Alcohol Health Alliance urges George Osborne not to give in to industry pressure

News item posted: 04 April 2014

Selina Douglas, Managing Director of Substance Misuse and Offending at Turning Point signed a letter by members of the Alcohol Health Alliance urging Chancellor George Osborne not to give in to industry pressure to scrap the annual tax increase to alcohol in his next budget.

We know that alcohol costs the country more than £21 billion each year through its impact on health, crime and society. We are also seeing the misuse of alcohol putting a massive strain on the NHS. Annually there are more than 8,700 alcohol related deaths and 1.2 million alcohol-related hospital admissions.

It is internationally recognised that reducing the affordability of alcohol is an effective way of reducing alcohol harm. However, we also need to ensure that people receive the support they need to recover from issues with alcohol misuse. We hope the Chancellor's next budget reflects this.

Read The Guardian coverage of the letter