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Would weaker drinks solve health problems and save pubs? LGA

Weaker beers, ciders, wines and spirits are what is needed to tackle drink-related health problems says the Local Government Association (LGA) and is calling on ministers to extend tax breaks on lower-strength 2.8% beers to include ciders and wines.

The call has been welcomed by industry bodies.

The cost to the NHS of dealing with excessive alcohol consumption is estimated to be £3.5bn a year, according to the LGA.

There is also a growing number of non-drinkers, with one in five adults (21%) saying they do not drink alcohol at all – up from 19% in 2005. Increasing the availability of zero alcohol and weaker strength drinks will help people live healthier lives by helping to control drinking levels and tackle the harm caused by excessive drinking.

Read more from the BBC here

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Group Manager: Community Safety and Substance Misuse
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