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Planned alcohol pricing will have “negligible impact” on health problems, say critics

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d367 (Published 20 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d367
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Critics have attacked the government’s proposals for a minimum price for alcohol saying they will have no impact on the price of most drinks, and do next to nothing to reduce health problems from alcohol abuse.

The Home Office announced its plans on 18 January to ban the sale of alcohol in England and Wales below cost price, defined as the combined value of duty plus value added tax on drinks. The ban would mean that a unit of beer would cost about 21p (€0.24; $0.33) and …

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