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Mitch Winehouse launches drug and alcohol programme

The father of Amy Winehouse will launch a major new drug and alcohol education programme today.

Mitch Winehouse will demand changes to the way children are taught about drugs and alcohol in school.

Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme will be rolled out to 50 secondary schools across the UK.

Singer Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011.

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Winehouse Foundation school programme

Amy Winehouse died in July 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning at the age of 27. Credit: Reuters

The father of Amy Winehouse has warned a generation of children are being put at risk by "woefully underfunded" drug and alcohol education.

Mitch Winehouse said there was a "worrying knowledge gap" about substance misuse among young people as he prepares to join forces with comic Russell Brand to launch a new education programme for schools.

Russell Brand is throwing his weight behind the new education programme. Credit: Reuters

The Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme will initially be rolled out to 50 English secondary schools and will provide a free, confidential phone and online service for young people, supported by Childline.

Singer Amy died in July 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning at 27 years old.


Winehouse's dad: 'Wonderful' her music still recognised

Amy Winehouse is up for best British female at this year's Brit Awards for her posthumous album 'Lioness: Hidden Treasures'.

Amy Winehouse died in July 2011 Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

As her parents Mitch and Janis Winehouse arrived on the red carpet ahead of this year's ceremony, Mr Winehouse told ITV News:

"It's wonderful that Amy is still being recognised for her music".

Mitch and Janis Winehouse Credit: ITV News

Amy Winehouse 'unwilling to follow the advice of doctors'

She was genuinely unwilling to follow the advice of doctors, being someone who wanted to do things her own way... She specifically said she did not want to die... I visited Amy at home on 16 May and for the first time she admitted she made herself sick following food binges.

– Written statement from Amy Winehouse's GP, Dr Christina Romete

Second inquest finds Amy Winehouse 'drank herself to death'

A second inquest into the death of Amy Winehouse has confirmed the singer drank herself to death.

Singer Amy Winehouse seen in 2009 Credit: Press Assocation

Another inquest had to be carried out after it was discovered the original coroner wasn't properly qualified after being given the job by her husband. He was a senior coroner in North London.

The subsequent inquest was expected to reach the same conclusion about the cause of death.

The hearing was told today that the star was more than five times the legal drink-drive limit when she died, having 416mg of alcohol per decilitre of blood in her system - the legal driving limit is 80mg.

St Pancras Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe said the star died from "alcohol toxicity... a level of alcohol commonly associated with fatality". She said Winehouse "voluntarily consumed alcohol" and added that "two empty vodka bottles were on the floor" beside her bed when her body was discovered.


Winehouse inquest to be reheard today

Amy Winehouse was found dead in July 2011.

The inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse is due to be reheard today.

The Back To Black star was found dead at her north London home in July 2011, aged 27.

The move comes after an investigation found Suzanne Greenaway, who oversaw the inquest into Winehouse's death, did not have the correct qualifications for the role.

The new hearing is due to take place today at St Pancras Coroner's Court in London.

Ms Greenaway recorded a verdict of misadventure at the original hearing in October 2011.

Music stars attend tribute ball for Amy Winehouse

A host of music stars paid tribute to Amy Winehouse tonight as they gathered in her memory to raise money for disadvantaged young people.

Mark Ronson, who produced Winehouse's Back to Black album, arrives at the Ball. Credit: PA

Family and friends of the late singer, including producer Mark Ronson and singer Tyler James, attended the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball in central London.

Barbara Windsor arrives at the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball in London. Credit: PA

The event at The Dorchester hotel was staged to raise money for the foundation's work, which helps young people struggling with issues such as homelessness and drug and alcohol misuse.

Mitch Winehouse, Amy's dad, arrives at the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball in London. Credit: PA

Speaking at the event, Amy's father Mitch Winehouse said early intervention was key to preventing young people falling into alcohol and drug problems which blighted his daughter's later life.

"We need to do as much as we can to raise as much money as we can for disadvantaged young people," he said.

Amy Winehouse's ex Blake Fielder-Civil 'in drug collapse'

Amy Winehouse's ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil is fighting for his life after collapsing following an apparent drink and drug binge, his girlfriend has revealed.

Blake Fielder-Civil with the late Amy Winehouse Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

The recovering drug addict had gone out drinking with a friend the previous day and Ms Aspin, who is mother to his 15-month-old son, said she believed he might have taken an illicit substance.

Fielder-Civil was put into an induced coma and is on a life support machine in hospital in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

Ms Aspin, 34, who met Winehouse's former lover in rehab three years ago, said: "I'm praying he'll survive, but I'm having to prepare myself that he may never wake up."

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