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Drug blow for Alzheimer's sufferers...

The Press Association Wednesday October 11, 06:27 AM

 Tens of thousands of Alzheimer's sufferers will be denied the chance of a normal life because of a decision to save £2.50 a day on their treatment, charities and health professionals said.

They are considering asking for a judicial review of what they claim is a flawed ruling not to make available a series of dementia drugs for sufferers.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) rejected an appeal against guidance that the treatments should only be used for people with moderate Alzheimer's.

Neil Hunt, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, said: "We are extremely unhappy and we are very angry as what we see as a kick in the teeth for millions of people."

Help the Aged said it was "botched policy-making at its worst".

Doctors fear they will be left in the "unethical" position of having to turn away patients with the early stages of the disease.

Thanks to their treatment, many have been able to return to normal lives despite having reached the stage where they could not recognise close relatives.

The Alzheimer's Society says that 750,000 people in Britain suffer from dementia, 57% of them from Alzheimer's, while hundreds of thousands more are involved in their day-to-day care.

By 2010, the figure for dementia sufferers is expected to rise to 840,000 and by 2050 to 1.5 million. Experts believe it is under-diagnosed.

Nice chief executive Andrew Dillon said: "Alzheimer's is a cruel and devastating illness and we realise that today's announcement will be disappointing to people with Alzheimer's and those who treat and care for them, but we have to be honest and say that, based on all the evidence, including data presented by the drug companies themselves, our experts have concluded that these drugs do not make enough of a difference for us to recommend their use for treating all stages of Alzheimer's disease."


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12 October 2006
MEMORY LOSS IS LOVE LOST FOR BILL...

A DIVORCED dad who has had memory loss since a car crash cannot find love - because he forgets when he's got a date.

Bill Megginson, 41, suffered severe injuries in a horrific accident seven years ago.

He split with wife Carol after the accident - and has been on his own since, partly because of his memory lapses.

Bill, from Huntly, Aberdeenshire, has had no problems getting dates - it's keeping them that's proved difficult.

He revealed: "I'll arrange to meet a woman then totally forget about it. I won't have any idea I'm supposed to be somewhere until I get an angry phone call asking where I am.

"Sometimes, I even forget who I'm out with, which can be very embarrassing and make the woman quite upset.

"It's a big problem and my love life has been virtually nonexistent since the accident."

Bill, his then wife and their three young children had to be cut free from the family car after the smash on the A96 at Glens of Foudland in December 1999.

His horrific injuries meant he spent a year in a wheelchair. Doctors discovered he'd suffered brain injuries, which wiped out a lot of his memory.

He couldn't return to work as a financial adviser because he couldn't concentrate.

Bill added: "Some mornings I'll wake up and forget who I am and what my name is. The lapses can last for as long as 48 hours and they're scary."

He has been told there's no cure for his condition, just that it may heal itself over time.


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16 October 2006
MEN IN DARK OVER DISEASE...

HALF of men don't know what the symptoms of chlamydia are, a study has found.

And one in five would still have sex if they thought they had the sexually transmitted disease.

The study for Boots the chemist showed men are ignorant of symptoms such as swollen testicles or penis discharge.

Experts have now called for more testing for the illness - the most common STD in Scotland - to cut rates of infection.

 

Chlamydia:

Chlamydia is caused by the bacteria chlamydia trachomatis.

Much chlamydial infection goes undiagnosed, because the infection is often without symptoms.

However, it can cause vaginal bleeding and discharge, abdominal pain, fever and inflammation of the cervix in women.

And in men, it can cause a watery or milky discharge from the penis, swollen or tender testicles and a burning feeling while urinating.

The long term complications can be severe, especially for women where it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility.

Between 20% and 50% of children born to women with chlamydia will be infected.

Chlamydia is the leading cause of neonatal conjunctivitis an eye infection in babies that can cause blindness.

However, it is easy to treat with antibiotics.


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hammers6.MEN IN THE DARK.  [please excuse me how i say this] if men are so stupid and they dont put a overcoat on when sweeping chimmneys then there more stupid than i thought.maybe they should at least try to stay safe and consider there selfs and there partner.

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hammers6.MEN IN THE DARK.  [please excuse me how i say this] if men are so stupid and they dont put a overcoat on when sweeping chimmneys then there more stupid than i thought.maybe they should at least try to stay safe and consider there selfs and there partner.

Lindy Loo, "Overcoats on while sweeping chimneys"??  Deary, deary me....By the time old Bilksters blasted oot a chorus of Chim-chiminey-chim-chim.....chim-chim-cherooo It's hardly worth looking at the mantlepiece.....Never mind stoking the fire!!  Bilko


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hammers6.MEN IN THE DARK.  [please excuse me how i say this] if men are so stupid and they dont put a overcoat on when sweeping chimmneys then there more stupid than i thought.maybe they should at least try to stay safe and consider there selfs and there partner.

Hi Linda, its not h6's words as they are from news items.......although Bilko has had a go at the chimney sweep a loo a loo.......you are spot on as EVERYONE should ........." at least try to stay safe and consider there selfs and there partner".


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bilko. now whats that saying.many an old tune played on a old fiddle.

A2? are you in London? if so please keep off the firewater

 

17 October 2006
BOOZED-UP BEECHGROVE BILL BANNED...

FORMER Beechgrove Garden star Bill Torrance was yesterday given a three year ban for drink-driving.

The ex-presenter of the BBC Scotland series was caught while nearly twice the legal limit.

Linda Pyke, prosecuting, told Edinburgh Sheriff Court that police saw Torrance leave the Thistle Hotel on Leith Street at about 10.30pm on September 24.

Torrance, 60, appeared to be unsteady on his feet and was carrying a set of car keys.

A short while later, a car was found stopped in Queen Street with Torrance standing nearby. He admitted to driving the car.

Jim Stevenson, defending, said Torrance, of Avonbridge, West Lothian, had been presenting a Scottish night at the hotel. At the court yesterday, Torrance admitted driving with 69microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35.

Banning him from driving for three years, Sheriff Derrick McIntyre also fined him £600.

The sheriff said he was reducing the fine from £900 as Torrance had pleaded guilty straight away.

He also said Torrance should sit the drivers' rehabilitation course.

Torrance quit the gardening programme in 2000 and was a founding presenter of oldies' radio station Saga.

He was not at his farm home yesterday. His wife declined to comment on the case.


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Alcohol
William Hague enjoys a pint
William Hague's boast that he once drank 14 pints of beer a day may impress some voters - but probably not his doctor.

Heavy drinking is blamed for up to 33,000 deaths a year in the UK, with the NHS spending more than £164m treating alcohol-related conditions.

Heavy drinking health risks at a glance
Liver damage
Osteoporosis
Pancreatitis
Shrivelled sex organs
Heart disease
Stroke
Dementia/ brain damage
Damage to unborn child
Increased risks of some types of cancer
Doctors have come up with "safe" limits for alcohol consumption, and it is safe to say that 14 daily pints puts Mr Hague well in excess of those.

The health benchmark for men is between three and four units a day - approximately one and a half to two pints of normal strength beer.

Any more than this, and the health risks begin to rise.

And it is no safer saving up your weekly "units" for one big binge at the weekend - this may be just as harmful.

Most people are aware of the immediate effects of consuming large quantities of alcohol - although, as the body builds a tolerance to these, the effects often become less obvious.

Nausea and sickness

Too much alcohol can irritate the stomach, leading to sickness and nausea, and can lead to temporary impotence in men.

Alcohol has a dehydrating effect, and the traditional hangover arrives partly as a result.

However, it is the longer term effects which worry doctors.

Too much alcohol over a prolonged period can affect nearly every organ in your body.

Alcohol is essentially a poison, and the culmulative effects can be horrific.

Long term drinkers can suffer liver damage, as the liver is the organ that processes the alcohol and removes it from the body.

Liver damage

There are three types of damage - fatty liver, in which fat is deposited in the liver, impairing its function, alcohol hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver which can cause severe symptoms and lead in some cases to alcoholic cirrhosis, which can eventually cause liver failure if the drinker does not stop.

The first two stages are usually reversible, whereas cirrhosis has no cure.

Heavy drinkers can suffer from chronic gastritis - essentially a daily recurrence of hangover style nausea and sickness. They can also suffer damage to the oesophagus.

Pancreatitis is a common problem in heavy drinkers - this is an extremely painful condition which is hard to treat, and sometimes fatal.

Brain damage is also possible in some cases - alcoholic dementia is often found in very long-term drinkers.

Heart disease and stroke

However, it is damage to the heart and circulatory system that place many drinkers at risk. Drinking over the recommended limits is one of the most common causes of high blood pressure, which can contribute to heart disease.

Drinking heavily is also likely to greatly increase the calorific intake, perhaps leading to obesity, which also increases these health risks.

Regularly drinking more than three units of alcohol a day increases the risk of a type of stroke called haemorrhagic stroke.

It can also contribute to osteoporosis, lead to muscle weakness, make skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema worse.

In men, there is likely to be a loss of libido and potency, shrinking of the testicles and penis, reduced fertiliy, loss of pubic hair and if cirrhosis is present, increased breast size and loss of body hair.

In women, ovulation may cease, and breasts and sexual organs shrivel.

Many cancers are alcohol-related, particularly those of the mouth, oesophagus, liver, stomach, colon, rectum, and perhaps breast cancer in women.

Harming unborn children

Heavy drinking, even in one-off binges, by pregnant women can harm their unborn child.

It can lead to miscarriage, low birth weight, and, in the worst cases, to foetal alcohol syndrome, a group of defects which can include lowered IQ, facial malformations and growth deficiencies.

Many studies have found suggestions that moderate alcohol drinking, for example one or two units a day, can have a protective effect against in particular heart disease.

This has yet to be conclusively proven, as it is not clear whether it is the alcohol, or some other ingredient in the drink, which is having the effect.


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Doctors' concern over cocaine use
Cocaine
The street price of cocaine has fallen in recent years
Doctors at Wales' largest casualty department have expressed concerns over the number of patients suffering side-effects from cocaine use.

Official estimates show the five per cent of adults in Wales have used the drug, more than the UK average.

Accident and emergency consultant Rupert Evans said more people were coming into the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff because of the drug.

One user said the cheaper cost of the cocaine made it more accessible.

Its use has increased four-fold across England and Wales in the past decade, according to official figures.

Mr Evans told the BBC Wales programme Eye on Wales the problem of adverse reactions from cocaine usage was becoming more prevalent among patients coming to the A&E unit in Cardiff.

Nowadays you can get a gramme of coke for about £35
Cocaine user

"It's definitely on the increase. You can get acute brain effects so people can be very agitated," he said.

"You can then have cardiac effects so the effects on the heart are very serious - you get pulse increases, your blood pressure goes up very high to the extent that it can put you at risk or having a heart attack."

One man who uses the drug told Eye on Wales: "In my opinion I would say [cocaine] is 150% more prevalent than it used to be.

"So many people I know are doing it. For me it's a shock.

"It was always very expensive, that's what put people off, but nowadays you can get a gramme of coke for about £35."

He said he was not concerned about the potential health risks of the drug, adding: "I'm going to go at some point so I'd rather enjoy my life that I have now."

Treatment

Drug charity Turning Point runs the only dedicated project in Wales for cocaine and its derivative crack.

Project manager Glyn Davies said cocaine users were not always aware of the help that was on offer.

"Services are not marketed in what they offer to crack cocaine users, so it's a chicken and egg situation - if you don't get people coming through the door, then you don't have the statistics to prove the need for the service," he said.

"There are a lot more people and crack cocaine users out in the community who are not accessing treatment and these are people that we need to get out and reach."

Plaid Cymrus's social justice spokeswoman Leanne Wood said the assembly government has no way of measuring how effective drug reduction policies are, despite a commitment four years ago to reduce usage in Wales.

"The problem is back in 2002 when those targets were set, there was no benchmark data to measure against.

"Now were in a situation where we can't measure at all whether or not these targets have been met," she said.

Ms Wood added when she asked in a recent letter to Social Justice Minister Edwina Hart how much drug usage had dropped by, the minister replied the information was not collected.

Ms Hart did not respond to Eye on Wales' requests for information on how accurate government figures on cocaine and crack cocaine usage were.

 

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25 October 2006
PAINKILLER INCREASES RISK OF HEART ATTACK
Doctors warned over ibuprofen

MILLIONS of people taking common painkillers may be increasing their risk of heart attack or stroke, experts warned yesterday.

High doses of drugs including ibuprofen are prescribed to patients suffering conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

But research into their long-term use shows that they can pose a slightly higher risk to patients.

Now the Commission on Human Medicines have written to health workers explaining the findings of the study on so-called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).

However, officials added that the benefits of NSAIDS still outweighed any potential problems.

They said all medicines marketed in the European Union were continually monitored.

Dr June Raine, of the Government's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), said: "NSAIDs are important medicines and the balance of benefits and risks remains positive.

"The lowest effective dose of NSAIDs should be taken for the shortest time necessary for control of symptoms.

"There is no need for patients to stop taking their medicines and there is no urgent need for patients to switch between NSAIDs if they are feeling well.

"Anyone who is concerned about their treatment should talk to their doctor."

Dr Colin Baigent, who directed the research for the UK's Medical Research Council, said a high dose was considered to be "about twice what the normal person would take".

He added: "People who are popping these for the odd headache, the risks to them are minimal."

Dr Phil Berry, of Reckitt Benckiser Health care International, who make Nurofen, said: "Over-the-counter ibuprofen is used by millions of people around the world every day and there is no reason for the public to have any concerns over its safety."

The latest warning on NSAIDs comes two years after another painkiller, Vioxx, was banned.

The drug, part of a group of anti-inflammatories known as COX-2 inhibitors, was found to double the risk of heart attacks.

In June, research published in the British Medical Journal showed that NSAIDs ibuprofen and diclofenac increased the risk of heart attacks when taken in high doses.

University researchers in Oxford and Rome found that when all "vascular events" - heart attacks, stroke or vascular disease - were taken together, the risks increased by 40 per cent for people on the drugs.

They found there were three more heart attacks per 1000 people every year in those who did not already have heart disease but who were taking COX-2 inhibitors or NSAIDs.

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Non-selective Nsaids reviewed:

diclofenac

etodolac

ibuprofen

indomethacin

ketoprofen

ketorolac

meloxicam

nabumetone

naproxen

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piroxicam (still being assessed)


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UK army tested 'stay awake' pills.
 

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A controversial drug which can keep people awake for days has been tested by the UK military, MPs have been told.

Modafinil pills - known on the drugs scene as "zombies" - are used to treat the rare sleeping disorder narcolepsy.

The Ministry of Defence has previously denied testing the drug on troops although it reportedly bought thousands of pills ahead of the Iraq war.

Defence contractor Qinetiq told the commons' science committee the drug had recently been tested for military use.

Qinetiq scientist Dr Anna Casey told the Science and Technology Committee the MoD funded research into stimulant and performance-enhancing drugs and dietary supplements.

"One is always looking for something that would give military personnel an extra edge," she told the committee which is investigating the use of such drugs in sport.

'Safety concerns'

She said the military was not under the same constraints as the International Olympic Committee, which had banned Modafinil and another stimulant, Ephedrine, which she said had also been tested by the MoD.

But Erythropoietin, or EPO, which is used by athletics drug cheats to boost the production of red blood cells had been ruled out due to "safety concerns".

She stressed that no illegal substances were being researched by the MoD.

But she said Modafinil had been "shown to enhance physical and mental performance".

"There is still research going on into things like that. It doesn't mean they are being used. We are keeping an open mind," she told the MPs.

Modafinil has also been trialled by the US and French military but its use remains controversial.

'Zombies'

It works by "turning off" a person's need to sleep, and allowing them to remain mentally awake for days on end.

Its makers say there are no side effects, but experts are worried about the drug being abused.

In the US, where it is easier to get hold of, revising students and clubbers are known to use it to keep going.

Speaking after Wednesday's hearing in Westminster, Dr Casey said Modafinil had been tested by Qinetiq, formerly known as the Defence Research Agency, in conjunction with caffeine.

It had not yet been approved for use by British soldiers but Qinetiq had asked the MoD for funds to carry out further tests, she said.

"It is worthy of further research," she told the BBC News website.

'Human science'

Ephedrine, which is similar in effect to amphetamine or "speed", had so far been ruled out for use by British combat personnel due to its side effects, which included anxiety.

But caffeine was "something we may well end up using in the future," she added.

She said the MoD had recently pumped £20m into a newly-formed consortium to carry out research into "human science", including the enhancement of the physical and mental performance of combat personnel.

Among other things, the Haldane Spearman consortium will be investigating new dietary supplements and remote monitoring technology, allowing soldiers' physical performance to be tracked in the field.

Under pressure

The consortium will also be looking at ways of improving the performance of combat personnel in hot climates such as Iraq, to cut down the amount of time, currently about a week, needed for them to acclimatise.

There has long been a demand for reliable stimulants for use by special forces, who may be expected to go 48 hours or more without sleep, and pilots on long flights.

The issue came under the spotlight in April 2002, when two US military pilots mistakenly bombed a Canadian infantry unit in Afghanistan, killing four.

During the ensuing legal arguments, the pilots' lawyers said they had felt under pressure to take amphetamines before the mission.

 

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Narcolepsy is a neurological condition most characterized by Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS), episodes of sleep and disorder of REM or rapid eye movement sleep. It is a type of dyssomnia.

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Alcohol abuse 'becoming epidemic'
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The group hopes to find solutions to Scotland's drink culture
The "epidemic" of alcohol abuse is one of Scotland's greatest public health challenges, it has been warned.

It comes at the launch of the new Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) group to consider measures to stop excess drinking.

Latest figures show that one in four men and one in 10 women are putting their health at risk through drinking.

The group has warned that "radical measures", such as increasing the tax on alcohol, may have to be brought in.

Figures also show that hospital admissions relating to alcohol are soaring and one in 30 deaths are alcohol-related.

There are also concerns that health problems relating to drinking are becoming more common among young people.

Alcohol misuse has now reached epidemic proportions in Scotland and forms one of the greatest public health challenges of our time
Dr Bruce Ritson
SHAAP chairman

The financial cost has been estimated at more than £1bn a year.

SHAAP, which was set up by the Scottish Medical Royal Colleges and funded by the Scottish Executive, aims to promote wider awareness and understanding of the problems and identify solutions.

It will look at the possibility of more screening by GPs and hospitals, random breath testing and lowering legal limits for drink-driving.

It will also examine the effect on unborn babies and the impact of alcohol taxation and sponsorship.

'National shame'

SHAAP's chairman Dr Bruce Ritson said: "Alcohol misuse has now reached epidemic proportions in Scotland and forms one of the greatest public health challenges of our time.

"In recent years, rates of alcohol-related hospital admissions, liver failure and premature deaths in Scotland have increased dramatically and excessive alcohol consumption has all too often been perceived to be nothing more than harmless over-indulgence, rather than being recognised for its harmful effects on health."

The group will gather and review all the evidence on alcohol-related health problems and try to influence policy, clinical practice and public behaviour.

Drink campaign
Health campaigns have highlighted the dangers of drinking

Jack Law, chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland, said: "We hope that SHAAP can influence policy, clinical practice and public behaviour to start reversing the trend, and ensure far fewer people's lives are damaged by or lost to alcohol."

Professor Neil Douglas, president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, claimed alcohol misuse in Scotland had reached crisis point.

"Excessive drinking has increasingly become the norm. It is now our national shame," he said.

Deputy Health Minister Lewis Macdonald said: "We welcome the establishment of SHAAP and the potential contribution it will make in creating greater public awareness of the health-related harms associated with the excessive consumption of alcohol and, importantly, the measures that can be taken by individuals to prevent such harm."

 

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Pupils give MSPs alcohol evidence
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The price of alcohol is at the centre of the debate
Pupils calling for an inquiry into the public health impact of cheap alcohol have given evidence to MSPs.

The Public Petitions Committee left its Holyrood base to host a meeting at All Saints Secondary School in the Barmulloch area of Glasgow.

The school said the move proved to students that those in power did take notice of young people's opinions.

Earlier this month, three pupils from the school presented the 1,000th public petition to Holyrood.

The committee heard the pupils' evidence, which was gained by conducting research in the shops around their school where they found alcohol on sale for less than the price of a bottle of water.

Their petition was the first of eight being considered by the committee on Monday, all of which have been submitted by petitioners from the Glasgow area.

 

James McKee, one of the pupils

behind the petition, said: "I

think Scotland is awash with cheap alcohol.

"In our research we found cans of cider and cans of bitter as cheap as 20p in some places.

It's disgraceful."

Sarah Richford, a teacher at All Saints School, said the three students had been looking forward to putting their case to the committee.

"They are delighted to be given this opportunity to speak to the committee directly," she said.

The government must heed its own advisers and all of the medical colleges' advice to reduce the price of alcohol.
Dr Martin Plant
Alcohol and Health Research Trust

"By coming to Glasgow and visiting All Saints, the committee is providing a great example to the whole school of democracy at work."

Also on Monday, Health Minister Andy Kerr, who represents East Kilbride, was meeting the firm which distributes Buckfast, the fortified wine which is said by critics to be contributing to Scotland's youth binge drinking problem.

His ministerial colleague, Cathy Jamieson, has called for the drink to be banned from sale in her constituency of Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley in Ayrshire.

Jim Wilson, of J Chandler and Company, said: "We're constantly blamed for anti-social behaviour among youngsters. How can we be responsible when we're not targeting these youngsters?

"Once a bottle is sold we're not in control of it. We can't follow it everywhere."

Drink toll

Last year, 750 children aged 11 to 16 were admitted to hospital in Scotland with alcohol-related problems.

Paediatricians have said they are seeing increasing numbers of intoxicated children.

In January, a study in the medical journal The Lancet showed that the number of male deaths in Scotland from cirrhosis of the liver had quadrupled since the 1950s, with the female death rate almost trebling.

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Dilusha Pathirana, Roisin Craig and James McKee with their petition

Scotland needed a "major cultural shift" to address a faster rising rate of drink-related deaths than anywhere in western Europe, it warned.

Dr Martin Plant, professor of addiction studies at the University of the West of England and chairman of the Alcohol and Health Research Trust, said the Buckfast issue was a "complete red herring".

"The problem is we have allowed alcohol to become more and more affordable," he told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme.

"Alcohol consumption has doubled since the Second World War and the price we are paying is that in Scotland alcohol-related deaths have trebled since 1980.

"The government must heed its own advisers and all of the medical colleges' advice to reduce the affordability of alcohol. That would cut the level of problems including binge drinking at a stroke but it takes political courage."

The SNP's culture spokesman Stewart Maxwell, who has previously called for action to be taken, said: "I welcome the work of these school students in raising the profile of this important issue.

"The latest statistics show that only 44 individuals in Scotland were caught illegally buying alcohol for children during a high profile crackdown this year, and so our first priority must be to ensure that those who break the law face the full consequences of their actions.

"It's time to crack down on illegal drink sales."



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