Monday, 14 September 2009

CUTTING ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION?

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 14th September 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 079444 71083

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CUTTING ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION?

The British Medical Association has issued a new report calling for radical increases in the cost of alcohol (1).

Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party, comments:

“Alcohol misuse is implicated in violent crime including domestic violence, mental health problems and premature deaths (2). The British Medical Association’s new report – Under the Influence – calls for alcohol to be priced at 50p per unit and an end to alcohol advertising, sponsorship and discounting. The Association justifies this view because of the scale of alcohol abuse in the UK. Kent Green Party would like our local councils to consider whether they back the BMA’s approach. We believe that prevention is better than cure. The costs of the NHS and policing are both significantly influenced by alcohol abuse.

“The public are entitled to be able to go out in the evenings without having problems from the significant numbers of people in this country who consume too much alcohol. Since reducing alcohol consumption would reduce crime and ill-health, local councils could consider which areas would be appropriate for ‘alcohol control’ zones to reduce binge drinking. They could then make their support for the BMA’s approach public.” C192 words

FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party, on 01732 355185 and 079444 71083. Contact address as above.
Notes:
1. http://www.bma.org.uk/images/undertheinfluence_tcm41-190062.pdf
2. http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/servlets/wrapper/fact_sheets.jsp

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