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Minimum alcohol price would target harmful drinkers, study shows

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1450 (Published 10 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1450
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Introducing a minimum price on a unit of alcohol would have little effect on moderate drinkers on low incomes but would effectively target high risk drinkers, a modelling study has shown.1

The finding is contrary to UK government claims that minimum pricing would penalise responsible drinkers on low incomes. In March 2012 the UK government published its alcohol strategy in which it pledged to introduce a minimum price on a unit of alcohol.2 However, in July last year it performed a U turn and withdrew that commitment.3

A recent BMJ investigation showed that the government consultation was a sham …

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