Amy Winehouse's death from alcohol poisoning at just 27 years of age has sparked a warning from the public health minister Anne Milton
Amy Winehouse’s death from alcohol poisoning at just 27 years of age has sparked a warning from the public health minister Anne Milton.
MP Anne Milton has said that many of us in the UK still aren’t taking the risks of drinking seriously and are failing to acknowledge the serious harm being done to our bodies.
Addressing MP’s, Milton explained that the general public are still not recognising the dangers of alcohol, unlike issues such as obesity and smoking.
‘I still think that whereas people accept the harm that smoking causes, they accept the problems being overweight causes, there is still some issue about accepting the harm that alcohol causes,’ she said.
‘People do things that they know harm their health…We do have to look at why it is that people feel the need to go and get very, very drunk and harm their health.’
The solution? Milton believes it’s about hitting consumers where it hurts by raising the duty on alcohol.
‘There is no doubt about it, price can manipulate the market, so increasing duty on high-strength alcohol is not a bad idea, because for every litre sold there is less alcohol in it, which is a move in the right direction.’
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