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Thousands of teenage pupils binge drink at least once a week and more than half admit they’ve been violent when drunk according to a poll. Children are knocking back five or more units at a time, the Trading Standards Institute warned, following the survey of 12,000 youngsters. Just over half (51%) of the regular “binge drinkers” said they’d been violent when drinking. Nearly half (44%) of the 14 to 17 year old pupils surveyed drank alcohol at least once a week, the Trading Standards survey found.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel - June 27 2007
Over the past decade Britain has spent more on its ‘war on drugs’ than the combined budget for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. There re about 327,000 drug addicts and two million alcoholics- with about 1.5 million children in households where parents are abusing drugs or alcohol. Almost half the 80,000 prisoners are problem drug users. The report proposes a new tax on alcohol which could add 7p to a pint of beer – in response to a 15 per cent increase in alcohol consumption over the past five years. Among children there has been a 50 per cent increase in the same period…Treatment would focus on ‘abstinence’ with heroin addicts going ‘cold turkey’ rather than being prescribed a substitute drug such as methadone.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsSalvationist (The Daily Express) - 21 July 2007
New moves to crack down on excess drinking among the underage, young adults and older people will be unveiled today. The Government will publish a new version of its alcohol strategy which will focus on encouraging drinkers to take responsibility for their boozing. It is due to set out plans to prevent under 18s getting involved with alcohol. The strategy will also focus on educating older people who may be drinking to unsafe levels.

Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel, Tuesday June 5, 2007
The most effective treatment yet to help smokers quit has been approved for use by the NHS, just weeks before the nationwide smoking ban comes into force. Champix was cleared after trials showed that almost half of those who took it managed to give up. It works by providing relief from cravings and the withdrawal symptoms experienced by smokers. It also reduces the satisfaction a smoker will get from further cigarettes.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel - May 31st, 2007
A report by scientists has warned that teenagers who drink heavily are risking permanent damage to their brain functions. The findings, which come from a study of sixteen to nineteen –year-olds, reveal that children as young as twelve are being diagnosed as alcoholics. Every day, fifteen children under the age of sixteen drink themselves into A&E wards.

Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsDay One Magazine June- September 2007
Alcohol is ranked almost as harmful as heroin in a controversial new drug classification system proposed by a team of leading scientists.

The class-A drug Ecstasy is placed near the bottom of the league table which lists "harm scores" for different substances.

Cannabis, recently downgraded to class C, occupies a middle position. It is rated more dangerous than Ecstasy, LSD and GHB, but less harmful than tobacco. The table, published today in The Lancet medical journal, was drawn up by a team of highly respected scientists.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel – 23rd March 2007
Drug use in the UK has stabilised since the late 1990s, but around 8 per cent of 16 to 24 year olds have tried a Class A drug in the last year, according to the British Crime Survey. That means that they are experimenting more with hard drugs than any other age group. The UK has the second highest number of cocaine users in Europe, with more than 4 per cent of 15 to 34 year olds taking the drug.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsIdea May/June 2007
Workers who struggle into the office with a hangover waste two hours of the day as they try to recover from the previous evenings drinking. A poll of 2,000 workers showed that almost half had fallen asleep at their desk as the result of feeling hung-over.

Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel – 15th December 2006
In 2004 there were 40,000 users of heroin, with 744 deaths. 800,000 users of cocaine, with 147 deaths. 650,000 users of amphetamines, with 33 deaths. 3 million users of cannabis with 16 deaths. 800,000 users of ecstasy with 33 deaths. 12.5 million users of tobacco with 114,000 deaths.

Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Independent – 1st August 2006
One person in 20 in the UK, is alcoholic, 33,000 deaths each year are alcoholic related. 28,000 hospital admissions are due to alcoholic dependence or poisoning.

Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsSword – November / December 2006
Steroids that give athletes bulging muscles may also cause their brains to waste away, new research suggests.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel – 2nd October 2006
Steroids that give athletes bulging muscles may also cause their brains to waste away, new research suggests.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel – 2nd October 2006
The gambling advice charity GamCare has announced that 6563 people contacted them for counselling in 2005, a 41% increase from 2004.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsEvangelical Times – September 2006
A growing number of men are turning to drink because of work related stress. A study revealed that one in three men are drinking alcohol to try to switch off. A further one in five had suffered from depression.

Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel – 8th June 2006
According to research by MORE THAN:-
One in five people (21 per cent) has driven shortly after taking illegal drugs.
Four out of ten drug drivers think their driving is not affected by drugs, or that their behaviour is safe.
The research shows that although nine in ten of people surveyed do not think that drug driving is safe, 38 per cent of those who did admit to drug driving think that their driving skills are not affected by drugs or that their behaviour is safe. In comparison, 94 per cent of those surveyed said that they would not drive if they thought they were over the legal blood alcohol limit.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsMORE THAN - June 2006
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