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RCN seeks nurse views on alcohol sales code

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The RCN is seeking the views of its members on alcohol and the drinks industry.

The college is conducting a survey on what nurses’ think should be included in the government’s new code of practice for the drinks industry.

The Home Office launched a consultation on the code in May, which closes on 5 August. It is intended to ‘ensure those who sell and supply alcohol do so responsibly, in order to prevent alcohol-related crime, disorder and nuisance’. 

The RCN, together with the charity Alcohol Concern, the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Public Health, has drawn up the short survey to feed into the consultation.

They state that they believe that ‘alcohol in moderation is enjoyable for many people, but also recognises that drinking alcohol to excess can cause harm to individuals and society as a whole’.

‘We believe society would benefit if levels of binge and harmful drinking could be reduced,’ they add, saying they hope the code ‘will put an end to irresponsible sales promotions and empower consumers to exercise more choice’.

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  • If alcohol was brought to market as a new product today then surely it would find itself on the list of Class A drugs. Just because something is legal and socially acceptable does not mean that it does not cause a problem. As a nurse I am fed up of the emotional and physical damage that people do to one another whilst under the influence of alcohol.

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