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Health damage from alcohol misuse has been underplayed in government strategy, say MPs

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4899 (Published 18 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4899
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The government’s focus on antisocial behaviour and public order when dealing with alcohol misuse risks overshadowing the importance of the damage to health from excessive drinking, claim MPs in a new report.

In its response to the government’s alcohol strategy, the parliamentary select committee on health calls for clearer and more precise objectives in tackling alcohol misuse than are currently given by the government.1

The committee’s report analyses the government’s alcohol strategy, published in March by the Home Office, which set out plans to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol and to work with the drinks industry to provide clearer information on alcohol units and calorie content.2

Although the Health Committee welcomed much of the strategy, serious flaws remain, according to the committee. “We believe that the health impact of …

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