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Monday, September 24, 2012

Government publishes response to the Health Select Committee Alcohol Strategy inquiry

The Government has published its response to the Health Select Committee inquiry on the Government’s Alcohol Strategy.

Download the Government Response to the House of Commons Health Select Committee Report of Session 2012-13: Government’s Alcohol Strategy

The Government's response answers the Health Select Committee's extensive inquiry which gave a mixed if not critical view of the strategy. In particular, the inquiry and other responses questioned an excessive focus on binge drinking over health issues. The response answers this in part by highlighting Department of Health guidance and resources for treatment and interventions found on the Alcohol Learning Centre.

One other key concern outlined by the Health Select Committee was that "an Alcohol Strategy should be seen as part of a wider public health strategy, and should contain some key quantified, alcohol-specific objectives... Public Health England should devise the national measures against which the strategy can be tested."   > > > >   Read More