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Weekly News Update: Minimum price for alcohol legal challenge fails

Posted 03/05/13

National news

Minimum price for alcohol legal challenge fails as court rules the Scottish Government can now proceed with their plans
The Court of Session in Edinburgh has refused a petition led by the Scotch Whisky Association against plans for a 50p per unit minimum price for booze.  Click here for more...

Liver disease problems on the rise
The number of people being admitted to hospital with liver problems as a result of alcoholism is rising dramatically, figures suggest.  Click here for more...

Well known brands and cheap strong booze consumed most by vulnerable young people
Heavily advertised brands and cheap, strong alcohol make up the top five alcoholic drinks consumed by the most vulnerable young people who are involved with drug and alcohol services, according to a new survey from Alcohol Concern. Click here for more... 

Social norms and student drinking – an exploratory trial
Findings from a trial social norms campaign in Welsh universities have been published in the journal Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy.  Click here for more...

Alcohol Concern Newsletter
April 2013.  Click here for more...

Tackling Scotland's drink problem demands effort from everyone
The coming days are expected to see ministers attempt to beat Scotland’s growing booze crisis by setting a minimum unit price for alcohol.  Click here for more...

Bid for Derby city centre ban on super-strength alcohol
Derbyshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner has called for a ban on “super-strength” alcohol sales from shops in Derby city centre in a bid to cut drink-related crime in half.  Click here for more...

Public Health England publishes 2013/14 priorities
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Alcohol Focus Scotland eFocus
April 2013.  Click here for more...

UK coalition to shelve bold ideas as focus moves to swing vote
The coalition government is shelving plans for a “lobbyists charter”, plain cigarette packaging and minimum alcohol pricing as it seeks to focus next week’s Queen’s Speech on core policies aimed at swing voters. Click here for more...

Minimum pricing will bring “substantial health and social benefits” says new IAS report
A new report, ‘Is alcohol too cheap in the UK? Setting the case for a Minimum Unit Price [MUP] for alcohol’ is published today by the Institute of Alcohol Studies.  Click here for more...


International news:

Int’l alcohol policy symposium discusses harms of alcohol (Turkey)
The harm that alcohol consumption causes to individuals, families and society as a whole and the possible policies that could be adopted by Turkey and other countries are being discussed at a global two-day symposium that started in İstanbul on Friday.  Click here for more...

Canada is proof that state-controlled drinking is good for health
Under minimum pricing of alcohol, the state dictates the cost, or at least the "floor" price, that pubs, clubs and supermarkets must charge for beer, wine and other drinks. Click here for more...

Online Conference on Digital Alcohol Marketing 
Developments in digital alcohol marketing have gone rapidly as alcohol marketers adapt to keep up with the latest trends and technologies. Consequently, there is a need for up-to-date evidence based policy measures.  Click here for more...
 
European Alcohol and Health Forum
The two main focus areas of the meeting held on 25 April were CEOs global initiatives to reduce alcohol related harm and lowering alcoholic strength of drinks.  Click here for more...

Young people with FASD: treatment under law scrutinised (Aus)
A survey among police, corrective services and WA’s legal institutions has revealed 85 per cent of staff at various levels within the organisations have dealt with young people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).  Click here for more...