Industry voluntary code “Not fit for purpose”

Industry voluntary code “Not fit for purpose” A report commissioned by the government has found that self-regulation of the alcohol industry is failing to uphold voluntarily-agreed standards. “In the current trading climate the commercial imperative generally overrides adherence” to the code, it says. The study, conducted by KPMG, was commissioned by the government to evaluate… Read more »

UK CMO recommends zero alcohol limit for young drivers

UK CMO recommends zero alcohol limit for young drivers

UK CMO recommends zero alcohol limit for young drivers In his annual report, the Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, recommended ‘effectively a zero limit’ of 0.02g of alcohol per litre of blood for young and novice drivers. This recommendation is based on considerable evidence that young drivers are more affected by alcohol than older,… Read more »

Depression linked to moderate drinking

Depression linked to moderate drinking A new study on mice has found that two weeks’ abstinence following ‘moderate’ drinking (not enough to produce dependence) lead to depression-like behaviour. This has been widely reported as evidence that drinking protects against depression, but this is like saying that the way to avoid hangovers is to keep drinking…. Read more »

The Licensing Act is Ineffective and Costly

The Licensing Act is Ineffective and Costly

The Licensing Act is Ineffective and Costly A new study by the Local Government Association has found that the Licensing Act (2003) has not delivered the promised reductions in alcohol-related disorder and violence. Furthermore, council taxpayers have footed a bill of £100m for the introduction of the new system. The survey by the Local Government… Read more »

Alcohol in Scotland

Alcohol in Scotland

Alcohol in Scotland Three reports have been published giving statistics for alcohol consumption and health consequences in Scotland.  The first of these, “How much are people in Scotland really drinking?” is an examination of the validity of the national surveys of drinking behaviour. Four such surveys are addressed by the report: the Scottish Health Survey… Read more »

WHO report on Health Behaviour in School-aged Children

WHO report on Health Behaviour in School-aged Children

WHO report on Health Behaviour in School-aged Children The World Health Organisation has published a report on health behaviour in 11-15 year-olds in Europe and North America. Regarding alcohol, three measures were taken; frequency of drinking, incidence of drunkenness and (for 15 year-olds only) whether they had been drunk before the age of 13. For… Read more »

Anti-binge drink ads launched

Anti-binge drink ads launched The next stage of the government’s Know Your Limits campaign, launched today, targets 18-24 yr-old binge drinkers. The advertisements show young people preparing for a night out, smearing vomit in their hair and deliberately injuring themselves. They challenge their audience with the question, “You wouldn’t start a night like this, so… Read more »

Bikinis make men impulsive

Bikinis make men impulsive It’s long been known that sex sells, but previous research has assumed that this effect is specific to the product being advertised. This ranges from the very direct, “If you use this deodorant, you will be chased by sexy women,” to a more general halo effect, in which good feelings generated… Read more »

Young and Alcohol – A new approach launched in Government Action Plan

Young and Alcohol – A new approach launched in Government Action Plan A comprehensive plan to stop young people drinking in public; help them make the right decisions about alcohol; and provide clear information to parents and young people about the risks of early drinking was announced today (2nd June 2008) by Ed Balls, Jacqui… Read more »