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Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

British attitudes to alcohol

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Latest survey of public attitudes to alcohol finds that most people are in favour of setting a minimum price for alcohol and reducing the drink drive limit.

British Social Attitudes

In 2015 Public Health England (PHE) commissioned questions on the British Social Attitudes survey (BSA) to measure public attitudes to four subject areas one of which was alcohol.

Last week (21 September 2016), NatCen for Social Research published its findings in a paper entitled Public Attitudes towards alcohol.

The paper summarises findings in relation to four key policy areas: Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP); advertising and sponsorship by alcoholic drink companies; drink-driving limits; and health messages.

The headline findings are that:

  • Most people support the principle of minimum unit pricing for alcohol — an approach which its proponents argue would limit the amount drunk by young people and the heaviest drinkers, without penalising moderate drinkers.
  • A large majority of the public think the amount of alcohol drivers are allowed to consume should be reduced.
  • Less than half the general public know the safe drinking limits.
  • Most people are comfortable discussing their alcohol use with their GP.

You can find more detail about these findings in the infographic I have created below:

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