Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police has called for 'drunk cells' to take pressure off police and hospitals caused by binge drinkers.
The first step for an alcoholic on the road to recovery is admitting you have a problem, if you're a country, the same principle applies.
Locals in a Mexican city got an unexpected surprise after a truck carrying beer cans collided with a train and spilled its contents.
According to Dr Foster's Hospital Guide the amount of patients admitted for health problems caused by substance abuse between 2010-13 were:
- 15% were between 30-34-year-olds
- 18% were 35-39-year-olds
- 16% were aged 50-54-year-olds
- Teenagers - 24,101 out of the 533,302 people admitted for drink-drug health issues were between 15-19-year-olds
- Another 3,013 were aged between 10-14-years-old.
Over one fifth of people hospitalised because of problems caused by alcohol and drugs are in their 40s, new figures have revealed.
A little over half a million, 533,302, people were admitted to hospital with serious health problems because of their drink or drug consumption, experts Dr Foster said in their latest annual Hospital Guide.
Of those, 60,738 were aged 40 to 44 and another 60,083 were 45 to 49 – together, more than a fifth of the total. Some were admitted a number of times between 2010 and 2013.
According to Dr Foster's hospital admissions data, health problems stemming from substance abuse now cost the NHS £607m every year.
Keeping one patient in overnight owing to long-term alcohol abuse dwarfs the £22m spent annually on treating people after they have been binge drinking.
Some parents are taking the term "Merry Christmas" too far and supplying their children, some as young as 10, with alcohol, a health charity warned.
One in five 10 to 14-year-olds will be given an alcoholic beverage by their parents this Christmas, and a further 22% will be given a drink by relatives or friends, according to research compiled by Drinkaware.
The admissions come despite an overwhelming majority of parents, 84%, telling Drinkaware they planned not to give their children any alcohol.
However, some parents did acknowledge a third party may be giving alcohol to their child and a further two thirds, 67%, said they were not concerned about exposing their kids to drinking this Christmas.
Adults who buy alcohol for under-age drinkers should face tougher pnishments, according to the Demos think-tank.
Parents, friends and siblings who buy drink for people under the legal limit should face community service, social shaming or be banned from shops in order to help tackle harmful drinking by the under-18s, said Demos.
The think-tank also called for police to do more by enforcing on-the-spot fines and bringing more prosecutions.Only 16 people were successfully prosecuted over the last four years for buying alcohol for under-age drinkers, said Demos.
Its report found that 33 per cent of 11 to 15-year-olds admitted obtaining alcohol in the previous four weeks and 19 per cent were given the alcohol by parents. The same proportion said they had got alcohol from their friends.
Adults who get caught helping children buy alcohol should be "named and shamed" in prominent posters and banned from local off licences, according to think-tank Demos.
The Sobering Up report said parents, friends and siblings who buy alcohol for under-18s should face community service, social shaming or be banned from shops in order to help tackle harmful drinking by youngsters.
Demos also argues that police should do more to enforce on-the-spot fines and prosecute adults who encourage under-age drinkers, adding that health select committee figures show only 16 people were successfully prosecuted over a four-year period.
The report found that 33% of 11 to 15-year-olds questioned admitted obtaining alcohol in the previous four weeks and 19% were given the alcohol by parents.
A survey which showed 86% of people were unaware of the link between alcohol and breast cancer showed "we are still not having the right conversation" about drink, a health charity warned.
Alcohol Concern found more than half of the 2,000 people they spoke to were oblivious to connection between alcohol and major cancers.
Health campaigner Emily Robinson urged drinkers to put down the bottle and join in Dry January for their own health.
– Director of campaigns at Alcohol Concern Emily Robinson
It's all too easy to slip into unhealthy habits and find that you're drinking alcohol at a level which can put you at risk for a range of illnesses such as cancer and stroke.
These survey results show we are still not having the right conversation about alcohol.
Dry January is aimed at people who do not have an alcohol problem but who might be drinking a bit too much, too often.
Having the break allows us all to think about what we're drinking, break those bad habits and in the long term cut down and improve our health.
Over half of the general public are ignorant of the link between alcohol, bowel, mouth and throat cancer and its ability to increase the risk of a stroke, researchers have found.
According to a new poll into public understanding of the health problems caused by alcohol:
- More than a third, 34%, had never been asked how much they drink by a doctor or nurse.
- Over two thirds, 66%, did not know there was a link between alcohol and bowel cancer.
- More than half, 59%, did not realise it increased the risk of a stroke.
- 58% of people said they did not know there was a link between alcohol and mouth and throat cancer.
- There was some good news. A further 59% knew alcohol was associated with depression and 58% knew it had an effect on fertility.
Over three quarters of people were unaware of the link between alcohol and breast cancer, a poll has found.
At least 86% of the 2,000 people quizzed were ignorant of the link between alcohol and breast cancer, health charity Alcohol Concern found.
Employees should be tested at work see whether they have an alcohol problem, according to the Alcohol Health Network
We asked users of ITV News' Facebook page what they thought of this proposal.
– Mark Baird
I only drink at weekends when I'm not at work but I'm tested randomly for drugs and alcohol without any warnings, and I have to go even if I have finished my shift but I have nothing to hide so yes all workers should be tested.
– Monica Gallagher Lea
Unless it affects their job and individuals around them then whose business is it? I personally think if everyone was tested on a Monday then we would all be brought into our bosses office for a "talking to".
– Karen Bird
I think if they're in a safety conscious job, it's a good idea but not for everyone.
Don Shenker, director and founder of the Alcohol Health Network, said offering workers confidential tests for alcohol could "help prevent problems later".
– Don Shenker, director and founder of the Alcohol Health Network
Offering staff confidential use of the alcohol use disorders identification test and brief advice as a self-awareness initiative at work, whether through face to face interactions or leaflets, may well help prevent problems with alcohol at an earlier stage.
In this way, staff, who may be concerned about their drinking or whose level of drinking is not yet apparent to them, can assess the risks their drinking poses to their health and take appropriate action.