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News, policy and research update - Cameron to defy Cabinet and insist on alcohol price cap

Posted 09/03/12

UK News:

Cameron to defy Cabinet and insist on alcohol price cap
Sharp increases in the price of cheap cider and beer sold in supermarkets are on the cards after David Cameron backed plans for a minimum price of alcohol. Click here for more...

Adverts for cheap alcohol could be banned
Supermarkets could be banned from advertising cheap alcohol under Coalition plans. Click here for more...

Drug developed to make people drink less alcohol
A pill that makes alcoholics want to drink less has been developed by scientists for the first time, a conference has been told. Click here for more...

Over-45s tend to drink more often, says ONS survey

Adults aged over 45 are three times as likely to drink alcohol every day as those aged under 45, results of a lifestyle survey suggest. Click here for more

Adverts for cheap alcohol could be banned
Supermarkets could be banned from advertising cheap alcohol under Coalition plans. Click here for more...

Holyrood’s health committee split on minimum alcohol price
The health and sport committee has recommended the Alcohol Bill continue through the Scottish parliament to the next stage. A majority of members said they were persuaded the measure will help reduce alcohol consumption. Click here for more...

Health secretary Sturgeon urges drinks industry not to stop booze law
Scotland's health secretary has called on opponents of minimum pricing for a unit of alcohol not to hold up the legislation in the courts. Click here for more...

University urges drink retailers to call time on booze deals for students
The University of Ulster has called on retail drink outlets not to target cheap drinks promotions at students over the St Patrick’s Day period. Click here for more... 

WSTA blames duty hikes for falling sales
The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has highlighted falling UK alcohol sales as a warning that consumers cannot afford the government’s planned further duty hike in this month’s Budget. Click here for more...


North East news:

North-East alcohol figures welcomed
Balance have welcomed figures that show alcohol consumption in the North-East fell faster than anywhere else in the country last year. Click here for more... 


Latest Research:

IAS Alcohol Alert 2011 issue 3
The Institute for Alcohol Studies' (IAS) latest Alcohol Alert is available, with the cover feature exploring the Prime Minister's recent indications of support for minimum pricing. Click here for more...

Findings bulletins review NICE alcohol guidance and quality standards
UK clinical guidance on treating dependent drinkers
UK clinical guidance on treating acute alcohol withdrawal
UK guidance on commissioning services for problem drinkers
UK health quality standards on identifying and caring for problem drinkers
UK public health guidance on preventing problem drinking
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