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News, policy and research update - Alcohol strategy is finally launched with minimum price included

Posted 26/03/12

National news:

Licensed trade concern at late night levy for pubs and clubs
Plans to charge premises selling alcohol after midnight to cover costs of managing town centres at night have been branded a "stealth tax". Click here for more... 

'Sobriety bracelets' to monitor offenders in alcohol-related cases
Tougher community sentence regime could include advanced electronic ankle tags and greater seizures of criminals' assets. Click here for more...

Low-alcohol beers show their true calibre
Forget the watered-down stuff of the Eighties, today's 'small' brews taste as good as the real thing. Click here for more...

Chief medic calls for two alcohol-free days per week
Drinkers should have at least two alcohol-free days a week, says Wales' top doctor. Click here for more... 

Minimum alcohol pricing to spirit £122m out of Scots’ pockets
Minimum alcohol pricing will hit Scottish consumers to the tune of around £122m a year, experts say.The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) estimated work and health benefits worth in the region of £55m a year in Scotland. Click here for more...

Liver disease deaths reach record levels in England
Deaths from liver disease in England have reached record levels, rising by 25% in less than a decade, according to new NHS figures. Click here for more...

Industry slams “anti-pub” government as alcohol duty escalator remains on-track
The pub and leisure industry has hit out at today’s Budget announcement, which sees the alcohol duty escalator remain on-track, saying jobs will be lost. Click here for more...

Job fears over increase in beer tax increase
The price of a pint will increase by more than 5p and thousands of jobs will be lost, campaigners said today after the Government confirmed rises in alcohol duty rates. Click here for more...

National alcohol strategy is finally launched
The alcohol strategy sets out proposals to crackdown on our 'binge drinking' culture, cut the alcohol fuelled violence and disorder that blights too many of our communities, and slash the number of people drinking to damaging levels. Click here for more...

Minimum alcohol price planned for England and Wales
The government is proposing a minimum price of 40p per unit of alcohol in England and Wales in an effort to "turn the tide" against binge drinking. Click here for more...

Lansley 'furious' but admits defeat over cheap alcohol
Health Secretary attempts to hang on to his job. Click here for more...

Police Chief Wants Curb On Alcohol Adverts
One of Britain's most senior police officers has called for a daytime ban on alcohol advertising on TV and in cinemas. A 9pm watershed is needed because of the harm that alcohol causes, Durham Chief Constable Jon Stoddart told Sky News. Click here for more...

Alcohol industry sheds a billion units to cut hospital admissions and 1,000 deaths
A billion units of alcohol will be shed by the alcohol industry through an ambitious plan to help customers drink within guidelines, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced today. Click here for more...

UK Policy on Minimum Pricing of Alcohol May Benefit Pubs
UK pub operators, trade bodies and drinks companies Friday issued contrasting responses to the U.K. government’s plan to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol to combat irresponsible drinking. Click here for more...

Patients to be quizzed by GPs about drinking under new alcohol strategy
Doctors may be paid to monitor patients' drinking in effort to tackle spiralling cost of alcohol-related disease. Click here for more...


North East news:

Investigation: The Stores Selling Alcohol And Cigarettes To Underage Customers
A boy of 16 was sold alcohol and cigarettes by three Tyneside stores as part of an undercover investigation by Sky Tyne and Wear. Click here for more...


Latest research:

Summary of findings from two evaluations of Home Office Alcohol Arrest Referral pilot schemes
The Home Office has published a report on the findings of the two Alcohol Arrest Referral (AAR) pilots. The AAR pilots took place between 2007 and 2010 in twelve police forces, but the evaluation did not find measurable reductions in re-offending or overall cost efficacy, despite evidence of reduced drinking. Click here for more...

SIPS alcohol screening and brief interventions findings released
Findings from the SIPS trial, the largest UK alcohol screening and brief intervention study, have been released.The study took place across key settings of Primary Care, Emergency Departments and Probation and tested the effectiveness of a range of brief intervention approaches and screening tools. Click here for more...