Wed 07 Nov

Will consumers be left wondering forever?

Today in the European Parliament, MEPs and health campaigners together with industry representatives, yet again called for the alignment of alcoholic beverages with other food products. In 2011 the European institutions passed Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 that requires food and...


Wed 17 Oct

Irish Alcohol Bill welcomed as a ground-breaking measure by European health community.

The Irish Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, signed into law today (Wed 17 Oct) by Ireland’s President, Michael D Higgins, presents a set of measures to prevent alcohol related harm, which follow latest evidence base in the field of alcohol policy...


Wed 10 Oct

The Oireachtas makes history by passing the Public Health Alcohol Bill

This evening, Seanad Éireann, in a historic development, agreed the amended Public Health Alcohol Bill, passed by Dáil Éireann last week. The Bill will now go to the President, Michael D Higgins, for signing and enactment. This is the first...

Framing the alcohol policy debate: industry actors and the regulation of the UK beverage alcohol market

This article explores alcohol industry attempts to frame the debate about pricing and promotions policy in the United Kingdom. Framing theory, it is argued, offers us important insights into the dynamics of the policymaking process as a contest between competing conceptualizations of both problems and solutions. Drawing on a documentary analysis and a series of interviews with policymakers, public health advocates and alcohol industry actors, it argues that industry actors framed the policy debate in ways which were consistent with their underlying commercial interests. A clear challenge was posed to the industry by the shift towards whole-population interventions favored by the Scottish government. This led to a reassertion of the industry frame in which alcohol-related harm is limited to a small minority of the population and which advocates targeted interventions.

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Preventing Alcohol Use Disorders Among Children and Adolescents in the EU

A report commissioned by the EU cites research showing the long-term health effects of even moderate drinking among children. "Preventing Alcohol Use Disorders Among Children and Adolescents in the EU" was published by the Working Group on the Quality of Childhood at the European Parliament. The Working Group is a think-tank informing policy makers and other interested parties about current issues concerning childhood and adolescence and offering policy recommendations to EU institutions and member states.

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Youth drinking cultures, social networking and alcohol marketing: implications for public health

Alcohol consumption and heavy drinking in young adults have been key concerns for public health. Alcohol marketing is an important factor in contributing to negative outcomes. The rapid growth in the use of new social networking technologies raises new issues regarding alcohol marketing, as well as potential impacts on alcohol cultures more generally. Young people, for example, routinely tell and re-tell drinking stories online, share images depicting drinking, and are exposed to often intensive and novel forms of alcohol marketing.

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