21 November 2012

Sir Richard Thompson, president of the Royal College of Physicians, welcomed the Chief Medical Officer’s focus on the damage that alcohol misuse is causing:

‘We echo the CMO’s concerns, which could not come at a better time as we await the government’s decision on the most appropriate level for a minimum price for alcohol. These figures underline the urgent need for a 50p minimum unit price for alcohol, which would hit younger drinkers and heavy drinkers, while not greatly affecting moderate drinkers.’

For further information and additional comment, please contact Andrew McCracken, RCP communications and new media adviser, on 020 3075 1354, 07990 745 608 or andrew.mccracken@rcplondon.ac.uk.

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