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Editorial – March 2016

Welcome to the March 2016 edition of Alcohol Alert, the Institute of Alcohol Studies newsletter, covering the latest updates on UK alcohol policy matters.

In this issue, our new report on the Licensing Act explains how it has been interpreted in favour of the licensing trade, and the 2016 Budget sees a fourth successive real terms cut for beer, cider and spirits duty. Other articles include: Parliamentary report urges government to tighten up drink-driving law, official statistics find 2.5 million people exceed weekly drinking limit in a day, and one-in-five parents in Northern Ireland are problem drinkers.

Please click on the article titles to read them, or alternatively download a PDF version of our newsletter by clicking on the cover image. We hope you enjoy this edition.