Doctor slams Alcohol Health Alliance 'diktats'

By John Harrington

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Doctor slams Alcohol Health Alliance 'diktats'
A leading liver disease specialist has slammed fellow doctors for issuing "diktats" on how pubs and bars should be run

A leading liver disease specialist has slammed fellow doctors for issuing "diktats"​ on how pubs and bars should be run.

John Crippen said Ian Gilmore, who heads the high-profile campaign group Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA), should "go back to his day job"​.

Crippen's attack followed Gilmore's comments that the trade was "irresponsible"​ for selling wine in larger glass sizes.

Writing on the website NHS Blog Doctor, Crippen said: "I am not happy to issue diktats to public houses about the size of glasses.

"If I write a long article warning of the dangers of alcohol-induced liver disease, I hope you read it.

"That is as far as I want to go.

"That is as far as any doctor should go.

"If I were in Government, I would be targeting teen drinkers, alcopops and the general youth-drinking culture.

"But I would do so by using education and persuasion — by using Saatchi & Saatchi not the police force.

"I did not go into medicine to tell you how to run your life. I am frustrated by the Government's attempts to turn me into a medical Stalinist.

"Ian Gilmore should go back to his day job. This is not a job for doctors."

CGA Strategy chief executive Jon Collins said there is "a lot of common sense"​ in the comments.

"Too often the trade has to respond to baseless accusations from medical figures — the lack of evidence being compensated for in the mainstream media's eyes by a title and a white coat."

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