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Alcohol should carry graphic warning pictures say doctors

The Telegraph report on calls from the BMA to try and reduce the level of binge drinking:

Proposer of the motion Dr Raj Nirula (COR), an urologist in Wales, said: “Pictures should be placed on bottles so people are aware of how many units are in that drink and the dangers of drinking.

“There is an epidemic of binge drinking the UK. We have to start from an early age with the teenagers. Binge drinking is becoming the norm culture.”

Currently there is a voluntary agreement that labels showing the number of units of alcohol in drinks will be on most products by the end of the year but there are no plans for graphic pictures of diseased organs.

Alcohol Concern’s Don Shenker advises some caution reminding the papers readers that shock tactics can alienate as well as provoke changes in behaviour.

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