The North is The Binge Drinking Capital of The UK

Binge drinking in the north of englandAccording to official figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the North is not only the binge drinking capital of the UK, it also has the second lowest proportion of people in the country who are tee-total.

Coming in at 36%, the numbers reveal that this area has the highest proportion of serial boozers in the UK. This is classified as men who drink more than eight units and women who drink more than six units of alcohol per day. In comparison, less than a quarter of those living in the south of England, the Midlands and Wales say they are serial boozers and binge drinking actually seems to be going down in these areas.

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Binge Drinking Among Young People Lowers The Immune System

binge drinkingBinge drinking can have a number of negative effects. Binge drinking increases the risk of falling, getting burned, sustaining a gunshot wound, being in a car accident and a number of other traumatic injuries. But scientists have just added another item to the list of negative effects caused by binge drinking.

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New Test to See Which Teens Will Binge Drink

teen binge drinkingScientists can now tell which teens will struggle with binge drinking using a new test. This test uses 40 factors to predict which 14 year olds will binge drink when they are 16.

The test has shown an accuracy rate or 70% but it will need some refining before it can be put into common use.

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Drinking Mums Cause Rise in Foetal Alcohol Cases

foetal alcohol syndrome and binge drinkingNew figures for England show that cases of foetal alcohol syndrome have tripled since health authorities started tracking the condition 16 years ago. This has many worried that English mothers are not getting enough information on the dangers of drinking while pregnant.  

In 2012-2013 252 people were diagnosed with the condition. That is compared with 89 people in 1997-1998.

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Switching off Brain Triggers could Prevent Alcohol Addiction

b2ap3_thumbnail_alcohol-brain-teen.jpgA new study from US and Israeli researchers has found that it is possible to prevent alcohol addiction relapse by blocking a brain pathway that is associated with alcohol cravings.

The current research, which was done in rats, identified this pathway as a possible means both for preventing relapse, but also for preventing alcohol addiction in the first place.

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Smoking Alcohol is becoming a New and Dangerous Trend

Smoking AlcoholThere have been plenty of drinking trends over the year including beer bongs, eye shots and shotgunning drinks but a new trend called smoking alcohol has many doctors worried.

So what is smoking alcohol? When someone smokes alcohol, they take a plastic bottle, a cork, a bicycle pump and some alcohol. The alcohol is poured into the plastic bottle, the cork is inserted into the top of the plastic bottle and then the needle of the pump is pushed through the cork. Once this is done, someone need only pump up the pressure in the plastic bottle, then quickly pull the plug out of the top.

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Alcohol Industry Fights against Scotland Healthcare Measures

Alcohol and LawThe alcohol industry as a whole, from small scale to large, is resisting changes by the Scottish government aimed at minimizing alcohol related health issues. In an attempt to bring down the figures of alcohol related illnesses and deaths, and thus reduce the financial burden related to such care, Scotland’s government is attempting to change current policy.

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New Information Shows Drastic Rise in Alcohol Abuse

Students DrinkingHospital admissions for alcohol problems have risen above 200,000 for the first time ever in England.

This comes after a 41% increase in alcohol admissions in the last decade according to data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

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Paul Gascoigne Speaks about Alcohol Addiction

paul gascoigneEx-footballer Paul Gascoigne has spoken candidly about his alcohol addiction in a new TV interview.

The former England player, who has battled his dependency for over two decades, told ITV's Daybreak breakfast show about his brush with death and his recent experience in a rehabilitation clinic in the US.

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Government Urged to Act on Alcohol Education

b2ap3_thumbnail_alcohol-sales_20130417-112655_1.jpgThe coalition government has been urged to take action to educate the country's youngsters about the dangers of alcohol abuse, as many parents believe not enough is being done to prevent addiction issues.

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Alcohol advertising shakeup is needed

b2ap3_thumbnail_alcoholic-glasses.jpgThe manner in which beers, wines and spirits are advertised by multi-million pound companies needs to be changed radically in a bid to lower the number of young people who are taking up alcoholism from an early age. This is according to a new report from Alcohol-use Among Adolescents in Europe, which argued a decision to focus on the negative messages in prevention may not be working as underage alcohol consumption continues to rise in member states.

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An Alcohol Antidote in Pill Form

Scientists have discovered a new way to sober people up quickly and efficiently. By injecting a drunken person with nanocapsules, doctors may one day be able to remove alcohol from their system at a highly accelerated rate.

This not only reduces the need to pump peoples stomachs. It could be a valuable treatment both for addiction and acute alcohol poisoning. The new treatment works using enzymes. These are highly reactive proteins that can trigger a variety of different chemical reactions in the body. If multiple enzymes work together, they can do a vast array of jobs. For years scientists have been working in hopes to take advantage of enzymes but until recently, there was no way for scientists to keep the enzymes stable and in the right order. By using a new non-toxic polymer shell, researchers have found a way to turn a series of enzymes into alcohol eating machines. These could then be ingested or injected and would clear the body of alcohol in record time. Scientists say, the new nonocapsules work like liver cells. They break down the alcohol and turn it into a harmless compound. This new enzyme nanocapsule technology also has applications across multiple addictions. Theoretically scientists can use these capsules to destroy heroin, cocaine and many other drugs in a patients system. This could be used to aid detox, counteract overdoses and help treat relapses. Because the medication is fast acting it could be applied by EMTs and other first responders when they come across someone who is severely intoxicated. This would limit the amount of damage the alcohol has on the body and help prevent any more alcohol in a patients stomach from absorbing. Currently, scientists are testing the drug in mice. They have fond that it sobers the furry little drinkers up much faster than simply letting the mice metabolise the alcohol naturally.

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Home Office proposes 45p-per-unit minimum on alcohol

Alcohol addiction is one that affects many people in Britain, and it is thought by many that part of the reason for this widespread problem is the ready availability of the drink. Now, as part of an effort to curb the damage that excessive alcohol consumption can exert on the UK, the Home Office has stated that a minimum unit price of 45p per unit should be set.

Doing so will reduce the amount currently spent on alcoholic drinks (£42 billion in England and Wales) by around three per cent, but at the same time it could also work to tackle alcohol-related crime and reduce the number of alcohol-related deaths. Not only are there plans to introduce a minimum-per-unit pricing to make alcoholic drinks less affordable and readily available, but home secretary Theresa May has also stated that she wants to ban a number of multi-buy offers such as the BOGOF (buy one, get one free) deals. It is key to note that it's not pubs, clubs and eateries that these new regulations are aimed at by rather it is about cutting down on the accessibility of alcohol in supermarkets and off-licence stores. The targeted demographic appears to be binge drinkers who buy alcohol in vast quantities in order to "pre-load" before a night out. Figures show that multi-buy offers in particular have increased alcohol sales by around 20 per cent in recent years. In a written statement to the House of Commons, Ms May said: "We are consulting on these measures because too many of our high streets and town centres have become no-go areas on a Friday and Saturday night. Just under half of all violent crimes involve alcohol and a great deal of antisocial behaviour is alcohol-fuelled." She also noted that in 211 alone there were almost one million alcohol-related violent crimes and 1.2 million alcohol-related hospital admissions. This is not the first time that the "pre-loading" or "pre-drinking" phenomenon, whereby consumers drink large amounts of alcohol at home before heading to a bar or club, has come to public attention. Earlier this month, Addiction Switzerland published a report which suggested that there is a strong link between pre-drinking and an increased risk of developing alcohol addiction. Researcher Florian Labhart noted: "Considering that pre-drinking leads people to consume nearly twice the normal amount of alcohol on a given night, its prevalence should not be underestimated from a public-health perspective." Part of the problem is the fact that the more locations you drink in, the harder it becomes to recall how much you've had and of what. As such, you ended up drinking perhaps more alcohol than you would have intended, putting you at greater risk for alcohol addiction and other related health problems. While some have welcomed the move from the Home Office, not everyone believes it will have the desired effect. A spokesman for the British Retail Consortium told The Times: "Most major retailers believe that minimum pricing and controls on promotions are unfair to most customers, because they simply penalise the vast majority of personally responsible drinkers while doing nothing to tackle the roots of irresponsible drinking."

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The Principle of Restitution

The dictionary tells us that Restitution is made up of an equivalent, compensation for loss. The restoration of property or rights previously taken, made as nearly possible to the original state. Isn’t that exactly what we are trying to do I Step Nine? The Step where we, Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

So the process of mending our relationships is done in part through restoring our unity with others. If it is with family members it is our responsibility to re-build what was once a close relationship. Or, maybe attempt to build for the first time what was meant to be? The same holds true with friends, acquaintances, business partners, etc. As stated in and around Step Eight and its Principles, the only way that we can truly feel comfortable with others is to recognise our equality with them. The more we feel “better than” or “worse than” anyone, we separate ourselves from them. In separating ourselves from them we create an unconscious rift that widens as we gather evidence to prove that that separation is genuine. There are often things that we are unable to restore to their previous state. In that case we do the best we can and ask if there is anything we could do to heal our relationship? Because remember there are three relationships that are promised to be healed via the Steps. The first being our relationship with people. This healing goes a long way to heal the second relationship—with ourselves. Having healed our relationship with ourselves we find that our relationship with God or a Higher Power if you prefer is healed. The reason this happens is because we have removed our separation from God. I don’t remember whether I mentioned this before. Even if I have it is worth repeating. I once asked my Sponsor George F. who died a while back, “George, how can I tell whether I am in fit spiritual condition?” He told me to take stock of my life and find the person that I was the most separate from. And that as far away from being connected to them (on my part) is as far away as I am from a true connection from God. As I see it today this is the purpose of Restitution—removing the separation from others automatically removes my separation from myself, which removes my sense of separation from God. Not only is my foot healing nicely but also my relationship with HP is too.

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Pre-drinking poses alcohol addiction risk

b2ap3_thumbnail_drinking_alcohol_1366916c.jpgMany people start off their nights out by drinking alcohol at home before leaving the house, but are unaware of how this jeopardises their health.

That is according to a new study from Addiction Switzerland, which estimated that up to three-quarters of young people at university-age indulge in this type of behaviour on a regular basis.

Usually, it is alcohol addiction that is seen as the biggest threat to people's health, but this research suggests that pre-drinking can not only increase the risk of becoming addicted, it can also make partiers more likely to over-indulge, have unprotected sex or take drugs.

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A Chinese Root that may End Binge Drinking

Kudzu binge drinking treatment A new study shows Kudzu may help treat binge drinking. A Chinese root may be the answer to Britain’s alcoholism and binge drinking problems. A new study from McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School researchers has found that extracts from kudzu root drastically reduces drinking and may be useful for treating alcoholism and binge drinking.

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New Funding Helps Stop Underage Drinking

Binge Drinking10 communities will receive funding to help fight binge drinking and underage drinking over the next two years.

Ten communities around the UK will be receiving a share of £1 million to help reduce underage and binge drinking. The money, which is provided by Baroness Newlove and the Government Champion for Active Safer Communities, will be given out over the next two years to fund a number of local initiatives. These include:

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A Study of Alcohol Dependency and Mortality

A new study due to be released next year has analysed the links between alcohol dependency and mortality. Perhaps unsurprisingly the study found that those who suffered from alcoholism were more susceptable to disease and illness.Results of a study which is due to be published in February 2012 in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research shows that alcohol worldwide causes as many as 5 percent of all fatal diseases. The study which was carried out in Tuscany has shown that that those who are alcohol dependant have a higher risk of terminal illness and  cancer mortality than those in the population who drink less or abstain completely.

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Keeping safe with alcohol

Most people are able to drink responsibly their entire lives without many problems and only use alcohol to relax or break the ice at a party. That said, it is always important to educate yourself and your children on how to drink safely and in moderation.As well as providing the professional interventions needed to treat alcohol addiction, our aim here at Life works is to proactively confront the issues that lead to alcohol abuse. To contribute to alcohol Awareness week this year (14th to 20th November)  this article returns to the fundamentals of social drinking, exploring trusty guidelines and exploding some old myths to cover those factors that keep us safe from alcohol harm.

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Is it necessary to teach teenagers how to drink?

Teenage alcoholism.  It's not too early for treatment.The decision all parents of teenagers will inevitably have to make is how to promote the use of alcohol. According to a major survey for the NHS, 11-15 year-old children who drink alcohol consume an average of 14.5 units a week. As these figures resemble, and in many cases, even supersede the amount consumed by adults it has stimulated debate and extensive research into the implications of this type of consumption.

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