Letters Under the influence

Use of alcohol to reduce stress

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1145 (Published 29 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1145
  1. Andrew Martyn Thornett, general medical practitioner1,
  2. Rhys Thornett, patient1
  1. 1Blackwood Health Centre, Streetly B74 3PL, UK
  1. andrew{at}thornett.net

The association between parental influence during childhood and the consumption of alcohol by children in adult life noted by Gornall is an important reason for introducing minimal pricing for alcohol.1 Reducing consumption through price increases has the potential to break such familial cultural norms of behaviour and reduce the detrimental health and economic effects of alcohol. However, we should not ignore other reasons why people drink.

My surgery is located in an affluent suburb of Birmingham. Superficially, alcohol does …

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