Cheap booze clampdown backed8th April 2009
A poll has found 80% of doctors and nurses think raising the price of cheap alcohol would help to reduce problem drinking.
The survey was carried out by the Royal College of Nurses and Physicians. It also found that the majority of respondents thought the government needed to change its approach to tackling alcohol abuse.
The 205 doctors and nurses surveyed all worked with people who abused alcohol. 90% of respondents said alcoholic drinks should carry labels which displayed how many units they contained.
71% thought increased resources should be made available to help people who have problems with alcohol and 88% said "funding had not kept up with demand".
The findings tally with the view held by Sir Liam Donaldson, England's Chief Medical Officer, that drinks should cost at least 50p per unit of alcohol.
The Royal College of Nursing's Dr Peter Carter said: "Nurses have said time and time again that the government must take more drastic action to tackle the growing issue of alcohol misuse."
"Better regulation of the labelling, sale and advertising of alcoholic drinks, as well as widespread education on the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption, is needed to curb this significant problem."
Information published in 2008 revealed that the yearly cost to the health service of alcohol abuse exceeded £2.7 billion.
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