A widescale inquiry into alcohol-related harm, drinking culture and government policy has been launched by the UK Parliament's Health Select Committee.

The main themes of the inquiry will be alcohol-related health problems and the consequences of these for the NHS, plus the role of the alcohol industry, police and government departments in addressing alcohol-related harm.

It will also examine "whether the drinking culture in England should change, and, if so, how".

The move will provide a review of government and industry strategies to combat excess alcohol consumption. Before Christmas, ministers announced that they would introduce a mandatory code on alcohol promotion. 

The Health Select Committee, which is chaired by Labour MP Kevin Barron, is calling for written submissions from all interested parties, with a deadline of 12 March.

Submissions should be made to healthcommem@parliament.uk.