Tagged: UK

NEWS: UK: Hidden Alcohol Epidemic Among Over-50s

A brand new study finds: Highly educated people above the age of 50 who generally lead a healthy, active and sociable life and are at higher risk of alcohol use disorder, compared to less well-off peers. The study analysed data from more than 9,000 people and concluded that alcohol use in the age group 50-plus years is a hidden middle class phenomenon…

NEWS: Pregnant Women Should Not Use Alcohol

British Medical Association (BMA) warns: Pregnant women should not use any alcohol British Medical Association call for stricter Government advice and “more explicit” warnings of the risks of alcohol to developing babies Professor Sir Al Aynsley Green, president of the BMA, called for stricter Government advice and “more explicit” warnings of the risks to the baby… Read more »

NEWS: UK: Town Tackles Alcohol Harm Jointly

Gateshead Council, health experts and emergency services have now joined forces to tackle the problem. They have signed a ‘Local Government Declaration on Alcohol’ to address the issues.
Alcohol-related problems are costing Gateshead £82.9million a year – or £433 per capita, per year. Alcohol harm is staggering and every fourth adult consumes alcohol at increasing and higher risk levels – creating a ticking health time bomb…

NEWS: Irish Global Leader In Alcohol During Pregnancy

An international analysis compared women in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. It found that weekly consumption of Irish women tends to be low and that they ignore public health recommendation to live alcohol free during pregnancy, for risk of mental and physical problems the unborn baby may suffer…

NEWS: UK: MTV Heavily Criticized For Alcohol Ads

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the UK’s regulator of advertising across all media whose members are drawn from the advertising industry, has taken issue with MTV after 22 alcohol adverts appeared in eight episodes of Geordie Shore, a reality TV show, December 2014…

NEWS: Pregnancy: Alcohol Causes Brain Damage

One of the UK’s leading experts in child health, Sir Al Aynsley-Green, said exposure to alcohol before birth was one of the “most significant” causes of childhood brain damage. He is calling for stronger warnings on alcohol to alert women to the dangers of alcohol intake during pregnancy.
Sir Al has called for all UK governments to raise public awareness by enacting tougher labelling rules, a call that was backed by delegates at the British Medical Association annual conference. Sir Al is the emeritus professor of child health at University College London, honorary fellow of Oxford University and the first children’s commissioner for England…