Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England – 2016

This report contains results from an annual survey of secondary school pupils in England in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15). 12,051 pupils in 177 schools completed questionnaires in the autumn term of 2016. The survey report presents information on the percentage of pupils who have ever smoked, tried alcohol or taken drugs and their attitudes towards these behaviours.  It also includes breakdowns by age, gender, ethnicity and region. The report observes a large increase in the number of pupils reporting that they had ever taken drugs.

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Birth cohort trends in the global epidemiology of alcohol use and alcohol-related harms in men and women: systematic review and metaregression

BMJ Open, October 2016

Historically, alcohol use and related harms are more prevalent in men than in women. However, emerging evidence suggests the epidemiology of alcohol use is changing in younger cohorts. The current study aimed to systematically summarise published literature on birth cohort changes in male-to-female ratios in indicators of alcohol use and related harms.  The study finds that the gap between male and female use of alcohol is closing, particularly in young adults.

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Making Every Contact Count Bulletin – April 2016

Library and Information Service, April 2016

This Library bulletin provides further reading to support the ‘Making Every Contact Count’ programme.

There are links to recent research papers and articles in each of the MECC areas to give you further background information and evidence to consolidate what you have learned in your training, and to give you ideas and confidence for using MECC in your day-to-day encounters.

This issue features recent Cochrane reviews on workplace interventions for reducing sitting, dietary fibre for prevention of cardiovascular disease and combined interventions for smoking cessation, as well as other peer-reviewed articles.  There is also a link to resources for implementing MECC and a report on why people struggle to make behavioural changes and what can be done to overcome these hurdles.

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You will need to login with your Athens account to view the articles in this bulletin unless it is indicated that they are “Open Access”.  All LCFT staff and students are eligible to register for an Athens account.  Please click here to register for an account or contact the Library.

Open Consultation: Health risks from alcohol – new guidelines

Department of Health, January 2016

Seeks views on the UK Chief Medical Officers’ proposed new guidelines to limit the health risks associated with the consumption of alcohol.

At the request of the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs), a group of experts were asked to evaluate evidence about the levels and types of health harm that alcohol can cause.  They have produced some recommendations about how health risks can be limited from drinking alcohol.  The UK CMOs considered and accepted the advice of the expert group and are consulting on the following 3 recommendations:
•a weekly guideline on regular drinking
•advice on single episodes of drinking
•a guideline on pregnancy and drinking

The consultation closes on 1st April 2016

Click here for further information and to respond to the consultation.