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Letters Minimum alcohol pricing in England and Wales

What is convincing evidence on alcohol pricing?

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 20 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5102
  1. Mark Robinson, public health information manager1,
  2. Gerry McCartney, consultant in public health1,
  3. Clare Beeston, principal public health adviser1
  1. 1NHS Health Scotland, Glasgow G2 6QE, UK
  1. markrobinson1{at}

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 …

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