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Studies back minimum pricing on alcohol to save lives

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 19 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2007
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    A 50 pence (€0.56; $0.76) minimum unit price for alcohol in the United Kingdom could save as many as 3400 lives a year, researchers have told MPs.

    A minimum price for alcohol units has the potential to reduce deaths and hospital admissions by encouraging less drinking, said witnesses at the latest evidence session of the parliamentary health select committee’s inquiry into alcohol.

    The lead researchers of two studies into the subject said that minimum pricing would mean fewer alcohol related deaths and disease.

    Petra Meier, senior lecturer in public health at the University of Sheffield, giving evidence, spoke of the study she led, funded by the Department of Health, published in December last year.

    That study looked for evidence to link the price of alcohol …

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