Alcohol Health Alliance UK
The Alcohol Health Alliance is a coalition of forty one organisations who share an interest in reducing the damage caused to health by alcohol misuse in the UK. Members include medical bodies, charities and alcohol health campaigners such as the Royal College of Physicians, The British Liver Trust and Alcohol Concern.
Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, a professor of hepatology at the University of Liverpool and the Royal College of Physician's Special Advisor on Alcohol has chaired the Alliance since it was established in November 2007.
The Alcohol Health Alliance supports 'Health First' as an evidence based alcohol strategy for the UK, and is calling on the Government to commit to the following 10 actions:
- A minimum price of at least 50p per unit of alcohol should be introduced for all alcohol sales, together with a mechanism to regularly review and revise this price.
- At least one third of every alcohol product label should be given over to an evidence-based health warning specified by an independent regulatory body.
- The sale of alcohol in shops should be restricted to specific times of the day and designated areas. No alcohol promotion should occur outside these areas.
- The tax on every alcohol product should be proportionate to the volume of alcohol it contains. In order to incentivise the development and sale of lower strength products, the rate of taxation should increase with product strength.
- Licensing legislation should be comprehensively reviewed. Licensing authorities must be empowered to tackle alcohol-related harm by controlling the total availability of alcohol in their jurisdiction.
- All alcohol advertising and sponsorship should be prohibited. In the short term, alcohol advertising should only be permitted in newspapers and other adult press. Its content should be limited to factual information about brand, provenance and product strength.
- An independent body should be established to regulate alcohol promotion, including product and packaging design, in the interests of public health and community safety.
- The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration for drivers should be reduced to 50 mg/100ml.
- All health and social care professionals should be trained to routinely provide early identification and brief alcohol advice to their clients.
- People who need support for alcohol problems should be routinely referred to specialist alcohol services for comprehensive assessment and appropriate treatment.
The following organisations are members of the Alcohol Health Alliance:
- Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
- Action on Addiction
- Alcohol Action Ireland
- Alcohol Concern
- Alcohol Focus Scotland
- Balance North East
- Beating Bowel Cancer
- British Association for the Study of the Liver
- British Liver Trust
- British Medical Association
- British Society of Gastroenterology
- Centre for Mental Health
- College for Emergency Medicine
- DrinkWise North West
- Faculty of Dental Surgery
- Faculty of Occupational Medicine
- Faculty of Public Health
- Institute of Alcohol Studies
- Medical Council on Alcohol
- National Addiction Centre
- National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome UK
- Our Life
- Royal College of Anaesthetists
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Nursing
- Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
- Royal College of Physicians London
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
- Royal College of Surgeons of England
- Royal Pharmaceutical Society
- Royal Society for Public Health
- Scottish Intercollegiate Group on Alcohol
- SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems)
- Society for the study of addiction
- Spinal Injuries Association
- Turning Point
- UK Centre for Alcohol and Tobacco Studies
- UK Health Forum