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Confronting the alcohol issue

Alcohol affects every part of the body and heavy use can be a contributory factor in more than 80 illnesses.

writes IAN McCABE

IN IRELAND, we are sometimes shocked when people at the height of their career, particularly men between the ages of 35 and 55, suddenly drop dead with a heart attack. While there are several reasons for fatal cardiac arrests, the contributory effects of alcohol are often ignored. Given our national relationship with alcohol, perhaps we should come out of our collective denial and acknowledge alcohol abuse as being one of the causes of heart attacks.

 

Teenage girl ‘ladettes’ just as likely to be alcohol binge drinkers

Teenage girl ‘ladettes’ just as likely to be alcohol binge drinkers

Teenage girls are now just as likely to embark on binge drinking as boys, new figures have disclosed.
Government statistics show that girls aged under 15 are consuming an average 11.3 units of alcohol a week, the equivalent of six medium glasses of wine or five pints of beer.
This compares with 11.9 units for an average male teenage drinker who is aged 11 to 15.

 

Most adults have no idea how many units are in a drink, survey shows

Drinkaware to send unit calculators to millions following research findings

Three out of five adults are unable to equate alcohol units to drinks, according to research by alcohol awareness charity Drinkaware.

A survey of 4,000 adults found that while 85 per cent have heard of the term ‘alcohol units’ only one in two know how many are in certain drinks.

The survey also revealed less than a third of adults know the recommended daily unit guidelines (three to four for men and two to three for women).

In response, Drinkaware has sent 2.3 million unit and calorie counters to UK homes.

Chris Sorek, chief executive of Drinkaware, said: “Changing the UK’s drinking culture won’t happen overnight but providing consumers with useful tools such as the unit calculator can help them understand what a unit is and how many are in the nation’s most popular drinks.”

As a further incentive for people to have a healthy start to the New Year each Drinkaware unit calculator recipient will have the chance to enter a prize draw to win a weekend for two at Champneys luxury spa.

The first 10,000 entries at www.drinkaware.co.uk will also receive a free unit measure cup.

A standard pint of lager (four per cent ABV) is equivalent to around two units.

 

People being prosecuted for possession on the rise.

Number of heroin and cocaine prosecutions soars

Published Date: 03 January 2011
THE number of people being prosecuted for possession of heroin or cocaine has risen by more than 50 per cent in a year.
A total of 288 people were prosecuted in the Lothians and Borders for possession of either cocaine or heroin in 2008-9 compared with 184 in the previous year, new figures show.

Across Scotland as a whole the number of people prosecuted for possession of heroin rose by 17.5 per cent and cocaine by 27 per cent.

Prosecution for the possession of ecstasy decreased by 42 per cent. The figures were revealed following a parliamentary question by Lib Dem MSP Robert Brown.

He said: “It is extremely worrying that prosecutions have risen for possession of illegal and harmful drugs in Scotland since last year, and there are particularly worrying hikes in offence numbers in certain parts of the country.

“In Dumfries and Galloway alone, heroin prosecutions have more than doubled and in Lothian and Borders they are up more than 50 per cent.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Government said: “The prosecution of individual cases is a matter for the Crown Office.

“But Scotland is making significant progress in getting drugs off our streets. Since 2008-9, the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency has seized over 1100kg of Class A drugs with an estimated street value of over £64 million.”

Earlier this year, a United Nations report showed 3.9 per cent of Scots now frequently use cocaine – the highest level of abuse in the world.

 
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