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News, policy and research update - Minimum alcohol pricing 'will save more than 1,000 lives each year', says NHS think tank

Posted 20/04/12

UK news:

DIY breath tests sales boom after French say holidaymakers have to carry a kit in their car
Sales of breathalyser kits are soaring as British motorists planning summer holidays in France try to comply with new laws. Click here for more...

Cigarette branding ban to hit sweets and alcohol
Sweets and alcohol could follow cigarettes by being banned from using fancy packaging. Click here for more...

EU-wide alcohol marketing rules planned
Europe’s eight biggest drinks makers have agreed to introduce continent-wide rules on the marketing of alcohol. Click here for more...

Alcohol or drugs caused 835 house fires in Scotland
Fire services across the country and urging people to be aware of the increased risk when drinking. Click here for more...
 
Children 'allowed to drink at 13'
The average age at which UK parents allow their children to have an alcoholic drink is 13, a new study has found. Click here for more...

Minimum alcohol pricing could cause fake booze surge
Introducing a minimum price on alcohol could cause a surge in counterfeit wine and spirits, the Local Government Association is warning. Click here for more...

Minimum alcohol pricing 'will save more than 1,000 lives each year', says NHS think tank
Plans to introduce minimum alcohol pricing would save more than 1,000 lives each year, a report claimed today. Click here for more...

Drinks giants team up to head off ad regulation
Eight of Europe's biggest alcohol firms have united to launch new rules for their own advertising in an effort to head off tighter regulation. Click here for more...

Local health chiefs want powers to veto licences
The Local Government Association says government plans for minimum unit pricing will fail to curb health and antisocial behaviour problems associated with binge drinking, and sees tighter controls on the availability of alcohol as a main priority instead. Click here for more...

North East news:

North-East campaigners renew call for minimum 50p per unit alcohol charge
North East campaigners have urged the Government to raise the proposed minimum price per unit of alcohol from 40p to 50p after research suggests the higher price would be more effective in curbing abuse. Click here for more...


News from around the UK:

Middle-class children most likely to try alcohol by 12
London - Middle-class children are far more likely to have drunk alcohol by the age of 12 than those from lower social groups, research has found. Click here for more...


Latest research:

Researchers Discover Carcinogens in Alcoholic Beverages
Scientists say consuming more than 4 drinks a day increases cancer risk. Click here for more...