Alcohol control

‘It’s everywhere’ – alcohol’s public face and private harm: The report of the Commission on Alcohol Harm (2020)
The Commission on Alcohol Harm was established to examine the current evidence on alcohol harm, recent trends in alcohol harm and the changes needed to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. The Commission’s remit was also to examine the need for a new comprehensive alcohol strategy for England, which takes account of the strategies in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and to consider UK-wide priorities in areas where policy is not devolved | AHA UK, UK

Drinking in the dark: How alcohol labelling fails consumers (2020)
In this study we reviewed a random sample of 424 alcohol containers on shop shelves in October 2019 to assess whether labels included the UK’s Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) low-risk drinking guidelines and other essential pieces of information that would allow consumers to make informed choices | AHA UK, UK

Alcohol labelling policies: most countries lagging behind in promoting healthier choices, 2020
According to a new report, labelling of alcoholic beverages is not consistent or even considered in many countries in the WHO European Region. The new Health Evidence Network (HEN) synthesis report on alcohol labelling across the Region is the first systematic study that covers the different ways countries label alcoholic beverages and sets out policy options for authorities to consider | WHO, Denmark

Pour Decisions: The case for reforming alcohol duty, 2019
This report explores the case for reforming alcohol duty in the United Kingdom, and the principles which should underpin a new, improved alcohol duty regime. This includes consideration of alcohol duty reforms that could be implemented following Brexit | SMF, UK

Minimum Unit Pricing Evaluation – Compliance study, 2019
This study looks at the Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol that came into effect in Scotland in 2018. It specifically relates to issues around compliance from the point of view of those with responsibility for inspection and enforcement of MUP in licensed premises | NHS Health Scotland, UK

Guidance on the Implementation of Minimum Pricing for Alcohol: For sellers of alcohol and enforcement authorities in Scotland (PDF), 2018
On the 1st May 2018 Scotland introduced Minimum Unit Pricing. The minimum price of alcohol is set at 50p per unit. Anyone with a licence to sell alcohol won’t be allowed to sell it cheaper than this | Scottish Government, UK

Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol (PDF), 2017
The Scottish Parliament passed legislation in 2012 which allows the Scottish Ministers to introduce a system of Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol. The legislation was then challenged in court and that delayed the implementation of this important policy. On 15 November 2017, the UK Supreme Court confirmed that the legislation which allows Minimum Unit Pricing to be introduced is lawful | Scottish Government, UK

Proposed minimum unit price for alcohol would lead to large price rises, 2017
Following a recent judgment, the UK Supreme Court confirmed that Scottish Government legislation for a minimum unit price for alcohol is lawful. The Scottish Government plans to introduce the measure on 1 May 2018. Meanwhile, the Welsh National Assembly is considering introducing a minimum unit price for alcohol. In this briefing note, we provide evidence on the likely impact of this type of reform | IFS, UK

Splitting the bill: Alcohol’s impact on the economy (PDF), 2017
Economic questions are central to the formation of alcohol policies, such as the setting of alcohol taxes, licensing requirements and marketing regulations. In particular, arguments around income, employment and trade are regularly used by the alcohol industry to resist measures to discourage consumption and harm. Such arguments are premised on the assumption that a successful alcohol industry is beneficial to the UK economy. This report critically examines that assumption | IAS, UK

The Frontline Battle, 2016
The Frontline Battle is an inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm into the impact of alcohol on Emergency Services. The report reveals the full extent of the pressures and dangers of alcohol related problems placed on our Emergency Services discussing the impact on staff, the impact on service provisions and the effect on time and resources. Read the full report here | Alcohol Concern, UK

The public health burden of alcohol: evidence review, 2016
This review looks at the impact of alcohol on the public health and the effectiveness of alcohol control policies | PHE, UK

Attitudes to alcohol Findings from the 2015 British Social Attitudes survey (PDF), 2016
This paper presents new findings on attitudes to alcohol. The use of alcohol is part of life for a large proportion of the British public. However, there is relatively strong public support for tighter government regulation of alcohol in some areas, including the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing and strengthening drinkdriving laws | NatCen, UK

Alcohol-related crime and the 24-hour city, 2016
The Mayor is committed to growing the capital’s Night-Time Economy (NTE) and has proposed appointing a ‘Night Mayor’. This, coupled with the introduction of the Night-Tube, means that London is well on its way to becoming a 24-hour city. A report Policing the Night-Time Economy (PDF) – assesses the challenges associated with policing London’s growing NTE, in particular the extent to which crime linked to alcohol consumption puts pressure on policing resources | London Assembly Police and Crime Committee, UK

Licensing Act 2003: Its uses and abuses 10 years on, 2016
This report puts forward the view that the Act has been interpreted to the advantage of the licenced trade and there is a need to address some of the myths that have developed around the Act’s use | IAS, UK

Dereliction of duty: Are UK alcohol taxes too low?, 2016 (PDF)
A new report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies, claims that the Government’s own estimates of the social costs of alcohol imply that alcohol duty should be raised. The report summarises the economic theory underpinning alcohol taxation | IAS, UK

A new EU Alcohol Strategy? 2015 (PDF)
In 2006 the Commission proposed and the Council adopted “an EU Strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol-related harm”. Its five priorities were to protect young people, children and unborn children; to reduce deaths and injuries from alcohol-related road accidents; to reduce alcohol-related harm among adults; to increase education and awareness; and to develop and maintain a common evidence base. The Strategy was given an end date of 2012. The Commission has done nothing to renew or replace it. In this inquiry we have been looking at what has been achieved, and what should come next | House of Lords, UK

Income group-specific impacts of alcohol minimum unit pricing in England 2014/15, 2013 (PDF)
This report was produced at the request of the UK Government to inform consultation and impact assessments around policy options for alcohol pricing arising from the publication of The Government’s Alcohol Strategy in March 2012 | University of Sheffield, UK