News BMA annual representative meeting, Torquay, 25 June to 28 June

BMA calls for action on “epidemic” of alcohol related problems

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 28 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1343
  1. Andrew Cole,
  2. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. Torquay

    Doctors' representatives have called for a range of new measures to tackle what they say is a growing “epidemic” of alcohol related problems. These include a national roll-out of local schemes to outlaw consumption of alcohol in the street, more funding for alcohol services, and a rise in tax on drink that is proportionate to products' alcohol content.

    In a separate motion, representatives at the annual meeting in Torquay pressed the BMA to fight for a legal limit for drinking and driving that throughout Europe was no more than 50 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood and to support random roadside testing without the need for prior suspicion of intoxication.

    An amendment that would have changed BMA policy to make the legal limit 20 mg per 100 ml was narrowly defeated. But Kate Adams, of London, predicted: “Next year I …

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