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News, policy and research update - Drinkers should have two 'dry' days a week, say MPs

Posted 13/01/12

National news:

Drinkers should have two 'dry' days a week, say MPs
Drinkers should have two alcohol-free days every week, according to a group of MPs who claim existing guidelines give the false impression that daily indulgence is healthy. Click here for more... 

Canned whisky would be shot in dark on UK market, Alcohol Concern
Alcohol Concern has warned about the ‘absurd’ effects of marketing canned Scotch whisky in the UK, following a controversial launch of such a product in the US. Click here for more... 

Sainsbury’s Teams Up With Manufacturers To Promote Responsible Drinking
Sainsbury’s has teamed up with Drinkaware, Diageo and Heineken in an initiative to promote responsible drinking of alcohol. Click here for more...

Irish government set to press ahead with minimum alcohol pricing
Minister of State for Health Roisín Shortall has confirmed that she intends to push ahead with plans to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol in Ireland. Click here for more...

Health and economics experts clash over the impact of introducing minimum unit pricing on alcohol
The Health Committee was taking evidence on the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill at stage one of its scrutiny. Click here for more...

Scottish supermarkets should be banned from selling alcohol, says top doctor
Scotland should consider removing alcohol sales from supermarkets in an effort to reduce drink-related health problems, a leading doctor told politicians today. Click here for more...

Addictions expert says supermarkets should be banned from selling alcohol
Alcohol should be banned from supermarkets as part of a crackdown on harmful drinking, a leading Tayside doctor has told MSPs. Click here for more...
 

News from around the UK:

More elderly in London 'seek drink problem help'
There has been a sharp rise in the number of elderly people being treated for drinking problems in London, figures suggest. Click here for more...


Latest research:

British adults underestimate units in wine
UK drinkers don’t know how strong their drinks are and appear to underestimate the alcohol content of wine. Click here for more...

Alcohol Use in adolescence: harms and advice
Professor Glyn Lewis (Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology; Bristol University) will be delivering the inaugural talk of the 2012 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Alcohol and Young People seminar series. Attendance at the seminars is free. Click here for more...

Probation resources too stretched to adequately tackle huge drink problem
The report describes a system creatively grappling with a huge drink problem among offenders, but one substantially undermined by the lack of evidence about what works to reduce those problems and curb re-offending. Click here for more...

University of Central Lancashire research: Employees turn to chocolate and booze to beat boredom at work
A quarter of office workers suffer from chronic boredom, with many turning to chocolate and alcohol to cope with the drudgery, according to a study by the University of Central Lancashire. Click here for more...