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Minimum alcohol pricing in Wales would cut deaths and hospital admissions, study finds

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k869 (Published 22 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k869
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. BMJ

Introducing a 50p (€0.56; $0.69) minimum unit price for alcohol in Wales would reduce deaths and hospital admissions related to alcohol, as well as crimes and work absences associated with drinking, an analysis has found.1

The move would be most effective in curbing alcohol consumption among the most harmful drinkers, it said. A minimum price would also be far more effective than increasing taxes on alcoholic drinks, which would be less targeted at the people most at risk.

The Welsh government unveiled a new bill last year designed to reduce hazardous and harmful drinking, which, …

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