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Deaths attributable to alcohol fall with rise in minimum price, study finds

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f825 (Published 07 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f825
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A 10% increase in the average minimum price of alcohol was associated with a 32% reduction in wholly alcohol attributable deaths, a Canadian study has found.1 The finding will lend support to the proposed introduction of a minimum price in England and Wales.2

The study, published in Addiction, analysed deaths associated with alcohol use in British Columbia between 2002 and 2009 and compared them with rises in government set prices for alcohol. The researchers used three categories of death associated with alcohol: wholly alcohol attributable, acute, and chronic. Wholly alcohol attributable deaths included alcohol poisoning, alcoholic psychoses, alcoholic cardiomyopathy, fetal alcohol syndrome, and …

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