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