Binge Drinking

Undeserving drinkers: moralism and the alcohol strategy

Undeserving drinkers: moralism and the alcohol strategy

It was a premature birth and the mother was unexpected. Instead of health minister Andrew Lansley delivering the Government Alcohol Strategy this week, home secretary Theresa May suddenly appeared as his surrogate last Friday.

Minister promises action over cheap alcohol

Minister promises action over cheap alcohol

A minister has said the Government is “committed to ending the sale of heavily discounted alcohol”, and the issue of pricing and the “irresponsible sale of alcohol” will be addressed in the forthcoming alcohol strategy.

Coulson: research found no direct links between violent disorder reduction and a minimum price

Speaking with a forked tongue

If health secretary Andrew Lansley really believes what he said at the Wine & Spirit Trade Association’s annual conference recently, then why has he not had a word with Teresa May?

Mellows: new report worth a read

Keeping the binge drinking myth alive

By Phil Mellows

In a strange twist, it's now the drinks industry that has an interest in sustaining the binge drinking myth, says Phil Mellows.

Supermarkets: alcohol sold cheaply

Northern Ireland pushes for minimum price

By Ewan Turney

Ministers in Northern Ireland are pushing for the introduction of a minimum price on alcohol of between 40p and 70p a unit. Social Development...

Lansley: against punitive measures

Lansley opposes extra red tape on trade

By John Harrington

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said he believes the culture of heavy drinking can be changed "without excessive, burdensome regulation". He...

Round of drinks: does it lead to binge drinking?

'Stop buying rounds to halt binge drinking'

By Ewan Turney

Drinkers should be discouraged from buying rounds in pubs if the Government is serious about cutting down on binge drinking. The advice comes from...

Simmonds: enough existing laws in place

BBPA: 24-hour pub is a myth

By Ewan Turney

The Licensing Act has "worked well" and proved the 24-hour pub to be a myth, according to the British Beer and Pub Association. Chief executive...

Turney: trade looks set for a rough ride

Undercover at the consultations

By Ewan Turney

Despite the Government giving the impression that Licensing Act reforms are open to debate, the changes seem to be decided, says Ewan Turney.