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China’s fast evolving taste for wine

Published:  13 June, 2019

Younger Chinese consumers are radically reshaping China’s wine market as trends paralleling those in the West gain ground, but with greater speed.

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The end of sex, drugs…and alcohol?

Published:  23 April, 2019

The brains behind synthetic alternative Alcosynth say they’re five years from hitting the market and revolutionising the alcohol industry. Is this really the future, asks Jo Gilbert?

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Wine in the firing line

Published:  21 March, 2019

The modern world changes fast. In the past decade, we have gone from a situation of blithely choking on carbon monoxide from second-hand smoke every time we enter a pub or restaurant to a virtual ghettoisation of cigarettes. Before the ban most people would have thought this inconceivable. But it happened.

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Hospitality and health

Published:  28 January, 2019

As Healthy Hospo marks its first anniversary, the movement for a healthier on-trade continues to grow apace.

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Decrease in irresponsible drinking, confirms NHS survey

Published:  05 December, 2018

The latest Health Survey for England has revealed a decline in UK adults drinking harmful levels of alcohol.

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French winemakers up in arms over plan that could lead to health warnings on bottles

Published:  21 February, 2018

French winemakers are up in arms over the French government’s plan to curb excessive alcohol consumption, which may lead to health warnings on wine bottles.

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Portman Group rebuts claim it advised removal of CMO guidance as RSPH pushes hard hitting labelling

Published:  26 January, 2018

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has released proposals for a hard-hitting new alcohol labelling scheme in the face of what it describes as an “alcohol health awareness vacuum”.

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Supreme Court clears path for 50p-per-unit minimum pricing in Scotland

Published:  15 November, 2017

Scotland is set to become the first country to introduce minimum unit pricing (MUP) on alcohol after the UK Supreme Court rejected a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

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New research backs up trend for drinking less

Published:  17 October, 2017

Almost half (44%) of British people are drinking less when going out, new research from purchasing company Beacon has revealed.

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Concern for baby boomers who drink to excess despite declining drinking trends

Published:  23 August, 2017

Over-50s baby boomers are continuing to drink heavily despite the overall trend of risky drinking declining, says a new report.

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Is talking about alcohol’s “health benefits" a nonsense?

Published:  28 July, 2017

Scotch leaders are currently holding a collective breath for the Supreme Court’s decision on whether or not to allow the Scottish government to introduce the long-contested 50p minimum unit price for alcohol.

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