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Weekly news update: Teenagers shunning drugs for healthier lifestyle

Posted 03/08/12

National news

Drink driving figures not achieving desired reduction says ACPO
The proportion of those failing a breath test has not fallen significantly, figures from the latest police drink and drug campaign and enforcement drive show.  Click here for more...

Forum to get advice on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
An online forum for parents of children with a rare condition caused by drinking while pregnant has been launched in Oxfordshire.  Click here for more...

Teenagers shunning drugs for healthier lifestyle
A survey of 6,500 children aged between 11 and 15 showed the numbers taking drugs, smoking and drinking alcohol had all fallen over the past decade.  Click here for more...

Drinkaware 'in:tuition' schools programme pilot update - an effective educational approach?
In 2011 Drinkaware launched an interactive life-skills programme in:tuition to support school-aged children, their teachers and parents.  Click here for more...

Whisky lobby says minimum pricing breaks EU law
Doctors leaders say they are disappointed but not surprised by a challenge to the emerging minimum alcohol pricing policy. Click here for more...

Two new members join Independent Alcohol Complaints Panel
A professor of marketing and a specialist licensing barrister have joined the Independent Complaints Panel.  Click here for more...

Pernod Ricard UK and the Automobile Association plan to tackle the issue of drink-driving among young UK adults...
Pernod Ricard UK and the AA plan to tackle the issue of drink-driving among young UK adults, through the launch of the fourth phase of their anti-drink-driving marketing campaign. Click here for more...

The struggle over Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol has only just begun
Legal measures setting a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol at 50p, which were announced earlier this month, will shortly make their way to the statute books in Scotland.  Click here for more...

Public health briefings for local government - Briefing on alcohol expected in October 2012
NICE is developing public health briefings for a range of different topics. Click here for more...

Daily glass of wine ‘is as good as drugs for protecting thin bones in older women’
Regular moderate intake of alcohol after the menopause helps to maintain bone strength, according to an international review team.  Click here for more...


Regional news

North East kids UK's biggest boozers and smokers
Fears have been raised about the levels of drinking, smoking and drug use among youngsters in the North East.  Click here for more...


Events

Healthy Communities 2012: Delivering Healthier, Happier and Longer Lives
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Seminar: Missing a trick: stepping up the challenge of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - 25 September 2012, Coventry
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International News

Restrictions on the marketing of alcoholic beverages should be introduced (Fin)
The Finnish Consumer Agency is of the view that image-based alcohol advertising and alcohol advertising in public places should be prohibited. Such a change would have an impact on overall attitudes and particularly on alcohol consumption among children and young people. Click here for more...

Advertising watchdog slams alcohol companies (Aus)
Alcohol companies targeting young people through promotions and sport sponsorship, have been slammed in the first report from a new advertising watchdog.  Click here for more...