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BMA briefing: Tackling alcohol harm

The BMA briefed MPs ahead of a debate on  Westminster Hall debate on tackling alcohol harm, tabled by Fiona Bruce MP, Bill Esterson MP and Liam Byrne MP.

Our members witness first-hand the harmful effects of excessive consumption of alcohol, which is a contributing factor in millions of hospital admissions and thousands of deaths each year. This briefing outlines the scale of alcohol consumption in England, which represents a significant cause of medical, psychological and social harm, and also places an unsustainable burden on the NHS.

The BMA believes that by implementing the following policies contained within this briefing, that the level of harm and cost associated with alcohol will be significantly reduced:

  • publish a new updated alcohol strategy
  • prevent the cheap sale of alcohol through implementing minimum unit pricing (MUP)
  • reduce the affordability of alcohol through taxation measures
  • ensure health is a key factor in licensing decisions            
  • implement a comprehensive ban on all alcohol marketing communications
  • ensure alcohol education is delivered independently of the alcohol industry
  • provide consistent consumer information through mandatory labelling of alcoholic products
  • implement evidence-based measures to reduce drink driving levels
  • introduce a range of measures to reduce and better manage pregnancies affected by alcohol
  • support healthcare professionals in identifying and managing alcohol-related problems
  • provide adequate resources for specialist alcohol treatment service.


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