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Weekly Policy Update-Two alcoholic drinks in pregnancy stunts growth

Posted 06/03/14

National News: 
Even just two alcoholic drinks in early pregnancy can stunt baby's growth, says Manchester study
 
According to University of Manchester research, women who drink alcohol at moderate to heavy levels in the early stages of their pregnancy risk damaging the growth of cells in their placenta. - read more...

The latest public campaign designed to teach young people to drink less has a slogan that actually promotes alcohol consumption: it’s “Drinking: do it properly”. 
It glorifies alcohol and talks about how to achieve the “realm of drinking excellence”. - read more... 

Minimum Pricing For Alcohol Sales – Guidance And Draft Legislation Published  
On 5th February 2014 the Home Office published its guidance on banning the sale of 'below cost' alcohol in England and Wales (the "Guidelines").  - read more... 

Alcohol Policy UK
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Alcohol, weight drive needed to beat breast cancer 
A drive to prevent breast cancer by highlighting the risks caused by being overweight and drinking alcohol is needed to tackle the disease, a leading expert has warned. - read more...

Binge drinkers who consume weekly intake in one go twice as likely to die prematurely. 
Binge drinking could double your risk of death - even if you drink very little the rest of the time, a study has found. - read more...

Drink Wise - Weekly Parliamentary Briefing - read more...

NHS boss says intensive care swamped by alcohol cases 
A third of intensive care beds at weekends are taken up by patients critically ill from alcohol, according to the NHS’s head of critical care. - read more...

Campaign targets super-strong alcohol sales in Lowestoft   
A clampdown on street drinking and anti-social behaviour in Lowestoft is to be launched today with a pledge from off-licences to stop selling super-strength alcohol. - read more...

Big rise in over-50s alcoholics ‘tip of iceberg’    
Fears of a rapid increase in ­alcoholism in the over-50s have been raised after a project in Glasgow saw a 315 per cent rise in the number of drink-related cases in the age group in four years. - read more...

Regional News: 
MP Guy Opperman calls for alcohol minimum unit price 
Hexham MP Guy Opperman has called for a minimum unit alcohol price after taking part in Dry January. - read more...
 
International News
New alcohol laws put to the test in Sydney 
New laws introduced to parts of Sydney's CBD, including lock outs and strict regulations on when alcohol is served, came into force this week. - read more... 

Alcohol industry needs to get with the culture change programme  
Alcohol Healthwatch says local councils have been developing their Local Alcohol Policies (LAPs) under extreme pressure from groups with a vested interest in promoting alcohol  - read more... 

Alcohol campaign launched in Moldova  
According to Alcohol in Moderation, alcohol consumption and alcohol-related deaths in the Eastern European country are among the highest in the World Health Organisation’s European rankings. - read more...