Current licensing practices may have contributed to an increase in “pre-loading” among young people

Current licensing practices may have contributed to an increase in “pre-loading” among young people The policy implications of “pre-loading” are discussed in a recent issue of Addiction. “Pre-loading”, also called “front-loading” or in America, “pre-drinking”, involves planned heavy drinking, usually at someone’s home, before setting out to a social event. The authors argue that the… Read more »

No Cure for Hangovers

No Cure for Hangovers Scientists at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth in the UK, and Utrech in the Netherlands, have examined studies of the effectiveness of hangover treatments and concluded that the most effective way to avoid hangover symptoms is to “practise abstinence or moderation.” Max Pittler, Joris Verster and Edzard Ernst reviewed published… Read more »

New data published on alcohol consumption in England

New data published on alcohol consumption in England Both the Health Survey for England and the Local Alcohol Profiles for England have published new statistics this week. Health Survey for England Summary results for adults: 90% of men and 84% of women said they drank alcohol at least occasionally. The majority of adults had drunk… Read more »

Sheffield report analyses effects of alcohol pricing and promotion policies

Sheffield report analyses effects of alcohol pricing and promotion policies Sheffield report analyses effects of alcohol pricing and promotion policies A University of Sheffield report, commissioned by the Department of Health to help Government Ministers decide future alcohol policy, shows that policies which lead to price increases reduce alcohol consumption and can have significant effects… Read more »

Professor Ian Gilmore, President of the Royal College of Physicians, and Chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance, today responding to the Queen’s speech said:

Professor Ian Gilmore, President of the Royal College of Physicians, and Chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance, today responding to the Queen’s speech said: “Although the Government’s commitment to improve public health is welcome, it is disappointing that how they intend to achieve it was not set out more clearly. We consider the evidence base,… Read more »

Alcohol duties raised but net tax decrease!

Alcohol duties raised but net tax decrease! Increase in duties not enough to offset the cut in VAT. In the 2008 Pre-Budget Report the government has pledged to raise the level of duty on all alcoholic products. This change will come into place from 1 December 2008. With VAT to be cut from 17.5 %… Read more »

Lower alcohol limit needed to reduce deaths on our roads, says BMA

Lower alcohol limit needed to reduce deaths on our roads, says BMA Commenting on the launch of the Road Safety Compliance consultation published (Thursday, 20th November 2008), BMA Head of Science and Ethics, Dr Vivienne Nathanson said: “There are a number of sensible ideas in this consultation which if adopted will help improve the nation’s… Read more »

Home Affairs Committee calls for ban on alcohol promotions

Home Affairs Committee calls for ban on alcohol promotions A Home Affairs Select Committee report on policing has found that alcohol-related crime is straining the resources of the police force, taking officers away from dealing with other types of crime, and from being a visible presence in local communities. The report notes that since the… Read more »

Scottish Parliament vote to keep alcohol purchase age of 18

Scottish Parliament vote to keep alcohol purchase age of 18 SMPs voted 72 to 47 in favour of the motion, “That the Parliament rejects the Scottish Government’s proposals to raise the age limit for purchasing alcohol from off-licences and supermarkets from 18 to 21.” The proposal was just one of a raft of measures put… Read more »