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News, policy and research update - Health experts predict high rate of alcohol-related deaths

Posted 24/02/12

National news:

David Cameron edges towards minimum price curb on binge drinking
Supermarket discounting is fuelling alcohol problem, prime minister concedes, as pressure mounts from health lobby. Click here for more...

Minimum alcohol pricing won’t work – but a 'floor price' might 
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) agree that alcohol misuse must be tackled, but minimum unit pricing is not the way to go about it. Click here for more... 

24 hour drinking was wrong admits Alastair Campbell
A decision by Tony Blair’s government to roll out 24-hour drinking was a mistake that has fuelled a frightening alcohol crisis among Britain’s middle classes, the former premier’s right-hand man admits. Click here for more...

Can we afford not to have minimum pricing for alcohol?
The government must ease the intolerable burden being placed on the health services by drinkers. Click here for more...

Health experts predict high rate of alcohol-related deaths
Former Royal College of Physicians chief among those predicting up to 210,000 avoidable deaths in next 20 years. Click here for more...

Big screen binge: Underage drinking linked to films featuring alcohol 
Children aged 10 to 14 who watch a lot of movies featuring alcohol are twice as likely to drink, according to new research. Click here for more...

Third Party: Will the health lobby hold sway on alcohol pricing?
The health lobby’s move towards having a greater say in alcohol licensing decisions has big implications for supermarkets and off-licences. Click here for more...

Portman group rejects "Doomsday" alcohol outlook
The Portman Group has called for a less sensationalist perspective on recent statistics relating to alcohol deaths. Click here for more...

Newcastle University alcohol study rejects cost-price plan
A ban on the sale of alcohol below cost price, due to be introduced in April, will have a "limited impact" on overall alcohol pricing, new research claims. Click here for more...

House of Commons bar brawls: When drinks are half-price, it’s easy for MPs to get half-cut
Labour MP Eric Joyce has been arrested for alleged assault, but a Strangers’ Bar fracas is hardly surprising given the generous taxpayer-funded discounts on offer. Click here for more...

Drivers in Fance Required to Carry Breathalyser
Starting from July 1 this year, motorists on French roads will be required to carry a personal breathalyser kit in their car under new legislation introduced in an attempt to raise awareness of drink-driving and to reduce accidents that involve alcohol. Click here for more...


Ireland news:

Pubs could help solve Ireland's drink problem
Strange as it may seem, the growing clamour for action over the abuse of alcohol could yet prove the saviour of the Irish pub. Click here for more...


North East news: 

Fuse Professor backs minimum alcohol pricing
Fuse Professor Eileen Kaner has again backed minimum alcohol pricing in the face of what she calls a “huge problem”. Click here for more...


Latest research:

Low tolerance for high alcohol content
New study shows that the conception of what a perfect wine is may differ in various countries but there is a general desire for a lower level of alcohol in wines than that which is currently being produced. Click here for more...

Many young people still underestimate how much they drink
A new University of Sussex-led study reveals that many young people still lack the knowledge and skills required to follow the government’s guidelines for responsible alcohol consumption. Click here for more...