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News, policy and research update - The backlash from the alcohol strategy emerges...

Posted 30/03/12

National news:

Government plans to impose a minimum unit price for alcohol could bring an £850 million-a-year windfall for the drinks industry
The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the proposals, unveiled last week in an attempt to curb binge drinking in England and Wales, would have a "significant impact" for off-licence sales of alcohol. Click here for more...

Drinking guidelines to be reviewed
Drinkers could be officially advised to observe teetotal days each week after the Government announced a review of its alcohol guidelines for men and women. Click here for more...

Safe drinkers hit with 'substantial' extra costs under minimum alcohol pricing
Millions of drinkers who stick within their safe weekly limits face spending up to £71 a year more on alcohol under the Coalition's plans for minimum pricing, a new study has found. Click here for more...

Government alcohol strategy comes under fire from advertisers
Advertisers have warned that the Government's new alcohol strategy, which sets out a plan to ensure children have less exposure to drinks ads, would be "largely ineffective" and could have a "serious impact" on TV ad revenues. Click here for more...

Licensed industry welcomes Government plans to introduce minimum alcohol pricing
The sale of multi-buy discount deals in supermarkets also faces the axe, in order to save the UK an estimated £21b a year as a result of alcohol-relate crime and deaths. Click here for more...

EU urged to tackle excessive alcohol consumption
EU lawmakers have been urged to follow the UK's example in helping people to "turn their back" on potentially harmful excessive binge drinking. Click here for more...

 £4 million for innovative solutions to tackle healthcare problems
The Department of Health has opened two new competitions with up to £2 million of funding each to develop technological and innovative solutions that can a) change people´s behaviour in order to reduce the impact of obesity and alcohol related diseases and b) improve the number of patients taking their medication as prescribed. Click here for more... 

How will a minimum price for alcohol affect supermarket deals?
The government is proposing a 40p minimum price per unit of alcohol across England and Wales. How would that affect the 5,000 drink deals in UK supermarkets? Click here for more...

Government's Alcohol Strategy
Following the publication of the Government’s Alcohol Strategy, the Health Committee is to hold an inquiry examining the Government’s proposals so far as they relate to health issues. Click here for more...

Govt threatens alcohol ad ban to protect young people
The Government has warned that it will consider a ban on alcohol advertising unless more action is taken to reduce young people's exposure to it. Click here for more...

Excess alcohol impacts on oral health
Clinical research discovered people are three times more likely to suffer from severe gum disease if they are dependent on alcohol compared to an occasional drinker. Click here for more...

Plea for practical advice on drinking
A public health boss has called for messages over alcohol consumption to be ‘practical’ and ‘relevant to the everyday lives of people’ ahead of a review into drinking guidelines. Click here for more...

Patients to be quizzed by GPs about drinking
GPs could be paid extra to question patients on their drinking habits and catch related problems early under proposals in the government’s controversial new alcohol strategy. Click here for more...


North East news:

Sunderland liver disease sufferer welcomes plans for minimum price on booze
A chronic liver disease sufferer has welcomed plans for a minimum price on alcohol. Click here for more... 

Can better genes help drinkers beat liver disease?
Leading liver experts in the North East are set to undertake research to see if there is a genetic link in alcoholic liver disease. Click here for more...


Latest research:

Just one small glass of wine a day raises a woman's risk of breast cancer
Just one small glass one wine a day substantially raises a woman's risk of breast cancer, researchers warn today. Click here for more...
 

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