What is convincing evidence on alcohol pricing?BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5102 (Published 20 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5102
- Mark Robinson, public health information manager1,
- Gerry McCartney, consultant in public health1,
- Clare Beeston, principal public health adviser1
- 1NHS Health Scotland, Glasgow G2 6QE, UK
In a week described as a disaster for public health, the UK government shelved two proposed alcohol pricing policies.1 Insufficient “concrete evidence” was the justification for dropping minimum unit pricing, while there was a “lack of convincing evidence” for banning multi-buy discounts. What criteria the government used to assess the evidence, however, is not clear.
The University of Sheffield’s …