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MPs criticise government for ignoring doctors’ advice on alcohol

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 12 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c136
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    MPs have strongly criticised the UK government for being too close to the drinks industry and have backed calls for the introduction of minimum pricing for alcohol.

    The health select committee’s report on alcohol states: “It is time the Government listened more to the Chief Medical Officer and the President of the Royal College of Physicians and less to the drinks and retail industry.

    “Alcohol consumption has increased to the stage where the drinks industry has become dependent on hazardous drinkers for almost half its sales. In formulating its alcohol strategy the Government must be more sceptical about the industry’s claims that it is in favour of responsible drinking.”

    The report says it is a myth put about by the drinks industry that increasing the price of alcohol would unfairly affect the majority of moderate drinkers. Instead it says that minimum pricing would mostly affect those who drink cheap alcohol—in particular, young binge drinkers and heavy drinkers on low incomes, the group …

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