Selected media stories since the January roundup:
Lincoln will be the first city in the UK to ban the consumption of ‘legal highs’ and alcohol in public spaces. A new Public Space Protection Order is coming into force in the city centre from April 1, 2015, worded “Persons within this area will not ingest, inhale, inject, smoke or otherwise use intoxicating substances.” The Lincolnite
The Food Standards Agency has been made aware that counterfeit vodka labelled as Glen’s Vodka has been offered for sale in several locations around the UK. The FSA is sharing intelligence with the brand owner and local authority officers investigating this issue.
Criminal gangs are producing potentially lethal alcohol and selling it in the capital, says BBC London's Inside Out, which infiltrated two groups, one of which was targeting rough sleepers and illegal immigrants with unregulated alcohol.
Liverpool street drinkers could be encouraged to gather at a dedicated city centre site in a bid to counter the “unacceptable level of antisocial behaviour” it is claimed they are causing. Liverpool Echo
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has ruled out lifting Scotland’s decades-old ban on drinking at football matches, saying the “case has not been made”. Labour, Conservatives and the Scottish Football Association would like to see the ban lifted.
Durham's chief constable has ruled out providing more officers to patrol the banks of the River Wear in the wake of three student drownings in 14 months, reported BBC News. He said: "One thing connected these three young men who died in the river and that was they were so paralytically drunk they were not in control of their bodies."
Children and families
Courts which help parents deal with drug or alcohol addiction so they can keep their children are to be opened in more areas of England. London has had a Family Drug and Alcohol Court for seven years, and courts have opened more recently in Gloucestershire and Milton Keynes. More will now open in areas including East Sussex, Kent and Medway, Plymouth, Torbay and Exeter, and West Yorkshire. See BBC News or Government press release.
Primary school children as young as 10 are more familiar with beer brands than leading brands of biscuits, crisps and ice cream, according to a study conducted by Alcohol Concern, reports the Mirror.
Alcohol has virtually no discernible health benefits and claims that a glass of wine is good for the heart have been exaggerated, a new study has concluded. The Times
The Daily Mail in an article on breast cancer advised that too much alcohol – even just a little bit over recommended limits - has [also] been linked with breast cancer. Just one extra unit per day can raise the risk by around 10 per cent it said.
The head of the NHS, Simon Stevens, says increasing the price of cheap alcohol, tackling the toll of obesity caused by soaring sugar consumption, and tackling 'unacceptable' failings in cancer and care of those with learning disabilities, are urgent priorities for the NHS, reports the Telegraph.
Starbucks, which has over 700 cafés in the UK, is looking to begin selling premium wines and beers in the evenings to customers, starting with Stansted Airport. Cambridge News
Wine is now the most popular alcohol drink with 60% of adults, according to a new poll commissioned by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. Harpers
Carlsberg has launched San Miguel 0.0% in the UK, which comes in a 33cl bottle and is said to “maintain all the flavour, freshness and quality of alcoholic beer”. Off License News