Letters VAT on alcohol

Ways to control alcohol price

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7007 (Published 20 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7007
  1. Jonathan D Chick, professor1,
  2. Jan S Gill, senior lecturer in physiology and pharmacology1,
  3. Heather Black, postgraduate student1
  1. 1School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh EH21 6UU, UK
  1. jonathan.chick{at}gmail.com

The proposal that VAT should be less for on sales than for off sales alcohol might help stem the UK trend towards off sales purchasing.1 Although difficult to prove, drinking in licensed premises may be safer than drinking at home, because higher prices tend to reduce total …

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