Review of the Licensing Act 2003 – IAS Comment

Review of the Licensing Act 2003 – IAS Comment The Licensing Act 2003 was brought in at the behest of the licensed trade, to their benefit at the expense of the wider community. The government promised that this legislation would reduce alcohol-elated crime and disorder by putting an end to binge drinking allegedly caused by… Read more »

Evaluations of the 2003 Licensing Act

Evaluations of the 2003 Licensing Act

Evaluations of the 2003 Licensing Act A Home Office report on the impact of the Licensing Act (2003), which came into force in November 2005, is due to be published in the next few weeks. The study found that the consequences of the Act varied across the country but overall it made little difference to… Read more »

Liver Trust Press Release and Report on alcohol pricing

Liver Trust Press Release and Report on alcohol pricing

Liver Trust Press Release and Report on alcohol pricing The British Liver Trust has today called for a debate on alcohol pricing, to end the ‘pocket money prices’ currently charged by some retailers, often selling cheap booze as loss-leaders. Evidence collected by the Trust in a snapshot survey last week demonstrates that a harmful binge… Read more »

Home Secretary’s Speech on Tackling Drunken Violence and Disorder

Home Secretary’s Speech on Tackling Drunken Violence and Disorder The Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, spoke to an audience of police, local authority licensing officers and representatives from the alcohol and retail industries about problem drinking.  She made clear that the focus of her concern “is squarely on the serious harm that alcohol misuse can cause… Read more »

Men drink twice as much alcohol as women

Men drink twice as much alcohol as women Men are drinking twice as much alcohol as women according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics – 18.7 units a week, on average, compared with 9.0 units. A report on smoking and drinking among adults, which uses data from the 2006 General Household Survey… Read more »

Alcohol and Mortality in the Over 50s

Alcohol and Mortality in the Over 50s Two studies published this week, conducted in Britain and Denmark, report on the combined effects of exercise and alcohol on the risk of death (from any cause). Both studies found that moderate drinkers (less than 14 units per week) had a lower risk of dying in the ten… Read more »

Anti-drinking campaign ads may be counterproductive

Anti-drinking campaign ads may be counterproductive Some anti-drinking advertising campaigns may be “catastrophically misconceived” because they play on the entertaining ‘drinking stories’ that young people use to mark their social identity, say researchers who have just completed a three year study of the subject. Adverts that show drunken incidents, such as being thrown out of… Read more »

We’re Drinking More Than We Thought We Were

We’re Drinking More Than We Thought We Were The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revised the way that alcohol consumption is calculated from surveys of drinking habits. The government surveys that  provide most of the official statistics on alcohol consumption have always assumed that there is one unit of alcohol in half a pint… Read more »