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Spanish researchers argue for the environmental benefits of enforcing regulations on alcohol sales and use

The Spanish scientific journal Adicciones published recently an article describing the current regulations on alcohol sales and use in the city of Barcelona and their outcomes.


United Kingdom: new alcohol-drinking limits guidelines

Source: SHAAP

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) welcomes the new alcohol guidelines issued today by the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs), which includes guidance that men and women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week to reduce the risk of harms such as cancer and liver disease.


Alcohol Action Ireland: Minimum unit pricing is a much more targeted, effective measure than excise dut

Alcohol Action Ireland has said the judgement delivered by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), issued this morning, states that minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol is not precluded by EU law if it is considered to be an appropriate and proportionate response for “the protection of human life and health”.


Scottish medical professions welcome European Court of Justice’s judgement in favour of Scotland’s alcohol minimum unit pricing (MUP) policy

Scottish health professionals have welcomed today’s judgement of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that Scotland’s Alcohol Minimum Unit Price (MUP) legislation does not per se contravene European law.


Joint Open Letter: Congratulating Irish Health Minister on Public Health Alcohol Bill

Open letter to Mr. L. Varadkar, Minister for Health of the Republic of Ireland, to congratulate on the publication of the “Public Health Alcohol Bill”


Belgium announces lower drink drive limit for young drivers, alcohol interlocks on buses

Source: European Transport Safety Council

The Belgian government is to follow France with the introduction of a 0.2 g/l blood alcohol limit for young and novice drivers as well requiring alcohol interlocks for vehicles used in public transport.


France: wine-drinking advertising campaign may have misquoted public-health advice

Source: HAS

Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS)[1] commented on the guidelines for consumption used by Vin et Societé in an advertising campaign currently being widely broadcasted through the media in France. HAS had published in 2014 a tool to help to identify risky consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs for health professionals. The drinking limits which had been listed by HAS in the document in question, were mentioned in the context of required medical response to be triggered. It had not been meant at all that, below the thresholds mentioned, consumption would be considered normal, recommended or risk free.


Inequalities in alcohol-related mortality in 17 European countries

A team of researchers analysed death registers to find out whether the magnitude of socioeconomic inequalities in alcohol-related mortality differs among European countries and whether these inequalities have changed over time.


Minimum Unit Alcohol Pricing

Copy of a letter from Dr Peter Rice to the



The story of the implementation of Minimum Unit Price for alcohol is a lengthy one and few of your readers will have set aside the time to read the 33 pages of the ECJ Advocate General’s opinion on the MUP legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament in May 2012.


WHO Invitation to the Global Virtual Discussion Forum

WHO GCM/NCD Dialogues are a part of efforts to advocate for and raise awareness of the urgency of implementing the Global Action Plan for the prevention and control of Noncommunicable diseases, 2013-2020.

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