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News, policy and research update - New Change 4 Life campaign launched and confusion over the legality of minimum pricing between Scotland and Europe

Posted 10/02/12

National news:

Two glasses of wine a night triples risk of mouth cancer, Government warns
Drinking two large glasses of wine a day triples the risk of developing mouth cancer, a government campaign will warn. Click here for more...

New phone app reveals future effects alcohol will have on regular drinkers
A new smartphone app shows how dreadful you could look in 10 years if you exceed the weekly alcohol limit. Click here for more...

Heineken sponsors 80,000 PASS training cards
Heineken has sponsored the printing and distribution of 80,000 PASS training cards to raise awareness of the proof-of-age scheme to pubs across the UK. Click here for more...

Drinks sector, TDs object to report
Representatives of the drinks industry have dissociated themselves from the main report of a Irish Government-appointed group on the regulation of alcohol to be published soon. Click here for more...

UK cancer cases could surge 30 per cent, report warns
New cases of cancer could rise by 30 per cent in the UK by 2030, experts warned, with poor diet, heavy alcohol consumption and an ageing population likely to play a major role. Click here for more...

PM called to take ‘strong action’ on alcohol pricing
Churches and charities have written to the Prime Minister urging the Government to move ahead with plans to ban cheap alcohol sales. Click here for more...

Alcohol Behaviour Change
A new campaign aimed at encouraging Scots to think about the health effects of regularly drinking above the recommended alcohol guidelines has been launched. Click here for more...

Alcoholic drinks to get weaker, says minister
Alcoholic drinks should be made weaker under in Britain under Government plans to tackle the "deadly problem” of binge-drinking, a health minister has said. Click here for more...

UK consumer trading up on price and down on abv
The UK consumer is spending more per bottle and increasingly requesting lower alcohol wines, according to the first Wine Intelligence UK Independent Retailer Report. Click here for more...

Scottish minimum pricing plan 'complies with EU law'
Senior figures in the European Union have told Nicola Sturgeon that minimum pricing for alcohol is in principle "entirely compatible" with EU law, a spokesman for the Health Secretary said. Click here for more...

EC deny backing for Scotland's minimum alcohol price plan
A Scottish government claim that it had EU backing for plans to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol has been denied by the European Commission. Click here for more...

Premier pressured to set minimum price for booze
David Cameron is facing fresh pressure from coalition MPs to take a tougher stand against problem drinking by introducing a minimum price for alcohol. Click here for more...

Unit awareness drive unveiled by responsibiliy deal partners
UK retailers unveil a national campaign to raise consumer understanding about the number of alcohol units in their drinks. Click here for more...


Ireland and Northern Ireland news:


Republic could ban drinks sponsorship of sports events
Drinks firms will no longer be able to sponsor sports events, concerts or festivals in the Irish Republic, if recommendations in a report are adopted. Click here for more...

Public health not a luxury, says alcohol group
Government ministers raising objections to plans to scrap alcohol sponsorship for sports and arts events have been told by Alcohol Action Ireland: "Public health is not a luxury." Click here for more...

EPHA Open Letter to the Ministers for Health of Ireland and Northern Ireland on Alcohol Minimum Pricing
EPHA wrote to the Ministers of Health for Ireland and Northern Ireland following on from the announcement made at the first North/South Conference on alcohol misuse where both Ministers committed to collaboratively tackle the burden of alcohol abuse, notably through action on its affordability, accessibility and availability. Click here for more...

Publication of the Irish National Substance Misuse Strategy will finally take place next Tuesday.

As exclusively reported by Adworld.ie last November, the report will recommend will the banning of outdoor advertising by drinks companies. Click here for more...

Nelson McCausland to target irresponsible drinks promotions
The social development minister has said he will move to ban some cheap drink promotions in Northern Ireland. Click here for more...


North East news:

Survey shows fall in number of Darlington youths drinking
The level of alcohol use among 11 to 16-year-olds in one North-East town has gone down significantly in each of the past three years, according to the biggest continuous survey of youth opinion in the country. Click here for more...