Verrill, C. and Sheron, N.
Alcohol-related harm--a growing crisis: time for action
Clinical Medicine, 5, (2), .
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It is impossible to switch on the television or open a newspaper at present without finding some reference to the growing alcohol culture in the UK. The health, social and law and order implications are being felt across the country with growing concern. The media seem to have united in the face of this epidemic and there are calls for action. It is now a year since the
Government produced its long-awaited Alcohol harm reduction strategy for England1 and more recently its public health White Paper, Choosing health,2 but the general consensus from the medical profession is that they concentrate too heavily on law and order issues and fail to address health issues. To compound the problem, the Government is, controversially, in the process of changing licensing laws, enabling alcohol to be purchased 24 hours a day. The conference examined the drinking culture in the UK and explored what action should be taken from the perspective of health.
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