DS Daily - 9th September 2009


Under the influence - the damaging effect of alcohol marketing on young people

This report examines the damaging effect of alcohol marketing on young people. It aims to identify effective ways of protecting young people from the influence of alcohol promotion and marketing, thereby redressing the excessively pro-alcohol social norms to which they are exposed. 58-page PDF [BMA, UK]

Doctors call time on alcohol promotion

In a bid to tackle the soaring cost of alcohol-related harm, particularly in young people, the BMA is calling for a total ban on alcohol advertising, including sports events and music festival sponsorship. In addition, the BMA is calling for an end to all promotional deals like happy hours, two-for-one purchases and ladies’ free entry nights [BMA, UK]

Alcohol and social marketing

Is it time to stop peddling the myth? [Abstract - BMJ, UK]

Alcohol advertising ban would 'devastate' media industries

More than £180m a year would be lost if drinks ban recommended by BMA were put in place [Guardian, UK]

Don't demonise drink

The complete ban on advertising alcohol, as proposed by the British Medical Association – to include sports and music sponsorship – goes too far [Independent, UK]

Alcoholic Drinks Advertisements Compliance Survey 2008

The ASA has undertaken this survey to determine the compliance rate of alcohol ads with the British Code of Advertising, Sales Promotion and Direct Marketing (the CAP Code) and with the BCAP TV and Radio Advertising Standards Codes (the BCAP Codes. 30-page PDF [Advertising Standards Authority, UK]

Increase in the number of cocaine arrests in Scotland

More people being arrested for possession and supply since 2004 [STV, UK]

ASA could investigate Cocaine drink

Watchdog looking into Simply Cocaine after MP's complaint - but producers hit back [The Publican, UK]

Hooked 13: Approaches

The second of this weeks Hooked podcasts is about some of the formal approaches harm reduction workers use [Injecting Advice, UK]

Young people’s voices should be heard in tobacco bill debate

ASH Scotland has published a series of materials designed to involve young people in the debate around the current Tobacco Bill, which will have its stage one debate in parliament at the end of this month [Ash Scotland, UK]

ADHD brain chemistry clue found

They found ADHD patients lack key proteins which allow them to experience a sense of reward and motivation [BBC, UK]

When Cocaine and Monsanto's Pesticide Collide ...

The War on Drugs Becomes a Genetically-Modified War on Science [Alternet, USA]