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Government promises to ‘transform’ mental health support

Prime minister Theresa May has announced a range of measures to ‘transform’ mental health support across the country. Tackling the ‘burning injustice’ of mental...

Nearly 2m drinkers should be sent for liver scans, says NICE

People drinking at potentially harmful levels should be sent for scans to detect early liver disease, according to new draft guidance from the National...

‘Don’t go cold turkey this January – get long-term help’

People with addiction issues should avoid going ‘cold turkey’ in January, according to national charity Change, Grow, Live (CGL). ‘New Year’s resolutions are great, but...

Tailored treatment needed for prescription drug misuse, says ACMD

Prescription-only drugs are being widely diverted to supplement the use of illegal substances, according to a new report from the Advisory Council on the...

Address ‘blind spot’ around older drinkers, charity urges

More needs to be done to help older adults avoid alcohol-related harm, says a new report from the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK). Retirement is...

Leeds volunteers thanked for their vital role

The vital role of volunteers was recognised by Forward Leeds, at a celebratory meal to thank them for their ‘fantastic commitment’ throughout the year. The...

Poor commissioning practices hitting smaller charities

The survival of smaller charities is being threatened by ‘shockingly complicated and inappropriate’ commissioning and contracting processes on the part of central and local...

ACMD: safeguarding treatment vital to avoid more deaths

Maintaining the ‘capacity and quality’ of treatment is essential to prevent more increases in opioid-related deaths, says a new report from the ACMD. The...

Around 9,000 children are ‘problem gamblers’

Approximately 450,000 children in England and Wales are now gambling every week, according to a report from the Gambling Commission, with around 9,000 of...

Government rules out benefit sanctions for refusing treatment

People with drug and alcohol problems should not be made to undergo treatment in order to claim benefits, according to a long-awaited review by...

Frontline staff worn down by alcohol-fuelled behaviour

Alcohol-related behaviour is having a severe impact on the ability of emergency services staff to do their jobs, according to a report from the...

Economic burden of alcohol could be almost 3 per cent of...

Combining minimum unit pricing (MUP) with increased alcohol taxation would lead to both ‘substantial’ reductions in alcohol-related harm and increases in government revenue, according...