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Gambling should be treated as a ‘major health issue’, like smoking, the Bishop of St. Albans, Dr Alan Smith, has said. He was speaking after figures were published which suggest that most people in England gambled in the last year.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCHURCH TIMES, 6th December 2019
There are now 1.8m fewer adult smokers in England than seven years ago, data shows. New figures analysed by NHS Digital show 5.9m people smoked cigarettes in 2018 down from 7.7 million in 2011.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel, 3rd July 2019
Sales of sparkling wine in the UK have fallen for the first time in five years, figures show. Three million fewer bottles were sold last year, with sales dropping from 217 million bottles in 2017 to 214 million in 2018, according to UHY Hacker Young.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel, 1 April 2019
Drinkers in the UK get drunk more often than anywhere else in the world, findings from a global survey suggests. Britons reported getting drunk an average of 51.1 times in a 12-month period – almost once a week, the 2019 report featuring 36 countries found.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel - 16 May 2019
Smoking potent forms of cannabis greatly increases the risk of serious mental illness, a major study has found. Taking any version of the drug daily was found to triple the chances of developing psychosis. Scientists carried out the study at 11 sites in five countries across Europe, as well as one in Brazil.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel
The first NHS gambling clinic for children is opening amid growing concern that the rise of online gaming sites and targeted adverts is fuelling a problem among young people. There are 55,000 children classed as having a gambling problem in Britain, according to the Gambling Commission, which also found that 450,000 are gambling regularly – more than those who have taken drugs, drunk alcohol or smoked.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Guardian
The number of children classed as having a gambling problem has quadrupled to more than 50,000 in two years. The Gambling Commission study, released in November, suggests that 450,000 children aged 11 to 16 bet regularly, more than those who have taken drugs, smoked or drunk alcohol. Bets with friends, slot machines and scratchcards were most popular.

Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsEvangelicals Now January 2019
Young people in the UK and Ireland are among the worst in Europe for drunkenness. Despite a downward trend in underage alcohol consumption, the World Health Organization has found that 15 year old girls in the UK are the most likely to have been drunk twice out of all the countries in Europe. Boys in Eastern Europe were the only ones to drink more than those in the UK and Ireland.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsYCW – November 2018
Drug-related deaths reached another record high in Scotland last year, according to new figures. There were 934 drug-related deaths in 2017, an eight per cent rise on 2016.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 13th July 2018
Alcohol-related deaths for adults have risen for the fourth year in a row in Scotland, according to new figures. Figures released by NHS Health Scotland revealed an average of 22 deaths a week due to alcohol misuse in 2016 – more than two and a half times the number for 1981.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 29th June 2018
The number of Britons aged over 40 who are addicted to skunk, the super-strength type of cannabis, is rapidly increasing, new figures show. Researchers from the University of York found that the total has more than doubled in the last ten years.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 20th June 2018
It was revealed today that the Government will not be implementing its pledge to reduce the maximum stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to £2 until 2020.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCARE Impact Direct - 15th June 2018
Hospital admissions relating to cannabis have risen sharply, figures have revealed, as a leading medical journal branded the drug a “huge health risk “. There were 27,501 admissions in England in 2016/2017, a 15 per cent increase compared to 23,866 in 2014/2015.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 1st June 2018
Drinkers who ignore UK alcohol consumption guidelines could be cutting years off their lives, according to new research. An analysis of nearly 600,000 people found those drinking more than 100g of alcohol every week – around five 175ml glasses of wine or pints of beer – were at an increased risk of early death. Drinking more alcohol was also linked with a greater chance of suffering a stroke, heart failure, and a fatal aneurysm, according to the study.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel - 13th April 2018
Gambling physically alters the structure of the brain and makes people more prone to depression and anxiety, new research has shown. Scientists examining problem gamblers found they had more grey matter in and connections between regions linked to the mental conditions.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCARE Impact Direct - 13th April 2018 (The Telegraph)
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