Social evils: Responses from an internet survey
Between July and September 2007 the Joseph Rowntree Foundation asked the public to consider what social evils face the United Kingdom today. The list below is the result of a web survey of 3,500 people and discussions with groups whose voices are not usually heard.
It reveals a strong sense of unease about some of the changes shaping British society.
Participants highlighted the following concerns about how we seem to live our lives:
- a decline of community;
- consumerism and greed;
- a decline of values.
Against this backdrop, people identified some more concrete social evils:
- decline of the family;
- young people as victims or perpetrators;
- drugs and alcohol;
- poverty and inequality;
- immigration and responses to immigration;
- crime and violence.
Feel free to leave your comments on any of the above pages. We are particularly interested in hearing about any possible solutions you have in mind.
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I wonder if the same issues would appear in other developed countries like the USA or Australia? What do you think?
Women 50% more likely to develop breast cancer.
Women who drink above the government’s recommended limit are 50% more likely to develop breast cancer, the Department of Health has said.
A £10m advertising campaign has been launched targeting middle-aged women who might underestimate their drinking.
A British health department report, which has yet to be published, says women who drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week are at increased risk.
Cancer Research says alcohol causes about 2,000 breast cancer cases a year.
Full story at BBC, Britain
British Medical Association, ‘Alcohol misuse: tackling the UK epidemic’. Stronger government action needed to tackle the epidemic of alcohol misuse, says new BMA report; Feb 2008
A new hard-hitting report ‘Alcohol misuse: tackling the UK epidemic’ launched today by the BMA calls on the government to show leadership and implement a full range of effective control policies that will reduce the burden of alcohol misuse.
“Recent governments have worked too closely with the alcohol industry and have pursued policies of deregulation and liberalisation regarding alcohol control” said BMA Head of Science and Ethics, Dr Vivienne Nathanson. She added: “As doctors we see first hand how alcohol misuse destroys lives. It causes family breakdowns, is a major factor in domestic violence, ruins job prospects, is often related to crime and disorderly behaviour and it kills. Alcohol misuse is related to over 60 medical conditions including heart and liver disease, diabetes, strokes and mental health problems. The government approach has led to increased consumption levels and alcohol-related problems and demonstrates a failure in the political drive to improve public health and order.
“Alcohol misuse not only costs lives it also costs the country many millions of pounds. The NHS spends millions every year on treating and dealing with alcohol problems and the criminal justice system also spends similarly large amounts dealing with alcohol-related and drink-driving offences. The BMA is very worried about alcohol consumption among young people, particularly young girls. It is shocking that in Europe, the UK’s teenagers are most likely to be heavy drinkers.”
Key recommendations from the report include (a full list can be found on page seven of the report):
- Higher taxes on alcoholic drinks and this increase should be proportionate to the amount of alcohol in the product.
- An end to irresponsible promotional activities like happy hours and two-for-one offers.
- Standard labels should be displayed on all alcoholic products that clearly state alcohol units, recommended guidelines for consumption and a warning message advising that exceeding these guidelines may cause the individual and others harm.
- The legal limit for the level of alcohol permitted while driving should be reduced from 80mg/100ml to 50mg/100ml throughout the UK.
To access the full report please click here