A Downing Street meeting on 'the harm caused by problematic alcohol consumption' drew 27 top doctors, campaigners, business chiefs and ministers. Jonathan Owen and Ian Griggs report
Published: 09 December 2007
The Prime Minister has held crisis talks at No 10 in a personal attempt to tackle Britain's binge-drinking epidemic, as experts warn that urgent action is needed to tackle record numbers needing hospital treatment for alcohol abuse.
Confidential minutes from the meeting, obtained by the IoS, reveal for the first time how Gordon Brown, together with senior ministers, plan a radical response to Britain's binge-drinking problem that could see excessive drinking become as taboo as smoking in public.
A blueprint of controversial measures discussed at the private meeting will see a massive crackdown on what Mr Brown calls "the harm caused by problematic alcohol consumption", with the Prime Minister vowing to take action against "unacceptable drinking behaviour."
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