Rising alcohol prices behind drop in violence

Researchers from Cardiff University have suggested that higher alcohol prices and less binge drinking may explain a 12% drop in the number of people admitted to hospitals in England and Wales for treatment following violence last year Read more »

Personal alcohol licences to stay

The UK Government has decided not to proceed with the proposal to abolish the system of personal alcohol licences, in response to stakeholder feedback during a two-month consultation by the Home Office Read more »

Tribute to Roy Grantham CBE

We are sad to report the death of Roy Grantham CBE, a former chairman of the Alliance House Foundation who was closely involved with the IAS since its inception Read more »

Drink-drive deaths up by a quarter

Provisional drink-driving figures released by the Department of Transport today estimate that 290 deaths were caused by drink drive accidents in 2012, 17% of all reported road fatalities Read more »

MUP court case resumes today

The legal challenge to the Scottish Government’s plans to implement a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol will begin today at the Court of Session in Edinburgh Read more »

Government launches MUP consultation

The Home Office has launched its consultation into the Alcohol Strategy today. In a written statement to MPs read out in Parliament, Home Secretary Theresa May MP announced the Government’s intention to set a minimum price per unit for the sale of alcohol. Read more »

IAS joins AHA in calling for 50p MUP

IAS adds its voice to calls from the Alcohol Health Alliance for the Government to set the minimum price per unit of alcohol at 50 pence in a letter published in the Sunday Times on 18 November. Read more »

MSPs vote to lower drink-drive limit

MSPs have voted to back the Scottish National Party’s [SNP] plan to cut the drink-drive limit from the current UK-wide level of 80mg of alcohol to 50mg, following a consultation that ends on 29 November. Read more »

New research shows minimum pricing can reduce alcohol harm

Consumers tend to switch to less potent alcoholic beverages when minimum prices are raised for cheap, strong drinks, according to new research from the Centre for Addictions Research of BC [CARBC] in Canada. The report – released today in the American Journal of Public Health – also indicates the measure successfully reduces the consumption of ethanol, the harmful ingredient of alcoholic drinks, and so lowers the risk of harmful health effects. Read more »

UK Government stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Scotland on MUP

UK Government stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Scotland on MUP

Speaking at a conference held on 2 October on the legal implications of Scottish independence, Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC used the example of minimum pricing to emphasise the UK Government’s commitment to making Scotland a healthier and safer place by working together in seeking to ensure that minimum pricing can proceed. Read more »

Rise in alcohol-related deaths reported

The Office of National Statistics today released figures showing that alcohol-related deaths in the UK increased in 2010 to 8,790. This figure is higher than 2009, when 8,664 alcohol-related deaths were recorded. Read more »

Science & Technology Committee publish report on drinking guidelines

The Science and Technology Committee have released a report urging the Government to review its sensible drinking guidelines. The report, published today, is the result of an inquiry held at the end of last year, to which IAS gave evidence. MPs on the Committee conclude that greater efforts should also be focused on helping people… Read more »

David Cameron calls for Minimum Price

David Cameron today declared he would overrule Cabinet colleagues to push through plans setting a minimum price for alcohol, it has been reported. Officials have been ordered to draw up proposals for a 40-50p unit floor price in English shops and supermarkets, according to the Daily Telegraph. Read more »

Advice from Nice aims to improve commissioning of alcohol services

NICE has  published a good practice guide for the clinical management of alcohol misuse. The guide supports commissioners to design services to improve the identification and treatment of hazardous drinking, harmful drinking and alcohol dependence in children, young people and adults. The guide can help the NHS and local authorities to make best use of resources. Read more »

Transport Committee Report on Drink and Drug Driving Law

Transport Committee Report on Drink and Drug Driving Law In its first report to the new parliament, the Transport Committee is calling on ministers to strengthen police enforcement of the drink-drive limit. They also call on ministers to retain the current 12-month mandatory disqualification minimum penalty. Launching the report, committee chair Louise Ellman said: 
… Read more »

Review of alcohol taxation and pricing

The Government is committed to reviewing alcohol taxation and pricing to tackle problem drinking without unfairly penalising pubs, responsible drinkers or local industry. Here you can find further information about
the continuing work on the review. Read more »

Emergency Budget: Alcohol Duty Freeze

In his emergency budget delivered today, Chancellor George Osborne has announced that that there will be no increase in alcohol duty at this time and that the increase in duty on cider, introduced just three months ago, will be reversed. This increase in cider duty was a small step towards reducing the discrepancy in duty between cider and beer…. Read more »

Obituary – Professor Brian Prichard CBE

Obituary – Professor Brian Prichard CBE

We regret to report the death of Professor Brian Prichard, the Chairman of the Institute of Alcohol Studies from its foundation in 1981. Professor Prichard qualified in medicine at St George’s Hospital and became a consultant physician. Later he became Emeritus Professor of Clinical Pharmacology. Born in Wandsworth, he was first elected to Wandsworth Council in 1964, and in 2009… Read more »

UK Budget: Alcohol Duty

The Chancellor of the Exchequor has stuck to the alcohol duty escalator announced in the 2008 budget, and increased duty on most alcoholic drinks by 2% above the rate of inflation. Read more »

Alcohol Excluded from Product Placement

Following opposition from the Institute of Alcohol Studies, amongst others, the culture secretary Ben Bradshaw has excluded alcohol, smoking accessories, junk food (foods high in fat, sugar or salt), over-the-counter medicines, baby food and gambling from new rules allowing product placement in UK-made TV programmes. Read more »

Parents Back Alcohol Free Childhood

Parents Back Alcohol Free Childhood

DOH Press statement 17th December 2009 Parents Back Alcohol Free Childhood Chief Medical Officer publishes final guidance on alcohol and children The Chief Medical Officer’s guidance for parents, children and young people is based on the most comprehensive ever review of the scientific evidence and follows an extensive public consultation. Parents have backed the Chief… Read more »

Child alcohol crime increased by 28% in four years

Child alcohol crime increased by 28% in four years Figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats show that a total of nearly 40,000 under 18s have been fined, cautioned or taken to court for alcohol-related offences between 2003 and 2007. Over this period, the number has increased by 28%, from 6,764 in 2003 to 8,686 in… Read more »

Liver disease deaths increase by 12% in just three years

Liver disease deaths increase by 12% in just three years

British Liver Trust – Press Statement Liver disease deaths increase by 12% in just three years Alcoholic liver disease in the young increases by over a quarter in four years Government mortality statistics for the UK indicate that deaths from liver disease continue to rise, increasing by 12% in the last three years, totalling 46,244… Read more »

Call for evidence on alcohol bill launched

Call for evidence on alcohol bill launched Views on minimum pricing of alcohol, off-sales discounts and raising the alcohol sales age to 21, have all been called for today by the Health and Sport Committee. A call for evidence on the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill was launched by the committee after the Bill was introduced… Read more »

Fears of drink spiking distract from the dangers of alcohol

Fears of drink spiking distract from the dangers of alcohol A new study of the perceptions of risk found that young people, especially women, may be so scared of having their drink spiked that they completely overlook the dangers of alcohol itself. The study, conducted at three UK universities in parallel with a similar study… Read more »

Alcohol at 14p per unit

Alcohol at 14p per unit

Alcohol at 14p per unit A new study by Our Life, a public health campaign group in the North West of England, challenges the findings of the Competition Commission that supermarket promotions on alcohol are temporary and focused around Christmas and major sporting events. They conducted ‘mystery shopper’ research in a range of supermarkets, during… Read more »

Future Proof – Can we Afford the Cost of Drinking Too Much?

Future Proof – Can we Afford the Cost of Drinking Too Much?

Future Proof – Can we Afford the Cost of Dirnking Too Much? Alcohol Consumption, Mortality and Morbidity Key findings from Professor Martin Plant, Alcohol Health and Research Unit, Faculty of Health and Sciences, University of the West of England and Alcohol Concern, the national agency on alcohol misuse. Professor Plant and his team were commissioned… Read more »

The BMA calls for a comprehensive alcohol control strategy

The BMA calls for a comprehensive alcohol control strategy In a report by Prof Gerard Hastings and Kathryn Angus of Stirling University and the Open University, the British Medical Association calls for the UK governments to move away from partnership with the alcohol industry and to impose a range of control policies. The report, entitled… Read more »

Fall in Alcohol Sales

Fall in Alcohol Sales Figures released by HMRC show a fall in the volume of alcohol sold in the UK in the financial year 2008/09. Reduced consumption was seen in all classes of alcoholic drink apart from cider, which showed a 1% increase, following much larger increases in recent years. Sales of wine fell by… Read more »

Alcohol blamed for rise in oral cancer rates

Alcohol blamed for rise in oral cancer rates

Alcohol blamed for rise in oral cancer rates Cancer research UK has published figures showing an increase of 51% in oral cancer rates in the last 20 years, which they attribute to increased alcohol consumption.Alcohol and tobacco are the main causes of oral cancer but the effects of smoking can take up to 30 years… Read more »

Summer drink drive campaign results

Summer drink drive campaign results The Association of Chief Police Officers (APCO) has released the results of this summer’s drink drive campaign. Compared with 2008, the total number of breath tests administered rose by 32% from 91,848 to 121,398 and the number of tests that were positive, failed or refused dropped from 7.6% of tests… Read more »

Campaign for Smarter Drinking

Campaign for Smarter Drinking The drinks industry has announced a £100M campaign to promote responsible drinking, due to be launched in September. The campaign, to run over five years, targets binge drinkers and includes advice such as eating before drinking and alternating alcoholic drinks with soft drinks. The tagline is ‘Why let a good night… Read more »

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 »

Licensed trade body telling stories about tax

Licensed trade body telling stories about tax The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers claims that “The Treasury could be £217 million worse off this year” following increases in the rate of alcohol duty. They base this claim on the fact that duty receipts for January 2009 (reflecting sales in December 2008; published by HMRC) were… Read more »

Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action.

Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action.

Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action The Scottish Government today published its framework for tackling Scotland’s £2.25 billion alcohol misuse problem. The strategy was launched by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon and Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, with minimum pricing and local flexibility to ban off-sales to under-21s among its key elements in tackling… Read more »

Statistical Publication Notice Alcohol Statistics Scotland 2009

Statistical Publication Notice Alcohol Statistics Scotland 2009

Statistical Publication Notice Alcohol Statistics Scotland 2009 INTRODUCTION This biennial publication presents the latest available information from a range of national data sources relating to alcohol. These include routine data sources and surveys.  There are four main sections: The Alcohol Market.  This section reports on key aspects of the alcohol market including volume sold, cost,… Read more »

House of Lords Sleaze Probe

House of Lords Sleaze Probe One of the peers being reported to the police in the ‘cash for amendments’ scandal is Baroness Coussins, the former director of the alcohol industry’s Portman Group. BARONESS COUSSINS The former chief executive of the Portman Group, an organisation funded by the drinks industry “to promote responsible behaviour”, was ennobled… Read more »

Five-Point Plan for Alcohol-Free Childhood

Five-Point Plan for Alcohol-Free Childhood For the first time, young people and their parents will have clear guidance on alcohol consumption. The guidance, announced today by Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, is published for consultation. It will recommend that young people up to the age of 15 should avoid alcohol altogether and emphasises the… Read more »

Getting to grips with substance misuse among young people

Getting to grips with substance misuse among young people

27 January 2009 – Getting to grips with substance misuse among young people A NHS report from the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse Introduction Reliable statistics on youngpeopleunder18 who receive specialist support for drug and alcohol misuse have been scarce.To address this, the National Treatment Agency (NTA) started recording data in 2005/06.This report summarises… Read more »

Rise in Alcohol-related Deaths Levelling out

Rise in Alcohol-related Deaths Levelling out

Rise in Alcohol-related Deaths Levelling out New figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of alcohol-related deaths was slightly lower in 2007 than 2006, but at 13.3 per 100,000 people, is still almost twice what it was in 1991 (6.9 per 100,000 people). Men are much more likely to die… Read more »

Over a third of adults exceed regular daily drinking limit

Over a third of adults exceed regular daily drinking limit

Over a third of adults exceed regular daily drinking limit ONS News Release January 2009 Smoking and drinking among adults 2007 and Drinking: adults’ behaviour and knowledge in 2008 Smoking and drinking among adults 2007: Over a third of adults exceeded the daily limits for regular drinking on at least one day during the week… Read more »

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 »

Scots drink more than English and Welsh

Scots drink more than English and Welsh New analysis of sales figures, conducted by Nielsen for the Scottish Government, show that Scots drink an average of 11.8 litres of pure alcohol per adult, per year compared with 9.9 litres in England and Wales (2007 figures). Both north and south of the border, the figures remained… Read more »

UK Alcohol Sales Rise

UK Alcohol Sales Rise

UK Alcohol Sales Rise The total quantity of alcohol sold in the UK rose by 1.8% in the financial year 2007/08, reversing falls of the previous two years. Measured in million hectolitres of pure alcohol, a measure that takes account of different strengths of drinks, the total alcohol sold in 2007/08 was 5.7m hl. The… Read more »

Major Government Reviews on Alcohol

Major Government Reviews on Alcohol The government has published reviews on the effectiveness of self-regulation of the alcohol industry, labelling, the effects of pricing and promotion on consumption and harm, and the cost of alcohol to the NHS. These are available here…. Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Alcohol Causes Cancer

Alcohol Causes Cancer

Alcohol Causes Cancer The most comprehensive review of research into the role of diet in cancer has concluded that even small amounts of alcohol increase the risk of a number of different cancers. The World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer have jointly published, “Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer:… Read more »

Local Alcohol Profiles for England: New Figures Released

Local Alcohol Profiles for England: New Figures Released The alcohol profiles for every local authority in England were published online today by the North West Public Health Observatory, Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University. Figures show the percentage of adults drinking at “hazardous” levels – regularly drinking between 22 to 50 units a… Read more »

Forty years of the breathalyser: RoSPA calls for lower drink-drive limit

Forty years of the breathalyser: RoSPA calls for lower drink-drive limit Tuesday 9th October marks the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the drink-drive limit in the UK, and the roadside testing that enforces it. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is calling a reduction of the limit from its current level… Read more »

Zero tolerance of alcohol misuse

Zero tolerance of alcohol misuse In her speech to the labour conference, the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith said, “I’ve zero tolerance of anti-social behaviour, and zero tolerance of its causes. Causes like alcohol misuse. So from Monday, we are giving councils and police new powers to take the licences away from dodgy premises. We should… Read more »

Long-term study identifies risks associated with adolescent drinking

Long-term study identifies risks associated with adolescent drinking

Long-term study identifies risks associated with adolescent drinking All drinking at the age of 16 is associated with an increased risk of drinking problems at the age of 30, but some problems are specifically related to binge drinking whilst others are more strongly related to frequent drinking. A study of data from a UK national… Read more »

Drinking in 11-15-year-olds in England, 2006

Drinking in 11-15-year-olds in England, 2006 The number of under-age drinkers may be falling, but the amount they drink is increasing, especially amongst the youngest drinkers. Most obtained alcohol from family or friends, but of those who tried to buy it from a shop, pub or club, most 15 year olds claimed to have been… Read more »

Bar Staff have Doubled Risk of Death from Alcohol Consumption

Bar Staff have Doubled Risk of Death from Alcohol Consumption A new report from the Office of National Statistics reveals that bar staff and publicans are approximately twice as likely to die from alcohol consumption as the general population. Other people working in catering, hospitality and entertainment also have an increased risk, as do hairdressers… Read more »

‘Early Days” For Licensing Act 2003 Warns Institute of Alcohol Studies

‘Early Days” For Licensing Act 2003 Warns Institute of Alcohol Studies The Licensing Act 2003, came into force one year ago today. A much contested and controversial legislation, the Act transferred responsibilities for licensing from the Magistrates Court to Local Authorities, in order to allow, in principle, a more comprehensive, localised approach to the issues… Read more »

UK in ‘premier league’ for binge-drinking, says landmark European report

UK in ‘premier league’ for binge-drinking, says landmark European report

UK in ‘premier league’ for binge-drinking, says landmark European report UK adults and adolescents are among the top binge-drinkers in Europe, according to the first-ever comprehensive EU-wide report on alcohol released this Thursday.   The report, funded by the European Commission and written by the UK-based Institute of Alcohol Studies, shows that: The UK are one… Read more »

“Violence down amid pub law change”

“Violence down amid pub law change” Violent crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales fell by 11% at the end of last year, despite longer pub opening hours coming in, figures show. Read the full BBC NEWS Story. Institute of Alcohol Studies Response The carefully selected crime statistics released by the Home Office… Read more »

Institute of Alcohol Studies says binge drinking blitz is only sticking plaster

Institute of Alcohol Studies says binge drinking blitz is only sticking plaster DeHavilland Report – News Comment Summary The Institute of Alcohol Studies today described the Home Office’s Christmas binge drinking crackdown as ‘a sticking plaster’ solution from a government that had failed to prevent the nation’s city centres from becoming a ‘battlefield’. IAS director… Read more »

The national alcohol strategy in the hands of the drink industry

The national alcohol strategy in the hands of the drink industry The long-delayed national alcohol policy will be dictated by the drink industry. This is the accusation levelled at the Government by the Institute of Alcohol Studies. In the edition of Alert No 2 2002 published today the IAS says that responsibility for the strategy… Read more »

Young drinkers receive a death warning

Young drinkers receive a death warning Institute of Alcohol Studies calls for government action to stem the tide of dangerous drinking among young people. The IAS today called for government action to contain the barrage of alcohol industry marketing that contributes to the British culture of binge drinking, particularly among the young. The Institute also… Read more »

IAS Attacks Government Proposals for 24 Hour Drinking

IAS Attacks Government Proposals for 24 Hour Drinking

IAS Attacks Government Proposals for 24 Hour Drinking Government proposals for 24 hour drinking are against both public opinion and the public interest, the IAS commented today. The views of the IAS are in line with those of other critics, notably the British Entertainment and Discotheque Association, some of the London Boroughs, and resident’s associations,… Read more »

Marketing Alcohol to Young People – An Industry out of Control

Marketing Alcohol to Young People – An Industry out of Control

Marketing Alcohol to Young People – An Industry out of Control. Corporate greed, lies at the heart of the drink industry’s cynical manipulation of their voluntary codes of advertising practice, claims a new report by the Institute of Alcohol Studies. The report Marketing Alcohol to Young People shows irrefutable evidence that young people are a… Read more »

IAS Condemns Delay in Tackling Drink Driving

IAS Condemns Delay in Tackling Drink Driving Responding to the Government’s White Paper on road safety, the IAS said that while it was delighted the Government still intends to lower the legal alcohol limit, it was dismayed by its delay in actually introducing this and other measures. The IAS said: “There is no valid reason… Read more »

Majority Oppose Late Night Drinking

Majority Oppose Late Night Drinking Most people are opposed to extending drinking hours, especially in residential areas. The huge majority are in favour of local residents having the right to object to late night opening and are opposed to any reduction in the legal drinking age. Over three quarters are against petrol stations being allowed… Read more »

Drugged up on Drink

Drugged up on Drink

Drugged up on Drink The drink industry has fought a “recreational drug war” in order to win back the youth market. In a consumer culture characterised by the search for instant gratification, one result has been the growth in teenage drunkenness. This is the argument of researcher Kevin Brain in a new paper* published today… Read more »

Combating Drink-Driving – Next Steps A Consultation Document

Combating Drink-Driving – Next Steps A Consultation Document Letter to Lord Whitty Since the end of the consultation period, 20 months have elapsed during which time the Government has been able to formulate policy with regard to life saving and injury preventing road safety measures, particularly in relation to a lower legal limit and police… Read more »

1999 Budget Excise Duties Brown acused of political cynicism

1999 Budget Excise Duties – Brown accused of political cynicism The Chancellor of the Exchequer decision to freeze excise duties on alcohol while raising them on tobacco is an exercise in political cynicism, the IAS said. If the problem of smuggling is not to be allowed to undermine health policy on tobacco, as the Chancellor… Read more »

Institute of Alcohol Studies Challenges Government over Millennium Binge Government proposals ‘Against Public Interest’

Institute of Alcohol Studies Challenges Government over Millennium Binge Government proposals ‘Against Public Interest’

Institute of Alcohol Studies Challenges Government over Millennium Binge Government proposals ‘Against Public Interest’. Government Ministers are being challenged by the IAS to provide assurances that health and other public services will be maintained over the millennium holiday period. The challenge is contained in the IAS response to Government proposals to allow pubs and clubs… Read more »

Lowering Drink Drive Limit Could Save Over 200 Lives A Year

Lowering Drink Drive Limit Could Save Over 200 Lives A Year Lowering the drink drive limit is the most important element in the package of measures needed if the Labour Government wishes to crown the road safety success begun by a previous Labour Government under Barbara Castle. The beneficial effect on road fatalities of reducing… Read more »

The IAS Welcomes New Drink Drive Proposals

The IAS Welcomes New Drink Drive Proposals The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) today welcomed the Government’s proposals to combat drink driving, especially the lowering of the limit to 50mg, in the White Paper ‘Combating Drink-Driving – Next Steps’. Speaking for the IAS, Derek Rutherford said, “It is 30 years since the 80 mgs limit… Read more »

Barbara Castle’s Social Revolution – May Have Saved Over 62,000 Lives

Barbara Castle’s Social Revolution – May Have Saved Over 62,000 Lives “Everyone has cause to be grateful for the courage of Barbara Castle who pioneered the greatest life saving Act in road safety which may have prevented over 62,000 people from being killed on our roads – equivalent to an average MP’s constituency – over… Read more »

George Howarth Serves up a ‘Bucks Fizz’

George Howarth Serves up a ‘Bucks Fizz’ “George Howarth, Home Office Minister, has served a bucks fizz with his measures to deal with alcopops”, says Derek Rutherford commenting on today’s announcement. Whilst we welcome measures which help to enforce the law to curb under age drinking and protect minors, we believe that the proof of… Read more »

Missed opportunity to curb underage drinking

Missed opportunity to curb underage drinking The Institute of Alcohol Studies expressed disappointment at the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s refusal to hike the tax on ‘alcopops’ in today’s budget speech. In a statement, IAS Director Derek Rutherford said that the Chancellor had declined an opportunity to tackle a serious and growing problem. The public were… Read more »

The ‘Alcopops’ Scandal

The ‘Alcopops’ Scandal The drinks industry has behaved so cynically and irresponsibly in promoting ‘alcopops’ despite or perhaps because of their attraction to children and young people that it cannot be left to regulate itself, said Derek Rutherford, director of the IAS. Derek Rutherford was speaking in support of the Daily Express’ initiative to seek… Read more »

Drink drive cases up over Christmas – IAS Comment

Drink drive cases up over Christmas – IAS Comment The 18 per cent increase in the number of motorists caught drinking and driving over the Christmas and New Year period, and the 4 per cent increase in the number of alcohol related road accidents, provides further evidence that the anti-drink drive campaign is floundering and… Read more »

A 50mg limit could produce a saving of 200 lives each year

A 50mg limit could produce a saving of 200 lives each year The increase in the number of alcohol-related road deaths in 1995 may not have happened had last Christmas the Secretary of State announced the lowering of the legal limit for drinking and driving (alcohol-related road deaths increased by 7.5% – from 540 in… Read more »