Posts Tagged ‘alcohol’

Welsh Health Survey

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Well I couldn’t not mention, the results of the latest Welsh Health Survey on our blog. The good news is that the figures reveal there has been a decrease in drinking levels in Wales. The latest survey found that 42% of adults reported drinking above the guidelines on at least one day in the past [...]

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Resolutions should be for life not just for New Year

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Every January, promises are made to stop smoking, drink less alcohol, eat more fruit and vegetables and become fitter. A New Year means a New You, but after a few weeks of good intentions, old habits return. Unfortunately for 94% of the Welsh nation, this means a return to lifestyle choices that are detrimental to [...]

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The drinks industry – part of the solution, or part of the problem?

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Andrew Misell, Manager of Alcohol Concern Cymru reflects on the drinks industry as part of alcohol awareness week: During Alcohol Awareness Week (14-20 November 2011) Alcohol Concern Cymru is asking whether the drinks industry can ever be part of the solution to alcohol misuse. The industry is working hard to present a positive image of [...]

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Alcohol Awareness week

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Statistics released this week by Alcohol Concern to highlight Alcohol Awareness Week make for uncomfortable reading. Read them here. For me, the most shocking of Alcohol Concern’s figures are those that demonstrate the effect of alcohol on children. More than 100 children, including children as young as five, contact ChildLine every week with worries about [...]

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BMA Cymru welcomes call to lower drink-drive limit

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

BMA Cymru Wales is very pleased that the North Review is calling for a reduction in the drink drive limit and we urge the UK government to act on the review’s findings. We have lobbied for a reduction in the drink drive limit for over twenty years, and contributed to the North Review. We believe [...]

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Time to tackle the affordability of alcohol

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

NICE have today published guidelines to tackle alcohol misuse. BMA Cymru have been saying for some time that tough action is needed to tackle this issue. We are pleased that NICE is joining our call for a ban on alcohol advertising and the introduction of a minimum price per unit of alcohol. Critics of minimum [...]

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Survey on alcohol policy issues

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Alcohol Concern Cymru are conducting a survey to gauge the views of those working in primary care on current alcohol policy issues in Wales. 45% of adults in Wales admit to drinking more than the recommended daily amount on at least one day in the past week, including 28% regularly binge drinking (drinking more than [...]

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Alcohol Abuse: An Integrated Approach Forward

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Last week we brought together leading UK experts to speak at our seminar on alcohol abuse, and to debate an integrated approach forward in tackling Wales’ growing drink problem. Speakers included: myself; Dr Zul Mirza, President of the Emergency Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine; Simon O’Brien, Deputy Inspector of policing for Ireland; Professor Eileen [...]

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Alcohol Pricing

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

This afternoon in Plenary Health Minister Edwina Hart AM set out the Welsh Assembly Government’s position on alcohol pricing. I’m pleased that the Welsh Assembly Government are taking the issue of alcohol abuse seriously. In recent years, the affordability of alcohol in the UK has been increasing, and this has played a significant role in [...]

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Irresponsible drinks promotions in the capital

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Shocking article in the South Wales Echo today which reveals Cardiff clubs offering deals to lure people in like 10 drinks for £10. It is no surprise that young people are drawn to alcohol as all these promotional activities serve to normalise alcohol as an essential part of every day life. The truth is, there [...]

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Putting an end to "all you can drink offers"

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

New UK Government proposals mean that the all you can drink promotions could be banned in England and Wales. We welcome the crackdown on such promotions which can lead to excessive drinking. The health consequences of binge drinking or regularly drinking over and above the recommended daily limits are serious and severe. The number of [...]

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Responsible drinking

Friday, December 18th, 2009

As pubs and clubs are gearing up for one of the busiest nights of the year – widely known as “Black Friday”, BMA Cymru are urging party goers to drink responsibly tonight. Black Friday has become one of the busiest nights of the year for those working in Hospitals and the emergency services in Wales. [...]

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