Free Infographic in support of #21billion alcohol campaign

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Free Infographic in support of #21billion alcohol campaign

01 September 2014

Nationally, one person is killed every single hour by alcohol and 1.2 million people are admitted to hospital due to alcohol related causes every year. Countless others see their health damaged by it, and in fact, liver disease is the only major disease against which we are not making progress – over the past ten years; rates in people under 30 suffering from this condition have increased by 112%.

The Government has estimated that alcohol costs our country more than £21bn each year due to its impact on health, crime and society.

*For a full break-down of all the stats contained within the infographic, please see the Health First: An evidence-based alcohol strategy for the UK prepared by the University of Stirling, Alcohol Health Alliance and British Liver Trust. 

The following measures have been endorsed by doctors and public health organisations through the Alcohol Health Alliance, which AlcoHelp is a member of, and are supported by a range of other organisations including local police forces and councils:

  1. Introduce a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol for all alcohol sales, together with a mechanism to regularly review and revise this price
  2. At least one third of every alcohol product label should be given over to an evidence-based health warning specified by an independent regulatory body
  3. The sale of alcohol in shops should be restricted to specific times of the day and designated areas. No alcohol promotion should occur outside these areas
  4. The tax on every alcohol product should be proportionate to the volume of alcohol it contains. In order to incentivise the development and sale of lower strength products, the rate of taxation should increase with product strength
  5. Licensing legislation should be comprehensively reviewed. Licensing authorities must be empowered to tackle alcohol-related harm by controlling the total availability of alcohol in their jurisdiction
  6. All alcohol advertising and sponsorship should be prohibited. In the short term alcohol advertising should only be permitted in newspapers and other adult press. Its content should be limited to factual information about brand, provenance and product strength
  7. An independent body should be established to regulate alcohol promotion, including product and packaging design, in the interests of public health and community safety
  8. The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration for drivers should be reduced to 50mg/100ml
  9. All health and social care professionals should be trained to routinely provide early identification and brief alcohol advice to their clients
  10. People who need support for alcohol problems should be routinely referred to specialist alcohol services for comprehensive assessment and appropriate treatment

 

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