A study carried out by Liverpool John Moores University has revealed that increasing numbers of references to alcohol are being made in chart music.
The study investigated the lyrics of Top 10 UK singles in the last 4 decades for references to alcohol. They found that the amount of chart hits featuring alcohol increased from 5.8 per cent in 1981 to 18.5 per cent in 2011. In particular music from the USA contained more references to drinking.
The concern is that young people will be influenced by this as it appears to glamourise alcohol and could encourage them to drink at a younger age. Its not only within songs that young people are bombarded with this imagery but also in television and advertising breaks too. In July Channel 4 were cautioned by Ofcom, the independent regulator of broadcasting in the UK for showing alcohol advertisements during programmes commissioned for, principally targeted at or likely to appeal particularly to audiences below the age of 18 years.
Figures released this week found 6,580 youngsters aged 18 or under were admitted to hospital with alcohol-related problems.
Tracey Connelly, the mother at the centre of the “Baby P” case will find out this week whether she will be freed from prison within days following expert opinion that she “no longer poses a danger to the public.”
Following a high profile case Ms Connelly was jailed indefinitely in May 2009 for causing, or allowing her son Peter’s death. The recommendation at that point was that she serve a minimum of five years behind bars.
At the time of his death in August 2007, Peter was on the at risk register and had received 60 visits from social workers, police and health professionals. Sadly despite this the 17-month-old infant died after suffering 50 separate injuries.
Since the case, CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) has seen a 70% rise in the number of care applications made by social workers in England.
The Parole Board is to meet this week to consider Ms Connelly’s sentence and it seems likely a decision will be within days.
Results from a nationwide survey on drugs have been released. Commissioned by Bauer Media, the “A Bitter Pill“ survey invited radio listeners to provide details of their habits, thoughts and knowledge of recreational drugs, referring to substances such as ectstacy, PMA and legal highs.
Of the 2,307 respondents, 55% they did not think there was any significant risk in taking “party” drugs on one occasion. Indeed 25% admitted to having tried Ecstasy or MDMA and 20% had taken Amphetamine or Methamphetamine at least once.
Of the parents who were surveyed 88% said their biggest concern was relating to their children taking drugs and the accessibility of recreational substances, more than drinking alcohol and bullying.
Commenting on the survey was Hilary Bass. Her son Gary died after taking an ecstasy tablet containing PMA and as result she is campaigning for a “co-ordinated national approach to drugs education” and is asking the government to act quickly. She said “It is too late to save Gary, but it is not too late to save others.”
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For those involved in testing clients for alcohol misuse its important that you have an understanding on how much is deemed to be excessive.
In the context of hair alcohol testing it is the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines which are of importance. Their guidance relates to the threshold of excessive consumption and determines if a person is an excessive drinker and should not be confused with government guidelines on “safe” amounts that can be consumed. WHO current guidelines are that if a person has an average consumption of 60 grams of alcohol per day over several months then this is indicative of excessive chronic alcohol consumption.
So the question is – how much is that in terms of units? The answer is that it equates to around 7.5 units per day. This is equivalent to around 4 pints of regular strength beer or 4 standard 175ml glasses of wine. More and more people are drinking at home. If wine is their tipple of choice then think of it as just shy of a bottle of wine. A bottle of wine generally will contain 9.5 units.
With regard to testing, its important to be aware that hair test results are based on a persons average level of consumption and behaviour for the specified period of time.
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