Weekly News Update - Call for greater powers to control availalability

Posted 22/06/12

News from around the UK:

IBA for children and young people: evidence, guidance and resources?
Although NICE advises that IBA be offered to those aged 16 and over, there is limited evidence as to the effectiveness and best delivery approaches for children and young people. However a new SIPS junior trial is getting underway focussing on younger adolescents presenting to A&E departments (but don’t expect the results anytime too soon – it’s a 5 year project!). The SIPS junior website has a good summary of the issue.  Click here for more...

UK Health: Alcohol unit reduction pledge delivery plans published
Following the announcement of the alcohol unit reduction pledge on 23 March, the Department has now published the delivery plans from early signatories.  Click here for more...

Two in five major trauma cases involve alcohol
Almost two in five major traumas sustained by individuals across Scotland last year involved alcohol, new figures have revealed.  Click here for more...

'Community Alcohol Networks: A Practitioners Toolkit' - Lancashire partnerhsip approach to young people's drinking
Lancashire have released a CAN Practitioner Toolkit and a CAN Problem Oriented Partnership report.  Click here for more...

Crewe play highlights excess alcohol strain on NHS
Health chiefs in Cheshire have reiterated their support for a Government scheme to cut the price of alcohol, following a hard-hitting awareness performance staged in Crewe’s Market Shopping Centre. Click here for more...

Alcohol blamed for 2m A&E patients
Alcohol-related injury and illness accounts for 14% of all accident and emergency hospital attendance, research has found.  Click here for more...

Report calls for greater powers to control availability of alcohol
Licensing authorities need greater powers to regulate the availability of alcohol in their areas, a new report has claimed.  Click here for more...

Daily drinking in pregnancy 'not safe'
“Pregnant women can binge drink safely,” according to a report in today’s Metro.  Click here for more...

Government plans minimum alcohol pricing by 2014
The Governent plans to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol by October 2014. The proposals for a minimum unit price of 40p were made as part of the Government's alcohol strategy, details of which were released in March this year.  The Home Office's Business Plan for 2012-15 indicated that it wanted a minimum price per unit of alcohol to be introduced by October 2014.  Click here for more...

Ambulance crews issue booze plea ahead of England v Italy match
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is urging people to stay safe and look after themselves and friends when watching the quarter-final in the Euro 2012 tournament.  Ambulance chiefs are asking football fans to take extra if they are planning to drink booze during Sunday night’s England v Italy game.  Click here for more...
 

International news:

Young people, alcohol and preventing harm
Video produced by VicHealth with the support of the Department of Health and the Australian Drug Foundation.  Click here for more...

Federal Government giving leading sporting organisations funding to shun alcohol sponsorship
Twelve of Australia's leading sporting organisations have agreed to shun alcohol sponsorship after accepting Federal Government funding instead. Click here for more...
 

Latest Research:

Shop servers’ experience of alcohol-related issues and interventions in socially contrasting neighbourhoods
Alcohol problems are concentrated in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. In recent times there has been a shift in alcohol consumer patterns across the UK away from the on-trade (pubs) towards the off-trade sector (licensed shops).  Click here for more...

Moderate drinking in early pregnancy branded 'safe'
Drinking a low or moderate level of alcohol in early pregnancy is not linked to developmental problems in five-year-olds, Danish researchers say.  Click here for more...

Can a gastric bypass turn you into an alcoholic?
Doctors warn popular weight-loss surgery could have dangerous side-effects.  Click here for more...