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Police chief backs lowering of drink drive limit

Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner has backed a bid to lower the drink drive limit.

Tony Hogg has added his name to a private members bill being debated in the House of Lords which would lower the legal drinking limit in England and Wales.

It would reduce the current limits from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, to 50mg of alcohol - in line with most other European countries.

England and Wales currently has the highest allowed levels in Europe.

More than three quarters of people polled about drink driving support reducing the limit in England and Wales to the same as Scotland, an alcohol health group has said. Credit: PA

The evidence is clear, the risk of road traffic injury and collision increases rapidly with alcohol consumption.

Yes, we need to ensure there is effective enforcement of laws and I am proud of the strong track record police have in doing that, but the current limits are too generous and should be reduced.

Scotland has led the way on alcohol policy having introduced a lower drink drive limit in late 2014. I would urge parliament to make similar changes for England and Wales.

I am sure the people of Devon and Cornwall would support such a move – despite any impact it might have on their own behaviour or social arrangements.

A lower drink drive limit will help reduce the numbers of people dying or suffering life changing injuries on the roads – and ultimately make our communities safer.

– Tony Hogg
Credit: David Jones/PA

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Large amount of stolen alcohol seized in Cornwall

Three people have been arrested after a large of amount of alcohol, believed to have been stolen, was found in a car they were driving in Cornwall.

The car they were travelling in was stopped by police on the A38 near Liskeard shortly after 5pm yesterday (Dec 1).

Over 100 bottles of alcohol, including spirits and champagne, were seized by officers, along with the silver Nissan Qashqai they were driving.

Two men, aged 34 and 36, and a 19-year-old woman, all believed to be Lithuanian and from the West Midlands area, were arrested on suspicion of theft and taken to Newquay police station where they remain.

A third of adults in the South West drink too much

A survey has found one in three adults drink more than Government guidelines Credit: ITV News

A survey has found one in three adults drink more than Government guidelines Credit: ITV NewsOne in three adults in the West Country drink above the Government's recommended alcohol guidelines.

The survey, by Public Health Action, found many of these drinkers were unaware of the risks alcohol poses to health, including increased rates of obesity, heart disease and dementia.

"This is about all of us really. This is about people in professional jobs, parents who are starting to see alcohol creep up on them and it's becoming a routine and regular part of their life and their day".

– KATE KNIGHT, PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION

A third of adults in the region drink too much

A survey has found one in three adults drink more than Government guidelines Credit: ITV News

One in three adults in the West Country drink above the Government's recommended alcohol guidelines.

The survey, by Public Health Action, found many of these drinkers were unaware of the risks alcohol poses to health, including increased rates of obesity, heart disease and dementia.

"This is about all of us really. This is about people in professional jobs, parents who are starting to see alcohol creep up on them and it's becoming a routine and regular part of their life and their day".

– Kate Knight, Public Health Action

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Warning issued over dangerous vodka bottles

An image of the vodka bottle label. Credit: North Somerset Council

North Somerset Council have issued a warning to the public about fake bottles of vodka being sold, which have been contaminated with anti-freeze.

The warning only applies to bottles with a label that reads 'Imperial No 1 Signature Vodka' in bold blue type on a white background.

The contaminated bottles are not marked with a manufacturer's name and address.

The advice from Trading Standards is "do not drink it, always walk away from alcohol that is not marked with a manufacturer's name and address."

Bristol's new mobile 'drunk tank' a first for the UK

A mobile treatment centre for people affected by alcohol after a night out opens in Bristol today.

Coinciding with the busy festive period, the state-of-the-art, 65-foot-long vehicle is the first of its kind in the country.

Paramedics will be able to treat people inside, reducing the pressure on hospital A&E departments.

A trial of the scheme in the city last December was praised for easing the strain on the emergency services.

Ken Wenman, Chief Executive of South Western Ambulance Service, expects the centre to have its hands full over Christmas.

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