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News, policy and research update w/e 23/12/11

Posted 23/12/11

This week’s news, policy and research update.

National news:

Fears over 'harmful' fake alcohol on sale across the UK
There's a warning that fake alcohol containing harmful ingredients is being sold in the UK. The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) says people should take extra care when buying alcohol over Christmas. Click here for more...

Britain's alcohol crisis: Is there a cure for the biggest hangover in Europe?
Health Secretary rejects laws on drink prices, and says he has a plan to sober up some of Britain's drunks. Click here for more...

Christmas binges mean Britons could be consuming extra 3,000 calories per day
Party-loving Britons could each be consuming up to an extra 3,000 calories a day in the run-up to Christmas, a survey reveals. Almost half the public are doubling their daily intake by replacing proper meals with sugary drinks, snacks and alcohol at Christmas parties. Click here for more...

Government hails alcohol pricing study
A Canadian study which claims the country's minimum alcohol pricing laws have helped curb drinking has been hailed by the Scottish Government as the "first concrete evidence" that the policy could help tackle Scotland's own drinking culture. Click here for more...

2010 Health Survey for England figures released
The Health Survey for England is a series of annual surveys designed to measure health and health-related behaviours in adults and children living in private households in England. Included are figures on alcohol consumption by age and gender. Click here for more...

MSPs to quiz Nicola Sturgeon on alcohol price plan
MSPs are due to quiz Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon on her plans to set a minimum unit price for alcohol. Click here for more...

National youth scrutiny group to advise ministers as Positive for Youth policy is unveiled
A national scrutiny group of young people will advise ministers on how government policies affect them and their families, as part of the government's youth policy. Annual data will be published on measures such as percentages of 11-to 15-year-olds misusing drugs and alcohol. Click here for more...

Lansley: Minimum pricing not the answer
Minimum pricing on alcohol will not combat problem drinking in the UK, according to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley. Click here for more... 

Minimum pricing on alcohol 'almost certain' to meet legal challenge
Nicola Sturgeon said minimum pricing is an essential part of wider attempts to tackle Scotland's unhealthy relationship with drink. Click here for more...

Drinking problems 'near most homes', church survey suggests
More than 60% of people believe excessive drinking is causing problems near their homes, a poll by three of Britain\'s leading churches suggests. Click here for more...

Department of Health reveals public health plans
Local authorities will have a wide range of commissioning responsibilities, according to new documents. Click here for more...

Shops boss defends alcohol sales
The boss of a body that represents convenience stores has denied that its members follow a "morally questionable" business model predicated on selling cheap alcohol. Click here for more... 


News from around the UK:

Surrey Police gives new powers to 'frustrated' PCSOs
Extra powers have been given to police community support officers (PCSOs) in Surrey to tackle under-age drinking. Click here for more...


Latest Research:

Men give up on the pub! Beer drinking drops by a quarter in just five years as men stay at home
Britain is shaking off its reputation as a nation of beer drinkers. Consumption has fallen by almost a quarter since 2006 largely because many men have given up on going to the pub, research shows. Click here for more...