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Alcohol Concern announce appointment of new Chief Executive

Date: 11.07.16

Alcohol Concern is pleased to announce that Joanna Simons has taken up position of Chief Executive at the charity.  She replaces Jackie Ballard who had been Alcohol Concern’s chief Executive since July 2014.   Joanna brings a wealth of leadership experience and an impressive track record with a background in the public sector, having previously been... Read more

Children see alcohol ads every 72 seconds during Euro 2016

Date: 27.06.16

Brand new research carried out during the group stages of Euro 2016 has found that people watching England and Wales’ games saw alcohol marketing almost once a minute during play. The research, which has been launched today by the charity Alcohol Concern, shows that during TV broadcasts of the two countries’ group games, pitch-side adverts... Read more

Alcohol Concern respond to Chief Medical Officer’s new alcohol guidance

Date: 8.01.16

Jackie Ballard, Chief Executive at Alcohol Concern, said: “We welcome new recommended drinking guidelines published today by the Chief Medical Officer and the recognition from the Government of the importance of such advice. “Alcohol is linked to over 60 medical conditions including cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.  However beyond liver disease, the public’s understanding... Read more

Drinks giant Heineken UK slapped by regulator for breaking advertising rules following Alcohol Concern complaint

Date: 7.10.15

A complaint about irresponsible alcohol advertising has been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) following a complaint made by the Youth Alcohol Advertising Council, a group of young people working with the charity Alcohol Concern. Heineken UK Ltd has been told their YouTube advert for Strongbow breached responsible advertising regulations. The Youth Alcohol Advertising... Read more

Inquiry launched into the impact of alcohol on Emergency Services

Date: 7.09.15

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm has today launched an Inquiry into the ‘Impact of alcohol on the Emergency Services’. The Inquiry will examine the way in which alcohol-related incidents and injuries place a strain on emergency services in the UK and how this impacts our emergency workers and their ability to carry... Read more

Response to the Minimum Unit Pricing Legal Challenge Decision

Date: 3.09.15

Comment on opinion supporting MUP: The charity Alcohol Concern today welcomes the opinion from the Advocate General for the European Court of Justice that minimum unit pricing is justified on public health grounds.   Emily Robinson, Deputy Chief Executive at Alcohol Concern said: “We welcome the ruling that minimum unit pricing is justified on public... Read more