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Government drops plans for minimum alcohol pricing in England and Wales

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4622 (Published 18 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4622
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The government has abandoned plans to introduce a minimum price for a unit of alcohol in England and Wales, despite numerous recommendations to do so and Scotland’s decision to adopt such a policy.

The Home Office announced on 17 July that it was not introducing a minimum unit price because there was insufficient “concrete evidence” that such a move would work, but said that the idea would remain under consideration.

The announcement was condemned by academics, clinicians, and campaigning groups who said that the government had caved in to the alcohol industry’s arguments.

Jeremy Browne, crime prevention minister, speaking while the Home Office published its official response1 to its alcohol strategy consultation2 …

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