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RCN signs up to anti-drink campaign

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The Royal College of Nursing has joined a coalition calling for the government to do more to prevent the rise in alcohol-related diseases.

The 24 organisations in the Alcohol Health Alliance UK is on a mission to reduce the health damage caused by alcohol misuse.

It is calling on the government to dedicate funding for alcohol treatment and prevention strategies, increase taxation on alcohol, ban alcohol advertising before 9pm and in cinemas apart from films rated 18 and reduce the drink driving limit to the EU standard of 0.5g/l and a near zero limit for new drivers.

Professor Ian Gilmore, chair of the alliance, said: 'The very fact that 24 independent organisations have come together in this way shows how seriously we all take the impact of alcohol misuse on the nation's health.'

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