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Sensible drinking

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 24 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:506

Government's recommendations should be considered as a whole

  1. G J F Podger
  1. Under secretary for health promotion Department of Health, London SE1 8UG

    EDITOR,—As chairman of the Interdepartmental Group on Sensible Drinking, which drew up the government's new recommendations regarding sensible drinking, I wish to respond to Griffith Edwards's editorial.1

    Firstly, the group reviewed the message about sensible drinking in the context of government policy. We were not, and did not wish to be, “arbiters of what doctors say to their patients.” That responsibility clearly lies with individual medical practitioners and is a matter for their …

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