Statistics on Alcohol, England 2009 released

Statistics on Alcohol, England 2009 released

Statistics on Alcohol, England 2009 released The NHS Information Centre has released a new collection of statistics related to alcohol consumption and harm in England and the UK. The report shows how alcohol is now 75% more affordable than it was in 1980. While the increase in the price of alcohol from 2007 to 2008… Read more »

Government consultation on alcohol sales and promotion launched

Government consultation on alcohol sales and promotion launched

Government consultation on alcohol sales and promotion launched.  The Home Office has today announced a new consultation entitled ‘Safe. Sensible. Social. Selling alcohol responsibly.’ Available here. (pdf 1mb) The proposals include: a mandatory code of practice for pubs, clubs and supermarkets banning promotions such as ‘all you can drink for £10’, speed drinking competitions and… Read more »

Government Consultation on Road Safety

Government Consultation on Road Safety

Government Consultation on Road Safety The Government is consulting on a range of road safety measures, including changes to the drink-drive limit and enforcement methods. The consultation document, launched today, proposes a range of measures aimed at improving road safety, including several relating to drink driving. The consultation questions about drink driving are: Do you… Read more »

Alcohol related hospital admissions up by 69% since 2002

Alcohol related hospital admissions up by 69% since 2002

Alcohol related hospital admissions up by 69% since 2002 In answer to a question in the House of Commons, Dawn Primarolo, the Minister of State for Public Health, revealed that the total number of hospital admissions for alcohol-related disorders increased from 510,173 in 2002/03 to 863,257 in 2007/08. These figures cover all alcohol-related diagnoses, including… Read more »

Health Select Committee Inquiry into Alcohol

Health Select Committee Inquiry into Alcohol

Health Select Committee Inquiry into Alcohol On Thursday 23 April 2009 the Government’s Health Select Committee launched the “largest ever” inquiry into the effects of alcohol on England. Witnesses giving evidence to the Committee included: Professor Ian Gilmore, President, Royal College of Physicians Dr Peter Anderson, Public Health Consultant Professor Martin Plant, University of the… Read more »

Alcohol taxation increased by 2% in the Budget

Alcohol taxation increased by 2% in the Budget

Alcohol taxation increased by 2% in the Budget Chancellor Darling has announced that all duty rates on alcohol will increase by 2%, from midnight tonight. Legislation is to be introduced in Finance Bill 2009 to provide for these changes. HM Revenue & Customs suggest that the impact of these changes on retail prices for typical… Read more »

Low price alcohol still No 1 problem, say NHS staff

Press statement Low price alcohol still No 1 problem, say NHS staff A snapshot survey of doctors and nurses treating patients with alcohol related harm showed that many believe that public health campaigns are not effective and that action on sales of low priced alcohol is the most important weapon for tackling the rising tide… Read more »

UK teen binge drinking is serious and chronic

UK teen binge drinking is serious and chronic

UK teen binge drinking is serious and chronic The latest findings on teenage drinking, smoking and drug use across Europe have been released. The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs (ESPAD) is a study of 15 and 16 year old teenagers in 35 European countries. It is by far the most detailed… Read more »