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Fears of Brits binge drinking through lockdown unfounded, says Portman Group

Published:  05 June, 2020

The majority of Brits are drinking the same or less compared to before lockdown, with a large majority remaining within the UK chief medical officers’ (CMO) low risk guidelines (14 units per week), according to new research released today by the Portman Group.  


Sir Martin Narey to step down as Portman chair

Published:  31 October, 2019

The Portman Group has announced its chairman Sir Martin Narey is to step down.


Portman Group welcomes steep decline in drink-drive deaths

Published:  18 October, 2019

The number of deaths from drink-driving has fallen around the world, according to the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking.


Portman Group slams large producers for lack of support

Published:  17 June, 2019

Sir Martin Narey, chairman of the Portman Group, has said large drinks producers who do not support them should be “ashamed".


Portman group tackles ‘offensive marketing’ in sixth code of practice

Published:  05 March, 2019

UK alcohol regulator the Portman Group has updated its packaging and promotional guidance for society’s evolving standards, including a new rule around ‘offence’.


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.


Jerry Lockspeiser: Why we should pay attention to Adrian Chiles

Published:  13 September, 2018

Adrian Chiles’ engaging documentary ‘Drinkers like Me’, broadcast on August 27th on BBC2, probably did more to encourage UK consumers to think about how much they are drinking, and why, than any number of initiatives by Drinkaware or the rigid strait jackets imposed by the Portman Group.


Portman Group strengthens complaints panel with four new members

Published:  03 July, 2018

The Portman Group has strengthened its independent panel that considers complaints about irresponsible alcohol marketing under the organizations codes of practice with four new members.


Portman warns against nostalgic drinks marketing

Published:  13 June, 2018

Drinks industry watchdog the Portman Group is warning manufacturers to steer clear of nostalgic references to drinkers’ childhoods with cartoon imagery in their marketing.


Industry asked: how much drink is too much?

Published:  27 April, 2018

How much is too much? Are new rules needed to stop drinks brands implying their products can improve mood? Does the industry still use sexist imagery to advertise drinks?


Jerry Lockspeiser: It’s time to treat drinkers like adults

Published:  28 March, 2018

What have Kevin the Carrot, a wine called Sex, and Anything But Chardonnay got in common? Answer: They’ve all been banned.


Underage drinking hits historic low as trade initiatives deliver

Published:  18 December, 2017

The number of young people aged between 8 to 15 years old drinking alcohol is at a record low, a new survey by NHS Digital has revealed.