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Editorial – May 2016

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

In this month's issue, annual alcohol consumption falls worldwide for the first time this century, but the United States keeps on drinking, as do the Scots according to the latest MESAS report on sales data. Other articles include: Cheap alcohol a cause of steep rise in UK teen poisonings, Gateshead Council oversees the country's first-ever prosecution of a below cost vendor, boss of major UK drinks seller calls for minimum unit pricing, and Ireland's Public Health (Alcohol) Bill comes under scrutiny from EU member states.

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