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A third of adults in the South West drink too much

A survey has found one in three adults drink more than Government guidelines Credit: ITV News

A survey has found one in three adults drink more than Government guidelines Credit: ITV NewsOne in three adults in the West Country drink above the Government's recommended alcohol guidelines.

The survey, by Public Health Action, found many of these drinkers were unaware of the risks alcohol poses to health, including increased rates of obesity, heart disease and dementia.

"This is about all of us really. This is about people in professional jobs, parents who are starting to see alcohol creep up on them and it's becoming a routine and regular part of their life and their day".

– KATE KNIGHT, PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION

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A third of adults in the region drink too much

A survey has found one in three adults drink more than Government guidelines Credit: ITV News

One in three adults in the West Country drink above the Government's recommended alcohol guidelines.

The survey, by Public Health Action, found many of these drinkers were unaware of the risks alcohol poses to health, including increased rates of obesity, heart disease and dementia.

"This is about all of us really. This is about people in professional jobs, parents who are starting to see alcohol creep up on them and it's becoming a routine and regular part of their life and their day".

– Kate Knight, Public Health Action

Warning issued over dangerous vodka bottles

An image of the vodka bottle label. Credit: North Somerset Council

North Somerset Council have issued a warning to the public about fake bottles of vodka being sold, which have been contaminated with anti-freeze.

The warning only applies to bottles with a label that reads 'Imperial No 1 Signature Vodka' in bold blue type on a white background.

The contaminated bottles are not marked with a manufacturer's name and address.

The advice from Trading Standards is "do not drink it, always walk away from alcohol that is not marked with a manufacturer's name and address."

Drug and alcohol charity forced to close due to funding

A Bristol charity that helps people overcome drug and alcohol addiction is to close because it can't get any funding.

Hawkspring has struggled since Bristol City Council stopped giving grants to smaller charities in 2013. Its closure will mean an end to support for people like Karen. Her mother says the charity saved her life.

Bristol's new mobile 'drunk tank' a first for the UK

A mobile treatment centre for people affected by alcohol after a night out opens in Bristol today.

Coinciding with the busy festive period, the state-of-the-art, 65-foot-long vehicle is the first of its kind in the country.

Paramedics will be able to treat people inside, reducing the pressure on hospital A&E departments.

A trial of the scheme in the city last December was praised for easing the strain on the emergency services.

Ken Wenman, Chief Executive of South Western Ambulance Service, expects the centre to have its hands full over Christmas.

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Calls to implement minimum unit pricing for alcohol

Calls to implement minimum unit pricing for alcohol

Implementing a minimum unit pricing for alcoholic drinks would dratically reduce the harm caused by alcohol abuse. That's the message from Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg.

He's written to the Government asking for a system to be put in place immediately. It's estimated the cost of alcohol fuelled crime in Devon and Cornwall costs £366 million pounds.

Warning caffeine can mask effects of alcohol

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:

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