BREWERS and beer sellers in York have reacted angrily to a new report from a group of doctors which calls for draconian new measures in a bid to end alcohol abuse.
The Alcohol Health Alliance, a group representing GPs, surgeons and A&E doctors, is urging ministers to considers a raft of measures including hard-hitting health warnings on cans and bottles, similar to those on cigarette packets.
The group also called for a ban on alcohol advertising and sponsorship, restricting the times of alcohol sales in shops and increasing the price of certain high-strength products.
The Press asked us for a quick response - here's a few points that we made.
Trembling Madness believe we do have an alcohol consumption problem in the UK and it does need to be addressed (We do also have a drugs problem!).
We One quick fire method of cutting down minimum price alcohol would be to stop supermarkets from selling it, as they have huge buying power and 2-4% profit margins. All other retailers tend to operate at about 15-21% profit margin in order to survive, that would have helped over 800 off-licenses that went bankrupt last year and cut down alcohol consumption. We all go to the supermarket far more often than any other shop - its far too convenient.
A media campaign on drink problems would be far more effective than printing on bottles. Britain is famous for producing some of the finest drinks in the world and we need to continue to advertise and do sponsorship deals in order to export these products, the current price of sterling makes this market one of Britains strongest.
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The same subject was spoken about by Off-license news and again we quoted for them here.
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