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06 April 2017



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This briefing aims to provide a ‘snap shot’ of latest news on alcohol and health policy. The inclusion of an article in the briefing should not imply that SHAAP approves or condones the content.

SHAAP provides a coordinated, coherent and authoritative medical and clinical voice on the need to reduce the impact of alcohol related harm on the health and wellbeing of the people in Scotland. 
Peers back minimum price per alcohol unit if Scotland scheme works 
Introduction of 50p base rate should go ahead if it is shown to reduce excessive drinking, says Lords select committee. Minimum unit pricing for alcohol should be introduced across the UK if it proves a success in Scotland, a Lords committee has said. If the decision to introduce a 50p base rate per unit of alcohol is shown to reduce excessive drinking, it should to be rolled out nationwide, the Lords select committee on the Licensing Act 2003 said. […]
Source: The Guardian, 4 April 2017

Sheffield experts warn 200,000 kids live with adults dependent on alcohol 
Experts in Sheffield are warning 200,000 children across England are living with adults who depend on alcohol. Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health commissioned the University of Sheffield to estimate the number of children living with adults who are seriously dependent on alcohol. The data also suggests there are 600,000 dependent drinkers who would benefit from treatment, yet only just over 100,000 are currently receiving help. […]
Source: HALLAM FM, 5 April 2017

Alcohol abuse even before pregnancy may harm offspring
Mothers who binge drink before they become pregnant may be more likely to have children with high blood sugar and other changes in glucose function that increase their risk of developing diabetes as adults, according to a new study conducted in rats. The results will be presented Sunday at the Endocrine Society's 99th annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. […]
Source: Medical Xpress, 2 April 2017

Alcohol and assault: What all young women need to know
Margaret Wente suggests that ‘alcohol plays a huge role in sex assaults. Unfounded, The Globe and Mail’s deeply reported series, found that alcohol is a factor in close to half of the incidents that are reported to police. The same is true of sexual assaults on campus. In one survey involving U.S. first-year undergrads, 83 per cent of rapes occurred while the woman was incapacitated. […]
Source: The Globe and Mail, 1 April 2017

British retailers revamp alcohol labels
A trade association of British retailers has revised labels for alcoholic drinks sold in supermarkets to reflect strict new guidelines from the UK’s chief medical officers. […]
Source: The Spirits Business, 31 March 2017

Return of the booze cruise: ferry chiefs plan to slash wine and beer prices after Britain leaves the EU 
Brexit will lead to the return of the "booze cruise" with ferry passengers enjoying duty free wine and cigarettes for the first time in nearly 20 years. The British Chamber of Shipping, which represents cross-Channel ferry operators, said that duty free will be "automatically" introduced on cross-channel ferries if Britain leaves the customs union, putting an end to rules abolishing duty free for travel between European Union countries. Ministers “will carefully consider” reintroducing duty free shopping on cross-channel routes if Britain leaves the EU customs union as part of Brexit negotiations, The Telegraph understands. […]
Source:, 30 March 2017

Businesses stirred by new Indian alcohol curbs 
Liquor sales ban within 500 metres of national highways threatens hospitality sector. There is no wine at The Wine Company — nor any other alcohol. The sign outside the modern bar and restaurant reads: “Open for food and mocktails”. Inside, just three people have taken up the offer. […]
Source: Financial Times, 4 April 2017

Minimum Alcohol Pricing Is One Of Those Silly Ideas That Everyone Loves 
The House of Lords--or rather a committee of it--has suggested that if minimum alcohol pricing appears successful in Scotland then this should be applied to the rest of Britain. The basic problem here being that minimum alcohol pricing is a terribly silly idea. The justification for it is usually that boozers cost the NHS some horrendous sum so we must stop people boozing so much so as to save the NHS. This is not so--people dying young saves the NHS money, not costs it. However, there's a much more fundamental economic reason why this is, as I've said, silly. […]
Source: Forbes, 4 April 2017


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