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Support canvasses for anti-drinks crackdown

PUBLISHED: 14:21 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:22 23 August 2010

RESIDENTS can show their support for tackling alcohol-related issues by signing the Big Drink Debate manifesto. A Health Select Committee report released on Friday called for minimum alcohol pricing to help save lives. Stopping irresponsible promotion

RESIDENTS can show their support for tackling alcohol-related issues by signing the Big Drink Debate manifesto.

A Health Select Committee report released on Friday called for minimum alcohol pricing to help save lives.

Stopping irresponsible promotions is one of the six alcohol issues which people are invited to support in the online manifesto.

NHS West Kent is encouraging everyone to sign the manifesto, which will inform the way the South East handles alcohol-related problems they have.

Linda Prickett, public health specialist at the trust said: "We are urging people to make sure they don't miss out on the chance to have their say on the way alcohol harm is tackled in the south east.

"We want to help everyone in West Kent to understand and deal with the health risks from drinking too much alcohol.

"To do this in the most effective ways we can, we need people of all ages, whether they drink or not, to tell us what would help them most by signing the manifesto."

The manifesto combines the thoughts and concerns of those who attended the Big Drink Debate events in Maidstone and Oxford in autumn 2009.

Results of the manifesto will feed into the future alcohol policies for the whole of the south east. Residents have until Sunday January 31 to read and sign the manifesto at www.bigdrink

debateSE.org.ukmanifesto.


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