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Calls for Alcohol to be Banned from Supermarkets

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7:03am 10th January 2013

There are calls for supermarkets to be banned from selling booze in Cornwall.

Pirate FM has been shown stats revealing that alcohol puts 12,000 people in the Duchy in hospital every year.

Now some councillors wants to write to the Prime Minister asking for it to be stripped from the shelves. They argue that setting a minimum price for alcohol will not work.

Jez Bayes from the Primary Care Trust says it is backing the plan to introduce minimum pricing and early intervention: "We don't want to become teetotal Puritans. It's still legal to enjoy alcohol safely but the brakes need to go on to slow down the amount people drink so we carry on enjoying it but stop doing ourselves so much harm.

"The most important thing we can do is identify people who are drinking at increased risk levels as early as possible, ideally before it's connected to a health issue."

Over the last three years there have been 38,800 admissions directly connected to alcohol.

The letter from the Health and Adults Overview and Scrutiny Committee will also be sent to local MPs and other members of the cabinet.

7:03am 10th January 2013

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