Public health minister Anne Milton has told the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee that the detrimental effects of alcohol are being ignored by large numbers of drinkers. The minister, who is also a former nurse, was taking part in ongoing discussions with the committee who are investigating guidelines on safe drinking levels.
The MP for Guilford is of the opinion that the message from the government on the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption are being ignored - ”I think [the guidelines] have an impact in as much as we know that the first step in changing behaviour is people being aware of the harm it can cause,” She further added ”I still think that whereas people accept the harm that smoking causes, they accept the problems being overweight causes, there is still some issue about accepting the harm that alcohol causes.
The government’s new alcohol strategy is due by early 2012 and is expected to include details of measures not only taken already but future plans. This is likely to include details on alcohol pricing.