Friday, 4 March 2011

Alcohol policy in tatters as health experts revolt, Guardian Reports

The new UK government promised a fresh approach to alcohol sales and invited Alcohol Concern and leading health experts to contribute.  Documents seen by the Guardian show that the resulting 'responsibility deal' will reflect the positive message of the industry, not a negative one about alcohol harm.  Health experts consider the actual concessions, including health information on beer mats and voluntary undertakings about advertising, to be little more than a figleaf.  The Guardian has the full story, with an interesting analysis of current trends in drinking in the UK which mirror those in Ireland. ie, that while drinking overall has declined a little, consumption patterns amongst drinkers have become more intense and a greater threat to health.  Interestingly, the company which had a private audience to lobby the relevant minister was our own Diageo.

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