Commenting on plans for a new Wetherspoons bar in a motorway service station, Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance, said:
To reduce alcohol-related harm, we have to reduce its availability, not increase it. Opening a bar at a service station sends out completely the wrong message if we are trying to prevent harm from alcohol-related traffic accidents. The AHA believes that a fundamental review of licensing law is required which focuses on controlling the availability of alcohol and reducing alcohol-related harm. Public health should be a licensing objective in its own right, taking into consideration the total number of premises selling alcohol, of all kinds, and the impact of this provision on the health and wellbeing of the local population.
- A recent report from the University of Stirling stated that driving remains a major cause of injury and death in the UK. In 2011, drink driving resulted in 9,990 casualties including 280 deaths on British roads. Analysis of road traffic deaths reveals the extent to which alcohol is implicated: over half (54%) of the cases examined by coroners involve drugs and/or alcohol with 42% involving alcohol only. In England, the cost of drink driving is estimated to be £500 million per year.