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Wales’ ‘little’ drinking problem, marital weight gain and Liz Jones’ guide to self-hypnosis

Our round-up of health news headlines on Monday 22 August.

Children as young as four are being treated for alcohol poisoning in Welsh A&E departments, the BBC leads with this morning. Figures obtained by BBC Wales suggest at least 1,200 children attend casualty each year because of drink and drugs.

Dr Richard Lewis, secretary of BMA Wales, said the issue was ‘increasingly worrying'.

In other news, women are likely to gain weight after getting married – whereas men tend to fill out after a divorce, the Telegraph reports. The study of 10,000 adults surveyed from 1986 to 2008 found that over-30s are prone to ‘weight shock' around these two particular events.

Lastly, Liz Jones is back from Somalia - and now she's investigating hypnosis. She's been fearful all her life, she writes, but despite her innate mistrust of ‘anything that involves meditation or messing with my brain', she enlists a hypnotherapist to help her overcome the following phobias: ‘Spiders. Skiing. Clifftops. Caves. Swimming pools. The postman. Bees. Moths. Bats. Men. Anyone knocking on my door. Bosses. Colleagues. Children. Snooty shop assistants.'

Mere months after her tantrum over travel jabs at her local GP, it seems like Liz has given up on evidence-based medicine entirely. What would Professor Edzard Ernst make of it?

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