• Cheap Beer: The region's first PoundPub opens its doors (From The Northern Echo) http://t.co/ImMlTWFtGQ
    posted 1 days ago
  • Balance Weekly Policy Update is now available at: http://t.co/bZZ9VopZmk
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  • Supermarket wine price wars are dumbing down market,80% of wine solde less than £6.00 says report http://t.co/AVelU2fSIs
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Weekly news update - Scottish MUP passed by parliament

Posted 25/05/12

National news:

Call to challenge Scottish minimum alcohol price plan
The EU has been urged to contest Scotland's plans for a minimum price per unit of alcohol. Click here for more...

Man Vs Jack Daniels: Foolish student becomes latest to risk health by racing to consume spirits in shocking YouTube video
Another young student has risked his health to become an internet hit by downing massive amounts of alcohol on camera - the latest in a craze spreading across British universities. Click here for more...

A quarter of Scots supermarket booze to be hit by 50p minimum
Supermarkets will need to put up the price of at least 25% of all alcoholic drinks for sale under the Scottish government’s plans for a 50p minimum unit alcohol price, The Grocer can reveal. 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...

Jobseekers who reject help for alcohol and drug addiction face benefits cut
Iain Duncan Smith to signal measures allowing Jobcentre Plus staff to dock allowances for claimants who refuse treatment. Click here for more...

Booze shock: Alcohol puts a child under FIVE in hospital every week
The NHS says it is growing trend as every week three 10 and 11-year-olds are taken to hospital in England after drinking too much. Click here for more...

Minimum drink price plans met by storm of protest
Doubts on legality of legislature’s attempt to introduce minimum price on alcohol as a condition of licensing. Click here for more...

A&E hospitals braced for heavy workload in summer of big events
The Olympics, Euro 2012 and the diamond jubilee are expected to produce a big caseload, many of them drunk, for hospitals. Click here for more...

Over a quarter of Brits drink more alcohol when sun shines, new survey finds
Over a quarter of Brits (27%) drink more alcohol when the weather gets warmer, according to new findings from Opinium Research. Click here for more...

Liver disease 'time bomb' warning
A national screening programme is needed to tackle the "ticking time
bomb" of liver disease caused by alcohol, obesity and hepatitis,
according to a top doctor. Click here for more...

Scottish minimum alcohol pricing passed by parliament
Scotland will become the first place in the UK to introduce minimum drink pricing, after MSPs passed new laws. Click here for more...


North East news:

Nick Forbes criticises police over Newcastle's drink problem
Tyneside's most senior police officers are failing to take the problems caused by drink seriously enough, the leader of Newcastle City Council claimed yesterday. Click here for more...