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News, policy and research update - David Cameron plans minimum alcohol price in England

Posted 06/01/12

National news:

David Cameron plans minimum alcohol price in England
Drinkers will pay a minimum price for alcohol under plans instigated by David Cameron to tackle a growing health crisis, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. Click here for more... 

Minimum alcohol pricing could be introduced to England via by-laws
Minimum alcohol pricing could be introduced on a regional basis in England using by-laws drawn up in response to the lack of national progress on the issue, according to GP online. Click here for more...

Minimum pricing: The devil in the detail
Scotland’s minimum pricing bill was relaunched at the beginning of November – but the actual price per unit was absent. Tom Bruce-Gardyne considers what it may be and what impact it could have on the industry. Click here for more...

Thousands more teenage girls hospitalised by binge-drinking than boys
Thousands more teenage girls than boys are ending up in hospital because of binge-drinking, Government ministers have revealed, as they work on new plans to tackle cheap alcohol. Click here for more...

Patients 'should be asked about their habits every time they see NHS staff'
Patients should be asked about their diet, smoking and drinking habits every time they see a health professional according to radical proposals from the government's NHS advisers to tackle soaring rates of obesity, cancer and alcohol misuse. Click here for more...

Warning to New Year revellers over toxic fake vodka that can 'make them ill or blind'
New Year drinkers have been warned about fake vodka containing toxins, including chemicals used to make anti-freeze, that could make them go blind. Click here for more...

The Sainsbury’s solution to binge drinking? Cut the price of beer, wine and mixer cans
Sainsbury’s found itself under fire yesterday after it launched a drive to encourage responsible drinking – by cutting the price of alcohol. Click here for more...


North East news:

Middlesbrough traders warned over booze sale age checks
Traders across Middlesbrough are being warned to step up their efforts to cut out under-age alcohol sales - or face the music. Click here for more...

Stark warning over North East's boozing culture
Health experts have issued a drink warning as the region’s bad booze record is revealed. Click here for more...

Fuse expert backs UK minimum alcohol pricing
A Fuse Professor is part of a group of leading doctors and academics that say a minimum price for alcohol in the UK would help prevent thousands of deaths from related diseases. Click here for more...


News from around the UK:

iPhone inspires new police campaign on dangers of drinking
Police are highlighting the dangers of excessive drinking in a new campaign which uses the iPhone as its inspiration. Click here for more...

Chloroform found in illicit vodka in Staffordshire
Fake vodka containing chloroform has been seized during counterfeit alcohol checks across the West Midlands. Click here for more...

Battle to end Blackpool’s booze nightmare
On the eve of the year’s biggest party night, health chiefs in the resort calling for the introduction of minimum pricing for alcohol have stepped up their campaign with the launch of a dedicated website. Click here for more...



Latest research:

Hidden alcohol problem among elderly
Up to a fifth of pensioners regularly drink too much, with loneliness and boredom to blame for the hidden alcohol problem among older people, a study claims. Click here for more...

Alcohol increases desire for sex without condoms
Alcohol consumption has an impact on the intention of individuals to have unprotected sex, according to the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the journal Addiction. Click here for more...

Best evidence yet for web-based alcohol self-help
Combining a randomised trial with a ‘real-world’ test, studies of the Dutch Drinking Less programme have gone further than any others to establish the beneficial impacts of web-based alcohol self-help interventions. Click here for more...

Minimum pricing study published
The research, out of the Centre for Addictions, is based on 20 years of data from 1989 to 2010, and suggests that a 10 percent increase in the minimum price of an alcoholic beverage leads to a more than 16 percent decrease in its consumption compared to other beverages. Click here for more...