European case of alcohol labelling is a good example of the results of industry lobby and effects of vested interests. An example where a logical decision is avoided and postponed without any serious explanation. It should be a wake-up call for both European Parliament and Commission to highlight alcohol policy and understand that without decisions, Read More →

Responsible drinking is a strategically ambiguous, industry-affiliated term that allows for multiple interpretations. Industry sources rarely reference government drinking guidelines in the context of responsible drinking, stressing individual responsibility and risk management. Public health practitioners should be aware of these distinctions, and use clear language regarding lower risk drinking. This is concluded in the article Read More →

The Lithuanian government on Wednesday approved in principle proposals that call for further restricting the hours of sale of alcohol and banning alcohol advertising. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that the government managed to reach a compromise. The Cabinet endorsed in principle certain new restrictions currently under debate in the Seimas, such as limiting the Read More →

Dutch pilots and cabin crew unions are calling for a ban on the sale of alcohol at Schiphol airport and a blacklist of passengers who misbehave. The unions were reacting to new figures which show there were 985 reports of ‘unruly passengers’ last year. The notifications are mostly of Dutch companies. Alcohol played a role Read More →

Press release by Eurocare European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) welcomes the publication of the European Commission’s long-awaited report on alcohol labelling in line with Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011. It is thanks to Commissioner’s Andriukaitis persistence that consumers might soon be better informed about what is in alcoholic beverages they drink. Mariann Skar, Eurocare Secretary General said: Read More →

Recent research by Witteman et al (2015) has indicated that the presence of alcohol cues such as the portrayal of the drug and drinking behaviour induced physiological cue reactivity and craving in alcohol dependence through a conditioned appetitive response. The study “Cue reactivity and its relation to craving and relapse in alcohol dependence: a combined laboratory Read More →