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News, policy and research update - Big brand names cut alcohol levels to save money and the debate on minimum price gathers pace.

Posted 27/01/12

National news:

Falling beer sales prompt calls to ease alcohol duty
Almost 140 million fewer pints of beer were sold in pubs last year as sales continued to fall amid more closures and job losses in the trade, new figures revealed today. Click here for more...

Industry claim that minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland could fuel illicit trading - yet another excuse to stop the policy going ahead?
The brewer Molson Coors and the drinks company Diageo are warning the Scottish Government not to introduce a minimum pricing policy for alcohol.  Click here for more...

Stella and Budweiser cut alcohol levels in bid to save millions of pounds in duty hikes
Lager drinkers are in for a shock after brewing giant AB InBev decided to cut the alcohol volume in Stella Artois, Budweiser and Beck's, according to The Grocer. Click here for more...

More drink-drivers caught over Christmas, despite fewer breath tests
More motorists failed drink-drive tests over the festive period than in Christmas 2010 – even though fewer were stopped by police, it has been revealed. Click here for more...

Corner shops buy booze at supermarkets
Supermarkets slashed drink prices so low in the run-up to Christmas that corner shop owners queued up to buy stock for their shelves. Click here for more...

Majority of Brits support guidance on two alcohol-free days
Most Britons agree that avoiding alcohol on two days each week would be beneficial for regular drinkers, a survey has found. Click here for more...

Call for Scottish government to monitor impact of minimum alcohol pricing
Consumer body says ministers should review minimum pricing policy to see what impact it has on moderate drinkers who are on a low income. Click here for more...

Pubs are vital to UK economy and community, think tank report concludes
Local pubs across the UK are closing at a rate of 16 a week as households find themselves cutting alcohol consumption for both health and financial concerns, prompting further concerns over the future of one of the UK's most iconic institutions. Click here for more...

Spar launches instore responsible drinking radio ad
Spar UK is urging its retailers to show their commitment to responsible alcohol sales, by promoting government initiatives with an instore radio advert. Click here for more...

UK-wide release for Guinness mid-strength
Diageo has announced plans to roll out Guinness Mid-Strength in the UK off-trade. Click here for more...

Portman Group calls for final responses to alcohol consultation
The Portman Group urges people to submit their final responses regarding changes to the Code of Practice for responsible alcohol marketing, before January 31. Click here for more...

Shoppers more confident over drinks makers’ noble intentions
Drinks makers are winning the PR battle as they bid to convince shoppers about their good intentions on issues such as alcohol consumption, new data suggests. Click here for more...
 
Expert warns that minimum pricing legislation will not deter young people from binge drinking
Supporters of minimum pricing in the Scottish parliament may be overstating the potential impact the move would have on young binge drinkers, an academic warned today. Click here for more...

Scotland's whisky industry under serious threat from minimum pricing, warns alcohol academic
The Scotch whisky industry could suffer a "serious downturn" as a result of minimum pricing, an academic warned. Click here for more...

Alcohol deaths increase slightly
Alcohol related deaths in the UK have increased slightly between 2009 and 2010, according to official figures. Click here for more...

Call for collaboration in duty fraud fight
The Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) has urged the drinks industry to work alongside HM Revenue & Customs in an effort to eradicate alcohol duty fraud in the UK. Click here for more...

Alcohol duty fraud costing UK exchequer £1bn a year
Alcohol duty fraud is losing the UK exchequer up to £1.2 billion a year and the National Audit Office has called on HM Revenue & Customs to clamp down on the criminality. Click here for more... 


North East news: 

North East MPs clash over alcohol pricing
North East MPs clashed yesterday over introducing a minimum price for alcohol. Former Home Office Minister Alan Campbell, who represents Tynemouth, expressed doubts about the value of the move. Click here for more...


Latest research

Briefing paper on alcohol pricing policies
A January 2011 report for the Home Office summarised the research evidence around the likely impact of policies designed to increase the price of alcoholic drinks. Click here for more...

Afghanistan Soldiers More Likely To Become Alcoholics
Research shows servicemen and women across the Army, RAF and Royal Navy are just as likely to turn to drink as the general population. Figures suggest those who see action on the frontline will up their intake, with one in five suffering depression and anxiety. Click here for more...

Stricter Thinking on Alcohol During Pregnancy
Findings from a new study of nearly 1,000 women who drank at least once in their pregnancies. Click here for more...

Balance has its first academic paper published this week in Alcohol and Alcoholism Journal
A Retrospective Analysis of the Nature, Extent and Cost of Alcohol-Related Emergency Calls to the Ambulance Service in an English Region. Click here for more...