Alcohol price rise demand

Doctors have backed an increase in the cost of alcohol, but stopped short of demanding that all taxes from alcohol sales should be used for the care of alcohol-related illnesses.

Alcohol: doctors have backed an increase in price
Alcohol: doctors have backed an increase in price

Representatives voted to urge the BMA and government to look at further measures to educate the public and promote 'sensible and appropriate drinking'. Dr Leslie Murray, a member of the BMA's Dumbartonshire division, said a rise in alcohol cost was likely to result in reduced consumption.

'Alcohol is cheap, easily available, persuasively advertised and enjoyable,' she said. 'In the UK, and particularly in Scotland, excessive drinking has been shown to cause increased morbidity, mortality and social problems. 'The BMA and government must consider further measures to educate the public and encourage sensible drinking.'

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