Category Archives: Alcohol

Getting the Christmas Parties Started!

Guest Blog by Sian Porter, Consultant Dietitian & Spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association With the festive party season kicking off, there is a tangible sense of excitement and frivolity. For many of us the Christmas period is the one … Continue reading

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Do you ‘Know your Numbers’?

Guest Blog by Katharine Jenner, Chief Executive at Blood Pressure UK High blood pressure is the UK’s biggest silent killer with 16 million people in the country suffering from the condition. Worryingly though, as it is symptomless, only half of … Continue reading

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2020health comment on the u-turn on minimum pricing for alcohol

Responding to the announcement today that the Government has reneged on its commitment to introduce the minimum pricing of alcohol, Julia Manning, Chief Executive, 2020health says:   “We are extremely disappointed that the Prime Minister has decided not to tackle … Continue reading

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Online alcohol self-assessment – expanding the scope of alcohol harm reduction

Guest blog by Don Shenker, Director and Founder of the Alcohol Health Network. Heavy drinking is one of the major causes of preventable disease and mortality in the world, ranked eighth globally among the leading risk factors for preventable deaths and third … Continue reading

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The A&E crisis is not about hospital staff and money – we must focus on the causes

Top of the news today is the ‘A&E crisis’. Before you get really worried, this ‘crisis’ is based on hospitals that are not meeting the 4 hour target. The system is NOT close to collapse. However, the solutions being put … Continue reading

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Urgent, no-nonsense and consistent action required to tackle UK booze obsession

Independent Alcohol Strategy launched today: 2020health endorsed and signed the expert led, evidence based alcohol strategy for the UK. As part of the coalition of 70 health groups and campaigners, 2020health were proud to contribute to the Independent Alcohol Strategy … Continue reading

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Guest Blogspot: Prevention is better than cure.

The economic consequences of preventing illness are highly complex. Just comparing the costs of prevention with the direct treatment costs that should be avoided is far too simplistic. The true economic impact of preventative measures can often only be assessed … Continue reading

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Guest Blogspot: The Pharmaceutical Industry – Friend or Foe?

Recent months have seen publicity over examples of disgraceful behaviour by pharmaceutical companies. The question arises as to whether the failings have been rare and exceptional or whether they are indicative of generally low moral standards in the industry. Pharmaceutical … Continue reading

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An inadequate alcohol strategy in the face of a national crisis

First published 23 March, 2012, on Mail Online Yvette Cooper gave a superb response to the Home Secretary Theresa May’s announcement of the government’s alcohol strategy this morning in Parliament. However Yvette was wrong in one respect; alcohol misuse IS … Continue reading

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Are we really in control of our drinking?

First published at Daily Mail, Right Minds We like to think that we are in control of our lives and as we declaim our autonomy it’s convenient to ignore all the different social, environmental and historical influences on us and … Continue reading

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