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Weekly news update - Scottish government seeks MUP of 50p

Posted 18/05/12

National news:

Scottish government seeks minimum alcohol price of 50p per unit
The Scottish government has confirmed that it wants to set a minimum price for alcohol of 50p per unit. Click here for more...

Survey reveals wide public support for cut in hospitality VAT rate
Calls for the Government to slash the VAT rate for the hospitality sector have been supported by a large percentage of the public, according to a new national survey. Click here for more...

Northern Ireland pubs group backs 50p per unit alcohol price proposal
An organisation representing bars and nightclubs in Northern Ireland has given its backing to a minimum price for alcohol of 50p a unit. Click here for more...

Critics hit out at alcohol plans
Critics of the Scottish Government's plans for minimum pricing have hit out at the proposed 50p-a-unit price, branding it a regressive charge which will treat drinkers "as if they're children to be nannied by the Government". Click here for more...

Warning over alcohol-related deaths
One in eight deaths of UK adults under the age of 64 is caused by alcohol, an international conference on tackling problem drinking has heard. Click here for more...

UK urged to follow Scotland in fixing lowest booze price
The North East would reap wide-reaching social and health benefits if the Government matches Scottish proposals on minimum alcohol pricing, campaigners said last night. Click here for more...

Irish minister to end alcohol sponsorship of sports
Alcohol sponsorship of sports events is to be ended, Minister of State for Health Róisín Shortall has pledged. Click here for more...

Baroness Newlove - Ten communities to tackle binge and underage drinking unveiled
The 10 communities that will lead work to tackle binge and underage drinking have been announced by the Government Champion for Active Safer Communities. Click here for more... 

Alcohol adverts 'target teenagers' despite strict code
Seven years after strict new rules were introduced to stop drinks companies marketing alcohol to children, teenagers are again being targeted, a report finds. Click here for more...

Britain Leads Underage Drinking Fight, WHO Report Shows
Britain has made the greatest strides in reducing underage drinking and levels of drunkenness, especially in 13- and 15-year-olds, a new report from the World Health Organization shows. Click here for more...

Alcohol industry spokesperson denies marketing to young people
A representative of the alcohol industry in Ireland has today denied that drinks companies are not trying to sell their products to young people through sports sponsorship. Click here for more...

Calls to introduce a minumum price for alcohol
Minimum alcohol pricing should be introduced to help stop binge drinking in Guernsey, the director of Public Health has said. Click here for more...


News from around the UK:

Police fine 200 drunken women in Lancashire
Girls aged 21 and under in Lancashire received fines for drunkenness more than women anywhere else across England and Wales last year, other than women living in Northumbria and Merseyside. Click here for more...


Latest research:

Scientists Find Yet Another Link Between Alcohol and Breast Cancer
A recent study looked at the impact of alcohol intake in adolescent girls on the development of proliferative benign breast disease (BDD), which is known to cause a fourfold increase in the risk of developing breast cancer. Click here for more,,,

Alcohol affecting mental health of youngsters
A new study on youth mental health has revealed that drinking alcohol is majorly affecting young people’s mental health. Click here for more...