The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Alcohol Harm is made up of cross-party MPs and peers who have an interest in reducing alcohol related harm in the UK.
The group exists to promote the discussion of alcohol-related issues, raise matters of concern and to make recommendations to government and other policy makers.
Recent meetings have focused on advertising and young people, drink driving, alcohol & the armed forces, licensing and treatment services. The group also recently launched their 2015 manifesto, calling on all political parties to commit to a range of pledges designed to tackle alcohol related harm in the lead up to the general election.
The APPG is currently chaired by Fiona Bruce MP. Click here to view a full list of members. Alcohol Concern provides secretariat support to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm, assisted by a grant from Lundbeck Ltd.
Lowering the Drink Drive Limit in England and Wales
The APPG Alcohol Harm has welcomed calls from The Police Federation of England and Wales for the Government to lower the drink drive limit from 80mg/100ml alcohol to 50mg/100ml in line with Scotland and the majority of other European countries.
The statement from The Police Federation echoes calls made by the APPG last year for any new Government to take further action to tackle drink driving by reducing the drink drive limit, introducing random breath testing and launching a national road safety campaign.
Fiona Bruce MP said:
“I am delighted to see that the Police Federation has echoed our calls for the drink drive limit in England and Wales to be lowered. The costs of drink driving are significant and the risks to innocent bystanders are entirely unacceptable.
“It is important that any messages to raise awareness of the risks of drink driving target all groups, including women and young people. Drivers between the age of 17 and 24 are far more likely than others to be involved in a fatal collision after drinking alcohol.”
Minutes from previous APPG meetings
March 2015 Drink Driving & the Effectiveness of the Legal Limit – Download here
October 2014 – Alcohol & the Armed Forces – Download here
July 2014 – Improving Access to Treatment – Download here
May 2014 – Effective Behaviour Change – What Works – Download here
February 2014 – Licencing Regulations – Are They Working? – Download here