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Higher taxes on alcohol are the best way to reduce harm, analysis concludes

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 29 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7758
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

Higher taxes on alcohol are the best way to raise prices and reduce the harm caused by overconsumption, says a new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

After it analysed recent policy changes across the United Kingdom, the institute concluded that neither the proposed ban in England and Wales on selling alcoholic drinks below their cost price nor minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland is the best way forward.

Its report says that banning below-cost sales would affect only 1% of off-licence sales. In contrast, proposals in Scotland …

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