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28/04/2011

Summary report of the 7th Meeting of the Science Group of the Alcohol and Health Forum

28 April 2011. Please click here to access the summary report of the 7th Meeting of the Science Group of the European Alcohol and Health Forum that took place in Brussels on 25 October 2011 .

17/04/2011

European Parliament discusses the EU budget - worrying developments for health

Source: EPHA

The European Parliament rapporteur on the EU Budget recently released his draft report on the future EU Budget. Health and civil society are not mentioned in the report.

15/04/2011

Beer Is Alcohol, Russia Finally Says

Source: Drug Free.org

9 March 2011. The Russian parliament has moved to legally classify beer as alcohol for the first time, the Telegraph reported Feb. 23. It is currently classified as food.

15/04/2011

Update on proposal for Provision of Food Information to Consumers- alcohol still exempted

The Commission's proposal for a regulation on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers is now back at the European Parliament (EP) for a second reading.

15/04/2011

DK: Carlsberg workers go on strike after bosses tell staff they can only drink at lunchtime

Copenhagen, 6 April 2011. At the same time as the EU Alcohol and Health Forum gathered in Brussels to discuss alcohol in the work place, up to 800 hundred Carlsberg workers went on strike in protest over the company's decision to allow beer drinking only at lunchtime.

15/04/2011

PL: Alcohol to vanish from petrol stations

8 March 2011.

In an effort to reduce the number of drink-driving incidents on Polish roads, a bill forbidding the sale of alcohol at petrol stations has been proposed by a senatorial group from across the political spectrum.

15/04/2011

Alcohol attributable burden of incidence of cancer in eight European countries based on results from prospective cohort study (BMJ)

In western Europe, an important proportion of cases of cancer can be attributable to alcohol consumption, especially consumption higher than the recommended upper limits. These data support current political efforts to reduce or to abstain from alcohol consumption to reduce the incidence of cancer.

12/04/2011

Eurocare and CRIOC hold a successful seminar in the European Parliament to discuss alcohol labels

The seminar brought together over 100 representatives from the EU Institutions, NGO sector, industry and public health experts to discuss the potential impact of alcohol labelling, its advantages and drawbacks as well as the actions which could be put in place in Europe. (View List of Participants)

12/04/2011

UK: Government proposes deal with drinks industry to tackle alcohol harm

Source: The Globe

The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) and other leading health organisations walk away from ‘Responsibility Deal' talks.

12/04/2011

Study exposes young people's lack of knowledge about the long-term consequences of alcohol consumption

Harmful alcohol use is common amongst younger people: One third of European people aged 15-24 years binge drink (5+ drinks on one occasion) at least once a week during the previous 12 months and over 18% of EU 15-16 year olds have binged three times or more in the last month (Eurobarometer 2009).