Tagged: IAS

NEWS: UK: Parents’ Alcohol Use Affects Third of Children

A new study has found that more than a third of children in the UK are negatively affected by their parents use of alcohol. The study examined effects on children of parent’s who were not dependent on alcohol and found a significant link between the amount of alcohol consumed by parents and increased negative experiences among children who witness them in a intoxicated or tipsy state…

NEWS: Heineken UK Exposes Kids to Alcohol Ads

Heineken UK is using influencer marketing to expose minors to alcohol ads. Heineken recently teamed up with social media influencer Tanya Burr to promote a home draught beer pump to her 3 million instagram followers, including minors…

NEWS: IAS Podcast on Scotland MUP Compliance

Following on from NHS Health Scotland’s evaluation that minimum unit pricing legislation is being effectively enforced, this episode of the IAS podcast looks at the ways in which this is being done.
Dr Peter Rice from Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) describes how the Scottish legal enforcement framework operates, such as the role of Licensing Standards Officers in offering expertise and mediation to license owners, and the frameworks basis in previous compliance schemes such as test purchases.

NEWS: Week #26 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, exposing Big Alcohol, and a new blog post from our global voices.
For week 26, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from Zimbabwe, the UK, the United States, Ireland and Northern Europe and cover road safety issues, economic harm, alcohol and cancer, minimum unit pricing and alcohol taxation issues.
Fresh science updates explores alcohol’s effects on agency, a content analysis of alcohol being depicted TV, and the role of students’ assumptions about their peers’ alcohol use for their own alcohol consumption.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes alcohol industry lobbying for massive deregulation in the United States, a troubled partnership of DryJuly with Big Alcohol and Major League Soccer opening the floodgates for alcohol promotions.
From our Global Voices Blog Portal, Viktor makes the case for why we need a new public health agenda…

NEWS: UK: Alcohol Sold At Pocket Money Prices

Research released in the United Kingdom today shows there is an abundance of high strength alcohol sold for pocket money prices in shops and supermarkets across the UK.

The report entitled “Cheap alcohol: the price we pay” was compiled by the Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA), a group of medical royal colleges, alcohol organisations and health bodies. The report argues that recent cuts in alcohol taxes allow supermarkets to sell alcohol at rock bottom prices…

REPORT: The Truth About Britain’s Public Health Responsibility Deal For Alcohol

A new report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) condemns the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol, suggesting it has “worsened the health of the nation”. Dead on Arrival? Evaluating the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol surveys the evidence on the Government’s flagship public health programme, which was launched in 2011 as a voluntary partnership with commercial organisations, public bodies, academics and NGOs to promote public health goals.
The Responsibility Deal brings these actors together to commit to a set of non-binding pledges to reduce health harms. The IAS report demonstrates the failings of this project, finding:
The Responsibility Deal is not endorsed by academics or the public health community;
It has pursued initiatives known to have limited efficacy in reducing alcohol-related harm;
The evidence on the effectiveness of the Responsibility Deal is limited and unreliable, due to ambiguous goals and poor reporting practices;
Where evaluation has been possible, implementation has often failed to live up to the letter and/or spirit of the pledges;
The Responsibility Deal appears to have obstructed more meaningful initiatives with a stronger evidence base behind them…

NEWS: UK Urges EU Action Curbing Alcohol Harm

On September 10, the UK Government issued its response to the House of Lords’ report on the EU Alcohol Strategy. Civil society organizations have welcomed the UK Government’s commitment and detailed opinion on how to address alcohol harm at the European level. Some of the key points outlined in the response include support for MUP in Scotland and a call for adjusting the European minimum tax on wine and liquor…

NEWS: MUP Not Precluded By EU Law

European Court of Justice advocate general Yves Bot said in an official opinion that the Minimum Unit Pricing policy, intended to be introduced in Scotland and other European countries, is not precluded by EU law.
In the official opinion, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) would only be legal if it could be shown that no other mechanism could deliver the desired public health benefits. He also cautioned that MUP risked infringing EU rules on free trade and the principle of free movement of goods…