DoH threatens alcohol industry with tougher laws

The drinks industry has been warned to act more responsibly or face new laws governing alcohol sales, after the DoH launched its Changing Our Drinking Culture consultation this morning.

This follows the release of DoH figures which revealed that 811,000 people in England were admitted to hospital with alcohol misuse problems in 2006.

The consultation will run until October and covers a range of initiatives to reduce alcohol misuse such as making the labelling on alcohol clearer.

A self-help handbook will be sent out to all GPs to help them give patients the best possible advice on reducing their levels of alcohol consumption.

The DoH is also funding programmes to ensure all new doctors receive training in how to identify higher-risk drinking and in providing related advice.

It is running schemes and training to encourage the take-up, training and delivery of this approach across the country.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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