Weekly news update - MSPs approve drink pricing sunset clause

Posted 04/05/12

National news:

Computer based interventions: NHS Scotlands report explores potential
NHS Scotland have released a report on Computer based interventions: A report to rapidly assess the effectiveness evidence in relation to computer-based alcohol interventions. Click here for more...

Legal query on minimum pricing
The legality of the Government's plans to introduce minimum prices for alcohol have been brought into question by it refusal to respond to a very simple question: Are their plans legal under European law? Click here for more...

New legislation to crack down on teenage drinkers using bogus ID
Underage drinkers in Northern Ireland will find it increasingly difficult to get their hands on cheap drink. Click here for more...

'It is only a matter of time before a Muslim student is physically assaulted' - Muslim students condemn university alcohol ban
Muslims students at London Metropolitan University have attacked proposals to ban alcohol on campus as divisive and likely to fuel the far-right. This is their letter to vice chancellor Malcolm Gillies. Click here for more...

Minimum alcohol pricing: MSPs reject plans to recoup ‘windfall’ profits
PLANS to stop drinks retailers from making “windfall” profits when a minimum alcohol price is introduced have been rejected by MSPs. Click here for more... 

MSPs approve drink pricing sunset clause
New laws to bring in minimum drink pricing in Scotland will be ditched after six years if they fail to work. Click here for more...

Commons bar staff to refuse intoxicated MPs
Speaker John Bercow is taking action against drunken MPs - by encouraging Commons bar staff to refuse serving politicians looking a little the worse for wear. Click here for more...


Latest research:

Alcohol advertising affects brand choice but not consumption
Alcohol advertising has a negligible impact on consumption according to new research of British residents. Click here for more...

TV Ads May Play Role in Underage Drinking and Obesity
The greater the familiarity with the ads, the greater these risks, researchers say (American study). Click here for more...

Binge-drinking and drug abuse in teenagers 'linked to the way their brain is wired'
Teenagers who binge drink and take drugs may have differently wired brains - meaning they could be screened for their risk of substance abuse. Click here for more...