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    (via down-21-in-2013/356521.article”>UK alcohol consumption down 2.1% in 2013

    The most important way to recognize alcohol poisoning is to watch the behavior of a person, Henshaw said. Typical signs could include excessive vomiting, unconsciousness, chills, very slow breathing, cold or clammy skin and discoloration of the skin and face.

    If someone is displaying these signs, it is important to call 911 immediately, Dempsey said.

    “Don’t be afraid to call for help. The police don’t want to get people in trouble, they just want to help the students at ISU,” said Kipp Van Dyke, program coordinator in the dean of students office, who meets with students to discuss safe drinking habits throughout the year.

    While on the phone with 911, it is important to put the person on his or her side so he or she doesn’t choke on vomit. Also, make sure someone else is there at all times. Henshaw also said to listen to what the 911 dispatcher has to say.

    “You want to avoid giving the person more water or food because they can choke on it,” Henshaw said. “You also don’t want to give them a shower because it can send them into shock.”

    If someone has been drinking, don’t leave his or her side, Dempsey said. He said people will not get in trouble if they call for help and shouldn’t leave their friend because they fear that happening.

    Van Dyke said to really understand how to prevent alcohol poisoning, people have to understand what alcohol does to their individual bodies. People should know how their body metabolizes the alcohol and should track the amount they drink.

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    GOVERNMENT has called on parents to promote good morals in their children so that they grow into decent adults that will contribute to national development.
    Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge said there is need for parents not only to take responsibility of their children’s needs but also promote good morals.
    He expressed sadness at the number of pupils in the province that were suspended from school for engaging in binje drinking and other ilicit activities.

    "The Anonymous People," an award-winning film about America’s addiction epidemic, will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Wilton High School’s Little Theater, 395 Danbury Road.

    April is Alcohol Awareness Month, created to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding alcoholism. To help educate and raise awareness in Fairfield County, Silver Hill Hospital of New Canaan, the Human Services Council’s Mid-Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition, Wilton Public Schools, Wilton Social Services, Wilton Youth Services and the Wilton Youth Council are sponsoring the screening.

    According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.5 million Americans needed treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, but only 11.2 percent received it. While not the sole reason, the social stigma surrounding addiction to alcohol and other drugs contributes to the gap in treatment of substance use disorders.

    A Leighton Buzzard woman, who started a fire in her home and then sat in the garden drinking so she could watch the flames, has been jailed for 18 months. Yvonne Silvester caused the fire after going on a drinking binge and dropping her cigarette on her sofa.Luton Crown Court was told her heavy drinking had started because of a corrosive and abusive relationship she had found herself in.But the court was told that after the fire took hold at her home in Meadow Way in the town, she lost cherished possessions, including photos of her dead parents.

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    New software is being used by a London borough to help crackdown on binge drinking in the capital.

    The digital tool is being used by the London Borough of Islington to map data on alcohol-related crime and health problems against existing on and off-licensed premises.

    The council then uses this data, such as hospital submissions and ambulance call-outs, to assess all licencing applications.

    A 12-year-old was treated for alcohol problems in Cork earlier this year, it has emerged.

    The child was among up to 200 people being treated for addictions, including alcohol, through the drug and alcohol addiction services run by the Health Service Executive in Cork, according to the Evening Echo .

    Medical officer Dr Declan O’Brien revealed the information as National Alcohol Awareness Week got underway today.

    Currently, the youngest client of the services is 15 years of age, while the oldest is 71.

    Meanwhile, police in the UK have revealed a girl aged just nine has needed hospital treatment after drinking vodka.

    Officers in Durham said they spoke to her parents last month.

    They are also investigating why a 12-year-old ended up in A-and-E on three consecutive weekends for alcohol related injuries.

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