Westminster Drinking Problem Evidence Being ‘Suppressed’ By Speaker John Bercow

This was an interesting read on New Years Day courtesy of The Huffington Post.  Thank you to the kind SWAN who bought it to my attention 🙂  This is not the first post I’ve written about the cognitive dissonance around Westminster, MP’s & booze and you can read the rest here. House of Commons speaker … Continue reading Westminster Drinking Problem Evidence Being ‘Suppressed’ By Speaker John Bercow

Commons alcohol policy briefings

Thanks once again to Alcohol Policy UK for this information shared in April.  A spate of alcohol research briefings produced by the House of Commons Library have recently been released, suggesting continuing Government interest in alcohol’s impact on society.  An expectation of the need to tackle alcohol harms now seems further embedded amongst the general … Continue reading Commons alcohol policy briefings

Breakthrough in campaign for children of alcoholics

An update from Liam Byrne following today’s House of Commons debate about alcohol harm and the need for a plan from Government to support Britain’s 2.5 million children of parents who drink too much. Liam Byrne today welcomed a breakthrough in the campaign for Britain’s children of alcoholics after a new commitment was made by … Continue reading Breakthrough in campaign for children of alcoholics

The Alcohol Industry

This is an excellent factsheet produced by the Institute of Alcohol Studies looking at the alcohol industry (and as mapped here by IOGT). This factsheet provides an overview of the alcohol industry: Defines the different elements of the industry – raw materials suppliers, distributors and wholesalers, vendors and suppliers/contractors – but most significantly alcohol producers … Continue reading The Alcohol Industry

Alcohol Concern Wales say weekly guidelines can be bought for almost £2

This excellent piece by Alcohol Concern Wales reported by Alcohol Policy UK says it all about the new weekly guidelines and minimum unit pricing …… Alcohol Concern Cymru have released a new report highlighting the widespread availability of cheap alcohol in Wales and reiterated calls for minimum unit pricing (MUP). The report highlights findings from … Continue reading Alcohol Concern Wales say weekly guidelines can be bought for almost £2

Corporate funding of all‑party groups ‘next big scandal’

I want to thank Prim for the heads up on this ‘next big scandal‘ as I was blissfully unaware of this issue until this post where she kindly provided a link to this news piece I’m about to discuss.  Plus today is a leap year so what the hell! Corporate funding of all-party parliamentary groups … Continue reading Corporate funding of all‑party groups ‘next big scandal’

How do we tackle alcoholism? First, stop denying that it’s part of the culture of poverty

This was an excellent piece in The Independent in January. I need you to think hypothetically for a moment. Go with me on this. Imagine a new, designer drug came onto the black market, whose side effects included inducing irrational and dangerous behaviour, loss of sensory awareness, bouts of violent activity, vomiting, seizures, hallucinations, sleep … Continue reading How do we tackle alcoholism? First, stop denying that it’s part of the culture of poverty

How many drinkers should be in treatment?

This was a Drug and Alcohol Findings hot topic in January looking at drinkers and treatment numbers and follows on nicely from the recent post about blocking of FOI data requests regarding MP’s & treatment! How well are we doing in getting people who need this help into treatment for their drinking problems? It’s a … Continue reading How many drinkers should be in treatment?

Four Nations

This report by Niamh Fitzgerald (University of Stirling) and Colin Angus (University of Sheffield) investigates the extent to which alcohol policies and programmes across the UK are based on evidence. The divergence of alcohol policy in the four nations of the UK since devolution has allowed us to compare and contrast how evidence is used … Continue reading Four Nations