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UK Health Forum comments on new OECD report – Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use: Economics and Public Health Policy
Date12 May 2015
Year 2015
Commenting on a new report published today (Tuesday 12 May) by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)–Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use: Economics and Public Health Policy - Paul Lincoln, CEO of the UK Health Forum said:  “This report is an alarm call for UK policy makers. It shows that the UK has levels of alcohol consumption higher than the OECD average and that those who drink are drinking more and from an earlier age. Harmful drinking is associated with both acute and long-term health risks such as cancer and liver disease. It affects individuals, families and communities, and places a huge avoidable strain on the NHS and the economy. “The OECD analysis shows that alcohol policies such as tax increases and restrictions on marketing are highly cost–effective and it highlights the benefits of combining a range of alcohol policies to achieve a ‘critical mass’ that is likely to shift drinking patterns and reduce harm. This authoritative report clearly underlines the need for a comprehensive Government alcohol strategy implementing a range of high-impact and cost-effective policies on the pricing, marketing and availability of alcohol.”
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