Alcohol

Council proposes random drug testing of staff

10/04/2019

West Lothian Council is considering introducing random drug testing for staff in posts defined as ‘safety critical’.

Health body announces £6m for alcohol treatments

22/03/2019

The Government today announced that £6m of capital funding will be made available to help councils increase access to alcohol treatments.

Treatment cut despite ‘soaring’ alcohol-related A&E admissions

11/02/2019

Councils are reducing spending on alcohol and drug treatment services despite ‘soaring’ numbers of hospital admissions due to alcohol misuse, FOI data reveals.

Plan to help problem drinkers and smokers unveiled

07/01/2019

All problem drinkers and smokers that are admitted to hospital will be given extra support under new NHS prevention measures.

NHS to fund council ‘drunk tanks’ over Christmas

21/12/2018

The NHS has announced it will be funding council ‘drunk tanks’ over the Christmas period to ease the pressure on local hospitals.

Vulnerable offenders increasingly referred to health services rather than prison

10/08/2018

Offenders with mental health, alcohol and drug abuse problems are increasingly being referred to health services as part of community sentences.

Council plans ‘random’ drug tests for employees

25/07/2018

Walsall Council employees may soon be subject to ‘random’ drug testing after drugs paraphernalia was discovered.

Two million children at ‘serious risk’, report reveals

04/07/2018

Over two million children are growing up in families where there are ‘serious risks’, a major new study has revealed.

Council to introduce alcohol and drug tests for staff

10/05/2018

A council in Northern Ireland could soon be introducing a new scheme to test employees for alcohol and drug use.

Nine out of ten councils forced to cut health services, study reveals

02/05/2018

Nine out of 10 councils have cut spending on public health services in response to Government reductions to their budgets.

Alcohol treatment services at ‘crisis point’

01/05/2018

Severe funding cuts and a loss of qualified staff have pushed England’s alcohol treatment services to crisis point, a report has warned today.

Increase in drug-related deaths linked to health cuts

27/04/2018

Whitehall should reverse its cuts to local authority public health grants in order to tackle the increase in drug-related deaths, doctors say.

Government launches £4.5m fund to help children with alcoholic parents

23/04/2018

The department for health and social care has launched a new ‘innovation fund’ to help local authorities support children with alcoholic parents.

Councils urged to provide more support for children of alcoholics

12/02/2018

Over half of councils do not have a strategy in place to help children of alcoholics despite the ‘horrific’ impact of parental alcohol misuse, a new parliamentary report has warned.

Liverpool to measure alcohol consumption in donuts

05/02/2018

Public health officials in Liverpool are abandoning the use of alcohol units in their struggle against heavy drinking and are instead now talking about calories.

Government refuses to include public health objective in the Licensing Act

08/11/2017

Councils ‘disappointed’ at lack of public health objective in the Licensing Act as new figures reveal over 7,000 people died because of alcohol last year.

London council to help provide safe spaces for intoxicated people

01/11/2017

A pilot scheme to provide a safe space to help people sober up has been launched by Westminster City Council.

New law proposed to ban cheap, strong alcohol in Wales

23/10/2017

Plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol have been unveiled in Wales to help crack down on excessive drinking.

Life Chances Fund awards first round of investment

18/10/2017

The first round of funding to projects that tackle drug dependency and support children in care has been awarded to ten projects.

Number of Community Alcohol Partnerships to tackle underage drinking

12/10/2017

An organisation dedicated to tackling underage drinking is set to double the number of its local groups around the country.

Vulnerable women ‘trapped’ due to patchy service

14/09/2017

Patchy services across the country are trapping vulnerable women in ‘cycle of disadvantage’ a new report has warned.

1,300 jobs are saved after charity goes into administration

06/06/2017

Over ,1000 jobs have been saved after a drug and alcohol abuse charity went into administration due to ‘unsustainable financial pressure’.

Expansion of drug and alcohol prevention in schools

13/03/2017

Extra funding has been announced to pay for a new drug and alcohol prevention programme in schools and community settings.

Drink drive limit should be lowered, LGA says

06/03/2017

Council chiefs have called for the drink drive limit in England and Wales to be cut to help cut road accidents.

Charity sees sharp rise in drugs and alcohol being used near children

13/02/2017

The NSPCC has reported more than 20,000 concerns over substance abuse near children to the police and children’s services over the past three years.

More local areas granted powers to fight alcohol-related violence

30/01/2017

A programme designed to help local areas tackle alcohol-related problems will be expanded to 33 new regions.

New round of funding to support Social Impact Bonds opens

16/01/2017

Local authorities are able to apply for a new round of funding to support the development of Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) focused on helping children and young people.

'Pocket money' booze prices putting drinkers at risk

06/10/2016

High strength alcohol sold at ‘rock bottom’ prices is putting children and harmful drinkers at risk, health experts are warning today.

Binge drinking ‘social glue’ for students and young workers

20/09/2016

Peer pressure and a ‘fear of missing out’ is driving binge drinking among students and young workers, study finds.

Whitehall blocks minimum alcohol pricing plans

16/09/2016

Plans for the Welsh government to introduce minimum alcohol pricing have been blocked by Whitehall.

Council looks into random drug and alcohol testing

26/07/2016

Council considers implementing a random drug and alcohol testing policy for employees.

Data shows rise in numer of alcohol-related hospital admissions

01/07/2016

The number of people admitted to hospital with problems related to alcohol went up nearly 3% last year and is a third higher than a decade ago, latest figures reveal.

Alcohol consumption has increased in retirees, Government figures reveal

04/05/2016

Alcohol-related hospital admissions are falling for younger age groups, but increasing for the over 65s, new figures reveal.

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