Occupational health news in brief

Unemployed youngstersturn to drink and drugs

One in 10 unemployed young people is driven to drugs or drink, according to recent research. A study based on interviews with 2,088 16- to 25-year-olds, published by youth charity The Prince’s Trust, found jobless young people were significantly less happy with their health, friendships and family life than those in work.

Anti-violence guidance

New guidance has been published on preventing harassment and violence in the workplace, designed to give practical help and support to employers and their staff. The guidance has been produced by the Confederation of British Industry, the TUC, and the Partnership of Public Employers.

Drinkers underestimate weekly consumption

Drinkers in the UK consume the equivalent of a bottle of wine more per week than they admit, research by the Centre for Public Health, and published by Alcohol Concern, has said. The research found drink surveys used to measure the public’s alcohol consumption normally grossly underestimate how much people really drink.

Enforcement of smoking ban legislation at sea

The enforcement of UK smoke-free legislation on ships should be split between the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and port health authorities, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has recommended. The CIEH has argued employees and passengers on all ships, including ferries, should not be allowed to smoke.

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