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Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 29927, tabled on 16 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of alcohol-related (a) cancers and (b) deaths.

Answered on

25 March 2020

The Government is committed to tackling health harms from alcohol and supporting the most vulnerable at risk from alcohol misuse. We are introducing measures including the NHS Long Term Plan to reduce hospital admissions, along with ambitions and commitments to improve cancer outcomes and services in England. We will encourage people to moderate their drinking as outlined in the Prevention Green Paper through low and no alcohol products. The United Kingdom’s Chief Medical Officers’ Low Risk Drinking guidelines highlight that the risk of developing a range of health problems, including cancer, increases the more you drink on a regular basis. The new drinking guidelines are included in a range of public health messaging on the ‘One You’ service.