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Under the influence: the BMA needs to get real

By Philip Hunter  

Taxation and licensing restrictions have long been used to curb alcohol consumption, lurching occasionally into full-blown prohibition with disastrous results. Sometimes the alcohol industry itself has conspired with such measures, either to avoid tougher sanctions, or to stifle competition from small-scale producers as it did in lobbying for continuing bans on home brewing in several countries in the early 20th century.

The recent call by the British Medical Association (BMA) for a clampdown on alcohol promotion and availability opens a…

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