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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Minimum pricing of alcohol urged

Minimum pricing and an exclusion of industry lobbyists from education programmes must be key parts of the Government’s forthcoming alcohol strategy, a Tory MP has said.

Dr Sarah Wollaston, the Totnes MP, told a Westminster Hall debate in the Parliament that alcohol contributes to 22,000 deaths in Britain every year and costs the country £20 billion.

Public Health Minister Anne Milton pledged the Government’s strategy would ensure that authorities do everything possible to help tackle the problem of alcohol abuse, but to be effective every part of society would need to take part.

Elected in 2010 following a pioneering open primary in her Totnes seat, Dr Wollaston said action needed to be taken on pricing, marketing, education and labelling. People who already have a problem must be helped, she said. > > > > Read More