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Call for ban on all-you-can drink promotions

19th January 2010

Government proposals to target alcohol abuse include the banning of 'all-you-can-drink' advertising and speed-drinking contests.

40,000 deaths are caused by alcohol abuse in England and Wales every year. Home Secretary Alan Johnson told the BBC he had not decided against pushing up the price of alcohol: "We don't want to ensure that people... on good incomes can just carry on as normal, but responsible drinkers on low incomes are hit." Mr Johnson added that a small number of establishments acted irresponsibly: "These practices have a real impact on society, not to mention the lives of those who just want to enjoy a good night out."

 

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