Number of women with drink driving conviction doubles in 14 years

This article about women and drink driving convictions was in the Daily Mail recently and thought I would share it here. Women accounted for fewer than one in ten (9 per cent) of drink-drive convictions in 1998, but this figure had risen to around one in six (17 per cent) by 2012, the survey revealed.  … Continue reading Number of women with drink driving conviction doubles in 14 years

Drink-driving: Doctors’ alliance calls for cut to limit

So as outlined yesterday these series of posts will look at different issues related to alcohol – starting with this headline about an alliance of doctors’ lobbying parliament for a cut to the drink drive limit. Drink-driving: Doctors’ alliance calls for cut to limit A group of doctors and health experts is urging the House … Continue reading Drink-driving: Doctors’ alliance calls for cut to limit

Thousands of hungover motorists told they risk drink-driving conviction

So this story was covered by The Guardian in mid December when plenty of folks were out on works Xmas shin-digs so the number of potentially hungover motorists driving was higher than usual.  That said this is a real and ongoing concern of mine that it isn’t the night before when drinking that we should … Continue reading Thousands of hungover motorists told they risk drink-driving conviction

Scotland’s new drink-driving law is so successful it’s damaging the economy

This headline just makes me irritated reading it.  This story was in The Independent in April following a Bank of Scotland report looking at the impact to the economy of the change to the drink-driving law in Scotland. Scotland’s tough new drink-driving law is proving so successful at stopping people from indulging that it is … Continue reading Scotland’s new drink-driving law is so successful it’s damaging the economy

Friday Sober Jukebox – Problem Drinker? (Blame It)

This was a featured article in Vice at the end of August titled ‘I Have a Drink Almost Every Day – Am I a Problem Drinker?’  Over to Michael Segalov: It’s funny that we all “have a relationship” with alcohol. It’s maybe the only thing we consume that – in Britain, at least – we … Continue reading Friday Sober Jukebox – Problem Drinker? (Blame It)

The seduction of the drinks industry

This was an excellent interview with Professor David Nutt in March looking at the seduction of the drinks industry.  The diagram to the left is the recorded alcohol by capita consumption in litres of pure alcohol and as you can see the UK is one of the highest. You’re waking up at midday. You’ve been … Continue reading The seduction of the drinks industry

Two-thirds of drink-drivers would abstain if limit was lower, survey finds

This was in The Guardian in December following a survey regarding the current drink driving limit in the UK. Two-thirds of motorists who drive after drinking alcohol would not have drunk at all if the drink-driving limit was reduced, according to a survey. The Populus survey findings have prompted alcohol and public health campaigners to … Continue reading Two-thirds of drink-drivers would abstain if limit was lower, survey finds

Drinkers are not a burden on the state

This was picked up by the Daily Mail in September regarding why there is no incentive for the Govt to resolve the issue of alcohol dependence.  Why? It’s because drinkers are NOT a burden on the state as alcohol taxes raises £6.5 BILLION more than the cost of alcohol abuse. Drinkers in England pay billions … Continue reading Drinkers are not a burden on the state