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BMA welcomes tax hike on booze

13th March 2008

The British Medical Association (BMA) has welcomed the increase in taxation on alcohol that Alistair Darling announced in his maiden Budget this week.

In particular, the BMA expressed its delight that the chancellor adopted the recommendation which was made in its report on alcohol misuse.

“It is very important that tax increases on alcohol are part of a larger plan to reduce problem drinking,” the BMA’s head of science and ethics Dr Vivienne Nathanson suggested.

She went on to indicate that the tax increases could prove unpopular with some members of the public but urged them to look at the “wider issue” and recognise that the UK has a significant problem regarding alcohol misuse.

Dr Nathanson acknowledged that drinking in moderation was an enjoyable activity and one that may even bring health benefits.

However she warned: “Drinking way over the recommended guidelines costs many people their health and ultimately their lives”

Dr Nathanson ended by noting the millions of pounds spent every year to treat people with alcohol problems and to deal with alcohol-related crime and violence.

Mr Darling put 4p on a pint of beer, 14p on a bottle of wine and 55p on a bottle of spirits.

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