Faculty of Addictions


The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales welcomes the decision of the National Assembly to implement the Public Health (Minimum Unit Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill.

The aim of this important piece of public health policy is to reduce, in particular, the consumption of harmful and hazardous drinking. Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) of alcohol will not affect moderate drinkers but will have a significant impact on reducing alcohol related deaths, hospital admissions, and will result in fewer crimes.*

Chair of the Faculty of Addictions Psychiatry in Wales, Dr Ranjini Rao said:

“The College has been fully supportive of this measure and has gratefully given evidence at every possible stage of inquiry. Our members across Wales see the harmful impact of low cost alcohol daily in their clinical practice, not just on drinkers, but on their families.

"Alcohol can affects the health of individuals and those around them and often hitting those hardest in deprived and poor communities.

"We believe this will go a long way to addressing the concerns around problem drinking and youth drinking, and this is supported by robust evidence.

"This is a progressive drug and alcohol policy, we should applaud the Welsh Government for this action.

I look forward to the implementation of this legislation which will save lives and improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Wales.”

June 2018

* RCPsych in Wales evidence submission to Welsh Government consultation

A Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales comment on the ‘Gambling with our Health' Report from the Chief Medical Officer

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales welcomes the report from Dr Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer for Wales and is encouraged by its recommendations.

In Wales it is reported, 61% of adults (around 1.5 million people) have gambled in the last 12 months. 63% of men and 59% of women report gambling participation in the past 12 months*

In Wales, 1.1% of the population (30,000 people) self-reported as having a problem with gambling, using either the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV). A further 3.8% of people in Wales are estimated to be at risk of problem gambling. The problem gambling rate for men is 1.9%, and the rate for women is 0.2%*

Chair of the Faculty of Addictions, Dr Ranjini Rao expressed:

"The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales welcomes this report from the Chief Medical Officer and is encouraged by the recognition of gambling as an emerging public health issue. It’s also so important that we look to reduce stigma around gambling so that more people who require help come forward."

"The college are committed to working with partners in Wales to reflect on international best practice, influence treatment options and develop greater harmony with the NHS’ strategy to tackle addictive behaviour."

"We are keen to hear Welsh Governments response to the report recommendations and would see Psychiatry as playing an essential role in shaping delivery and design of addiction related services".

Feb 2018

* Gambling Commission, 2016. Participation in gambling and rates of problem gambling – Wales 2015.


Responses and Publications

Dr's Raman Sakhuja and Julia Lewis presented in a seminar in Cardiff on issues of Alcohol Related Brain Damage. The College has the intention to work with the Welsh Government to increase the knowledge of Alcohol related Brain Damage and its prevention and management in Wales. The presentations are listed below:

Alcohol related brain damage - Dr Raman Sakhuja

Alcohol related brain damage, prevention - Dr Julia Lewis

Alcohol related brain damage, assessment, diagnosis and MCA- Dr Julia Lewis

Alcohol and Gambling: Investigating parallels and shared solutions

Gambling field must learn from alcohol research states a new joint report from the RCPsych in Wales and Alcohol Concern Cymru.

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