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Scratchcards to cut down on drinking

It's hoped the campaign will help thousands cut down - and save millions of pounds in healthcare costs.

Pharmacists across the capital will begin handing out scratchcards from today, which are designed to make people re-consider the amount they drink.

Customers will be asked to scratch off panels, based on their alcohol consumption - and the results can then be used as the basis of an informal chat with the pharmacist.

More than two million Londoners are currently endangering their health, through their level of drinking.