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BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 28 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3756

Scottish parliament agrees 50p minimum price for alcohol: Cut price alcohol could be outlawed in Scotland as early as April 2013 after the parliament overwhelmingly passed a bill on 24 May to introduce a 50p (€0.6; $0.8) minimum price per unit of alcohol. It is estimated that the policy could save 300 lives a year and result in 6500 fewer hospital admissions,1 but critics have argued that the measure, which will set …

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