One in 20 global deaths caused by alcohol, says WHO

More than 3m people died as a result of harmful alcohol use in 2016, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), representing one in...

PHE alcohol adviser resigns over industry partnership

  The co-chair of Public Health England’s (PHE) alcohol leadership board has resigned over the agency’s partnership with industry-funded Drinkaware for its new ‘Drink Free...

Extra 3p on beer would ‘raise £100m for alcohol treatment’

Increasing alcohol duties by just 1 per cent would raise around £100m a year to invest in treatment services, according to a new briefing...

Have more alcohol-free days, drinkers urged

A new campaign by Public Health England (PHE) and industry-funded Drinkaware is urging middle-aged drinkers to have more alcohol-free days, as ‘a way of...

New campaign calls for national focus on preventing drug-related deaths

A new initiative launched at the Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF)’s annual conference is calling for a national focus on preventing drug deaths, and reinforces the...

‘No safe level’ of alcohol consumption

The health risks associated with drinking are ‘massive’ and there is no safe level of alcohol use, according to a major new study published...

Alcohol industry would lose £13bn if drinkers stuck to guidelines

Drinkers consuming more than the government’s low-risk guideline of 14 units a week make up a quarter of the population but provide 68 per...

‘A third’ of HMP Birmingham prisoners using drugs

Drug testing suggested that a third of prisoners in HMP Birmingham are using illicit drugs, according to a prison inspectors’ report, while one in...

Relax laws on e-cigarettes, urge MPs

Regulations on the licensing, prescribing and advertising of e-cigarettes need to be relaxed, says a report from Parliament’s cross-party Science and Technology Committee. Despite...

Hep C deaths down 11 per cent in a year

Deaths from hepatitis C-related end-stage liver disease fell by 11 per cent last year compared to 2016, according to new figures from Public Health...