Prof Nutt: We need to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol and legalise other drugs

This was an interesting blog in The Spectator by Professor David Nutt at the end of January entitled ‘Let’s face it, we need to introduce minimum unit pricing on alcohol – and legalise other drugs “In the last few years alcohol has become the leading cause of death in men under 50 years of age, … Continue reading Prof Nutt: We need to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol and legalise other drugs

Minimum unit price ’50 times more effective’ than alcohol floor price

A news story from the BBC News Introducing minimum pricing for alcohol would be up to 50 times more effective than current government policy, according to health researchers. Hundreds of deaths could be avoided every year with a minimum price for alcohol units, researchers estimated. The Department of Health said it was “taking action to … Continue reading Minimum unit price ’50 times more effective’ than alcohol floor price

Study into drinking and pricing choices of 404 UK liver disease patients

Following on from the You and Yours radio show shared yesterday, Dr Nick Sheron who was one of the guests on the show has carried out this piece of research: A new study looks at the impact of minimum unit pricing (MUP) on patients with liver disease, as the lead author urges policy makers not … Continue reading Study into drinking and pricing choices of 404 UK liver disease patients

New drug strategy prompts calls for clear national alcohol policy

Another great post from Alcohol Policy UK regarding the Govt’s 2017 Drug Strategy released in July. The release of a new national drugs strategy for England and Wales has prompted revised calls for a new national alcohol strategy that includes minimum unit pricing (MUP). The last national alcohol strategy was released in 2012 promising MUP, … Continue reading New drug strategy prompts calls for clear national alcohol policy

Statistics on Alcohol England 2017

An excellent blog post as always from Alcohol Policy UK in May looking at the latest statistics on Alcohol England for 2017 & Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN) drinking figures. Over to James: The annual Statistics on Alcohol for England 2017 has been released, detailing national data for key alcohol-related indicators and health harms. Mainly … Continue reading Statistics on Alcohol England 2017

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

Changing Scotland’s Relationship to Alcohol

Coverage from Alcohol Policy UK of the new report from Alcohol Focus about changing Scotland’s relationship to alcohol and recommendations for further action. A new report has been released by Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) calling for bold action by the Scottish Government as it prepares to refresh its national alcohol strategy. Download Changing Scotland’s Relationship with … Continue reading Changing Scotland’s Relationship to Alcohol

Alcohol dependence: insights into prevalence, children & intention to change

Another brilliant blog post from Alcohol Policy UK looking at new research published about alcohol dependence, prevalence, impact on children and expressed desire to change.  Over to James: New research has been released assessing the prevalence of alcohol dependence in England, including the first estimates of dependence by local area. The analysis also explores the … Continue reading Alcohol dependence: insights into prevalence, children & intention to change

#alcoholfreekids

This was released by Alcohol Focus Scotland earlier this month.   In the report leading academics and health experts outline how the Scottish Government can reduce the unacceptably high levels of alcohol marketing that children and young people are exposed to. (#alcoholfreekids) Removing alcohol adverts from streets and public transport, and phasing out alcohol sponsorship in … Continue reading #alcoholfreekids