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Weekly news update: Alcohol Focus Scotland supports Scottish Gov'ment

Posted 28/09/12

National news

Wine drinkers ditch prejudice towards lower alcohol and boxed wines
The latest research from Mintel shows Britain’s wine drinkers are more amenable to screw tops, boxes and pouches this year than last, while sales of lower alcohol wines are grown by 40% by value to around £23 million.  Click here for more...

What’s the right age to talk to the kids about drink danger?
Most fathers in the South East raise responsible drinking with their children up to seven years later than dads in London, according to poll results. Click here for more...

Ipswich: Trailblaizing campaign launched to banish cheap superstrength alcohol
A ground-breaking drive to banish the curse of cheap super-strength alcohol from Ipswich off-licences was launched today.  Click here for more...

Findings of alcohol survey 'stark'
A third of 18-24-year old drinkers consume the equivalent of 1 ¼ bottles of wine on a typical night out, a new report has revealed. Click here for more...

Scotland debates lowering drink-drive alcohol limits
The Scottish government is consulting a number of organisations about the implications of a reduction in the drink-drive limit.  Click here for more...

Charity to support Scottish government in legal battle over alcohol price
A campaigning charity has won the right to support the Scottish government in its legal battle with drinks manufacturers that oppose the introduction of minimum pricing.  Click here for more...

WSTA for 12-week consultation on UK's minimum unit price proposal
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has said that the UK Parliament needs to hold 12 weeks of consultation on minimum unit pricing (MUP) of alcohol in the wake of opposition to the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill.  Click here for more...

Minimum alcohol pricing is delayed as Europe mulls over free trade
SNP Ministers’ attempts to introduce a minimum price for alcohol could be delayed after questions over their legality were raised in Europe.  Click here for more...

Fears for future of Shortall's alcohol strategy
Campaigners against alcohol abuse say there is “huge concern” for the future of the Government’s plan to tackle the issue following the resignation of Róisín Shortall.  Click here for more...

Gavin Hewitt: “Scottish Government is not allowed to pass any measure in breach of the UK’s international treaty obligations”
The Scotch Whisky Association is committed to changing cultural attitudes to alcohol in Scotland, but opposes the introduction of price controls through minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcoholic drinks on three grounds.  Click here for more...

International news

Italy complains over minimum alcohol price policy
Italy has become the latest country to oppose the Scottish Government's flagship minimum alcohol price policy.  Click here for more...

Brits warned of poison booze as 23 die (Czech)
The Foreign Office is warning Brit stag and hen parties bound for the Czech Republic about potentially lethal supplies of bootleg booze.  Click here for more...

Alcohol companies marketing to teens (Aus)
Alcohol producers have bypassed restrictions on advertising in Australian media by targeting young people directly online, a Wollongong-based health expert warned yesterday.  Click here for more...

Health experts call for alcohol marketing inquiry (Aus)
Health experts meeting at Parliament House in Canberra have called on the Federal Government to establish an inquiry into alcohol marketing.  Click here for more...

Bid to curb boozy teens (Aus)
Soaring numbers of Tasmanian schoolchildren are being treated for drug and alcohol issues.  Click here for more...

Research news

Protein That Causes Alcohol Addiction Identified
A protein which controls our urge to eat is involved in alcohol addiction, researchers from the Scripps Research Institute have found. Peptide ghrelin, which is known to stimulate eating, is said to play a major role in alcohol addiction.  Click here for more...