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Ian Gilmore: Fighting alcohol’s harms

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 01 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j990


Ian Gilmore, chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance and of Liverpool Health Partners, is a gastroenterologist and hepatologist whose professional life provided him with ample evidence of the damage alcohol can do.

He was president of the Royal College of Physicians between 2006 and 2010, and under his leadership the college launched the alliance, which favours minimum unit pricing and restrictions on advertising to reduce harms related to alcohol.

He was a member of the committee that recommended cutting the advisory limit for men from 21 to 14 units a week, the same as women, earning a raspberry from the saloon bar.

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