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Report highlights effects of drinking on others.

MORE than half (60%) of adults in Wales have suffered some form of harm or negative experience in the past year as a result of someone else being under the influence of alcohol, a new report has found.

The Alcohol's Harms to Others report found almost one in five adults (18%) had felt physically threatened by someone who had been drinking, one in 10 (11%) had property damaged by a drinker and one in 20 suffered violence at the hands of someone under the influence of alcohol. In addition, 5% reported being concerned about a child's wellbeing because of someone else's drinking.

The report, co-produced by Public Health Wales and Liverpool John Moores University, is the first study into the broad range of harms caused to adults in Wales as a consequence of drinking alcohol.

Professor Mark Bellis, director of policy, research, and international development at Public Health Wales, said: "People are increasingly aware of personal risks from cancers and other diseases associated with drinking alcohol. However, this report shows how alcohol can harm not just the drinker but also those around them.

"Some of these harms are due to drunken violence but others result from accidents, threats or even financial problems when too much household income goes on one person's drinking.

"For those who drink alcohol, staying within the Chief Medical Officer's guidelines on safer drinking is a good way to reduce risks to your own health and the health of your family and friends."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Article Type:Report
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 27, 2016
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