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Weekly Policy Update - BMJ Investigation - Under the Influence

Posted 09/01/14

National News:
BMJ - Under the influence
In a BMJ investigation, Jonathan Gornall discovers that the government consultation into introducing a minimum unit price for alcohol in England and Wales was a sham and that politicians ignored the strong health evidence in favour of protecting the interests of industry. - Read more...

Alcohol pricing: government 'dancing to the tune of drinks industry'
Officials and ministers had 130 meetings with industry lobbyists while government was considering alcohol price controls. - Read more... 

Anger as supermarkets put booze next to sweets 
Home Office condemns 'irresponsible' shops for targeting families. - Read more...

The rise of the young non-drinkers 
UK teenagers might have a reputation for binge drinking, but in reality the number of young people consuming alcohol has declined sharply. Why? Read more...

New alcohol advertising guidelines for UK
Strengthened guidance for alcohol advertising in the UK has recently been issued by a broadcast monitoring body. - Read more... 

MP uncovers massive rise in alcohol impacted tots
Burton's MP has called for more support for expectant mothers with a drink problem after he uncovered a shocking rise the number of babies born deformed or disabled as a result. - Read more...

Can an alcohol-free night on the town in Dry January really be fun? 
As part of Alcohol Concern’s Dry January campaign, 25-year-old Lauren Joyce visits Redemption, a newly-opened “dry bar” in west London, to see whether you can still have a good time without the booze. - Read more...

Regional News:
Big increase in alcohol-related liver disease in last four years
New figures have confirmed the enormous increase in alcohol-related liver disease in the region in the last four years. - Read more...



International News:
16 Indonesians die after drinking bootleg alcohol
Sixteen Indonesians have died and nine are fighting for their lives after drinking bootleg alcohol to celebrate New Year's Eve on the main island of Java, police said Monday. - Read more... 

Alcohol consumption continues to fall
The latest figures from the National Institute for Health and Welfare THL show a decline in alcohol consumption in Finland, and an associated fall in the negative health impacts of drinking. - Read more... 


Yarra Council imposes booze ban on Edinburgh Gardens on Australia Day Alcohol will be banned from a large swathe of Edinburgh Gardens on Australia Day in response to revellers trashing the popular park on New Year's Eve. - Read more...