Density of outlets selling alcohol ‘linked to hospital admission rates’

Hospital admissions for alcohol-related emergency care and chronic illness are significantly higher in areas with the most pubs, bars and clubs, research has found.


The density of restaurants and other outlets selling alcohol was also linked to admission rates in England, according to the study published in journal Addiction.

Authorities have been urged to consider the impact of local licensing decisions on hospitals in light of the research.

Researchers from the University of Sheffield analysed data from more than one million hospital admissions attributable to alcohol over a 12-year period.

Areas in England with the most pubs, bars and nightclubs had 22% higher hospital admission rates for chronic conditions linked to drinking, such as liver disease, compared with those with the lowest density of alcohol vendors.

They also had 13% higher admission rates for acute conditions, such as vomiting, caused by alcohol, the research found.

Patricia Heaton Says No Money to Catholic Church ‘Until Everyone Who Abused or Abetted Is Gone’

Pro-life Christian actress Patricia Heaton has said she won’t be giving any donations to the Catholic Church until the institution removes from its ranks those who have engaged in sexual abuse or covered it up.

Earlier this week, a Pennsylvania grand jury released a 1,300-page report describing in detail how 301 priests abused more than 1,000 children over the past several decades and how church hierarchy shielded the perpetrators from accountability.

In a post on Twitter Thursday, the star of long-running TV shows like “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Middle” expressed her disgust at the grand jury’s revelations.

“Bottom line — the Catholic Church will have zero moral authority until everyone who abused or abetted is gone. No excuses. Until then, no more money to this corrupt syndicate,” tweeted Heaton.

In a follow-up tweet, Heaton drew a contrast between the process she went through to get an annulment for her first marriage and the recent sex abuse scandal.

“I ran the gauntlet to get my previous marriage annulled — interview, tracking down ex, re-consecrating my marriage — to be able to receive Eucharist,” explained Heaton.

“Meanwhile these guys are buggering little boys, covering up, hiding money, running out statutes of limitations. Done, done, done.”

Former ISIS slave flees Germany after encountering her captor

A young woman who escaped slavery in Iraq only to encounter her tormentor in Germany has fled back to her home country.

Ashwaq Haji Hamid, 19, was one of roughly 5,000 women from the Yazidi minority group to be cruelly kidnapped by ISIS in 2014 as the group imposed a reign of terror throughout Iraq.

She and her family came to a town near Stuttgart, Germany, through a humanitarian program as ISIS’s hold on Iraq crumbled.

While striving to build a new life, she encountered her former tormentor.

“I ran away from Iraq so I would not see that ugly face and forget anything that reminds me of it, but I was shocked to see him in Germany,” Hamid told the news site InfoMigrants.

“If I had not seen him, I would have stayed in Germany. I wanted to complete my studies and get a degree that would give me a decent life.”

The first time she noticed her former captor was on her way home after school. Her mother told her that no one could hurt her in Germany.

Then in February, while she was shopping, a man called her name out. When she denied knowing him, he menacingly said he knew where she lived.

Cops told her since he was also a refugee, there was nothing they could do.

With authorities’ hands seemingly tied, Hamid decided to head to Iraqi Kurdistan. She now lives at a camp there with her mom and dad.

She called on German police to take action to prevent other Yazidi women from meeting the same fate.

“I want nothing from the German government except for that man to be punished, for them to realize that there are a lot of other women in Germany who have stories similar to mine and to protect them from ISIS in Germany,” she said.