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Weekly News Update: Big fall in alcohol-related A&E visits by children

Posted 01/08/14

National:

Independent expert panel recommends introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Wales
The Welsh Government should introduce minimum unit pricing to address alcohol-related harm among people most affected by hazardous and harmful levels of drinking, an independent expert panel has recommended. Click here to read more...

Minimum price only targets problem drinkers says minister
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has welcomed today's expert report on minimum alcohol pricing which he says adds to the evidence that the move would help cut problem drinking. Click here to read more...

Big fall in alcohol-related A&E visits by children
The number of admissions to accident and emergency departments for children and teenagers who had been drinking alcohol has plummeted, while the level of visits has risen among the adult population, new figures show. Click here to read more...

Alcohol abuse in pregnancy could become a crime, legal papers claim
Advice groups bid to combat ruling they believe could undermine pregnant women's freedom to make decisions for themselves. Click here to read more...

DEPARTMENTS DEFEND ALCOHOL POLICY
Communities minister Kris Hopkins has insisted his colleagues are not "killjoys" as he urged them to "do their bit" to support Britain's pub trade. Click here to read more...

Morrisons bans high-strength booze cans in Responsibility Deal pledge
Morrisons has become the first retailer to sign up to the new Responsibility Deal pledge banning any carbonated product in its stores with more than four units of alcohol in a single-serve can.Click here to read more...

TV Alcohol Ads May Be a Significant Predictor of Brand Consumption Among Youth
Alcohol brands that most underage drinkers consume are heavily advertised in the magazines that young people read, according to a recent study.  Click here to read more...

Ankle tags to monitor offenders' alcohol consumption
Offenders convicted of alcohol-related crimes will have to wear ankle tags to monitor whether they are still drinking, under a new pilot scheme. Click here to read more...

Irresponsible’ Jägermeister ad banned in UK
Jägermeister has been forced to pull it first ever UK TV advertisement over claims it linked alcohol with “tough and daring behaviour.  Click here to read more...

UK Parliament to launch inquiry into EU’s Alcohol Strategy
The House of Lords Home Affairs, Health and Education EU Sub-Committee in the UK is seeking contributions to its new inquiry into the EU’s Alcohol Strategy. Click here to read more...

50p rate 'targets heavy drinkers'
Only patients with liver problems who are the heaviest drinkers would be affected by a minimum price for alcohol, experts have said. Click here to read more...

Alcohol Focus Scotland - E-Focus - July 2014