New proposals to lower drink-drive limit

New proposals to lower drink-drive limit

MPs recommended today that health warnings about the dangers of drinking should be fixed to bottles of alcohol, wine and cans of beer. The measures are needed, they say, in order to tackle a “national pandemic” of alcohol abuse and the Government should appoint an “alcohol tsar” to drive it.

The group, made up of MPs from all parties, unveiled their manifesto in the Commons today urging the government to reduce the drink-drive limit so that even one pint of beer or a large glass of wine would put the driver over the limit and mean a ban. They are calling for a reduction in the limit from 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, with a recommendation the changes are applied firstly to drivers under the age of 21.

Chairwoman of the all-party group, the Tory MP Tracey Crouch, said in The Independent newspaper yesterday that more action was needed. She said, “We have one of the highest alcohol driving limits in the world(…)This is not about hitting those who drink responsibly but dealing with genuine misusers,” According to government figures, alcohol-related harm costs £21bn a year, including crime and hospital admissions and alcohol misuse is linked to ‘a death an hour’. The proposals come after Public Health England told people last week to avoid drinking alcohol two days in a row in order to avoid cancer, heart disease or cirrhosis of the liver. The group was set up in order to promote healthier living in the UK, and the report, which is due to be released in the coming weeks, will recommend that Britons follow a “one day on, one day off” policy. The report said that drinking alcohol regularly, even just over the advised 2-3 units for women and 3-4 for men can lead to severe health problems in later life.
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