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06/04/2010

UK Government bans irresponsible promotions

A new mandatory drinking code bans irresponsible promotions including "all you can drink for 10 deals, including women drink free deals and speed drinking competitions.

04/04/2010

Final Call for Abstracts for the First European Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Call for Abstracts for the First European Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, to be held in the Netherlands from November 3 to 5, 2010.

31/03/2010

Eurocare welcomes and congratulates new Director-General for Health and Consumers

The European Commission has decided to appoint Mr Robert Madelin as Director-General of the DG for Information Society and Media, to replace Mr Fabio Colasanti, who will retire on 1 April.

26/03/2010

92.9 % of Spanish students say that access to drugs is very easy

92.9 % of Spanish students say that access to drugs is very easy, according to a new study about students and drugs carried out by the Spanish university “Universidad Pablo de Olavide” in Seville

25/03/2010

Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity – a summary of the second edition

A new and updated edition of the book Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity is now available from Oxford University Press, written by an international group of alcohol researchers under the leadership of Professor Thomas Babor. The Second Edition of Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity has the same scope as the first in 2003; a guide to understanding alcohol-related harm and how such harm can be effectively prevented by policy interventions. The authors describe the conceptual basis for a rational alcohol policy and present new epidemiological data on the global dimensions of alcohol misuse.

25/03/2010

Thailand notifies WTO members of plans to introduce alcohol warning labels

Thailand has notified World Trade Organisation members of its plans to introduce rotating pictorial warnings on alcohol containers.

See response from the EU Commission below

24/03/2010

UK follows experts' advice on increasing the price of alcoholic beverages

Today the UK government by Chancellor Alistair Darling has revealed its 2010 budget introducing measures to reduce and prevent alcohol-related harm.

24/03/2010

Agreement on EEA and Norway Grants 2009-14

Today, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway signed an agreement with the European Union on continued EEA and Norway Grants for the period 2009-14.

18/03/2010

REGISTER NOW: 3rd Open Forum on Alcohol and Health

Within the framework of the European Alcohol and Health Forum a 3rd Open Forum will be held in Brussels (Charlemagne Building of the European Commission) on 22 April 2010 from 10h00 till 17h00.

04/03/2010

ECJ Judgement:: Legislation fixing minimum retail prices for cigarettes infringes EU law

On the 4th of March 2010 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled against the legislation in France, Austria and Ireland fixing minimum retail prices for cigarettes. In the Court's opinion Public health objectives can be attained by an increase in excise duty.