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The British Medical Association has called for the voluntary policing of alcohol marketing to be replaced by a system of independent regulation 'with real powers of enforcement'. In a policy statement, the BMA also calls for tougher laws on drink sales to young people, enforcement through 'test purchases in carefully controlled circumstances' and more prominent warnings about the dangers of excessive drinking on advertisements, bottles and cans. The report responds to concerns that high-strength alcoholic drinks are being targeted at teenagers.

Alcohol and Young People. BMJ bookshop, 0171-383 6244.£4.95.