RCN Responds To New ONS Alcohol Statistics, UK

By robin_himself · Jan 24, 2009 · ·
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    Commenting on statistics published today which show that over a third of adults exceed the daily limits for regular drinking, Dr Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, said:

    "It is concerning to see that excessive drinking continues to be a widespread problem despite increasing awareness about its health implications.

    "This adds to the growing body of evidence that self-regulation by the drinks industry isn't working. We need more effective regulation that ensures retailers don't engage in unscrupulous practises which encourage customers to drink to excess.

    "Alcohol misuse is an issue that nurses deal with first hand everyday and is a major social concern. Nurses know that alcohol labelling, sales and advertising need to be properly regulated. This must be combined with campaigns that educate the public about the dangers of binge drinking."

    Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the voice of nursing across the UK and is the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world. The RCN promotes the interest of nurses and patients on a wide range of issues and helps shape healthcare policy by working closely with the UK Government and other national and international institutions, trade unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations.

    Royal College of Nursing

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    College President Responds To New ONS Figures Showing A Rise In The Number Of People

    Responding to today's publication of ONS figures indicating a small rise in the numbers of people drinking above the daily recommended limits, Professor Ian Gilmore, President of the Royal College of Physicians said:

    "On the basis of these figures it appears unlikely that we will stem the rising tide of alcohol-related health harms in the near future. While people's awareness of the health risks associated with drinking above the recommended limits is surprisingly good, knowledge of those limits is still poor, despite ten years of concerted work to raise awareness levels. Consequently, it is vital that the government take the next step of introducing mandatory labelling on drinks so that people are in a better position to keep track of their own consumption levels, especially now, as more people socialise at home, rather than in pubs and bars in order to take advantage of the cheap deals offered in the large supermarkets."

    Royal College of Physicians
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