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News, policy and research update w/e 09/12/11

Posted 09/12/11

This week’s news, policy and research update.

National news:

Scottish alcohol sales fall after mult-ibuy ban
The amount of alcohol sold in Scottish shops and supermarkets has fallen since a ban on multi-buy deals was introduced in October, according to retail analysts Neilson. Click here for more...

Think-tank favours taxation over minimum price
Economics think-tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has published a new report on Alcohol pricing and taxation policies, favouring the latter. Balance continues to believe the evidence for minimum unit price is convincing as it is targeted, does not publish moderate drinkers or community pubs, and does not allow supermarkets to absorb tax increases. Click here for more...

Unhealthy lifestyles responsible for almost half of cancers
Almost half of cancers are caused by an unhealthy lifestyle that could be avoided by quitting smoking, losing weight, exercising and drinking less alcohol, the most comprehensive study of its kind has found. Click here for more...

Drink drive campaign launched
Road Safety Minister Mike Penning launches the Department for Transport's THINK! Christmas drink drive campaign. THINK! has teamed up with Coca-Cola to offer designated drivers free soft drinks at various venues this Christmas. Click here for more...

Former Tesco boss champions cheap booze
According to a senior doctor, Sir Terry Leahy, former boss of Tesco, ferociously defended the right of supermarkets to charge what they like for alcohol in a meeting at Number 10 to discuss young people and alcohol. Click here for more...

Ministers vow to protect young people from binge drinking
Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) officials reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring alcoholic drinks are not targeted at young people. Balance believes their support for toughening self regulation is not evidence based and will not work. Click here for more...

Liver consultants demand curbs on alcohol advertising
Consultants have called on the Government to introduce new curbs on alcohol advertising to protect young people. Click here for more...

Supermarkets slash booze prices
Bottles of top selling brands are being cut by up to 50 per cent in a bid to keep the tills ringing. Click here for more...


North East news:

Liver specialists: Action needed on drinking culture
Hospital consultants in north-east England have reported seeing an "epidemic" in the number of people in their early 30s with alcoholic liver disease and are supporting Balance’s campaign calling for an end to alcohol advertising targeting children. Click here for more...

Sunderland shoppers shown banned booze ad
Shoppers in Sunderland and across the North East have been viewing a Balance TV ad benned because it calls for restrictions on alcohol advertising. Click here for more...
 

News from other parts of the UK:

Alcoholic liver disease rockets among young Cumbrians
In just one example of Balance campaign activity spreading outside the North East, medics in Cumbria want the government to stop the alcohol industry recruiting children and young people as the next generation of drinkers. Click here for more...

Blood for booze
A booze company has been slammed after it was caught bribing students to give blood in return for free alcohol. Click here for more...
 

Latest research:

The Fraction of Cancer Attributable to Lifestyle and Environmental Factors in the UK in 2010
This supplement provides up-to-date estimates of the numbers (and percentages) of new cancer cases in the UK that are attributable to factors that have been established by international consensus as potentially avoidable causes of the disease. Click here for more...

SIPS brief interventions findings conference: 5th March 2012, King’s College, London
Results from the UK's largest brief intervention study, the SIPS trial, will be officially released at a conference on Monday 5th March 2012, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. Click here for more...

Getting the Measure: An evaluation of Alcohol Intervention (AI) training and resources for frontline staff working in the homelessness sector
This evaluation assesses the effectiveness of Alcohol Intervention training and resources in encouraging frontline workers to discuss alcohol use with service users and the effectiveness of the alcohol intervention model for wider use. Click here for more...