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A Study In Britain Says Some Of Us Consumed To Much Alcohol

A Study In Britain Says Some Of Us Consumed To Much Alcohol

A Study In Britain Says Some Of Us Consumed To Much Alcohol. Experts think the “missing units” are consumed on special occasions like birthdays and weddings, which drinkers fail to count.

The amount of alcohol consumed in England has been underestimated by the equivalent of 12 million bottles of wine a week, according to new research.

Sales figures have long indicated people drink significantly more than official reports suggest.

Experts believe the “missing units” are consumed during special occasions like birthdays, weddings and holidays.

People forget to include these extra units when quizzed on their alcohol consumption.

Mark Bellis from Liverpool John Moores University, who wrote the report, told Sky News: “There’s a bit of turning a blind eye to some of those drinking occasions which push up the number of units people drink.

“The problem is there’s still a real issue from a health perspective.”

The research, funded by Alcohol Research and published in the BMC Medicine journal, found people aged 25 to 34 drink the most on these occasions – each consuming an amount that equates to an extra two bottles of wine.

Sky News asked a group of young drinkers if they tell the truth about their drinking habits.

Chris Durnford said: “I suppose when you are asked by a doctor or someone professional, you are always thinking you should make it a little bit lower, make it a bit more acceptable.”

His friend Andy Freeman added: “I think I probably lie.

“I think generally you underestimate with doctors the amount that you do drink.”

But Charlotte Wakefield said: “I think I’m quite honest, I don’t actually drink in the week at all.

“I drink sometimes at weekends but I only really drink for special occasions so I guess I’m quite honest on that, but then on special occasions I would drink quite a lot.”

Figures for England show in general, levels of violent crime, binge drinking and drink-driving accidents have decreased over the past 10 years.
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M&S Says Sorry Over Alcohol Refusal

M&S Says Sorry Over Alcohol Refusal

Marks & Spencer has apologised after a Muslim member of staff refused to sell alcohol to a customer.

The retailer said that when employees have religious beliefs that restrict what foods or drinks they can handle, it tries to place them in a “suitable role”.

An M&S spokeswoman said: “We regret that in the case highlighted we were not following our own internal policy.”

The issue arose after an unnamed customer at a London store told the Telegraph they were surprised when an “extremely apologetic” Muslim checkout worker asked for them to wait for another till to become available.

The customer told the newspaper: “I had one bottle of champagne, and the lady, who was wearing a headscarf, was very apologetic but said she could not serve me. She told me to wait until another member of staff was available.”

“I was taken aback. I was a bit surprised. I’ve never come across that before.”

Drinking alcohol is forbidden in Islam, and some Muslims refuse to handle it.

M&S said its policy applied to staff of other religions, not just Islam.

The spokeswoman said: “Where we have an employee whose religious beliefs restrict food or drink they can handle, we work closely with our members of staff to place them in suitable role, such as in our clothing department or bakery in foods.”

“As a secular business we have an inclusive policy that welcomes all religious beliefs whether across our customer or employee base.”

“This policy has been in place for many years, and when followed correctly, we do not believe that it should compromise our ability to offer the highest level of customer service.”

“We apologise that this policy was not followed in the case reported.”

The case highlighted differences among retailers on whether religious staff should have to carry out certain jobs, the Telegraph said.

Sainsbury’s guidelines say there is no reason why staff who do not drink alcohol or eat pork on religious grounds could not handle them, the paper said, while Tesco said it made “no sense” for staff who refuse to touch items for religious reasons to work on a till.

Muslims working at Asda would not have to work on tills if they objected to handling alcohol, and Morrisons would “respect and work around anyone’s wishes not to handle specific products for religious or cultural reasons”, the paper added.
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Death Rate Britain Lagging On Life Expectancy

Death Rate Britain Lagging On Life Expectancy

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Alcohol, tobacco and obesity are factors that cause younger briton’s  death.

Britons are more likely to die early than people in most wealthy nations, research suggests – and experts are warning the gap is widening.

The statistics showed that UK is now 14th out of 19 Western countries for life expectancy.In 1990, Britain ranked tenth in a league table – with Alzheimer’s disease, cirrhosis of the liver and drug use disorders being blamed for our falling position.

The research was published as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt prepares to address a “shocking underperformance” that is costing 30,000 lives every year.

Co-authored by Public Health England, the Global Burden of Disease Study, published in the Lancet journal, looks at the state of health in the 15 original members of the EU along with Canada, Australia, Norway and the US.

The study carried out in 1990 was compared with the one made in 2010.

In these 20 years, life expectancy has increased in the UK – by an average of 4.2 years to 79.9 years – but it has failed to keep pace with other nations.

While we are living longer, we are experiencing longer periods of ill health and disability.

The UK is now below average compared with 18 other countries on many important indicators.

One of the main factors in people’s health in the UK is tobacco which accounts for 12% of the disease burden, followed very closely by high blood pressure and high body mass and then physical inactivity, alcohol and poor diet.

As a result, early death rates have not reduced among 20 to 54-year-olds for 20 years.

Over theyears there have been improvements in cancer research and road safety, procedures and many medical advanced.

Among all age groups, drug disorders have risen nearly six-fold.

Co-author Professor Kevin Fenton said the report was a “wake-up call and an opportunity”.

He said: “While it’s encouraging that overall the health of the UK has improved substantially since the last report the pace of improvement is not enough.”

Across all ages, the top eight diseases causing the most years of life lost in the UK remain largely the same as those reported in 1990. In this right order are: these are heart disease, lung cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lower respiratory infections, colorectal cancer, breast cancer and self-harm.

Prof Fenton said there needed to be more focus on prevention as well as “high quality and accountable” clinical care.

The Health Secretary has previously pledged to cut the number of avoidable deaths from cancer, heart disease, strokes, respiratory and liver disease.

He now wants more people to be trained to use defibrillators and conduct CPR, while relatives of people who have died from cardiac conditions will get tests to see whether they too are at risk.

Mr Hunt said: “Despite real progress in cutting deaths we remain a poor relative to our global cousins on many measures of health, something I want to change.

“For too long we have been lagging behind and I want the reformed health system to take up this challenge and turn this shocking under-performance around.”

Co-author Professor John Newton, chief knowledge officer at Public Health England, said: “We should be proud that life expectancy in the UK has increased as much as it has since 1990, but we need to make sure that these extra years are healthy ones.”

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