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.
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