Last year Government has approved an extensive package of measures to deal with alcohol misuse to be incorporated in a Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. These measures are based on the recommendations contained in the Steering Group Report on a National Substance Misuse Strategy, 2012. The package of measures to be implemented will include provision for minimum unit pricing, regulation of the marketing and advertising of alcohol, regulation of sports sponsorship, structural separation of alcohol from other products in mixed trading outlets and labelling of alcohol products. Work on developing a framework for the necessary Department of Health legislation is continuing. It is hoped to publish a General Scheme of a Bill in the coming months.
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the landmark Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. The 1964 report was the first Federal government report linking smoking to health consequences, including lung cancer and heart disease.
The report set the groundwork for the next five decades of tobacco control programs and policies, including those limiting exposure to tobacco advertising and marketing. In 1969, cigarette advertising on U.S. TV and radio was banned, effective September 1970. And decades later the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement eliminated cigarette billboard advertising and print advertising directed to underage youth.
Personal restraint is unlikely to work when we’re being immersed in a culture of alcoholic excess, says Evelyn Gillan
Alcohol has been hitting the headlines again. South of the Border, Stockton will see the first “pound pub” where a pint of beer will be sold for £1.50 and a half pint for £1. The cut-price drinks will be available from 8am.
Drugs were also said to have been taken by some of those affected.
Over-stretched medical emergency crews and two hospitals were forced to declare a Major Incident, with extra staff called in to help.
Following the Hardwell incident Health Minister Edwin Poots blamed the availability of alcohol at “pocket money prices”.
A subsequent investigation by this newspaper showed the events at the Odyssey in February were not isolated.
There was further widespread concern when the ‘Neknomination’ craze was latched onto by young people here.
A number of people across the UK and Ireland died as a result of the social networking drinking game.
Alcohol Action Ireland has joined an appeal made to the Scotch Whisky Association to immediately drop their legal challenge and bow to the will of the Scottish Parliament. It’s the right thing to do.
Follow this link to hear Minister Alex White discuss the impact of the decision on the alcohol industry’s challenge to the introduction of minimum unit pricing in Scotland, to plans to introduce it in Ireland.