Category Archives: Alcohol and Drugs Misuse

WALES: POISONING IN CHILDREN AGED 0-18 YEARS IN WALES (2007 – 2012)

The following analyses conducted by CAPIC and AWISS (All Wales Injury Surveillance System) contain Emergency Department figures and hospital admissions for poisoning injuries in children aged 0 – 18 years.

Figures are presented by cause of poisoning, age, gender and year from 2007 – 2012 (ED attendances 2009 – 12, Inpatient Admissions 2007 – 11)

Please refer to the ‘Summary’ page for further information about the data sources, data quality issues and guidance on interpreting the results.

Poisoning in Children Aged 0 – 18 years in Wales (2007 – 2012)

ENGLAND & WALES: NEW POWERS TO TACKLE DRUG DRIVING

A new law to make it easier for police to catch and convict drug drivers took effect 2nd March 2015 in England and Wales.

WALES: NEW GUIDANCE ON MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AND SUBSTANCE MISUSE PROBLEMS

Having both a mental health problem and a substance misuse problem – whether severe or moderate – can cause people and their families’ significant distress. The new guildlines will ensure services deliver: Prevention and early intervention; A holistic, person centred approach; Good communication; Co-production and Prudent healthcare

The Welsh Government is investing more than £580m in mental health services in 2015-16, with some £50m being invested in programmes to tackle drug and alcohol misuse over the same period

 

UK : ‘GOT YA BACK’ CAMPAIGN

Students from the City of Bath College have launched a campaign aimed at ensuring young people get home safe after a night out. The campaign hopes to encourage students to carry ICE (in case of emergency) cards as well as working with taxi operators, pub and club owners to help young people get home safely.

 

WALES: BURDEN OF INJURY REPORTS FOCUSING ON ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISIONS, ASSAULTS, POISONINGS AND FALLS.

Following on from the 2012 Wales Burden of Injuries report, PHWs in association with CAPIC, have produced four interim reports focusing on data updates in four key areas; road traffic collisions, assaults, poisonings and falls.  These reports  present additional figures from 2011 and 2012, as well as more detailed socio-economic profiles.

There are still a number of data completeness and coding issues and some of the differences reported here may reflect variations in data quality. Nevertheless, the best way to improve data quality is to use the data and stimulate interest in the results.

To download the reports please click on the links below:

The Burden of Injury in Wales – Road Traffic Collisions

The Burden of Injury in Wales – Poisonings

The Burden of Injury in Wales – Assaults

The Burden of Injury in Wales – Falls

UK: ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON ALCOHOL MISUSE MANIFESTO

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse is calling on political parties to commit to 10 measures to minimise alcohol-related harm in the UK. These have been picked up widely by the media, in particular the proposals to include a health warning on all alcohol labels and to reduce the blood alcohol limit for driving in England and Wales to 50mg/100ml.

GREAT BRITAIN: REPORTED ROAD CASUALTIES INVOLVING ILLEGAL ALCOHOL LEVELS

The Department for Transport published a report 7 August 2014 on ‘Reported road casualties in Great Britain, final estimates involving illegal alcohol levels: 2012’

Key messages include:

  • 230 people were killed in drink drive accidents in 2012, which was not significantly different from 2011
  • 1,200 people were seriously injured in drink drive accidents in 2012, a 6% fall from 2011
  • drink drive accidents accounted for around 13% of road deaths and 6% of killed or seriously injured casualties in 2012
  • drink drive deaths and serious injuries in 2012 were both around 85% down on 1979

Detailed statistics on reported drinking and driving (‘RAS51’) are also available in Excel format and are updated annually.

 THE REPORT: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/reported-road-casualties-in-great-britain-final-estimates-involving-illegal-alcohol-levels-2012

 ANNUAL STATISTICAL TABLES: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/ras51-reported-drinking-and-driving

 SOURCE: Department for Transport

SCOTLAND: JUSTICE STRATEGY FOR SCOTLAND

The Scottish Government states “ Our vision is of a justice system that contributes positively to a flourishing Scotland, helping to create an inclusive and respectful society in which all people and communities live in safety and security, individual and collective rights are supported and disputes are resolved fairly and swiftly”.

The Strategy mentions a series of priorities including ‘Reducing crime, particularly violent and serious organised crime’ and ‘Reducing the damaging impacts of drug and alcohol problems’.

ALCOHOL AND YOUR CHILD

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

This section of the Drinkaware  website provides advice and age appropriate tips about talking to children about alcohol.

BRITAIN’S DRUGS AND ALCOHOL PROBLEM

Countries Covered: Britain
Date: 2013

This Centre for Social Justice report lays bare the reality of substance abuse and addiction in Britain today.

EVIDENCE REVIEW ON ALCOHOL AND DRUG MISUSE IN PREGNANT WOMEN

This Public Health Wales report sets out the epidemiology of substance misuse in Wales and provides a review of the evidence for interventions to identify and treat substance misuse in pregnant women.

THE MISUSE OF GASES, AEROSOLS AND SOLVENTS

Community for Recovery is a website set up by Re-Solv and Solve It, which provides direct access to professional advice, online counselling and peer support for those misusing volatile substances (VS-users) and their family and/or friends.

FUNDING: RESEARCH LINKING HARMS CAUSED BY ALCOHOL TO DRINKING BEHAVIOUR

Country: UK
Date: 2013
The Medical Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council and Alcohol Research UK invite proposals for research linking harms caused by alcohol to drinking behaviours.

  • Closing date 02 Oct 13
  • Award amount max £1,500,000

PRIORITIES FOR TACKLING SUBSTANCE MISUSE IN WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The third delivery plan of the Welsh Government’s 10 year Substance Misuse Strategy, “Working Together to Reduce Harm”, sets out the actions to be taken to reduce the harm caused by drug and alcohol misuse.

 

 

 

EXPERTS BACK REPORT ‘HEALTH FIRST – AN EVIDENCE-BASED ALCOHOL STRATEGY FOR THE UK’

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

More than 70 health organisations (PDF) from across the UK have backed a new independent alcohol strategy calling for the UK Government to prioritise Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP), amongst a set of key policies aimed at curbing the nation’s drink problem.

SOURCE: University of Stirling News

SHOCKING NEW STATISTICS ON HEAD INJURIES AMONG MEN WHO ARE HOMELESS OR IN DANGER OF LOSING THEIR HOME

Men who are heavy drinkers and homeless for long periods of time have 400 times the number of head injuries as the general population, according to a new study by researchers who said they were shocked by their findings.

These men have 170 times as many severe head injuries as the general population and 300 times as many injuries that cause bleeding in the brain.

SOURCE: Medical News Today

AN EVIDENCE-BASED ALCOHOL STRATEGY FOR THE UK

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

This Institute of Social Marketing report sets out a strategic plan with key recommendations, and the evidence to underpin them, to reduce the harm from alcohol.

PRIORITIES FOR TACKLING SUBSTANCE MISUSE IN WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The third delivery plan of the Welsh Government’s 10 year Substance Misuse Strategy, “Working Together to Reduce Harm”, sets out the actions to be taken to reduce the harm caused by drug and alcohol misuse.

MANAGED ALCOHOL AS A HARM REDUCTION INTERVENTION FOR ALCOHOL ADDICTION IN POPULATIONS AT HIGH RISK FOR SUB-STANCE ABUSE

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2013

The lack of evidence does not allow for a conclusion regarding the efficacy of MAP on their own, or as compared to brief intervention, moderate drinking, no intervention or 12-step variants. It is the review authors’ opinion that it is likely to be the objective of MAPs that reduce their reportability and use in current practice, rather than a failure to provide an intervention that reduces the effects of alcohol dependence.

Citation: Muckle W, Muckle J, Welch V, Tugwell P. Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. 2012 12(ePub): CD006747.

THE REAL COST OF ALCOHOL

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2013

This Alcohol Concern map provides regional data on hospital admissions, deaths and costs relating to alcohol.

LOCAL ALCOHOL PROFILES FOR ENGLAND UPDATED

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2013

The North West Public Health Observatory has updated the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) for 2012. Alcohol indicators are provided at both local authority and primary care trust level. There is also a monthly bulletin, ‘Alcohol e-Shot’, highlighting the latest alcohol research evidence, reports, media articles and other resources.

FIREBRAKE WALES RESEARCH WITH LOCAL MIND ASSOCIATIONS (LMAS) AND COMMUNITY DRUG AND ALCOHOL TEAMS (CDATS)

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2012

Firebrake Wales have collaborated with LMAs and CDATs, to produce reports detailing the impact that mental health issues and alcohol misuse have on fire safety in Wales. The reports also provide suggestions on what can be done to mitigate these risks.

PREVENTING ALCOHOL-RELATED HARM IN DRINKING ENVIRONMENTS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2012

A major European study has examined research from across the world to identify what works to reduce alcohol-related harm in drinking environments.

ALCOHOL IN THE EUROPEAN UNION: CONSUMPTION, HARM AND POLICY APPROACHES

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2012

The report Alcohol in the European Union: consumption, harm and policy approaches has been recently released by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. This new report uses information gathered in 2011 to update key indicators on alcohol consumption, health outcomes and action to reduce harm across the European Union (EU).

GOVERNMENT’S ALCOHOL STRATEGY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Government’s Alcohol Strategy is a welcomed attempt to address the problems alcohol causes in a coherent way, but its focus on public order overshadows health issues, warn MPs on the Health Committee in a new report.

NEW DRINK-DRIVING LIMITS COME INTO EFFECT IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2011

New drink-driving limits came into effect in the Republic of Ireland on 27 October. The blood alcohol concentration limits were decreased from 80 milligrams (mg) to 20 mg for learner, novice and professional drivers,50 mg for all other drivers. The reductions bring Ireland’s drink-driving limits into line with other European countries.

ALCOHOL AND YOUNG PEOPLE: A TOOLKIT

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

As part of its commitment to supporting the development of health promotion and prevention approaches for young people ‘Calling Time’ – the South West Alcohol Improvement Programme has published Alcohol and Young People: A Toolkit, Supporting Vulnerable Young People at Risk of Alcohol Related Harm. This Toolkit has been produced in partnership with Alcohol Concern and aims to inform and guide professionals and carers, concerned with looked after children and young people with special educational needs.

HEALTHY NIGHTLIFE TOOLBOX

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox is an international initiative that focuses on the reduction of harm from alcohol and drug use among young people. The core of the online Toolbox is formed by three databases (evaluated interventions, literature, and details of experts within the field) and a Handbook providing guidance on creating a healthy and safe nightlife.

ALCOHOL CONCERN FACTSHEET, ‘GRASPING THE NETTLE: ALCOHOL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE’

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

This Alcohol Concern factsheet is an updated overview of the research on the association between alcohol and domestic violence and a clear outline of the

UPDATED LOCAL ALCOHOL PROFILES FOR ENGLAND

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

The Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE 2010) contain 23 alcohol-related indicators for every local authority and 24 for every primary care trust in England. This year, key Indicators in healthcare, criminal justice, benefits claimants, drinking patterns and life lost due to alcohol have been used in combination to identify and map those areas experiencing different overall levels of alcohol-related harms.

STATISTICS ON DRUG MISUSE: ENGLAND, 2009

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2010

This NHS annual statistical report presents a range of information on drug misuse amongst both adults and children. It also includes a focus on young adults. The report is primarily concerned with the use of illicit drugs.

GUIDANCE ON THE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL BY CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2010

The Chief Medical Officer’s guidance for parents, children and young people is based on the most comprehensive ever review of the scientific evidence and follow s an extensive public consultation. The final guidance is the first time advice on children and alcohol has been set out for parents and will be the basis of a new national campaign on alcohol and children to be launched by the  Department for Children School’s and Families. The campaign will provide support and advice to parents and young people on the effects and harms of alcohol.

TACKLING YOUTH DRINKING—DRINKAWARE LAUNCHES NEW SECTION ON WEBSITE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

Drinkaware, a UK charity which aims to reduce alcohol harm, has launched a new section of its website dedicated to offering alcohol advice to professionals who work with young people.

SURVEY OF LIFESTYLES, ATTITUDES AND NUTRITION IN IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2010

This is the third national Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition (SLÁN) in Ireland, conducted in 2007 using face-to-face interviews with adults aged 18 years or over, interview ed at home addresses. SLÁN 2007 follow s on from two previous surveys using postal questionnaires. The report includes findings on alcohol and the use of illicit drugs, as well as injuries necessitating medical consultation.

YOUTH WORKERS AND TEACHERS LACK ALCOHOL EDUCATION SUPPORT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

Research by charity Drinkaware shows three-fifths of professionals working with under-18s do not have the support and information they need to provide education about alcohol. 43% of more than 300 professionals who responded to Drinkaware’s survey, said that under-18s currently have too much freedom over their own social lives.

GUIDANCE ON HOW ADULT DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICES SHOULD WORK WITH CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2009

The Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the Department of Health and the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) have produced ‘Joint Guidance on Development of Local Protocols between Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services and Local Safeguarding and Family Services’. This highlights how adult drug and alcohol services should work with children’s services to ensure children in families affected by drug or alcohol misuse are safe from harm and have the support they need to succeed.

ALCOHOL ATTRIBUTABLE MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY: ALCOHOL POPULATION ATTRIBUTABLE FRACTIONS FOR SCOTLAND

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2009

The aim of this study was to calculate alcohol population attributable fractions for Scotland, using the best possible estimates based on the current evidence available in the epidemiological literature and specific estimates of population drinking in Scotland. These were then applied to mortality and morbidity data to estimate more fully the burden of alcohol attributable harm in Scotland.

STREET DRUG TRENDS 2009

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

This DrugScope report found a reduction of the purity of drugs such as cocaine and heroin. This was leading to an increase in mixing drugs such as ketamine, ecstasy, cannabis and alcohol among both problem drug users and recreational teenage users. The report looks at information supplied by 70 drug services, police forces, drug user support groups and drug action teams working in 20 areas in the UK.

SOCIAL MARKETING GUIDANCE: WORKING TOGETHER TO TACKLE HIGH RISK DRIVING

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2009

The Department of Health has launched new guidance to help Primary Care Trusts to develop social marketing activity to tackle higher risk drinking behaviour. This guidance is one of a number of tools that are being developed to support PCTs in delivering local and regional programmes to reduce alcohol harm.

WORKING TOGETHER TO REDUCE HARM. THE SUBSTANCE MISUSE STRATEGY FOR WALES 2008- 2018

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2008

This 10-year-strategy ‘Working Together to Reduce Harm’, proposes a joint approach to drugs, alcohol and other misused substances.   It sets out how the Welsh Assembly Government and partner organisations will work to reduce the damage caused to individuals, their families and society from all substance misuse.

EVERY CHILD MATTERS: CHANGE FOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE & DRUGS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2004

To support delivery of Every Child Matters: Change for Children and the Updated National Drug Strategy, the Department for Education and Skills, the Home Office, and the Department of Health have agreed a joint approach to the development of universal, targeted and specialist services to prevent drug harm and to ensure that all children and young people are able to reach their potential. The document sets out how those responsible for delivering children and young people’s services and the drug strategy should work together to improve the futures of young people, their families and community. Strategic Guidance on drugs and young people setting out national expectations for local delivery on young people’s substance misuse is included.