BMA calls for an end to happy hours

The government should introduce higher taxes on alcoholic drinks and this increase should be proportionate to the amount of alcohol in the product, according to the BMA.

A hard-hitting report 'Alcohol misuse: tackling the UK epidemic' makes a series of recommendations to tackle alcohol misuse which is related to over 60 medical conditions.

Other recommendations include an end to happy hours and two-for-one offers, labels on all alcohol, showing units, and a reduction in the legal drink-drive limit. 

GPC chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum said: ‘As a GP it is disheartening to refer someone who has an alcohol problem for help but know that they'll be waiting months to be seen by the appropriate specialised agency. In that time not only does their health worsen, but the effects on their family and work life can be catastrophic.'

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