The Most Dangerous Places To Drink In Britain

alcohol abuse and dangerNew figures which have been released by Labour MP, Liam Byrne have revealed the most dangerous places in Britain to drink alcohol and the popular stag and hen destination, Blackpool has topped the list.

Over the last year alone, hospitals in the area dealt with 1,720 admissions as a result of drinking - which is the equivalent of five per day. Second on the list is Stoke-on-Trent which sees 82.5 per 100,000 admissions to medical facilities because of drinking.

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Postnatal Depression Affects One Quarter Of New Mothers

b2ap3_thumbnail_mother_20151106-101911_1.jpgAlthough there is absolutely no doubt that welcoming a new baby into the world is one of the happiest times of any parent’s life, such a life-changing event combined with a lack of sleep and unpredictable hormones means that is can also be one of the most difficult.

Highlighting just how much of an impact this can have, a new study has found that over half of new mums will experience mild ‘baby blues’ whilst more seriously, almost a quarter will suffer from postnatal depression.

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Mental Health Detentions In England Rises By 10 Percent

Mental health and treatmentOver the past 12 months there have been 58,000 mental health detentions under the Mental Health Act in England - a 10% rise compared to the year before.

Under the Mental Health Act, anyone with a mental health disorder can be admitted to hospital against their wishes for treatment, which is something doctors are being forced to do in order to find patients a hospital bed.

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Why Britain Faces Mental Health Bed Shortages

mental health treatmentNot a week goes by where there isn’t a media report detailing the mental health crisis that Britain is facing and how a lack of beds and funding means that people can’t even receive treatment for it.

At the beginning of the summer, an inquiry took place and looked into why there is such a shortage of beds available and what needs to be done about this. The independent commission report concluded that contrary to popular belief, it’s not bed closures that are causing these issues - it’s delayed discharges and poor community provision.

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Middle Aged Drinkers Risk Dementia

b2ap3_thumbnail_alcoholic-brain.jpgThe National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) has warned that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption for those in middle-age.

The warning is aimed particularly at those aged between 40 and 64 as this is the group that is most vulnerable to dementia, disability and fragility. The watchdog is also calling for better warnings that not only highlight the dangers of drinking, but also encourage people to reduce the amount they drink as much as possible.

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Paramedics Are Struggling To Treat Casualties From Legal Highs

legal high problems.jpgAs it has just been revealed that there has been a sharp increase in the use of legal highs, a senior paramedic has warned that ambulance crews have been left baffled with regards to how to treat casualties caused by these substances.

Due to the complex and ever-changing make-up of legal highs, staff are continuously trying to play ‘catch-up’ in the battle to develop effective treatments for those who have damaging or life-threatening side-effects. Furthermore, many of these products don’t even list the exact ingredients on their packaging so paramedics and doctors have absolutely no idea what they’re dealing with.

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Reducing Dopamine Could Curb Alcohol Addiction

b2ap3_thumbnail_alcohol-abuse-brain-meditation-w2.jpgScientists in Sweden are currently working on a theory that reducing dopamine levels in the brain can lessen the desire to drink alcohol and therefore help to overcome addiction.

An experimental drug is being trialled on both humans and rats and it works by normalising dopamine levels in an alcoholic’s brain. So far the study claims to have found that it does in fact reduce an addict’s desire to drink although it’s still uncertain as to whether or not it will actually stop them from going on to drink less.

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The Causes of Addiction

addiction and its causeA lot of research has gone into finding out if addiction is something we’re prone to because of our genes or whether our upbringing, social circles or individual personalities play a bigger part.

Numerous studies have found that 50-60% of addiction is in fact due to genetic factors and 40-50% comes down to poor coping skills. It has also been found that if a parent has a drug or alcohol addiction, their child is eight times more likely to go on to develop an addiction themselves.

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Is The UN About To Decriminalise Drugs

drug legalisation and the UNAccording to Richard Branson, the UN may be about to call on governments around the world to end the war on drugs and decriminalise the use and possession of them once and for all.

The founder of Virgin claims to have been showed a report by the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which reveals a dramatic change on the organisation’s stance on drug control. Branson, along with some of the world’s media was sent the document under embargo but he chose to go public after fearing the organisation would later change their mind. He commented:

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The Hidden Eating Disorder More Common Than Anorexia

binge eating disorderGorging on junk food has an acceptable and even quite a jokey reputation. In fact, most of us will laugh off a bingeing session after a bad day at work or if we’re feeling down in the dumps. Or perhaps you’re hungover or have been really good all week and are allowing yourself a cheat day where you eat everything in sight.

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The Scary Side Of Social Drinking Part Two

dangers of drinking alcoholIn the first part of our blog we revealed some of the scary side effects of drinking alcohol, even if it is just occasionally. As well as heart arrhythmia, fertility problems, arthritis and fatty liver, here are some of the other worrying repercussions of drinking.

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The Scary Side Effects Of Social Drinking

social drinkingWe all know what’s in store for us the day after a heavy drinking session - dehydration, tiredness, a headache, nausea and generally feeling terrible. Although we can laugh off a hangover after a day of recovery, there are actually some scary and serious side effects of social drinking that are far more serious than just a hangover.

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What are the causes that lead to addiction?

Drug related accidentsA lot of research has gone into finding out if addiction is something were prone to because of our genes or whether our upbringing, social circles or individual personalities play a bigger part.

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The hidden eating disorder that’s more common than anorexia

eating disorders200x200Gorging on junk food has an acceptable and even quite a jokey reputation. In fact, most of us will laugh off a bingeing session after a bad day at work or if were feeling down in the dumps. Or perhaps youre hungover or have been really good all week and are allowing yourself a cheat day where you eat everything in sight.

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Is the UN about to call on governments around the world to decriminalise all drugs?

RichardBranson AFPAccording to Richard Branson, the UN may be about to call on governments around the world to end the war on drugs and decriminalise the use and possession of them once and for all.

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More than a fifth of children are being refused mental health treatment

children and young people compAccording to the NSPCC, more than a fifth of children in England who are being referred to mental health services have been refused treatment.

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Low levels of face-to-face social contact found to double the risk of depression

depression12A major study has found that people who meet up with friends and family at least three times a week are much less likely to have depression than those who only have virtual contact.

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Health experts argue that pregnant women should completely avoid alcohol

imagesMedical experts, including a paediatrician and doctoral research fellow have said that women should be told to avoid alcohol altogether during their pregnancy.

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Spotting the signs of depression in young children

CorporalPunishment m 0702Mental health conditions are on the rise and its not just affecting adults. Children as young as just five are now being treated with the likes of depression so its more important than ever to keep a close eye on the wellbeing of your child.

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Report finds that cocaine use has spread throughout the UK

cocaine 2A report which was carried out by the governments advisory council on the misuse of drugs (ACMD) has found that cocaine is no longer reserved just for the rich and famous and its use has spread into Britains suburbs, high rises and inner city council estates.

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