Posts Tagged ‘alcohol’

Over 50s more likely to have unprotected holiday sex

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

New research suggests that a third of all Britons have engaged in unprotected sex with someone they do no know very well while away on holiday. The survey asked 3,000 people about there experiences. Many blamed the lack of availability of condoms as one of the reasons they throw away their caution as well as the ready availability of alcohol.

The report found that people in their 50s were the least likely to bother using protection with 16 per cent admitting this. In the 26 to 30 group four per cent said they wouldn’t bother compared to six per cent between 22 and 25.

Just under a third of those in the 22 to 25 age range said they would be prepared to enter into a short-term holiday fling. For those in their 50s this drops to 17 per cent. According to commissioner of the research, the Co-operative Pharmacy, found people were more likely to enter a sexual health clinic between the months of May and September because of concerns about sexually-transmitted infections picked up during unprotected sex with strangers.

More than one out of every eight women who responded said that they did not feel comfortable discussing the subject of contraception with new partners. Lisa McCreesh, a pharmacist, said that the romance of being a way on holiday may lead to the bedroom but that condoms are the best way to protect against sexual diseases.

She added that those who decide to have sex without protection should get checked by a doctor as symptoms were not always immediately obvious.

Scotland plans changes to drink driving laws

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Westminster has said it will not be lowering the level of alcohol motorists are permitted to have in their blood even though a government commissioned study has made the recommendation to do so. Sir Peter North, who headed the report, has advised that the current level of 80mg per 100ml of blood be reduced to 50mg. The Scottish government has expressed its disappointment with the decision and says that once the Scotland Bill is passed it will be moving quickly to have the recommendations made into legislation.

A Scottish Parliament spokesman said the current limit produced confusion and sent motorists the wrong message. He added that it was unfortunate that Westminster was not paying more attention to the report and that the Scottish government had been asking London for some time to give it the power to change the law.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond explained that he would not be lowering the amount of alcohol permitted in a driver’s blood stream because he wanted to concentrate on greater enforcement of procedures already in place to combat those who ignore the law. He added that the government would be streamlining procedures to better tackle the problem.

Motoring organisations have described the move as a missed opportunity and have said they too are disappointed. However, the AA said it was good that the government had made road-side alcohol tests admissible as evidence in the courts.

The government has also announced plans to better deal with the issue of drivers who have taken illegal drugs.

Police arrest 200 drink drivers each day in December

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Police forces across England and Wales have collated their drink drive statistics for the festive period. In December 2010, due to the extreme wintry weather conditions, officers stopped and tested 170,000 motorists. For the same period a year earlier they did the same with a total of 223,000 drivers.

On average arrests were slightly up last year at just below four per cent of all those stopped. However, police sources say this was not a dramatic increase. Association of Chief Police Officers’ road policing spokesperson, Chief Constable Mick Giannasi, said it was still unacceptable that in such poor weather conditions that there were drivers prepared to risk the lives of others as well as their own.

Of those subjected to drink and drug testing, 6,613 were placed under arrest. This works out at around 200 drivers being caught breaking the law each day during December. Giannasi explained that many of these motorists not only faced a driving ban, but time behind bars and potentially losing their jobs.

Police across the UK used various tactics to apprehend drivers who had either had too much to drink or had taken illegal substances. These included acting on tip-offs from the public and stopping vehicles at random.

Although officers can tell quickly if a driver is over the permitted alcohol limit by using a breathalyser, there is still no similar device to tell whether a motorist has taken illegal drugs. The Home Office is in talks with various firms about developing such a device to be used at the roadside as well as in police stations.

Paul Gascoigne drink driving case adjourned

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Football legend Paul Gascoigne has missed a court appearance because he has booked himself back into rehab. The former England international was meant to appear in front of Newcastle Magistrates’ Court to receive sentencing for a recent charge of drinking whilst over the limit.

Gascoigne was arrested in Newcastle last month by police who saw him driving an MG in an erratic manner. The footballer has since admitted that he was four times above the legal blood-alcohol limit. Because he was unavailable, District Judge Stephen Earl said he would put off the sentencing until 9 December.

The adjournment has been given so that the Probation Service can have time to put together a report on the situation. Gascoigne’s lawyer, Stephen Andrews, said he had not seen his client since last Wednesday when he was representing the former Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder at Northallerton magistrates.

The troubled star was up on another drink-drive charge, which he has denied. This case has also been adjourned until next month. Andrews said he had received information from Gascoigne’s management that he had readmitted himself into the care of a rehabilitation centre. The lawyer added that the information had not come directly from Gascoigne himself.

At a meeting last Thursday with officers from the Probation Service, it was decided that Gascoigne was unfit to be interviewed, according to Judge Earl. The meeting was also attended by the footballer’s agent. Gascoigne is well known for having problems with alcohol and was also recently caught by police for alleged possession of cocaine.