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Alcohol industry’s response to BMJ investigation of consultation on minimum price for alcohol

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 12 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1382
  1. Miles Beale, chief executive1,
  2. Brigid Simmons, chief executive2,
  3. Bob Price, director3,
  4. David Frost, chief executive4
  1. 1Wine and Spirit Trade Association, London SE1 3XF, UK
  2. 2British Beer and Pub Association, London, UK
  3. 3National Association of Cider Makers, London, UK
  4. 4Scotch Whisky Association, Edinburgh, UK
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We would like to respond to several points made in the BMJ investigation of the consultation on the minimum price for alcohol.1

Firstly, the report argued that the number of meetings between government and the alcohol industry indicated unjustified access to government to lobby against minimum unit pricing. In reality, the government invited businesses to those meetings as part of the public health responsibility deal, and our representation …

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