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Balance Update: Calls for tax on 'pocket money booze'

Posted 24/02/17

National:

Doncaster MP who lost mum to alcoholism calls for more help for children of chronic drinkers

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint spoke of the pain of watching her mother Wendy lose her battle with the bottle on yesterday's Andrew Marr show on BBC1 and is spearheading a drive for children of alcoholics to be given more help.  
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Pilot study finds youth more likely than adults to report seeing alcohol marketing online
Underage youth are nearly twice as likely to recall seeing alcohol marketing
on the internet than adults, with almost one in three saying they saw alcohol-related content in the previous month, according to a new pilot survey led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Click here to read more...

Long-term heavy drinking may age arteries over time
Heavy alcohol drinking habits over the years may prematurely age arteries, especially in men, putting them at an increased risk for heart disease, compared to consistently moderate drinkers.  Click here to read more...

Calls for tax on 'pocket money booze' after death of 16-year-old who drank 'Britain's cheapest alcohol'
Megan Craig-Wilkinson tried 7.5 per alcohol 'Frosty Jack's' cider at a party with friends, and was found dead hours later by her distraught mum. 
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Lobby Groups Seek Rational UK Alcohol Tax Regime
The UK Chancellor is coming under pressure to use the upcoming Budget to hike duty on cheap, high strength alcohol.  Click here to read amore...

We don’t need the alcohol industry for a strong economy
As the Chancellor reviews alcohol duty, a reminder that reducing consumption will be good for the economy, writes Aveek Bhattacharya.  Click here to read more...


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