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Nurses canvassed on alcohol views

Published:  01 June, 2009

Nurses are being asked for their views on what should be included in a new government code of practice for the drinks industry.

The Royal College of Nursing is conducting a survey to garner the views of nursing staff across the UK.

The Home Office launched a consultation on the code in May, which closes on August 5. It is designed 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 a survey to feed into the consultation.

The organizations 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."