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dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Willen_UK
dc.contributor.authorGilmore, Sir Ianen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBauld, Lindaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBellis, Marken_UK
dc.contributor.authorBrown, Katherine Aen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDrummond, Colinen_UK
dc.contributor.authorGillan, Evelynen_UK
dc.contributor.authorHastings, Gerarden_UK
dc.contributor.authorHughes, Eluneden_UK
dc.contributor.authorIrving, Calumen_UK
dc.contributor.authorParsons, Hazelen_UK
dc.contributor.authorAltwarg, Hadasen_UK
dc.contributor.authorLangford, Andrewen_UK
dc.contributor.authorLudbrook, Anneen_UK
dc.contributor.authorPurves, Richarden_UK
dc.contributor.authorStead, Martineen_UK
dc.description.abstractAlcohol is taken for granted in the UK today. It is easy to get hold of, increasingly affordable, advertised everywhere and accepted by many as an integral part of daily life. Yet, despite this, the great majority of the population recognise the harm that alcohol causes. They believe that drinking damages health, drives anti social behaviour, harms children and families and creates huge costs for the NHS and the Police. They are right. Every year in the UK, there are thousands of deaths and over a million hospital admissions related to drinking. More than two in five (44%) violent crimes are committed under the influence of alcohol, as are 37% of domesti c violence incidents. One fifth of all violent crime occurs in or near pubs and clubs and 45% of adults avoid town centres at night because of drunken behaviour. The personal, social and economic cost of alcohol has been estimated to be up to £55bn for England and £7.5bn for Scotland. None of this should be taken for granted. The impact of drinking on public health and community safety is so great that radical steps are needed to change our relationship with alcohol. We need to imagine a society where low or no alcohol consumpti on is the norm, drunkenness is socially unacceptable and town centres are safe and welcoming places for everyone to use. Our vision is for a safer, healthier and happier world where the harm caused by alcohol is minimised. This vision is achievable. But only if we tackle the primary drivers of alcohol consumption. The evidence is clear: the most effective way to reduce the harm from alcohol is to reduce the affordability, availability and attractiveness of alcohol products. It is not enough to limit the damage once people are drunk, dependent, ill or dying. We need to intervene earlier in order to reduce consumption across the entire population. The tools are available. The ‘four Ps' of the marketing mix - price, product, promotion and place - are used by alcohol producers and retailers to increase their sales of alcohol. They can also be used by government to reduce alcohol sales, alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm. Alcohol taxes are an effective public health measure as they raise prices and suppress demand. However, if they do not keep pace with both inflation and incomes, alcohol products will become more affordable over time. This has been the case in the UK. Deep discounting by retailers has also driven down the price of alcohol and encouraged heavy drinkers to maintain dangerous levels of consumption. These problems need to be tackled by a combinati on of more effective fiscal policy and controls on pricing and discounting. Alcohol products are an extraordinary anomaly. Unlike most food products, they are both remarkably harmful and excepti onally lightly regulated. As with other toxic products, the product label ought to communicate the content of the product and the risks of its consumpti on. Regulation should drive out products that appeal to young people while also incentivising the development and sale of lower strength products. The pervasive marketing of alcohol products in the UK is indefensible. Current restrictions are woefully inadequate: children and young people are regularly exposed to alcohol adverti sing in both old and new media. Only a complete ban on all alcohol advertising and sponsorship will make a lasting diff erence. Licensing practice in the UK is out of date. The focus on pubs and bars has allowed shops and supermarkets to become the dominant players in alcohol sales. Consequently, alcohol is now more available than it has ever been. This has driven pre-loading: getting drunk on cheap, shop-bought alcohol before heading out to late-opening night life. Licensing must focus on public health and seek to control the overall availability of alcohol as well as the effects of drunkenness. Beyond these populati on-level approaches, many more targeted measures are needed to reduce alcohol-related harm. Early interventi on by health and social care professionals is an important and underexploited opportunity to prevent problems developing. Stronger drink driving measures are also required. All these measures are needed. Together, they provide a template for an integrated and comprehensive strategy to tackle the harm from alcohol in the UK.en_UK
dc.publisherUniversity of Stirlingen_UK
dc.relationAnderson W, Gilmore SI, Bauld L, Bellis M, Brown KA, Drummond C, Gillan E, Hastings G, Hughes E, Irving C, Parsons H, Altwarg H, Langford A, Ludbrook A, Purves R & Stead M (2013) Health First: An evidence-based alcohol strategy for the UK. British Liver Trust. University of Stirling.
dc.subjectalcohol policyen_UK
dc.subjectalcohol treatmenten_UK
dc.subjectalcohol early interventionen_UK
dc.subjectdrink drivingen_UK
dc.subjectalcohol taxationen_UK
dc.subjectalcohol pricingen_UK
dc.titleHealth First: An evidence-based alcohol strategy for the UKen_UK
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_UK
dc.contributor.sponsorBritish Liver Trusten_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.description.notesAdditional co-authors: Gerry McElwee, Dr Kieran Moriarty CBE, Dr Robin Purshouse, Dr Peter Rice, Alison Rogers, George Roycroft , Chit Selvarajah, Don Shenker, Eric Appleby, Dr Nick Sheron, and Colin Shevillsen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationRoyal College of Physiciansen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationInstitute for Social Marketingen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationLiverpool John Moores Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationImperial College Londonen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationKing's College Londonen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationAlcohol Focus Scotlanden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationInstitute for Social Marketingen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBreakthrough Breast Canceren_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationDrink Wise North Westen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationDrink Wise North Westen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationDrink Wise North Westen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBritish Liver Trusten_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Aberdeenen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationInstitute for Social Marketingen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationInstitute for Social Marketingen_UK
rioxxterms.typeTechnical Reporten_UK
local.rioxx.authorAnderson, Will|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorGilmore, Sir Ian|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorBauld, Linda|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorBellis, Mark|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorBrown, Katherine A|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDrummond, Colin|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorGillan, Evelyn|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorHastings, Gerard|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorHughes, Eluned|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorIrving, Calum|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorParsons, Hazel|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorAltwarg, Hadas|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorLangford, Andrew|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorLudbrook, Anne|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorPurves, Richard|0000-0002-6527-0218en_UK
local.rioxx.authorStead, Martine|0000-0002-3066-4604en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filenameAlcohol Strategy FINAL Complete.pdfen_UK
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