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Government’s response to alcohol report is “too complacent”

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1619 (Published 22 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1619
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    The Department of Health has rejected a call from MPs for tighter controls on advertising of alcohol, saying that its policy of self regulation and education is working well. But it has left open for the time being the decision on a minimum price for alcohol until more research on the strategy’s effect on crime and disorder is published at the end of March.

    The department was responding to a report on alcohol from the cross party health select committee published in January. In their report MPs made a raft of recommendations, including a minimum price for a unit of alcohol, better detection of people with alcohol problems, and improved treatment services (BMJ 2010;340:c136, 12 Jan, doi:10.1136/bmj.c136).

    Don Shenker, chief executive of Alcohol Concern, said that the government’s response was “too complacent” and “fails to acknowledge the actions needed to drive down these …

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