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 »

Alcohol-related hospital admissions have more than doubled since 1966

Alcohol-related hospital admissions have more than doubled since 1966 According to the NHS Information Centre report, “Statistics on Alcohol in England, 2008,” the number of hospital admissions with a primary or secondary diagnosis specifically related to alcohol has increased from 93,459 in 1995/96 to 207,788 in 2006/07. Secondary diagnoses include, for example, a patient admitted… Read more »

Higher retail alcohol sales increase the risk of suffering serious assault

Higher retail alcohol sales increase the risk of suffering serious assault In a new paper, Joel Ray and colleagues use a population-based case-crossover design to show that a doubling in the level of usual daily alcohol sales from retail outlets in Ontario is associated with a 13% higher relative risk of hospitalisation for assault. The… Read more »

Government Alcohol Education Campaign

Government Alcohol Education Campaign

Government Alcohol Education Campaign The latest stage of the government’s Know Your Limits campaign is launched on Monday 19th May.  The Institute of Alcohol Studies welcomes this campaign as a small step in the right direction. In particular, IAS supports the change in terminology from ‘sensible drinking’ to a scale of risk, indicating an acceptance… Read more »

2008 Budget: Tax increases on alcohol

2008 Budget: Tax increases on alcohol Duty on alcoholic drinks has been increased by 6% more than the rate of inflation. In his address to the House of Commons, the Chancellor said, “Mr Deputy Speaker, as incomes have risen, alcohol has become more affordable. In 1997, the average bottle of wine bought in a supermarket… Read more »

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 »