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What does the alcohol industry mean by ‘responsible drinking’? 

If we're clear about anything, it's that the term ‘responsible drinking’ is consistently vague, writes Nason Maani-Hessari

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Online alcohol sales are booming, but what are the implications? 

Research is needed as to whether licensing laws are robust enough to deal with the changing way in which we are choosing to buy alcohol, says Mark Leyshon

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What is really in your drink? 

Eurocare welcomes the European Commission's report recognising a need for better alcohol labelling. But does it go far enough?

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Lords: Licensing Act "needs major overhaul” but problems only half diagnosed 

Committee report "gives an overly administrative account of the Act while overlooking problems with how it is applied and decisions made in practice", says Jon Foster

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Fixing the UK’s alcohol taxes 

Heavy drinkers have a higher social cost than other drinkers and are more responsive to changes in alcohol prices, say the Institute for Fiscal Studies. So why not raise taxes on the high-strength drinks they most often consume?

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Cheap cider and an alcohol duty system that incentivises harmful practice 

Away from the "cheap political posturing", policymakers' decisions on alcohol taxes have real health consequences for people’s lives, says researcher Dr John Holmes 

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What Family Drug and Alcohol Courts do 

Gabriella Brent on the positive impact that Family Drug and Alcohol Courts have had on the lives of those involved in care proceedings who suffer from substance misuse

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We don’t need the alcohol industry for a strong economy 

Cutting alcohol duty represents a false economy, argues Aveek Bhattacharya

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Murder in a can 

Mike Nicholas of Thames Reach writes of the destructive effect of high-strength alcohol on the lives of homeless rough sleepers

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Kick alcohol sponsorship out of sport 

Professor Carwyn Jones argues that industry attempts to resist marketing legislation on ethical grounds must be sidelined in favour of protecting children from harms caused by alcohol

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What works on your high street? Voluntary schemes and their aims 

Jon Foster explores the discrepancy between what corporate-friendly alcohol initiatives claim to do and what they actually achieve

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Unitary transparency – monitoring drinking habits by the glass 

Dr Richard De Visser explains the results of his latest study looking into the effects of unit-marked drinking glasses on people's alcohol consumption, and what this means for the UK's alcohol guidelines

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Flattening the spike – drink driving at Christmas 

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire Jason Ablewhite wants a lower limit to send a clear message that drink driving is not acceptable at any time of year

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Drink driving – a police officer’s perspective 

Lowering the legal limit will send out a clear zero tolerance message, argues police officer Claire McNaney

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Some inconvenient facts for the British Beer & Pub Association 

The duty escalator is not a pantomime villain, and the BBPA is wrong to portray it as such, writes Aveek Bhattacharya

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Communicating the health harms of alcohol to the public 

As Alcohol Awareness Week 2016 begins, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance and special advisor on alcohol to the RCP, explains what the government should do to communicate the harms associated with alcohol to the public.

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Measuring alcohol in populations 

Better monitoring of alcohol consumption is needed; technological advances may soon provide extremely valuable information about context of drinking, says Dr Annie Britton

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The power of the media in shaping perceptions of alcohol issues 

A blogpost based on BMC Public Health paper ‘Why media representations of corporations matter for public health policy: a scoping review

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Tackling obesity – parallels with alcohol 

Inaction on obesity and alcohol is reflected in the health of the nation. On World Obesity Day, Vanessa Hebditch observes striking similarities in the UK Government's attitude to both indicators

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Drink driving: Time has come – we need a lower limit 

England and Wales have one of the highest legal limits for drink driving in Europe, and the number of drink-drive deaths have stalled. Enforcement is no longer enough, says Jon Foster

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Bang per buck – a recent history of white cider 

As the Alcohol Health Alliance releases a report showing that 71/2 litres of high-strength white cider can be bought for the price of a cinema ticket, Dr Peter Rice paints a potted recent account of the drink through a medical lens

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The effect of alcohol on the probability of conception 

Written by Dr Smriti Bhatta, Senior Clinical Fellow, Aberdeen Fertility Centre.

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Alcohol misuse is "everybody’s business" 

Harm from alcohol is all too often experienced beyond the individual drinker, says Katherine Brown

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Beer duty cuts – don't believe the hype 

Cutting beer duty won’t encourage drinkers to switch from supermarkets to pubs, argues Aveek Bhattacharya

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Alcohol Stories – Exploring accounts and practices of alcohol use, suicide and self-harm 

How much of an influence does alcohol have on suicides? Dr Amy Chandler addresses the need for more research on the issue

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Helping local areas reduce the impact of alcohol harm 

The CLeaR self-assessment for alcohol tool, is a new evidence-based approach designed to help "kick-start local conversations between key stakeholders about how to improve the wide range of outcomes affected by harmful drinking", says Kevin Fenton

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London’s Night Tube: A Leap into the Unknown 

Tonight marks the start of a new night transport service for the capital. But the benefits for the night-time economy have been overstated, argue Aveek Bhattacharya and Jon Foster

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Self-satisfied and self-indulgent: The IOC gives a gold medal winning performance 

The Olympics' unhealthy relationship with junk food and alcohol continues

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When does alcohol sponsorship of sport become sports sponsorship of alcohol? 

Following Formula One’s sponsorship deal with Heineken, Eurocare vice-president Lauri Beekmann speculates over the real benefits to the funding of national and global sports for the major alcohol industry players

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Alcohol, the "elephant in the room" 

Journalist Phil Cain's new book attempts to distil the essence of our relationship with alcohol

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Beyond ‘Ab Fab Britain’: responsible parenting and lower affordability best explain falls in underage drinking 

Young people today are much less likely to drink than previous generations, writes Aveek Bhattacharya, author of a new report looking into the causes of this phenomenon

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Does drink really make you happy? 

We need to work out which policies best balance alcohol’s pleasures against its harms, writes Dr Ben Baumberg Geiger

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It’s time to stop work, it’s time to drink beers 

The exclusive presence of the Carlsberg brand during this year's Euro 2016 football tournament provides a "perfect opportunity" to compare alcohol marketing in France with that of the UK, writes Dr Richard Purves

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The paradox of waning alcohol consumption? It’s the culture, stupid! 

Levels of global alcohol consumption have flatlined. Cultural changes may be one major reason why, says Dr Joan Costa-i-Font

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The ‘Baby Boomer’ effect of increased alcohol-related harm 

Older people represent an increasing proportion of alcohol-related hospital admissions, argues Dr Tony Rao

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Alcohol and pregnancy... a cross-cultural perspective 

In January 2016 the UK Chief Medical Officer (CMO) published new recommendations on drinking guidelines, which advised that pregnant women should avoid alcohol altogether. But what can we learn from other countries that have endorsed such a recommendation, asks Lisa Schölin

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