'Fit booze sensors' says ex-Government chief drugs adviser
A FORMER Government chief drugs adviser who controversially claimed Ecstasy is safer than drink has said alcohol sensors should be fitted in every car.
Professor David Nutt (pictured) said all motorists would have to breathe into a device to prove they were not over the limit before their vehicle would start.
The controversial professor was sacked as the Government chief drugs adviser three years ago after claiming that drink was more harmful than Ecstasy.
He also suggested that riding a horse was more dangerous than taking the banned Class A drug.
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The alcohol sensors plan is one of seven ways he suggests to reduce the harm caused by alcohol in his new book, Drugs - Without The Hot Air.
Other suggestions include shorter licensing hours, compelling pubs and supermarkets to sell non-alcoholic lagers and beers alongside alcoholic drinks, and devising less dangerous alternatives such as drinks which give people a moderate 'buzz'.
Prof Nutt is president of the British Neuroscience Association and a professor at Imperial College, London.