MPs call for end to cheap alcohol promotions to reduce crime

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 12 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2499
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    A cross party group of MPs has called for a ban on promotions of cheap alcohol at pubs and clubs and an end to supermarket discounts on alcohol to reduce drink fuelled disorder.

    The home affairs select committee said that it was concerned about the pressure that easy access to cheap alcohol was putting on police.

    In 2007 alcohol was 69% more affordable in the United Kingdom than it was in 1980, says the committee’s report into policing in the 21st century. Altogether 45% of victims of violence describe their assailant …

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