Letters Alcohol statistics haze

Health benefits matter, not tax revenue

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1781 (Published 14 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1781
  1. Peter Rice, chair1
  1. 1Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
  1. peter.rice{at}nhs.net

Hawkes states that minimum pricing of alcohol as proposed in Scotland “would not be much of a deal” because it increases profit for the alcohol industry and reduces excise duty for the government,1 although this would be compensated in part by an increase in VAT income.

However, this isn’t the …

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