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Alcohol blamed for 40% rise in liver disease deaths in 12 years

A startling jump in the number of people dying of liver disease has been triggered by an increase in alcohol consumption, Public Health England (PHE) has warned. From the Guardian The first regional study into the preventable disease revealed a 40% rise in deaths over the past 12 years, with men twice as likely to be diagnosed as women. The changes in pub opening hours and higher levels of alcohol consumption are directly linked to the “rapid and shocking” increase... Full Story


Finland backs Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

The Finnish government is set to give its support to the Scottish government in a controversial court case over minimum pricing levels for alcohol. From BBC News BBC Scotland has learned that Finnish officials will present papers to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg this week. The papers will back the Scottish government in a case being brought by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). The Finnish ministry of health said the issue was a "question of principle". Legislation to... Full Story


Areas with many pubs have triple the alcohol deaths – Scottish study

Scottish neighbourhoods that have large numbers of pubs and off-licences have nearly three times the number of alcohol-related deaths and illness, a major study has shown. From The Irish Times Off-licences cause the greatest number of problems, because of cheap drink, the large volumes that can be bought and the lack of control over underage drinkers. The research, carried out by the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, broke Scotland down into 6,500 districts ”” each of which has on average... Full Story


Half of Australians unaware excessive alcohol increases cancer risk

Many Australians are putting themselves at risk of developing cancer because they have no idea that drinking too much alcohol is an important risk factor, new research shows. From the Guardian Only slightly more than half of 2,482 people surveyed by Cancer Council NSW and Monash University researchers knew that limiting drinking also cut the risk of developing cancers of the breast, liver, mouth, throat and oesophagus. Those who reported drinking the most were least likely to be aware of... Full Story


Minimum unit price ’50 times more effective’ than alcohol floor price

Introducing minimum pricing for alcohol would be up to 50 times more effective than current government policy, according to health researchers. From the BBC Hundreds of deaths could be avoided every year with a minimum price for alcohol units, researchers estimated. The Department of Health said it was "taking action to tackle cheap and harmful alcohol". It added that it was working with industry to promote responsible drinking. 'Save lives' A minimum price of 45p to 50p per unit of... Full Story


70% of those on probation battling drugs or alcohol

More than 3,500 offenders being supervised by probation services in Northern Ireland have problems with drug and alcohol misuse. From the Belfast Telegraph The number equates to more than 70% of all 5,000 criminals who are on probation in the region. The scale of the drink and drug problem among offenders was outlined by the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI). It has outlined the figures to highlight the extent to which alcohol and substance abuse contributes to criminal and... Full Story


Adult Drinking Patterns Survey in Northern Ireland 2013

Results from the fifth Adult Drinking Patterns Survey were published today. ~ Tuesday, 19 August 2014 The survey was conducted between 1 October 2013 and 30 November 2013 across a sample of private households in Northern Ireland. The last survey was carried out in 2011. The report presents information on the amount of alcohol the respondents consumed, when, where and what they drank, who they drank with, and those who reported binge and problem drinking. In addition, for the first... Full Story


Time to warn drinkers about the risk of cancer

Australians have become accustomed to labels on cigarettes warning about the risk of smoking causing cancer and other diseases. And our research, published in the latest edition of BMC Public Health, shows similar labels could help consumers better understand the harms of drinking alcohol. From theonversation.com Alcohol is estimated to cost the Australian economy A$36 billion a year in preventable death, illness, injury, and hospitalisation. There is growing evidence that alcohol increases the risk of certain types of cancer, diabetes... Full Story


Strong state alcohol policies reduce likelihood of binge drinking

People living in states with stronger alcohol policy environments have a substantially lower likelihood of any binge drinking, frequent binge drinking, and high-intensity binge drinking, according to a new study by researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and Boston Medical Center (BMC), published in the current issue of the American Journal of Public Health. From MedicalXpress Specifically, the study found, each 10 percentage point increase in the strength of a state's alcohol policy score (reflecting more... Full Story


Health warnings on alcohol bottles should be compulsory — MPs

Health warnings should be compulsory on bottles of wine, beer and spirits to raise awareness of the dangers of excessive drinking and the growing problem of liver disease, a group of MPs has said. From the Guardian The recommendation is part of a series of measures put forward by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse to tackle what it says is an epidemic of alcohol abuse in Britain. Conservative MP Tracey Crouch, the chair of the group, said people... Full Story


Latest Reports

HBSC Ireland 2014 : Alcohol and cannabis use in school-children in Ireland (updated)

The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study is a cross-national research study conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and runs on a four-year cycle. In 2014, Ireland participated for the fifth time in the HBSC study (www.nuigalway.ie/hbsc). The study included 13,611 school-children from 3rd class in primary school to 5th year in post-primary school. Collectively, 230 primary and post-primary schools across Ireland participated in this study.

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A review of 2014 RTC fatalities with a positive toxicology for alcohol

The preliminary findings of this report, which examined the toxicology reports of those killed in road crashes in 2014, has revealed that 31% of people killed had alcohol in their system at the time of their deaths.

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Cancer Prevention Factsheet

A factsheet from the National Cancer Control Programme on alcohol and cancer.

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