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Weekly policy update: NE crime chiefs demand alcohol price rethink

Posted 17/01/14

National news:

MP’s fury at alcohol report bar
South Hams MP Dr Sarah Wollaston has voiced her outrage at Government ‘attempts to suppress’ important research relating to minimum unit pricing on alcohol. Click here for more...

UK's annual cancer diagnosis numbers rise by 50,000 in a decade
Cancer numbers have gone up mainly because people are living longer but alcohol and obesity have also contributed to rise.  Click here for more...

UK law to stop further sales of booze to drunk customers routinely flouted
Bar tenders in clubs and pubs are routinely flouting UK legislation intended to prevent further sales of alcohol to those who are already drunk, reveals a study of purchase patterns in one UK city, published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.  Click here for more...

Let’s finally Call Time On Duty: how to get involved
The Wine & Spirit Trade Association is leading a new campaign, Call Time On Duty, aimed at persuading George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to scrap the duty escalator on wines and spirits. Click here for more...


Regional news:

North-East crime chiefs demand alcohol price rethink following damning report
The North-East’s police commissioners last night urged the Government to re-think its policy on cheap alcohol amid claims key evidence had been “buried” as ministers came under pressure from the drinks industry.  Click here for more...
 
Residents invited to join a pub crawl with a difference in Darlington
Darlington Council has joined with Pubwatch to organise an alcohol-free night out on the town in support of Balance and Alcohol Concern’s ‘Dry January’ campaign.  Click here for more...

Fighting back against the North-East's under-age drinking epidemic
Under-age drinking is a serious issue in the North East. The region has the country's highest percentage of 11 to 15 year-olds drinking alcohol and also has double the national average of under-18's in treatment for drink related problems.  Click here for more...

Alcohol costs Sunderland police, health services and business £120million a year
New figures show that booze is setting back the city’s workplace and wider economy £48million annually, while alcohol-related crime and its aftermath account almost £29million. Click here for more...

£42m and 16,000 sickies – the shocking cost of alcohol misuse to Hartlepool economy
Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, has released the figures and officials say alcohol is having an adverse affect on every aspect of society and say it “cannot continue”.  Click here for more...


International news:

Online drinking game 'new level of harm' (NZ)
A Facebook craze that has dared people into funnelling spirits, drink-driving and even mistakenly setting themselves on fire is taking an already prevalent online binge drinking culture to a new level of harm, a Massey University researcher says.  Click here for more...