Alcohol Harm Guidance

Most of the sources below apply to England. Worthwhile information can also be found on the following pages:

Scottish and International guidance (including WHO global guidance)

The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (opens new window)(NICE) has produced a set of harmful alcohol use guidelines.

The Home Office has responsibility for licensing.

"The coalition government's programme on alcohol includes commitments to:

  • ban the sale of alcohol below cost price
  • review alcohol taxation and pricing to ensure it tackles binge drinking without unfairly penalising responsible drinkers, pubs and important local industries
  • overhaul the Licensing Act 2003 to give local authorities and the police much stronger powers to remove licences from, or refuse to grant licences to, any premises that are causing problems
  • allow councils and the police to shut down permanently any shop or bar found persistently selling alcohol to children
  • double the maximum fine for underage alcohol sales to £20,000
  • permit local councils to charge more for late night licences to pay for additional policing" [Home Office]

Home Office: Alcohol (opens new window)

Historical Guidance