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FPH welcomes alcohol-free-days recommendation

Professor Lindsey Davies commented on the publication of the Science and Technology Select Committee’s Alcohol Guidelines report:  "We welcome this report and agree that it's time for a review of guidelines on safe drinking. We need clearer, evidence-based advice about what safe limits are. Recommending alcohol-free days is one such way of doing this.

"It's critical that we turn the tide in increasing levels of alcohol consumption in the UK, which have doubled over the past 40 years. For example, the cost of treating alcohol-related ill health on the NHS was £3.3 billion in 2006 to 2007. While public health campaigns have their place, the Faculty of Public Health believes that tackling price and availability are the most effective alcohol policies to reduce alcohol-related health harm.

"A 50p-minimum price per unit of alcohol sold, together with banning discounts such as 'buy one get one free' or 'three for the price of two', would have a significant impact on excessive drinking, especially among younger people. The Prime Minister is believed to be considering such measures as part of the new alcohol strategy, and we very much support this. Ultimately, we all pay for the cost of excess drinking. We believe it is far better to protect people's health than deal with the consequences of 'pocket money' alcohol pricing later on."

Written: 09/01/2012 , last modified: 16/04/2012

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