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Weekly News Update: Even light drinking increases cancer risk

Posted 31/08/12

National news

Campaigners' fury at legal pill Alcopal which lets you drink five pints of beer and still pass a breathalyser test
Campaigners are calling for pills which allow drivers to drink five pints of beer and still pass a breathalyser test to be banned after a businessman began selling them in the UK.  Click here for more...

Even light drinking increases cancer risk
New study indicates that it's not just heavy drinkers who need to worry about the health implications of alcohol.  Click here for more...

Analysis: Industry can no longer deny the link between unit price and consumption
As a doctor, I treat people with alcohol problems every day. I see lives ruined and I see lives cut short. With my colleagues across the medical professions, I will continue to fight for minimum unit pricing of alcohol.  Click here for more...

How alcohol causes cancer - and is particularly lethal to those of Asian descent
Alcohol breaks down in the body to create a chemical that can cause DNA damage leading to cancer, according to the first study to explain how drink may be carcinogenic to humans.  Click here for more...

4% fall in alcohol sales recorded
Alcohol sales in Scotland fell last year, although the amount of drink sold per person was still significantly higher than south of the border, new figures have revealed.  Click here for more...

Cheap drinks code comes into force
A new complaints process to combat excessively cheap drink promotions in pubs and clubs in Northern Ireland comes into force this weekend.  Click here for more...


International News

MPs vote a 'victory' for teens (NZ)
Parliament has again brushed off a bid to return the drinking age to 20 after a rare three-way vote. The alcohol purchase age remains at 18 after a colourful debate, which ended in 68 votes for the status quo and 53 backing a return to 20.  Click here for more...