Clifford Mann, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, said the “softer approach” used for anti-social drunkenness did […]

Obesity costing UK economy same as smoking

New research shows that the cost of obesity to the UK economy is now the same as smoking. The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change new research has suggested. The McKinsey Global Institute said obesity cost £1.3 trillion, or 2.8% […]

Drinking alcohol when pregnant- what are the risks?

Women who drink alcohol and are pregnant at the time are seeking abortions under the misapprehension their babies will suffer foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). The British Pregnancy Advice Service (BPAS) says there is “no need” for an abortion in such cases, as there is “minimal” damage to babies from isolated episodes of binge drinking by […]

Alcohol tax suggested to fund rehab and health service for addicts

Drink and drug addicts should be treated in rehab treatment centres paid for with a new tax on alcohol. The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) said that by 2024, a ring-fenced “treatment tax” would put up the cost of alcohol bought in shops by 2p per unit- it is among a number of measures recommended […]

UK ranks badly in European health league table

The UK is lagging behind progress by similar countries on many indicators for ill health, research suggests.Health data over 20 years was compared with figures from 18 other countries in the research published in the Lancet. Although average life expectancy has risen by four years since 1990, it says the UK needs to increase its […]

Smoking may worsen a hangover research concludes

Smoking may worsen a hangover after drinking heavily US research concludes-  although the reason why is unclear.Researchers asked 113 US students to keep a diary for eight weeks, recording their drinking and smoking habits and any hangover symptoms. When they drank heavily- around six cans of beer an hour – those who also smoked suffered […]