Health professionals back alcohol price rises

Four-fifths of health professionals (81%) think that raising the cost of alcohol would cut the amount people consume, according to a Royal College of Physicians' (RCN) survey.

Conservative shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said: ‘This is yet another telling criticism of the government’s failure to tackle the growing problem of alcohol abuse. It’s been low on its priority list and now it is putting real pressure on frontline NHS staff. It is also clear that Labour’s irresponsible decision to roll out 24-hour drinking on our towns and communities has not helped.’

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