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11/03/2020

Response to the Budget

Colin Shevills, Director of Balance, said: “In freezing alcohol duty, the Chancellor has made a conscious decision to put the profits of the alcohol industry above the health of the...

09/03/2020

Alcohol industry misleading consumers about drinking guidelines...

Balance is calling for mandatory health information to be included on all alcohol product labels, as a new investigation reveals that alcohol companies are still keeping consumers in...

02/03/2020

Drinkers in the NE suffer more alcohol harm than in Wales

Shocking new figures show people in the North East are more likely to die or be hospitalised from alcohol than people in Wales. It comes just as the Welsh Government implements lifesaving...

28/02/2020

Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol could save 2,000 NE lives

Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, is backing calls from civic leaders for the urgent introduction of a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol in England after new evidence revealed...

04/02/2020

Balance calls for action as hospital admissions reach new high...

Balance is calling on the Government to take emergency action on cheap alcohol after new figures show alcohol hospital admissions in England have reached all-time record levels – with...

29/01/2020

Balance calls on government to raise alcohol duty to fund NHS...

Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, is calling on the Government to increase alcohol duty in the forthcoming Budget, to fund public health and prevention services.

27/01/2020

Dry January can be a springboard to reduce your drinking

Balance the North East Alcohol Office is encouraging drinkers who’ve taken part in Dry January to use the experience to help reduce their drinking all-year-round.

20/12/2019

Emergency services under pressure from alcohol at Christmas

If you can’t wait until Christmas, spare a thought for emergency services in the North East who are bracing themselves for one of the busiest times of the year.

17/12/2019

People are challenged to “Try Dry” in January

One in 10 drinkers plan to go alcohol-free for Dry January 2020. And almost four in five (78%) Brits say they drink more than they want or intend to, according to a new online poll...

04/11/2019

NE drinkers increasing their risks of an alcohol related cancer...

Cancers related to alcohol are on the rise in the North East – with an estimated 3,120 incidences of alcohol-related cancer recorded from 2015-17.