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Balance Update: Doctors slam George Osbornes spirits duty cut

Posted 27/03/15

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ICC Cricket World Cup: Alcohol-drenched culture needs to change
The mix of alcohol, sport and TV advertising is detrimental to the nation's health.  Click here to read more...

Government must have bottle to take on drink lobby
Diageo-funded campaign should be wound up and legislators need, for once, to put health of citizens ahead of interests of drinks industry.  Click here to read more...

Simon Richardson MBE, Paralympic cycling champion, calls for lower drink drive limit in Parliament
In 2011, shortly before the 2012 London Olympic games, Simon was hit by a van while cycling a practise route. He was left for dead, suffered devastating injuries, and is still living with the consequences today. The driver of the van was four times over the legal drink drive limit and spent 18 months in prison.  Click here to read more...

Doctors slam George Osborne’s spirits duty cut
Doctors, charities and health campaigners have slammed the UK Chancellor’s “shameful” decision to cut spirits duty by 2%, claiming this prioritises “interests of big business over public health”.  Click here to read more...

Interim report on UK alcohol industry's 'billion units pledge' is flawed, say researchers
The Department of Health's interim evaluation of an alcohol industry pledge to remove one billion alcohol units from the market is flawed, argue researchers in The BMJ this weekClick here to read more...

Three drinks a day linked to cancer
Drinking three alcoholic drinks a day can cause liver cancer, research has suggested. Click here to read more...

NICE redoubles efforts to reduce harm from alcohol, smoking and physical inactivity
Smoking, excessive drinking and being physically inactive are some of the biggest causes of disease and early death in England. They cause a mounting burden for the NHS.  Click here to read more...

Call time on soft approach to Big Alcohol
In the decade that has passed since the FCTC earthquake shook the international health law landscape, the global public health community has increasingly turned its attention to another industry: Big Alcohol. So far the WHO has stopped short of using its authority to create a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control (FCAC).  Click here to read more...

Department of Health-commissioned alcohol report attacks Responsibility Deal, demands more action
An independent evaluation of the Responsibility Deal (RD) commissioned by the Department of Health has found it is unlikely to have any significant impact on reducing alcohol consumption, and as a result urges the government to make alcohol more expensive and devise sanctions against suppliers.   Click here to read more...

Booze news: Australians’ alcohol habits by age
Last year, 68% of Australian adults drank alcohol in any given four-week period, with the average volume consumed over this time being 23.6 glasses per person. The most popular place for partaking was at home and, contrary to popular stereotypes, Australians aged under 30 were slightly less likely to drink than those aged 30 and older.  Click here to read more...

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