Changes in the law are proposed after criticisms of government plans.

The Scottish Government has received criticism from the body that represents the legal profession over proposals that would give police blanket powers over alcohol sales.

The Law Society of Scotland has already attacked Government plans to close law courts , make changes to legal aid and overturn the legal principle of corroboration.

Now the body has spoken out against recommendations by ministers to give police powers to shut premises selling alcohol near football stadiums when games are about to take place.  It said extending powers would unfairly discriminate against a large section of the population, could even impact upon weddings and are unnecessary.

Capital licensing chiefs have also rejected the plans to extend certain areas of the 2005 Licensing Act, while lobbyists representing major supermarkets said there was no causal link between where alcohol is sold and where disorder occurs.  The Wines and Spirits Trades Association (WSTA) said there was a risk that match day bans would become permanent fixtures and prevent trade on 30 days per year in areas without any previous crowd trouble.

However, Alcohol Focus Scotland said it was a proportionate response.  The group, largely funded by the Government, said this move would have only a small impact on the number of licensing hours operated by premises.

Simon Stephens, Director of Casework at Addictions UK said, “Whilst it could be seen as in the public interest to prevent public disorder through binge drinking prior to football matches it seems naive to think that changing opening hours in local shops will prevent people from drinking before games.”  He added,  “Those people intent on drinking will do so with the greatest of ease.”

For more on this story see Gerry Braiden’s article at Herald Scotland.

Addictions UK provides Addictions Treatment from Drugs and Alcohol – including medical detox – throughout Scotland, specialising in reaching those people who might live in rural isolated areas.  Our trained and experienced counsellors can also help you with a wide range of other addiction therapies.

For more information contact us now on line or telephone 0845 4567 030. You are just a phone call away from Addiction Recovery.

De-Addiction Services in the UK for the family

illustrationAddictions UK – the leading provider of Addictions Treatment Services in the United Kingdom – now offers De-Addiction Services throughout the United Kingdom.

Apart from establishing a De-Addiction Service in South India (Chennai), Addictions UKnow offers customised therapies based on an eclectic treatment models including Coaching, Counselling and Various Spiritual Treatment Services which are effective, affordable and confidential.

We work extensively with people from South Asia including the sub-continent and our success record is very high.  Addictions UK offers a home detox service throughout the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

Simon Stephens, Director of Case-Work said, “I am pleased Addictions UK has established a specialist and customised de-addiction service and I invite anyone who would like further information to contact me now.”  There are many people from India and Pakistan and other South Asian countries that need urgent de-addiction help and support.

Addictions UK is the leading provider of home addictions treatment and can offer treatment through counselling and other therapies – please telephone 0845 4567 030 for further information

Crackdown on cheap, super strength booze cuts drinking crime by half in pilot programme

illustrationBanning sales of super strength lager and cider has led to a 50% reduction in reports of anti social behaviour.  The campaign launched in Ipswich, Suffolk six months ago has proved so successful it is expected to form a blueprint for cities fighting to crack down on street drinking and alcohol related crime across the country.

Two thirds of the town’s 122 licensed retailers voluntarily backed the scheme by removing strong lager and cider from shelves.  These included the Co-op, Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Aldi.

As a result, reports of concern about street drinking and related anti social behaviour dropped from 191 between March and September to 94 during the same period the following year.

Tim Newcomb, Assistant Chief Constable of Suffolk Police said: “We wanted to reduce the number of stores selling these products, therefore limiting the availability of these drinks to those who are vulnerable, and to reduce the amount of crime and anti social behaviour occurring in and around off-licensed premises in the town.

“The support we have received from independent and national retailers has been fantastic, and we have found that many have shared our views that removing these products will have a beneficial effect on our communities.”

Simon Stephens, Director of Casework at Addictons UK, said: “Banning cheap alcohol may lead to less anti social behaviour but this can only be a part of the UK alcohol strategy.  People with a pathological dependency on alcohol require treatment to help them overcome their addiction.”

This story is covered in more depth by an article in the Daily Telegraph.

Addictions UK provides treatment services for alcohol and drug addiction throughout the UK which is affordable, effective and confidential and easy to access.  Our trained and experienced counsellors can help you.  For more information contact us now on line or telephone 0845 4567 030. You are just a phone call away from Addiction Recovery.  Home Detox is also available on request.

Addictions UK Sponsored Conference

illustration12 Steps to Spiritual Awakening?

Tuesday May 21st 2013


St Antony’s Priory, working in partnership with Addictions UK and Addictions North East, are hosting aconference in Durham which will explore the relationship between Spirituality and the 12 Step Programme.

The 12 Step Programme is internationally well known in its use for the treatment and management of addictive behaviour and increasingly people are now using it to enhance their spiritual wellbeing too.

Our main Speakers for the day are Fr. Colin Carr OP and Simon Stephens, Director of Casework at Addictions UK. Workshop Leaders include Jeanette Blakemore, an interfaith Minister exploring different understandings of ‘Higher Power’ and two people sharing their experiences of 12 Step facilitation.

St Antony’s Priory anticipate there will be high interest in this day especially with people who work in the field of spirituality, mental health, have an interest in addictive behavior or are interested in the 12 Step Programme. We would like participants to come from a wide cross section, so booking will be allocated to allow a balanced cross section of applicants.

Please book by Friday May 10th and know that we are limiting the day to 50 people. To book a place contact Fiona Fidgin or phone 0191 384 3747

Addictions UK is the leading provider of Home Based Addictions Treatment in the UK.

Simon Stephens Director of Casework said,  “We are pleased to be able to sponsor this Conference along with Addictions North East.  We hope that there can be a thorough debate at the Conference … The 12-Steps Programme is not just for people who believe in a Religion or a Traditional God”

The Conference will be held at St Antony’s Priory, 74 Claypath, Durham DH1 1QT
9.30am – 5.00pm.

Further information and booking form from:
Fiona Fidgin   (Tel: 0191 384 3747)
St Antony’s Priory, 74, Claypath, DURHAM DH1 1QT
Or email:

Programme Details
Registration tea / coffee
10.00 Welcomes
10.10 Fr Colin Carr
What are the 12 Steps? A Christian point of view
Conversations and questions
11.10 Break
11.40 Simon Stephens, Head of Casework for Addictions UK
Scientific position and compulsive behaviours
Conversations and questions
12.40 Small group conversation
1.15 Lunch
2.00 Workshops
3.00 Workshop repeat
4.00 Plenary – where do we go from here? What do we want? Need? Where are the gaps? What has struck you the most? What are you taking away with you?
4.30 Closing comments.