The charity Alcohol Concern says young people don't realise the dangers of mixing alcohol with caffeine-based energy drinks.
It has spoken out after Jayde Dinsdale, a Yeovil student, suffered three heart attacks after drinking a number of Jagerbombs in one night. Experts say the caffeine in this sort of drink stops people realising how drunk they really are.
Bristol GP Dr Tom Frewin says caffeine can mask the effects of alcohol:
A study held at Bristol Royal Infirmary has found alcohol may be involved in up to 640 thousand hospital admissions in England and Wales a year. Almost a thousand adults in Bristol took part in the study.
Around 1 in 5 patients said they had drunk up to 50 units of alcohol before coming in to the emergency department.
Morrisons have responded to Government plans to bring in a minimum price for alcohol:
This is unprecedented intervention for the Government to set the retail price of a product which goes against basic rules of competitive markets.
If the Government thinks that price is a mechanism for addressing problem drinking, then from the 6th April it already has the power to raise duty or VAT that must be passed on to the consumer and the money going to the Exchequer.
The cider industry is extremely disappointed with the Government's new legislative approach. There has been no consultation despite the great impact this legislation could have on our industry, which contributes significantly to the local, rural economies where our members are based.
The NACM recognises that we must find a solution to alcohol misuse, but Minimum Unit Pricing is not a silver bullet, therefore a commitment to implement it without debate is not how we expect Government to operate.
– Henry Chevallier, Chair of the National Association of Cider Makers (NACM)