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Weekly News Update: ACPO backs booze price reform

Posted 06/07/12

News from around the UK:

Bath University is carrying out a survey about alcohol particularly in relation to people’s thoughts about minimum unit price. They are looking for a decent sample from the North East so I would encourage you to fill in the survey (it took me 10 mins) and to circulate to colleagues, family and friends. Click here to take the survey.  Click here for full story...

New campaign to tackle under aged drinking to launch in Wiltshire
A groundbreaking campaign to get young people animated about the issues of under aged drinking will be launched in Salisbury this week. Click here for more...

DoH backs alcohol brands in plain packaging proposal
Alcohol brands could be rescued from the possibility of a plain packaging enforcement and marketing bans in the UK, after the Department of Health (DoH) told MPs there was "very limited" evidence to its effectiveness.  Click here for more...

UK's teenage girls are biggest binge drinkers in Europe as more than half of 15-year-olds drink to excess at least once a month
Teenage girls in Britain are more likely to be binge drinkers than anywhere else in Europe, according to a devastating dossier on our nation’s problems with alcohol.  Click here for more...

Over 130 arrests in London-wide licensing crackdown
More than 130 people have been arrested as part of a Metropolitan Police crackdown on unlicensed activity across the capital.  Click here for more...

Most UK adults drink to unwind
Many UK adults admit turning to alcohol to help them relax after a stressful day, according to new research.  Click here for more...

‘Voluntary’ alcohol code not worth a tap
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has expressed grave concerns about the extent to which the voluntary code on responsible retailing of alcohol can protect young people in light of the Centra ‘drinks offer’.  Click here for more...

Project teaches young people about alcohol hazards
Young people in Salisbury have teamed up to produce a series of animated videos on the impact of alcohol, which they hope will go viral across social networking sites. Click here for more...


Regional News:

Association of Chief Police Officers backs booze price reform at Durham conference
Campaigners have welcomed high-level police support for a minimum unit price for alcohol.  Click here for more...
 

International News:

Men over 50 nation's biggest drinkers
Men over 50 - not young people - are the biggest drinkers in New Zealand, researchers have found.  Click here for more...

Officials meet alcohol industry to discuss minimum pricing
Justice Ministry officials meet alcohol industry representatives this week to discuss a minimum price for alcohol although Prime Minister John Key has said he does not think the idea would work.  Click here for more...

Binge drinking on the rise among young people, says new Statistics Canada report
Binge-drinking is on the rise, particularly among young people in their late teens and 20s. Recently released data from Statistics Canada shows that the percentage of people who report heavy drinking has increased nearly 2% between 2010 and 2011.  Click here for more...

Russia to ban alcohol ads
Alcohol advertisements will disappear from the Russia in media. After increasing the excise duty, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament adopted a bill that imposes a complete ban on advertising alcohol in printed editions as well as on the Internet.  Click here for more...