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Government welcomes new voluntary action from drinks producers


Drinks producers and retailers have today announced a significant range of voluntary industry actions to help the Government tackle alcohol misuse and promote responsible drinking. Read more

Alcohol Trends in the UK: a One-Stop Data Source for all Official Statistics


A new compendium of all the major government and official data sets on alcohol-related trends reveals a number of changing patterns in UK drinking habits with a focus on the trends since 200... Read more

Portman Group Statement: C&C Group plc Resignation


Dublin-based C&C Group plc tendered a withdrawal notice to the Portman Group last year on 21 June 2013 citing that they wished “to focus directly on local issues”. All Portman Group members ... Read more

Henry Ashworth welcomes campus alcohol responsibility initiative


Portman Group Chief Executive Henry Ashworth last night backed a new initiative to help curb irresponsible drinking on Britain’s university campuses. Read more

Drinks industry on track to remove 1 billion units from the market


Figures released today by the Department of Health show the UK drinks industry is on track to meet its target to take 1 billion units of alcohol out of the market by the end of 2015 by reduc... Read more

Dead Pony Club ale breaches alcohol marketing Code


The packaging of Dead Pony Club, a pale ale produced by BrewDog, has broken alcohol marketing rules for encouraging both anti-social behaviour and rapid drinking. The Independent Complaints ... Read more

Fall in serious violence encouraging, says Henry Ashworth


Portman Group Chief Executive Henry Ashworth has today welcomed the news from a study which reports a decline in alcohol-related violence. Carried out by Cardiff University, the findings rev... Read more

Red Army Vodka breaks alcohol marketing rules


The packaging of Bartex’s Red Army Vodka has breached alcohol responsibility rules for its association with violence and aggression. A complaint, submitted by the Independent Complaints Pane... Read more

Minister calls for local partnership working to tackle alcohol harms at conference


Home Office Minister for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker MP, has called for more local partnerships to tackle alcohol harms specific to local needs. The Minister opened a conference on 3 Apri... Read more

Underage Drinking: National Trends and Local Variations


The issue of underage drinking in Britain has long been a popular item in the national news agenda. And with good reason, not only are children at greater risk of harm from alcohol, the atti... Read more

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