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News, policy and research update - Will 45p per unit minimum price in Scotland be high enough?

Posted 03/02/12

National news

Minimum 45p alcohol price ‘too low to have impact’
Ministers are under growing pressure to set a higher minimum price for alcohol as new figures revealed that their plans will have less impact than previously estimated. Click here for more...

Minimum price to cut consumption by 6% a year
A 45p-per-unit minimum price coupled with total ban on discounting in the off-trade could cut consumption by 6% in its first year, according to an updated forecast by the University of Sheffield. Click here for more...

How the downturn is driving us to drink
A quarter of those aged under-25 have admitted to drinking more heavily since the start of the economic crisis, according to a new poll. Click here for more...

Alcohol Concern urges Government to act on workplace drinking
Alcohol Concern has written to Vince Cable, secretary of state for Business, Innovation and Skills, to call for greater focus on alcohol issues in the workplace, which have a major negative impact on productivity. Click here for more...

Seizures of fake alcohol increase fivefold in two years
Tobacco confiscations also on the rise, prompting concern that focus is moving away from counterfeit clothing and electronic goods. Click here for more...


North East news

A drinker dies every 18 hours in the North East
The true cost of alcohol abuse in the North East is revealed as new figures show booze deaths have tripled in the last two decades. Click here for more...

Tyneside MP calls for action against Geordie Shore
The MTV show Geordie Shore returns next week, despite its debut causing a national outcry for its flesh-baring, booze- fuelled debauchery - and this series promises more of the same. Click here for more...


News from around the UK and Ireland

Call to end the 'pocket money' booze
The damaging effects of binge drinking would be eased by introducing a minimum price for alcohol, a Westcountry MP has claimed. Click here for more...

Ban on drink firms sponsoring sport urged by report
A ban on all alcohol sponsorship of sporting and large outdoor events, a ban on all outdoor advertising of alcohol, an increase in the excise duties on some alcohol products and the introduction of a minimum price per gram of alcohol are among the recommendations in the forthcoming National Substance Misuse Strategy. Click here for more...

All-Ireland minimum pricing set for end of 2012
Authorities in Northern Ireland the Irish Republic could both implement a minimum price of alcohol by the end of the year. Click here for more...

Nine-year-old pupils from schools in Mansfield and Ashfield excluded over booze issues
Children as young as nine have been excluded from schools in Mansfield and Ashfield for alcohol-related incidents in the last five years. Click here for more...


Latest research

Tackling alcohol misuse: Should abstinence be our preferred approach?
The British Liver Trust launches a new report which argues that people with alcohol problems must be offered effective support and treatment to meet their individual needs. Click here for more...