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UK: Prime Minster speaks out on ‚alcohol scandal‘

Sonntag 19. Februar 2012 von htm

Alcohol policy hit the headlines again this week with David Cameron talking tough on the „alcohol scandal“ costing the NHS close to £3 billion per year. Visiting a hospital in north-east England, the Prime Minister spoke of the unacceptable impact of public drunkenness on the NHS and police services across the country.

Cameron called for „innovative“ approaches including „drunk tanks“ to divert the intoxicated from busy A&Es, and for further enforcement from police to tackle alcohol-fuelled disorder. However the Police Federation criticised the calls saying they are already struggling to resource existing workloads.

The Prime Minister has attracted support from health groups for highlighting the issue of cheap alcohol as part of the problem. Cameron has previously sparked speculation that the Government will seek to introduce minimum pricing in the forthcoming national alcohol strategy.

However in truth the strategy is unlikely to set out direct pricing measures beyond the below cost ban due later this year, which is not expected to affect prices under a ‚Duty + VAT‘ definition of cost. But the Government is likely to continue to pursue taxation measures as already outlined and advised by the IFS, but strongly opposed by the on-trade.

Speaking on the issue, Cameron said:
„We are going to look at the issue of pricing. I am quite convinced that there’s deep discounting through supermarkets and sometimes convenience stores of alcohol that is causing part of the problem, but we’re looking at this carefully to try and find the right answer.

The issue has attracted widespread media attention. Channel 4 news explored the alcohol policy issue, highlighting conflicts between alcohol industry voices opposing minimum pricing instead in favour of education – an approach often rejected by health groups as ineffective. A Guardian comment also explored alcohol policy tensions, highlighting the controversial Responsibility Deal and Scotland’s determination to secure minimum pricing and test EU law on the issue. …
(Source: Alcohol Reports, 02/16/12) alcoholpolicy.net, 02/16/12

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Alcohol taxes, Allgemein, consumption, Global, Health, Media, morbidity, mortality, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Price, Social Costs, societal effects, Statistics, Watchdogs | Keine Kommentare »

N: Alcohol: the scourge of the North

Mittwoch 2. März 2011 von htm

Alcohol must be made less accessible and more expensive to minimize public health damage, according to Norwegian MP and former Minister of Health Dagfinn Høybråten, speaking at the Second Northern Dimension Parliamentary Forum in Tromsø on February 22nd. The Nordic countries set the agenda in the global fight against alcoholism, he claims.
Alcohol is the second biggest life style related killer in the developed world and we need to change that, Mr. Høybråten said.
– Higher prices and less access to alcohol has been proven to minimize alcohol consumption. Campaigns and education cannot do it alone. Upwards of 600.000 Europeans die annually from alcohol related causes. And nine million children are affected by alcoholism. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 02/28/11) norden.org, 02/23/11

Kategorie: Addiction, Alcohol taxes, Allgemein, Availability, Children, consumption, Education, Global, Health, mortality, Parliaments / Governments, Personalities, Politics, Prevention, Price | Keine Kommentare »

Super-strong imported beers in New Zealand

Freitag 27. November 2009 von htm

„Super-strong imported beers are fuelling New Zealand’s binge drinking culture and a surge in violent behaviour, alcohol watchdogs warn. Brews with alcohol content of up to 12 per cent are on the shelves of supermarkets and bottle stores, prompting calls for higher taxes and prices. Alcohol Advisory Council chief executive Gerard Vaughan said he had noticed high-strength beers in supermarkets much more in the past month. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 11/25/09) The New Zealand Herald, 11/22/09

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Alcohol taxes, Allgemein, Global, Health, Politics, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

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