Posts Tagged ‘binge drinking’

Drinks promotion taken off sale

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

I was pleased to read this article in the South Wales Echo today. I commented last week on a promotion that a club in Cardiff was running – 10 alcoholic drinks for £10. The concern that we have is that such deals encourage binge drinking which can have long term effects on health. The club [...]

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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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Congratulations Dai!

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

I would like to congratulate the Chair of the Junior Doctors Committee Dr David Samuel (pictured) who has won a Pfizer bursary. Dai will be talking to groups of up to 100 students from schools in Merthyr about teenage health. Dai was raised in Merthyr, and now works at Prince Charles Hospital. As a local [...]

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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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Our booze culture

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

The Western Mail has reported today that the number of people admitted to hospital with alcohol-related conditions has risen by 30% in five years. These figures are unsettling. The population is drinking more and our society is awash with pro-alcohol messaging, marketing and behaviour. Over the festive period, the admissions to A&E for alcohol misuse [...]

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More warnings over health risks linked to alcohol

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Health warnings in the news again concerning alcohol, but this is one that is perhaps not so well known. How many of us actually realised that drink could be linked to oral cancers? Cigarettes – definitely. But alcohol? It’s usually liver disease that is seen as being the number one health problem associated with alcohol, [...]

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Could do better Darling

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

The Chancellor Alistair Darling’s taxation increase on alcohol by 2%, is a step in the right direction, but to be honest, it really doesn’t go far enough. We’ve been campaigning for some time for higher taxes on alcoholic drinks, but crucially, this increase should be proportionate to the amount of alcohol in the product. Today’s [...]

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How big an issue does binge drinking in Wales need to be before serious action is taken?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

If ever we needed proof of how big a problem alcohol misuse is becoming in Wales, then this report from the National Public Health Service for Wales surely gives us just that. Just to give you a taster of what’s in the report; 1,000 people die from causes related to alcohol in Wales each year [...]

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How much worse does binge drinking have to get before our politicians take action?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

This article in the Wales on Sunday makes for disappointing reading for the BMA and its members, who deal on daily basis, with the very real consequences of alcohol misuse. The fact that many Assembly Members don’t think that raising the cost of drink won’t in any way help prevent binge-drinking, is quite staggering. I [...]

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Could the WAG be following it’s Celtic cousin’s lead in tackling binge drinking?

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

I think the front page of the Western Mail certainly makes for encouraging reading re. tackling the cheap prices of drink in Wales. In response to the Scottish Government deciding to draw up measures to stop sales of cut-price alcohol, it seems the Welsh Assembly Government wants to do something similar. Of course, the WAG [...]

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Don’t bank on ending up in the “drunk tank”

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

I can’t really say the front page of the South Wales Echo today is an idea for Wales to be proud of. Plans for a “drunk tank” for those in Cardiff who’ve had substantially more than “one too many” seems like a necessary evil. On the one hand letting revellers “sleep off” the affects of [...]

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