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There is a wealth of evidence to link consumption of alcohol with injuries to the face. Many of these facial injuries result from assaults and other criminal activity. A review article published in The Surgeon challenges health workers to take a more active role in the prevention of alcohol related facial injuries. The authors call for increased funding, amendments to legislation and involvement of the media in order to assist health services achieve this aim (The Surgeon 2009;7:307–14).


Following a similar theme, Sophia’s attention was caught by an article in Clinical Medicine, which focuses upon the potentially harmful effects of alcohol on young people. Alcohol has been held to be responsible for almost 5% of the total burden of premature death or disability. The author calls for a consistent ban across Europe on alcohol advertising targeting children and adolescents. Nine arguments are presented to support this view, perhaps the most compelling relating to parallels in legislation regarding advertising tobacco products (Clin Med 2009; …

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