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09/03/2016

UK Government's own numbers show that alcohol is under-taxed

A new report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies, ‘Dereliction of Duty: Are UK alcohol taxes too low?’ claims that the Government’s own estimates of the social costs of alcohol imply that alcohol duty should be raised.

01/03/2016

Health Programme 2014-2020: Commission adopts Work Programme for 2016

In the context of the EU’s Health Programme 2014-2020, the Commission has today adopted the Work Programme for 2016. The funding opportunities include projects and service contracts, as well as Joint Actions planned with national authorities, in priority areas such as:

01/03/2016

EC Public Consultation on a proposal for a mandatory Transparency Register

The European Commission seeks the views of all interested parties on the performance of the current Transparency Register for organisations and self-employed individuals engaged in EU policy-making and policy implementation and on its future evolution towards a mandatory scheme covering the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission.

01/03/2016

Scotland: Health experts accuse whisky industry of blocking bid to cut drink deaths

The Times[1] has reported on claims by health campaigners who are accusing the whisky industry of blocking the Scottish Government’s plans to combat alcohol abuse. The article mentions figures from NHS Health Scotland showing that three people die every day because of alcohol in Scotland, where sales are currently 20 per cent higher than in England and Wales.

25/02/2016

Alcohol sports sponsorship linked to risky drinking

Study shows increased risky drinking amongst schoolchildren and adult athletes exposed to alcohol sports sponsorship.

24/02/2016

Towards a European Road Safety Area

This is a summary of the presentation by Eurocare at the European Parliament Public Hearing on Towards a European Road Safety Area, in February 2016.

24/02/2016

European Expert Meeting: How do guidelines on low-risk drinking fit in the framework of public-health policy to reduce alcohol-related harm (RARHA)?

An expert meeting on reducing alcohol related harm took place on the 17th February at the Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Helsinki, Finland. The target audience was RARHA partners and members of the EU Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action.

24/02/2016

Minimum unit pricing is the healthiest alcohol pricing policy, say Sheffield experts

A minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol would be more effective in reducing health inequalities and cutting consumption among heavy drinkers than increases in current alcohol taxes

16/02/2016

Finland: a preliminary proposal on a reform of Alcohol Act to the ministerial group

Source: Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Juha Rehula presented his preliminary proposal on an overall revision of Alhohol Act at the meeting of the ministerial working group on promotion of health and wellbeing. The meeting was held on Thursday, 11 February. The Government aims to update the obsolete alcohol legislation and to submit their proposal to Parliament in the early summer. The proposal will be sent on a consultation round as soon as possible.

15/02/2016

House of Lords asking for more from the EU

The House of Lords UK discussed the EU Alcohol Strategy and the UK Government’s position in a debate in the Grand Committee, Wednesday 10 February 2016.