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In this edition:
* Study finds alcohol ads appeared every 12 seconds in England vs. Scotland 2020 Six Nations match and responsible drinking messages were barely visible 🎵 Podcast feature 🎵
* The Scottish Government launches its 2021-2022 Programme for Government
* Serious injuries from drink-driving road traffic accidents are at their highest point since 2008
* YouGov survey shows public support for restricting alcohol advertising
* Study shows doubling alcohol taxes could save 4,850 Europeans from cancer deaths each year
* Alcohol Change UK publishes a report on how to use legal powers to safeguard vulnerable dependent drinkers
* Nicola Sturgeon calls for perseverance and determination against industry opposition to pricing policies
* Public Health England publishes review on gambling-related harms
* Lords debated the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
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This month’s IAS blogs
Alcohol Toolkit Study: quarterly update
The Alcohol Toolkit Study is run by University College London and tracks the latest trends in alcohol consumption in England on a quarterly basis. We will include the recent data in our Alert each quarter when it is released.
For more information and data graphs please visit their website here.
Prevalence of increasing and higher risk drinking (AUDIT)
Increasing and higher risk drinking defined as those scoring >7 AUDIT. A-C1: Professional to clerical occupation C2-E: Manual occupation
Currently trying to restrict consumption
A-C1: Professional to clerical occupation C2-E: Manual occupation; Question: Are you currently trying to restrict your alcohol consumption e.g. by drinking less, choosing lower strength alcohol or using smaller glasses? Are you currently trying to restrict your alcohol consumption e.g. by drinking less, choosing lower strength alcohol or using smaller glasses?
Triggers for past-year attempts to cut down
Question: Which of the following, if any, do you think contributed to you making the most recent attempt to restrict your alcohol consumption?
Study finds alcohol ads appeared every 12 seconds in England vs. Scotland 2020 Six Nations match
A new study highlights the prevalence of alcohol advertising in the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship and subsequent risk to children, with adverts appearing hundreds of times throughout matches.
Researchers at the University of Stirling found 961 references in the Scotland vs. England match and 754 in the Ireland vs. Wales match: every 12 and 15 seconds respectively.
On Thursday 30th September we held a webinar to launch the findings of the study and to discuss policy implications across different countries of the UK. The research was sponsored by IAS, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI).
During the presentation study author Dr Richard Purves showed that ‘responsible drinking’ messages were only visible in 0.4% of the alcohol references during the England vs. Scotland match.
Despite this, the Portman Group – the alcohol industry’s social responsibility body – responded that “socially responsible sponsorship is needed more than ever before”, going on to say that banning alcohol ads in sport would have no “tangible effect on public health”.
Previous research has shown that children exposed to alcohol advertising are more likely to start drinking at a younger age, and drink more heavily in later life. This new study adds to a wealth o