Women who booze during pregnancy have less intelligent kids

Women who booze during pregnancy have less intelligent kids, experts claim. PREGNANT women who booze have less brainy children, experts say. They were also found to be at greater risk of having underweight babies. Pregnant women who booze risk giving birth to underweight babies and damaging their brain. Credit: Alamy. Their findings reinforce official guidelines, which encourage mums-to-be to abstain from alcohol. Researcher Dr Luisa Zuccolo said: “The body of evidence for the harm that alcohol can do to children before they are born is growing." “Our [...]

The ‘dual stigma’ of alcohol-related brain damage

The 'dual stigma' of alcohol-related brain damage. Brain scans of the same person, eight years apart, reveal enlarged white areas (right) indicating alcohol damage. Alcohol-related brain damage, a condition similar to dementia, is poorly understood and often missed by health professionals, a study by charity Alcohol Change UK says. And patients struggling with the "double stigma" of brain impairment and alcohol addiction often end up in accident and emergency units because of a lack of community services. The condition affects balance and makes it difficult [...]

Alcohol abuse among NHS patients

Alcohol abuse among NHS patients 'much bigger problem' than first thought. Experts found that harmful alcohol use is 10 times higher in hospital inpatients compared with the general UK population. The findings are published in the journal Addiction One in five people admitted to hospital has a harmful drinking habit, and one in 10 is dependent on alcohol, research suggests. Experts from King's College London have said the issue is worse than first thought. They found that harmful alcohol use is 10 times higher in [...]

New report reveals staggering cost to NHS of alcohol abuse

New report reveals staggering cost to NHS of alcohol abuse. One in 10 people in a hospital bed are alcohol-dependent and one in five are harming themselves by drinking. One in 10 people in a hospital bed in the UK are alcohol-dependent and one in five are doing themselves harm by their drinking, according to research that quantifies for the first time the massive burden to the NHS of Britain’s drinking culture. Hospitals are struggling to cope with the numbers of people [...]

Alcohol abuse affects one in five UK inpatients, study suggests

Alcohol abuse affects one in five UK inpatients, study suggests. GETTY IMAGES One in five people admitted to a UK hospital drinks alcohol in a harmful way and one in 10 depends on it, a study suggests. King's College London researchers want people with issues caused by drinking to be screened. They are also calling for more trained staff to give support. Alcohol can cause a large number of medical conditions, which costs the NHS in the UK around £3.5bn a year. But many [...]