Call for evidence on alcohol bill launched

Call for evidence on alcohol bill launched Views on minimum pricing of alcohol, off-sales discounts and raising the alcohol sales age to 21, have all been called for today by the Health and Sport Committee. A call for evidence on the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill was launched by the committee after the Bill was introduced… Read more »

Fears of drink spiking distract from the dangers of alcohol

Fears of drink spiking distract from the dangers of alcohol A new study of the perceptions of risk found that young people, especially women, may be so scared of having their drink spiked that they completely overlook the dangers of alcohol itself. The study, conducted at three UK universities in parallel with a similar study… Read more »

Alcohol at 14p per unit

Alcohol at 14p per unit

Alcohol at 14p per unit A new study by Our Life, a public health campaign group in the North West of England, challenges the findings of the Competition Commission that supermarket promotions on alcohol are temporary and focused around Christmas and major sporting events. They conducted ‘mystery shopper’ research in a range of supermarkets, during… Read more »

Future Proof – Can we Afford the Cost of Drinking Too Much?

Future Proof – Can we Afford the Cost of Drinking Too Much?

Future Proof – Can we Afford the Cost of Dirnking Too Much? Alcohol Consumption, Mortality and Morbidity Key findings from Professor Martin Plant, Alcohol Health and Research Unit, Faculty of Health and Sciences, University of the West of England and Alcohol Concern, the national agency on alcohol misuse. Professor Plant and his team were commissioned… Read more »

The BMA calls for a comprehensive alcohol control strategy

The BMA calls for a comprehensive alcohol control strategy In a report by Prof Gerard Hastings and Kathryn Angus of Stirling University and the Open University, the British Medical Association calls for the UK governments to move away from partnership with the alcohol industry and to impose a range of control policies. The report, entitled… Read more »

Fall in Alcohol Sales

Fall in Alcohol Sales Figures released by HMRC show a fall in the volume of alcohol sold in the UK in the financial year 2008/09. Reduced consumption was seen in all classes of alcoholic drink apart from cider, which showed a 1% increase, following much larger increases in recent years. Sales of wine fell by… Read more »

Alcohol blamed for rise in oral cancer rates

Alcohol blamed for rise in oral cancer rates

Alcohol blamed for rise in oral cancer rates Cancer research UK has published figures showing an increase of 51% in oral cancer rates in the last 20 years, which they attribute to increased alcohol consumption.Alcohol and tobacco are the main causes of oral cancer but the effects of smoking can take up to 30 years… Read more »

Summer drink drive campaign results

Summer drink drive campaign results The Association of Chief Police Officers (APCO) has released the results of this summer’s drink drive campaign. Compared with 2008, the total number of breath tests administered rose by 32% from 91,848 to 121,398 and the number of tests that were positive, failed or refused dropped from 7.6% of tests… Read more »

Campaign for Smarter Drinking

Campaign for Smarter Drinking The drinks industry has announced a £100M campaign to promote responsible drinking, due to be launched in September. The campaign, to run over five years, targets binge drinkers and includes advice such as eating before drinking and alternating alcoholic drinks with soft drinks. The tagline is ‘Why let a good night… Read more »