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News, policy and research update - OFT agrees minimum pricing could cut consumption whilst industry is asking for minimum price review

Posted 20/01/12

National news:

OFT agrees minimum pricing could cut alcohol consumption
In its submission to the Health and sport committee of the Scottish Government over the introduction of the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) Bill the OFT admitted: “Much will depend on the level at which the minimum price is set for different types of alcoholic drink". Click here for more...

Payday loans for alcohol
The payday lender Cash Genie encouraged students to use expensive credit to pay for booze or nights out on its website. Click here for more...

Alcohol advice from sexual health teams?
Sexual health teams offering advice to young people should also impart knowledge regarding the dangers of alcohol. Click here for more...

Calls for review of the minimum pricing legislation by drinks industry
Michael Patten from Diageo, the biggest distiller of Scotch whisky, told the Health Committee there should be a review of the minimum pricing legislation "in the form of a sunset clause to ascertain if it was working the way the Sheffield study predicted". Click here for more...

Country pubs 'could be exempt' from late-night levy
Country pubs could be excused from a proposed levy to make late-night drinking establishments pay for the cost of extra policing, the Home Office has said. Click here for more...

Levy to deter thousands of pubs from opening late
More than 10,000 pubs and clubs will stop serving after midnight thanks to the Government’s drive to end 24 hour drinking. Click here for more...

Scottish supermarkets accused of bending new law banning cheap alcohol
Supermarket bosses have come under fire for failing to end cut-price alcohol deals in Scotland, despite the introduction of laws aimed at cracking down on the issue. Click here for more...

Beer must be sold at Brazil World Cup venues
Yet another example of the power of the industry: Beer must be sold at all venues hosting matches in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, football's governing body has insisted - Budweiser being a large sponsor of the competition. Click here for more...

 
News from the North East:

Challenge over booze pricing
The chief of a Hartlepool booze task force has approached the town’s Conservative group leader seeking support for a minimum alcohol price. Click here for more...


News from around the UK:

Canterbury Crown Court: Four guilty of £50m drink fraud
Four men are to be sentenced for their part in a massive £50m tax scam, after a trial at Canterbury Crown Court. Click here for more...

Survey reveals city’s children are learning health lessons
Glasgow's teenagers are becoming healthier, according to a major study of thousands of the city’s youngsters. Click here for more...

Alcohol promotion is ‘irresponsible’
A petrol station has been slammed by safety campaigners for running a promotion offering money off at the pump when drivers buy alcohol. Click here for more...

Researchers backed in substance abuse battle
Researchers at the University of Bedfordshire have been awarded grants of over £100k to pursue research designed to help social workers combat substance use. Click here for more...


Latest research

Mothers warned drinking during seventh to 12th week of pregnancy puts unborn babies at highest risk of foetal alcohol syndrome
A team the University of California, San Diego, studied nearly 1,000 women during their pregnancies over three decades. Click here for more...
 
One in 10 'has alcohol problem'
Nearly one in 10 people surveyed about drinking in Northern Ireland was found to have a problem with alcohol. Click here for more...